Monday, December 28, 2020

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

I'm pleased to announce that the Cahill Park Community Ice Rink opened to the public last week. Standard hours of operation, special holiday hours, rink rules, and more are in the story below! To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When will I receive my property tax overpayment refund? Tax refunds, if applicable, will be sent to property owners approximately 3 weeks after the receipt of payment. No further action is needed on the part of a taxpayer.

What are Village Hall hours on December 31, 2020 and January 1, 2021? Village Hall will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Village Hall will be closed on January 1, 2021.

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

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

  • Monday, December 28, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.
Cahill Park Community Ice Rink:
The Cahill Park Community Ice Rink opened last Monday. Please see winter break open skate hours, standard open skate hours, and rules below:

  • Please stay home if you have any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
  • No more than 50 people on the rink at any time. 6-foot social distancing and masks are recommended at all times.
  • Some minor construction continues on the rink, please do not enter areas marked “off-limits”. This includes the east side of the rink and the area for Rink 2.

A huge thank you to the Milwaukee Winter Club for partnering with the Village and their continued efforts to make this project a reality. In December 2019, the Village of Whitefish Bay and Milwaukee Winter Club agreed to a partnership to provide a regulation sized ice rink at Cahill Park.
Reminders from Public Works:
Refuse/Recycling normally collected on:

  • Friday, January 1, 2021, will be picked up on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

  • NOTE: There is NO change in collection on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

The 2021 refuse and recycling schedule is available on the Village website. Click here to view the schedule.
Lake Drive Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project Case Study:
Click here to view a case study prepared by TAPCO that highlights how the Village of Whitefish Bay used Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding to overhaul safety for an S-curve on Lake Drive that jeopardized the safety of both drivers and pedestrians with a combination of low-tech and high-tech solutions. The goal for this project was to provide advance warning of pedestrians in crosswalks and increase speed limit compliance.
Lifted Overnight Parking Restrictions:
A friendly reminder from the Whitefish Bay Police Department that overnight permission or permits are not needed for the following dates:
  • Thursday, December 31, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021.

Alternate side parking is still required. 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 must be moved once every 24 hours.

While the overnight parking restrictions are lifted, please remember that you are still required to adhere to all other relevant signage that pertains to parking (no parking areas, loading zones, fire lanes, etc.). For dates without lifted parking restrictions, overnight parking permission can be obtained online.
News from the North Shore Health Department:
COVID-19 Tests: What’s the Difference? 

Not all COVID-19 testing is the same, and it is important to understand the difference in order to know what test might best fit your needs. There are two different kinds of diagnostic tests that detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19: molecular (aka PCR, NAAT) tests and antigen (aka rapid antigen) tests. A positive result on either of these tests diagnoses current infection with SARS-CoV-2, but they cannot indicate where you are in the arc of the infection or if you have had COVID-19 in the past. Molecular (PCR, NAAT) tests detect the genetic material (RNA) of the virus, whereas antigen tests look for pieces of viral proteins to determine if the person has an active infection. PCR tests are considered reliable regardless of symptoms or exposure, and antigen tests are most reliable in people with symptoms and somewhat less so in those with no symptoms or exposure. For instance, it is recommended that a negative antigen test result on a symptomatic person be followed up with a PCR test within 48 hours for confirmation. If you receive a positive PCR or antigen test, you should isolate for 10 days starting from when symptoms first appeared or from test date if asymptomatic. 

Antibody tests are not diagnostic, meaning they cannot be used to definitively confirm current or even prior infection. While a positive antibody test likely indicates a past infection by detecting antibodies specific to COVID-19 in your blood, it cannot determine exactly how long ago the infection occurred, or if you are immune to or protected from future COVID-19 infection. If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, it is still recommended that you quarantine and monitor for symptoms even if you had a positive antibody test. Only those that previously had a positive diagnostic test (PCR, and in some situations antigen) and are not symptomatic may avoid quarantine if re-exposed within 90 days of their positive diagnostic test. Additionally, a negative antibody test cannot be used to shorten the quarantine period of those exposed, as antibody tests are not used to indicate the presence or absence of current infection. 

Additional information is available on the WI Department of Health Services website:
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.

Holiday Hours - Curbside services will be unavailable:
  • Thursday, December 31
  • Friday, January 1

Author Event via ZOOM - Nick Petrie in Conversation with Jim Higgins is Tuesday, January 12, 7:00 PM: 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.
Community Spotlight:
Holiday Hours at COVID-19
Testing Sites

All County testing sites will be closed on New Years Day. The Northwest, Southside Health Center, and South Shore testing sites are also closed on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve; the Miller Park site will be open those days. The South Shore Testing site is also closed Monday, December 28. Testing at Milwaukee County COVID-19 testing sites is free for anyone, regardless of symptoms. Though no appointments are needed, you can save time by registering in advance

As a reminder, Federally Qualified Health Centers and private health providers continue to provide tests for symptomatic individuals. Many Federally Qualified Health Centers and health care providers have same-day appointments available. Call 2-1-1 or visit TestUpMKE for the latest testing information.
NSHD Highlights 12/22/20: Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy this Winter

Winter in Wisconsin brings the potential for extremely cold temperatures and winter storms. By planning ahead, you can be better prepared for wintery conditions to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy.

Prepare your home for the winter:
  • Winterize your home and clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Check your heating system to make sure that it is clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside. Also inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys and have a safe alternative heating source and alternate fuels available.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.
Get your vehicle ready for winter:
  • Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level.
  • Check your tires’ tread or, if necessary, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires.
  • Keep the gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer.
  • Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded.
Be prepared for weather-related emergencies, including power outages.
  • Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers.
  • Ensure that your cell phone is fully charged.
  • When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions.
  • Keep an up-to-date emergency kit:
  • Check on your neighbors, especially elderly individuals.
Take precautions outdoors:
  • Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: wear a tightly woven, preferably wind-resistant coat or jacket; inner layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
  • Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches.
  • Work slowly when doing outside chores.
  • Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation.
  • Carry a cell phone.

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