July 2017
Have a Happy 4th of July!

The Village Office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 due to the holiday. The office will be open on Monday, July 3, and all collections services (garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulk items) will take place as scheduled on Monday.

The Racine 4th Fest fireworks display will take place at dusk on July 4 (approximately 9:20 p.m.). They can be best seen from North Beach in Racine. For a listing of other fireworks shows in Wisconsin, visit fireworksinwisconsin.com.

Fireworks Prohibited in Wind Point

Please note that fireworks that propel into the air are prohibited in the Village. Fireworks and related toy items that stay on the ground are allowed, but loud noises (especially at night) are considered a nuisance and violators can be ticketed. Please be respectful of your neighbors, and have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Children's Bike Parade
A great group of children and parents came out to the annual Children's Bike Parade & Ice Cream Social on Thursday! The rain held off just in time for a patriotic parade around Wind Point. Thank you to all of the attendees and to Cel and Sherry Heck for organizing the event! To view more pictures from the event, visit the Wind Point Facebook page.
Village Green Playground and Pavilion Scheduled for Installation this Month

Construction at Village Green continues to progress as crews wrap up the grading and restoration work this week. Some exciting developments are planned for the month ahead:

  • Within the next couple weeks, Century Fence is expected to install new fencing around the tennis and pickleball courts. Century will also be installing the posts and net on the new pickleball court. Frank Armstrong Enterprises will then paint the new lines for the pickleball court.

  • The new 20'x30' pavilion structure is expected to be delivered in mid-July. A crew from Glenville Timberwrights will install the structure in two days (pending weather). Wind Point Public Works will install decking and Carlson/Right Choice Roofing will install an asphalt shingled roof. Pavilion installation is expected to be complete by the end of the month.

  • New playground equipment is also expected to be delivered in mid-July. Certified installers from Boland Recreation are scheduled to install the equipment in late July and lay down the playground mulch.

  • The Bristol Group will begin planting trees and perrenials in late July. They will also complete the final grading, seeding and stabilization in August.

The project schedule is always subject to change due to weather or other unforseen circumstances. For more information on the project, visit the project webpage.

RSVP for the Annual Wind Point Village Picnic on Sunday, August 13

The annual Wind Point Village Picnic will take place on Sunday, August 13 from 3-7 p.m. at the Wind Point Lighthouse. Note this year's location is different due to construction at Village Green. Many great festivities are planned for the picnic, including a bounce house, live music, local craft beer, face-painting, balloon animals, water balloon toss, cookie baking contest, roasted corn and more! For more information, and to submit an RSVP, please visit http://evite.me/wkJxVT9rnh.

Ironman Racine Returns on Sunday, July 16

The 8th annual Ironman Racine Triathlon comes to Racine County on Sunday, July 16. The 70.3 mile race is one of 107 similar Ironman events 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.

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, Ironman Racine will cause delays and inconveniences 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. If you decide to stay home, the Ironman Racine offers a chance to watch and cheer on racers, and to thank them for visiting Racine!
Take a Lighthouse Tour this Sunday!
Tomorrow, July 2 is an Open Tower Day at the Wind Point Lighthouse! Tours take place every half hour between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations for tours at the top of the hour are sold old, but walk-ups are welcome for tours on the half hour on a first come basis. Admission is $10 for ages 12 & over and $5 for ages 6-12. For safety reasons, children under 6 are not permitted. Unique lighthouse and Racine themed gifts are available for sale during tours in the fog horn building by Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts - 10% of all sales go toward lighthouse maintenance.

Lighthouse Keepers Recruitment Update
A total of 83 applications were submitted for the Lighthouse Keepers job opening by the deadline on June 15. The Lighthouse Committee met on June 29 to discuss applications and schedule interviews. It is expected that finalists will meet with the Village Board in late July or August.
Wind Point Outdoor Movie Night on July 29
Wind Point Living Magazine will host the 3rd Annual Outdoor Movie Night on Saturday, 29 at 8 p.m. at Shoop Park Golf Course. This year's movie will be Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!

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, organizers would like to get a sense of interest for planning purposes. Individuals who RSVP in advance by July 24 will be entered into a drawing for a "golden ticket" good for $100.00 in purchases at Piggly Wiggly on Erie St. (You must be present to win).  Please email gary.smith@n2pub.com.
July Featured Officer: Paul Maccari
Wind Point is proud to have a professional part-time police department serving our community and the Village of North Bay. The department is led by a part-time police chief, David Rossman, and has eight experienced and dedicated officers. A Wind Point officer is typically on duty in Wind Point and North Bay for 1-2 shifts per day. When an officer is not on duty, police protection is provided by the Racine County Sherrif's Department. To help get to know our Wind Point officers, we will feature a different one each month. Our featured officer for July also happens to have a July birthday (on the 10th)!
Paul Maccarri has served as an officer for the Wind Point Police Department since April 2012. He is also a patrol sergeant for the Village of Mount Pleasant, where he has worked since 1980. Public service is a proud tradition in Paul's family; his father served in the military and as a reserve deputy. Paul's brother Edo is an inspector for the Kenosha Police Department and Paul's wife, Lori, is an EMS coordinator at Gateway Technical College and is also a certified firefighter with the Waterford Fire Department. In his free time, Paul is an aviation buff and enjoys fishing, watching sports and spending time with his family. He says he enjoys working in Wind Point because it is a very nice community with very friendly and active people. Thank you, Paul, for serving our Village!
Village Board Recognizes Dorothy Bosley
On June 8, the Village Board adopted a proclamation in recognition of Dorothy Bosley for over 31 years of service on the Wind Point Plan Commission. Ms. Bosley was appointed when the Plan Commission was first established in 1985. She also served on an Ad-Hoc Zoning Committee between 2008 and 2011. She stepped down from the Plan Commission on May 17. Thank you, Dorothy, for your many years of valuable contributions to the Village!

New Plan Commissioner Appointed
The Village Board unanimously approved the appointment of Elizabeth Waterfall to fill Ms. Bosley's seat on the Plan Commission. Ms. Waterfall has served as an alternate on the Board of Zoning Appeals and she works as a poll worker at elections in Wind Point. She has experience  teaching courses at Milwaukee School of Engineering in architectural engineering, which included lessons and discussions regarding land development and use, as well as architectural design.
Setting Out Branches for Collection
Wind Point Public Works collects branch piles on the second Tuesday of the month between April and October. Please remember that branches should be set out at the edge of the road no earlier than the Saturday before the collection date. The reason for this restriction is to keep the right-of-way clear and avoid confusion about the collection date. Branch piles that are set out after collection, or prior to the Saturday before the next collection date, may be tagged with a pink notice informing the resident that if the branches are not removed from the edge of the road within 48 hours they will be collected and a special collection charge will be billed to the homeowner. The charge is currently $65.00 for the first 5 minutes of collection. Thank you for your cooperation with branch collections, as it keeps down time and cost needed to provide this service!
Right-of-Way Permit Reminders

The public right-of-way includes public roads and an area of land between private property and the edge of the road. If you have a drainage ditch and driveway apron, they are located within the right-of-way. In Wind Point, the public right-of-way typically extends 30 feet from the centerline of the road in both directions. Residents are responsible for maintaining the lawn in the right-of-way, but cannot have work done in the right-of-way, such as grading, landscaping or replacing a culvert, without first obtaining a right-of-way permit from the Village. Signs are prohibited from being placed in the right-of-way.

Right-of-way, Driveway and Culvert Permits
A permit is required for: driveway resurfacing; work within the ditch, shoulder or apron; street opening; and new or replacement culverts. Permit applications require review by the public works supervisor and/or village engineer. If you are considering replacing your driveway and apron with concrete (or another material besides asphalt), please note there is a separate agreement ("Attachment A") that must be signed. To download the Right-of-way, Driveway and Culvert Permit application, click here.

Village Board Updates
The Village Board of Trustees met for a regular meeting on June 8, 2017. The following actions took place at the meeting:

  • Adopted a proclamation recognizing Dorothy Bosley’s 31+ years of service on the Plan Commission and Ad-Hoc Zoning Committee.
  • Amended the Village Investment Policy to add the WISC Fund as an authorized investment account.
  • Adopted Resolution 17-R04, authorizing the Village to participate in the WISC Fund.
  • Approved a Conditional Use Permit for the construction of a lakefront stairway at 4230 Lighthouse Dr.
  • Approved a Conditional Use Permit for the construction of a lakefront stairway and patio at 135 Lamplighter Ln.
  • Withdrew approval of a proposal for Village Green fencing from Aluminum Fence Corporation and approved a proposal from Century Fence in the amount of $31,017.
  • Approved a proposal from Carlson Racine Roofing for a pavilion roof with asphalt shingles and OSB installation in the total amount of $4,309, pending review of a metal roof option.
  • Approved Village Green furnishings from Canaan Furnishings and Belson Outdoors.
  • Appointed Elizabeth Waterfall to the Plan Commission.
  • Approved 2017-2018 alcohol licenses and operator licenses.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall (lighthouse).

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