Monday, January 13, 2020

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

During winter weather please remember to drive safely and give Village snowplows plenty of room to clear the streets. See the story below for more details. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why is Village Hall's Phone Ringing?
What is the property tax deadline? The first installment or full payment of taxes are due Friday, January 31, 2020.  Click here for more information.

What are my snow clearing responsibilities after a winter storm? Check out the story below or click here for detailed information regarding your responsibilities following a snow event.

What do I do with Christmas wreaths, garland, and pine boughs? These items should be placed in refuse cart for collection. Wreaths that are too large to fit in the refuse cart can be placed on the ground near the cart.
Have a question?
The Village Hall phone number is 414-962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, Jan. 6, 6:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Thursday, Jan. 9, 5:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room
This Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6:15 pm, Village Hall Board Room

For other meeting agendas and minutes please visit the  Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
I-43 Construction Public Involvement Meeting:
Save the date: Learn more about the I-43 North-South project from Glendale to Grafton at a WisDOT Public Involvement Meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Nicolet High School. Meeting is an open house format. You are welcome to attend anytime between 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Project Overview: This project includes the expansion of I-43 from four to six lanes, the reconstruction of five existing interchanges along the corridor, and the replacement of the Union Pacific railroad bridge over I-43 in Glendale. The project also includes the expansion of a section of Port Washington Road in Glendale from two lanes to four lanes. Construction is likely to begin in 2022.

The I-43 North-South Freeway is among the busiest routes in Wisconsin and is a critical Interstate link between southeast Wisconsin and the entire state. I-43 provides access to manufacturers, merchants, commuters and tourists within southeast Wisconsin, the Milwaukee metropolitan area, and other areas including Green Bay, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Chicago.

More Information: WisDOT has maintained and rehabilitated the ramps, bridges, pavements and other structures on I-43 for 50 years. The North-South Freeway has exceeded its design life and it is no longer economical to maintain. Visit the WiDOT webpage for more information.
Winter Reminders from Public Works:
Village Snowplowing Procedures:

Village crews clear streets starting with the main thoroughfares, the crews then proceed to streets adjacent to schools, after that residential streets and alleys are cleared. Sidewalks next to village land are also cleared.
Resident Snow and Ice Removal:

All residents and business owners are responsible for snow and ice removal from public sidewalks adjacent to their properties within 24 hours of a snow event. Please clear all corners with crosswalks. Handicap accessible ramps should be cleared out enough to accommodate a wheel chair. Visit the    Village website for more details
Snow Storm Cart Placement:

During winter months refuse and recycling carts should continue to be placed within 3 feet of the curb or alley edge and 3 feet from any side or rear obstruction, including other carts, trees, garage, fence, or any other elements.

In the event of snow, Residents are encouraged to utilize their driveway apron or clear a portion of their parkway for cart placement. Snow and ice must be cleared around the cart(s) as well as the lid. Please do not place your refuse and recycling carts in the street during the winter months as it can affect proper snow removal by our village snow plow crews. Proper placement is imperative to automated collection.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Library Job Opening:

The Whitefish Bay Public Library is hiring a Circulation Assistant. Are you an energetic, creative, service-oriented person who enjoys working with the public? Do you have an appreciation for libraries, books, and reading?

If so, we want you to join our team at the Whitefish Bay Public Library! The Whitefish Bay Public Library has an immediate opening for a part-time Circulation Assistant who will work primarily at the Circulation Services desk assisting our patrons. Click here to learn more!
Computer Maintenance:

All public computers Whitefish Bay Public Library will be down for scheduled Maintenance Wednesday January 13, 2020. The computers will return to normal service on Thursday January 14, 2020.
Updates from DPW and Village Hall:
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Christmas Tree Pick-Up:

Village crews will continue to collect Christmas trees once a week through the week of Monday, January 20, 2020.

There is no scheduled pick up date for tree collection. Please have tree(s) on the parkway by 7:00 am on Monday's. Everything must be removed from the tree to be acceptable for collection (e.g. no lights, no ornaments, no garland, etc...)

Christmas Wreaths, Garland, and Pine Boughs should be placed in refuse cart for collection. Wreaths that are too large to fit in the refuse cart can be placed on the ground near the cart.
We're Contaminated!

The Village received FIVE recycling contamination reports in December from our recycling vendor. The primary source of contamination is plastic bags and materials in plastic bags. Please do not place plastic bags of any kind in your recycling cart. Bring plastic bags to one of the locations:
  1. Sendik’s - Whitefish Bay (500 E Silver Spring Dr, Whitefish Bay, WI, 53217)
  2. Metro Market - Shorewood (4075 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood, WI, 53211)
  3. Pick n Save - Glendale (6969 N Port Washington Rd, Glendale, WI, 53217)
Events at the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Thursday, January 16:
After School Gaming, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Come and play on the library's Nintendo Wii before the long weekend. The Wii will be set up and ready to play on the big screen along with board games and snacks. Event is in the Library Program Room. Grades 6+, No Registration Required.
Community Spotlight:
Free Throw Contest:

Come on out and show us your skills! Whitefish Bay Recreation and Community Education hosts its annual Free Throw Contest for girls and boys, grades 3-8 on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Whitefish Bay High School Field House at 11:00 am registration and check in. Start time 11:30 am. Late arrivals will not be allowed to participate. Boys and girls compete separately in each grade division and will attempt 20 throws. The winning boy and girl from each grade division will receive a trophy and move on to compete in a county wide Free Throw Contest in March. 
'55 and Better' at the Recreation Department:

Tuesday, January 28, “12 Ways to Live a Green Lifestyle”: This presentation covers multiple environmental topics. Living an eco-friendly life can be possible. Join “Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful” as we discuss easy and accessible ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Presentation given by a representative from the Milwaukee Recycling Facility. Lunch menu: Swedish meatballs in gravy over parsley noodles, fresh mixed vegetables, kidney bean salad, bread sticks, chocolate brownie, milk and Starbucks coffee. Doors open at 11:30 pm with lunch at 12:00 pm and presentation at 12:45 pm. Cost $9.00. Contact Carolyn Noori at 414-963-3992 or Pre-registration is required one week in advance.
North Shore Health Department:
Did you know? January is Radon Action Month. Radon is a naturally occurring, tasteless, odorless radioactive gas that is present in the ground. Radon gas forms when certain common radioactive metals like uranium, thorium, or radium break down in rocks, soil and groundwater. The gas can enter your home through the foundation.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. Smoking combined with radon exposure poses additional lifetime risks of developing lung cancer. One out of ten homes in Wisconsin has a high radon level. Radon levels vary from home to home, even in the same community. 

Having your home tested is the only effective way to determine whether you and your family are at risk of high radon exposure. Protect yourself and your family this month by testing your home with a radon testing kit. Short-term test kits are available for sale at either of the North Shore Health Department offices for $7/each. Call the North Shore Health Department at 414-37-2980 if you are interested in obtaining a radon test kit or if you have any questions about radon.

The following websites also contain additional information about radon:  
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Jan. 21,
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm,
Brown Deer Office

Wednesday, Jan. 22,
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Shorewood Office

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screening 
(No Appointment Required)

Wednesday, Jan. 22
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Shorewood Office

Tuesday, Jan. 28
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
WFB Sr. Center
(5205 Lydell Avenue) 
Contact the North Shore Health Department for appointments: 414-371-2980
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651