Monday, September 14, 2020

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

Now that kids are back in school (in-person and/or virtually) please be extra mindful of young pedestrians and cyclists. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
What is the status of Trick or Treat in Whitefish Bay? Whitefish Bay’s Trick-or-Treat is currently scheduled for Saturday, October 31 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services will shortly be issuing Trick-or-Treat guidance to health departments throughout the State. The Village of Whitefish Bay will then work with the North Shore Health Department to finalize local guidelines to ensure that Trick-or-Treating can occur in the safest manner possible.

When will absentee ballots for the November 3, 2020 election be mailed to residents? In accordance with direction from the Wisconsin Elections Commission, the Village will begin sending absentee ballots pending the resolution of a case currently being heard by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It is anticipated that ballots will be sent later this month.

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will be collected by Village crews next week (September 21, 2020). 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:

  • Monday, September 14, 4:00 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, September 17, 5:30 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, September 8, 6:00 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
Changes to Fall 2020 
Residential Leaf Collection Program:
Village Requests Residents NOT Use Leaf Collection / Yard Waste Bags beginning in October:

In October 2020 the Whitefish Bay Public Works Department crews will begin collecting leaves and yard waste placed in the roadway curb area by Village residents.  This year, the Village requests that residents do not put leaves and yard waste in leaf collection bags. 

Residents can place leaves and small yard waste debris directly in the roadway near the curb. Branches can still be left in the parkway area for brush chipper collection at this time.

Yard waste collected by Public Works is temporarily stored at a DNR-approved joint use municipal site in Glendale until it is hauled away, recycled, and turned into organic compost. 

Thank you for your cooperation and helping our Public Works Department maintain efficiency during the leaf collection season! Thank You!
Rx Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 24:
The next National Take Back Day will be October 24, 2020. 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 am to 2:00 pm on October 24, 2020.

The October 2019 Take Back Day brought in 882,919 pounds (almost 442 tons) of unused or expired prescription medication and vape devices. This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to nearly 12.7 million pounds​. Read more about the most recent Take Back Day totals here.
Proposed Winter Parking Changes:
Public comments will be accepted throughout September. The Village will be considering changes to overnight winter parking regulations this October. The changes were reviewed by the Public Works Committee in January 2020. Please review a summary of the current regulations and proposed changes below. Public comments and questions are encouraged. Please click here to visit the public feedback web page to ask questions or let us know what you think about the proposed changes.
Current Winter Overnight Parking Regulations

Dates/Times: Overnight parking is prohibited from 3am to 5am. Winter regulations are in effect from December 1st through March 31st.

Free Nightly Parking Permission: Each license plate gets 15 free parking nights per calendar year. Can be used to park on any street in the Village. Parking shall be in front of the residence the vehicle belongs to. Cannot park vehicles in the Designated Areas (cannot park where posted signs say to park by monthly permit only).

Overnight Parking Permit: Can only buy monthly parking permits in one of the 13 Designated Areas. Failure to do so results in a Violation of Parking Zone citation.

Where Do I Park? Parking Permit Zones: 205 permits are available. This is unevenly divided amongst the Designated Areas.

Permit Cost: Permits cost $30.00 per month. Permits are available to purchase online starting the last day of the month at 5am (for the following month).

Permits are available for sale in person during police administration hours (Monday thru Friday 8am to 4:30pm).

If the permit is purchased after the 15th of the month, the fee is reduced to $15.00.
Proposed Winter Overnight Parking Regulations

Dates/Times: Overnight parking is prohibited from 3am to 5am. Winter regulations are in effect from December 1st through March 31st.

Free Nightly Parking Permission: Each license plate gets 25 free parking nights per calendar year. Can be used to park on any street in the Village. Parking shall be in front or across the street of the residence making the request based on even/odd date (see below)

Overnight Parking Permit: Monthly permits can be purchased for any street in Whitefish Bay, no longer requiring vehicles to be parked in pre-designated areas. Parking shall be in front or across the street of the residence making the request based on even/odd date (see below).

Where Do I Park?  Alternative Side - Even/Odd - Parking: Monthly permit holders and free nightly permissions would be required to follow alternate side parking. Vehicle would park on the even side of the street with an even calendar date before midnight, and on the odd numbered side of the street on those nights with an odd calendar date before midnight (unless an exemption applies).

Permit Cost: There is no change in the price of the monthly permits. No change to the overnight parking regulations from April 1st to November 30th.
Updates from Village Hall:
National Guard COVID-19 Testing Locations Remain Open:

The National Guard COVID-19 testing sites continue to operate this week. Please see below for locations, dates and times.

North Side & South Side Locations
  • Custer Stadium - 4300 W. Fairmount Ave., Milwaukee -Across the street from Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education
  • UMOS - 2710 S. Chase Ave., Milwaukee

Days/Hours 
  • Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

As a reminder, Federally Qualified Health Centers and private health providers continue to provide tests for symptomatic individuals. Call 2-1-1 or visit 211 online to find the testing location nearest to you.
Administration Assistant Job Opening - Deadline to apply is September 14, 2020:

Applications are being accepted for a full time Administration Assistant with the Village of Whitefish Bay. The Administration Assistant serves as the office receptionist, assisting residents either in person or over the phone, and performs various financial duties to include processing utility and tax payments. The Administration Assistant works to ensure a friendly, welcoming, and consistently excellent standard of customer service for all Village residents and guests. Click here for more information and to apply for the position. The deadline to apply is September 14, 2020.
November 3, 2020 Election Information:
In response to COVID-19, the Village of Whitefish Bay is urging ALL voters to request an absentee ballot for the November 3rd election. Voting absentee reduces public contact with our poll workers and staff. 58% of Whitefish Bay voters have already requested absentee ballots for the November 3 Election!

Offices to be elected for the November 3rd election include: President of the United States, State Senator, Representative to Assembly, District Attorney, and Milwaukee County Clerk, Treasurer, and Register of Deeds.

How to Request an Absentee Ballot:
Your request must include a copy of your WI photo ID.

Your options to return your ballot:
  • Place your ballot in the mail. The U.S. Postal Service sorts and delivers official election mail in an expedited fashion.
  • Use the dropbox just inside the Village Hall vestibule door. The box is checked regularly during the day.
  • Drop your ballot off at the Village Hall front desk during regular business hours.
Please remember that your ballot must be received at Village Hall (not postmarked) by 8:00 pm on November 3, 2020.

In-Person Absentee Voting: In-Person Absentee Voting will occur on weekdays from Tuesday, October 20th – Friday, October 30th during regular business hours (until 5:00 pm on October 30th).

Election Day: Polls will be open on November 3, 2020. Polling places are open from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm on Election Day. Please use the Ward Map (PDF) link to see where your polling place is.
Programs from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Make and Takes: Wednesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The pick up location is outside of the Library's front doors. September 16th: Cork Sail Boats

Virtual Programming: Make along at home! Premiering Mondays at 4:00 pm on Facebook. September 21st: Art with Miss Katie. Visit the Library Facebook page to join in the fun!

Facebook Fall Virtual Storytimes: September 15 to October 23, premiering on Facebook!
  • Tuesdays at 10am: Toddler Time with bounces, songs, and fingerplays
  • Fridays at 10am: All Ages Storytime with books, songs, rhymes and more
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Whitefish Bay Public Library Open Hours:
  • Monday to Thursday - 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Friday to Saturday - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday (Beginning on September 13) - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Please keep your library visits to 30 minutes or less. A limited number of study tables are available for a single person’s use for 1 hour a day. Library computers are available for up to 1 hour per day. Thanks for protecting staff and other patrons by wearing your mask. (Masks are required and we can provide you with one if you don’t already have one.)

Curbside Pickup (by appointment):
  • Monday to Saturday - 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Our curbside pickup is easy and contactless! Place materials on hold through CountyCat. When you receive a notification that items are ready for pickup, go here to schedule your pickup - https://calendly.com/wfblibrary/curbside-pickup-schedule.
Get Study Help with Tutor.Com: Whitefish Bay Public Library has partnered with Tutor.com to provide you with FREE online tutoring to support your academic success this school year. The experts at Tutor.com can help you work through a tough homework problem, improve your writing skills, study for a test, review a difficult concept, and so much more! To access Tutor.com, visit our website: https://www.wfblibrary.org/read_research/get_study_help_with_tutor_com.php. Tutors are available every day from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm. To use this resource you must be a resident of Whitefish Bay with a valid library card.
From the North Shore Health Department:
Highlights 9/8/2020: National Preparedness Month:

The year 2020 has shown us that being prepared for disaster is incredibly important, as you never know when an emergency will strike. It is best to be prepared for all possible disasters or emergency situations to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy. National Preparedness Month is a time for public health to focus on emergency preparation at the community level and also provides families with advice and resources to ensure they are adequately prepared for disasters.

Emergency Preparedness Tips:
  • Make a plan! Know how you will access emergency alerts and updates, where you will go for shelter or where your family will meet, how you will evacuate if necessary and how your family will communicate. More information on making an emergency plan.
  • Build a kit with items you and your family may need in a disaster, such as food, water, a radio, flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, etc. More advice on building a kit.
  • Take a CPR and first aid class
  • Know which disasters to prepare for in your area: In Wisconsin, weather related disasters to prepare for include extreme heat or cold, floods, tornados, thunderstorms and wildfires. Other disasters that could impact Wisconsin include bioterrorism, chemical release and radiation. Wisconsin preparedness resources.
  • Teach your children about preparedness: https://www.ready.gov/kids
What you can do to prepare for an emergency: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/preparedness/whatyoucando.htm

Preparedness resources: https://www.ready.gov/
Community Spotlight:
Book Club with Bay Bridge: Bay Bridge, along with the support of the Whitefish Bay Public Library, announce our summer read for 2020: the New York Times bestselling book How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Publisher's Weekly says "(Kendi's) prose is thoughtful, sincere and polished. This powerful book will spark many conversations."

Once you have discussed the book or the alternatives (click here), please register for the September 16, 2020 7:00 pm community wide debrief of How To Be An Antiracist using this zoom link. This session will allow participants to share the experiences they had while discussing the book in smaller groups. We will also discuss action items arising from these conversations. Please contact BayBridgeWisconsin@gmail.com with any questions.
Update from the Whitefish Bay Women's Club:

The Whitefish Bay Women's Club is having a rummage sale Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will be accepting donations Monday, September 21, 2020 thru Friday, September 25, 2020 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Farmers' Market Continues:

The Whitefish Bay Farmers' Market is every Saturday through October 19, 2020 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The Farmers' Market is located in the Aurora Parking Lot (325 E Silver Spring Dr.).

The Whitefish Bay Farmers' Market is working to provide as much space as possible for vendors and customers to shop safely. Social distancing should be practiced, face masks are required, and hand sanitizer is available. Please click here to view a full list of Whitefish Bay Farmers Market guidelines for customers.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651