Monday, April 27, 2020

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

I want to thank the residents of Whitefish Bay that chose to "Step Out for those that Step Up" last Friday with the Civic Foundation. What a great show of community support for all essential workers!

The Village appreciates your continued patience as support as we navigate through this unprecedented time. The Police Department, the Department of Public Works, and Village Hall staff continue to provide services and remain accessible via telephone (414-962-9960) during regular office hours. To subscribe to our newsletter,  click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
What is the status of overnight parking enforcement? The suspension of overnight parking enforcement has been extended until May 26. Contact the Police Department for more information at 414-962-3830.

What are the rules for dog walking? More people are staying healthy by walking outside (while social distancing)! Remember that dogs are required to be be on a leash and you are required to pick up after your dog. We have received a number of calls regarding off-leash dogs and dog waste.
Have a question?
The Village Hall phone
number is 414-962-6690.
Is Recycle Day in the Bay happening this year? No, Recycle Day in the Bay scheduled for May 2, 2020 has officially been cancelled. We will see you on May 1, 2021!

Was Whitefish Bay High School recently ranked #1 in Wisconsin? Yes! Whitefish Bay High School was ranked #1 as the Best High School in Wisconsin and #171 nationally in 2020 by US News & World Report. Great Job Whitefish Bay School District! Click here for more info.
Village Meeting Agendas:
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, April 20, 6:00 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, April 23, 5:30 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting
This Week's Meetings:

No meetings this week. The Village will be using GoToMeeting for upcoming meetings.

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
The Badger Bounce Back:
Gov. Tony Evers announced last week Wisconsin's "Badger Bounce Back" plan which outlines important criteria for Wisconsin to be able to reopen its economy in phases and includes steps to make sure workers and businesses are prepared to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

The state will be looking for a downward trajectory of influenza-like illnesses and COVID-19 symptoms reported within a 14-day period, and a downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-day period. When the state has seen these efforts be successful, Wisconsin can begin to turn the dial, re-open the state, and get businesses and workers back on their feet. Click here to view the full Badger Bounce Back Plan.

In coordination with this announcement, at the direction of the governor, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued Emergency Order #31 establishing the process and outlining the phases of the plan. The emergency order is available here.
Weekly North Shore Health Department Update:
COVID-19: April 24, 2020 UPDATE:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WI DHS) and the North Shore Health Department (NSHD), along with other local health departments are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus, COVID-19. For the most current information, visit the CDC’s website or our website.

We are currently monitoring 26 active cases in the North Shore, and we are also providing active monitoring for high-risk contacts of confirmed cases. We have triaged and processed over 962 suspect cases and/or contacts, and performed several large contact investigations, which involves notifying the contacts of their potential risk and educating them on self-quarantine guidelines. We are also managing several active cases in Milwaukee to assist the Milwaukee Health Department.
Based on the Badger Bounce Back plan to re-open Wisconsin, we must see a downward trajectory of positive tests as a percent of total tests for 14 days to end the Safer at Home order and move to Phase One: As of today, we have seen a decline for 2 days, decreasing from 9.6% to 8.9% from April 23 to April 24. This means that the earliest date Wisconsin could move to Phase One is May 6th, assuming a downward trend is observed for 14 days. See the graph on the DHS website for daily updates.

Thank you to our grocery stores and restaurants for continuing to serve the community during this time: We appreciate the extra steps you are taking to keep all customers safe and healthy. The FDA released guidance on best practices that offers recommendations for stores and restaurants and an infographic that can be distributed to employees or posted in businesses.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage you to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates, as well as the NSHD website. Additional information on COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.
Whitefish Bay Grad Grams Return:
It’s that time of year again. Time for Grad Grams! And this year we are asking that an extra special effort be made in getting the word out. Who do you know that is graduating from Whitefish Bay High School this year?...Your neighbor, sitter, favorite Sendik’s bagger, or a kid you coached in soccer years ago?

Send them each a sweet Grad Gram message! The WFBHS Parent Association is taking orders for Grad Grams now through May 31, 2019.

For $1.00 each, you can send a quick note to a senior that will be bound in a personalized book for each student. Your words of congratulations, best wishes and memories are very meaningful to the graduates and will truly have an impact on them, perhaps this year more than ever. Please help us spread the word about this WFBHS tradition.  Please see the attached order form.
Lake Drive Pedestrian Safety Improvements:
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Village of Whitefish Bay, will began construction on the Lake Drive Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project last week. This project is being funded with 90% federal and state safety monies, with 10% of the funding provided by the Village of Whitefish Bay.

Intersections of Lake Drive at Palisades Rd, Bartlett Ave, Newhall St, Woodburn St, Ardmore Ave, Day Ave, and Belle Ave will be improved. Project work scope includes sidewalk and handicap ramp replacement, curb and gutter work, guardrail installation and replacement, roadway median changes, rapid flashing beacon pedestrian crossing installations, signage updates, pavement striping, and high friction pavement surface treatment. The project will be completed in phases with full traffic control and pedestrian detour routes included.

Project completion for all of the above described work except the high friction surface treatment and signage is scheduled for July 2, 2020. That work is then scheduled for installation and completion in July-August, 2020. Click here for more information.
Updates from Village Hall:
Congratulations to Jen!

Last week, Village Staff celebrated (from a distance) Finance Director/Village Clerk Jen Amerell’s last day with Whitefish Bay. Jen was hired as Whitefish Bay’s first Finance Director in 2010.

Thanks to Jen’s steadfast financial work, Whitefish Bay has retained an aA1 rating from Moody’s, has received multiple GFOA Budget Awards, and recently received the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Award, among many other achievements. Congrats to Jen as she moves on to another exciting opportunity!
Finance Director Job Opening:

With Jen's Departure, the Village of Whitefish Bay is seeking to fill the position of Finance Director/Clerk. The Village is seeking candidates that are enthusiastic about financial management and accounting in a municipal setting.

Reporting to the Village Manager, the Finance Director/Village Clerk provides management of the accounting and finance functions of the Village, directing accounting policies, procedures, and internal controls. The Finance Director/Village Clerk maintains the fiscal records and systems of the Village, as well as carries out the other statutory duties of Village Clerk/Treasurer, such as maintaining official Village records and supervising elections.

A key member of the senior management team, the Finance Director/Village Clerk is expected to be a strategic partner and contributor, understanding key drivers and building effective relationships throughout the organization. Click here for more info and to apply.
The Police Department wants to help with Safer At Home Birthday Celebrations:

The Whitefish Bay Police Department would like to help kids celebrate birthdays during this time of social distancing. If you are a resident of Whitefish Bay and have a child (ages 4 – 10) celebrating a birthday until the end of the Governor’s extended Safer at Home Order (May 26, 2020). An officer or officers, depending on our call volume, will stop by with the lights and siren to make a memorable birthday. Pictures can be taken with the child at one end of the squad and an officer at the other end. Please contact Lieutenant Patrick Whitaker to make arrangements ( p.whitaker@wfbvillage.org or 414-962-3830).
Last Chance to be the Voice of the Bay:
Rocket Cat Productions and the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation present: “Voice of the Bay” and “Music in the Bay” (Safer at Home Edition):

Although Bay Day will not take place on May 2, 2020 as originally scheduled, the Voice of the Bay (VOTB) singing competition will continue to accept video submissions until May 1, 2020.

Video submissions are due no later than Friday, May 1, 2020. Details on submission guidelines can be found at   www.wfbcivicfoundation.org. For general questions regarding the Voice of the Bay competition or Music in the Bay, contact Suzanne Singh at   VoiceoftheBay@wfbcivicfoundation.org.
Events from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Live Virtual Storytime: Missing Storytime? We are too! Visit the Whitefish Bay Library Facebook page each Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 am with Miss Katie or Miss Valerie for a live storytime.

Did you miss last week's Live Virtual Storytime? We've got you covered!
Community Spotlight:
School District Registration Open for New WFB Resident Families:

Have you recently moved into the Village of Whitefish Bay? The School District is currently taking enrollment for K4-12th grades for new Whitefish Bay residents. Reminder for age guidelines:
  • Junior Kindergarten: 
  • 4 years old on or before September 1, 2020
  • Senior Kindergarten: 
  • 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020

Moving out of the Village of Whitefish Bay? Please contact your school to let them know of any moving plans. Contact the schools for more information
North Shore Health Department Highlights 4/21/20:
National Dog Bite Prevention Week:

Although we have all been pre-occupied as of late with the immediate threat that COVID-19 poses to our health, it is still important to be aware of other risk factors that may negatively impact one’s health and well-being.

In Wisconsin, our youth under the age of 21 are drinking alcohol less than in the past, but are still drinking more than youth in other states. According to the 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 30.4% of youth under 21 years old in Wisconsin reported having at least one alcoholic beverage during the last 30 days, and 15.5% of youth in Wisconsin had their first drink before the age of 13.

Alcohol can lead to a host of problems in young people, including poor school performance and attendance; inappropriate behavior and legal problems; unwanted or unprotected sexual activities; disruption of normal growth and development, including brain development; and many more. The CDC has more information available on the consequences of youth alcohol consumption, as well as the risks of alcohol consumption for all ages.

What can you do? Parents: Have small, casual conversations with your children to guide them to make healthy and responsible choices around alcohol. Start having these conversations sooner rather than later, as being proactive can help prevent underage alcohol consumption from ever beginning.

Governor Evers has proclaimed April 2020 to be Small Talks Awareness Month. Here is a resource from WI DHS for starting these small talks with your children. Use this Safer at Home time to talk to your kids about responsible alcohol consumption and advocate for alternative activities that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Additional information on what is currently being done in Wisconsin to prevent underage drinking and other recommendations can be found here.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651