Monday, February 8, 2021

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

Please stay safe in the frigid temperatures this week. Also, in-person absentee voting for the February 16, 2021 Spring Primary Election continues this week until Friday. More information is below! To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
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 is in-person absentee voting for the February 16 Spring Primary Election? In-person absentee voting is taking place at Village Hall, 5300 N. Marlborough Drive, now through Friday, February 12, 2021, except weekends. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Friday, February 12, 2021, the hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What is this week's ice rink schedule? The ice rink has an updated schedule this week. See below or click here for details.

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

  • Wednesday, February 3, 4:15 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, February 4, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.
This Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, February 9, 6:15 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.
February 16, 2021 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 16, 2021 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.
Updates from Village Hall:
World Migratory Bird Day:

On January 18, 2021, the Village Board passed resolution 3082 proclaiming World Migratory Bird Day as May 8, 2021 in Whitefish Bay. This resolution supports Whitefish Bay's application to become a Bird City for the 10th year in a row.

The Bird City program provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for municipalities striving to invest in the health of local bird species. Patterned after the Tree City USA program, the Bird City designation is a public demonstration of a community’s commitment to environmental, economic, and aesthetic sustainability.

To be recognized as a Bird City, a community must meet criteria spread across six categories: habitat creation and protection, community forest management, limiting threats to birds, education, energy and sustainability, and the official recognition and celebration of World Migratory Bird Day.

Thank you to the Whitefish Bay Garden Club for helping the Village put together the application and educating residents about World Migratory Bird Day!
Updated Ice Rink Schedule:

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!
Village Mask Ordinance:

With the uncertainty around the of the State of Wisconsin mask mandate, please remember that the Village of Whitefish Bay has a mask ordinance in place through March 31, 2021. Everyone in Whitefish Bay (5 and older) must wear a face mask or face covering in any building open to the public, unless they fall under one of the exceptions noted. Click here for more information.

On Thursday, July 23, 2020, the Village Board adopted Ordinance No. 1869 which required face masks or face coverings to be worn inside buildings open to the public in Whitefish Bay. The ordinance was reviewed on November 16, 2020, and extended until March 31, 2021. Thank you for helping keep Whitefish Bay healthy!
Updates From the School District:
February Community E- Newsletter:
Our Community E- Newsletters are one of several ways the District works toward comprehensive communications with the community. Read the February Newsletter and sign up to receive these monthly during the school year.

District Communications and COVID-19 Information: The Whitefish Bay community is invited to view District updates and safety information on the District’s Safety and Communication page.

Upcoming School Board Meetings:
  • Wednesday, February 10 – Regular Business Meeting. Meeting agendas, minutes, and more information can be found online.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Renewing Services: Beginning on Monday, February 8, the library will resume limited in-person services.

Open hours are:
  • Monday to Thursday: 10:30 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.

Take and Make Crafts: We provide the supplies and you provide the creativity!
  • For Adults- Available when the library opens until they are gone.
  • February 11: Felt Hearts
  • For Kids Pick-up from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. outside the front doors of the library.
  • February 10: Giant Hug
  • February 17: Heart Sculpture
Community Spotlight:
Bay Bridge Update:

On February 17, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., Bay Bridge will host a community-wide Zoom lecture and Q&A with Clayborn Benson III, founder of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum. Viewing and discussion of the film Remembering Bronzeville prior to February 17 is highly encouraged. Click here for event registration
Garden Club Event:

Join the Whitefish Bay Garden Club Tuesday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m. for a presentation by Kimberly Gleffe of the River Revitalization Foundation, Milwaukee's urban rivers land trust. To request a link to this virtual presentation, please email
North Shore Health Department
February 5, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Update:

Today, NSHD was notified by WI Department of Health Services to continue to expect a very limited number of COVID-19 vaccine next week. NSHD will send a link for these appointments on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. through an email notification.Click here to sign up to receive these vaccine updates directly from the North Shore Health department.

With the high demand and limited supply, we expect these appointments will fill up 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, and correctional staff
  • Adults ages 65 and older
NSHD will continue to request COVID-19 vaccine on a weekly basis. We will continue to share information on when and how eligible individuals will be able to sign up for our clinics on either the Friday or Monday of the upcoming week.

Adults Aged 65 Years and Older: Healthcare systems such as Froedtert, Ascension and Advocate Aurora are reaching out directly to their eligible patients. Health systems are encouraging patients to sign-up with their mobile apps or through their MyChart account to receive information about vaccination appointments. Check the website of the health system your doctor is affiliated with to learn more about how they are reaching out to eligible patients. 
*Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin is offering the vaccine to adults 65 and older. The best way to stay informed is through MyChart and the Froedtert & MCW mobile app.
*Advocate Aurora Health is offering the vaccine to adults 65 and older. The best way to stay informed is through the LiveWell app.  
*Ascension is offering the vaccine to adults 65 and older. 
*ProHealth is offering the vaccine to adults 65 and older.
Health systems, like local health departments, also have a limited supply of vaccine, so it will likely take time for providers to contact all eligible patients. If you have already received a COVID-19 vaccine or have an appointment scheduled and do not want these continued updates, feel free to “unsubscribe” from this notification list.

Walgreens Vaccinations: Walgreens is participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership Program for the COVID-19 vaccine. Wisconsin residents should visit Walgreens for information on how to sign up for alerts and to find an appointment.

Next Eligible Populations: WI DHS announced starting approximately March 1st other people would become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This group will include educators, childcare staff, individuals enrolled in Medicaid Long-Term Care programs, and certain public facing essential workers such as: 911 operators, those working in utility and communications infrastructure, public transit employees, and food supply chain workers. More information on who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine can be found on WI DHS’s website. Starting March 1, 2021 NSHD will make our appointments open to these eligible groups as well. If eligible individuals can get vaccinated through their own healthcare providers or other venues, they are encouraged to get a vaccine as soon as they are able.

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