Monday, May 17, 2021

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

It is with mixed emotions that I write this, my final message as your Village President. My husband and I will soon be moving out of Whitefish Bay, and into a condo downtown. While we are excited to begin this new chapter of our lives, I will certainly miss this community—and all the people, organizations, businesses, and events that make it so wonderful.

We have lived here for 30 years, and in that time, we have raised three children and attended countless quintessential Whitefish Bay celebrations. We loved that our kids were always able to walk to school, and bike to their soccer, cross country, and rugby practices—just a few of the many reasons we chose to raise a family here. My work as President, and the hours I spent volunteering, were my way of giving back to the community that has given me so much.

Whitefish Bay has a lot to be proud of, and first and foremost, I want to recognize the staff that work here. Our Village Manager and his staff, Police Chief and officers, Department of Public Works employees, and Library staff all go above and beyond to ensure that we live in a fiscally sound, safe community. Every decision—big and small—is made with our residents in mind. Throughout the past 13 years, I have been lucky enough to witness this work firsthand, and together, I believe we had a positive impact on this community.

I also want to thank the large number of volunteers who continue to dedicate their time, energy, and resources to help make Whitefish Bay great. The passion and thoughtfulness of our Trustees, various board and commission members, and many others is truly outstanding. Lastly, I want to acknowledge the wonderful friends and neighbors that we have spent so much time with over the years. We will miss you!

Thank you all for allowing me to serve. It has truly been an honor - Julie Siegel
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Is the Village Board discussing the Village mask ordinance (Ordinance No. 1869)? Yes, the Village Board will be discussing the mask ordinance at their meeting today (5/17/21). Click the link in the agenda section below for more details.

What is the Refuse and Recycling collection schedule for Memorial Day (May 31)? Refuse and recycling normally picked up on Monday, May 31, will be picked up on Tuesday, June 1.

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will be collected by Village crews this week. 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, May 10, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Tuesday, May 12, 6:15 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
This Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, May 17, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday May 20, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
Fourth of July Parade Route:
The Fourth of July parade route is going to look a little different this year. To allow for people to spread out and gather safely, the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation has elongated the parade route.

Whitefish Bay’s Fourth of July parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. and travels from Kent Ave. & Silver Spring Dr., east to Silver Spring Dr. & Marlborough Dr., south to Marlborough Dr. & Chateau Pl., ending at the southeast corner of Cahill Park. We anticipate the parade ending at 1:00 p.m.

Please note: For the sake of safety, candy will not be distributed during the parade this year. More info to come on the Klode Park Festival and Fireworks!
Updates from Village Hall:
Citizen Volunteer Needed:

The Village of Whitefish Bay is accepting applications for resident volunteers to fill one (1) vacancy on the Plan Commission. The Plan Commission reviews zoning requests and the approval Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) for new businesses in the Village. Plan Commission meets on an as needed basis.

Interested citizens should complete and submit an Online Application. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2021. Meetings are currently being held virtually via GoToMeeting. Please email Village Manager Paul Boening with any questions.
Beer Garden Events at Klode Park:

The Village has approved an event permit for 1840 Brewing Company to present a Klode Park Beer Garden on two occasions this summer. Enjoy refreshments from 1840 Brewing Company, a family friendly live band, and food trucks for each event, all at Kolde Park on:
  • Saturday, June 19: 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 11: 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
1840 has partnered with the Milwaukee Next Door Foundation to host this event.
North Shore Health Department Vaccine Update:

Everyone 12 years and older is eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine:
Updates from Public Works:
Hydrant Flushing Project:

The annual fire hydrant flushing project has started! Areas to be flushed: North of Silver Spring Dr. and West of Santa Monica Blvd.

Completion of the flushing project will occur by the end of July. Portable signs will be posted in the general area where the flushing is occurring. Residents may notice cloudy water at times and may experience low water pressure. If cloudy water occurs, please run your cold water for a period of time until the water clears. This is only a temporary condition.
Public Works Week:

From street, sidewalk, and public park maintenance, to the sewer and water systems, and solid waste and recycling collection, the Public Works services provided in our community are an integral part of our citizens’ everyday lives. This week, we are honoring the many hardworking Public Works employees who help maintain these necessary facilities, programs, and services.

Today, the Village Board will pass and approve Resolution No. 3088, proclaiming Sunday, May 16–Saturday, May 22 as “Public Works Week” in the Village of Whitefish Bay. We call upon all community members and civic organizations to acquaint themselves with the issues involved in providing our Public Works services and to recognize the contributions which Whitefish Bay Public Works employees make every day to our health, safety, comfort, and quality of life.

If you see a Public Works employee around the Village this week and beyond, be sure to pass along a smile, a “thank you,” or a wave!
Updates From The School District:
School District of Whitefish Bay Names New Director of Teaching and Learning Services:
The Whitefish Bay School District is excited to welcome Dr. Jamie Foeckler as the next Director of Teaching and Learning Services effective July 1, 2021. Read more.

Register Now for the 2021-22 School Year! Whitefish Bay School District is returning to in-person instruction 5 days a week for the 2021-22 school year. We look forward to returning to a traditional school year calendar. New and returning families visit the District website or call for more information.

Whitefish Bay Farmers Market:
The Whitefish Bay Farmers' Market is one month away beginning on Saturday, June 12, and running through October 16 (*No market on July 3). Visit the Farmers Market website for our updated vendor list and information. We can't wait to see you all!
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Library:

Take and Make For Kids, Paper Rainbow
Wednesday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Celebrate May with a paper rainbow Take and Make. Pick-up begins Wednesday from 10am - Noon and 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. outside the front doors of the library. We ask that you take one per child and practice good social distancing and mask wearing when picking up your kit.

Take and Make for Adults, Pom-Pom Flowers, Thursday, May 20, 10:00 a.m.: Stop by the library and we'll provide you with all the items you'll need to create Pom-Pom Flowers. Take and Makes will be available inside right near the adult reference desk when the library opens.

Summer Programming: Check out our events calendar for our upcoming summer programming including outdoor all ages storytime, take and makes, zoom crafting sessions and more. And don’t forget about our summer reading program for all ages. Registration begins on June 14.
Community Spotlight:
Vegetable Gardening 101 - Sun Basics:

Whitefish Bay is in gardening zone 5b. Seasoned gardeners wait until Memorial Day to plant annual flowers and most vegetables outdoors, after all danger of overnight frost has passed.

You can plant peas, carrots, and lettuce now (or even as early as mid-April, as soon as you can work the soil). These vegetables perform the best in cooler temperatures, and they live through frosty spring nights.

To grow a vegetable garden, first choose an area of your yard with at least six hours of sunlight. Vegetables like tomatoes and peppers will not ripen without adequate sunlight.

If it’s your first garden attempt, watch your yard every day for the next couple weeks. Where is the morning sun? Where is the afternoon sun? Locating your vegetable garden in the sunniest spot will set it up for a successful harvest. By: Darcie Warren, Whitefish Bay Garden Club
2021 Grad Grams Order Info:

2021 Grad Grams Are Due by May 31!
Send a thoughtful message to the graduating seniors of Whitefish Bay High School! Purchase a half-sheet Grad Gram ($1.00), and then write a message, decorate, or add photos. Each will be added to personalized books that seniors will receive at graduation rehearsal. Use the this flyer to order.
Bay Bridge Update - Community Roundtable Building Bridges:

Join us on May 19 for community roundtable pertaining to equity and inclusion! Register here.

Memorial Day Ceremony:

Save the date! The community is cordially invited to Whitefish Bay’s 6th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, sponsored by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation. The event is at 11:00 a.m. on May 31, 2021, at Armory Park (Corner of Henry Clay St. and Ardmore Ave.)

The ceremony will be an opportunity for Veterans to connect with one another and for the community to honor our country’s fallen service members. The event will also give Whitefish Bay families a way to teach children the meaning behind Memorial Day and to witness traditional military customs.

Attendees are encouraged to keep themselves and community members healthy during the ceremony, which includes remaining a safe physical distance from others and following any other CDC / Village guidelines recommended for outdoor events.
Join the Lions Club, and Serve Your Community:

Do you enjoy getting involved in and giving back to your community? Then, I have the perfect organization for you! My name is Dan Montaine—I am with Lions Clubs International, and I am looking to organize a Lions club in Whitefish Bay.

Started in 1917 by a businessman named Melvin Jones, the Lions have always been on a mission to serve. Today, we are 1.4 million members strong, with 47,000 clubs working to improve communities throughout the world. We have grown community gardens, served meals to those in need, fundraised for important causes, advocated for accessibility, and so much more. Each club has a unique focus, but our motto, “we serve,” brings us back to our original, shared mission. I hope you will join me in making a difference right here, in Whitefish Bay!

Lions clubs are open to all men and women eighteen years and older. If you would like to learn more about this exciting opportunity, please join me at Village Hall, 5300 N Marlborough Drive, in Whitefish Bay, on Thursday, May 20, any time between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
North Shore Health Department Highlights - MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS:

Ride safe, and remember; readiness through safety. #SeeMotorcycles #sharetheroad. With summer quickly approaching and traffic returning to pre-pandemic levels in many areas, it is a good idea to review motorcycle safety awareness.  The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has a library filled with educational materials, including booklets, fact sheets, and videos, for both drivers and riders.
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has put together tips for drivers and riders to help in sharing the road safely.

  • Take an extra moment to look for motorcycles before turning.
  • Predict a motorcycle is closer than it looks.
  • Keep a safe distance.
  • Understand lane shifting.
  • See the person.

  • Be visible.
  • But pretend you are invisible.
  • Gear up every ride.
  • Use good street strategies.
  • Before you ride, check over your bike.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651