June 2017
Village Green Project Updates
Renovations at Village Green are in full swing! Crews began the first week in May with removal of the existing parking lot pavement and playground equipment. They proceeded with grading work and laying stone for the perimeter pathway and new parking lot area (located off the existing driveway). The next steps will be laying concrete for the pavilion area and asphalt for the path.

On May 11, the Village Board approved proposals for playground equipment, landscaping, fencing and electrical work associated with the park project. The playground equipment and tennis court fencing are expected to be installed in June or July. The pavilion is also expected to be installed in July. Plantings and other landscaping work is anticipated in late summer. For more information on the project, visit the project webpage.
Village Accepting Applications for Lighthouse Keepers Position

We are now accepting applications for Wind Point Lighthouse Keepers. The Keepers serve as ambassadors of the lighthouse and are responsible for representing the property with enthusiasm and respect for its historic significance. The Keepers live on site and interact with various members of the public and perform a range of duties, from cleaning and groundskeeping, to managing facility rentals and coordinating volunteers. For more information on the position, click here. The position was posted on May 12 and applications will be accepted until June 15.

Open Tower Day - Sunday, June 4
The first lighthouse tour day of the year takes place this Sunday, June 4. 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 is $10 for ages 12 & over and $5 for ages 6-11. For safety reasons, children under 6 are not permitted up the tower. Reservations are not required but are recommended - make your reservation online.
YMCA Lighthouse Run on Saturday, June 17

On Saturday, June 17, runners participating in the annual YMCA Lighthouse Run will make their way through Wind Point from 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.

Annual Children's Bike Parade and Ice Cream Social Set for Thursday, June 29
All Wind Point families are invited to celebrate Independence Day at the annual  Bike Parade and Ice Cream Social on Thursday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m. Due to park construction, the meeting place will be the parking lot next to the Village Office at 215 E. Four Mile Rd. (west of the tennis courts).

Kids dress in red, white and blue! Decorate bikes, scooters or wagons!  Meet in the parking lot of the Village Office. 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 Community Club
Women's Bridge Group Annual Lunch
The Wind Point Community Club's Women's Bridge Group is having their annual luncheon on Tuesday, June 13 at the Racine Country Club. The group will start up again in September. If you would like to join the bridge group in September, please contact Cel Heck at 639-5370 or cecelias@wi.rr.com.
Assessment Reminders
Notices have been mailed out to all property owners whose assessments have changed compared to last year. Property owners have an opportunity to discuss their assessment with the assessor during Open Book on Tuesday, June 6 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Village Office. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. To make an appointment, contact Associated Appraisal at 1-800-721-4157 or by email at info@apraz.com.

If you disagree with your property's assessment, you can appear before the Board of Review for an appeal hearing. Board of Review will take place on Wednesday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall (lighthouse). Although homeowners are not required to attend Open Book in order to appeal their assessment, it is recommended because many disputes are resolved during Open Book.  For information on how to appeal an assessment and for other related information, see the   Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s   Guide for Property Owners.
Wind Point School Property Update
Village representatives met with Racine Unified School Board president Robert Wittke last month to discuss the status of the Wind Point School property. Mr. Wittke represents the 9th district which is made up of Wind Point and part of Caledonia.

The Wind Point Village Board is concerned about the impact that the vacant school building has on the surrounding neighborhood and has requested that the school district prepare a plan for the future use or disposition of the property. Mr. Wittke indicated that the school board will add the Wind Point School to its project list and consider demolishing the existing structure. We will look for developments from the school district and post updates in this newsletter.
Village Committee Appointments
On May 11, the Village Board held its annual organizational meeting. Circuit Court Judge Faye Flancher conducted the oath of the office for the Board members who were elected in April. The Board approved appointments and re-appointments to citizen committees:
  • Plan Commision Tom Knaus was re-appointed to a three-year term expiring in April 2020. The other Plan Commissioners are James Arens, Karen Jansson, Robert Quam, Jr. (trustee representative), Mark Madsen (engineer) and Susan Sanabria (chairperson). After many years of service on the Plan Commission, Dorothy Bosley recently submitted a letter of resignation resulting in one seat that is currently vacant.

  • Board of Zoning Appeals - Dave Durment was re-appointed to a three-year term expiring in April 2020. Angie Burwell was appointed as a new member, filling a vacant seat expiring in 2018. The other members are Bill Bensman (chairperson), Linda Schubring, Mary Ellen Chovan, Tim McGuire (alternate) and Elizabeth Waterfall (alternate).

  • Architectural Review Board - Dan Wade was appointed as a new member. The other members who were re-appointed to one-year terms are John Murphy, Rob Loppnow, Jim Winsjansen, Charlie Manning and Robert Quam, Jr. (chairperson).

The Village Board also approved standing committee assignments. These are sub-committees of the Village Board. The Sustainability and Forestry Committee was merged with the Public Works Committee to make for a total of six committees. Each Village Board trustee serves as a chairperson of one committee.  To view a full list of Committee assignments and other Village contacts, view the updated directory, by clicking here.
New Election Equipment in 2018
Voters may notice new voting machines when they head to the polls next year. Each municipality in Racine County is in the process of purchasing new equipment this year in preparation for use in time for the 2018 elections. The "Imagecast Evolution" machines have already been introduced in other Counties. Voters will not notice much of a difference, except that ballots will have a bubble to fill in, instead of connecting an arrow.  If you are interested in being involved with the election process and serving as a poll worker, please contact Village Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer Mike Hawes at m.hawes@windpoint.org or 639-3524.
Outdoor Burning Reminders
Controlled outdoor fires for cooking, ceremonies and recreation are allowed in the Village. Controlled burning of yard waste materials is allowed but only between the hours of noon and 7 p.m. The fires must be at least 10 feet from the property line and may not burn wet, combustible rubbish, garbage, oily substances, asphalt, plastic, rubber products or other material which creates dense smoke or causes a nuisance. The Village encourages residents to take advantage of the yard waste collection service as an alternative to burning.
Village Board Updates
The Village Board of Trustees met for a regular meeting on May 11, 2017. The following actions took place at the meeting:
  • Approved committee, board and commission assignments.
  • Heard an update on Village Green project timeline and budget.
  • Approved proposals for Village Green playground equipment, landscaping, fencing and electrical work.
  • Approved a recruitment process for the lighthouse keepers position.
  • Approved an intergovernmental agreement with Racine County for the purchase of new election equipment.
  • Rejected bids for the lighthouse beach project and instructed staff to re-bid the project.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Village Hall (lighthouse).

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