Monday, May 25 2020

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

I invite you to take a moment to read the letter below from the Memorial Day Ceremony Committee for ways to reflect and honor the sacrifices of our fallen service members on this Memorial Day Weekend.

Also, as the Merchants of Whitefish Bay reopen it's important to show them your support. The Merchants have been meeting regularly, and they are doing everything they can to create and maintain a safe shopping experience on Silver Spring Drive. To subscribe to our newsletter,  click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When does the Shorewood Refuse Drop Off Site reopen? The Shorewood Refuse Drop Off Site (3801 N. Morris Boulevard) for household refuse disposal will resume on Saturday, June 6 (8:00 am to 2:00 pm). Use of this refuse drop off site is available to all Village of Whitefish Bay residents. Proof of Whitefish Bay residency is required.   Please see the Village of Shorewood website for additional information and fees.

What is the Refuse and Recycling collection schedule for Memorial Day (May 25)? Refuse and recycling normally picked up on Monday, May 25 will be picked up on Tuesday, May 26.

What is the status of the Whitefish Bay Art Festival? The date for the Merchants of Whitefish Bay Art Festival has tentatively changed to September 26 & 27. The scheduling of the event depends on what happens from now until late summer with the pandemic. If the event is hosted in 2020, it will be reorganized with safety in-mind.

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

  • Monday, May 18, 6:00 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, May 21, 5:30 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting
This Week's Meetings:

  • Wednesday, May 27, 4:00 pm, Klode Park Beach

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
A Message About Memorial Day:
It is hard to believe it has been a year since our last Memorial Day ceremony. Unfortunately, we are not able to gather as a group this year, but we wanted to share the playing of Taps from last year's ceremony (~ 9 mb mp4 download). For those looking for ways to honor those that gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today, we have developed a short, simple list:
  • Display the Flag on Memorial Day Weekend.
  • Visit Armory Park (southwest corner of Henry Clay Street and Ardmore Avenue) or other memorial park/site to reflect on the those lost (while maintaining social distancing practices).
  • Research a family member or friend of a friend who lost a loved one in defense of our Country. If you don't of anyone, you can research some of those lost from Wisconsin.
  • Post a tribute to a fallen service member online (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.).
  • Make a donation to a veterans organization of your choice in honor of a fallen service member.

We hope you will take a moment to reflect and honor the sacrifices of our fallen service members on this Memorial Day Weekend.

Sincerely, Whitefish Bay Memorial Day Ceremony Committee
Support the Merchants of Whitefish Bay:
It's important to Shop Local to support the Merchants of Whitefish Bay! According to Entrepreneur.com, there are 6 benefits for you and your community from supporting local entrepreneurs:
  • Improve your family’s health.
  • Improve the local economy.
  • You know the people behind the product or service.
  • Keeping the community unique.
  • Better customer service.
  • More personalized service.

The Merchants of Whitefish Bay offers something to love for everyone! You can have a direct impact on the Merchants of WFB by purchasing gift cards now to use later. Get a few for yourself, a friend, or a family member. When the stores reopen you can use them for a celebration, an upcoming project, or a delicious meal. Many of these Merchants need our support today. Click here to view the current promotions on Silver Spring Drive.

Remember to check out the happenings on Silver Spring at our website or follow us on Facebook.
Updates From Village Hall:
Village Hall Status: Village Hall will reopen to the public on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The Village will utilize plexiglas screens, social distancing signage/markings, and entrance signage. The majority of public meetings will remain virtual until June.

Online Fees: Online credit card processing fees that had been temporarily waived will return on June 1, 2020.

Overnight Parking Enforcement: Overnight parking enforcement will begin the evening of Monday, June 1, 2020 into Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Permits can be purchased online starting at 5:00 am on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
Updates from the Department of Public Works:
Can I place unbagged leaves and other loose yard waste in the street? No! Loose leaf collection only takes place in the fall. Yard waste must be placed in sturdy paper bags or in containers that can be emptied. Yard waste bags/c ontainers yard must be less than 50 pounds. Note: Chipping material should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk. It should not obstruct the sidewalk or be placed in the street.

The Village does not pick up contractor waste from any residential or commercial landscaping project. Village Collectors will tag any construction waste that is put out on the curb to notify the property owner that these materials will not collected by the Village. Please arrange with your landscaping contractor to remove the waste they created.
Job Opening - Foreman:

The Village of Whitefish Bay is looking to fill the position of full-time Foreman. This position is a paid hourly, skilled, first level supervisory position for the Department of Public Works. In addition to performing general maintenance, repair and construction tasks as directed, the foreman shall direct and supervise a crew or several crews and/or outside contractors on specific job assignments. Starting hourly rate pay range is $31.85 to $35.12. Click here to learn more and apply!
Job Opening - Collector/Service Worker:

The Village of Whitefish Bay Department of Public Works is seeking applicants to fill the position of full-time Collector/Service Worker. This position shall perform automated refuse and/or recycling collection and other general labor tasks. Hourly rate starts at $23.21/hour with a 6 year pay increase plan and excellent benefits. Click here to learn more and apply!
Property Tax Reminder:
3rd and final Tax Installment Payment is due May 31, 2020:

How to make a property tax payment:
  • Payments may be made online by clicking here. Online user fees are waived through May 31, 2020 for online payments.
  • Mail check to Village of Whitefish Bay. All payments received with postmark of May 31 will be honored.
  • Drop check in dropbox at Village Hall (in front vestibule).
  • Associated Bank drive-thru (lobby is closed).

What happens if I missed a payment due date? For any property tax bill where payment is not made timely, the bill is considered delinquent and the remaining balance is subject to interest and penalty. If a payment is missed, the installment plan is no longer available and the balance is due in full. Pursuant to Wisconsin State Statutes and Village of Whitefish Bay Municipal Code, delinquent property tax bills are charged 1.5% interest and penalty per month (in the calculation of interest and penalty, a partial month is considered a full month). Interest and penalty are charged retroactive to February 1, 2020.
Update from the Whitefish Bay Library:
Whitefish Bay Public Library is working on plans to reopen to the public, utilizing the Suburban Milwaukee County Safe Opening Capacity Guidance chart that was released by the local health departments, plus the CDC and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s safe business practices and physical distancing and protective measures for staff and patrons.

We realize people are excited to get back in the library and we appreciate your patience as we work to make that happen safely. Given the complexity of the various guidelines, we are currently working out details in a thoughtful and judicious manner for a phased reopening in June.

We will continue curbside pickup of materials at this time, and we also encourage you to continue using our many digital offerings.
Events from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Curbside Pickup: The Whitefish Bay Public Library is offering curbside pickup. Click here for detailed information. We thank you for your patience as we move forward with this process.
  • Pickups must be scheduled.
  • No patron/library staff face to face interaction.
  • Library staff must follow social distancing rules while in the library thus limiting the number of curbside pickup time slots due to limited staffing.
  • Requests may be placed with us over the telephone or through this online form.
  • We are not receiving delivery from other libraries so hold requests will only be taken for items found in the Whitefish Bay Public Library. You can search the catalog for WFB items at: https://countycat.mcfls.org/. If an item says "Check Shelves" at WFB you may request it when you call us by phone or via our online form.
  • A maximum number of 5 items may be held on each library card.
Community Spotlight:
Recreation Department: Summer in Whitefish Bay is fast approaching and the Recreation Department's Summer Guide has been mailed to homes and registration started. Unfortunately, many of our summer programs have been affected by COVID-19 and as a result programs have been changed, modified and/or cancelled. For the most up-to-date program information and cancellations please refer to the revised Summer Guide COVID-19 Edition posted online at www.wfbschools.com.
Last Chance! Whitefish Bay Grad Grams: It’s that time of year again. Time for Grad Grams! And this year we are asking that an extra special effort be made in getting the word out. Who do you know that is graduating from Whitefish Bay High School this year?...Your neighbor, sitter, favorite Sendik’s bagger, or a kid you coached in soccer years ago?

Send them each a sweet Grad Gram message! The WFBHS Parent Association is taking orders for Grad Grams now through May 31, 2020.

For $1.00 each, you can send a quick note to a senior that will be bound in a personalized book for each student. Your words of congratulations, best wishes and memories are very meaningful to the graduates and will truly have an impact on them, perhaps this year more than ever. Please help us spread the word about this WFBHS tradition.  Please see the attached order form.
North Shore Health Department Highlights 5/19/20:

W ith the arrival of spring in Wisconsin comes increased allergens in the air, causing many of us to experience allergy and/or asthma flare-ups.

Asthma is a lung condition that involves chronic airway inflammation, which can be exacerbated by allergens such as pollen, dust mites and mold; viral infections; irritants like tobacco smoke and air pollution; and other factors. This can cause airway obstruction, leading to symptoms such as wheezing, chest tightness, cough and shortness of breath.

Allergies occur when an individual’s immune system reacts to a foreign substance that is typically considered harmless, such as specific foods, animals and pollen. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and the combination of asthma and allergies puts individuals at an even greater risk of experiencing an adverse health event. Information on controlling your exposure to asthma triggers is provided by the CDC: Click Here .

In Wisconsin, half a million children and adults are living with asthma. In 41% of kids and 60% of adults with asthma in Wisconsin, their asthma is poorly controlled. Asthma disproportionately affects certain minority groups, age groups and geographic locations, negatively impacting the quality of life for these groups of people.

The Wisconsin Asthma Plan 2015-2020 was created with the goal of enhancing asthma services across the public health and health care sectors. The plan outlines mechanisms for the public health and health care sectors to coordinate efforts and ultimately improve the lives of people with asthma. Read the Wisconsin Asthma Plan here .

At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that moderate to severe asthma may increase an individual’s risk for more severe illness from COVID-19. For more information on COVID-19 and asthma, visit the CDC website .

For the most recent updates on COVID-19 in the North Shore, visit our website . We also encourage you to frequently monitor the  DHS website and CDC website .
Weekly North Shore Health Department Update:
The North Shore has entered Phase B of our reopening plan: Businesses and organizations are able to reopen and are encouraged to follow Phase B of the North Shore Health Department’s Guidelines for a Safe, Phased Reopening, as well as other industry-specific guidelines. Links to Resources for Reopening:

Gating Criteria: Moving forward, gating criteria will be frequently reevaluated to determine when it is appropriate to prepare to move to the next phase. The following measures serve as the gating criteria:
  • Cases: Trajectory of the ratio of COVID-positive tests
  • Testing: Testing availability for all residents with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Care: Hospitals’ ability to treat all patients requiring hospitalization without resorting to crisis standards
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Adequate PPE available for healthcare personnel and first responders
  • Tracing: Ability to count, trace, and monitor COVID-19 cases and outbreaks in real time

Threshold measures are set for each gating criteria. After 14 days, the criteria will be reevaluated to determine if it is safe to move forward. When all five of the criteria are green or yellow, the North Shore will prepare to move to the next phase. The current status for each of the gating criteria can be found in the table to the right and more information is available on the MKE County Office of Emergency Management Dashboard under the “Key Indicators” tab.
This graph displays the total number of positive and negative test results received per day in the North Shore, as well as the percent of test results that were positive (3 day rolling average). A total of 2,193 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the North Shore as of 2:00 p.m. on May 22nd. With a population of approximately 65,000 in the North Shore, this indicates that 3.4% of the North Shore population has been tested at this time. We encourage you to seek testing if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are an essential or front-line worker.

Physical distancing, also called social distancing, is a highly recommended measure for individuals to take in order to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is primarily spread when people are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period of time (approximately 10 minutes or longer). When a person who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or talks, droplets from their mouth or nose enter the air and can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby.

When in public spaces, including both inside settings and outside areas, we encourage everyone to maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet (2 arms’ lengths). This is the most effective method at slowing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting yourself and those around you. When enjoying outdoor public areas, such as sidewalks or parks, remember to be courteous of others by keeping your distance. If exercising, avoid falling into the same pace as others nearby and do your best to give others adequate space by moving over when passing by.

We also recommend covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow; wearing a face mask if you are able; and frequently washing your hands and disinfecting surfaces.

More information on the importance of physical distancing is available on the CDC website.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage you to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates, as well as the NSHD website. Additional information on COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.
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Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651