Monday, January 27, 2020

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

Thank you to the Village DPW employees who have kept the Whitefish Bay streets in excellent condition during the recent snow events! Be sure to check out the story below as a reminder of your snow clearing responsibilities. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here
Why is Village Hall's Phone Ringing?
What is the property tax deadline? The first installment or full payment of taxes is due this Friday, January 31, 2020.  Click here for more information.

When will I receive my property tax over-payment refund?Tax Refunds, if applicable, will be sent to homeowners approximately 3 weeks after the receipt of payment. No further action is needed on the part of a resident.  
Have a question?
The Village Hall phone number is 414-962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
Last Week's Meetings:

Village Board - CANCELLED
  • Monday, January 20, 6:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Thursday, Jan. 23, 5:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room

For other meeting agendas and minutes please visit the  Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
This Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, Jan. 27, 6:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, 5:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Tuesday, Jan 28, 6:30 pm, Whitefish Bay Public Library
February 2020 Bay Leaves:
  • 2020 scholarship opportunity from the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation.
  • A story on the Whitefish Bay Women's Club and Women's Suffrage from the Whitefish Bay Historic Preservation Commission.
  • Save the date for Artisans in the Garden from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club.
  • Burn awareness from the North Shore Fire Department.
  • How to spot elder abuse from North Shore Health Department.
  • Microchips and pets from MADACC.
  • Winter/spring activities from the Recreation and Community Education Department.
  • Beauty and the Beast production and other events from the Whitefish Bay School District.
  • February update from the Merchants of Whitefish Bay.
  • Upcoming events from the Whitefish Bay Public Library.
Whitefish Bay Receives CAFR Award:
For the first time, the Village of Whitefish Bay received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment

Whitefish Bay Finance Director Jen Amerell stated that "It is an honor to receive the CAFR award for the first time. Financial reporting plays a major role in fulfilling our commitment of education and accountability to our residents and taxpayers.”  Click here to view the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Only 60 municipalities statewide received the award putting Whitefish Bay among the top six percent of its peers for excellence in financial reporting. An impartial panel judged the CAFR to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users to read the CAFR. 
Job Openings and Promotions in Public Works:
Job Opening - Service Worker:

The Department of Public Works is seeking applicants to fill the position of Service Worker. This full time position performs general maintenance, repair, construction, and refuse/recycling collection tasks.Hourly rate starts at $23.21/hour with a 6 year pay increase plan and excellent benefits. Click here to learn more and apply!
Job Opening - Collector/Service Worker:

The Village of Whitefish Bay Department of Public Works is seeking applicants to fill the position of full-time Collector/Service Worker. This position shall perform automated refuse and/or recycling collection and other general labor tasks. Hourly rate starts at $23.21/hour with a 6 year pay increase plan and excellent benefits. Click here to learn more and apply!
Department of Public Works Promotions:

Congratulations to Pat McCarthy (pictured right) and Kris Raasch for their promotions within the Department of Public Works. McCarthy was promoted to DPW Superintendent and Raasch was promoted to Public Works Services Technician - Electric. McCarthy and Raasch were promoted after several departmental retirements.
Back by Popular Demand - Winter Reminders:
Village Snowplowing Procedures:

Village crews clear streets starting with the main thoroughfares, the crews then proceed to streets adjacent to schools, after that residential streets and alleys are cleared. Sidewalks next to village land are also cleared.
Resident Snow and Ice Removal:

All residents and business owners are responsible for snow and ice removal from public sidewalks adjacent to their properties within 24 hours of a snow event. Please also remember:
  • Clear all corners with crosswalks to help the children, elderly, and those with mobility concerns get around the Village. Handicap accessible ramps should be cleared out enough to accommodate a wheel chair.
  • Village ordinance prohibits placing snow on another person's property or into the street/alley. Do not blow or shovel snow into the street/alley. 
Snow Storm Refuse/Recycling Cart Placement:

During winter months refuse and recycling carts should continue to be placed within 3 feet of the curb or alley edge and 3 feet from any side or rear obstruction, including other carts, trees, garage, fence, or any other elements.

In the event of snow, Residents are encouraged to utilize their driveway apron or clear a portion of their parkway for cart placement. Snow and ice must be cleared around the cart(s) as well as the lid. Please do not place your refuse and recycling carts in the street during the winter months as it can affect proper snow removal by our village snow plow crews. Proper placement is imperative to automated collection.
Events at the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Wednesday, January 29:
Build-A-Thon Building Challenge, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Your Mission: Complete the build challenge with the materials provided. Warning: This mission may be fun, encourage creativity, and build problem solving skills. Grades K4-2nd.  Registration Required.
Tuesday, February 4:
Whitefish Bay TALKS: 1947 Milwaukee Blizzard with Matthew J. Prigge, 6:30 pm, In late January 1947, Milwaukee was hammered with what remains the greatest blizzard in city history. What was forecast as an inch of snow turned into a two-day storm that left 20 inches on Milwaukee, literally freezing the city where it stood. It would be days before Milwaukee could get moving again and the city's street would not be fully cleared for nearly six weeks. Milwaukee historian and author Matthew J. Prigge will tell the story of the Great Blizzard of '47 - explaining how the storm came to so thoroughly shut down the city and how friends, neighbors, and total strangers came together to brave the elements and help each other through the storm.  Registration Preferred.
Community Spotlight:
'55 and Better' at the Recreation Department:

Tuesday, January 28, “12 Ways to Live a Green Lifestyle”: This presentation covers multiple environmental topics. Living an eco-friendly life can be possible. Join “Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful” as we discuss easy and accessible ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Presentation given by a representative from the Milwaukee Recycling Facility. Lunch menu: Swedish meatballs in gravy over parsley noodles, fresh mixed vegetables, kidney bean salad, bread sticks, chocolate brownie, milk and Starbucks coffee. Doors open at 11:30 pm with lunch at 12:00 pm and presentation at 12:45 pm. Cost $9.00. Contact Carolyn Noori at 414-963-3992 or carolyn.noori@wfbschools.com. Please spread the word and invite friends!
Announcing Bay Bridge:

Bay Bridge is a new nonpartisan group recently founded in Whitefish Bay which works to build bridges within and between communities in support of racial & cultural diversity, equity, and justice. We bring together people of color and white allies in courageous, safe, and welcoming environments to advance equity in the arts, nutrition & food justice, education, employment, & other areas as identified. Our hope is to raise awareness of unconscious implicit bias - thereby disrupting the deleterious effects that unawareness can cause for everyone in a community, but especially for people of color. 

Please bring a friend & join us for a Community Planning Session February 5, 2020 at the Whitefish Bay Public Library from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Our meeting will be facilitated by Kellie J. Sigh, President of KJS Consulting. 

Follow  Bay Bridge Wisconsin on Facebook for informative links & additional information
North Shore Health Department:
Did you know? January is National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Month. Every year millions of people in the US participate in winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating and hockey. These are fun activities that encourage physical activity and get people outside during winter, however the high speeds and slippery surfaces can also lead to serious injuries. TBIs result in an alteration of brain function, usually due to a violent blow or jolt to the head. Concussions are one type of TBI. 

Brainline.org offers some injury prevention tips to protect yourself and your loved ones when participating in winter sports:
  1. Always wear a properly-fitted helmet designed for the specific sport and ALWAYS replace it after a serious fall.
  2. Have fun, but know your limitations—start slow, take lessons for new sports, and make sure children are supervised.
  3. Be familiar with your surroundings and stay alert to blind spots or changes in terrain or weather.
  4. Know the warning signs of a concussion:
  • Headaches
  • One pupil larger than the other
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Altered coordination or balance 
  • Confusion or slurred speech
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness (passed out/knocked out). Even a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously.
  • Not feeling “quite right”
If you or a loved one has a concussion, take time to recover before putting yourself into a high risk situation again. For more information on brain injuries, including concussions, visit the CDC’s website.
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Jan. 28,
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm,
North Shore Library

Tuesday, Feb. 4,
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Brown Deer Office

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screening 
(No Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Jan. 28
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm
WFB Sr. Center
(5205 Lydell Avenue)

Wednesday, Feb. 5
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm
 Dolan Center
(4355 W Bradley Road)

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