Monday, September 23, 2019

2019 Weekly Village of Whitefish Bay
Official Newsletter
Message from the
Village President, Julie Siegel

Happy first day of autumn! Please read the article below about rules and reminders for Village curbside leaf collection. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here .
Why is Village Hall's Phone Ringing?
When is the Brush Chipper next scheduled for collection?
  • Brush will next be collected by Village crews the week of September 30th. Brush should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk. 

When is the DPW Building Solar Project Ribbon Cutting and Information Session?
  • The ribbon cutting and information session about the new solar system atop the Department of Public Works is Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 11:00 am. Light refreshments will be served. 
Have a question?
The Village Hall phone number is 414-962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, Sept. 16, 6:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

Board of Review - Session 2
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5:30 pm, Village Hall Basement

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

Board of Review - Session 3
  • Thursday, Sept. 19, 8:30 am, Village Hall Board Room

  • Thursday, Sept. 19, 5:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30 pm, Village Hall Basement
This Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, Sept. 23, 5:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Monday, Sept. 23, 6:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6:30 pm, Whitefish Bay Public Library Program Room.

Note: For past meeting agendas and minutes please visit the  Agenda Center page on the Village Website.

Please contact Village Hall with questions.
Village Receives National Budget Award:
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) announced that the Village of Whitefish Bay received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Village’s 2019 annual budget. Only 40 municipalities and governmental organizations statewide received the award in 2018-19, putting Whitefish Bay among the top five percent of its peers for excellence in municipal budgeting.

Village Finance Director Jen Amerell stated that "The Village of Whitefish Bay’s budget document clearly articulates to the public how the Village proposes to spend their tax dollars. It is a user-friendly document and promotes enhanced transparency in government. I am proud of the commitment of the governing body and Village staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting."
In order to receive the budget award, the Village had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as:
  • A policy document
  • A financial plan
  • An operations guide
  • A communications device

The GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting. Click here to view a copy of the 2019 Budget Document.
Leaf Collection Starts mid-October:
The tentative start date for curbside leaf Collection is October 14, 2019. Collection will run through mid-November.  More information can be found on the Village website.

Please follow these rules and reminders as leaves start to fall: 
  • Place leaves and yard waste on the pavement in the curb and gutter in front of home.
  • Remember to place leaves and yard waste away from storm inlets.
  • Branches, sticks, and other woody material should be placed on the parkway for chipping.
  • The Village does not have a routine schedule for pickup of leaves and yard waste though crews try to collect leaves and yard waste weekly for all residents.
  • Prior to and following curbside collection all leaves and yard waste should be bagged (paper) or containerized. 
Silver Spring Park Progress Continues:
Work on the project to add a bio-retention basin and a rain garden to Silver Spring Park continued this week. The newly added green infrastructure that captures rain water will be planted with native plants to secure the soil and absorb water with their deep roots. Native plants have the added benefit of attracting pollinators whose habitat has been rapidly depleting. To complete the project, educational signage will be added explain the functions of the green infrastructure and plants so that residents can apply these same principles to their own property.

The construction of Phase 1 will be completed in mid-October. This will be the first of several phases needed to create a beautiful and sustainable park for the Village.

This is a joint project of the Village and the Whitefish Bay Garden Club. The design plan for this project was made by Strand and Associates with funding from Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District. The implementation of the design plan was made possible by a grant from the Fund For Lake Michigan. Both of these organizations understand the importance of preventing water runoff from entering the lake which is already at record levels. 
Events at the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Tuesday, September 24:

Sharpie Mugs, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Decorate your own mug using oil-based Sharpies in an array of colors. All you need to bring is yourself! We'll have the mugs, the Sharpies, and some inspiring ideas to get you started. Then, take your mug home and bake it to make your design permanent. Grades 3rd-5th.  Registration Required
Wednesday, September 25:

Whitefish Bay TALKS: Independence Corrupted - How America's Judges Make Their Decisions, 6:30 pm, Judge Schudson exposes the personal, professional, and political pressures now threatening judicial integrity like never before. With attacks on judges intensifying, Independence Corrupted is essential for students and scholars, lawyers and judges, and all citizens concerned about the survival of judicial independence.  Charles Benjamin Schudson is a Wisconsin Reserve Judge Emeritus. He has served as a state and federal prosecutor, trial and appellate judge, law professor, and Fulbright Scholar. He has keynoted conferences throughout America and been a featured guest on NPR, PBS, and Oprah.   Registration preferred.
Thursday , September 26:

Thursday Films, 6:00 pm, Won't You Be My Neighbor (PG-13, 2018, 1 hour 34 minutes) As one of America's most beloved children's show hosts, Mr. Rogers remains one of the most iconic television figures for families worldwide. This documentary takes a closer look at the person behind the show, persona, and personality that helped define what it meant to be a good person and be a part of a healthy community. Through his children's show, Mr. Rogers would go on to inspire a generation by not skirting real world issues, confronting issues of social justice and maturity through a lens that provided an educational aspect that was approachable by kids and appreciated by the entire family. No Registration needed
Community Spotlight:
Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Meeting and Public Hearing:

The Milwaukee County Mental Health Board is looking to the community for insights and ideas. The Public is welcome to attend the board meeting and share your thoughts on the psychiatric crisis redesign and the behavioral health services offered in Milwaukee County. 

The meeting is Thursday, September 26 at
4:30 pm at the Washington Park Senior Center (4420 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208). Click here for more information.
News from the School District: 

High School Homecoming Week Sept 22-29:
  • 9/22 Window Painting
  • 9/23 Spirit Bowl
  • 9/27 Homecoming Football Game
  • 9/28 Homecoming Dance
  • 9/29 Window Painting Clean up

Monday September 30:
No school for students. Staff professional learning day.
Plan Your Watering Strategy - Tips from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club:

Soon we will be planting those grass seeds to give your lawn a head start for next spring. Grass grows best in cooler temps, and the fall is the very best time in Wisconsin to overseed your lawn.

Before you plant grass seed, it is wise to think about how you are going to keep those grass seedlings consistently moist. This is one of the most important steps. Consider the area you will be overseeding and create sprinkler coverage for the entire area. You will want to supply water in short, gentle sessions, and frequently — at least three times a day — until the new grass is well-established. If you have a large front or backyard, you will need to arrange hoses and sprinklers to accommodate the spaces. 

If you have a small space, you can easily hand water with a sprinkler head at the end of your hose. For larger areas, it will be helpful to use a timer.  Ace Hardware carries two types of timers:  
  • A manual one that works like an old-fashioned egg timer and 
  • A digital one that is programmed like an electric alarm clock.  

The beauty of the digital timer is that once programmed, it will work automatically each and every morning and re-initiate watering throughout the day. The manual timers are started by turning the dial to a 15 or 20-minute mark and then the water will flow for that period of time. If you are home all day, the manual timers are easy to operate and require less time to set up, but if you are away from your home during the day, you will need to invest the time up front to program a digital timer. For the tech savvy folks, you can find digital timers online that can be controlled from your phone.  This video gives a great overview on the importance of watering and shares tips for success
North Shore Health Department:
Did you know? September 23, 2019, the first day of fall, marks the 10th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA).  Falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency department visits for older adults, the major cause of hip fractures, and responsible for more than half of fatal head injuries.

In the US, one in four adults aged 65 or older falls every year. Falls, with or without injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness. 

Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. The North Shore Health Department in conjunction with the North Shore Fire Department and local sponsors have held four “Stepping On” classes this year. “Stepping On” is an evidence-based fall prevention class which meets for two hours weekly for seven weeks.

These classes highlight how exercise, medication management, vision screening, and making your living environment safer are all steps people can do to prevent a fall. The next session begins on September 24, 2019 at the New Perspectives Senior Living Center in Brown Deer.

Contact the NSHD at 414-371-2980 if interested in attending. Additionally, there are classes held throughout the year in Milwaukee County that can be found on the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging’s website.
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Sept. 24,
3:30 pm to 4:30 am,
North Shore Library

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics
(Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Sept. 24,
8:00 am to 10:00 am,
Shorewood Office

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screening 
(No Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Sept. 24,
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm,
WFB Sr. Center (5205 Lydell Avenue)

Wednesday, Sept. 25,
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm,
Shorewood Office
Contact the North Shore Health Department for appointments: 414-371-2980
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651