Monday, June 20, 2022

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter
Message from the Village President, Kevin Buckley

Construction season begins this week with our annual Mill & Overlay program. This is the best kind of construction project as it goes fast and is cheap (relatively speaking) leaving behind a smooth road in just a few days. See project map below.

Also: Have some old paint, glue, oil, gas or other chemical in your garage? Drop it off this Saturday from 8am-2pm at Nicolet High School.  

Have a great week! -kb

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Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When is the Whitefish Bay Farmers' Market? The Whitefish Bay Farmers' Market is in full swing! Please join us on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Aurora Parking Lot located at 325 E. Silver Spring Drive. Visit our website to learn more about our local farmers and vendors.

When are absentee ballots mailed for for the August 9 Partisan Primary Election? Absentee ballots will be mailed late this week. Absentee ballots may be returned via USPS or at the Village Hall front desk during regular business hours.Each voter is required to submit their own ballot. DO NOT return your absentee ballot to the Village Hall vestibule drop box (no longer permitted per a recent circuit court ruling).

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will next be collected by Village crews next week (Beginning June 27). 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, June 20, 4:00 p.m., Village Hall Board Room

  • Monday, June 20, 6:00 p.m., High School Library Media Center

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.

Last Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, June 14, 5:00 p.m., Zoom

  • Tuesday, June 14, 6:00 p.m., Library Program Room

  • Tuesday, June 14, 6:15 p.m., Village Hall Board Room

  • Thursday, June 16, 5:30 p.m., Village Hall Board Room
Mill and Overlay Project Begins:
The Village of Whitefish Bay Public Works Department is under contract with Payne & Dolan 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 be applied following the paving work.
This work is scheduled to begin June 20, 2022 with completion scheduled by early July 2022 weather dependent.

For property owners in one of the project areas, access 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. Work hours for this project are limited to 7:00 a.m. to 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 (414) 962-6690 ext. 123 s.charczuk@wfbvillage.gov.
Updates From Village Hall
MMSD Home Haz Mat Collection:

Got yuck in your house or garage? Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) will be holding a mobile Home HazMat on Saturday, June 25, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Nicolet High School front parking lot located at 6701 N. Jean Nicolet Rd., Glendale. Please view list of items accepted and resources for recycling/disposing of items not collected on MMSD’s website.
Parks Survey - We Want To Hear From You!

The Village of Whitefish Bay invites you to share your input on Village Parks and Recreation amenities to help develop our first Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP). Click here to provide feedback via the online survey now through June 30, 2022. Online responses are preferred, however hard copies of the survey can be made available at Village Hall.

A CORP serves to guide the continual improvement of the Village's parks, open space, and pedestrian facilities. The CORP also allows the Village to compete for state and federal grants.

The purpose of a Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan is to better understand unmet park and recreation demands in the Village, understand how demand will evolve over the next five years, and offer strategies that can be leveraged to best meet the Village’s needs. By participating in this survey you are helping to shape the future of Whitefish Bay!
Note From The Police Department:
Nighttime Bike Safety: With all of this nice weather, we've seen an increase in bicyclists, especially at night. Bike lights are required by Village Ordinance any time between 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise. Bike lights and wearing reflective clothing make you more visible to motorists and can help prevent accidents. Also, be sure to follow these other bike safety tips:
  • Be visible. If you can’t see the driver, they can’t see you.
  • Be seen when stopped.
  • Obey traffic laws, signs and signals.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Ride on the road, bike lane, paved shoulder or path.
  • Enhance visibility with proper lighting.
  • Wear a helmet.
Upcoming June and July Events:
June 29 - Village Band Concert at Klode Park:

Come celebrate an old fashioned Fourth of July band concert in the park with the Village Band of Whitefish Bay on June 29 at 7:00 p.m. Bring your chair(s) to enjoy music that celebrates our country played by your neighbors. This is the Village Band's 34th Summer Concert Season. Look for the Village Band at various community events this summer. For the most up-to-date information, follow the band on Facebook
July 4th Celebration:

What’s the Best Day in the Bay? You know it’s the Fourth of July! The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation is thrilled to keep the tradition going in 2022. Don’t miss the annual parade, and stop by Klode Park for food, drinks, games, and, of course, fireworks! Click here for more info.

Volunteers Needed!

The 4th of July Kids Games at Klode Park hosted by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation can’t happen without your help! Please sign up with a friend or family member for a 1.5 hour shift to run a game. More details are included in the link. This is an easy and fun way to give back to your community. Thank you for your support. Click here to sign up!
July 9 and 10 - Whitefish Bay Art Festival

The Merchants along with Amdur Productions will be closing Silver Spring Drive, from Santa Monica Boulevard to Lake Drive on Saturday–Sunday, July 9–10, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., so that 100+ artists from all over the country can set up their booths and present artworks for visitors to browse and shop.

Admission is free and there is plenty of nearby parking. The show is also handicap accessible and wheelchair friendly. Live music, artist demonstrations, and art activities for kids contribute to the festive family-friendly atmosphere.

The juried artists, live entertainment, and food and beverages from local restaurants will prove to make this a wonderful event for the whole family. Watch for details at the Merchants of Whitefish Bay website and Facebook page.
Updates From The Whitefish Bay Library:
Summer Reading Program- Our Summer Reading Program began June 13! Sign up online through Beanstack and experience this great program for all ages, full of opportunities for fun and learning. You can register online or you can also use the Beanstack app. Download the Beanstack app and search for Whitefish Bay Public Library. The program runs through August 26.

Outdoor All Ages Storytime at School House Park, Mondays & Thursdays, 10-10:30 a.m., June 20, June 23, June 27 - Please register on our website - We're excited to offer outdoor storytime for all ages in School House Park this summer! Join us for stories, songs, and more. Please register so we can update you about weather and possible rain site.

Yoga in the Park with Embody Yoga, At School House Park
Join us for yoga in the park!! This program will approach yoga as play, using a variety of games and team building exercises to help tweens learn poses and breathing techniques, as well as meditation/relaxation exercises. Please bring a yoga mat if able. This event will be in School House Park. In case of bad weather, class will be held in the upstairs program room.

Webinar: Maintaining Your Landscape with Pollinators in Mind with Melinda Myers
Wednesday, June 22, 6:30 p.m., - Please registerThis program is virtual and will be hosted on Zoom. You can have a landscape that you and pollinators enjoy. A few changes to the way we maintain our plants and manage insect pests and diseases can help create a safe environment for pollinators. We’ll cover pollinator-friendly care to keep your landscape healthy and looking its best throughout the year. Then we’ll explore ways to manage the space without harmful chemicals to keep plants and visiting pollinators healthy. This webinar is free, but registration is required. Thank you to American Transmission Co. for sponsoring this webinar.

Tea Time Book Club, Friday, June 24, 12 p.m. - Our Tea Time Book Club meets once a month and is led by Library Director Nyama Reed. This month we're reading The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré. Tea Time Book Club offers hybrid meetings. You can attend in-person at the Library in the 2nd floor Program Room or online via Zoom. Visit our website for Zoom info.

Outdoor Crafting: Coral Reef Art (School House Park),Entering Grades 4-6
Monday, June 27- 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Please Register - Create your own coral reef using a variety of craft supplies for this process-focused, mixed media project.
Please note: this event will be held in School House Park (across the street from the library). In case of bad weather, the program will be held in our upstairs program room.
Community Spotlight:
Updates From The School District:

Register Now for the 2022-23 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:
  • July 13 – Business & Committee Meetings
  • August 10 – Business & Committee Meetings
Meeting dates, agendas, minutes and more information can be found online.
Update From Bay Bridge:

Bay Bridge congratulates President Buckley, Trustee Balachandran, Trustee Kasper, Trustee Koltun, Trustee Haller, Trustee DeMet, and Trustee Serebin for supporting Resolution No. 3125 in Support of Mapping Racism & Resistance in Milwaukee County. The resolution passed unanimously at the village board meeting on June 6th, making Whitefish Bay the first in Milwaukee County to formally renounce discriminatory covenants. The Village of Greendale passed a similar resolution the following evening on June 7th, and others have been passed in Illinois, Minnesota, Connecticut, California and elsewhere. Discriminatory covenants went hand in hand with redlining to legally enforce segregation across the United States, and as part of that legacy, Milwaukee remains problematically segregated with inequitable distribution of resources and access to education, healthcare, transportation, food and housing. Bay Bridge is proud of our village for this very important step in recognizing the history of how racism has been embedded into the area's housing markets. To learn more about the impact of segregation on Whitefish Bay, Milwaukee & the U.S., explore this list of brief videos, articles, podcasts and editorials.

Resolutions denouncing discriminatory covenants are not just for municipalities! Bay Bridge passed a Resolution to Denounce Discriminatory Covenants on April 9th. To find out how an organization with which you are involved can also pass a resolution to denounce discriminatory covenants, contact us at BayBridgeWisconsin@gmail.com. We can provide you with a template and some tips on how to get started. Bay Bridge can also add you to the ongoing list of organizations that are passing resolutions which currently includes the Racial Diversity Team of the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, Cream City Conservation Corps, Grassroots North Shore, 5 Point Neighborhood Association, Hummingbird, and People Advocating for Greendale Equity (PAGE).

If you want to get involved with advancing fair housing initiatives in our region or if you would like to be a citizen scientist with UWM's Mapping Racism & Resistance project, please subscribe to Bay Bridge emails to learn about researching Milwaukee County property deeds containing discriminatory covenants and to explore how we can help undo their lasting impact. Please provide any area of interest, and no expertise is required. Bay Bridge will provide updates and announcements on UWM volunteer training workshops and additional educational and action opportunities.

The April 27th presentation in Whitefish Bay was held in conjunction with Bay Bridge's dozens of community partners including 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, The Redress Movement, Rid Racism, Jewish Community Relations Council, Tikkun Ha-ir, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, Divided by Design Milwaukee, Christ Church Episcopal, Parents Advocating for Greendale Equity (PAGE), Hummingbird, Bridge the Divide, Nurturing Diversity Partners, Groundwork Milwaukee, Congregation Shalom, the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, From the Same Dust, Congregation Sinai, Tosa Together, 5 Points Neighborhood Association, Elsafy Real Estate Team, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Break the Silence in the Burbs, the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, MICAH and Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.

Watch Mapping Racism & Resistance in Milwaukee County to view the UWM project team's customized presentation which includes primary source materials such as photographs and restrictive covenants specific to Whitefish Bay.

NSHD Healthy Highlight 6/15/22: Open Water and Swimming Safety

According to the CDC, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among children ages 1-14 years. Whenever open water is around, whether that be a pool, hot tub, lake, pond, river, or even a shallow kiddie pool, it is important to take precautions to limit the risk of drowning.
  • Never leave children unsupervised around water.
  • Talk to your kids about open water and swim safety so they understand the risks of swimming without a responsible adult.
  • Choose an adult or adults in charge of watching children when they are swimming or around water. Take turns and avoid distractions.
  • Don’t confuse the ability to swim with not being able to drown. Swimming lessons are important, but even kids who know how to swim are at risk. 
  • Life Jackets Save Lives! Your children should wear life jackets at all times when on boats or near bodies of water. Make sure the life jackets are of the proper size for the wearers. Life jackets should also be worn when swimming for children who need extra support, or in situations where even strong swimmers are at higher risk – high winds and waves, cold, murky, or moving water, etc.
  • When entering open water when you cannot see the bottom or are not familiar with it, enter feet first and wade slowly. Rocks, uneven surfaces or drop offs can be hard to see. Do not dive when you do not know the depth or if obstructions could be hiding in the water.

Beach Monitoring: The Wisconsin DNR has a Beach Monitoring and Assessment program, which includes the testing of coastal public beaches and beaches at all of the Wisconsin State Parks. As part of this program, our department monitors the water quality at Atwater, Klode and Doctor's Parks throughout the summer by testing the water at least twice weekly for the presence of E. coli bacteria. Based on the test results, beaches are either considered open with no advisory (green sign), open with an advisory indicating that caution should be used at the beach because of elevated bacteria levels (yellow sign), or a beach may be closed due to highly elevated bacteria levels (red sign). Before heading out to the beach, check for any advisories or closures.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651