June 2016
Village Welcomes Jack Feiner as New
Public Works Supervisor

We are very pleased to welcome Jack Feiner to the Village staff! Jack was hired to the position of public works supervisor to succeed Randy Miller who retires on July 8. Jack brings over 18 years of experience, working for Public Golf Associates and most recently as production supervisor for Reliable Property Services. He has experience in landscape maintenance, equipment repair and snow removal, and he possesses a DNR water utility operator certification.

Jack resides just outside of Wind Point with his wife Michele and two young children. For fun, Jack enjoys hunting, fishing and cooking. Please join us in welcoming Jack to Wind Point!

Public Works Assistant Opening
The Village of Wind Point is currently accepting applications for Public Works Assistant.  Duties include routine manual & semi-skilled maintenance work in order to maintain the Village’s parks, facilities, utility infrastructure and streets. For more information and to download an application, click here. The application deadline is June 20.
Lighthouse Tower Tours This Sunday!

The first lighthouse tour day of the year takes place this Sunday, June 5, 2016. Lighthouse tower tours offer a unique opportunity to take in the views of Lake Michigan and Racine, while hearing about the history of this historic landmark.

Admission for tours are $10 for ages 12 & over and $5 for ages 6-12. For safety reasons, children under 6 are not allowed to climb. While not required, reservations can be made online at windpointlighthouse.org/towertours. Tours take place every half hour between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. There will be concessions and lighthouse-related gifts available for sale throughout the day.  Piggly Wiggly Erie Street will make a donation to the lighthouse for each climber throughout the 2016 season to the lighthouse maintenance fund.

In addition to June 5, tours will be held on the first Sunday of the month until October: July 3, August 7, September 4, and October 2. The Lighthouse Keepers are also looking for volunteers to assist on all of these dates, so if you are interested in getting involved, please contact Mike & Susan Arts at lhkeeper@windpointwi.us.

YMCA Lighthouse Run Set for Saturday, June 18
On Saturday, June 18, runners participating in the annual  YMCA Lighthouse Run  will make their way through Wind Point between about 8:15 to 10 a.m., running counter-clockwise on the inside lane of Four Mile Rd., Lighthouse Dr. and Three Mile Rd. The outside lane will be open for vehicular traffic (one way). Please plan accordingly as delays are to be expected at intersections during the race!  This year YMCA has included an option in the race registration form to donate to lighthouse maintenance.
Ironman Triathlon Comes Through Wind Point on Sunday, July 17
The annual Ironman 70.3 Racine Triathlon will take place on Sunday, July 17. The bike portion of the triathlon will pass through on N. Main St. and will cause delays for vehicles entering and leaving the Village. The heaviest bike traffic is expected to occur between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.   The run portion of the event will come through Wind Point on Three Mile Rd., will head north on Lighthouse Dr., turn around at Shoop Park and head back the same way toward Racine. The northbound lane will be used by the runners and the southbound lane will remain open to traffic. For more information on the Ironman event, click here.
How Was Your Service? Please Take the Brief Customer Service Survey!
If you have interacted with Village of Wind Point staff in the last six months, we would like to hear your feedback. Please take the short online survey at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/vwpcustomerservice
Annual Independence Day Bike Parade and Ice Cream Social Set for Thursday, June 30
All Wind Point families are invited to celebrate Independence Day at the annual  Bike Parade and Ice Cream Social on Thursday, June 30  at 6:30 p.m. at   Village Green Park on 4 Mile Road.

Kids dress in red, white and blue! Decorate bikes, scooters or wagons!  Meet in the parking lot of Village Green Park. The parade route is east on E. 4 Mile Rd., right on Fairway Dr., left on E. Point Dr., left on James Ave., left on Hollow Creek and back around to Village Green. Ice cream treats will be served to all after the parade (compliments of the Wind Point Community Club, a non-profit group promoting social activities in the Village).

Wind Point Receives GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
We are pleased to announce the Village of Wind Point received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2016 budget document. The award reflects the Village’s commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting and organizational transparency.

In order to receive the budget award, the Village had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as: 1) a policy document, 2) a financial plan, 3) an operations guide and 4) a communications device. A total of 17 municipalities in Wisconsin received the award in 2015 and none were in Racine County.
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving 18,300 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

Save the Date for the Village Picnic on Sunday, August 14!
The annual Village Picnic will take place this year on Sunday, August 14 at Village Green Park.  A beer garden is being planned with a local brewery for this year's picnic. If you have any photos of the old Danish Beer Garden that was located in the park, please contact the office at 639-3524. Thank you!
Pickleball Available at Village Green Park
Two pickleball courts have been painted onto the eastern-most tennis court at Village Green Park. The pickleball lines are yellow, while the tennis lines are white. Pickleball players would need to bring their own portable pickleball net because the courts are laid out separately from the tennis court net.

The pickleball courts were a recommendation of residents in the Village Green Park plan. Pickleball is quickly growing sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis
Removing and Disposing Garlic Mustard
Many of our yards are playing host to garlic mustard, an invasive species which disrupts Wind Point's ecosystems. The DNR advises hand-pulling at or before the onset of flowering, or cutting the flower stalk as close to the soil as possible just as flowering begins. You may also try to control infestations with a 1-2% active ingredient solution of glyphosate, but beware - it will kill other plants, too.

To dispose garlic mustard, place the plants in their own separate garbage bags. Label the bags "garlic mustard" and place them in the regular garbage cart. If you have more bags than the cart can fit, you can set them out during a bulk collection day on the first Monday of the month or arrange a special pickup with Johns Disposal for a fee.  Certainly this time of the year yard work may seem endless, but your diligence will be greatly appreciated by your neighbors--and you could be rewarded with the sight of more beautiful Wisconsin wildflowers!
Village Board Updates
The Village Board of Trustees met for a regular meeting on May 12, 2016. The following actions took place at the meeting:
  • Approved committee, board and commission appointments.
  • Approved a False Alarm Fee Ordinance (Ordinance 16-03).
  • Approved an updated Fee Schedule (Resolution 16-R05).
  • Approved civil design and surveying services for the Village Green Park Plan and referred the Parks & Facilities Committee to review architectural services.
  • Approved a park reservation application filed by Wind Point Living Magazine for a "Pet Parade" on July 6, 2016 (rain date of July 7) with permit fees waived, subject to conditions.
  • Approved an agreement document to use for vendors at lighthouse tours.
  • Approved proceeding to solicit bids for a new roof, gutter system and chimney rebuild at lighthouse main building and approved hiring Roofing Consultants LTD for design and bidding services in the amount of $4,500.
  • Approved removing eight silver maple trees along E. Four Mile Rd. and referring it to the new public works supervisor for determining how and when they would be removed.
  • Approved the appointment of Jack Feiner to the position of Public Works Supervisor.
  • Approved a memorandum of understanding with Racine County for the lighthouse maintenance contribution in the amount of $10,000.
  • Approved a hold harmless agreement with Racine Family YMCA to use Three Mile Rd., Lighthouse Dr. and Four Mile Rd. on June 18, 2016.
  • Approved a customer service survey to send out to resident in the next E-News.
  • Approved summer hours for the administrative intern position.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall (lighthouse).

Judge John Knuteson (center) swore in re-elected village trustees Karen Van Lone and David Heller at the Village Board meeting on May 12.

Retiring maintenance assistant Mike Purtee (right) accepts a parting gift from village administrator Mike Hawes (left) before the Village Board meeting on May 12. 
Village of Wind Point, Wisconsin
215 E. Four Mile Rd.
Racine, WI 53402