Monday, August 10, 2020

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

Did you know? 86.5% of households in Whitefish Bay have already completed the 2020 Census (9th best in Wisconsin). If you haven't already completed the 2020 Census, please take some time this week to do so. You can fill out your census questionnaire for your household HERE.

The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. Check out the story below for more 2020 Census information. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will next be collected by Village crews this week (August 10, 2020). Brush should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk.

When is the Whitefish Bay Farmers Market? 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.

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

  • Monday, August 10, 6:00 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Tuesday, August 11, 6:15 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, August 3, 6:00 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting.

  • Thursday, August 6, 5:30 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting.
August 11, 2020 Election Information:
Partisan Primary Election Information:

Hours and Locations: Polling places will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on Election Day (August 11, 2020) for in-person voting. Please use the Ward Map (PDF) to find your voting location.

Offices to be elected for the August 11, 2020 Partisan Primary Election include: Representative in Congress, State Senator, Representative to Assembly, District Attorney, and Milwaukee County Clerk, Treasurer, and Register of Deeds.

Wisconsin Requires a Photo ID to Vote: All Wisconsin voters must show an acceptable photo ID before voting. This includes voters at polling places and most absentee voters. The address on your photo ID does not have to be your current address and the name on your ID does not need to be an exact match to your name in the poll book (such as an abbreviated name). Visit the State of Wisconsin website for more information.
Election Day Safety:

The Village is doing everything we can to keep poll workers, Village Staff, and the general public safe. Safety precautions include:
  • Professional sanitation service at all polling places throughout Election Day.
  • Voting booths placed a minimum of six feet apart.
  • Plexiglas shields to separate poll workers and voters.
  • Gloves for poll workers.
  • Masks for poll workers.
  • Wipes.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Pen for every voter.
  • Tape on floor for social distancing.
Return Your Absentee Ballot:

The deadline for completed absentee ballots to be received by the Village (not postmarked) is 8:00 pm on August 11, 2020. Your options to return your ballot:
  • 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 Complete The 2020 Census:
The U.S. Constitution requires that each decade we take a count—or a census—of America’s population. The census is critical in providing data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others will use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community.
  • It determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries. Redistricting counts are sent to the states by March 31, 2021.
  • Communities rely on census statistics to plan for a variety of resident needs including new roads, schools, and emergency services.
  • Businesses use census data to determine where to open places to shop.
Each year, the federal government distributes more than $675 billion to states and communities based on Census Bureau data.

So far, Whitefish Bay has had 86.5% of households complete the census via online, by mail, or by phone. This is the 9th highest percentage of any municipality in Wisconsin! At the State level, 69.7% of households in Wisconsin has self-responded. Milwaukee county currently has a self-response rate of about 65.3%.

Merchants of Whitefish Bay Banner Design Scholarship Winners:
Congrats to Olivia and Chloe who were the first recipients of the $1000 Merchants of Whitefish Bay Bay Banner Design Scholarship! The goal of this new Merchants of Whitefish Bay Bay Banner Scholarship was to recognize a student for the creation of an original work of art to be used to create new welcoming banners for the Shopping District of Whitefish Bay. Thank you to each student who participated and all of the incredibly talented submissions.
DPW Solar Panel Installation Update:
In 2019, the Village Board approved a project to install a 199.9 kW solar panel system solar panels on the roof of the Department of Public Works (DPW). Over the past year, the new solar installation has almost completely offset the DPW facility's electricity costs. Typical electricity costs for this building averaged around $30,701 annually.

Since monitoring began in mid-November 2019 the system has produced 185.29 MWh of electricity and saved 286,918 lbs of CO2 Emissions (which is the equivalent of 2,167.92 trees being planted).

The project was funded through a combination of Village funds and a Focus on Energy RECIP grant in the amount of $82,809. The project has an estimated 25 year lifespan and an estimated capital payback time of 7 years. Over the 25 year lifespan of the project, the Village will save over $620,000.

Expected annual kWh output is estimated at 268,188 kWh. You can click here to view the public monitoring system. This system watches overall production and weighs it against the estimated projection for accuracy.
Update from the North Shore Health Department:
Information about Hand Sanitizer:

  • Hand sanitizer is great to use when soap and water aren't available, but frequent and thorough handwashing is the best way to prevent spreading viruses like COVID-19.
  • If you must use hand sanitizer, be sure to avoid any products on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) list of hand sanitizers that have been recalled: www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-consumers-should-not-use. Some could contain methanol (or wood alcohol) that causes blindness or death.
  • Use only as directed on hands. The accidental ingestion of even a relatively small amount of methanol by children may pose a serious poisoning risk. Symptoms of methanol poisoning are nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death.
  • If you or a child accidentally swallows hand sanitizer, call the Wisconsin Poison Center right away. Don't wait for symptoms to develop. Call 800-222-1222 anytime day or night.
From the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Tuesday, August 11- Election Day Closing:
The library building will be open only for voting on election day. All other library services (including materials checkout and computers) will be unavailable.

Library Hours:
WFBPL is working on Chapter 3 of Renewing Library Services, which will debut after Labor Day. Once there is an official announcement it will be included here.While we work toward Chapter 3, we will continue to offer Chapter 2 of Renewing Services: "6-Feet & Mask Up @ WFBPL."

Open for browsing, checkouts and computers (no appointments needed)
  • Monday, Wednesday- 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- 9:30 am to 2 pm
Please keep your library visits to 30 minutes or less. And 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.) Library computers are available for up to 1 hour per day.
Curbside Pickup (by appointment):
  • Monday, Wednesday, Saturday- 9:30 am to 2 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday- 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
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.

Summer Reading Program:
There are just a few weeks left to enter our summer reading program! Sign up online through Beanstack and experience the great programs for all ages, full of opportunities for fun and learning. You can register online here or you can also use the Beanstack app! Download the Beanstack app and search for Whitefish Bay Public Library. The program runs through August 15.
Community Spotlight:
Bay Bridge August 2020 Newsletter:

Click here to view the Bay Bridge August 2020 Newsletter. We are so pleased to be sharing this newsletter. You will see our organization progressing even during the time of the pandemic as a result of consultation and collaboration. Many amazing people have come forward to volunteer in key roles and are extending much energy toward this work.
Updates from the Recreation Department:

Camp in a Bag: End of summer special! "purchase all three Camp In A Bag kits for $40! Get the entire summer's worth of games and activities for the low cost of $40! Act now while supplies last and visit the Lydell Community Center to claim your bags today. Contact the Whitefish Bay Recreation Department for more information


Flag Football Registration Deadline August 14th: Whether in traditional format or a modified passing league we will be hosting our annual Flag Football League for players in grades 1st-8th. Precautions will be taken to ensure coach and player safety. In the event of low enrollment a modified skills program will be implemented in place of the league. Sign up online or at the Lydell Community Center. Use code 241301 to select your grade.

Fitness Center to reopen this Fall: The Whitefish Bay Community Fitness Center will resume operations this fall. Safety precautions are in place and in the event of low enrollment a modified program will be offered. Be sure to sign up online or in person to reserve your spot today! Use code 291315.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651