Monday, January 31, 2022

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter
Message from the Village President, Kevin Buckley

The Village needs additional poll workers for the February 15, 2022 election. If you are interested, please click here and complete the interest form. A training session will be scheduled prior to the election. Available shifts:
  • Full Day: 6:30 am – Close
  • AM: 6:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • PM: 2:00 pm – Close

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Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
What is the property tax deadline? The first installment or full payment of taxes is due Monday, January 31, 2022. Click here for more information.

Can I shovel or snow blow into the street? No. Municipal Code prohibits shoveling or snow blowing into the street. Doing so is a driving hazard to vehicles on the street. Also, the snow is likely going to end up back in your apron or your neighbor's apron when the Village snow plow goes by.

When were absentee ballots mailed for the February 15 Spring Primary Election? Absentee ballots were mailed last week. Absentee ballots may be returned via USPS, at the Village Hall front desk during regular business hours, or the Village Hall vestibule dropbox (allowed per a recent appeals court decision). Absentee ballots MUST be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

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

  • Thursday, February 3, 5:30 p.m. GoToMeeting
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, January 25, 6:30 p.m., Zoom
In-Person Absentee Voting Begins Tuesday:
In-person absentee voting for the February 15, 2022 election will occur on weekdays from Tuesday, February 1, 2022, to Friday, February 11, 2022, during Village Hall regular business hours (and until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2022).

In 2022, all in-person absentee voting will be done on ExpressVote machines. The ExpressVote ballot-marking device provides voters with the familiarity of a touchscreen combined with the security of a paper ballot. Voters will navigate the ballot and make selections using a touchscreen. The ExpressVote machine is a ballot marking device that prevents unclear marks and under/overvoting for candidates. After verifying selections, voters will print their paper ballot. Voters will then have the opportunity to review the paper ballot prior to being ballot being placed in an absentee envelope to be counted on Election Day.

Come check out the ExpressVote machines during in-person absentee voting. Here's what you can expect:
  1. Voters will check in with Voting staff.
  2. A poll worker will assist in setting up the ExpressVote for the correct ward.
  3. ExpressVote provides voter with races they are eligible to vote in.
  4. Voter makes selections and receives a printed ballot.
  5. Ballot will be placed in an absentee envelope to be counted on Election Day.
The ExpressVote machine does NOT CAST or COUNT the votes or transmit any vote totals.
County Supervisory District Change:

All Village residents now reside in Supervisory District 1 for Milwaukee County as a result of redistricting. Redistricting is the process in which election boundaries are adjusted to account for shifts in population over time using census data.

Milwaukee County’s Supervisory Districts were changed as part of the redistricting in 2021. Prior to redistricting the Village had residents in both Supervisory Districts 3 and 13. This redistricting does not affect Whitefish Bay Voting Wards or polling locations.
February 15, 2022 Election FAQ:

The Village is experiencing a high volume of questions related the upcoming election, absentee ballots, and response deadlines. Please click here for frequently asked questions related the upcoming February 15, 2022 election, absentee ballots, and response deadlines. If you have a question that is not listed, please don't hesitate to give us a call at: (414) 962-6690.
2022 Bay Leaves:
The February Bay Leaves magazine is now available on the Village website. Stories include:
  • Resident Feature: The Seubert Family Loves to Paint the Town
  • Snow Removal Information from the Village
  • Heart Healthy Living from the North Shore Health Department
  • Spread Love on Silver Spring Drive from the Merchants of Whitefish Bay
  • Winter Reading Program Details from the Whitefish Bay Public Library
  • Starting Seeds from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club
  • Free Home Safety Visits from North Shore Fire Rescue
  • Save the Date from the Whitefish Bay School District
  • Responsible Pet Owner Tips from MADACC
  • Winter Programs from the Whitefish Bay Recreation Department
  • Cahill Square Ice Rink: The Early Days from the Historic Preservation Commission
Updates From Village Hall:
Property Tax Payment Deadline:

The first installment or full payment of taxes are due Monday, January 31, 2022. Click here for more information. Do you need help figuring out how to view your property tax receipt online? Watch this helpful walkthrough!

For any property tax bill where payment is not made timely, the bill is considered delinquent and the remaining balance is subject to interest and penalty. When paying in installments, if a payment is missed, the installment plan is no longer available and the balance is due in full. Pursuant to Wisconsin State Statutes and Village of Whitefish Bay Municipal Code, delinquent property tax bills are charged 1.5% interest and penalty per month (in the calculation of interest and penalty, a partial month is considered a full month). Interest and penalties are charged retroactive to February 1, 2022.
Klode Park Ice Rink Remains Open:

The Klode Park Ice Rink remains open for skating. Klode Park is open from sunrise to 9:00 p.m. daily. Public Works staff will provide touch up to the ice if the weather remains cold pending staff availability. Please remember that sunlight and air temperature greatly affect the ice quality. 
North Shore Fire/Rescue Annual Report:

An important value in our organization is committing to excellence and reliability in everything we do. The members of our organization do this day in and day out, whether it’s cold, hot, day or night, they do this under any and every condition. 2021 saw a record number of calls for service for the Department. The level of activity challenged our members, but they continued to provide excellent and reliable service each and every time they went out the door. Whether they were responding to an emergency or out educating the public, they demonstrated the essence of public service every day. - Fire Chief Robert Whitaker.
Update From Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust:
Sediment is loose sand, soil, or other select types of debris that can be carried by runoff into a stream, river, or lake. Too much sediment makes water murkier, which harms wildlife and aquatic plants. It also affects our ability to use the water for recreational activities.

Help Whitefish Bay prevent sediment pollution that may be occurring in our community by keeping your eye out for these Sediment Pollution Red Flags. There are other ways that you can identify and prevent sediment pollution in our community! Visit
https://bit.ly/Sediment-Pollution to learn more about sediment pollution, its sources, and how to prevent it!
Friends of Whitefish Bay Public Library
Writing Contest:
The Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library are once again offering Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library Writing Contest. This will be the 9th straight year for the contest, which includes submission categories for short story (1,000 words or less), memoirs (1,000 words or less), and poetry (200 words or less). The contest is open to anyone 16 and up. Submissions will be accepted until February 14 and are limited to one entry per person per category. Cash prizes will be awarded in early spring. Please include a cover page on your entry with the following: Name, address, email, phone number, entry date, and category.

Email entries to reference@wfblibrary.org. Or you can drop them off in person at the Adult Services Desk or mail them to: Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library Writing Contest, 5420 N Marlborough Drive Milwaukee, WI 53217.

Depending on the status of the pandemic, a reception may be held where winners will be on hand to read their pieces on Tuesday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. Winners will also have their entries posted to the library’s website.
Updates From The Whitefish Bay Library:
Excite Your Mind Winter Reading Challenge, Through February 28: Sign up for our virtual winter reading program through Beanstack and experience this great program for all ages (including adults), full of opportunities for fun and learning. Challenge your family to read more in 2022! You can register online (https://wfblibrary.beanstack.com/) or you can also use the Beanstack app! Download the Beanstack app and search for Whitefish Bay Public Library. The program runs through February 28.

Kids Take and Make: Groundhog Shadow Craft - Tuesday, February 1, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: Create your own groundhog and your own Groundhog's Day celebration! Put together this cute groundhog craft then take it outside on Groundhog Day to see if he sees his shadow. (Please note day change to Tuesday.) Pick up your kit outside the front doors of the library. We ask that you take one craft kit per child and practice good social distancing and mask wearing when picking up your kit.

Celebrate Library Lovers’ Month: Throughout the month of February, celebrate library lovers’ month by filling out a heart to let us know what you love about your library!
Community Spotlight:
Personal Products Drive:

Bay Bridge is partnering with Bridge the Divide in Cedarburg for a special collection. Personal products will be donated to various agencies including Pathfinders, Saukville Food Pantry, & Family Sharing. Bring your items to the Bay Bridge monthly sandwich drive collection in Schoolhouse Park on Wednesday, February 2, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Items needed: ethnic hair care products (cocoa butter, shea butter, shampoo, conditioner, hair oil, silky bonnets); body wash, soap, deodorant, face wash, acne care, feminine hygiene, bath towels, laundry detergent, kitchen cleaning supplies, paper products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizer. Thank you in advance for your generosity! Cant make the drop-off, but still want to donate? Click here to email us.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Recreation Department:
North Shore Heath Department Healthy Highlight 1/18/22 - January is National Radon Action Month:

About 1 out of 10 homes in Wisconsin has high radon levels.

What is radon? A cancer-causing radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. You cannot see, smell, or taste radon. It can get into any type of building and cause radon exposure.

Radon is dangerous, which is why home testing is recommended. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Smoking combined with radon is a serious health risk. If you live in a home with high radon levels, smoking raises your risk of lunger cancer by 10 times (Source). It is critical to test your home for radon, and if the radon level is elevated, action should be taken to lower it. Radon testing information.

We sell short-term radon test kits at both of our health department offices for $7, cash or check. Call 414-371-2980 for more information.

The Shorewood Public Library has two radon test meters that are available for checkout. Head to the Shorewood Public Library at 3920 Murray Ave or call the library at 414-847-2670 to reserve a testing kit. Anyone with a library card is able to rent the test meters.



Radon levels can vary based on where you live. View this interactive map to see indoor radon test results across Wisconsin: Wisconsin Indoor Radon Test Results (arcgis.com)

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