Monday, July 6, 2020

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

The North Shore Health Department (NSHD) is conducting a community survey to learn how the residents of the North Shore feel about the response of the NSHD to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NSHD would greatly appreciate your feedback! Click here or see the story below for more information and about how to participate. To subscribe to our newsletter,  click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
What is the MCTS Route 14 bus detour this week for the Santa Monica Blvd repaving project? Southbound Route 14 will be detoured onto Marlborough Dr and Fairmount Ave this week only. Click here for a picture of the detour route. Visit the Village website for more information about the 2020 Roadway Improvement Program.

When does in-person absentee voting at Village Hall begin? Due to a recent 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling, in-person absentee voting at Village Hall will begin on Tuesday, July 28 at 8:00 am (previously it was Monday, July 27). More election is information below.

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will next be collected by Village crews next week (7/13/20). 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:
Last Week's Meetings:

No meetings last week. For past meeting agendas and minutes, visit the Agenda Center page.
This Week's Meetings:

  • Thursday, July 9, 5:30 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting.
Foundation Drain Disconnect Pilot Program:
The Village of Whitefish Bay is introducing a new pilot program in 2020 to reduce clear water flows into the Village sanitary sewer system from private home underground foundation drains. This 2020 pilot program will provide up to $5,000.00 per home for as many as 20 qualifying homes in the Village.  This work will include a homeowner digging up and accessing their existing foundation drain system through their basement floor, installing a basement sump pump, and then providing a buried sump pump connection directly to the public storm sewer system. 

For this pilot program the Village has identified a targeted area in the southern portion of the Village that is known to have higher than average levels of clear water entering the Village sanitary sewer system (highlighted blue on the map).  Within that targeted area, many homes have direct access to a buried storm sewer pipe connection to the public storm sewer system. In addition, homes in other areas of the Village that have a buried storm sewer pipe connection to the public storm sewer system or are willing to install a buried storm sewer pipe connection may qualify as well. 

Click here for a Private Property Foundation Drain Disconnect (FDD) Pilot Program application form. Property owners interested in being included in this pilot program should complete the attached form and submit their application to Whitefish Bay Village Hall.  

Note: Applications will be reviewed first come, first served as they are received for qualification and approval. If you should have any questions regarding this project, feel free to contact: Spencer Charczuk, EIT, Staff Engineer (414-962-6690 extension 123 or
July 2020 Bay Leaves:
The July Bay Leaves monthly magazine is available on the Village website. Stories include:
  • Learn how Cousins Subs President and Whitefish Bay resident Jason Westhoff used his blue-collar roots to keep frontline service workers employed and implement the “Cousins Cares” initiative.
  • A message from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club regarding the postponement of their annual “Artisans in the Garden” event.
  • How businesses in the Village’s downtown area are remaining optimistic and “Silver Spring Strong”.
  • Expert advice on how to keep your children mentally sharp this summer break.
  • News about Whitefish Bay Recreation Department's move to virtual exercise programs.
  • A historical timeline regarding the fight for women’s suffrage and how it relates to our very own Whitefish Bay Women’s Club.
  • An informational piece brought to you by MADACC about National Lost Pet Prevention Month.
  • How the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation is staying engaged with residents among various event cancellations.
  • The North Shore Health Department emphasizing the importance of safe business environments.
  • Finally, a message from Fire Captain Dan Tyk on ways to keep your property and family safe this 4th of July.
From the Merchants of Whitefish Bay:
Whitefish Bay Farmers Market:

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.
Whitefish Bay Sidewalk Sale:

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.
North Shore Health Department Updates: 
Community Survey:

The North Shore Health Department (NSHD) is conducting a community survey to learn how the residents of the North Shore feel about the response of the NSHD to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We want to understand how you and other people living in the North Shore feel about how the North Shore Health Department has handled the COVID-19 pandemic so far. We hope to learn how you feel about the measures taken in Wisconsin and in the North Shore to stop the spread of COVID-19 and understand why you felt that way. We also hope to understand if we have effectively communicated with the public throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Our goal is to learn how we can improve our response in future emergency situations.The survey is online and can be accessed with this link: Click Here.
Free North Shore COVID-19 Testing:

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing will be offered at Nicolet High School Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 10. Please register ahead of time with this link, spots are still available.
Updates from Village Hall:
Request an Absentee Ballot:

Nearly 40% 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 or download an absentee ballot application under election information via our quick links section on our homepage; 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 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

D ue to a recent 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling in-person absentee voting at Village Hall will begin on Tuesday, July 28 at 8:00 am .
C-SPAN StudentCam 2020

Last week Whitefish Bay Village President Julie Siegel congratulated Zoe Styler, Elena Deslongchamps, and Celia Murphy from Whitefish Bay High School for their prize winning documentary on campaign finance and political campaigns. Watch their documentary here: Great work!
2019 Annual Water Quality Report:

We're fortunate in Whitefish Bay to have excellent drinking water from the North Shore Water Commission.

The North Shore Water Commission, in cooperation with its member utilities, publishes a water quality report annually. The report is designed so that residents can clearly understand what’s in the drinking water and how to obtain additional information.  Click here to view the 2019 Water Quality Report.

The North Shore Water Commission operates and maintains the Water Filtration Plant at 400 West Bender Road in Glendale as well as the Raw Water Pumping Station located in Whitefish Bay. The North Shore Water Commission is responsible for purifying and pumping potable water to its member utilities which include Fox Point, Glendale, and Whitefish Bay. For additional information about water quality please visit  North Shore Water Commission websiteWDNR, and the  EPA.
Updates from the Library:
Renewing Library Services: The library is preparing to begin Chapter 2 “6-feet & Mask Up @ WFBPL” for Renewing our Library Services. As we plan for next steps, here are the current library services we’re offering as part of our Chapter 1 “Grab and Go @ WFBPL.”

Hours - Curbside Pickup:
  • Monday, Wednesday, Saturday- 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday- 2:30 pm to 7 pm

Hours - In-Library Browsing and Library Computers:
  • Monday, Wednesday- 2:30 pm to 7 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- 9:30 am to 2 pm

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-

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. 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.

Summer Reading Program @ WFBPL: This year, we're taking our summer reading program and moving it online! Sign up online through Beanstack and experience the great programs 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.
From the City of Glendale:
Glendale Silver Spring Drive Reconstruction Project begins July 13:

The City of Glendale is preparing to reconstruct Silver Spring Drive from the east side of the Port Washington Rd intersection to the west side of the Lydell Ave intersection. The construction does not include the intersections with Port Washington Rd, Mohawk Ave, or Lydell Ave. The construction project will include removal and replacement of the concrete pavement in phases to allow two-way traffic on Silver Spring Dr. at all times during construction.

While two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the duration of the project, certain turning movements may be restricted. Please pay attention to the traffic control barricades and signage as they will change throughout the project. See the full update for more information.
Community Spotlight:
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!

Join the Whitefish Bay Women's Club in July to donate blood and help save lives!

The Whitefish Bay Women’s Club (600 E Henry Clay) hosted the Versiti blood center at a blood drive on Wednesday, May 20. Approximately 38 people donated much needed blood. The next scheduled blood drive will be on Wednesday, July 22. For an appointment call 414-332-1570.

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, there is an immediate need for blood donors to ensure a safe supply.
North Shore Health Department Highlights 6/30/20: Preventing Tick Bites
As the weather becomes nicer throughout the summer, it is important to be aware of ticks when enjoying the outdoors. The Fight the Bite! initiative from the Wisconsin DHS is working to spread awareness about mosquitoes and ticks as well as information about bite prevention.

In Wisconsin, ticks are mainly active from May through September, but the DHS emphasizes to be cautious of ticks year-round. There are many steps you can take to protect yourself from tick bites including the use of repellants on skin and clothing, wearing appropriate outdoor clothing, avoiding direct contact with ticks and checking for ticks after being outdoors.

If you do find a tick embedded on your body, here are some do’s and don’ts for removing it:

  • Grasp tick with a narrow-bladed tweezers as close as possible to the skin.
  • If tweezers are not available, use fingers shielded with tissue paper or rubber gloves.
  • Pull upward and out with a firm and steady tension.
  • Use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish, or other products.
  • Handle a tick with bare hands.
  • Squeeze, crush, or puncture the body of the tick, which may contain infectious fluids.
  • Twist while removing as this can cause the mouthparts to break off and stay in the skin.
Visit the DHS website for more information.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651