Monday, February 22, 2021

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

It's the last week of the Community Ice Rink at Cahill Park. The ice rink has an updated schedule this week with morning open skate hours this Thursday. See below or click here for details. Thank you to the Milwaukee Winter Club for the innovative partnership with the Village and we look forward to having the rink again next year. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Lake Ice Safety: Over the last week, lake ice has rapidly accumulated on Lake Michigan. Parents, please talk with your children about the dangers of playing on the ice by Lake Michigan. Please just observe from a distance!

Can I place my refuse and recycling cart behind a snowbank on the sidewalk? No, please utilize your driveway apron or clear a portion of the parkway for cart placement. Please do not place your carts behind a snowbank.

Who do I contact about a sidewalk that has not been shoveled? If you see a sidewalk that has not been shoveled, please give the Police Department a call at 414-962-3830. Please remember that you have 24 hours after a snow event to shovel your sidewalk.

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

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

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

  • Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, February 25, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.
Whitefish Bay Spring Primary Election Results:
Primary Election Information: Voter turnout in Whitefish Bay for the February 16, 2021 Spring Primary Election was 12.85%. 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 elections@wfbvillage.org. Voter participation will be updated in MyVote within 30 days. The Spring election is Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Watch for election information in upcoming newsletters.
Last Week For The Community Ice Rink:
Updated Ice Rink Schedule:

The last day the community ice rink will be open is is 2/28/21. Click here to view the rink schedule for 2/22/21 through 2/28/21.

Before heading to the ice rink:
  • Please be sure to check the Village website for weather and other ice rink schedule updates.
  • Please stay home if you have any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
  • Remember that six-foot social distancing and masks are recommended at all times.
  • Some minor construction continues on the rink; please do not enter areas marked “off-limits”. 
  • Photo by Jordan M! Thanks for sharing!
Letter from the North Shore Health Department:
February 17, 2021
 
Dear North Shore residents and community leaders:
 
The North Shore Health Department’s response to COVID-19 is reaching the one-year milestone. In this time, we have investigated and supported almost 5,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We certainly recognize the toll this response has taken on everyone as we grow weary of the messages to wear masks, stay physically distant, and not engage in large gatherings.
 
Over the last month COVID-19 cases in the North Shore have been steadily declining. The two-week case rate was 163 new cases per 100,000 for the weeks of 1/29/21-2/11/21. This rate is down from a high of 1,183 cases per 100,000 in mid-November. Milwaukee County data are also showing positive trends. In reviewing Gating Criteria for Milwaukee County, four of the five indicators are yellow, including Cases, Testing, PPE, and Tracing. The Care indicator is currently Green, indicating less than 10% of hospitalized patients are COVID-19 positive.
 
The North Shore Health Department has been vaccinating hundreds of residents each week. While the distribution of vaccine is slower than we had hoped, initial data show a little over 8% of Milwaukee County residents have been vaccinated.
 
While the data show promising trends, new genetic variants of the COVID-19 virus and being largely indoors through the remaining weeks of winter could quickly reverse these trends. NSHD continues to recommend individuals and the community follow the guidance of wearing face masks, staying at least 6 feet apart, avoiding crowds, washing hands, and getting tested for COVID-19 if you are feeling sick.
 
NSHD is moving from our Phased Reopening Model to a longer-term plan of Safe Practices Guidelines. These guidelines align with other suburban municipalities in Milwaukee County, along with the elements outlined in the City of Milwaukee’s Business COVID Safety Plan for restaurant and bars. The purpose of the realignment was to provide businesses with tools and information on how to reduce risk rather than general occupancy guidelines. Further details on the Safe Practice Guidelines are available on NSHD’s website. Key aspects of NSHD’s Safe Practice Guidelines include:
 
  • Public gatherings limited to 50 people;
  • Occupancy limits for restaurants and bars at a capacity where the number of individuals allows for maintenance of physical distancing and protective measures; and
  • Occupancy limits for retail establishments, salons and spa services, and gyms and places of amusement where the number of individuals allows for maintenance of physical distancing and protective measures.

The health and safety of those in seven municipalities in the North Shore is our priority. We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation in this unprecedented public health crisis. For additional information you can view the websites for the North Shore Health Department, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control or call the North Shore Health Department at 414-371-2980.
 
Sincerely,
Ann Christiansen, Health Director/Officer
Whitefish Bay Candidate Forum:
Join the ZOOM Whitefish Bay Candidate Forum on March 11, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Moderated by the League of Women Voters and hosted by Bay Bridge, this forum with give you a chance to familiarize yourself with the candidates up for election on April 6, 2021. Click here to register in advance for the forum.

Community submitted questions are currently being accepted. Email your questions for Village Board candidates and/or School District candidates to BayBridgeWisconsin@gmail.com with CANDIDATE FORUM in the subject line. The League of Women Voters reserve the right to screen questions to avoid duplication and attacks on individuals. Questions must address issues appropriate to the public office of Village Board or the School Board.

The Village Board forum is currently scheduled to run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the School Board forum from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Times are based on selection of submitted questions and are subject to change.
Friends of Whitefish Bay Library Scholarship:
The Friends of the Whitefish Bay Public Library are pleased to announce two $500 educational scholarships for students who have been positively influenced by libraries. High school seniors who are residents of or attend school in Whitefish Bay and will be attending college during the 2021/2022 school year are eligible. Click here to read all the details. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
The library is open for limited in-person services. Open hours are:
  • Monday to Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday to Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Services available include: limited computers for adults and teens (ages 14+) one hour per day; browsing and holds pickup; copier, scanner, and printing; take and make craft kits; and more. Click here for a list of all our services.

Curbside pickup will be available:
  • Monday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m.

Excite Your Mind Winter Reading Challenge from February 1 to March 19: Sign up for our first ever winter reading program through Beanstack and experience this great program for all ages (including adults), full of opportunities for fun and learning. You can register online or you can also use the Beanstack app! Download the Beanstack app and search for Whitefish Bay Public Library. The program runs through March 19.
Community Spotlight:
Whitefish Bay Women’s Club Blood Drive
Wed, Feb 24 & May 5, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
600 E. Henry Clay St., Whitefish Bay, WI

Make an appointment today to donate blood at the Whitefish Bay Women’s Club, located at 600 E. Henry Clay Street, this Wednesday, February 24, or Wednesday, May 5. According to a recent press release from Versiti, blood and platelet supplies are reaching critically low levels, as winter weather and the ongoing pandemic have limited the number of donations in Wisconsin. O-positive and O-negative blood donors are most needed.

Call the Versiti Blood Center, at 877-232-4376, or visit their scheduling page to reserve your time, and help save a life. As Versiti says on their website, “Sometimes the greatest gifts are free, give blood!”

Click here for a FAQ about COVID-19 safety precautions.
Be Active Wisconsin - Community Fitness Challenge:

Over 30 Recreation Departments across Wisconsin are hosting the first-ever Community Fitness Challenge! The “Be Active Wisconsin” Community Challenge invites all community members to participate in a virtual challenge to promote active lifestyles, connect people to the outdoors by encouraging the use of our parks/trail systems, and engage Wisconsin communities in a friendly competition! All active minutes count (not just running/walking), so let’s get moving Whitefish Bay! The winning community will receive a trophy, and all participants receive a T-shirt. (It’s the same shirt for every participating community – how cool is that?) While there is a personal goal of 200 minutes a week to help motivate and to give you a goal to strive for, there are no requirements and no awards given for personal goals.

Note: All participants will have access to a Google Form where you will enter your minutes for each week by Monday morning at 10:00 a.m. The link to the form will be emailed to all registered participants. The numbers for each community will be sent out to all community representatives on Mondays so we can encourage our Whitefish Bay community to keep moving!

Be Active Wisconsin - Community Fitness Challenge
Course Code: 391701 A1
Fee: $10/person
March 1 - March 31
Ages: 4-99
Registrations accepted through March 14, 2021
North Shore Health Department
February 19, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Update:

Due to the weather in the southern United States, there is uncertainty with the vaccine shipment dates. Therefore, next week NSHD will be sending out the link to sign up on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 at 10:00am for COVID-19 vaccine appointments for that week. With the high demand and limited supply, we expect these appointments will fill quickly. NSHD will only vaccinate currently eligible populations including:
  • Frontline health care personnel
  • Residents and employees in skills nursing and long-term care facilities
  • Police and fire personnel, correctional staff
  • Adults ages 65 and older
  • More information on currently eligible populations can be found on the WI DHS website: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm

Please do not sign up if you are not eligible. Documentation will be required at sign in.

NSHD is continuing to request COVID-19 vaccine on a weekly basis. We will continue to share information on when and how eligible individuals can sign up for our appointments on Friday and/or Monday.


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