Monday, April 12, 2021

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

Thank you to all voters, poll workers, and candidates for their participation in last Tuesday's election. Results can be found below. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Can I place unbagged leaves and other loose yard waste in the street? No! Loose leaf collection only takes place in the fall. Yard waste must be placed in sturdy paper bags or in containers that can be emptied. Note: Branches may be placed in the parkway for chipping. Chipping will next take place the week of April 19, 2021.

When is the next prescription drug take back day? The next National Take Back Day will be April 24, 2021. This event is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country. The event will be at Whitefish Bay Village Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on April 24, 2021.

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

  • Tuesday, April 13, 6:15 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Wednesday, April 14, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, April 15, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, April 5, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Wednesday, April 7, 4:15 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.
Letter from Police Chief Young:
On Friday, April 16, 2021, I am retiring as Chief of Police of the Village’s Police Department. Eight and a half years really fly by when you have the best Chief of Police job in the State of Wisconsin. Here in Whitefish Bay, we have a dedicated, professional and compassionate group of police officers. When I was hired, I was immediately impressed by our team. Previous administrations and Police Commissions have done a good job at getting high quality people, and in my time here, I, along with our Police Commission and my command staff, have worked extremely hard to recruit and hire the best available officers to serve our community.

People don’t just end up in Whitefish Bay. They choose to move here because of the family-oriented community, the high quality schools, the tremendous neighborhoods, the close proximity to downtown and the lake and because this is a very safe community. Our officers recognize that it isn’t just “crime fighting” here; it’s about collaborating with our citizens and their families so that people are safe in their neighborhoods and are free to live their lives. I’m continually impressed with how well the members of our department know the citizens in this community by their names, faces and shared experiences.

In my years working with the Village Board and Police Commission, I have experienced that government can work and can succeed when elected and appointed officials truly care about their community. In Whitefish Bay, I have witnessed our elected and appointed officials work for what’s best for the community as a whole. Community concern wins out over political ideology, and things get done.

It's very hard to walk away from an ideal job but it’s time. After 40 years in law enforcement (3.5 years in Grafton, 28 years with the Milwaukee Police Department) it’s time to spend more time with my family. When you are in charge of a 24/7 operation one’s thoughts about what’s going on at work are never far away. I now have a granddaughter and another grandchild due in a couple of months. It’s time to give my family my full devotion.

To everybody who has supported our officers and have supported me, thank you so much. Your frequent expressions of gratitude to our officers and myself have always been appreciated. We do not take this gratitude for granted! Stay safe, Mike
April 6, 2021 Election Results:
Spring Election Information: Voter turnout in Whitefish Bay for the April 6, 2021, Spring Election was 34.63%. Please click here to view Whitefish Bay election results. We thank all voters and poll workers for their patience and cooperation as we all worked together to ensure a safe and fair election under the continued unprecedented circumstances of a global pandemic.

If you have any questions about the results, please contact Deputy Clerk Erin Granstrom at 414-962-9960 or email Voter participation will be updated in MyVote within 30 days. This is the last planned election in 2021. Watch for future election information in upcoming newsletters.
Updates from Public Works:
Arbor Day Information:

A small outdoor Arbor Day celebration will be held on April 30, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. down near Klode Park Beach. A tree will be planted to replace a tree which was removed because of the Emerald Ash Borer. Thank you to the Sauer Family for donating the tree to be used as part of this year's celebration. For the 27th year in a row, the Village of Whitefish Bay was named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation!
Public Works Job Opening:

The Department of Public Works is seeking applicants to fill the position of Service Worker/Collector. This full time position performs perform automated refuse and/or recycling collection, general labor tasks including but not limited to landscape maintenance, yard waste collection, tree/forestry maintenance, utility operation and maintenance, park and building maintenance, street maintenance as well as other general labor duties within the Department of Public Works. Hourly rate starts at $24.38/hour with a 6 year pay increase plan and excellent benefits. Click here for more information and to apply.
MMSD Rain Barrel Workshop

MMSD is offering FREE virtual Rain Barrel Workshops.  Registration is required. Dates:
  • Saturday, May 8, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Make a difference in our community by managing stormwater where it falls with a rain barrel! Learn about water conservation and capturing free water by the barrel for your garden and flowers. Stay for the entire session and get one certificate for a FREE* rain barrel and diverter installation kit.

To be eligible, homeowners must live within Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s service territory — limit one per household. Households that have received a free barrel before are not eligible.
MMSD 2021 Pipe Check Program:

The Pipe Check program provides residents within the MMSD service area a financial incentive to eliminate sources of clear water entering the sanitary sewer system. Excess clear water in the sanitary sewer system increases the risk for basement backups for yourself and for your neighbors during rain events.

Completed by an Approved Contractor, a Clear Water evaluation identifies sources of rain or groundwater entering the sanitary sewer system from private property. The maximum financial incentive available to the homeowner is based on the findings of the Clear Water evaluation.

The contractor inspects the discharge locations of existing foundation drains, sump pumps, and rain gutter downspouts. If any of these items discharge into the sanitary sewer, they will need to be disconnected and rerouted to a building code approved location.

Once the contractor identified sources of clear water are eliminated from the sanitary sewer, the homeowner qualifies for the listed financial incentives. Click here for more contact information. Please contact MMSD directly with questions.
Updates from Village Hall:
Bay Day 2021:

While it is going to look a little different than in year’s past, Bay “Day” is one event that is sure to happen in 2021. In a display of true community spirit, the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation, Merchants of Whitefish Bay, Whitefish Bay Public Education Foundation and the Village of Whitefish Bay have again teamed up for this eco-themed event.
The events will take place from Saturday, April 24, to Sunday, May 2. Leading up to the event, information will be shared about things residents can do to be a bit greener, including composting, recycling during the pandemic, medication disposal and more! Events will include:
  • Recycle Day: Watch the Village newsletter for ways to support sustainability in our community. Information will be provided about small-group, socially distant, masked, clean-up activities taking place during the week. Note: The traditional recycling drop-off will not take place in 2021. Also, visit the MMSD Home HazMat collection page for information on how to recycle hazardous waste:
  • Run the Bay: Lace up your sneakers and enjoy this virtual run/walk race. We encourage you to put the headphones down and enjoy the natural beauty of the Bay, whether it is solo or with your family. All proceeds go back to the Whitefish Bay Public Education Foundation. Register today at
  • Music Day in the Bay: Local musicians will delight residents and neighbors with a three-hour, roving concert. Concert will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 1, 2021. Route coming soon! Enjoy the music while you #ShopLocal and support one of our great local Merchants of Whitefish Bay. The Merchants welcome all Bay Day participants and their families to shop Silver Spring Drive for some great Bay Day promotions!
Whitefish Bay Named Bird City Wisconsin:

For the 10th year in a row the Village of Whitefish bay has been named a Bird City Wisconsin. The Bird City program provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for municipalities striving to invest in the health of local bird species.

Patterned after the Tree City USA program, the Bird City designation is a public demonstration of a community’s commitment to environmental, economic, and aesthetic sustainability. To be recognized as a Bird City, a community must meet criteria spread across six categories: habitat creation and protection, community forest management, limiting threats to birds, education, energy and sustainability, and the official recognition and celebration of World Migratory Bird Day.

Thank you to the Whitefish Bay Garden Club for helping the Village put together the application and educating residents about World Migratory Bird Day! On January 18, 2021, the Village Board passed resolution 3082 proclaiming World Migratory Bird Day as May 8, 2021, in Whitefish Bay.
Update from the School District:
Register Now for the 2021-22 School Year! Whitefish Bay School District is planning to offer in-person instruction 5 days a week, with a virtual option, for the 2021-22 school year. We look forward to returning to a traditional school year calendar, as well as continuing our well-established safety and mitigation practices for the 2021-22 school year. New and returning families visit the District website or call for more information.

April Community E- Newsletter: Our Community E- Newsletters are one of several ways the District works toward comprehensive communications with the community. Read the April Newsletter and sign up to receive these monthly during the school year.

Upcoming School Board Meetings: Meeting dates, agendas, minutes and more information can be found online.

Whitefish Bay High School Theater Presents: Working: Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the people our world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason and the housewife, just to name a few. Please visit for more information and to purchase live stream tickets. Various live stream dates are available in April. Opening night is April 16!
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
The library is open! The library now opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday to Saturday. Visit our website for open and curbside hours along with available services.

We're hiring a Reference Assistant in Youth Services! Are you an energetic, creative, service-oriented person who enjoys working with the public, especially children and teens? If so, we want you to join our team at Whitefish Bay Public Library! Position Requirements: a Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of two years' experience working with children and/or teens -or- a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science and a minimum of one year of experience working with children and/or teens. Read the full job announcement on our website.

Take and Make For Kids, Mystery Crafting with Miss Katie, Wednesday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.: We're trying something new! Pick up a Take and Make kit during our regular pick-up times on Wednesday to receive your ingredients. Then join our Zoom event on Thursday, April 15, at 4:00 p.m. to find out what we're making and craft with Miss Katie.

Take and Make for Adults, Papel Picado, Thursday, April 15, 10:00 a.m.:
Stop by the library and we'll provide you with all the items you'll need to create Papel Picado: Festive Banner. Take and Makes will be available inside near the adult reference desk when the library opens.

Virtual Edible Book Festival, Monday, April 19 – April 25: The Edible Book Festival is open to anyone: the young, the old, and everyone in between. Make your edible book and get us photos of your creation by Monday, April 19. What is an edible book? Read more about this event on our website.

Virtual Book Talk: When Milwaukee Went to War, With Author Thomas Fehring, Wednesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. Join us for a presentation by Whitefish Bay author Thomas Fehring as he talks about his book, When Milwaukee Went to War. About the book: When Milwaukee Went to War brings to life the incredible stories behind the many men and women—from all walks of life—who stepped up and proudly worked toward the common goal of Victory. Click here for more information.

Virtual Storytimes: 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.
  • Now through April 16
  • Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.: Toddler Time
  • Fridays at 10:00 a.m.: All Ages
Community Spotlight:
COVID-19 Vaccine Information from the North Shore Health Department:

For the week of April 12, NSHD received a limited supply of the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available to those 18 and older at our clinic in Brown Deer on Tuesday, April 13. The Pfizer vaccine is available to those 16 and older at our clinic in Brown Deer on Thursday, April 15. (Individuals ages 16 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian). Sign up for an appointment here.

Other locations performing COVID-19 Vaccinations for eligible North Shore residents:
Update from Bay Bridge:

Join a Film Discussion of Teach Us All (1h 20m) on April 21, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. View Teach Us All on your own time between April 13 and April 20. Our licensing agreement stipulates that the link will expire on April 20. Please view the film and register for our moderated discussion.

Teach Us All: Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine faced violent resistance when desegregating Central High in Arkansas, America’s schools continue to represent the key battleground of the Civil Rights Movement.Teach Us All demonstrates powerful lessons from history within a timely context, emphasizing the need for unity and collective action to rectify the disparities among America’s children.

Co-sponsored by Bay Bridge, the Whitefish Bay Library, Christ Church Episcopal, Whitefish Bay High School Black Student Union, Richard’s PTO and the Whitefish Bay High School Parent Association.
Register for the
2021 Run The Bay Virtual Run:

Lace up your sneakers and enjoy the 2021 Run The Bay virtual run/walk race. We encourage you to put the headphones down and enjoy the natural beauty of the Bay, whether it be solo or with your family. All the proceeds from the race go back to the Whitefish Bay Education Foundation.

This year we are opening up the race to be completed during the week of Saturday, April 24, through Sunday, May 2. You can run this virtual race wherever you would like. Explore new streets in the Village or run your favorite 5k route. This community oriented event truly has something for everyone, from the most serious runners to people just out to walk with their families, down to kids races consisting of approximately a 1 mile run for 7-12 year old's and a 100m dash for the under 6 crowd! Click here to sign up.
Celebration Stones for Memorial Day

Remember a loved one with a Celebration Stone AND support the Whitefish Bay Garden Club 501 (c)(3) and its environmental efforts! For $100 have a message engraved on a Celebration garden stone in memory of a special person. A meaningful message or name can be engraved with up to 40 characters, including spaces, over three lines. Add it to your garden or request that it be placed at one of the Village gardens. Order by April 14 for delivery by Memorial Day. Email us at or go on our website for details.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651