Monday, January 4, 2021

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

I hope you had a safe and happy New Year! Join your neighbors in making a resolution to recycle responsibly in 2021. Check out the information below for details on what should (and should not) be placed in your recycling cart. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
How do I view my property tax receipt online? The Village has created a helpful online video walkthrough. Click here to check it out.

When will Christmas Trees be collected at the curb? Village crews will collect Christmas trees once a week curbside starting the week of Monday, January 4, 2021. Please place trees on the parkway, between the public sidewalk and curb. More details are in the story below.

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

  • Thursday, January 7, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, December 28, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.

  • Monday, December 28, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.
January 2021 Bay Leaves:
  • Resident Feature: Four Generations of the Hagerup Family
  • 2021 Property Tax and Snow Removal Information from the Village
  • Happy New Year from the Merchants of Whitefish Bay
  • Save the Dates from the Whitefish Bay School District
  • Home Heating Tips from the North Shore Fire Rescue
  • A Year in Review from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club
  • Winter Programs from the Whitefish Bay Recreation Department
  • A Writing Contest and Resources from the Whitefish Bay Public Library
  • Give the Gift of History from the Historic Preservation Commission
Updates from DPW and the Fire Department:
Christmas Tree Pick-Up:

Village crews will collect Christmas trees once a week curbside starting the week of Monday, January 4, 2021. Please place trees on the parkway, between the public sidewalk and curb.

There is no scheduled pick up date for tree collection. Please have tree(s) on the parkway by 7:00 am on Monday, January 4, 2021 to ensure tree(s) are collected that week. Trees will be collected through the week of Monday, January 18, 2021.
Fire Hydrant Snow Removal:

As winter approaches, help the Fire Department by adopting the fire hydrant closest to your home or business and keep it free of snow during the winter.

If a fire hydrant is buried by snow, it is difficult to find and valuable time must be spent digging it out. Keep snow clear in a 3-foot radius around the fire hydrant and shovel a path from the street or roadway up to the hydrant. This will help the Fire Department in an emergency.
Cahill Park Community Ice Rink Updates:
The Cahill Park Community Ice Rink has received an outstanding reception during its first two weeks! Thank you to those that have visited.

Update to the Ice Rink rules: Please note rental skates will NOT be available this year. We apologize for any inconvenience and we are hoping it's an option next year.

News from Village Hall and the Police Department:
2021 Recycling Information:

The following items can go in your blue recycling cart: Plastic Bottles & Containers, Food & Beverage Cans, Paper, Flattened Cardboard & Paperboard, Food & Beverage Cartons, and Glass Bottles & Containers!

Other items such as Plastic Bags, Food Waste, Foam, Textiles, Scrap Metal, Electronics, and Yard Waste should not go in your recycling cart.

Police Department Job Opening:

The Whitefish Bay Police Department is accepting applications to fill a vacancy for the position of Police Officer. Please visit http://www.wilenet.org/ and click on the Law Enforcement Employment Opportunities link for a full job posting and details about how to apply.

A DJ-LE-330 form is required. Do not complete the standard Village of Whitefish Bay online job application.You must complete the DJ-LE-330 form found by following the link above.  Email completed applications to Lieutenant Patrick Whitaker.
DPW Winter Weather Reminders:
❄ During winter weather, remember to drive safely and please give Village snow plows plenty of room to clear the streets.

❄ All residents and business owners are responsible for snow and ice removal from public sidewalks adjacent to their properties within 24 hours after a snow event.

❄ Remember to clear all corners with crosswalks to help the children, elderly, and those with mobility concerns get around the Village.

❄As the snow piles up, help the Fire Department by adopting the fire hydrant closest to your home or business and keep it free of snow during the winter. See the story above!

❄ Please utilize your driveway apron or clear a portion of the parkway for refuse and recycling 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.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Curbside Pickup Hours:
  • Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Author Event via ZOOM - Nick Petrie in Conversation with Jim Higgins is Tuesday, January 12, 7:00 p.m.: Peter Ash returns to Milwaukee for his latest adventure, THE BREAKER! Nick Petrie, winner of the ITW Thriller award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, also returns, cosponsored by Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company, Oconomowoc's Books and Company, and Whitefish Bay Public Library. For this event, Nick Petrie will be in conversation with Jim Higgins, Books and Arts Editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Click here to register for this free event.

Virtual Storytime: 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.
  • January 12 to February 19
  • Tuesday @10am: Toddler Time
  • Fridays @10am: All Ages

Book Bundles: The library is now offering book bundles for kids and teens! We know that browsing is an important way to find books, especially for our youngest library patrons, so we're hoping this can recreate that feeling of discovery and delight.

How does it work? Click on this form, tell us a few favorite topics or genres, include any extra information that might be helpful, and we'll get to work. These items will be placed on hold for you, and you can easily schedule a pick-up time that works for you.
Early Literacy Calendar: Our Youth Services Librarians have created a monthly calendar of Early Literacy Activities to make it fun and easy to practice pre-reading skills at home. Help your child get ready to read by incorporating these easy practices into your everyday routine. Here's January's calendar!
Community Spotlight:
New COVID-19 Testing Option:

Providing additional testing capacity in Milwaukee where the COVID-19 virus is most prevalent, the City of Milwaukee is now offering mobile testing. This testing option is open to Whitefish Bay residents. The first mobile testing site is located at Custer Stadium near the Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education (formerly Custer High School) at 4300 W. Fairmount Ave. Testing will continue at this location for about two weeks. The location of future mobile testing operations will depend on where the virus is more prevalent at that time.

City mobile testing is conducted by a private vendor under contract with the City of Milwaukee. Unlike the other city sites, this private vendor will bill a person’s insurance. The city, using federal funds, will be the payer of last resort if private insurance funding isn’t available. Schedule an appointment.
NSHD Highlights 12/29/20: Healthy MKE – A Resource for COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Milwaukee County’s Office of Emergency Management created the Unified Emergency Operations Center (UEOC) to coordinate efforts among fire, law enforcement, EMS, public health and government functions across the county and its municipalities. Their website, Healthy MKE, is a resource for general information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Milwaukee County, and allows providers and organizations in need of vaccine to register.

Registration is available for organizations that are able to provide COVID-19 vaccine and need to be linked with an organization that is searching for the vaccine. Organizations that need to be connected to a COVID-19 vaccine provider can also register. Community members residing in Milwaukee County can register to receive COVID-19 vaccine updates. This does not mean you are registering to be vaccinated, but you will receive updates on the vaccination efforts in Milwaukee County. Click here for a Healthy MKE COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

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