July 2020
Welcome Judge Georgia Herrera
We are very pleased to report on June 11 the Village Boards of Wind Point and North Bay appointed Georgia L. Herrera to the position of Municipal Judge for the Wind Point/North Bay Joint Municipal Court. Georgia's appointment to the bench will fill the vacancy of Judge John Knuteson who passed away in April. Judge Knuteson had served the Village as Municipal Judge since 2007.

Georgia is a native of Racine. Her family has lived in the Village of North Bay for the last 22 years. Both of her grown children are graduates of the Prairie School. Georgia graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Law in 1985 and brings 35 years of legal experience to the bench.

She is an active biker and walker and has biked all over North Bay and Wind Point and is familiar with both communities and Racine County. Welcome Georgia!
Wind Point School Development Meeting
The Plan Commission will be holding a meeting to review revisions to the proposed site plan and request to rezone the former Wind Point School Property on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Caledonia Village Hall, 5043 Chester Lane , located just off of Four Mile Road, next to Crawford Park and behind the Douglas Avenue Pick n' Save.

The revisions to the site plan were made by Newport Development based upon comments that they received from the Plan Commission, Architectural Review Board and residents. You can view more information, including the proposed new site plan, by visiting the project page on the Village's Website. The Plan Commission will also be reviewing a recommendation to amend the Village's Comprehensive Plan and a proposed rezoning for the property. If the Plan Commission agrees to the site plan and recommend zoning changes, the proposal will move to the Village Board in August for a public hearing.

Due to COVID-19 concerns and because safe distancing only allow sfor sixteen attendees from the public, we are asking that you attend virtually, via Cisco WebEx Meetings. You can access the meeting via the internet, via the WebEx app or by calling in via phone. If you plan to attend the meeting in person please wear a mask.

Join by Internet Via WebEx App
Meeting number: 126 468 8696
Password: wH38q9kBBp7

Join by Phone
+1-415-655-0001
Access code: 126 468 8696
Pass-code: 94387952

If you need assistance on connecting to the meeting you can view the instructions on connecting to the meeting via your computer or phone on the WebEx website.

If you have any additional questions, concerns or would like to submit comments regarding the proposed project please contact Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer Casey Griffiths at 262-639-3524 or by email at c.griffiths@windpoint.org.
Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!
The Village Office will be closed on Friday, July 3 for the Independence Day holiday. The office will reopen on Monday, July 6 at 8:30 a.m. There are no changes to the schedule for garbage, yard waste and recycling for the week of July 6.

Fireworks Reminders
Please note that fireworks that propel into the air or explode are prohibited in the Village. Fireworks and related toy items that stay on the ground are allowed, but loud noises (especially at night) may be considered a nuisance under Village Ordinances.

Illegal use of fireworks is a danger to you and your neighbors. Fireworks can cause significant injury when not handled properly. Additionally, according to the National Safety Council, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires and 300 vehicle fires. Noise from fireworks is especially difficult for some combat veterans and pets. For veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) the loud and unexpected noise from fireworks can be a source of stress and anxiety. Please be considerate of your neighbors.

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July Weekend.
2020 Village Movie Night
Due to concerns over public health and safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Annual Village Picnic unfortunately will not take place this year. Instead the Village and Wind Point Living Magazine will be hosting an outdoor movie night, on Sunday, August 30 at Village Green Park. The movie will start just after sundown, approximately 7:30 p.m.

We will be screening The Lego Movie for an evening of fun-filled family entertainment. We ask that everyone bring a chair or blanket. Members who live in a household may stay together, however, groups of people, who do not reside in the same home, will need to remain at least six feet apart.

Additional details about the event will be provided in a few weeks.
Wind Point Lighthouse Open Tower Days
Open Lighthouse Tower Climb Days have been cancelled for the remainder of 2020, due to concerns for the health and safety of our visitors, Lighthouse staff and volunteers, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Village is offering limited private group tours. Tours can be arraigned directly with the Lighthouse Keepers. Private tours are limited to individuals in immediate households only. In order to protect the health and safety of our Lighthouse Staff the following rules will apply for private tours:
  • Masks are required to climb the tower.
  • No one in the group who has shown symptoms of COVID-19 in the past two weeks will be allowed to climb.

To arrange a private tour you can send a message to the Lighthouse Keepers via Email or call the Lighthouse directly at 262-639-3777.
Election Workers Needed
The Village is seeking Election Inspectors for the upcoming elections in August and November. Election Inspectors check in voters at the polling place, issue ballots and tabulate election results. Serving as a poll worker is a great way to help out your community and be part of the election process.

To be an Election Inspector you must:
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be able to read and write fluently in the English language.
  • Not be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the polling place for that election.
  • Be a registered voter of Racine County.

Additionally an Election Inspector should posses the following:
  • Strong clerical skills.
  • Ability to solve problems.
  • Effective communication skills.

Election Inspectors are appointed to two-year terms of service. Training to become an Election Inspector is handled by the Village Clerk and is generally completed twice a year. If you are interested in becoming an Election Inspector please contact Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer Casey Griffiths at 262-639-3524 or email c.griffiths@windpoint.org.
Village Office Reopening
The Administrative Office will be reopening to the public on Monday, July 6. With the reopening, there are a few changes that will be in place.

  • Only one customer will be allowed inside the building at a time. If you arrive while someone is in the office, we ask that you wait outside on the marked spots, until the person inside has left.
  • When you are in the office, please stay only in the designated area next to the counter and door. This area will be marked with an "X" and signage.
  • We are requesting that you wear a mask when coming to the office.

These procedures are intended for short transactions at the Village Office such as purchasing yard waste stickers or obtaining a building permit. If you need to meet with Staff for an extended period of time, please contact the Village Office at 262-639-3524 or info@windpoint.org to schedule an appointment.
Update on Deepwood Drive Property
On Wednesday, June 24, the Village reviewed the requests that were received via a petition by the Deepwood Preservation Committee regarding development of the property located at 4403 Main Street. A joint meeting of the Building & Zoning Committee and Public Works, Utilities and Environmental Committee discussed the petition's request as well as possible options for the use of the property.

The Committees made two recommendations to the Village Board for consideration. The first recommendation is to withdraw the request for proposal document (RFP) to develop the property. The second recommendation is to further investigate the possibility of developing the property for single family homes, to determine the best areas on the property for development and areas that can be set aside as green space.

The full Village Board will be reviewing the committee's recommendations at their meeting on Thursday, July 9. To read more about the 4403 Main Street project please click here.
Village Board Updates
The Village Board of Trustees met for a regular meeting on June 11, 2020. The following actions took place at the meeting:

  • Appointed Georgia Herrera to position of Interim Municipal Judge.
  • Reviewed the 2019 Village and Water Utility Audits.
  • Approved changes to the job descriptions for police officers.
  • Created and approved the job description for the position of police sergeant.
  • Created and approved the police department organization chart.
  • Approved alcohol license renewals for Shoop Park Golf, Wingspread and the Council House.
  • Approved new and renewal operator (bartender) licenses.
  • Approved a standard material checklist for utility construction.

Please note that the information contained above is only a summary of action items from the Village Board meeting. The full meeting minutes for all Village Board and Committee meetings are posted once they are approved by the Board/Committee and can be found by  clicking this link.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall (Wind Point Lighthouse) and virtually via Cisco WebEx Meetings. Information on how to attend virtually is listed below:

Internet (via WebEx App): Click Here
Meeting number: 126 600 9317
Password: 46p7KS34wDf

Phone
+1-415-655-0001
Access code: 126 600 9317
Password: 46775734
Village of Wind Point, Wisconsin
215 E. Four Mile Rd.
Racine, WI 53402
262.639.3524