Monday, March 22, 2021

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

In the 2021 rankings, the Village of Whitefish Bay was ranked as the #1 Best Place to Live in Wisconsin. Thank you to our residents, schools, businesses, and organizations that make Whitefish Bay a special place! To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When does in-person absentee voting begin? In-person absentee voting begins Tuesday, March 23, and ends Friday, April 2. Check out the FAQ below for hours and more information.

Is there an upcoming refuse and recycling schedule change? Refuse and Recycling normally picked up on Friday, April 2, 2021, will be picked up on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Click here for the the yearly Refuse and Recycle collection schedule.

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

  • Monday, March 15, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, March 18, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
This Week's Meetings:

There are no scheduled public meetings for the week of Monday, March 22, 2021.

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.
Updates from Public Works
2020 Annual Water Quality Report:

We're fortunate in Whitefish Bay to have excellent drinking water from the North Shore Water Commission.

The North Shore Water Commission, in cooperation with its member utilities, publishes a water quality report annually. The report is designed so that residents can clearly understand what’s in the drinking water and how to obtain additional information. Click here to view the 2020 Water Quality Report.
The North Shore Water Commission operates and maintains the Water Filtration Plant at 400 West Bender Road in Glendale as well as the Raw Water Pumping Station located in Whitefish Bay. The North Shore Water Commission is responsible for purifying and pumping potable water to its member utilities which include Fox Point, Glendale, and Whitefish Bay. For additional information about water quality please visit North Shore Water Commission websiteWDNR, and the EPA.
Whitefish Bay Named Tree City USA:

For the 27th year in a row, the Village of Whitefish Bay was named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Whitefish Bay achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or forestry department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
With Tree City USA recognition, Whitefish Bay has demonstrated a commitment to effective urban forest management!

The Village will be hosting an Arbor Day celebration at Klode Park to plant a tree on Friday, April 30. More details to come!
Yard Waste Collection:

Yard waste collection starts April 5, 2021, weather permitting. Yard waste must be placed between the curb and sidewalk in sturdy paper bags or in containers that can be emptied. Yard waste bags or containers must weigh less than 50 pounds. Please remember that grass clippings are prohibited.

Yard waste collection typically follows this schedule :
  • On Monday, yard waste is collected on all streets north of Henry Clay including Henry Clay. Please have yard waste out on Monday by 7:00 a.m.
  • On Tuesday, yard waste is collected on all streets south of Henry Clay. Please have yard waste out on Tuesday at 7:00 a.m.
  • Yard waste pick-up may be delayed on a holiday week or as a result of other factors.
Updates from Village Hall:
April 6, 2021 Election Information:

Offices up for primary election on April 6, 2021: State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Court of Appeals Judge, Circuit Court Judges (Branches 3,6,12,15,19,22,30,37,45,46), Whitefish Bay Village Trustees (2), Whitefish Bay School Board Members (3). Click here view your sample ballot on MyVote 21 days before the election.

When is in-person absentee voting?
  • In-person absentee voting will take place at Village Hall, 5300 N. Marlborough Drive, starting Tuesday, March 23, 2021, through Friday, April 2, 2021, except weekends. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Friday, April 2, 2021, the hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • No appointment necessary; please bring a photo ID.
  • There is no absentee voting on the Monday prior to the election

FAQ: Please click here for frequently asked questions related to the upcoming April 6, 2021 election. If you have a question that is not listed, please don't hesitate to give us a call at: (414) 962-6690.
Property Tax Reminder:

For those residents who elected to pay their property taxes under the installment plan, the second installment of property taxes are due Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

How do I make a payment?
  • By mail
  • 24-Hour Night Depository
  • On the Village Website

The Village's Property Tax page has more information and answers to FAQs. Property Taxes can be paid online by clicking here. Need some help figuring out how to view your property tax receipt online? Watch this helpful walkthrough!
Spring Rx 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.

The October 2020 Take Back Day brought in 9 boxes (over 205 pounds) worth of medications in Whitefish Bay! Nationwide, the DEA collected a record-high amount of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. Over the 10-year span of Take Back Day, DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs. With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential.
Civic Foundation Scholarship Available:
The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation Scholarship application is now available. The goal of this $1,000 scholarship is to reward students who have exhibited exemplary service to their community in the form of volunteer activities and commitments. The scholarship recognizes students who have unselfishly dedicated their time and efforts outside of school to various forms of community service activities.

Candidates for this scholarship award must demonstrate substantial service or volunteer activities benefitting local communities or organizations. These types of volunteer activities may include but are not limited to service projects such as: tutoring, coaching, child care, hospital or hospice care, community service projects, scouting, museum work, junior achievement, church work, outreach activities, or other activities that benefit local communities or organizations. Selection Criteria:
  • Student must be a Whitefish Bay resident.
  • Student must be a graduating high school senior.
  • Academic standing and financial need are not components of the evaluation.
  • Student must identify and commence a continuing education curriculum (college, technical, or vocational program) beginning no later than the fall term immediately after graduation.

The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation was established in the spring of 2004. The Foundation's mission is to enhance the quality of life in Whitefish Bay through community service projects and events. Click here to view the application.
Short Term Rental License and Inspection:
Are you thinking about renting out a room of your house this summer with Airbnb, Vrbo, etc? A license and inspection is required from the North Shore Health Department.

Visit the NSHD website for the license application or call 414-371-2980 for more information. The annual license fee is $110 and the one time inspection fee is $300.

There is no permit required directly from the Village, but within single-family zoning districts, you may furnish a room for these type of short term rentals to a maximum of two people at a time. (Section 16.06(1)(d)(1) of the Whitefish Bay Municipal Code).
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:

Take and Make For Kids: PomPom Cacti, Wednesday, March 24, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m., 6th to 12th grades can make their own PomPom Cacti with this adorable Take and Make.

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.
  • March 9 to April 16
  • Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.: Toddler Time
  • Fridays at 10:00 a.m.: All Ages

Stay in Touch with Library News: Want to hear about library news, get book recommendations, learn about our storytimes, children’s programming, book clubs, history programs, and more? Check out our new library newsletters and choose your news based specifically on your interests. Visit our website to update your email and select your preferences.
Community Spotlight:
North Shore Health Department
COVID-19 Vaccine Update:

The Department of Health Services (DHS) moved up vaccine eligibility for Wisconsinites with certain medical conditions to Monday, March 22, 2021.

Beginning March 22, individuals age 16 and older with certain medical conditions that have a greater risk of severe infection from COVID-19 will be eligible. For more information, visit the WI DHS website.

Additionally, DHS clarified current eligibility to include all clergy, restaurant workers (as part of the food supply eligibility group) and further expanded public safety to include judges, prosecutors and district attorneys in addition to public defenders.

Click here for information on Community COVID-19 area vaccine clinics. If you have additional questions, please contact the community organization directly for the most up-to-date information and answers
Tell Mom She Rocks! - Mother’s Day Celebration Stones:

Show your mom or a special woman in your life she is the rock of your family AND support the Whitefish Bay Garden Club 501 (c)(3) and its environmental efforts! For $100, have a special message engraved on a Celebration garden stone for your mom. Add it to her garden or request that it be placed at one of the Village gardens. Order by March 17 for delivery by Mother’s 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