Monday, September 7, 2020

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

I hope you have a Happy Labor Day. The Village is proposing changes to overnight winter parking this year. Please review the proposed changes in the article below. We are encouraging residents to leave comments and questions via the provided link. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Is Village Hall closed to the public on Labor Day?Yes, Village Hall is closed on Monday, September 7, 2020. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

What is the Refuse and Recycling Labor Day Collection Schedule? 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 be collected by Village crews this week (September 8, 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:

  • Thursday, September 3, 5:30 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting
This Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, September 8, 6:00 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting
Proposed Winter Parking Changes:
The Village will be considering changes to overnight winter parking regulations this October. The changes were reviewed by the Public Works Committee in January 2020. Please review a summary of the current regulations and proposed changes below. Public comments and questions are encouraged. Please click here to visit the public feedback web page to ask questions or let us know what you think about the proposed changes.
Current Winter Overnight Parking Regulations

Dates/Times: Overnight parking is prohibited from 3am to 5am. Winter regulations are in effect from December 1st through March 31st.

Free Nightly Parking Permission: Each license plate gets 15 free parking nights per calendar year. Can be used to park on any street in the Village. Parking shall be in front of the residence the vehicle belongs to. Cannot park vehicles in the Designated Areas (cannot park where posted signs say to park by monthly permit only).

Overnight Parking Permit: Can only buy monthly parking permits in one of the 13 Designated Areas. Failure to do so results in a Violation of Parking Zone citation.

Where Do I Park? Parking Permit Zones: 205 permits are available. This is unevenly divided amongst the Designated Areas.

Permit Cost: Permits cost $30.00 per month. Permits are available to purchase online starting the last day of the month at 5am (for the following month).

Permits are available for sale in person during police administration hours (Monday thru Friday 8am to 4:30pm).

If the permit is purchased after the 15th of the month, the fee is reduced to $15.00.
Proposed Winter Overnight Parking Regulations

Dates/Times: Overnight parking is prohibited from 3am to 5am. Winter regulations are in effect from December 1st through March 31st.

Free Nightly Parking Permission: Each license plate gets 25 free parking nights per calendar year. Can be used to park on any street in the Village. Parking shall be in front or across the street of the residence making the request based on even/odd date (see below)

Overnight Parking Permit: Monthly permits can be purchased for any street in Whitefish Bay, no longer requiring vehicles to be parked in pre-designated areas. Parking shall be in front or across the street of the residence making the request based on even/odd date (see below).

Where Do I Park?  Alternative Side - Even/Odd - Parking: Monthly permit holders and free nightly permissions would be required to follow alternate side parking. Vehicle would park on the even side of the street with an even calendar date before midnight, and on the odd numbered side of the street on those nights with an odd calendar date before midnight (unless an exemption applies).

Permit Cost: There is no change in the price of the monthly permits. No change to the overnight parking regulations from April 1st to November 30th.
News from Village Hall:
Administration Assistant Job Opening:

Applications are being accepted for a full time Administration Assistant with the Village of Whitefish Bay. The Administration Assistant serves as the office receptionist, assisting residents either in person or over the phone, and performs various financial duties to include processing utility and tax payments. The Administration Assistant works to ensure a friendly, welcoming, and consistently excellent standard of customer service for all Village residents and guests. Click here for more information and to apply for the position.
Ice Rick Status Update:

Last December, the Milwaukee Winter Club (Non-Profit Youth Hockey Organization) and the Village of Whitefish Bay agreed to a partnership to provide an regulation sized ice rink at Cahill Park this winter.

Construction has started on the project. The pad for the ice rink chiller was poured this past week (photo above). The Village newsletter will continue to provide project progress updates. Target opening date is mid to late November barring unforeseen delays (weather, contractor, etc).
Whitefish Bay Recycling Reminders:
The bi-weekly automated refuse and recycling program is two-years-old!

With that in mind, it's a great time for some important reminders about the recycling program.

The following items can go in your blue recycling cart: Plastic Bottles & Containers, Food & Beverage Cans, Paper, Flattened Cardboard & Paperboard, Food & Beverage Cartons, and Glass Bottles & Containers!

Other items such as Plastic Bags, Food Waste, Foam, Textiles, Scrap Metal, Electronics, and Yard Waste should not go in your recycling cart.

Update from the School District:
  • Collective Responsibility to Mitigate Risk
  • Opening of Schools Family Survey
  • Final Senior Salute Class of 2020
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November 3, 2020 Election Information:
Please note that absentee ballots for the November 3, 2020 election will be available for mailing mid to late September.

In response to COVID-19, the Village of Whitefish Bay is urging ALL voters to request an absentee ballot for the November 3rd election. Voting absentee reduces public contact with our poll workers and staff. 51% of Whitefish Bay voters have already requested absentee ballots for the November 3 Election!

Offices to be elected for the November 3rd election include: President of the United States, State Senator, Representative to Assembly, District Attorney, and Milwaukee County Clerk, Treasurer, and Register of Deeds.

How to Request an Absentee Ballot:

Your request must include a copy of your WI photo ID.

Your options to return your ballot:
  • Place your ballot in the mail. The U.S. Postal Service sorts and delivers official election mail in an expedited fashion.
  • Use the dropbox just inside the Village Hall vestibule door. The box is checked regularly during the day.
  • Drop your ballot off at the Village Hall front desk during regular business hours.

Please remember that your ballot must be received at Village Hall (not postmarked) by 8:00 pm on November 3, 2020.

In-Person Absentee Voting: In-Person Absentee Voting will occur on weekdays from Tuesday, October 20th – Friday, October 30th during regular business hours (until 5:00 pm on October 30th).

Election Day: Polls will be open on November 3, 2020. Polling places are open from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm on Election Day. Please use the Ward Map (PDF) link to see where your polling place is.
From the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Whitefish Bay Public Library Open Hours:
  • Monday to Thursday - 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Friday to Saturday - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Sunday (Beginning on September 13) - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Please keep your library visits to 30 minutes or less. A limited number of study tables are available for a single person’s use for 1 hour a day. Library computers are available for up to 1 hour per day. 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.)

Curbside Pickup (by appointment):
  • Monday to Saturday - 9:30 am to 11:30 am
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 - https://calendly.com/wfblibrary/curbside-pickup-schedule.
Labor Day Closing: The library will be closed on Monday, September 7 in honor of Labor Day. We will resume regular hours on Tuesday, September 8.
Get Study Help with Tutor.Com: Whitefish Bay Public Library has partnered with Tutor.com to provide you with FREE online tutoring to support your academic success this school year. The experts at Tutor.com can help you work through a tough homework problem, improve your writing skills, study for a test, review a difficult concept, and so much more! To access Tutor.com, visit our website: https://www.wfblibrary.org/read_research/get_study_help_with_tutor_com.php
Tutors are available every day from 12-7PM. To use this resource you must be a resident of Whitefish Bay with a valid library card.
Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library Used Book Room Now Open: Looking for a few good reads? Check out our Friends used book room. We ask that only one person or family group shop at a time. Payments can be made by cash (exact only, no change given), a check, or touchless credit card payment.
Facebook Fall Virtual Storytimes: September 15 to October 23, premiering on Facebook!
  • Tuesdays at 10am: Toddler Time with bounces, songs, and fingerplays
  • Fridays at 10am: All Ages Storytime with books, songs, rhymes and more
Make and Takes: Wednesday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Pick up location is outside of the library's front doors. September 16th: Cork Sail Boats
Community Spotlight:
NSHD Highlights 9/1/2020: September is Healthy Aging Month

Healthy Aging Month was created over 25 years ago to raise awareness around nurturing your physical, social, mental and financial health as you age. There is no better time than now to focus on your health and well-being to allow yourself to live a fulfilling and healthy life as you age.

Tips for staying healthy as you age:

The Milwaukee County Department on Aging provides resources for older adults. They are offering virtual events on their website and also sharing information on other COVID-19 friendly community events, such as a 60+ drive-thru pancake breakfast at Elk Lodge on September 26. Milwaukee County Department on Aging website: Click Here
If you are 65+ and need a flu shot, the NSHD offers high dose flu shots. The cost is $70 and we are able to bill Medicare. Call 414-371-2980 to make an appointment.

The week of September 21-35, the Milwaukee County Falls Prevention Coalition will offer: Online screening, interactive events, local experts, practical tips and tools, & ways to stay active at home. More to come! Like the Milwaukee County Department on Aging on Facebook for more info. 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.
Book Club with Bay Bridge: Bay Bridge, along with the support of the Whitefish Bay Public Library, announce our summer read for 2020: the New York Times bestselling book How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Publisher's Weekly says "(Kendi's) prose is thoughtful, sincere and polished. This powerful book will spark many conversations."

Once you have discussed the book or the alternatives (click here), please register for the September 16, 2020 7:00 pm community wide debrief of How To Be An Antiracist using this zoom link. This session will allow participants to share the experiences they had while discussing the book in smaller groups. We will also discuss action items arising from these conversations. Please contact BayBridgeWisconsin@gmail.com with any questions.
Update from the Whitefish Bay Women's Club:

The Whitefish Bay Women's Club is having a rummage sale Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. We will be accepting donations Monday, September 21, 2020 thru Friday, September 25, 2020 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Farmers' Market Continues:

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