Monday, March 29, 2021

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

Please remember that refuse and recycling normally picked up on Friday, April 2, 2021, will be picked up on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Click here for the yearly Refuse and Recycle collection schedule. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Is Village Hall open on Friday, April 2, 2021? Village Hall is open on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for in-person absentee voting and voter registration only. Administration, Building Services, and Police Department offices are closed.

Is it too late to request an absentee ballot my mail? Not yet, but hurry! The deadline to request a ballot by mail is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2021. More info below.

When is 2nd installment of Property Taxes due? For those residents who elected to pay their property taxes under the installment plan, please be advised that the due date for the second installment is this Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

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

  • Monday, March 29, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, April 1, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
Last Week's Meetings:

There were no scheduled public meetings for the week of Monday, March 22, 2021.

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.
Emerald Ash Borer Program:
Have you noticed some pink and green dots on trees around the Village? Both are related to the Village’s Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Initiative, a multiyear program meant to help prevent a widespread EAB infestation. The Emerald Ash Borer is a small, metallic-green beetle that can be especially harmful to ash trees—the insects feed underneath the bark, and make it difficult for the tree to transport water and nutrients.

In late June of 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection confirmed EAB in Whitefish Bay. But by that time, the Village’s EAB Initiative was well underway. From 2011 to the present, the Village has been working to reduce the ash tree population to a more manageable level (around 20% of the street tree population), while maintaining as much existing street tree canopy as possible. Moving forward, it is a priority for the Village to maintain a diverse stock of parkway trees. Ash trees have been replaced with several hearty varieties, including State Street Maple, Swamp White Oak, Golden Glory Dogwood, and New Horizon Elm trees. In 2011, the ash tree population was at 47%, and by the end of 2021, it will be reduced to 24.8%. With the current timeline, the Village will reach its target of 20% by the end of calendar year 2027.

So, what do the brightly colored dots mean for each Village tree?
  • Pink dots, usually paired with a numbered tag, mean that the ash tree is slated to be removed and replaced with a new tree, as part of the EAB Initiative. Trees chosen for removal are usually showing symptoms of EAB.
  • Green dots mean the ash tree has been treated for EAB through a closed injection process, usually completed every other year. Treatment is transported within the vascular system of the tree via sap from the base to the branches and leaves. With a 95-98% success rate, this process is currently the most effective treatment in protecting ash trees from succumbing to EAB.

What can you do with ash trees on private property? Visit the Department of Natural Resources website for more information.
Updates from Village Hall:
Overnight Winter Parking Regulations Ending Soon:

Alternate side overnight winter parking regulations end on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021. From April 1st through November 30th, monthly permit holders and those granted free nightly permissions do not need to park on alternate sides of the street. Vehicles should be parked abutting the property of the permit location. Vehicles with monthly overnight parking permits must be moved once every 24 hours.
Free Nightly Parking Permission: This year, each license plate gets 25 free on-street parking nights per calendar year (increased from 15). Request free nightly parking at the following webpage:
2021 Utility Rates Reminder:
Rates for the Whitefish Bay water utility increased effective December 1, 2020. Residents and businesses will see these increased rates reflected on the next utility bill that is sent in April. This is the first water rate increase in Whitefish Bay since 2012. The average residential customer will see an increase of $23.40, or 15.47%, over the quarterly (three-month) billing period.
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) regulates water utility rates throughout the state and determined the increase was necessary to reach the required benchmark rate of return of 4.9%.

For more information, click here to see the PSC’s final decision. Appendix D shows a comparison between quarterly billings at the old and new rates. For billing questions please contact Xenia Ramos at 414-962-6690.
Yard Waste Collection:

Yard waste collection starts April 5, 2021, weather permitting. Yard waste must be placed between the curb and sidewalk in sturdy paper bags or in containers that can be emptied. Yard waste bags or containers must weigh less than 50 pounds. Please remember that grass clippings are prohibited.

Yard waste collection typically follows this schedule :
  • On Monday, yard waste is collected on all streets north of Henry Clay including Henry Clay. Please have yard waste out on Monday by 7:00 a.m.
  • On Tuesday, yard waste is collected on all streets south of Henry Clay. Please have yard waste out on Tuesday at 7:00 a.m.
  • Yard waste pick-up may be delayed on a holiday week or as a result of other factors.
Welcome Genevieve!

Please welcome Genevieve Ciofani as the new Building Services Administration Assistant for the Village of Whitefish Bay. Genevieve is an alum of UW Whitewater and comes to the Village after several years at Nurturing Nook. Be sure to say hello next time you are at Village Hall!
Spring Election Information:
April 6, 2021 Election Information:

Offices up for primary election on April 6, 2021: State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Court of Appeals Judge, Circuit Court Judges (Branches 3,6,12,15,19,22,30,37,45,46), Whitefish Bay Village Trustees (2), Whitefish Bay School Board Members (3). Click here to view your sample ballot.

When is in-person absentee voting?
  • In-person absentee voting will take place at Village Hall, 5300 N. Marlborough Drive, through Friday, April 2, 2021, except weekends. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Friday, April 2, 2021, the hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • No appointment necessary; please bring a photo ID.
  • There is no absentee voting on the Monday prior to the election.

FAQ: Please click here for frequently asked questions related to the upcoming April 6, 2021 election. If you have a question that is not listed, please don't hesitate to give us a call at: (414) 962-6690.
Blood Drive at Village Hall:
Make an appointment today to donate blood at the Village Hall, located at 5300 N Marlborough Drive, on Friday, April 9, 2021. According to a recent press release from the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation.

Call the American Red Cross, at 1-800-RED CROSS or visit their scheduling page to reserve your time, and help save a life. Click here for a FAQ about COVID-19 safety precautions.
SEWRPC Resident Survey:
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) is inviting all working-age residents (approximately 18-65 years old) to participate in an important regional survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on employee commuting and remote work trends in Southeastern Wisconsin.

The pandemic rapidly changed the way employees work, with many having to quickly shift to working from home and/or adapting to stricter workplace safety guidelines. Responses from working-age residents in your respective communities can help SEWRPC understand remote work adoption rates and help guide strategies for regional alternative transportation programs in a post-pandemic future. An analysis of the survey results will be posted to SEWRPC’s website later this spring or summer.

This survey applies to all working-age residents (approximately 18-65 years old) in the seven-county Southeastern Wisconsin Region, regardless of their level of experience with remote work. This survey consists of 12 questions and will take about 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey link will be open for responses from Wednesday, March 17 through Friday, April 23, 2021. All responses are completely confidential.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
The library is open! Visit our website for open and curbside hours along with available services. Please note the library will be closed on Friday, April 2, 2021, and Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Take and Make For Kids, Wednesday, March 31, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.: Beaded Snails! The sweetest little snails are this week's Take and Make! Pick-up begins Wednesday from 10 a.m. 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. outside the front doors of the library. We ask that you take one per child and practice good social distancing and mask wearing when picking up your kit.

Zoom Storytime with Miss Valerie, Tuesday, March 30, 10 a.m.: Join Miss Valerie for an interactive Zoom storytime with stories, songs, and rhymes! Click here for more information.

Virtual Mystery Book Club, Thursday, April 8, 7 p.m. Our Mystery Book Club meets once a month and is hosted by librarian Sharon Nagel. This month we're reading The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. Click here for more info.

Stay in Touch with Library News: Want to hear about library news, get book recommendations, learn about our storytimes, children’s programming, book clubs, history programs, and more? Check out our new library newsletters and choose your news based specifically on your interests. Visit our website to update your email and select your preferences.
Community Spotlight:
Update from the League of Women's Voters and Bay Bridge - Candidate Forum Recording:

Click here to view a recording of the Whitefish Bay School Board and Village Board Candidate Forum. The Village Board Forum is the first hour of the recording, and is immediately followed by the School Board Forum. Some viewers have chosen to break video viewing into segments as the total elapsed time is approximately 2.5 hours. Thank you to community members who submitted questions for the Candidate Forum and to all who attended. Thank you to the candidates for their participation and also to the League of Women Voters for moderation of the event.
Rx Drug Take Back Day

The next National Take Back Day will be April 24, 2021. This event is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country. The event will be at Whitefish Bay Village Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on April 24, 2021.
North Shore Health Department Update:

Looking to sign up for a vaccine? Each Monday, at 10:00 a.m., a link will be available on the North Shore Health Department Homepage for NSHD COVID-19 vaccine appointments for that week. 

Other locations performing COVID-19 Vaccinations for eligible North Shore residents:

The following eligible groups are encouraged to sign up for an appointment: 
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651