Monday, November 23, 2020

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

Happy Thanksgiving Enjoy this time with family! Please shop locally for the holidays. See the information from the Merchants of Whitefish Bay below about upcoming events on Silver Spring Drive! To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When is leaf collection this week? Leaf collection will take place Monday through Wednesday this week as a result of the holiday. Leaf collection will end the week of November 30, 2020. More details below!

What is the Thanksgiving refuse and recycling collection schedule?
  • Refuse/Recycling normally picked up on Thursday, November 26, 2020, will be picked up on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.
  • Refuse/Recycling normally picked up on Friday, November 27, 2020, will be picked up on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

When is Village Hall closed for the Thanksgiving holiday? Village Hall is closed Thursday, November 26, 2020, and Friday, November 27, 2020. Normal office hours resume on Monday, November 30, 2020.

Have a question? Send us an email or give us a call at (414) 962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
This Week's Meetings: There are no public meetings this week. For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page on the Village Website.

Last Week's Meetings:
  • Monday, November 16, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
  • Tuesday, November 17, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
  • Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
  • Thursday, November 19, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
Shop Local For The Holidays:
From the Merchants of Whitefish Bay:

Ice Sculpture Demonstration in Consaul Commons: Come and see what Art Below Zero will create before your eyes during a two-hour ice sculpting demonstration at Consaul Commons (by the clock, 402 E. Silver Spring Dr.) on November 28, 2020s between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.! You do not want to miss it!

Socially Distanced Visit with Santa: The Merchants of Whitefish Bay invite you to visit with Santa on Saturday, November 28, 2020, between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. in Consaul Commons (by the clock, 402 E. Silver Spring Dr.). Masks will be required and social distancing will be adhered to!

Visit Santa's Mailbox: 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, 2020, to December 23, 2020, at 316 E. Silver Spring Drive.
Village Receives FEMA Grant:
Last Monday, the Village Board approved a $180,038.10 grant for the restoration and mitigation of the Klode Park Shoreline. The grant includes a 75.00% Federal cost share ($135,028.58), a 12.5% State of Wisconsin cost share ($22,504.76), and a 12.5% local Whitefish Bay match ($22,504.76).

The project consists of sandy gravel/cobblestone for beach replenishment, funds to repair a broken support bracket on the storm sewer outlet pipe, and a revetment of geotextile and rip-rap to armor the shoreline against similar future damage.

What's Happening Now: Village Staff and shoreline restoration consultant SmithGroup will continue to work with FEMA over the winter to design and bid the project. Construction timeframe is currently TBD.

Background: As a result of a severe winter wind storm that took place in early January, 2020, the Klode Beach shoreline encountered substantial erosion (damage pictured). This storm was so severe that the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management coordinated with local municipalities and was successful in obtaining a FEMA emergency disaster declaration.
2 Weeks Left For Leaf Collection:
Curbside Leaf Collection Information: Leaf collection will take place Monday through Wednesday this week as a result of the holiday. The DPW will run yard waste crews to pick-up leaves until the first significant snowfall or through the first week in December.

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 next week (November 30, 2020). Brush should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk.

Adopt Your Drain: Interested in protecting the value of your home, neighborhood, and even our local waterways? Adopting a storm drain is a quick, easy, and safe way to make a huge impact in the community of Whitefish Bay and beyond. Keeping drains clear of debris prevents flooding and it even prevents pollution from going directly into rivers and lakes!

All over southeastern Wisconsin, volunteers are committing to make sure that their neighborhood storm drains are clear of litter and debris, keeping unwanted pollutants out of our rivers and lakes. Head to the website to learn more about the program and to sign up to adopt a drain!
Updates from Village Hall:
Status Update Community Ice Rink at Cahill Park: Progress continues on the Community Ice Rink at Cahill Park. The rink boards are going up and chiller installation has begun! Last December, the Milwaukee Winter Club (Non-Profit Youth Hockey Organization) and the Village of Whitefish Bay agreed to a partnership to provide a regulation sized ice rink at Cahill Park this winter. The target opening date is late November to early December.
2021 Village Budget Approved: The 2021 Village Budget was approved at the Village Board meeting on November 2, 2020. The Village Board and Staff continue to seek strategies to increase efficiency and cost effectiveness, while maintaining exemplary service levels in the Village.

Please click here to view the adopted 2021 Village Budget. The Letter of Transmittal is a great place to start if you are interested in reviewing the budget document. It provides an introduction to the budget as well as an overview of significant budget impacts. The Year-In-Review provides a great recap of the 2020 accomplishments. Please see below to view the 2021 Village Budget impact on a home with an average assessed value and average utility usage:
Letter From The Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Dear Whitefish Bay Community,

During the ongoing health crisis, the Whitefish Bay Public Library staff and Board of Trustees are committed to finding new and creative ways to safely fulfill our mission to be a cornerstone of the community that is dedicated to connecting all people, inspiring a love of learning, and providing access to ideas, information, and resources.

As the local crisis intensifies, the library will return to curbside and virtual services as of Thursday November 19, 2020, in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Since we are reverting to no in-building services, we have expanded our curbside pick up hours and our virtual services. Below is a list of library services patrons can use virtually or via curbside pickup.

  • Hours
  • Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visit Us Online
Thank you for your understanding as the Whitefish Bay Public Library staff and Board endeavors to provide you safe and enjoyable services during this time. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Nyama Y. Reed
Whitefish Bay Public Library, Director
From the Whitefish Bay School District:
Whitefish Bay High School Theater presents "Hamlette": This production will be live streamed on December 1, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $1. Learn more and purchase streaming tickets at

A Letter from Area Superintendents: The following letter was sent to the families from the area school superintendents in partnership with the Washington-Ozaukee Health Department and North Shore Health Department. Read more.

Important Dates:
  • November 23, 2020: Whitefish Bay School District shifts to temporary full virtual learning. Read more.
  • November 23 - 30, 2020: Thanksgiving break, no school
Community Spotlight:
Covid-19 Testing in Glendale:

Free drive-through COVID-19 Testing in Glendale at 4425 N. Port Washington Road through Health Connections. No appointment needed.
Covid-19 Testing in Milwaukee County:

Testing at Milwaukee County COVID-19 testing sites is free for anyone, regardless of symptoms. No appointment is needed. The Miller Park testing site is now open on Saturdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Testing sites at Miller Park, Northwest & Southside Health Centers, and South Shore in South Milwaukee will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26.
Urgent Need for COVID Convalescent Plasma and Blood Donations:

Consider donating blood today. There is an urgent need for COVID convalescent plasma and blood donations. If you are fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help coronavirus patients in need by donating COVID convalescent plasma (CCP). Please consider donating at Versiti Blood Centers or the American Red Cross.
From Kiwanis North Shore MKE:

Santa has joined with Kiwanis Club of North Shore Milwaukee to prevent this spread of COVID-19. Your family can schedule a time to Zoom with Santa thanks to the Kiwanis Club of North Shore Milwaukee. More info:
NSHD Highlights 11/17/2020: There’s still time – get your flu shot!

During the 2019 - 2020 flu season, there were 36,175 cases of the flu in Wisconsin. Of these, there were 4,425 flu-related hospitalizations and 183 deaths, including three children. With both COVID-19 and influenza spreading this season, it is important to receive a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your community. Getting vaccinated can prevent you from getting severely ill and keep health care resources available to those with COVID-19 – a respiratory virus that, unlike the flu, does not yet have an effective vaccine.

These groups are at higher risk of having severe complications due to flu:
  • Young children
  • Pregnant women
  • People 65 years of age and older
  • People with chronic health conditions, such as asthma or heart disease
Although it is especially important that people in these groups get vaccinated to decrease their risk of severe flu illness, it is very important that healthy 5-64 year olds get vaccinated too, since they are most likely to spread influenza and can still get complications from flu.

The North Shore Health Department has $10 flu shots and flu mist for those 18 and under available through November. We also have flu vaccines available for adults. Cost: $40 for quadrivalent, $45 for preservative free quadrivalent, and $70 for high-dose (limited quantity). We accept payment by cash or check and are also able to bill Medicare and some private insurance (call for details).

You must make an appointment to get a flu vaccine this year. Please call 414-371-2980.

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.

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