Monday, December 21, 2020

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

Enjoy the lifted overnight parking restrictions over the holidays as we welcome home family and friends. Check out the story below for details. Be sure to review the holiday refuse and recycling collection date changes below. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
When will the Community Ice Rink Open? The community Ice Rink will open soon. The Milwaukee Winter Club is in the process of making/painting the ice for the Community Rink. Rules and public hours will be posted prior to the rink being open to the public. Stay tuned — We will post updates on Facebook, the Village Website, and in our newsletter. We appreciate your patience during the first year of this partnership!

What are the Village Hall holiday hours? Village Hall and Police Administration will be closed Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, December 28. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

What is the 2021 refuse and recycling schedule? The 2021 refuse and recycling schedule is available on the Village website. Click here to view the schedule.

Have a question? Send us an email or give us a call at (414) 962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
This Week's Meetings:

No meetings this week. For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Thursday, December 17, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.
Holiday Reminders from Public Works:
Refuse/Recycling normally collected on:
  • Thursday, December 24, 2020, will be collected on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.

  • Friday, December 25, 2020, will be picked up on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

  • Friday, January 1, 2021, will be picked up on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

  • NOTE: There is NO change in collection on Thursday, December 31, 2020.
Holiday Recycling
Do's and Don'ts:

Gift wrapping: Do recycle paper-based wrapping and reuse gift bags. Do not put bows, ribbons, and cellophane wrapping or metallic looking wrapping paper in your curbside recycling container.

Product packaging: Do recycle cardboard packaging. Do not place wires, foam, plastic bags, and/or loose plastics in your recycling container.

Decorations: Do pack up holiday decorations for reuse next year. Do not place glass ornaments or strings of lights into the recycling bin.
2020 Whitefish Bay Year In Review:
2020 was a year unlike any other in the Village. The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way services were provided to residents, but it did not stop Village projects from being completed. Here is a look back at five of the year’s significant happenings:
1.) COVID-19 Pandemic Response: 2020 will be remembered as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 16, 2020, the Village declared a Public Health Emergency as a result of COVID-19. Immediately, the Village pivoted staff and services to limit potential outbreaks while continuing to provide outstanding service. Some of these changes included splitting DPW into teams, meeting virtually through video conferencing, and encouraging absentee voting to limit COVID-19 exposure to residents, staff, and poll workers. During the early months of the outbreak, Village Staff prepared a weekly dashboard to provide updates to residents when accurate information was difficult to find. In addition, the Village passed a mask mandate on July 23, 2020, to slow the continued spread of the virus in the community. Furthermore, the North Shore Health Department (NSHD), led by Director Ann Christiansen, undertook the enormous task of providing support and advice to North Shore municipalities, businesses, and residents. The NSHD continues to handle countless hours of contract tracing and provides daily informational public briefings. Finally, Whitefish Bay residents also rose to the challenge as well, by donating over 200 N95 masks to our First Responders when supply was limited.
2.) Whitefish Bay Fire Station 84 Remodel: With the support of Whitefish Bay and the other North Shore municipalities, North Shore Fire Rescue completed a $941,000 capital renovation project on Station 84 in Whitefish Bay. These renovations helped to bring much needed improvements and code compliance to the “home away from home” for our firefighter/EMTs and Paramedics. These improvements also ensure our members have the facilities necessary to complete continuing education, remain physically fit for duty, and become accessible by all members of the public regardless of disability.
3.) Community Spirit: Even though a number of events including the Fourth of July, Sounds of Summer, and the Whitefish Bay Art Festival were all canceled because of COVID-19, the community spirit of Whitefish Bay never wavered during the pandemic. The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation organized the ‘Step Out For Those Who Step Up’ to support all essential workers in our community. The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation also coordinated a socially distanced drive through Ice Cream Social for hundreds of community families. Lastly, the Civic Foundation hosted a revamped Great Pumpkin Festival with new COVID-19 protocols to continue a 33-year Whitefish Bay tradition. The Merchants of Whitefish Bay hosted a socially distanced Sidewalk Sale, a Street Banner Design Contest, the Whitefish Bay Farmers Market throughout the summer and fall, and the recent holiday events on Silver Spring Drive. Residents displayed window art and sketched sidewalk chalk art throughout the Village to promote a sense of community in Whitefish Bay.
4.) Infrastructure: The Department of Public Works (DPW) is an integral and visible part of Village operations. DPW focused on a wide variety of projects throughout the Village. In 2020, the Santa Monica repaving project was one of the department’s highlights. The project provided a cost effective solution to resurface approximately 1.5 miles of deteriorating roadway. In addition, the Lake Drive Safety Improvement Project was completed with 90% federal funding. This project installed crosswalks and rapid flashing pedestrian beacons in multiple locations on Lake Drive. 2020 was also the pilot year for the Foundation Drain Disconnect Program which will test the effectiveness of Village/MMSD grant funding for residents to install sump pumps with a goal to remove clear water from the sanitary sewer system. Several ongoing DPW projects include working with FEMA to secure a grant to mitigate and restore Klode Park Beach and the installation of an Ice Rink at Cahill Park in partnership with the Milwaukee Winter Club. 2020 also included an alley reconstruction project, the replacement of approximately 13,000 square feet of sidewalk, and the full reconstruction of a portion of Lydell Avenue in partnership with the City of Glendale. Check out several photo highlights below:
5.) Historic Flooding of 2010 – A 2020 Look Back After a Decade of Improvements: In 2010, Southeastern Wisconsin experienced two substantial rain events within a one week period. On July 15 the Village of Whitefish Bay received six inches of rainfall in a 12-hour period, which resulted in costly basement sewer backups for residents. Seven days later, as residents were still cleaning up from the July 15 storm, an unprecedented 7.5 inches of rain fell in a four-hour period. Again, this resulted in basement sewer backups throughout the Village as well as substantial street flooding in many areas. The Village had been in the process of performing utility improvements to increase the flow capacity of both the public storm and sanitary sewer systems but these large rain events pushed the systems beyond their capacity.

Following these extraordinary rain events, the Village conducted engineering studies to identify capital utility projects that would offer solutions to minimize future basement sewer backups and flooding. Geographic areas with recorded high clearwater inflow and infiltration into the sanitary sewer system were identified as target areas to address future improvements. Areas that experienced surface flooding were targeted as well.

Over the past 10 years, the Village has implemented capital utility improvement projects to reduce basement sewer backups and flooding. These included the Cahill Park Stormwater Detention Project, the New Milwaukee River Storm Sewer Outfall Installation Project through Estabrook Park, Private Sanitary Sewer Lateral Clearwater Inflow and Infiltration Reduction Program, Residential Downspout Disconnection Program, and numerous Storm Sewer and Roadway Reconstruction Projects. To help fund this extensive work, the Village secured an 87.5% federally funded Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A full list if these projects can be found here: https://conta.cc/3hnaCFj
Lifted Overnight Parking Restrictions:
A friendly reminder from the Whitefish Bay Police Department that overnight permission or permits are not needed for the following dates:
  • Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Saturday, December 26, 2020.
  • Thursday, December 31, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021.

Alternate side parking is still required. Vehicles should park on the even-numbered 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). Vehicles must be moved once every 24 hours.

While the overnight parking restrictions are lifted, please remember that you are still required to adhere to all other relevant signage that pertains to parking (no parking areas, loading zones, fire lanes, etc.). For dates without lifted parking restrictions, overnight parking permission can be obtained online.
Update from the School District:
Important Dates:
  • Winter Break: December 23, 2020 – January 1, 2021
  • School Board Election candidate filing deadline: 5:00 p.m., January 5, 2021
More information on spring elections can be found on the District website.

Incoming 2021-2022 4K Virtual Visit: January 7th and 8th: Whitefish Bay Resident families of students who turn four on or before September 1, 2021 are invited to a Virtual 4K Overview at Cumberland or Richards Elementary Schools. This event will be hosted through Zoom by the Elementary School Principals and include a welcome from the 4K teachers, a short story from the Library Media Specialists, and time for questions and answers. Click here for more information and to sign up for the event.
Back by Popular Demand - Property Tax Information:
Message from the Finance Director,
Jaimie Krueger

Please find important information below about how to pay your property taxes, where your property taxes go, and what services they pay for. This year, we strongly encourage you to use the 24-Hour Drop Box or to pay online via e-check ($1.50 flat fee). Please note that Associated Bank will not be collecting taxes this year.

- Jaimie Krueger, Whitefish Bay Finance Director
When Is My Tax Bill Due?

Due date is January 31, 2021. Residents have the option to pay property taxes and other charges as indicated on your tax bill in installments. Installment due dates are as follows:
  • 1st Installment due by January 31 (January 31 is a Sunday – please plan accordingly.)
  • 2nd Installment due by March 31
  • Final Installment due by May 31 (May 31 is Memorial Day – please plan accordingly.)
Please note – if any installment payment is missed, the installment option is no longer available and the entire balance becomes due in full.
By Mail:

Make check payable to the Village of Whitefish Bay

Send check to Village of Whitefish Bay, 5300 N. Marlborough Drive, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
On the Village Website:

From the website, click “Online Payments” and then select “Pay Property Tax Bill”. Enter Payment Type (real estate or personal property), Name and Address, and payment information

User Fees Do Apply:
  • Electronic Check - $1.50 (PREFERRED OPTION)
  • Credit Cards – 2.39% per transaction, $1.50 minimum
24-Hour Drop Box:

The 24-Hour Drop Box is located in entrance of Village Hall. It is the same box used for absentee ballots.

Deposits made prior to midnight will be processed using that day’s date.
How Do I Obtain A Receipt?

Receipts can be obtained in one of three ways:
  1. Use the Village website, www.wfbvillage.org; receipts may be printed anytime at your convenience.
  2. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope with payment sent via mail or night deposit box. Receipts will not be sent if self-addressed stamped envelope is not included.
  3. Receive a receipt at time of payment in person.
What Happens if I Do Not Pay On Time?

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. When paying in installments, 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 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 penalties are charged retroactive to February 1, 2021.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Curbside Pickup Hours:
  • Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Holiday Hours - Curbside services will be unavailable:
  • Thursday, December 24
  • Friday, December 25
  • Thursday, December 31
  • Friday, January 1

Book Bundles: We're thrilled to officially launch our newest project: Book Bundles for kids and teens! We know that browsing is an important way to find books, especially for our youngest library patrons, so we're hoping this can recreate that feeling of discovery and delight.

How does it work? Click on the form, tell us a few favorite topics or genres, include any extra information that might be helpful, and we'll get to work! These items will be placed on hold for you, and you can easily schedule a pick-up time that works for you: https://bit.ly/37mFdR2
Community Spotlight:
Update from Bay Bridge:

Join our North Shore coalition in January for a month of community action, education, advocacy, and service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visit our website where information will be continuously updated.
COVID-19 Testing Locations:

Testing at Milwaukee County COVID-19 testing sites is free for anyone, regardless of symptoms. No appointment is needed. The holidays may impact testing locations and hours. Call 2-1-1 or visit TestUpMKE for the latest testing information

  • Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St. and Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Road
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Miller Park Parking Lots, 1 Brewers Way
  • Monday – Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Former Bucyrus Erie site, 1625 10th Ave., South Milwaukee
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
NSHD Highlights 12/15/20: Winter Holidays

The safest way to celebrate winter holidays is to celebrate at home with the people you live with. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others, as traveling and/or gathering with others increases the risk of spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

Ways we can all make winter holidays safer:
  • Wear a mask. Wear your mask over your nose and mouth, secure it under your chin, and make sure it fits snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others who do not live with you. Indoors or outdoors, you are more likely to get or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • Avoid crowds and indoors spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible. If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating.
  • Get a flu shot as soon as possible – vaccinefinder.org
If you plan to host or attend a gathering, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Have conversations with the host ahead of time to understand expectations for celebrating together. Remember, the shorter the time spent together and the less people, the better!
  • Choose to have a small, outdoor celebration with family and friends who live in your community, weather-permitting. 
  • If celebrating indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.
  • Wear a mask indoors and outdoors.
  • Avoid shouting or singing.
  • Stay home if you are sick or have been near someone who thinks they may have or have been exposed to COVID-19.
Alternative holiday celebrations:
  • Host a virtual celebration with friends and family! Schedule a time to eat a meal together virtually and have people show their main dish, vegetable, or dessert, or host a virtual “ugly” holiday sweater contest.
  • Schedule virtual holiday activities, like opening gifts together, building gingerbread houses, decorating cookies, or making holiday crafts and decorations.
  • Decorate or create a winter holiday scene and take family photos at home.
  • Drive or walk around your community to look at decorations from a safe distance or drive through a local holiday light display.
  • Make holiday crafts, cards, or cookies to send or deliver to family, friends, and neighbors in a way that does not involve contact with others, such as leaving them at the door.
More information is available on the CDC website: Winter Holidays | CDC

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.

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