Monday, May 4, 2020

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

The Department of Public Works has a number of projects scheduled for this spring/summer and several that are already underway including the Lake Drive Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project, the Lydell Avenue Roadway Reconstruction Project, and the Silver Spring Drive Alley Project. Check out the list below for more details on upcoming projects! To subscribe to our newsletter,  click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Was Whitefish Bay recently rated as the second best place to live in Wisconsin? Yes!  Whitefish Bay has been ranked the #2 Best Place to Live in Wisconsin by  Niche.com for the second straight year.   Click here for the full list.

Can I place unbagged leaves and other loose yard waste in the street? No! Loose leaf collection only takes place in the fall. Yard waste must be placed in sturdy paper bags or in containers that can be emptied. Note: Branches may be placed in the parkway for chipping.
Have a question? Send us an email or give us a call at 414-962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
This Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, May 4, 6:00 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, May 7, 5:30 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting
Last Week's Meetings:

No meetings last week. The Village will be using GoToMeeting for upcoming meetings.

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
Public Works Spring/Summer Projects:
2020 Pavement Improvement Project:
  • This project has been awarded to Payne & Dolan through the public bidding process. This project is designed to improve the driving surface of roadways by removing 2 inches of asphalt or concrete pavement and replacing it with 2 inches of new hot mix asphalt. The project will include the resurfacing of Santa Monica Boulevard from School Rd to Henry Clay Street along with additional identified Village streets that are in poor condition. Project schedule is pending.

2020 Alley Reconstruction Project (Pictured):
  • This project has been awarded to Forward Contractors. The project is located south of Silver Spring Drive between Bay Ridge Avenue and Kent Avenue. Work began in mid-April with completion scheduled for May.

2020 Sidewalk Improvement Project:
  • This project has been awarded to Forward Contractors. This work will be primarily located in the NE corner of the Village with some sidewalk sections replaced around the Village where trip hazards have been reported. The project contract is currently being processed with the project schedule pending.

2020 Sanitary Sewer Main Lining & Manhole Rehabilitation Project:
  • The Village has awarded this project through the public bidding process to Visu-Sewer, Inc. The work involves the lining of approximately 18,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer main and the rehabilitation of 51 sanitary sewer manholes. This work will be occurring in the high clear water inflow and infiltration area of the Village. This area has been previously identified allowing the intrusion of clear water coming into the Village Sanitary Sewer System. Project schedule is pending. 

STH 32 – Lake Drive Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project:
  • Work has begun on pedestrian safety improvements along Lake Drive with LaLonde Construction the awarded contractor. This project is being funded with 90% State and Federal funds and 10% Village funds. Improvements will be made at four specific Lake Drive intersection crossings to improve safety for all. Project completion is expected in July or August. 

Lydell Avenue Roadway Reconstruction Project:
  • This City of Glendale project scope includes the reconstruction of pavement and utilities on Lydell Avenue from Silver Spring Drive to north of Belle Avenue. Lydell Avenue is currently designated as a one way, north bound only, roadway at this time from Silver Spring Drive to Lake View Avenue. Work is expected to be completed by early July. 

North Shore Fire Department – Whitefish Bay Station Remodeling Project:
  • Work is wrapping up on this project. A punchlist walk through is scheduled for the week of May 4 with a certificate of substantial completion expected to be issued at that time. 

2020 Pavement Crackfilling and Pavement Marking Project:
  • Village will seek out contractors for pricing once the 2020 Pavement Improvement Project is complete. Work is expected to take place in Fall, 2020.
Weekly North Shore Health Department Update:
COVID-19: May 1, 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 an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus, COVID-19. For the most current information, visit the  CDC’s website or our website. Wisconsin DHS publishes statewide COVID-19 data that is updated daily.

As we progress towards our goal of reopening businesses and other public spaces, we must ensure appropriate cleaning and disinfecting practices are in place: Public gathering spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes should all adopt plans to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The CDC released a general framework for creating and maintaining a cleaning and disinfecting plan: website and toolkit.

Steps for cleaning and disinfecting:
  1. Clean the surface or object with soap and water.
  2. Disinfect using an EPA approved disinfectant.
  3. If an EPA-approved disinfectant is unavailable, you can use 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions to disinfect. Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together. Find additional information on the CDC’s website.
The NSHD website will be updated with new reopening guidance from WI DHS and the CDC as needed.
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Badger Bounce Back Update:
Governor Evers released  Emergency Order #34 which allows additional businesses to operate under certain restrictions. The order went into effect on April 29.

The order allows nonessential businesses to do curbside drop-off of goods and animals. This will allow businesses like dog groomers, small engine repair shops, upholstery businesses, and others to safely open.

The order also allows outdoor recreational rentals, such as boats, golf carts, kayaks, ATVs, and other similar recreational vehicles. Additionally, automatic or self-service car washes would be able to operate.

All of these businesses must operate free of contact with customers by providing payment options online or over the phone, enact proper disinfecting practices, and operations must be able to be performed by one staff member. Click here for a  press release and  frequently asked questions.

State Parks Reopen Friday: Effective May 1, 2020, nearly all Wisconsin State Parks properties will be open. Annual admission passes and/or trail passes are required. New hours for all properties will be 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. All properties will close weekly on Wednesday. Capacity will be limited at all properties to prevent overcrowding.  Click here for more specific details.
May 2020 Bay Leaves:
  • Story on a Whitefish Bay War Hero from the Whitefish Bay Historical Society.
  • Think Big - Shop Small from the Merchants of Whitefish Bay.
  • Artisans in the Garden information from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club.
  • Property Tax installment deadlines from the Village.
  • Refuse and Recycling schedule changes as a result of Memorial Day
  • COVID-19 update from the Whitefish Bay Public Library.
  • A note from the North Shore Health Department.
  • Summer Recreation Department Program Guide from the Recreation Department - Note: Events or programs may have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.
  • Events from the Whitefish Bay School District - Note: Events may have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.
Updates from Village Hall:
Village Operational Updates:

Village Tennis Courts: Per a directive from the North Shore Health Department tennis courts have been allowed to reopen. Nets have been reinstalled at Cahill Park and Klode Park.

Overnight Parking: The suspension of overnight parking enforcement has been  extended until May 26. Contact the Police Department for more information at 414-962-3830.

Municipal Court Update: The cancellation of Municipal Court sessions has been  extended until June.  Please monitor the Court Calendar for court date changes.
Finance Director Job Opening:

The Village of Whitefish Bay is seeking to fill the position of Finance Director/Clerk. The Village is seeking candidates that are enthusiastic about financial management and accounting in a municipal setting. Position also serves as Clerk which maintains official Village records and supervises elections.

A key member of the senior management team, the Finance Director/Village Clerk is expected to be a strategic partner and contributor, understanding key drivers and building effective relationships throughout the organization. Click here for more info and to apply. Deadline is Friday, May 8, 2020.
Complete the Census:

The US Census Bureau reminds you that it’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census while being safe and practicing social distancing at home. Once you have responded, please encourage your family, friends, and loved ones to complete the census, too! As a community that prides itself on its various demographics, it is important that we all reach out to households that are traditionally “hard to count.” Those households include renters, young families and senior residents.

Should follow-up be required, please know that the U.S. Census Bureau is prepared to safely conduct surveys during public health events. When conducting in-person interviews, their enumerators will follow strict hygiene protocol as established by the national health authorities and state and local health departments.
Curbside Pickup at the Library:
The library is offering curbside pickup. Per the Governor’s Safer at Home order, curbside pickup is allowed, but with certain limitations. Because of these limitations, it will take some time to meet demand. 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.
  • At this time all requests must be placed with us over the telephone.
  • 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: https://countycat.mcfls.org/. If an item says "Check Shelves" at WFB you may request it when you call us by phone.
  • A maximum number of 5 items may be held on each library card.

Scheduling: Please call the Whitefish Bay Public Library at 414.964.4380 to schedule a pick up. We will be taking calls:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- 10am-4pm
  • Wednesday- 1-7pm

Pickup 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.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- 12-4pm
  • Wednesday- 3-7pm
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.
Events from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
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!
World Migratory Bird Day:
Saturday, May 9, 2020 is World Migratory Bird Day. The Village has been recognized as a Bird City Wisconsin for the 9 years in a row! Typically, the Whitefish Bay Garden Club educates residents about World Migratory Bird Day at Bay Day each year (Garden Club Members Pictured at Bay Day in 2019). With Bay Day cancelled this year, check out what the Village has done to support World Migratory Bird Day at Bay Day online.

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.
Community Spotlight:
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, 2019.

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 4/28/20:

Many people are taking time during Safer at Home to do small projects or renovations on their home, but it is important to be aware of potential hazards this may present to your families health, such as being exposed to lead.

If you own or rent a home that was built before 1978, it is possible that lead-based paint was used and may still be present inside and outside your home. The primary sources of lead exposure include the ingestion or inhalation of lead contaminated house dust, soil or paint chips. Conducting renovations on your home may disturb lead paint and increase your risk of exposure.

If lead is inhaled or ingested it has the potential to cause many adverse health outcomes, especially in children, including: nervous system and kidney damage; learning disabilities; attention-deficit disorder and decreased intelligence; speech, language, and behavior problems; poor muscle coordination; decreased muscle and bone growth; and hearing damage.

To avoid lead exposure, it is important to make sure the paint and varnish in your home is well maintained. Below is a list of ways to keep your home lead-safe:
  • Regularly check your home for chipping, peeling, or deteriorating paint, and address issues promptly without sanding or powerwashing. 
  • Regularly check all painted or varnished areas that rub together or get lots of wear, like windows, doors, and stairways, for any signs of deterioration.
  • Regularly check for paint chips or dust—if you see some, remove carefully with a damp paper towel and discard in the trash, then wipe the surface clean with a wet paper towel and a degreasing type of soap, like liquid dish soap that cuts grease.
  • Wipe down flat surfaces, like window sills, at least weekly with a soap that cuts grease, and damp paper towels.
  • Consider testing for the presence of lead and lead hazards by a lead investigation professional—this will tell you where you must be especially careful. To check your home for lead or have lead hazards abated: WI DHS 
We hope you are all staying safe at home and if performing any renovation projects are doing so with lead safety in mind. For more information on lead in your home: EPA Pamphlet
School District Registration Open for New WFB Resident Families:

Have you recently moved into the Village of Whitefish Bay? The School District is currently taking enrollment for K4-12th grades for new Whitefish Bay residents. Reminder for age guidelines:
  • Junior Kindergarten: 
  • 4 years old on or before September 1, 2020
  • Senior Kindergarten: 
  • 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020

Moving out of the Village of Whitefish Bay? Please contact your school to let them know of any moving plans. Contact the schools for more information
Weekly North Shore Health Department Update:
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The Milwaukee Police Department reported an 8% increase in domestic violence from January 1 to April 1, compared to the same period last year: In the first few weeks of April the number of domestic violence reports was 28% higher than last April. There is heightened stress and anxiety because of the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, many people have lost their jobs, kids are at home from school, and other stress factors. During the COVID-19 crisis, if you do not feel safe at home because of abuse or neglect, help is available: Go to StayHomeMKE.com or call 2-1-1 to get connected to someone who can help. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.

If you or a family member receive in-home visits from a care provider there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19: DHS has created a pamphlet with guidance and recommendations on how to protect individuals that receive in-home care, their family members, and their care giver from COVID-19.

Testing for COVID-19 is now available at Milwaukee Community Health Centers ( media release ): If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms you can call one of the five Community Health Centers to determine your need for testing. Individuals without a primary care provider are encouraged to seek testing through the Community Health Centers. There are no insurance, income or immigration restrictions.
  • Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center: 414-383-9526
  • Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. – 414-372-8080
  • Outreach Community Health Center – 800-952-1086
  • Progressive Community Health Center - 414-882-2040
  • Sixteenth Street Community Health Center – 414-672-1353

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