Monday, August 17, 2020

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

We thank all voters and poll workers for their patience and cooperation last week as we all worked together to ensure a safe and fair election under the continued unprecedented circumstances of a global pandemic. The service of our poll workers and determination of our voters is a testament to the strength of our community and our democracy. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
What is the refuse and recycling collection schedule for Labor Day? As a result of the holiday, refuse and recycling typically collected on Monday, September 7, 2020 will be collected on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will next be collected by Village crews next week (August 24, 2020). Brush should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the 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, August 10, 6:00 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Tuesday, August 11, 6:15 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting
This Week's Meetings:

  • Thursday, August 20, 5:30 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting.

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
August 11, 2020 Election Results:
Partisan Primary Election: Voter turnout in Whitefish Bay for the August 11, 2020 Election was 37.75%. Please click here to view all election results. If you have any questions about the results, please contact Deputy Clerk Caren Bustmann at 414-962-9960 or email

November Election Information: The fourth and final election of 2020 will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. If you have requested to receive an absentee ballot for the remainder of the year, or indefinitely, ballots for the November General Election will begin being mailed in mid-September. If you have not requested an absentee ballot for the November General election, visit myVote today.
Important Information from the School District:
2020-2021 Back to School Information: Read the full District opening plan, understand your learning options, and more on the District’s Back to School webpage.

Board of Education Meetings: All are invited and welcome to attend. Link for virtual meetings, agendas and more. Next meeting is Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Annual Meeting and Budget Hearing).

Moving out of the Village of Whitefish Bay: Please contact your school to let them know of any moving plans. Click here for contact information.
Updates from Village Hall:
DPW Promotion:

Congratulations to Ray Sipek for his promotions within the Department of Public Works. Ray was recently promoted to Public Works Foreman. Ray was promoted after a departmental retirement. Ray has been with the Village for 18 years.
Health Aide Job Opening:

Applications are being accepted for the Health Aide position at Whitefish Bay High School starting September 1, 2020. Candidates must have the following qualifications:
  • Enjoy working with children
  • First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Clerical, computer, and organizational skills
Reminders from the North Shore Health Department about COVID-19 Safety:

Visiting friends and family with higher risk for severe illness? Watch this video from the CDC: Click Here

How to Protect Yourself:
  • Keep 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and others.
  • Wear a cloth face covering to keep infectious particles from entering the air when you speak, cough or sneeze. Read more about the importance of cloth face coverings to slow the spread: Click Here
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. Hand sanitizers of at least 60% alcohol should be used in situations where soap and water are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • CDC Fact Sheet on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • See more information on avoiding illness on the WI DHS website.
  • You could be sick with COVID-19 and not even know it. The infectious period begins approximately 2 days before symptoms appear, meaning you can get others sick before you are actually feeling unwell. Some cases of COVID-19 have had no symptoms at all or only displayed minor symptoms.

Even if you do not feel sick it is important to take the necessary precautions, as you may be unknowingly spreading the virus. Community transmission in the North Shore can be reduced if everyone acts as if they could be spreading the virus to others AND everyone assumes they are at risk of being exposed every time they are out on public.

If you were in close contact with someone that tested positive for COVID-19: Click Here. For COVID-19, close contact is defined as within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes (Source).
Whitefish Bay Farmers Market:
The Whitefish Bay Farmers Market is every Saturday through October 19, 2020 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The Farmers Market is located in the Aurora Parking Lot (325 E Silver Spring Dr.).

The Whitefish Bay Farmers Market is working to provide as much space as possible for vendors and customers to shop safely. Social distancing should be practiced, face masks are required, and hand sanitizer is available. Please click here to view a full list of Whitefish Bay Farmers Market guidelines for customers.
Update from the Garden Club:
In July Kristin Schoenecker, Watershed Coordination Manager, Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust (Sweet Water), Inc. inspected and approved the drainage system added to the bioswale at Silver Spring Park. Sweet Water awarded the Whitefish Bay Garden Club $4,500 to complete the drain installation to manage runoff during heavy rain events.

The Whitefish Bay Garden Club collaborated with the Village of Whitefish Bay to improve Lake Michigan water quality by reducing stormwater runoff to the lake. The club secured funding to install a bioswale and raingarden at Silver Spring Park from the Fund for Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District to reduce water runoff through sustainable green infrastructure. Funding from Sweet Water completed the water management goals for Phase 1 of the project.

Visit the park to see Phase 2. The upper portion of the park is covered with black geothermal fabric to smother a wide swath of persistent invasive Reed Canary Grass. The fabric will be rolled back to treat the plants with horticultural vinegar then reinstalled to let the vinegar treatment “cook” and kill the roots.

For more information, volunteer opportunities or to donate to help support this and other Whitefish Bay Garden Club environmental projects contact Article and photo are by Marlene Jaglinski.
From the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Book Donation Drop Off -
Saturday, August 29, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm:

We’re thrilled to inform you that after a long lay-off the Friends will once again begin accepting book donations. Mark your calendars for 10:00 am to Noon on Saturday, August 29. If you have donations of books, music and movies, you can drive through the library parking lot and place them in the provided containers. If you are looking to make a large donation of items (10 or more boxes) please contact Friends at
Library Hours:
WFBPL is working on Chapter 3 of Renewing Library Services, which will debut after Labor Day. Once there is an official announcement it will be included here. While we work toward Chapter 3, we will continue to offer Chapter 2 of Renewing Services: "6-Feet & Mask Up @ WFBPL."

Open for browsing, checkouts and computers (no appointments needed)
  • Monday, Wednesday - 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 9:30 am to 2 pm
Please keep your library visits to 30 minutes or less. And thanks for protecting staff and other patrons by wearing your mask. (Masks are required and we can provide you with one if you don’t already have one.) Library computers are available for up to 1 hour per day.

Curbside Pickup (by appointment):
  • Monday, Wednesday, Saturday- 9:30 am to 2 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday- 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Our curbside pickup is easy and contactless! Place materials on hold through CountyCat. When you receive a notification that items are ready for pickup, go here to schedule your pickup -
Community Spotlight:
Whitefish Bay Recreation Adult Exercise Programs from August 24 to December 18:

Low Impact Aerobics: Start the day with movement and music! Course code #290309 cost $85.00. 8:00 am to 8:45 am.

Strength and Stretch: Add on to your aerobic program for $25.00 or take as a separate class. This unique class combines balance, resistance training for strength, core training and total body stretches. It is recommended to bring your own weights, however ones will be provided.Course code # 290310 cost $$85.00. 8:50 am to 9:35 am.

For your personal safety cleaning wipes and hand sanitizers are readily available. Masks must be worn when entering the public building. Classes are held in the gym to allow for plenty of room to social distance while exercising. Courses are taught by Carolyn Noori certified fitness instructor. Register online or in the office at the Recreation Department.
Bay Bridge Seeks Student Liaisons:

Bay Bridge is a Whitefish Bay based group founded in July of 2019 to further racial and cultural justice in our community. We are seeking two students from each high school in Whitefish Bay - Whitefish Bay High School and Dominican High School - who are interested in racial and cultural justice to serve as volunteer liaisons between Bay Bridge and the student community. Click here for more information and how to apply.
NSHD Highlights 8/11/20: Water Safety

Heading out to enjoy one of Wisconsin’s many lakes or rivers before summer ends? Don’t forget to wear a life jacket! Last year in Wisconsin, 89% of the boating fatalities were not wearing life jackets. So far in 2020, there have been 14 documented deaths related to boating, with 10 of these incidents having been confirmed. Out of these 10, nine of the individuals were not wearing life jackets.

The DNR emphasizes that taking proper safety precautions around bodies of water is out of respect for the rivers, lakes and their shores. Even if you are always watching for potential danger, accidents can still occur. That is why it is recommended that you put on a life jacket before you step onto the dock; always wear one when boating, kayaking, or participating in other water sports; and keep it on if you are wading along the shore or swimming. If any unexpected dangers pop up, such as strong currents or waves, your life jacket will keep you floating on top of the water.
Water Safety Tips from the WI DNR:
  • Enjoy the waters sober and know your limits: Alcohol blurs a person’s judgement, reaction time and abilities.
  • River shorelines and sandbars pose unseen dangers. Higher, fast-moving water also can tax an individual’s boating, paddling and swimming skills. What may look like a flat, inviting river or stream, may disguise a fast-moving current pulling debris out of your sight and under the surface – and could put you in danger without a lot of warning.
  • Waves and currents can overpower a person of any size. Currents not easily noticeable standing on the shore can be strong enough to overpower a person and make even the strongest of swimmers unable to swim against it.
  • Keep an eye on the weather and let someone know where you are going.
  • Paddleboarders should be competent swimmers and need to wear a life jacket. Wisconsin and U.S. Coast Guard law treats paddleboards the same as kayaks and canoes. This means there must be a personal flotation device for each person on board. However, the best way to obey this law and to ensure your safety is to just wear the life jacket.

Take the Wisconsin DNR Online Boating Safety Course: Click Here

Get your life jacket and plan your summer fun with recreational boating, paddling and swimming. More information about portable flotation devices can be found here.
(Image from Wisconsin DNR)

For the most recent updates on COVID-19 in the North Shore, visit our website. We also encourage you to frequently monitor the DHS website and CDC website.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651