Monday, March 9, 2020

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

Ready for Spring? The North Shore Health Department and SafeKids Southeast Wisconsin have partnered to help all bicyclists ride safer! Bike Helmets are currently available for $10.00. A helmet fitting is required. Visit the Health Department offices in Shorewood (2010 E. Shorewood Blvd) or Brown Deer (4800 W Green Brook Drive). Adult and children’s sizes are available.  To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why is Village Hall's Phone Ringing?
Do I need to permit or license to rent my home using AirBNB, Vrbo, etc? No permit required directly from the Village, but a license and inspection is required by the North Shore Health Department. See the story below for more details.

When does in-person absentee voting begin and end for the April 7, 2020 election? In-person absentee voting begins the week of Monday, March 23 and ends Friday, April 3. Visit the Village  election information page has more info.
Have a question?
The Village Hall phone number is 414-962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, Mar. 2, 6:00 pm, Village Hall

  • Tuesday, Mar. 3, 6:15 pm, Village Hall

  • Thursday, Mar. 5, 5:30 pm, Village Hall
This Week's Meetings:

There are no Village meetings this week.

For other meeting agendas and minutes please visit the  Agenda Center page on the Village Website
COVID-19 Updates from the North Shore Health Department:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WI DHS) and the North Shore Health Department (NSHD), along with other local health departments are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel corona virus, COVID-19. First detected in Wuhan, China, the disease has spread to other countries throughout the world, including cases in the United States. CDC travel recommendations and risk management procedures are changing rapidly. For the most current information on the COVID-19, please visit the CDC's website on COVID-19 or WI DHS's website on COVID-19.

The risk of getting COVID-19 remains low for Wisconsin residents. Wisconsin currently has reported one case of the disease. Those most at-risk will have recently traveled to an affected county or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. 

The signs and symptoms for COVID-19 are similar to seasonal influenza or the flu. For most people, it is experienced as mild to severe respiratory symptoms including a dry cough, fever, shortness of breath. 

There are steps to take to keep yourself and others healthy for both COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. Keep children home from school if they are sick. Children should be free from fever without use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours before returning to school. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

The CDC is updating guidance for travelers returning from affected areas. If you have recently or plan to return from travel to China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea, please contact the health department for guidelines on self-quarantine and self-monitoring upon your return to the U.S. 

NSHD is providing local public health support through a variety of channels:
  • Surveillance: We are monitoring cases through multiple websites including WI DHS, CDC and Johns Hopkins.
  • Investigations: We will respond to notifications for potential cases in the North Shore and initiate contact investigations with confirmed cases. 
  • Containment: NSHD uses federal and state guidelines to assess risk of exposure to COVID-19 and determine need for quarantine and monitoring. 
  • Communication: For the most current information on the COVID-19, please visit the CDC's website on COVID-19 or WI DHS's website on COVID-19

Additional information about COVID-19 is on our website at www.nshealthdept.org. If you are concerned about your risk of getting COVID-19 or have recently traveled to an affected area, please contact the North Shore Health Department at 414-371-2980. 
Save the date! Prescription Drug Take Back Day:
Prescription Drug take back day is April 25, 2020 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Village Hall.

National Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

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​.
Short Term Rental License and Inspection:
Are you thinking about renting out a room of your house for the upcoming DNC or other event with Airbnb, Vrbo, etc? A license and inspection is required from the North Shore Health Department.

Visit the NSHD website for the license application or call 414-371-2980 for more information. The annual license fee is $110 and the one time inspection fee is $300.

There is no permit required directly from the Village, but within single-family zoning districts, you may furnish a room for these type of short term rentals to a maximum of two people at a time. (Section 16.06(1)(d)(1) of the Whitefish Bay Municipal Code).
Coastal Resilience Presentation on Lake Levels:
Come hear from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discuss the Great Lakes. Topics to be Discussed Will Include:
  • Outlook for water levels this spring and summer
  • Coastal processes and the impacts of water levels on the coast
  • Options to address water level impacts
Anyone interested in learning about what to expect of the water levels of the Great Lakes and how it may impact the coast. All are welcome!

The event is Thursday, March 19, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the MATC Mequon Campus (Lecture Hall, Room A289), 5555 W. Highland Rd, Mequon, WI 53092. Speakers from Wisconsin Sea Grant, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Weather Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will present.

Can’t Attend in Person? Join a meeting virtually at zoom.us/j/152994777. A recording of the meetings will be available on the Wisconsin Sea Grant YouTube channel:
Events at the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Storytime Registration Begins
Monday, March 9, All Day
Call (414) 755-6555 or stop by the Youth Services desk to register in person.
Celebrate Pi Day (Eve!)
Friday, March 13, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Come and celebrate Pi Day (Eve!) by sampling pies and doing some pi-themed activities. Grades 6+, Please register.
Community Spotlight:
Update from the School District:

The Board of Education Regular Business Meeting is Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 PM at the Whitefish Bay High School, Room 47. Click here for meeting dates, agendas and more. All are invited and welcome to attend.
Bay Bridge Meeting Date:

Bay Bridge's next meeting is March 19, 2020 at the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, 819 E Silver Spring Dr, Walnut Room #111 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. We are reading Tears We Cannot Stop. For more info visit the Bay Bridge Facebook page.
Pancake Breakfast with the Bunny is Saturday, April 4, 2020:
 
Come celebrate Spring at the North Shore Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast with the Bunny on Saturday, April 4, 8:00 to 11:00 am. The event will take place at the Bay Shore Lutheran Church, 1200 E. Hampton Road, Whitefish Bay. Guests may enter at the north door from the parking lot on Wildwood Avenue.
 
Enjoy photos with the Bunny, raffles, face painting, and a delicious breakfast featuring pancakes, sausage, juice, milk & coffee. Tickets are available at the door, from Kiwanis members or at Winkie’s - just $8 per adult (10 & up) and $5 per child (over 2 years of age).

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. All proceeds will benefit Kiwanis youth charities. Fore more info visit: kiwanisnorthshoremke.com
North Shore Health Department:
Did you know? There has been stigma and racism associated with the Coronavirus. Know the facts about COVID-19 and help stop the spread of rumors and the virus. 

Fact 1: Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19. 

Fact 2: The risk of getting COVID-19 in the U.S. is currently low. Some people who have traveled to places where many people have gotten sick with COVID-19 may be monitored by health officials to protect their health and the health of other people in the community. 

Fact 3: You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
Call the health department and seek medical advice if you develop symptoms AND Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. 

Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

FACT 4: There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (Appointment Required)

Wednesday, Mar. 11
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Shorewood Office

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (Appointment Required)

Wednesday, March 18,
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Brown Deer Office

Tuesday, March 24,
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Shorewood Office

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screening 
(No Appointment Required)

Wednesday, Mar. 18
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
LX Club (Sinai Synagogue, 8223 N. Port Washington Road) 

Contact the NSHD for appointments:
414-371-2980
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651