Monday, May 9, 2022

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter
Message from the Village President, Kevin Buckley

The 2021 WFB Police Department Annual Report has been published. Take a moment to read the report to get a better understanding of the training and effort it takes to keep the village safe every day.

Also, big thanks to the WFB Civic Foundation, Run the Bay, and village staff for Saturday's Bay Day! -kb
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Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
What is the Refuse and Recycling collection schedule for Memorial Day (May 30)? Refuse and recycling normally picked up on Monday, May 30, will be picked up on Tuesday, May 31.

When is the 3rd and Final Tax Installment Payment Due? The final tax installment is due Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Click here for more information.

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will next be collected by Village crews next week (May 16). 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:
This Week's Meetings:

Board of Appeals (Cancelled)

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, May 2, 6:00 p.m., Village Hall Board Room

  • Thursday, May 5, 5:30 p.m., Village Hall Board Room
Updates From The Police Department:

The Whitefish Bay Police Department saw a significant change in leadership in 2021.Chief Michael Young retired from 40 years of law enforcement in April. Chief Young brought significant experience in law enforcement with him from his time with the Milwaukee Police Department. His tenure as Chief helped shape the department with a focus on keeping Whitefish Bay a safe and enjoyable place to live and raise a family. One of his main focuses was on creating officers who served with compassion and were trained to deal with the rising mental health issues seen across the nation. The results of his leadership will leave a lasting impression on the department and community.

I am proud to take over as Chief of the Whitefish Bay Police Department. We have an amazing team of officers and staff that work to improve the safety of the community and deliver a high level of services to all who live and visit Whitefish Bay. In 2021, all officers on the department attended RITE training. Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement combines emotional intelligence and social intelligence tools to reinforce a bias free culture of treating everyone fairly and professionally. These tools combine to improve the situational awareness, empathy communication, conflict management, and de-escalation skills of our officers.

During the year, our community was able to move closer to a normal life as Covid started to decline. Summer events came back to life and we were able to enjoy spending time at community events and renewing our relationship with the citizens. Our department started several programs to engage the community and increase our transparency. We held Coffee with a Cop events and started our social media presence on Facebook and Instagram. Our department has seen the benefit of both programs and hope the community has as well.

Our department looks forward to 2022 as we continue to work with the Village administration, elected officials, and community to make Whitefish Bay an extraordinary place to live and visit. - Chief Patrick Whitaker
Coffee with a Cop:

The next Whitefish Bay Police Department Coffee with a Cop is at City Market on May 10, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. City Market closes at 7:00 p.m., so please make any orders by 6:45 p.m. Stop by and say enjoy coffee, and have conversations with officers.
Memorial Day Ceremony:
Save the date - The community is cordially invited to Whitefish Bay’s 7th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, sponsored by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation. The event is at 11:00 a.m. on May 30, 2022, 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.
Updates From Village Hall:
Hydrant Flushing Project:

The annual fire hydrant flushing project will begin the week of May 23, 2022.
Completion of the flushing project will occur by the end of August or in early September. 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 water for a period of time until the water clears. This is only a temporary condition. All Village hydrants will be flushed this spring, summer, and early fall.
Professional Municipal Clerks Week:

Last week was Professional Municipal Clerks Week! Professional Municipal Clerks provide essential support in the administration of elections, often preparing ballots, training election officials, and tabulating and certifying election results.

They also serve as the official record keepers of their respective municipalities and are tasked with ensuring transparency and communication.

Clerks strive to always be impartial in handling their official duties, guided by the overarching goal of providing equal treatment to all Wisconsinites.

Shout out to Village Clerk Jaimie Krueger and Deputy Clerk Erin Granstrom for their dedication to Whitefish Bay!
Refuse/Recycling Reminders:
Proper Cart Placement for Refuse and Recycling:
  • All household domestic waste (i.e. bagged trash/garbage) must be put inside carts for collection.
  • Only Village Carts may be used for Refuse and Recycling
  • All recycling goes in the blue recycling cart 
  • All refuse goes in the gray refuse cart 
  • Required cart placement is on the parkway, driveway apron, or outside alley garage with lid closed
  • Carts should open toward the street or alley with the handle toward the house
  • Carts should be placed at least three feet apart from each other and any other obstruction on both sides of cart, and a maximum of three feet from the curb
  • Additional carts (refuse and recycling) are available for sale for $75 each. Click here to download the cart order form. Contact Village Hall at 414-962-6690 with questions.

Important Documents:
Special Refuse Pickups:
  • Free special pickup of non-domestic waste item under 4’x4’x7’ (e.g., end table or chair). You do not need to call this in, and can place item in the refuse carts (if possible) or next to the cart for free on collection day.
  • Paid special refuse pickup of non-domestic waste over 4’x4’x7’ and under 5’x5’x15’ (e.g., large sectional sofa). Please call 414-962-6690 for more information. The cost is $45 and is paid at Village Hall.

Forbidden Items:
  • No grass clippings, contractor waste, or styrofoam peanuts are allowed in refuse or recycling.
  • No dirt or grass clippings are allowed in yard waste.
  • Only dried latex paint is allowed in refuse. Please remove lid and place dried latex cans next to the gray refuse cart. No other types of paint are acceptable in refuse or recycling. 

Shorewood Drop Off Site Hours:
  • The Shorewood Refuse Drop Off Site is open the first and third Saturdays of each month, April through November, and the first Saturday of the month, December through March. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Click here for a list of disposal fees. *Proof of residency is required
Update From the School District:
Whitefish Bay School District Point of Pride: Whitefish Bay High School is Ranked #3 in the State and #249 in Nation by U.S. News & World Report. Read more.

Whitefish Bay High School Theater Presents: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
  • When: 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20, & Saturday, May 21, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22
  • Where: Whitefish Bay High School Auditorium
  • Tickets: Visit for details
15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world. Come join us for this powerful production! Note: Mature Content & Language – Parental Discretion is Advised

Register Now for the 2022-23 School Year! New and returning families visit the District website or call for more information. Moving? Please contact your school to let them know of any moving plans or address updates.
Upcoming School Board Meetings:
  • May 11 – Regular Business Meeting
  • May 25 – Committee Meetings
Meeting dates, agendas, minutes and more information can be found online.
Sweetwater - Respect Our Waters Spring Tips:
Residential lawns need regular maintenance just like cars to extend their longevity and keep them functioning efficiently.

When lawns are poorly maintained, the turf becomes susceptible to pests, diseases, and flooding. It’s cheaper and better for water quality if these problems are prevented through maintenance rather than treating problems after they occur with fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides that could be washed by rain into local lakes and rivers.

Don’t wait for a warning light to go off! Click here to check out out these Turf Tips to learn how to maintain a healthy lawn while also protecting Whitefish Bay and your watershed!
Updates From The Whitefish Bay Library:
Virtual Mystery Book Club, Thursday, May 12, 6:30 p.m.: Our Mystery Book Club meets once a month and is led by librarian Sharon Nagel. This month we're reading The Distant Echo by Val McDermid. This meeting will take place virtually on Zoom. Click here to join. Meeting ID: 890 9070 0104 Passcode: J8yJp03W

Author Talk with Linda Benjamin: Girls' Guide to Aging with Grit and Gusto: A Memoir and Six Interviews, Monday, May 16, 6:30 p.m. What 's a girl to do if she's dumped by her husband in her sixties? How about writing a book documenting her journey and collecting role-models of inspirational women from their sixties through their nineties? The humorous yet educational memoir of a therapist's journey and the experiences of her inspiring interviewees, women who've been through grief, depression, caregiving, widowhood, retirement, empty-nesting, and physical challenges. Girls' Guide to Aging with Grit and Gusto is a road map for women who want to thrive (whatever their age or circumstances) as they grow older. This program is in-person, so please click here to register.

About the speaker: Linda Benjamin, LSCW, hasbeen a clinical social worker for over thirty years. Linda was Supervisor of Program Development at WNET/Thirteen in New York, hosted a live radio program in New York City, wrote and aired her humorous radio segments, Psychobabble, on WUWM, Milwaukee's local NPR affiliate. She has published articles in The New York Times, Chicago Woman, and The Women's Newspaper of Princeton.

Kids Summer Programming Preview: We are taking a break from programs and storytimes in May so that we can prepare for summer! What fun activities do we have planned? We will be doing an all ages storytime on Mondays and Thursdays at 10AM in
School House Park beginning June 13. We also will be getting crafty, doing in Yoga in the Park with Embody Yoga, Hoop Dance Class with Hoop Elation, music in the park with Fox and Branch and Pint-Sized Polka. Check out all our summer programs for kids on our website.
Community Spotlight:
Grad grams

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.

Milwaukee County Transit System Introducing New Mobile App:

Friday, April 29, was the last day that transit riders could use the previous, 'Ride MCTS' mobile app. Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) is making the transition to a new mobile app called 'WisGo' powered by Umo. This new mobile app is the first part of MCTS' transition to a new fare collection system by the end of 2022.

Riders can still pay fares with M-cards and cash going forward. Participants can call 414.937.3218 to have their funds transferred from the old app to the new.

To find out more about the new app and it's transition, click here to visit MCTS' website.
Bay Bridge Event:

"Some people don't have to imagine what Milwaukee's Bronzeville was like. They have only to remember. .... Above all they recollect a people looking out for the well-being of all within its realm. Gathering interviews with residents of the now-vanished neighborhood, Dr. Sandra E. Jones reimagines Bronzeville not just as a place, but as a spirit engendered by a people determined to make a way out of no way."

Dr. Sandra E. Jones will be in conversation with residents of Milwaukee's Bronzeville at this hybrid event on May 19, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Registration is now open.

NSHD Healthy Highlight - Equality vs Equity: Oftentimes the terms equality and equity are used interchangably, yet they are not the same.

Historically in society, equality has been the main the goal — you probably have heard of gender equality or racial equality. On the other hand, equity seeks to take equality one step further. Equity recognizes that everyone doesn’t start in the same place in society.

The left half of the picture illustrates equality where everyone, regardless of race, physical ability, gender, etc., gets the same sized box, even though one person is still left out from viewing the game.

The right half of the image illustrates what equity would look like. A simplified definition of equity is assistance that is proportional to an individual or community’s need. Therefore, as opposed to the boxes being distributed evenly or equally amongst the three people, the boxes are distributed equitably, with the person on the left utilizing no boxes and the person on the right receiving the most boxes.

Again, equality means each individual or community is given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.

As we work to recover from the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, achieving health equity is a central goal at the North Shore Health Department and will serve as a guide for the programs and services we implement moving forward.

Health equity is when everyone has the opportunity to achieve their highest level of health. This extends beyond making sure everyone has access to health care services and focuses more on factors that influence a person’s entire health and well-being, like access to healthy food, safe and affordable housing, and a good job with a living wage. Click here to learn more about health equity.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651