Monday, November 2, 2020

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

The November 3, 2020 General Election is Tuesday. If you are voting in person on Election Day, please read the article below that outlines the precautions that have been implemented for the safety of our poll workers, Village Staff, and the general public.

Also, thank you to the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation for putting on an excellent Great Pumpkin Festival this year! To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When will Property Tax information be available? Tax bills will be sent out to homes in mid-December.

How often is curbside leaf collection? Collection is weekly, but there is no specific collection schedule. Collection is dependent on crew availability and the volume of leaves that need to be collected. Leaves should be placed in the in the street, near the curb but away from storm inlets. Frequently asked questions about the curbside collection program can be found here.

Brush chipper collection: Brush will be collected by Village crews this week (November 2, 2020). 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:

  • Monday, October 26, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
This Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, November 2, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, November 4, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
November 3, 2020 Election Information
General Election Information:

Hours and Locations: Polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (November 3, 2020) for in-person voting. Please use the Ward Map (PDF) to find your voting location.

Click here to view a sample ballot. The ballot is the same for all wards.

Offices to be elected for the November 3rd election include: President and Vice President of the United States, Representative in Congress, State Senator, Representative to the Assembly, District Attorney, 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.

How do I register to vote for the November 3, 2020 election? Registration can be done at your polling place on election day. Proof of residency is required. There is no voter registration on the Monday prior to the election. Note: You must have resided at the address you provide on your Registration Form for at least 28 consecutive days prior to an election in order to vote in Whitefish Bay.
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 to return completed absentee ballots to Village Hall (not postmarked) is 8:00 p.m. on November 3, 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.
Other Frequently Asked Questions: Please click here for frequently asked questions related to the November 3, 2020 election, absentee ballots, and response deadlines.  If you have a question that is not listed, please don't hesitate to give us a call at (414) 962-6690.
Updates From Village Hall:
COVID-19 Testing Location Update:

Testing at Milwaukee County COVID-19 testing sites is free for anyone, regardless of symptoms. No appointment is needed. There are many testing location options throughout Milwaukee County. More information on locations and shuttles is available here.

As a reminder, Federally Qualified Health Centers and private health providers continue to provide tests for symptomatic individuals. Call 2-1-1 or visit TestUpMKE to find the nearest testing location.
Ice Rink Update:

Last December, the Milwaukee Winter Club (Non-Profit Youth Hockey Organization) and the Village of Whitefish Bay agreed to a partnership to provide an regulation sized ice rink at Cahill Park this winter.

Construction has started on the project. The pad for the ice rink chiller was poured last month. Rink insulation is currently being installed (photo above). The Village newsletter will continue to provide project progress updates. Target opening date is mid to late November barring unforeseen delays (weather, contractor, etc).
2021 Village Budget:

The Village will hold a public hearing for the 2021 Whitefish Bay Village Budget on Monday, November 16, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeetingClick here to view the 2021 Draft Budget. As an organization, the Village of Whitefish Bay is committed to looking forward and planning for the future!
November 2020 Bay Leaves:
The November Bay Leaves monthly magazine is available on the Village website. Stories include:
  • Resident Feature: Time for Halloween with the ??? Family. Find out who the fun family is under the costumes
  • Craig Counsel: Born to Wear the Blue from the Historical Society
  • So Thankful this Thanksgiving from North Shore Fire Rescue
  • Year in Review from the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation
  • Home for the Holidays with the Merchants of Whitefish Bay
  • November is Senior Pet Month and Adopt a Senior Pet Month from MADACC
  • Back to school advice from the North Shore Health Department
  • Blood Drive from the Whitefish Bay Women's Club
  • Winter Exercise in the times of COVID-19 from the North Shore Health Department
  • Save the dates from the Whitefish Bay School District
  • November resources from with the Whitefish Bay Public Library
  • November programs from the Whitefish Bay Recreation Department
  • Holiday refuse/recycling, leaf collection, and election information from the Village
Back By Popular Demand -
Overnight Winter Parking Changes:
On October 5, 2020, the Village Board approved changes to winter parking regulations in Whitefish Bay. The proposed overnight parking changes only affect winter overnight parking, which is enforced from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., December 1 through March 31. Vehicles still need to abide by all other parking regulations for the location in which they are parked. An overnight parking permit does not supersede time zone restrictions or other restrictions on a block, and vehicles with overnight parking permits must be moved once every 24 hours. The changes to overnight parking regulations are as follows:

  • Free Nightly Parking Permission: Each license plate gets 25 free parking nights per calendar year (increased from 15). You can request this free nightly permission to park on any street in the Village. In the winter, parking shall be in front or across the street of the residence making the request based on even/odd date (see below). Request free nightly parking at the following webpage: https://parking.wfbvillage.org.
  • Overnight Monthly Parking Permit: Monthly permits can now be purchased for any street in Whitefish Bay, no longer requiring vehicles to be parked in pre-designated areas. In the winter, parking shall be in front or across the street of the residence making the request based on even/odd date (see below).
  • Where Do I Park in the winter (12/1/20 through 3/31/20)? Alternative Side - Even/Odd – Parking: In the winter, monthly permit holders and free nightly permissions will be required to follow alternate side parking. Vehicles should park on the even-numbered side of the street with an even calendar date before midnight, and on the odd-numbered side of the street on those nights with an odd calendar date before midnight (unless an exemption applies). Vehicles with monthly overnight parking permits must be moved once every 24 hours.
  • Where Do I Park in the spring, summer, and fall (4/1/21 through 11/30/21)? In the spring, summer, and fall, monthly permit holders and free nightly permissions will be required to park directly in front of your residence (unless an exemption applies). Vehicles with monthly overnight parking permits must be moved once every 24 hours.
  • Overnight Monthly Permit Cost: Permits cost $30.00 per month. Permits are available to purchase online beginning at 5:00 a.m. on the 15th of the month for the next month. Permits are available for sale in person during police administration hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and online 24 hours per day at the following webpage: https://parking.wfbvillage.org. If the permit is purchased after the 15th of the month, the fee is reduced to $15.00.
  • How many months can I purchase at one time? Beginning December 15, 2020, you may purchase up to 12 months of overnight parking at a time within the 2021 calendar year. You cannot purchase a permit for 2022 until December 15, 2021.
  • What if my parking is already limited to one side of the street and/or my residence borders Glendale? In these circumstances, you would be allowed to park directly in front of your residence year-round with a monthly overnight parking permit. However, an overnight parking permit does not supersede time zone restrictions or other restrictions on a block. The Village will work with residents on a case-by-case basis for other unique circumstances. In addition, Public Works may temporarily need to restrict parking on these streets on an as-needed basis for snow removal.  

Winter parking changes were made to improve Village-wide snow plowing efforts, increase the limited number and distribution of parking spots in designated zones, and improve public safety.  If you have any questions about the changes, please contact Lt. Patrick Whitaker with the Whitefish Bay Police Department at p.whitaker@wfbvillage.org.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Closed Tuesday, November 3: The library will only be open for voting on Election Day. We will NOT be open to checkout materials or use library computers. Thank you for helping to keep our community and staff safe.
Dinovember: A Roaring Good Time: Every Friday, stop by the Library's Facebook page or Instagram account
to see what kind of fun (or mischief) the dinosaurs are having in the library when the librarians aren't around.
  • Wednesday, November 11: Take and Make: Fizzing Dinosaur Eggs (from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, November 18: Dinosaur Art with Miss Katie (premiering on Facebook at 4 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, November 25: Take and Make: 3-D Cardboard Dinosaurs (from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Virtual Storytime Returns this November: Due to COVID-19, all of our storytimes are virtual storytimes! We invite you to join one of our youth services librarians for books, rhymes, songs, and more. Our events will premiere on our Facebook page, and they will also be saved on our Facebook page for a brief amount of time.  November 10 to December 18:
  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.: Toddler Time
  • Fridays at 10:00 a.m.: All Ages
Get Study Help with Tutor.Com: Whitefish Bay Public Library has partnered with Tutor.com to provide you with FREE online tutoring to support your academic success this school year. The experts at Tutor.com can help you work through a tough homework problem, improve your writing skills, study for a test, review a difficult concept, and so much more! To access Tutor.com, visit our website! Tutors are available every day from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To use this resource, you must be a resident of Whitefish Bay with a valid library card.
From the North Shore Health Department:
NSHD Highlights 10/27/20: World Stroke Day is October 29 

Stroke is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. One in four adults will have a stroke in their lifetime. The good news up to 90% of strokes could be prevented. The main risk factors for stroke include hypertension, diet, smoking, and exercise. Improvement in these areas can greatly reduce your individual risk of stroke, and on a population level there is the potential to reduce stroke, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and other major causes of death and disease. More on stroke risk factors: Click Here.
Steps you can take to help prevent stroke:
  • Monitor your blood pressure.
  • Control your cholesterol.
  • Keep your blood sugar down.
  • Get active.
  • Make healthy food choices.
  • Get to a healthy body weight.
  • Don't smoke, period.
  • Take medications, such as aspirin, as prescribed. Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor.

Anyone can suffer from a stroke. It is important to know the signs of stroke so you know what to do if someone around you is experiencing a stroke. Use the letters in F.A.S.T. to spot the signs:
  • F – Face Drooping
  • A – Arm Weakness
  • S – Speech Difficulty 
  • T – Time to Call 911
Other signs to watch for: Click Here
Community Spotlight:
From the Merchants of Whitefish Bay:

Letters to Santa!💌🎅🏻. New to Silver Spring Drive this year is Santa's Mailbox! Make your list, check it twice, then pop it into Santa's Mailbox. The Merchants of Whitefish Bay have a direct connection to the North Pole so we know Santa will get each letter!

Find it from November 25 to December 23 at 316 E. Silver Spring Drive!
Tips from the Garden Club:

Why Feed Birds in Winter? Birds provide beauty and song, and help control insects in your yard. Birds eat beetles (including Japanese beetles), stink bugs, snails, whiteflies, and aphids.

Many birds spend winter in Wisconsin but struggle to find enough food. Feeding birds can be fun. When buying bird seed, look for good quality seed, such as black sunflower seed, white proso millet, or cracked corn. Avoid fillers like red millet or flax. Try using white proso millet for Dark-eyed Juncos and American Tree Sparrows. Northern Cardinals and Blue Jays prefer peanuts. Keep a journal of birds you are feeding to determine the best seed to buy. Don’t forget to provide a clean water source that birds need to survive cold.

Providing shelter gives birds warmth and protection from predators. Bird houses made of wood or plastic are good (periodically clean them with a mild soap and rinse thoroughly). A Christmas tree laid on its side or native shrubs and trees, such as evergreens and Cedar trees, are also an excellent source of protection.

Helping birds helps us provide a better world now and for future generations.
Check out our website for more information on birds. Submitted by Jessie Banaszak.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651