Published by the Village of Union Grove - May 2019
Spring Election Results
A total of 1,056 ballots were cast in the Spring Election on April 2, 2019, representing a 39% turnout of registered voters in Union Grove. The turnout exceeded the Spring Elections in 2018 and 2017, when 737 and 505 ballots were cast, respectively. In the Village races, Mike Aimone was re-elected as Village President and incumbents Alan Jelinek, Janice Winget and Christopher Gallagher were re-elected as Village Trustees. Melanie Reichert was re-elected as Municipal Judge. To view the full local election results, click here. Special thank you to Village staff and our dedicated election inspections for administering a smooth Spring Election! No other elections are scheduled in 2019.

Village Officials Directory
For an updated listing of elected representatives, Village staff and Committee members, download the Village Officials Directory brochure or pick up a copy at Village Hall.
Road Construction Starting on New St.
Road construction is starting this month on a one-block stretch of New St., between 15th Ave. (Hwy. 11) and 16th Ave. The work involves water main replacement and road resurfacing. This section of road will be closed while work is in progress, which is expected to last until the final week of May. Residents will still be able to access their driveways during the project. For questions, contact the DPW Director Rick Piette at 262-770-1587.
Park Clean-Up Day Rescheduled to Saturday, May 4
Due to inclement weather this past Saturday, the Park Clean-Up Day has been rescheduled to this Saturday, May 4. If you would like to help, meet at School Yard Park and clean up crews will disburse from there. Lunch will be served at School Yard Park for all volunteers after the clean up. We urge volunteers to bring their own gloves and rakes. Please RSVP so we can get an accurate lunch count – the RSVP deadline is tomorrow, May 2. To RSVP, contact Village Administrator, Michael Hawes, at mhawes@uniongrove.net, or 262-878-1818.
Baseball & Softball Rec. Leagues Starting
Union Grove Recreation Department baseball and softball leagues are ramping up this month! Girls fastpitch softball starts on May 14, while coach pitch baseball starts on May 20 and t-ball will start on May 23. To view the full schedules, click here. For questions, contact league coordinator Ryan Thompson at 262-902-7917 or recreation@uniongrove.net.
Brush Collections
As a correction to last month's E-News, brush collections take place the last full week of the month (Monday-Friday), during the months of April through October. Due to the Memorial Day holiday, brush collection this month will take place between Tuesday, May 28 and Friday, May 31. Set brush piles out by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. Brush collections are for branches with a maximum 6″ in diameter with a preferred length of 6′ or more (but branches as short as 4′ can be collected). For questions, contact Village Hall at 262-878-1818.
Village Welcomes New Utility Operator
The Village of Union Grove is pleased to welcome Dan Milostan as its new utility operator. Dan brings nine years of public utility experience, including two years most recently with the City of West Allis. He currently holds a Class D waterworks certification. Dan's first day was April 15.
Entertainment Stage Project
The Village of Union Grove is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from Racine County for the construction of an entertainment stage! The general purpose of the stage is to help create a sense of community by hosting family-friendly events at a walkable location in the Village. A community meeting was held on February 27 and subcommittees were established to advise on different aspects of the stage, including location, design, rules and fundraising. A decision on the eventual location of the stage has been referred to the Village Board, which has tabled the item to the next regular meeting on May 13. Look for updates on this project in future E-News and the project webpage .
Updates on Development Projects
Canopy Hill
On April 18, several members of the Village Board, Plan Commission and Community Development took part in a tour of Bear Development properties to review projects similar to the one proposed for Canopy Hill (located across from Union Grove High School). The group visited new construction sites in St. Francis, Somers and Pleasant Prairie. Representatives from Bear presented an updated concept plan on April 22. The project will require approval of a development agreement and the submittal of more detailed plans for Plan Commission and Village Board consideration. No timetable has been set for these items.

The Residences at Dunham Grove
On April 22, the Village Board approved a Development Agreement for The Residences at Dunham Grove, a residential development proposed by Pre/3 for the western part of the "Fonk property" located on 69th St., east of Shumann Dr. The project involves 63 single-family residential units and 120 multi-family units (10 buildings with 12 units each). The agreement is contingent upon the developer obtaining all of the necessary zoning approvals for the project, which are expected to go before the Plan Commission and Village Board in May and June. In addition to adding considerable assessed value and new housing options, the project will result in new water and sewer service to the southeast corner of the Village from Highway 11.

For more information, visit the Current Development Projects webpage.
Building Permits Reminder
The Village enforces building and zoning codes to protect the safety of residents and to ensure that work meets national, state and local standards. We strongly encourage homeowners to contact Village staff during the early planning stages of a project to determine code and permit requirements. Although contractors are usually hired to complete the work, it is ultimately the homeowner's responsibility to ensure that permits were properly obtained prior to starting the work. A double permit fee is assessed for work started without a necessary permit. Please contact Building Inspector Jim DeLuca at 262-210-1741 or jdeluca@uniongrove.net for any questions or to discuss permit requirements.
Village Board Updates
The Village Board held regular meetings on April 8 and April 22. A special meeting was also held on April 29. Following is a recap of Village Board actions taken at these meetings:

April 8 - Regular Meeting:
  • Heard an update on the request for qualifications process for consultant planning/zoning services.
  • Appointed members to the Entertainment Stage Committees and Park Upgrade Committee.
  • Instructed staff to discontinue negotiations with WE Energies for holiday lighting on light poles.

April 22 - Regular Meeting:
  • Approved an agreement with GRAEF for as-needed consultant planning/zoning services.
  • Approved a development agreement with Pre/3 for the Residences at Dunham Grove development.
  • Appointed Kerry Bennett as Village Treasurer.
  • Approved awarding the low bid submitted by Asphalt Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $121,578 for street resurfacing and water main replacement on New St. (between 15th and 16th Ave.)
  • Approved a work order submitted by Baxter & Woodman for designing sewer and water infrastructure relating to the Pre/3 development.
  • Approved the purchase of a replacement office copier from Office Copying Equipment.
  • Approved an annual Letter of Understanding with UGES and UGYBA regarding ball diamond usage/coordination at the school.

April 29 - Special Meeting:
  • Discussed the Entertainment Stage project and tabled decision on the site selection to the meeting on May 13.
  • Approved WE Energies easements on public property located near the Union Grove Municipal Center and Indian Trail Park.
Upcoming Meetings Schedule
Meetings will be held at Union Grove Municipal Center, 925 15th Ave., unless otherwise noted. Meeting dates and times are subject to change.

  • May 6 - Plan Commission (6 p.m.)
  • May 13 - Board of Review (Initial Meeting) (5:50 p.m.)
  • May 13 - Village Board (6 p.m.)
  • May 15 - Library Board (at library) (5 p.m.)
  • May 15 - Fire Commission (at fire station) (6 p.m.)
  • May 20 - Water, Wastewater, Stormwater & Streets Committee (6 p.m.)
  • May 21 - Community Development Authority (6 p.m.)
  • May 23 - Recreation & Parks Committee (6 p.m.)
  • May 23 - Administration Committee (6:30 p.m.)
  • May 23 - Park Upgrades Committee (7 p.m.)
  • May 28 - Village Board (6 p.m.)

Visit the Village Meetings webpage for meeting agendas, which are posted at least 24 hours before the meeting time.