July 2016

Due to the holiday, the Village Office will be closed on Monday, July 4 and all garbage, recycling and bulk collections will take place on Tuesday, July 5. Have a safe and happy 4th!

Randy Miller Retiring After 35 Years
For the past 35 years, Randy Miller has been a familiar face around Wind Point. He was hired as a part-time summer laborer in 1981, and when the Village took over snow plowing duties from the County in 1983, Randy was brought on full-time. Because of Randy's work ethic and growing knowledge of public works operations, he was promoted to maintenance manager in 1986, a position he has held ever since. Earlier this spring Randy indicated he would be be retiring and his last day will be July 8.
During his tenure as maintenance manager, Randy has been in charge of all things public works and water utility in the Village. He has been on call 24/7 in case of emergencies, working many late evenings and early mornings to plow snow or respond to water main breaks. Over the past several months, Randy has led the water meter replacement program toward completion and he trained his successor, Jack Feiner. We are very thankful for the hard work and dedication Randy has given to Wind Point over the years!

Members of the public are welcome to join us at the Village Board meeting on July 14 at the village hall (lighthouse) to wish Randy a happy retirement. Cake and refreshments will served at 5 p.m.
Village Accepting Applications for a Village Board Vacancy Through July 7

If you are interested in serving the community by being a member of the Village Board of Trustees, this may be just the opportunity for you! Due to a recent resignation, there is a vacant trustee position. The Board has determined the vacant seat will be filled by appointment in accordance with state statutes. The term expires in April 2017 when it will be on the ballot for the spring election.

Any interested Village resident who is at least 18 years old and a legal citizen of the United States is welcome to submit a letter of interest and qualifications. Letters should be submitted to the village administrator at the Village Office (215 E Four Mile Rd.) or by e-mail to administrator@windpointwi.us. Letters must be received by Thursday, July 7 at 4:30 p.m. Candidates will be required to appear at the Village Board meeting on July 14 at 5:30 p.m. for interviews. It is anticipated that the Village Board will make an appointment at the July 14 meeting.

About the Village Board
Village Board members make policy decisions, enact laws, approve an annual budget and act for the benefit and best interest of the Village. Regular Board meetings take place on the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the village hall (lighthouse). Board members are also assigned to serve on village committees, which meet on an as-needed basis. The vacated trustee position receives an annual salary of $1,800, which is paid quarterly.

Revaluation Inspections Taking Place this Month

Associated Appraisal will be in Wind Point this month to complete inspections of all properties for the 2016 revaluation. Property owners should soon receive letters from Associated Appraisal indicating when appraisers will be in their neighborhood to complete inspections. 

If a property owner is not at home at the time of the initial inspection, appraisal staff will leave a door hanger with a phone number and instructions to call and set up an inspection appointment. Residents who do not call to set up an appointment will receive a certified mailing. 

To help us save on the cost of certified mailings, please be home for the initial inspection or schedule an inspection shortly after receiving the door hanger.

All appraisal staff will carry identification cards similar to the one pictured above. They will also be traveling in red vehicles marked with the company name "Associated Appraisal." If you have any questions, please contact the Village Office at 262-639-3524.

Field inspections consist of physically viewing and verifying dimensions for all structures, digitally photographing exteriors and completing an interior walk-through to view quality of construction and to verify data. The interior inspection  can take approximately 30  minutes for an average-sized home. For more information on the 2016 revaluation, click here.

Annual Village Picnic Planned for August 14
Come join your neighbors for the annual Village Picnic on Sunday, August 14 from 3-8 p.m. at the Village Green Park! The cost is $5 per person (children 6 and under are free). The price includes a buffet-style dinner prepared by Cecelia's Catering and refreshments. Activities for kids include a bounce house, balloon animals, playground area and meet a firefighter or police office!
Tribute to the Old Danish Beer Garden!
This year's picnic will pay tribute to the old beer garden that was once in Village Green Park. There will be a beer garden area with fresh local brews served up by Public Craft Brewing Company of Kenosha!

Classic Car Cruise-In!
Calling all classic car owners: this year’s picnic will include a classic car cruise-in! Please contact Tom Savas at 639-6157 to RSVP your classic car!

Restrooms are on site. A large tented area will be provided courtesy of Johnson Bank. The Village Picnic is organized by the Wind Point Community Club, a non-profit group that has been promoting social activities in Wind Point since 1923. Please RSVP  to  windpointcommunityclub@gmail.com  or call Cel Heck at 262-639-5370. Volunteers are welcome.
TIMBER!   Village public works staff are removing the pine trees around the Village Green Park tennis courts. The trees were identified for removal in the  Village Green Park Plan  due to many of them being diseased and overgrown.

After all the trees are removed, the area will be re-landscaped and new trees will be planted.
Ironman Comes to Racine County on Sunday, July 17
The 7th annual Ironman Racine Triathlon comes to Racine County on Sunday, July 17. The 70.3 mile race is one of only 46 held worldwide and draws 2,500 participants to Racine from around the world. It is considered the single largest tourism event in the County, accounting for approximately $2.5 million in revenue to local businesses and over $15,000 to local volunteer organizations.
What attracts athletes to the Ironman Racine event is that the route traverses rolling countryside and the lakefront area; the route covers areas of northern Racine, North Bay, Wind Point, Caledonia, Mount Pleasant, Sturtevant and Raymond. The bicycle portion of the event travels along Wind Point on N. Main St., with the heaviest traffic occurring between 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. The run portion of the event enters Wind Point on Three Mile Rd., turns north onto Lighthouse Dr., turns around at Shoop Park and heads back toward Racine. The northbound lane of traffic will be used by the runners and the southbound lane will remain open to traffic.

As in prior years, the Ironman Racine will cause delays for vehicles leaving and entering Wind Point in the morning and early afternoon. Vehicles are able to leave and enter Wind Point at the north end by taking Valley Trail, 4 1/2 Mile Rd., Erie St. and other residential roads leading to 6 Mile Rd. and Highway 32. However, vehicles will still run into the bike route if attempting to go south of 5 Mile Rd.

It is recommended that residents plan ahead for long delays if you are wishing to leave or enter the Village during the event. If you are traveling north, the route from Valley Trail to 6 Mile Rd. is an option. The Ironman Racine offers a chance to watch and cheer on racers, and to thank them for visiting Racine!
Wind Point Lighthouse Tours to the Top!
The first tower tour day of the year was held on June 5 and it was a success! We are looking forward to the remaining tour dates on the first Sunday of each month through October.

Online reservations for tours this Sunday are closing soon, but walk-ups are always welcome on the half hour.  Admission for tours are $10 for ages 12 & over and $5 for ages 6-12. For safety reasons, children under 6 are not permitted. Piggly Wiggly on Erie Street will make a donation to the lighthouse for each climber throughout the 2016 season.
Concessions and unique lighthouse gifts are available between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on tour days from Northern Lights Gallery and Lighthouse Gallery and Gifts. Homemade European smoked meats and sausages are cooked by Little Europa. If climbing the tower isn't your thing, come enjoy the atmosphere on tour days! 

Commemorative Brick Orders Now Accepted for Memorial Brick Garden
The Village is accepting orders for new personally engraved bricks to be installed at the Wind Point Lighthouse Memorial Brick Garden. All orders received by September 1 will be installed by late fall. Orders can be submitted online or by mail to the Village Office. For more information, click here.
Wind Point Living Magazine Presents Pet Parade and Outdoor Movie Night
Wind Point Living Magazine is hosting the 2nd Annual Village Pet Parade on Wednesday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Village Green Park. The event is open to all residents as a chance to showcase your pet with your family and fellow neighbors in a fun, interactive manner. All pets must be leashed or caged and dogs must be licensed with the Village of Wind Point. To participate in the parade please submit the  registration form by Sunday, July 3.  Everyone is welcome to come out and watch the pet parade!
The 2nd Annual Outdoor Movie Night is also being planned by Wind Point Living Magazine for Friday, July 8 at 8 p.m. at Shoop Park Golf Course.  Everyone is invited! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Courtesy popcorn and bottled water provided by Piggly Wiggly on Erie St. Restrooms and concessions will be available in the Shoop clubhouse throughout the evening.  Seating at the event will come on a first come basis. While there is no RSVP required, we would like to get a sense of interest for planning purposes. Individuals who RSVP in advance by July 6 will be entered into a drawing for gift cards to local restaurants such as Reefpoint Brew House, Bella Cibo, Trattoria di Carlo and Mario's. (You must be present to win).  Please email gary.smith@n2pub.com.
Sealcoating on Hunt Club Rd. (and Nearby Streets) and Windridge Rd.

The Village's slag-sealing program is coming to Hunt Club Rd. and Windridge Rd. this summer. The exact dates of the work is not known at this time but it will likely take place in July. Fahrner Asphalt Sealers will set out "No Parking" signs in the road with a date range written on the signs indicating the expected date of the work.

The full list of roads scheduled to be sealed are: Hunt Club Rd. (from Four Mile Rd. to end of the public section), Lake Pointe Cir., Eifler Ct., Jimlin Ln., Raven Turn, Redwing Ln., Raven Turn East, Wind Point Rd. (between Hunt Club to private section) and Windridge Rd.

During the sealing work, traffic will be delayed, but roads will remain open. All sealing should be completed within a day. Driveways will be accessible except for short periods when equipment is blocking access.After the slag sealing is completed, loose aggregate and dust will be present. A crew will return to vacuum-sweep the loose aggregate. However, it is our experience that the loose aggregate is present until the next spring season. The aggregate can be tracked into garages and houses from tires and shoes. To minimize the tracking of gritty slag material into your home, be sure to brush your shoes off or remove them; brush off your pet’s feet.

Bicyclists may wish to use alternative routes for a period after the sealing, as chip sealing treatments are known to be hard on bike tires. Some pedestrians and pets may also find the surface to be uncomfortable to walk on.

Thank you for your patience with this important maintenance work. If you have any questions please contact the Village Office at 262-639-3524 or info@windpointwi.us, or contact Fahrner Asphalt Sealers at 920-410-0243.

Lake Bluff Erosion Concerns
You may have heard about lake erosion problems facing property owners in other nearby communities. A meeting was held in Mount Pleasant on June 7, where representatives from the DNR, Wisconsin Emergency Management and Racine County discussed these concerns and potential solutions. At this time, we are not aware of any shoreline erosion issues affecting Wind Point properties. If you have property with lake frontage and have observed any erosion issues, please contact our office at 262-639-3524 or send an e-mail to administrator@windpointwi.us.

The resources linked below may be helpful for residents interested in learning more about shoreline property protection:
Pedestrian & Driver Safety Reminders
Wind Point residents enjoy walking in the summertime to stay active and take in all of the beautiful scenery. For the safety of both pedestrians and drivers, residents are asked to walk facing oncoming traffic and on the same side of the road as oncoming traffic. Also, please be as far to the side of the road as possible to provide space between you and oncoming cars.  When bicycling, please ride on the right (going in the same direction as automobile traffic). When it gets dark out, be sure to carry a flashlight or wear reflective or lighted apparel.

Drivers must obey the speed limits and remain attentive while operating vehicles, especially in Wind Point where there are many pedestrians and bicyclists and no sidewalks. Please set your phone aside and keep your eyes on the road at all times. Your neighbors will notice and appreciate your cooperation!
Second Installment of Tax Payments Due July 31

Second installment property tax payments are due to the Racine County Treasurer by July 31. Payments can be made at the Racine County Courthouse, either in-person, by mail or by using the dropbox. Online payments are also accepted, but there is an extra fee. For additional information, click here. Please note second installment payments cannot be accepted by the Village of Wind Point.

Village Board Updates
The Village Board of Trustees met for a regular meeting on June 9, 2016. The following actions took place at the meeting:
  • Heard an update that Caledonia Utility District has decided to not submit a proposal to acquire the Wind Point Water Utility;
  • Approved a conditional use permit application to install solar panels at 5120 Wind Point Rd.;
  • Approved a 2016 budget amendment (Resolution 16-R06);
  • Heard a report that the Village is soliciting proposals for auditing services;
  • Agreed with removing shelter design services from the engineering proposal submitted by Nielsen, Madsen & Barber;
  • Approved a pathway easement with SC Johnson subject to inclusion of the legal description and language recommended by the insurance carrier and final review by the village attorney;
  • Approved contributing $10,000 to resurface the pathway between Four Mile Rd. and Lake Meadow Dr. and between Campus Dr. and Three Mile Rd., subject to proper coordination with land owners as approved by the village attorney;
  • Approved filling the vacant trustee position by advertising the vacancy and accepting letters of interest with interviews and appointment to take place at the July Board meeting;
  • Approved alcohol license renewal applications filed by The Council House and Public Golf Associates d/b/a Shoop Park Golf Course.
  • Approved renewal alcohol operator licenses and two original operator licenses.
  • Heard an update on the recodification project and instructed the administrator to review to use of terms “permitted” and “allowable” in the zoning code;
  • Heard an update on Village investments;
  • Heard an update on the Village Picnic being planned for August 14, 2016;
  • Heard an update on a County-wide meeting regarding lake level and bluff erosion;
  • Referred the administrator to review the Village’s picketing ordinance.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall (lighthouse).

Village of Wind Point, Wisconsin
215 E. Four Mile Rd.
Racine, WI 53402