Monday, March 1, 2021

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

A new accessible pedestrian traffic signal is coming to the intersection of Santa Monica and Silver Spring this summer. Check out the story below of the local high schooler who helped make it happen! To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When does in-person absentee voting begin and end for the April 6, 2021 election? In-person absentee voting begins the week of Tuesday, March 23, and ends Friday, April 2. Check out the FAQ below for more information.

Can I place my refuse and recycling cart behind a snowbank on the sidewalk? No, please utilize your driveway apron or clear a portion of the parkway for cart placement. Please do not place your carts behind a snowbank.

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 1, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, March 4, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, February 25, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.
New Accessible Pedestrian Traffic Signal:
New Accessible Pedestrian Traffic Signal Coming to the Intersection of Santa Monica and Silver Spring:

What began as a local high schooler’s class project will soon become a reality, making one of the Village’s busiest crosswalks more accessible for pedestrians with disabilities.

For the final project in her Leadership for Social Justice class, Whitefish Bay High School student Olivia Maillet was tasked with forming a plan to make a positive change in her community. She was inspired by her mother, who is visually impaired, to focus on improvements that would benefit those with disabilities.

Though she had witnessed some of the challenges her mom faces, Maillet’s class introduced her to the concept of ableism. Plus, she says, “Taking the class opened my eyes to the everyday things that able-bodied people take for granted. For example, able-bodied people cross the street without a second thought while this task could be potentially life-threatening to people who are disabled.” For her project, Maillet dreamed up a plan to install an Accessible Pedestrian Signal in the Village.

But, as the school year ended, Maillet sought to extend her work beyond the classroom.
With the help of her teacher, Mr. Johnson, and John Edlebeck, P.E., Director of Public Works, Maillet put together an estimate, and she presented her project to the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation. They, along with the Business Improvement District (Merchants of Whitefish Bay) and the Village (TID#1), agreed to fund a new Accessible Pedestrian Signal at the intersection of Santa Monica and Silver Spring Drives (see a breakdown of funding below).

Project Funding:
  • Civic Foundation: $2,000
  • BID (Merchants of Whitefish Bay): $2,000
  • Village (TID#1): $3,970 
TOTAL: $7,970

The Accessible Traffic Signal, which will be able to detect motion, allow pedestrians to actuate the crosswalk button on their phone via Bluetooth, and provide audible crossing information, will be installed in late spring/early summer 2021.
March 2021 Bay Leaves:
The March Bay Leaves magazine is now available on the Village website. Stories include:
  • Resident Feature: From Basketball to Music, the Faust Family Has Fun
  • Important Property Tax and Spring Election Information from the Village
  • COVID-19 Tests: What’s the Difference? from the North Shore Health Department
  • Research Local History with the Whitefish Bay Public Library
  • Obtaining Historic Preservation Tax Credits from the Historic Preservation Commission
  • North Shore Fire Rescue Achieves Re-Accreditation 
  • Celebrate Spring Holidays with the Merchants of Whitefish Bay
  • March is Pet Poisoning Awareness Month from MADACC
  • Save the Dates from the Whitefish Bay School District
  • Spring Programs from the Whitefish Bay Recreation Department
Updates from Public Works:
Summer Season Job Openings:

Summer Seasonal Job Opening: The Village is looking to fill four (4) seasonal laborer positions within the Department of Public Works. The positions may be responsible for waste/brush/refuse/ recycling collection, flower bed planting/weeding/watering, shrub bed hedging/weeding & mulching, and other general tasks.

The positions begin in May and end in late August. Forty hours per week is expected but not guaranteed. Pay is $9.50 to $10.00 per hour depending on experience. Working hours are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Job information and application can be found here. Contact Public Works Superintendent Pat McCarthy with questions: P.McCarthy@wfbvillage.org
Updated Refuse/Recycling Maps:

The Village has created a new parcel by parcel A/B Refuse and Recycling map. Your regular collection day and recycling week have not changed, unless you were specifically notified by the Village. Check it out online here.

April 6, 2021 Election FAQ:
The Village is experiencing a high volume of questions related the upcoming election, absentee ballots, and response deadlines. Please click here for frequently asked questions related to the upcoming April 6, 2021. If you have a question that is not listed, please don't hesitate to give us a call at: (414) 962-6690.
Final Pet License Deadline is March 31:
Each year your cat or dog license expires on December 31. A new one must be purchased by March 31 or there will be a late fee charged on top of the licensing fee (Licenses are $12 for sterilized animals or $24 for intact animals).

Fortunately, Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) has you covered. You can purchase a license online!

Call ahead at 414-649-8640 to verify clinic times and dates and for more information about licensing, vaccine clinics, microchipping, low-cost spay/neuter, and Milwaukee County dog park tags.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
The library is open for limited in-person services. Open hours are:
  • Monday to Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday to Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Services available include: limited computers for adults and teens (ages 14+) one hour per day; browsing and holds pickup; copier, scanner, and printing; take and make craft kits; and more. Click here for a list of all our services.

Curbside pickup will be available:
  • Monday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m.

Zoom Storytime with Miss Katie - Tuesday, March 2 at 10 a.m.: Join us for a live virtual storytime on Zoom with stories, songs, and rhymes! Click here to register online.

Excite Your Mind Winter Reading Challenge - Now through March 19:
There is still time to register for our all ages virtual winter reading program through Beanstack. Register online or use the Beanstack app! Download the Beanstack app and search for Whitefish Bay Public Library.

2021 Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library Scholarship - Deadline is March 15: Friends of the Whitefish Bay Public Library are pleased to announce two $500 educational scholarships for students who have been positively influenced by libraries. High school seniors who are residents of or attend school in Whitefish Bay and will be attending college during the 2021/2022 school year are eligible. Click here to read all the details.

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:
Join the ZOOM Whitefish Bay Candidate Forum on March 11, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Moderated by the League of Women Voters and hosted by Bay Bridge, this forum with give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the candidates up for election on April 6, 2021. Click here to register in advance for the forum.

Community submitted questions are currently being accepted. Email your questions for Village Board candidates and/or School District candidates to BayBridgeWisconsin@gmail.com with CANDIDATE FORUM in the subject line. The League of Women Voters reserve the right to screen questions to avoid duplication and attacks on individuals. Questions must address issues appropriate to the public office of Village Board or the School Board.

The Village Board forum is currently scheduled to run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the School Board forum from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Times are based on selection of submitted questions and are subject to change.
North Shore Health Department
February 26, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Update:

Beginning March 1st, new groups will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The newly eligible groups include the following in priority order:
  • Education and child care staff
  • Individuals enrolled in Medicaid long-term care programs
  • Some public-facing essential workers
  • Non-frontline essential health care personnel
  • Facility staff and residents in congregate living settings.
While these groups are eligible on March 1st, WI Department of Health Services has advised vaccine providers to prioritize previously eligible groups before newer groups. This means individuals in newly eligible groups should not expect to get the vaccine right away. It will take time to get to everyone in priority order.

As stated in previous communications, COVID-19 vaccine supply is limited. North Shore Health Department is expecting 396 doses of vaccine for the week of March 1st. NSHD will continue to prioritize previously eligible groups while also beginning vaccinations for those working in education and childcare in the North Shore. 

On Monday, March 1st at 10:00 am, NSHD will send out a link to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine appointments for that week. Those working in education and childcare at North Shore area schools and child care organizations should NOT sign up through this link. The sign up process for those working in education and childcare will be through the schools and child care organizations. 

NSHD encourages the following eligible groups to sign up for an appointment through the link on March 1st:
  • Frontline health care personnel
  • Residents and employees in skills nursing and long-term care facilities
  • Police and fire personnel, correctional staff
  • Adults ages 65 and older
More information on eligible populations can be found on the WI DHS website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm

All people who have signed up for the email list are receiving this sign-up regardless of your eligibility. Please review the currently eligible groups and only sign up for an appointment if you can attest to being a member of one of these groups.

If you have already been vaccinated and no longer wish to receive these emails, please unsubscribe by scrolling down and clicking "unsubscribe from this list" at the bottom of this email.


Be Active Wisconsin - Community Fitness Challenge:

Over 30 Recreation Departments across Wisconsin are hosting the first-ever Community Fitness Challenge! The “Be Active Wisconsin” Community Challenge invites all community members to participate in a virtual challenge to promote active lifestyles, connect people to the outdoors by encouraging the use of our parks/trail systems, and engage Wisconsin communities in a friendly competition! All active minutes count (not just running/walking), so let’s get moving Whitefish Bay! The winning community will receive a trophy, and all participants receive a T-shirt. (It’s the same shirt for every participating community – how cool is that?) While there is a personal goal of 200 minutes a week to help motivate and to give you a goal to strive for, there are no requirements and no awards given for personal goals.

Note: All participants will have access to a Google Form where you will enter your minutes for each week by Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. The link to the form will be emailed to all registered participants. The numbers for each community will be sent out to all community representatives on Mondays so we can encourage our Whitefish Bay community to keep moving!

Be Active Wisconsin - Community Fitness Challenge
Course Code: 391701 A1
Fee: $10/person
March 1 - March 31
Ages: 4-99
Registrations accepted through March 14, 2021
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651