The Village aims to maintain property values and promote safe, high-quality neighborhoods by enforcing the following property maintenance requirements. For questions, or to make a complaint, please contact the Municipal Center at 262-878-1818.
Sump Pump Discharge
Clear water shall be conveyed to the front or rear yard by means of an electrically driven pump. No side yard discharge of water shall be allowed. The clear water pump shall be located a minimum of 20 feet from the nearest floor drain and from any sanitary sump pit. The discharge pipe or extension or drain system of each clear water sump pump shall be extended no closer than 15 feet from any property line. The clear water waste shall be conveyed above ground by gravity flow and by natural means to the point of disposal. The clear water sump pump may be connected underground to the storm sewer system, at the owner’s expense, upon written approval of the director of public works.
All residential roof drains shall be discharged no closer than six feet from any lot line and above grade. Roof drains that are installed to discharge below grade shall be removed and shall be so reconstructed as to discharge above the ground level grade. Any property owner failing to comply with this item shall be given 30 days’ notice in writing by the director of public works. Failure to comply will result in the Village Plumbing Inspector ordering the corrective installation. The expenses thereof shall be assessed as a special tax against the property.
Village Code requires lawns to be kept below 9 inches in height. If grass gets above this height, the Village may have the lawn mowed and billed to the property owner. The property owner can also be issued a citation. Residents are responsible for maintaining lawns in public right-of-way areas adjacent to their property.
Disposal of Yard Waste or Grass Clippings in the Streets Prohibited
No person shall use the public streets or any other public property as a place for disposal of yard waste or grass clippings. The Village may cause the debris to be removed and the expense billed to the owner, occupant or person in charge. Said bill, if unpaid by the date set forth in the statement, shall be delinquent and may be collected via the benefited parcel’s next tax bill as a special charge, under Wis. Stat. § 66.0627.
Trees standing in and upon any public street or place or upon any lot or land adjacent thereto shall be pruned and trimmed by the owner or occupant of the property on or in front of which such trees are growing, so that the lowest branches projecting over the public street or alley will provide a clearance of not less than 14 feet and a clearance of not less than ten feet over any public place and so that no dead, broken or otherwise hazardous branches shall be likely to fall and do injury to the public. When the director of public works deems a tree to be hazardous, a notice is issued to the property owner with a time period to address the tree. If the tree is not addressed within the time period, the Village will have the tree trimmed, pruned or removed and the cost will be billed to the property owner.
The following property conditions may be declared public nuisances by the Village of Union Grove, requiring action by the property owner:
- All trees, hedges, billboards or other obstructions that prevent persons driving vehicles on public streets, alleys or highways from obtaining a clear view of traffic when approaching an intersection or pedestrian crosswalk.
- All limbs of trees that project over and less than 14 feet above the surface of a public sidewalk or street or less than ten feet above any other public place.
- All buildings or structures so old, dilapidated or out of repair as to be dangerous, unsafe, unsanitary or otherwise unfit for human use.
- All open and unguarded pits, wells, excavations or unused basements freely accessible from any public street, alley or sidewalk.
- Carcasses of animals, birds or fowls not intended for human consumption or food which are not buried or otherwise disposed of in a sanitary manner within 24 hours after death.
- Accumulations of decayed animal or vegetable matter, trash, rubbish, rotting lumber, bedding, packing material, scrap metal or any material whatsoever in which flies, mosquitoes, disease-carrying insects, rats or other vermin may breed.
- All stagnant water in which mosquitoes, flies or other insects can multiply.
- All noxious weeds and other rank growth of vegetation.
- The escape of smoke, soot, cinders, noxious acids, fumes, gases, flying ash, industrial dust or other atmospheric pollutants within the village limits or within one mile therefrom in such quantities as to endanger the health of persons of ordinary sensibilities or to threaten or cause substantial injury to the property in the Village.
- Any use of property, substances or things within the village and within one mile from the village limits emitting or causing any foul, offensive, noisome, nauseous, noxious or disagreeable odors, gases, effluvia or stenches extremely repulsive to the physical senses of ordinary persons that annoy, discomfort, injure or inconvenience the health of any appreciable number of persons within the village.
- All abandoned wells not securely covered or secured from public use.
- Any use of property that shall cause any nauseous or unwholesome liquid or substance to flow into or upon any street, gutter, alley, sidewalk or public place within the village.