Monday, July 20, 2020

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

The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation is pleased to announce a summer drive-through Ice Cream Social event on August 5, 2020 at Cahill Park. The event will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm or while supplies last. Check out the story below for event details. To subscribe to our newsletter,  click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Is there a mask mandate in Whitefish Bay? Not currently, however the Village Board discussed face masks last Monday evening and directed staff to move forward with drafting an ordinance. We are working with the Village Attorney on a draft for Board consideration. There is a “Notify Me” option on the Village website which allows individuals to sign-up to receive email and/or text notification as soon as a specific meeting agenda becomes available (i.e. ARC, Village Board, etc.). Masks are strongly recommended to be worn in public places by the North Shore Health Department.

What projects have been completed since 2010 to reduce the risk of flooding in Whitefish Bay? This July marks the 10-year anniversary of the floods of 2010. Village Staff is preparing a special newsletter for release this week that will recap the decade of improvements that have been made since the floods of 2010. Keep an eye out in your inbox!

When is the next brush chipper collection? Brush will next be collected by Village crews the week of July 27, 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:

  • Monday, July 13, 6:00 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting.
This Week's Meetings:

  • Thursday, July 23, 5:30 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting.
Whitefish Bay Racial Equity Statement:
I am proud to share the Village's statement on racial equity, which was approved by the Board on Monday, July 13. This statement is simply the first step in a thoughtful and deliberate journey towards achieving racial equity in our community. Your engagement is central to our success, and we encourage you to contact Village Manager Paul Boening at manager@wfbvillage.org with questions, concerns and feedback. - Julie Siegel, President

Racial Equity Statement: Recent events throughout our country, including here locally, have prompted important conversations about racial equity and what that looks like in our community. The Village of Whitefish Bay is moved to express our position and commitment to residents.

We are committed to continuing to make Whitefish Bay an inclusive, accepting village, where all are welcomed regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, mental/physical ability or socio-economic status. Our schools educate all students to the highest standards and Village staff care deeply about serving residents. Our police department values diversity and is trained to treat all people with empathy and the utmost respect.

The Village of Whitefish Bay is committed to building positive community relationships and trust with residents and visitors alike. We do this through ongoing learning and long-term transformation rooted in integrity, community and transparency. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Reviewing current Village policies to identify and end potentially prejudicial or biased practices, ensuring inclusivity from our employees and representatives
  • Encouraging participation and enhancing representation of all of our community members across Village programs, services and activities
  • Seeking opportunities to engage community members with diverse perspectives, experiences and cultural backgrounds
  • Becoming a model community for partnerships between all racial, ethnic and cultural groups

We are working with local organizations and thought leaders to help guide us and ask residents to join us as we take deliberate steps to enrich our community. We promise to remain transparent with our efforts and will share opportunities for resident participation, both formal and informal, throughout this journey.

The mission of the Whitefish Bay municipal government is to enhance the quality of life for Village residents and prioritizing racial equity is essential to that mission. Together, we will shape a stronger Whitefish Bay that all residents can be proud to call home.

Approved by the Whitefish Bay Village Board on the 13th day of July, 2020.
We Are #SilverSpringStrong:
A message from the Merchants of Whitefish Bay:

"We are open for business! More than anything we care about you and want to let you know that your health and safety are of the utmost importance. Thank you for your support! Together We Are #SilverSpringStrong." The Village of Whitefish Bay encourages you to Shop Local! Please check out this excellent promo video put together by the Merchants of Whitefish Bay and share it with others!
Banner Design Contest Update:

Be sure to stop by Consaul Commons and check out all thirty all of the submissions to the Merchants of Whitefish Bay Silver Spring Drive Banner Design Contest. They will be up until July 24, 2020 Winners to be announced soon thereafter.

Two winners will be selected and each will be awarded a $1000 scholarship. Thank you to the High School students who submitted artwork for future banners on Silver Spring Drive!
Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation
(Drive-Through) Ice Cream Social:
Date: August 5, 2020, 6 pm to 8 pm or while supplies last

Locale: The parking lot (in front of the warming house) at Cahill Park, 1001 E. Fairmount Ave. Please go north on N. Woodruff Ave, and then east on E. Fairmount Ave to enter the Cahill Park parking lot.

Details: Our 2020 event will be a socially distant, drive-through event with one type of ice cream treat available. All Civic Foundation volunteers working the event will undergo a pre-shift health check, including having their temperature taken, wear masks, wear gloves, and maintain social distance when possible.

Please be prepared to roll down your passenger side window to let us know how many treats you are requesting for your family, and we’ll deliver them to your car. We encourage our neighbors to help support community health by staying home if they are ill. We also encourage those picking up ice cream to wear a mask. Thank you, Whitefish Bay. You are the best!
Temporary Lake Drive Closures:
Portions of Lake Drive will be temporarily closed during three time periods over three days to allow for the application of High Friction Surface Treatment on the Palisades Curve, Pandl's Curve, and Silver Spring Curve. This road treatment will increase vehicle traction and improve overall street safety. Please see the dates and times below along with project locations and a detour map. The timing of all work is weather permitting.

Project Dates, Times, and Locations (The timing of all work is weather permitting):
  • Phase 1: Palisades Curve, Tuesday, July 28 from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am (Green on the map).
  • Phase 2: Pandl’s Curve, Wednesday, July 29 from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am (Blue on the map).
  • Phase 3: Silver Spring Curve, Thursday, July 30 from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am (Red on the map).

Detour Recommendations:
  • Phase 1: Palisades Curve, Lake Drive to Hampton to Marlborough back to Lake Drive and reverse (Green on the map).
  • Phase 2: Pandl's Curve, Lake Drive to Hampton to Marlborough back to Lake Drive and reverse (Blue on the map).
  • Phase 3: Silver Spring Curve, Lake Drive to Lexington to Marlborough back to Lake Drive) and reverse (Red on the map).
Updates from Village Hall:
August Election Information:

Nearly 42% of Whitefish Bay voters have requested absentee ballots for the August 11 Election.  The Village of Whitefish Bay is urging ALL voters to request an absentee ballot for the August 11, 2020 Partisan Primary Election by mail. Voting through the mail reduces public contact with our poll workers.

Offices to be elected for the August 11, 2020 Partisan Primary Election election include: Representative in Congress, State Senator, Representative to Assembly, District Attorney, and Milwaukee County Clerk, Treasurer and Register of Deeds.

How to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail: You may request a ballot online at  myvote.wi.gov or download an absentee ballot application under election information via our quick links section on our homepage;  www.wfbvillage.org. You also may request a ballot be mailed to you by  emailing the Village. Your request must include a copy of WI photo ID and be received no later than 5:00 pm on August 6, 2020.

Deadline for Returning your Absentee Ballot: Your completed absentee ballot must be received by 8:00 pm on Election Day. If you would like further information about elections or registering to vote please contact Deputy Clerk Caren Brustmann at (414) 962-6690 ext.122

Please visit  MyVote.wi.gov  for the following information:
  • View a sample ballot
  • Register to vote
  • Request an absentee ballot
  • Check the status of your absentee ballot
  • Avoid long lines in August or November
Citizen Volunteers Needed:

The Village of Whitefish Bay is accepting applications for resident volunteers to fill one (1) vacancy on the Architectural Review Commission (Architect's License is required) and one (1) vacancy on the Board of Review.

The Architectural Review Commission ensures that the design and appearance of new structures and alterations / additions are compatible with the Village Design Guidelines. The Architectural Review Commission meets every other Thursday, 5:30pm at the Village Hall. The Village utilizes a rotating schedule so that members do not have to attend all meetings.

The Board of Review is responsible for correcting any property assessment errors. It conducts its hearings in a manner similar to a court. The Board commences meetings in May. Subsequent hearing dates are dependent on the number of appeals brought to the Board.

Interested citizens should complete and submit an   Online Application. Applications are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, July 24, 2020. Meetings are currently being held virtually via GoToMeeting. Please email Village Manager   Paul Boening with any questions. To subscribe to our newsletter,   click here.
Blood Donors Needed:

Join the Whitefish Bay Women's Club in July to donate blood and help save lives!

The Whitefish Bay Women’s Club (600 E Henry Clay) next scheduled blood drive will be on Wednesday, July 22 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. For an appointment call 877-232-4376 or 414-403-3956. Walk-ins are also welcome!

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, there is an immediate need for blood donors to ensure a safe supply.
From the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Library Hours - Open for browsing, checkouts and computers (no appointments needed):
  • Monday, Wednesday: 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Come into the library building to browse books, renew library cards, apply for a new card, or use the copier/scanner. No need to make an appointment; just stop by during our open hours. Please keep your library visits to 30 minutes or less. And 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.) Library computers are available for up to 1 hour per day, no appointment necessary.
Curbside Pickup (by appointment):
  • Monday, Wednesday, Saturday: 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
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.

Summer Reading Program: There is still lots of time to sign up for our summer reading program! Sign up online through Beanstack and experience the great programs for all ages, full of opportunities for fun and learning. You can register online here or you can also use the Beanstack app! Download the Beanstack app and search for Whitefish Bay Public Library. The program runs through August 15.

Library Returns: Please keep in mind returned items are being quarantined for three days so they will remain on you card until then. But don't worry, items are being back-dated and checked in with their original return date.
Job Opening - Circulation Assistant, Part-time:

Are you an energetic, creative, service-oriented person who enjoys working with the public? Do you have an appreciation for libraries, books, and reading? If so, we want you to join our team at the Whitefish Bay Public Library!

The Whitefish Bay Public Library has an immediate opening for a part-time Circulation Assistant who will work primarily at the Circulation Services desk assisting our patrons. To read more about this position, visit our website. Please submit by July 24, 2020.
Community Spotlight:
Updates from the School District:

  • Collective Responsibility to Mitigate Risk
  • Opening of Schools Family Survey
  • Final Senior Salute Class of 2020
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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. Click here for contact information.
Update From Bay Bridge:

Zoom Webinar - Raising Children to be Brave, Thoughtful and Knowledgeable About Race on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Learn how to discuss race with children & explore tools available to help children develop diverse friendships. For parents, teachers, or anyone who interacts with children aged 6-12. Electronic resources will be provided. Hosted by Bay Bridge, Milwaukee With Kids, and From the Same Dust. Click here to register.
Whitefish Bay Farmers Market Continues Each Saturday:

The Whitefish Bay Farmers Market continues each 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 encouraged, and hand sanitizer will be available! Please click here to view a full list of Whitefish Bay Farmers Market guidelines for customers. We Look forward to seeing you from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Camp-in-a-Bag on sale now at the Lydell Community Center!

Missing camp this summer?! We are too!!! That's why we teamed up with Mr. Joey from Cumberland and Mrs. Joan from Richards to bring all of the fun and exciting ACTIVITIES right to you this summer! Each bag will contain the supplies for 2 STEM, art, science, and cooking along with a bi-weekly app game to be played virtually with Mr. Joey!
  • Week 1/2 nature and exploring
  • Week 3/4 magical fantasy
  • Week 5/6 travel the world!

North Shore Health Department Highlights 7/15/2020: The Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic and drug abuse have been rising concerns in the United States. In 2018, there were 67,367 drug overdose deaths and two out of every three drug overdose deaths involved an opioid. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), although this was a 4% decrease in the number of drug overdose deaths from 2017 to 2018, this number was still four times higher compared to the number of overdose deaths in 1999. In Wisconsin, there were 916 opioid related deaths in 2019. This number accounts for 15.8 deaths due to opioids for every 100,000 residents ( WI DHS).

You can do your part to prevent opioid overdose death by staying informed about opioids and opioid use. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC recognize that it is even more vital to understand drug abuse as stress due to the pandemic may contribute to increased use of prescription medications, non-prescription medications, illegal drugs, or a return to use after remission. Learning more about opioids may also be useful in helping those who are most at risk for opioid use disorder and overdose in your community. Some signs to recognize in an individual who has overdosed include:
  • Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils”
  • Falling asleep or loss of consciousness
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Choking or gurgling sounds
  • Limp body
  • Pale, blue, or cold skin

As a patient, a healthcare provider, or a member of a community, you can ensure that the best information is being shared and understood to prevent overdose deaths. For more information about opioids, please visit the CDC website here. If you or someone you know is seeking help for substance use disorder, please contact the Wisconsin Recovery Helpline at 833-944-4673 or you can visit their website here.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651