Monday, September 13, 2021

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

The Village is investigating switching its 1,500 streetlights to LED bulbs, saving over $70,000 per year in electric costs. A pilot area has been created on the 5400-5300 block of Kent Avenue with LED bulbs for consideration. Read the story below for details.

Have a great week! -kb

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Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When does Fall Leaf collection begin? Beginning in October, the Whitefish Bay Public Works Department crews will begin collecting leaves and yard waste placed in the roadway curb area. At that time, the Village requests that residents do not put loose leaves and yard waste in leaf collection bags.

How long will Klode Park Beach and the Klode Park bluff parking lot be closed? Work will begin this week at Klode Park Beach to address previous storm damage and ongoing erosion. Work will take about four to five weeks to complete, weather permitting. The parking lot and beach will be closed until the project is completed.

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush/Chipper material will be collected by Village crews next week (beginning Monday, September 20).

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.

Please take note that some meetings are currently in-person and some meetings are virtual.
This Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, September 14, 6:15 p.m., Village Board Room

  • Thursday, September 16, 5:30 p.m. Village Board Room

  • Thursday, September 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Village Hall Basement Meeting Room
LED Streetlight Pilot Program:
The Village of Whitefish Bay is investigating the possibility of switching its approximately 1,500 High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamp streetlights to LED lamp streetlights of a comparable color and brightness. LED lighting is much more cost efficient and will have both economic and environmental benefits for our community. Those benefits include:
  • Through an estimated 70% power use reduction, a savings of over $1,200,000 million dollars in utility costs over 20 years could be realized as compared to our current HPS lamp streetlights.
  • LED lamp fixtures will yield reduced maintenance and repair costs because LED lamps burn out or fail much less frequently as compared to HPS lamps.
  • Reduced energy consumption and carbon footprint which supports the Action Item 1 from the Triple Bottom Line, Resilience, Culture Section of the 2019 Comprehensive Plan. This Action Item specified that the Village “Improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption by considering efficiency standards…and monitoring Village buildings for energy efficiency and making needed changes as soon as possible.”

We Want to Hear From You! The 5400-5300 block of Kent Avenue has been set up as the Village pilot location displaying two LED lamp wattages under consideration (20 watt and 25 watt). Both options are a 2700 Kelvin color temperature (warm white/yellow), very similar to our current HPS lamp color and in compliance with the American Medical Association’s street lighting guidelines. See the attached map for more information.
  • The northern three bulbs on the block are 25 watt. Circled in red in the map.
  • The southern three bulbs on the block are 20 watt. Circled in black in the map.

We encourage you to visit the pilot location after dusk on or before Monday, September 27, 2021 and share your bulb preference via our online feedback form. Feedback can also be submitted via email to or in person at the Village Public Works Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 4:45 p.m. at Whitefish Bay Village Hall in the Second Floor Meeting Room.
Text-to-911 Now Available:
Text-to-911 services are now available in all 7 North Shore communities. This is not a method of convenience. The service is intended to benefit people who may not be able to speak or hear in an emergency.

Text 911 if you need EMERGENCY police, fire, or medical aid AND you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled OR you cannot speak due to a medical emergency OR when a voice call might endanger your life or escalate the situation.

Updates from Village Hall:
Health Aide Job Opening: Applications are being accepted for the Health Aide position at Whitefish Bay High School. Candidates must have the following qualifications:
  • Enjoy working with children
  • First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Clerical, computer, and organizational skills
Click here for more information and to apply for the position. Completed applications need to be submitted by October 8, 2021
Consaul Commons Project Reminder: Consaul Commons, the public area between Gerhard’s Kitchen and Bath Store (402 E Silver Spring Dr.) and The Bay Restaurant (342 E Silver Spring Dr.), will soon be transformed into a more usable, inviting space where the community can gather, enjoy live music and host other family-friendly events. Construction will begin on September 20, 2021.Work is scheduled to be completed by May 24, 2022—just in time for all the fun annual summer events along Silver Spring Drive!

This redevelopment project was first introduced in 2016 as part of the Silver Spring Drive Master Plan. In 2019, the Village Board, upon recommendation from the Community Development Authority (CDA), selected raSmith as the design consultant. The Village solicited and received significant public input on three designs at an open house event in August 2019. Over the course of 2020, raSmith, CDA members, and local stakeholders worked with Village staff to refine the final design concept, which includes new landscaping, native plantings, benches, and other decorative features (see image). Click here for more project information.
2021 Community Health Survey:
North Shore representation is needed in the 2021 Milwaukee County Community Health Survey. Click here to take the survey now. It only takes 10 minutes or less to make a difference!

The results of this survey will help inform health investments and the creation of health programs in Milwaukee County. Examples of investments and programs include: food banks, motherhood/fatherhood programs, violence prevention programs, and more.

Anyone who is 18 and older and lives in Milwaukee County can take the survey. Your name or personal information are not collected.
Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Update:
As we move from summer to fall, many Whitefish Bay residents will start preparing their lawns and gardens for winter. Consider how these preparations affect Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River. Phosphorus and other nutrients that come from lawn care practices can lead to algae blooms that are detrimental to this local amenity!

If you’re planning to fertilize your lawn, take a soil test first to find the amount and type that you need. Extra fertilizer can run off or erode away with bare soil, so make sure to apply during dry periods and only when and where needed.

Consider leaving grass clippings on the lawn as an alternative to chemical fertilizer. Mowing your lawn high and often makes it easier for the grass to capture the clippings and for the soil to absorb the nutrients. This also keeps the clippings from becoming a source of nutrient pollution!

You can help Whitefish Bay keep our lawns green, not our lakes! Click here to learn more.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Library:
Library Hours for Fall:
  • Monday to Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Outdoor All Ages Storytime, School House Park: We will be continuing outdoor storytime into September and October, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., starting September 9. You can learn more about the dates and register on our website.

Virtual All Ages Storytime, Fridays, September 10 to October 15, 10:00 a.m.: Join one of our youth services librarians for an All Ages Storytime on Fridays at 10 a.m. with books, songs, and more! Can't make the live event? We'll be sure to save the storytime so you can watch it later. Visit our Facebook page

Books and Bagels, Thursday, September 16, 4:00 p.m., Grades 6-12: Stop by School House Park for books and bagels! We'll have Bruegger's bagels and a big stack of paperbacks that you can browse through and bring home. Ring in the new school year with a new book and help us plan teen programs for the year. Weather permitting. Thanks to Friends of Whitefish Bay Public Library for sponsoring this program!

Outdoor Crafting: Craft Stick Dolls, Wednesday, September 22, 4:00 p.m., Grades 2-5: With just popsicle sticks, washi tape, and markers, come create your own unique characters during our outdoor crafting session. Make friends, pets, or silly creatures. The sky is the limit! Registration Required

Identity Theft: Protect and Prevent. Wednesday, September 22, 6:30 p.m.: This program will be held in person. We ask that you wear a mask. Please register. Identity theft continues to be the fastest growing crime in the United States. The more you learn about it, the less vulnerable you are. The Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection will explain the different types of identity theft, how to recognize it and how to prevent it – including information about Fraud Alerts and Security Freezes. Receive tips for safeguarding personal information and how to spot the red flags of a scam. Helpful brochures will also be available. About the speaker: Francesca Johnson is an Agency Liaison for the Bureau of Consumer Protection within the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Upcoming Special Events:
Great Pumpkin Festival: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 through Sunday, October 30, 2021. Join friends and family at Old Scoolhouse Park for this festive fall tradition! Carve a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, sip hot cider, and enjoy delicious food while listening to live music. The Great Pumpkin Festival is open 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. nightly. Beer served on Friday and Saturday nights. Event hosted by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation. Pumpkins will be left up on October 31, but there are no event activities on Halloween.

Treat-or-Treat Silver Spring Drive: Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participating businesses offer treats for kids in the company of at least one parent or guardian on the Saturday before Halloween. There’s something “sweet-in-stores” for everyone on Silver Spring Drive. Event hosted by the Merchants of Whitefish Bay.

Village Trick-or-Treat: Sunday, October 31, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the Village. Block parties are not permitted the day of Trick-or-Treat.
Community Spotlight:
Whitefish Bay Women's Club Rummage Sale: The Whitefish Bay Women's Club (600 E. Henry Clay St.) is having a rummage sale Friday, September 17, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Stop by to shop gently used clothing, home goods and more. See you there!
Update from Bay Bridge: Bay Bridge and PACE3 invite you to presentation by Attorney Elisabeth Lambert Equal Justice Works fellow with the ACLU of Wisconsin on September 22, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Fresh Coast Guardians Rain Barrel Workshop: With the help of our partners at Clean Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Public Library, Fresh Coast Guardians will be offering two more free residential green infrastructure workshops later this month.

In these online trainings, you will learn about the benefits of rain barrels, rain gardens, and native plants as well as some information on how to install them at your home. Each of these landscaping options helps manage stormwater where it falls and helps reduce the risk of flooding and water pollution impacting area rivers and Lake Michigan.

Eligible homeowners living within the District’s service territory who participate in either of the workshops in their entirety will be able to collect a free rain barrel from the District this fall (limit one per household, and households that have received a free barrel in the past are not eligible to receive another free rain barrel). Both workshops will be using the Zoom platform. You will need a computer with internet access and sound. Work shop dates:
  • The first workshop focuses on rain barrels and is scheduled for Monday, September 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will be presented by our partners at Clean Wisconsin. Click here to RSVP.
  • The second workshop focuses on rain barrels, rain gardens, and native plants and is scheduled for Wednesday, September 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will be presented by our partners at Clean Wisconsin along with Master Gardener, Woody Benson. Click here to RSVP.

We will need your full name, email address, and the city/town you live in to verify eligibility. Space is limited. Please only register if you can definitely make it and can attend the entire event from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. If your plans change after you register, please let Clean Wisconsin know (by emailing so they can cancel your registration to free up that space for someone else. 
NSHD Healthy Highlight 9/7/21: Smoke Alarms: Fall and winter months mean more time indoors and sooner than we know it, we will be turning on the heat. Being inside more provides us a good reminder to check smoke alarms in our homes.

Smoke alarms come in two different types. For the greatest protection, a dual sensor (ionization-photoelectric) smoke alarm, is recommended. Generally, an ionization smoke alarm is more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is more responsive to smoldering fires.

Install smoke alarms on each level of the home, including basement:
  • Install bedroom alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area.
  • For levels without bedrooms, install alarms in living spaces, near stairways or in both locations. 
  • Install basement alarms on the ceiling, at the bottom of the stairs, leading to the next level.
  • Never paint or decorate smoke alarms, as it could prevent them from working.

Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • If your smoke alarm battery is replaceable, replace the battery at least once a year. 
  • Non-replaceable 10-year battery smoke alarms are designed to be effective for up to 10 years.
  • If the smoke alarm chirps:
  • If the alarm battery is replaceable, the chirp is a warning the battery is low and the battery should be replaced right away.
  • If the alarm battery is a non-replaceable 10-year battery, the chirp is a warning the battery is low and the entire smoke alarm should be replaced.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651