Monday, May 18, 2020

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

I want to personally thank all Village residents for their ongoing response during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Our engaged community has truly come together (while apart) during this difficult time. As Whitefish Bay begins to reopen, I encourage you to continue to follow the healthcare guidelines and recommendations of our Public Health Officials. To subscribe to our newsletter,  click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When does overnight parking enforcement begin? Overnight parking enforcement will begin the evening of Monday, June 1, 2020 into Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Permits can be purchased online starting at 5:00 am on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

What is the Refuse and Recycling collection schedule for Memorial Day (May 25)? Refuse and recycling normally picked up on Monday, May 25 will be picked up on Tuesday, May 26.
Have a question? Send us an email or give us a call at 414-962-6690.
How does my child submit an entry to the Public Works Week coloring contest? The Annual Public Works Week coloring contest has gone digital! Download the coloring templates on the Village Website. Submit one drawing (or more) via email to Village Staff (Assistant Manager Tim Blakeslee: by Friday, May 22. Entries will be divided into ages 8 and under and 9 and over. Winners will receive a small prize!
Village Meeting Agendas:
This Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, May 18, 6:00 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, May 21, 5:30 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, May 12, 6:15 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
Public Health Order In Effect Until Thursday:
The COVID-19 Public Health Plan for Suburban Milwaukee County:

Last week, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin overturned the Statewide "Safer at Home" Order. The full Supreme Court decision can be found here.

As a result, a new Public Health Order has been issued that directly impacts Whitefish Bay. Click here for the full text of The COVID-19 Public Health Plan for Suburban Milwaukee County. The order shall remain in effect until 11:59 pm on Thursday, May 21, 2020 or until a superseding order is issued. The plan resembles Safer-At-Home and Badger Bounce Back, but does ease certain restrictions. Milwaukee County Public Health Officers, including the North Shore Health Department, developed this plan based on federal & state guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 & bring back our economy.

The Village will send out a Special Public Notice next week providing more information on the situation in the event the current Public Health order is allowed to expire or if a new order is issued by Public Health Officials.

The Village appreciates your continued patience and support as we navigate through this unprecedented time. Village Hall remains closed to public access at this time. However, the Police Department, the Department of Public Works, and Village Hall staff continue to provide services and remain accessible via telephone (414-962-9960) during regular office hours.
Canceled Spring/Summer Events:
The following spring/summer events have been canceled as a result of the current public health situation brought on by COVID-19:

Memorial Day Ceremony: The Memorial Day Ceremony has been cancelled. The ceremony has become an annual tradition in Whitefish Bay. While the ceremony is canceled, the Veterans Monument and Memorial Garden at Armory Park is open. We encourage you to visit Veterans Monument and Memorial Garden which honors the rich history of men and women who served and fought valiantly for our nation. Located on the original site of Whitefish Bay National Guard Armory, it is at the southwest corner of Henry Clay Street and Ardmore Avenue. Keep an eye out next week for a message from the Whitefish Bay Memorial Day Ceremony Committee.

June Ice Cream Social: The June Ice Cream Social is cancelled. The late-summer Ice Cream Social is tentatively scheduled for August. The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation hopes to be able to dip free ice cream soon!

4th of July: As noted last week, Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation and the Village have made the decision to cancel this year’s 4th of July events, including the parade, the festivities at Klode Park, and the fireworks. The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation is taking this opportunity to make an investment in our community. They have awarded a $10,000 grant for the betterment of the Veterans Monument and Memorial Garden at Armory Park.
Weekly North Shore Health Department Update:
COVID-19: May 15, 2020 UPDATE:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WI DHS) and the North Shore Health Department (NSHD), along with other local health departments are responding to the COVID-19 disease outbreak caused by a novel coronavirus.

We are currently monitoring 31 active cases in the North Shore, and we are also providing active monitoring for high-risk contacts of confirmed cases. We have triaged and processed over 1,865 suspect cases and/or contacts and performed several large contact investigations. We are also managing several active cases in Milwaukee to assist the Milwaukee Health Department.

Thank you to the Wisconsin National Guard for supporting COVID-19 testing efforts throughout Wisconsin: Over 600 citizen soldiers and airmen are out performing testing across the state. To see the many testing locations and to find one near you, visit the WI DHS “How to get tested” webpage.

We recommend the following actions to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19:
  • Practice physical distancing when in public spaces, which requires maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. If soap and warm water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face in public spaces and with unclean hands.
  • Wear a face mask when out in public. This helps prevent transmission of the virus from yourself to others. However, physical distancing and other precautionary measures should still be taken in addition to wearing a face mask.

Merchants of Whitefish Bay Banner Design Contest Continues:
Do you know a talented high school artist? The Merchants of Whitefish Bay (MoWFB) are pleased to announce a 2020 college scholarship opportunity.

The goal of this new MoWFB Scholarship is to recognize a student for the creation an original work of art to be used to create new welcoming banners for the Shopping District of Whitefish Bay. The artwork should creatively communicate a message and demonstrates a good use of composition. Two $1,000 Scholarships are available.

Applicant must be a Whitefish Bay resident or attend WFBHS or DHS; students attending a high school outside of Whitefish Bay are eligible if they are a Whitefish Bay resident.

Click here to view the the application which includes detailed instructions. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2020. The MoWFB consist of the businesses on Silver Spring Drive. Their mission is “To champion the downtown Whitefish Bay business district as an exceptional place to shop, live and conduct business – for individuals, families, and visitors.”
Property Tax Reminder:
3rd and final Tax Installment Payment is due May 31, 2020:

How to make a property tax payment:
  • Payments may be made online by clicking here. The Village has waived all online user fees for online payments.
  • Mail check to Village of Whitefish Bay. All payments received with postmark of May 31 will be honored.
  • Drop check in dropbox at Village Hall (in front vestibule).
  • Associated Bank drive-thru (lobby is closed).

What happens if I missed a payment due date? For any property tax bill where payment is not made timely, the bill is considered delinquent and the remaining balance is subject to interest and penalty. If a payment is missed, the installment plan is no longer available and the balance is due in full. Pursuant to Wisconsin State Statutes and Village of Whitefish Bay Municipal Code, delinquent property tax bills are charged 1.5% interest and penalty per month (in the calculation of interest and penalty, a partial month is considered a full month). Interest and penalty are charged retroactive to February 1, 2020.
Whitefish Bay is a Bird City:
The Village has been officially recognized as a Bird City Wisconsin for the 9th year in a row. Thank you to the  Whitefish Bay Garden Club  for helping the Village put together the application and educating residents about World Migratory Bird Day!

Bird City Wisconsin was created in 2009 and began recognizing communities the following year. The program recognizes municipalities for the conservation and education activities that they undertake to make their communities healthy for birds… and people.

To be recognized as a Bird City, a community must meet criteria spread across six categories: habitat creation and protection, community forest management, limiting threats to birds, education, energy and sustainability, and the official recognition and celebration of World Migratory Bird Day.
Events from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Curbside Pickup: The Whitefish Bay Public Library is offering curbside pickup. We thank you for your patience as we move forward with this process.
  • Pickups must be scheduled.
  • No patron/library staff face to face interaction.
  • Library staff must follow social distancing rules while in the library thus limiting the number of curbside pickup time slots due to limited staffing.
  • Requests may be placed with us over the telephone or through this online form.
  • We are not receiving delivery from other libraries so hold requests will only be taken for items found in the Whitefish Bay Public Library. You can search the catalog for WFB items at: If an item says "Check Shelves" at WFB you may request it when you call us by phone or via our online form.
  • A maximum number of 5 items may be held on each library card.

Scheduling, Pickup, and Return Times:
Pickup times will be scheduled every 15 minutes.  If you miss your scheduled pick up time, your items will be removed from your account and returned to the shelf. Calls are answered and pickups will be available during these hours:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Returning Items: The library will have specially marked return bins in front of the book drop slots outside of the library during our curbside service hours. You may return items from any Milwaukee County Library.  Please do not leave returns or donations outside of the library at other times. You will be responsible for damaged or stolen items not returned in the marked bins.

NOTE:  If you have a fever or are not feeling well, please do not come to the library to pick up your holds.  Contact the Whitefish Bay Public library at 414-964-4380 to let us know you cannot make your pick up.
Live Virtual Storytime: Missing Storytime? We are too! Visit the Whitefish Bay Library Facebook page each Tuesday and Thursday at 10:00 am with Miss Katie or Miss Valerie for a live storytime.

Did you miss last week's Live Virtual Storytime? We've got you covered!
Community Spotlight:
Keller Williams Red Day Virtual Food Drive: Each year in May, Keller Williams celebrates RED DAY in order to make a difference in the lives of others and better the communities we serve. Given the current global situation, we are inviting our KW family to be part of our first ever food drive benefiting the Riverwest Food Pantry. Click here for more info.
Bay Bridge Food Drive: The Whitefish Bay food drive continues for Milwaukee County families affected by COVID-19. Please bring nonperishable items like canned soup, boxes of cereal, jars of peanut butter and bags of pasta to Cahill Square or Fox Bay Cinema Grill. Over 2000 lbs have been collected to date and volunteers check the bins and deliver to the food bank each and every day. Thank you for your ongoing contributions to help alleviate food insecurity.
Bay Bridge Webinar: Bay Bridge, along with Street Angels, Christ Church Episcopal, and From the Same Dust is co-hosting a webinar for us to learn more about homelessness in Milwaukee County. The hour long event is Wednesday, May 20 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm and requires advance registration.
Whitefish Bay Grad Grams: It’s that time of year again. Time for Grad Grams! And this year we are asking that an extra special effort be made in getting the word out. Who do you know that is graduating from Whitefish Bay High School this year?...Your neighbor, sitter, favorite Sendik’s bagger, or a kid you coached in soccer years ago?

Send them each a sweet Grad Gram message! The WFBHS Parent Association is taking orders for Grad Grams now through May 31, 2020.

For $1.00 each, you can send a quick note to a senior that will be bound in a personalized book for each student. Your words of congratulations, best wishes and memories are very meaningful to the graduates and will truly have an impact on them, perhaps this year more than ever. Please help us spread the word about this WFBHS tradition.  Please see the attached order form.
North Shore Health Department Highlights 5/12/20:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Cleaning with soap and warm water first removes germs and dirt from surfaces. Properly disinfecting after kills the remaining germs. If used correctly, cleaners and disinfectants can be very effective against the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), but unsafe practices can be harmful to your health.

From January to March 2020, U.S. poison centers have received 45,550 calls about cleaner and disinfectant exposures, marking a 20.4% increase in calls compared to January to March 2019 ( Source). All age groups saw an increase in calls, but exposures among children 5 years and younger made up a large proportion of the total calls. These exposures could be due to improper storage and/or use, including using more than directed on the label, leaving products within reach of children, mixing multiple chemical products together, not wearing protective gear, and applying in a poorly ventilated area.
Practicing diligent cleaning and disinfecting is still recommended, but there are precautions everyone should take to prevent exposure to toxic chemicals:
  • Do not remove labels, as they contain important information for use and storage. 
  • Always read and follow directions on the label.
  • Only use water at room temperature for dilution (unless stated otherwise on the label).
  • Avoid mixing bleach or other chemical products, as this can create fumes that may be very dangerous to breathe in.
  • Wear gloves and additional personal protective equipment (PPE), such as eye and skin protection, as needed.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Store chemicals out of the reach of children – on a high shelf or in a locked cabinet for example. 
When you finish cleaning, properly dispose of paper towels and rags that you used.
The Wisconsin Poison Center in Milwaukee provides 24-hour, toll-free poison information for all individuals in Wisconsin. Their phone number is 1-800-222-1222.
Weekly North Shore Health Department Update:

The Milwaukee county local health officers issued a new Milwaukee county order: The COVID-19 Public Health Plan for Suburban Milwaukee County: Order Here. This order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until 11:59pm on Thursday, May 21st, 2020. The COVID-19 Public Health Plan for Suburban Milwaukee County was modeled after the federal Guidelines for Opening Up America Again plan and the Wisconsin Badger Bounce Back Plan, which both provide guidance and metrics to slowly and cautiously reopen businesses and activities in our communities. The foundation for most public health and executive guidance has been based on "flattening the curve" to ensure healthcare capacity is not severely strained. Milwaukee County has made great progress in flattening the curve, yet we must continue to take the necessary precautions to contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

The COVID-19 Public Health Plan focuses on the continuation and resumption of businesses and activities for sectors of our economy that are able to operate with Physical Distancing and Protective Measure Requirements and Safe Business Practices in place (see page 2 and 3 of the order). Depending on the type of business, reopening is permitted while following certain restrictions. See the order for details and visit our Milwaukee County Plan page, Public Spaces page and Safe Business Practices page for additional information and updates. Future decisions will be based on the COVID-19 data for the county and upcoming guidelines will be based on:
  • Health care capacity to meet the needs of the state;
  • Testing, contact tracing, and isolation capacity in the state;
  • Availability of personal protective equipment (“PPE”) for healthcare workers, first responders, and other public servants that are required to perform face-to-face services;
  • Economic needs of Wisconsin and Wisconsinites.
  • The North Shore Health Department is working to preserve and protect the health of all North Shore residents during this time and we appreciate your support and cooperation.
This graph displays the total number of positive and negative test results received per day in the North Shore, as well as the percent of test results that were positive (3 day rolling average). A total of 1,673 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the North Shore as of 3:00 p.m. on May 15th. With a population of approximately 65,000 in the North Shore, this indicates that 2.6% of the North Shore population has been tested at this time. We encourage you to seek testing if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to COVID-19, or are an essential or front-line worker.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage you to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates, as well as the NSHD website. Additional information on COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651