Published by the Village of Union Grove - October 2020
Trick-or-Treat Hours Set for Oct. 31
Trick-or-treat hours in Union Grove have been designated for Saturday, October 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. The hours are set to help establish safety and uniformity for those still wishing to participate this year. Motorists are asked to be extra cautious of pedestrians during trick-or-treating times. Families are encouraged to consider alternative ideas for enjoying Halloween this year. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recommends against traditional trick-or-treating with in-person contact and provides tips and other ideas for celebrating Halloween on their website (click on "Halloween.").
November 3 General Election Information
Polls will be open for the General Election on Tuesday, November 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Union Grove Municipal Center (925 15th Ave.). The ballot includes races for U.S. President, U.S. Congress, State Assembly, District Attorney, County Clerk, County Treasurer and County Register of Deeds. To view a sample ballot, click here.

Voter Registration
If you need to register as a first-time voter or re-register due to a name or address change, you can register by mail or online up to 20 days before the election (October 14). You can also register at the Village Offices up to the Friday before the election (October 30). Registration is available at the polls on election day, though longer wait times are to be expected. Voters must reside at their address for at least 28 days by Election Day in order to register to vote.

Absentee Voting
If you wish to receive an absentee ballot by mail, you can submit a request online or fill out an application form and submit it by email to, by mail to the Village Offices, in-person or in the 24/7 dropbox outside the entrance of the municipal center. A valid photo ID must be included with your application if you have not provided a photo ID to vote by mail in the past.

In-person absentee voting will be offered on a "drive-up" basis in the municipal center parking lot during the following dates and times: Tuesday, October 20 to Friday, October 30 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and available until 5 p.m. on October 30.

Voting & Election Questions
For questions, please contact Village Clerk Rebecca Wallendal, at or
Leider Park Playground Updates
The new playground area at Leider Park is not expected to be open until spring due to additional grading and landscaping. The work was needed to address excessive ponding and muddy conditions around the playground. It would not have been a positive experience for park visitors or good for the future condition of the park to open up the playground until this could be addressed and grass could be re-established. Thank you for your patience and we hope to see you at Leider Park in 2021!
Road construction on the north end of Milldrum St. is complete! The road was widened and reconstructed with sidewalks added connecting from Union Grove Elementary School to 16th Ave. Note this road section is still one-way (north-bound only). New water main was installed and old water pipes were replaced serving homes near 16th Ave. and New St. Ruth Ct. and Lark Ct. were resurfaced as part of the contract.
Canopy Hill Updates
A follow-up review of the concept plan for the Canopy Hill subdivision took place at a joint meeting of the Village Board, Plan Commission and Community Development Authority on September 8. The following changes were presented in comparison compared to the version in July:

  • Increased single family lots from 183 to 188.
  • Reconfigured a road to go around the St. Robert’s Church property and connect to Hwy. 45.
  • Increased park land from 11.42 acres to 18.17 acres and added trails connecting from northern part of park land to southwest and southeast corners of subdivision.
  • Replaced land for future public service operations with future senior living.
  • Added sidewalk on both sides of the road for most of the subdivision and added sidewalks in duplex section.

Meeting attendees gave feedback and requested that certain items will be addressed, including park access and parking, street names, crosswalks, landscaping and a buffer area behind existing homes near Hwy. 45 and 7th Ave. Bear Development has indicated they will submit zoning applications and more detailed plans for Plan Commission and Village Board consideration this fall and winter. For more information about Canopy Hill, visit the Current Development Projects webpage.
Automatic Payment Option for Utility Bills
Please note that the third quarter utility bill (mailed out by mid-October) will be in an envelope marked "Utility Bill Enclosed," instead of the normal postcard. This will be a one-time occurrence as we mail out a letter and form regarding a new (optional) ACH payment method.

Residents who sign up for ACH payments will continue to receive utility bills, but the payment amount will be automatically deducted from a designated checking or savings account. The option helps save time and cost associated with sending payments and assures that payments are made on time (even if you are out of town). To view the letter and sign-up form now, click here.
Utility Bill Affordability
On September 21, the Water Wastewater, Storm Water and Streets Committee reviewed an affordability assessment of the Village's utilities. The assessment looks at how affordable utility bills for water, sewer and storm water are for households of different income levels in Union Grove. The assessment used a typical quarterly bill with a consumption of 12,000 gallons of water. The bill amounts to $201.83 which accounts for 1.2% of the median household income in Union Grove ($64,935 per year). Industry standards recommend a percentage under 2.5% to be considered "affordable." Using this standard, Union Grove utility bills are considered affordable for household income levels $25,000 and higher using a five-year average of utility bills.
Health Department Consolidation
On September 8, the Village Board reviewed a plan for consolidating the Central Racine County Health Department (CRCHD) with Racine County. The proposal originated in May when the CRCHD Board initiated talks with the county executive about becoming a department of Racine County. At that time, it was becoming apparent that CRCHD's low levy funding and small number of staff would not be sustainable in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A plan was developed to consolidate CRCHD with the County in a way that strengthens public health services and enhances fiscal stability for the health department. As a next step, all 14 member municipalities would need to formally give notice of disbanding and becoming part of a Racine County Health Department in 2022; this notice was approved by the Union Grove Board on September 8. To view the consolidation plan presentation, click here.
Village Board Updates
The Village Board held regular meetings on September 8 and September 21. Following is a recap of Village Board actions that took place:

September 8 Regular Meeting:
  • Approved Resolutions 2020-14 and 2020-15, authorizing general obligation bonds not to exceed $2.8 million for street improvement projects.
  • Approved hiring KerberRose, S.C. for annual auditing services for fiscal years ending 2020, 2021 and 2022.
  • Approved reducing the speed limit to 35 MPH on 69th Dr. per the engineering study of the new intersection at 18th Ave. and 69th Dr., with additional signage.
  • Approved a withdrawal letter to the Central Racine County Health Department effective December 31, 2021, in support of the consolidation of the health department with Racine County.
  • Set Trick-or-Treating date and time of October 31, 2020 from 5-7 p.m.
  • Approved the appointment of Connor J. Benson to fill a vacancy on the Community Development Authority with a term ending April 2024.
  • Approved a WE Energies distribution easement along the south border of the Village-owned property at 1600 Leider Dr.

September 21 Regular Meeting:
  • Heard a mid-year report from Racine County Economic Development Corporation.
  • Approved proceeding with an interim market reassessment in 2021.
  • Approved Ordinance 2020-09, amending ordinances relating to the health director.
  • Approved the disallowance of a claim filed by St. Robert’s Church.
  • Approved awarding a bid for 11th Ave. Storm Water Improvements to DK Contractors including alternates 1 and 2 in the total amount of $221,273.
  • Did not take action on a quote to pave a private-owned alley.
  • Approved an operator license for Lon Fesko.
Upcoming Meetings Schedule
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are currently being held in-person in the first floor Community Room with an option to join via public teleconference. Teleconference call-in numbers and access codes will be posted on meeting agendas. Meeting dates and times are subject to change.

  • October 5 - Plan Commission (Canceled)
  • October 5 - Village Board (6 p.m.)
  • October 12 - Administration Committee (5:30 p.m.)
  • October 12 - Joint Finance Committee and Water, Wastewater, Storm Water and Streets Committee (6 p.m.)
  • October 14 - Library Board (5 p.m.)
  • October 14 - Fire Commission (6 p.m.)
  • October 19 - Special Water, Wastewater, Storm Water & Streets (5:30 p.m.)
  • October 19 - Village Board (6 p.m.)
  • October 20 - Community Development Authority (6 p.m.)
  • October 22 - Recreation & Parks Committee (6 p.m.)
  • October 26 - Water, Wastewater, Storm Water & Streets (6 p.m.)

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