Monday, April 26, 2021

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter
Message from the
Village President, Julie Siegel

It's going to be a busy construction season in Whitefish Bay. Be sure to review the list of Public Works improvement projects taking place this spring, summer, and fall in the article below! To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Are contractors required to take waste/debris from my property? Yes! Please remember that contractors who complete work on your property are required to remove waste/debris. It is not permitted to be included on the curb for refuse/recycling collection.

When is Arbor Day? Arbor Day is this Friday. A small outdoor Arbor Day celebration will be held on April 30, 2021, at 9:00 a.m., near Klode Park Beach.

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will next be collected by Village crews the week of May 3. Brush should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk.

Have a question? Send us an email or give us a call at (414) 962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
This Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m.,Virtual Zoom
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, April 19, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
2021 Public Works Project Summary:
Pavement Mill and Overlay Project:
  • Project includes Oakland Avenue from Hampton Road to Glendale Avenue and Henry Clay from Santa Monica Boulevard to Marlborough Drive. This project will entail the grinding off of 2 inches of asphalt or concrete pavement and then repaving with new asphalt pavement. Pavement marking will be applied following the paving work. This project is scheduled to be completed in early May.

Alley Reconstruction Project:
  • Projects include the alley east of Lydell Avenue from Birch Avenue to north of Henry Clay Street and South of Silver Spring from Kent Avenue to Shoreland Avenue. This project will replace several failing alleys in the Village. Permeable pavers will be installed in the center line of these alleys to improve the storm water quality entering the storm sewer.

Municipal Parking Lot Expansion Project:
  • This project will provide additional parking on the south end of this municipal parking lot South of Winkies/Brueggers. Permeable pavers will be utilized to improve storm water quality entering the storm sewer. Additionally the existing remaining parking lot will be sealed and restriped to perpendicular parking, adding parking capacity.

Consaul Commons Reconstruction Project:
  • This project includes the redevelopment of Consaul Commons on Silver Spring Drive at Berkeley Boulevard. Permeable pavers will be utilized to improve storm water quality entering the storm sewer. This project is scheduled to begin September 2021 with completion by May 2022.

Silver Spring Park (Phase 3) Development Project:
  • This project, a partnership between the Whitefish Bay Garden Club and the Village, will include native species plantings along with a walking path installation along the top of the bluff at Silver Spring Park. This project will occur in Fall, 2021.

Lydell Avenue /Silver Spring Drive Traffic Signal Replacement Project:
  • This project in cooperation with City of Glendale will include the complete replacement of the traffic signal system at this intersection. Funding aided by a 90% Federal DOT Safety Grant has been secured for this project. 

Bioswale Installation at the Village Hall Parking Lot:
  • This project will involve the installation of a stormwater bioswale on the west side of the parking lot located between the Public Library and Village Hall. The bioswale will filter storm water running off both the existing parking lot and the adjacent street to improve the stormwater quality entering the storm sewer.

Sidewalk Replacement Project:
  • The project involves the removal and replacement of uneven and deteriorated public sidewalks, carriage walks, and curb within the Village to remove trip hazards. In addition, sidewalk and curb sections may be replaced with this project to improve drainage.  The primary location of improvements is within the central area of the Village south of Silver Spring Drive and north of Lexington Boulevard, in addition to other sidewalk sections in the Village in need of replacement.

Blackthorne Place Watermain Replacement Project: 
  • This project will replace failing watermain on Blackthorne Place. Encountered lead water service laterals will be replaced from the watermain to the property line. Residents will also be given the option to replace the privately owned section of their lead water service lateral to their homes at their expense.

Sanitary / Storm Main & Manhole Lining Project:
  • This project will involve the lining of targeted sanitary sewer mains as well as the lining of aging brick manholes in the Village. This project will reduce the amount of clearwater inflow into the sanitary sewer system.

Residential Foundation Drain Disconnect Program:
  • This project utilizes MMSD matched funding to allow residents to disconnect their house foundation drains from the sanitary sewer system and install a sump pump to discharge into the storm sewer system. This program reduces the amount of clearwater inflow into the sanitary sewer system.

Klode Park Beach Erosion Control Revetment Project:
  • Due to a January, 2020 winter storm that occurred during record high Lake Michigan water levels, the Klode Park beach experienced heavy sand, gravel and rock erosion. The Village has secured 87.5% federal and state FEMA funding. This project will proceed in fall 2021. 

Crackfilling Project:
  • This is a pavement maintenance project designed to extend the life of asphalt paved roads. Existing cracks are routed out and an asphalt emulsion is poured into the crack to prevent further water intrusion and further cracking. 

Santa Monica Boulevard / Silver Spring Drive Traffic Signal:
  • Audible Pedestrian Assistance (APS) Equipment Installation An APS system will be installed at this intersection in late spring / early summer. This new system will provide audible pedestrian crossing guidance for the visually impaired.

Library / Public Works Facility - LED lighting replacement project:
  • Efficient LED lighting will replace existing florescent lighting at both the Public Library and the Public Works Facility. This will reduce electricity costs and require lamp replacement less frequently. 
Updates from Village Hall
Ice Rink Status:

Over the past two months, the Whitefish Bay Village Board has been reviewing the existing Ice Rink Agreement between the Village and the Milwaukee Winter Club. During the review process, the Village Board has solicited direct feedback from the 35 adjacent Cahill Park neighbors and received hundreds of emails/phone calls from residents.

At last Monday's meeting, the Village Board voted unanimously to notify the Milwaukee Winter Club that the Village will not be exercising the automatic renewal clause in the current Ice Rink agreement. Per the agreement, renewal would have occurred automatically on September 1 unless either party provided notice at least three months in advance (June 1).

The notice does not preclude the Milwaukee Winter Club from submitting a new proposal for Village Board review. If there is support for such a proposal, a subsequent, negotiated agreement would be required between the Village and the Milwaukee Winter Club.
By giving notice, the Village will have additional time to collect feedback, assess and correct court conditions, and review the winter 2020-2021 agreement for areas of improvement/concern if a subsequent proposal is submitted.

Full motion from the Village Board: Trustee Serebin moved, seconded by Trustee Saunders to provide notice to the Milwaukee Winter Club that the Village will not be exercising the auto renewal clause in the ice rink MOU. The notice does not preclude a new ice rink proposal and MOU. Ongoing conversation is anticipated and welcomed. Motion Carried, 7-0.
Bay Day 2021:

Bay Day 2021 continues through May 2, 2021. Join us for a variety of fun eco-themed activities, local music, and shopping promotions from the Merchants of Whitefish through Sunday, May 2. Click here for a full calendar of events and activities.

Featured Bay Day 2021 Event - Enjoy a Live Concert with Music Day In The Bay: Coming to a stop near you! Music Day In The Bay is Saturday, May 1, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mixtape MKE and the House of RAD will delight residents and neighbors with a three-hour, roving concert. Enjoy the music while you #ShopLocal and support one of our great local Merchants. Click here for a Google maps route link.
Welcome New Village Trustees:
Please welcome Raisa Koltun and Jacob Haller as your newly elected Village Trustees. Trustee Koltun and Trustee Haller were sworn in last week. Their terms run from April 2021 through April 2024. Congratulations!
Notices from Public Works:
T-Mobile Buried Fiber Optic Project in the Village of Whitefish Bay:

Beginning the week of April 19, 2021, private contractor Five Star Energy Services of Big Bend, Wisconsin (working with Everstream, Inc.) will begin installing fiber optic underground communication cable for T-Mobile across the Village (see map). This buried fiber optic line will primarily be installed under existing public sidewalk in the public right-of-way. Fiber optic line access vaults will also be installed where needed.

Access to your property will be maintained throughout the project. Only while work is taking place directly in front of your driveway may your access be restricted or limited. By Village ordinance, work hours for this project creating noise are limited to 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. All sidewalk, driveway, roadway and turf areas disturbed by the contractor will be restored back to their initial condition. This work is expected to be completed by the end of May 2021, weather dependent.

Please be careful, slow down and pay extra attention when driving around this and all construction zones. If you should have any questions regarding this project, feel free to contact:Justin Coolidge, Project Superintendent, Five Star Energy Services,(262) 903-9504 Or Spencer Charczuk, E.I.T. Village of Whitefish Bay Staff Engineer, (414) 962-6690 ext. 123,
Village of Whitefish Bay 2021 Pavement Mill and Overlay Project:

  • Henry Clay Street: Santa Monica Boulevard to Marlborough Drive
  • Oakland Avenue: Hampton Road to Glendale Avenue

The Village of Whitefish Bay Public Works Department is under contract with Stark Pavement Corporation to complete Village pavement milling and repaving improvements. The project will involve the grinding off 2 inches of asphalt or concrete pavement and then repaving with new asphalt pavement. Pavement marking will then be applied the week following the paving work.

This work is scheduled to begin the week of May 3, 2021, weather permitting, with completion scheduled by mid May 2021, again weather dependent. There will be no assessment to any property owner for this work. Access to your property will be maintained throughout the project. Only while work is taking place directly in front of your driveway would your access be restricted or limited. The Village would ask that you refrain from parking your vehicles within the project limits on both Henry Clay Street and Oakland Avenue during this construction period. Regarding vehicle parking, the Whitefish Bay Police Department have been made aware of this project and on street parking concerns.

Work hours for this project creating noise are limited to 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m Monday through Saturday. The Public Works Department staff understands the inconvenience that this project may create for you and greatly appreciates your patience and understanding. Please be careful, slow down and pay extra attention when driving around this and all construction zones.

If you should have any questions regarding this project, feel free to contact: Spencer Charczuk, E.I.T. Village of Whitefish Bay Staff Engineer at (414) 962-6690 ext. 123 or
Public Works Job Opening:

The Department of Public Works is seeking applicants to fill the position of Service Worker/Collector. This full time position performs automated refuse and/or recycling collection, general labor tasks including but not limited to landscape maintenance, yard waste collection, tree/forestry maintenance, utility operation and maintenance, park and building maintenance, street maintenance as well as other general labor duties within the Department of Public Works. Hourly rate starts at $24.38/hour with a 6 year pay increase plan and excellent benefits. Click here for more information and to apply.
Updates from the School District:
Register Now for the 2021-22 School Year! Whitefish Bay School District is planning to offer in-person instruction 5 days a week, with a virtual option, for the 2021-22 school year. We look forward to returning to a traditional school year calendar, as well as continuing our well-established safety and mitigation practices for the 2021-22 school year. New and returning families visit the District website or call for more information.

  • Moving? Please contact your school to let them know of any moving plans or address updates.
  • Upcoming School Board Meetings: Meeting dates, agendas, minutes and more information can be found online.
  • Recreation & Community: Summer Recreation Guides are available online. Register online, by mail, or fax.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Hours: The library now opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday to Saturday. Visit our website for open and curbside hours along with available services.

Zoom Storytime with Miss Katie, Tuesday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.: Join Miss Katie for an interactive Zoom storytime with stories, songs, and rhymes! Click here to join the Zoom Storytime. Meeting ID: 942 0053 2703. Passcode: 291410

Author Talk: Did you miss our book talk with author and historian Thomas H. Fehring about his book When Milwaukee Went to War? Click here to view his presentation online.
Community Spotlight:
Memorial Day Ceremony:

Save the date! The community is cordially invited to Whitefish Bay’s 6th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, sponsored by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation. The event is at 11:00 a.m. on May 31, 2021 at Armory Park (Corner of Henry Clay St. and Ardmore Ave.)

The ceremony will be an opportunity for Veterans to connect with one another and for the community to honor our country’s fallen service members. The event will also give Whitefish Bay families a way to teach children the meaning behind Memorial Day and to witness traditional military customs.

Attendees are encouraged to keep themselves and community members healthy during the ceremony, which includes remaining a safe physical distance from others and following any other CDC / Village guidelines recommended for outdoor events.
Whitefish Bay Farmers Market:

Save the dates! The Whitefish Bay Farmers Market is just around the corner with new dates and times. The Market will run on Saturdays from June 12, 2021, through October 16, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The market is in the Aurora Health Center parking lot located at 325 E. Silver Spring Drive in Whitefish Bay. For more information, visit the Farmers Market website!
COVID-19 Vaccine Information from the North Shore Health Department:

For the week of April 26, NSHD received a limited supply of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is available to those 16 and older at our clinic in Shorewood on Tuesday, April 27. The clinic will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

We are only able to book out one week in advance because we do not know the number of doses we will receive each week. Sign up for an appointment here.

Other locations performing COVID-19 Vaccinations for eligible North Shore residents:
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651