Monday, July 13, 2020

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

The Village of Whitefish Bay is accepting applications for resident volunteers to fill one (1) vacancy on the Architectural Review Commission (Architect's License is required) and one (1) vacancy on the Board of Review.

The Architectural Review Commission ensures that the design and appearance of new structures and alterations / additions are compatible with the Village Design Guidelines. The Architectural Review Commission meets every other Thursday, 5:30pm at the Village Hall. The Village utilizes a rotating schedule so that members do not have to attend all meetings.

The Board of Review is responsible for correcting any property assessment errors. It conducts its hearings in a manner similar to a court. The Board commences meetings in May. Subsequent hearing dates are dependent on the number of appeals brought to the Board.

Interested citizens should complete and submit an  Online Application. Applications are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, July 24, 2020. Meetings are currently being held virtually via GoToMeeting. Please email Village Manager  Paul Boening with any questions. To subscribe to our newsletter,  click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Can I place grass clippings and other loose yard waste in the street? No! Grass clippings or other yard waste may not be placed into the street. Grass clippings are NOT collected and should be left on the lawn or taken to a private disposal facility. Other yard waste must be placed in sturdy paper bags or in containers that can be emptied. Note: Branches may be placed in the parkway for chipping.

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will next be collected by Village crews this week. Brush should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk.

What are the rules for dog walking? More people are staying healthy by walking outside (while social distancing)! Remember that dogs are required to be be on a leash. We have received a number of calls regarding off-leash dogs.

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

  • Monday, July 13, 6:00 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting.
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Thursday, July 9, 5:30 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting.
From the North Shore Health Department:
North Shore Health Department Highlights: Wear a Mask!

COVID-19 is primarily spread via respiratory droplets when people are in close proximity with each other and people that are infected speak, sneeze, or cough. People can be infected and have no symptoms (asymptomatic) and they are still able to transmit the virus. It is strongly recommended that the general public wear a cloth face mask in public settings.

Wearing a cloth face mask is one of the most effective ways to reduce person to person transmission of COVID-19 because it serves as a barrier to prevent droplets from entering the air (known as source control). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there is emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that demonstrates cloth face masks reduce the spray of respiratory droplets. Cloth face masks are most effective at reducing the transmission of COVID-19 when they are widely used by the public and used in combination with other preventive measures, including physical distancing and proper hygiene practices. You should wear a face mask in all public settings, especially in indoor spaces where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
How do I properly wear a cloth face mask?
  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily
  • Don’t put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands

More information on cloth face coverings: CDC website. For the most recent updates on COVID-19 in the North Shore, visit our website. We also encourage you to frequently monitor the  DHS website and CDC website.
Merchants of Whitefish Bay Sidewalk Sale:
Whitefish Bay Sidewalk Sale is this Weekend:

The Merchants of Whitefish Bay Sidewalk Sale is back July 17 and 18, 2020 on Silver Spring Drive. Stores will have different promotions, check out what is happening on our Facebook Page for more details. Store hours vary by business. Yellow Wood will be hosting a scaled-down version of their annual adventure zone which will be open on Saturday, July 18 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Social Distancing and masks and are strongly encouraged (required by some businesses). Hand washing and/or sanitizer stations will be available in-stores and on the street. Thank you to Gerhard's Kitchen & Bath for opening their doors for customers to use their sinks inside and for providing the hand sanitizing stations on the street.
Updates from the Police Department:
Thank You Whitefish Bay:

The Whitefish Bay Police Department would like to extend a warm thank you to the anonymous citizen who brightened out station with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. In addition, the officers have appreciated the various food donations and other expressions of gratitude from the Whitefish Bay Community. We are truly grateful for the support!
Lock Your Car:

The Police Department is seeing a number of cars unattended running in driveways. Thieves can walk up to your car, get in, and drive off in a matter of 5 seconds.

Police Department asks that you do not leave your keys in an unattended, unlocked, and running vehicle. We also ask that you be vigilant in making sure that the keys are out of your vehicle(s) overnight and that they are secured.

Nixle allows residents to sign up for text alerts from the Police Department. Click here to visit the Nixle website to sign up.
August Election Information:
Nearly 41% of Whitefish Bay voters have requested absentee ballots for the August 11 Election.  The Village of Whitefish Bay is urging ALL voters to request an absentee ballot for the August 11, 2020 Partisan Primary Election by mail. Voting through the mail reduces public contact with our poll workers.

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

How to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail: You may request a ballot online at  myvote.wi.gov or download an absentee ballot application under election information via our quick links section on our homepage;  www.wfbvillage.org. You also may request a ballot be mailed to you by  emailing the Village. Your request must include a copy of WI photo ID and be received no later than 5:00 pm on August 6, 2020.

Deadline for Returning your Absentee Ballot: Your completed absentee ballot must be received by 8:00 pm on Election Day. If you would like further information about elections or registering to vote please contact Deputy Clerk Caren Brustmann at (414) 962-6690 ext.122

Please visit  MyVote.wi.gov  for the following information:
  • View a sample ballot
  • Register to vote
  • Request an absentee ballot
  • Check the status of your absentee ballot
  • Avoid long lines in August or November
Updates from Village Hall:
North Shore COVID-19 Testing:

The Nicolet High School Testing site is being extended into next week from Monday July 13 to Wednesday July 15.

If you have signs and symptoms and/or have been directly exposed to someone with COVID-19 please sign up at by visiting this website.

To prevent delays, please arrive within the 15 minute slot you signed up for. You may experience a short wait upon arrival.
National Guard COVID-19 Testing:

The National Guard COVID-19 testing sites will 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 to Thursday: 11 am to 7 pm
  • Friday to Saturday: 11 am to 5 pm
  • 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.
2020 WEC CARES Subgrant:

The Wisconsin Election Commission has awarded the Village of Whitefish Bay a grant of $11,423.30. The grant is intended to help offset increased election related expenses as a result of COVID-19. Each municipality in Wisconsin is eligible for a specific amount of funding per a formula set by the state based on the number of registered voters.
Whitefish Bay Library Chapter 2:
WFBPL is excited to announce Chapter 2 of Renewing Services: "6-Feet & Mask Up @ WFBPL" which is happening now!

Hours:
Curbside Pickup (by appointment)
  • Monday, Wednesday, Saturday: 9:30 am to 2 pm.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 2:30 pm to 7 pm

In-Library Browsing (no appointment needed) and Library Computers (by appointment)
  • Monday, Wednesday- 2:30-7PM
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- 9:30AM-2PM

Curbside Pickup
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.

In-Library Browsing
Come into the library building to browse books, renew library cards, apply for a new card, or use the copier/scanner. No need to make an appointment; just stop by during our browsing hours. 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
Library computers are available for up to 1 hour per day twice per week by appointment. Please call the library to schedule and be sure to bring your mask with you to your appointment.

Outside Book Drop
Great news! Our outdoor book drop is now open. You can now return your items whenever it's convenient for you. Items are being quarantined for three days so they will remain on your card until then. But don't worry, items are being back-dated and checked in with their original return date. Thank you for your patience over the last few months as we worked to keep patrons and staff safe!

Summer Reading Program
There is still lots of time to sign up for 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:
Whitefish Bay Farmers Market Continues Each Saturday:

The Whitefish Bay Farmers kicks off this Saturday, July 11, 2020 and continues each Saturday through October 19, 2020 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. LOCATION UPDATE: The Farmers Market will be at the Aurora Parking Lot (325 E Silver Spring Dr.) for the entire season.

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 encouraged, and hand sanitizer will be available! Please click here to view a full list of Whitefish Bay Farmers Market guidelines for customers. We Look forward to seeing you from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
"55 and Better" Programs at the Whitefish Bay Recreation Deparment:

A message from Carolyn Noori Senior Program Coordinator: Greetings! I am back in the office. My hours are 7:00 am to 8:30 am Monday to Thursday and Friday 7:00 am to 12:00 pm. No programs will be held the remainder of the summer. We are working on developing some thoughtfully organized programs coming up in the fall. Regardless, it is very important to stay connected at this time, feel free to call (414-963-3992) or e-mail me. If you would like to stop in to my office please be aware of the protocol - a face mask must be worn. Peace and wellness!
Camp-in-a-Bag on sale now at the Lydell Community Center!

Missing camp this summer?! We are too!!! That's why we teamed up with Mr. Joey from Cumberland and Mrs. Joan from Richards to bring all of the fun and exciting ACTIVITIES right to you this summer! Each bag will contain the supplies for 2 STEM, art, science, and cooking along with a bi-weekly app game to be played virtually with Mr. Joey!
  • Week 1/2 nature and exploring
  • Week 3/4 magical fantasy
  • Week 5/6 travel the world!

Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651