Monday, July 12, 2021

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter
Message from the Village President, Kevin Buckley

I hope you were able to stop by the Whitefish Bay Art Festival this past weekend! Thank you to the Merchants of Whitefish Bay, the artists, and all others who made that event possible. 

At Monday's meeting, the Village Board will be considering a contract for the restoration and stabilization of Klode Park's shoreline. The Village received a grant up to $180,038 from FEMA for the project. Pending approval, construction will begin after Labor Day to avoid the summer beach season. More information about the project can be found below. -kb

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Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Whitefish Bay Vaccination Rate Update: Per the State of Wisconsin, 10,371 residents of Whitefish Bay have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (as of 7/9/21), which is 74.2% percent of the total Village population. Click here and scroll down to the new interactive map provided by DHS.

Can I place grass clippings and other loose yard waste in the street? No! Grass clippings or other yard waste may not be placed into the street. Grass clippings are NOT collected and should be left on the lawn or taken to a private disposal facility. Other 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.

When is the Brush Chipper next scheduled for collection? Brush/Chipper material will be collected by Village crews this week. Brush should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk at the beginning of the week.

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

Village Board - Monday, July 12, 6:00 p.m., Village Hall Board Room

Board of Appeals - Tuesday, July 13, 6:15 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

Architectural Review Commission - Thursday, July 15, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
Last Week's Meetings:

No meetings last week.

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.

Please take note that some meetings are currently in-person and some meetings are still virtual.
Whitefish Bay Sidewalk Sale:
Whitefish Bay Sidewalk Sale
(July 16 and July 17):

Join the Merchants of Whitefish Bay on Silver Spring Drive this weekend for shopping and fun activities! The Sidewalk Sale kicks off with many businesses opening early and bringing some of their goods out on the street to create a fun environment for shoppers. On Saturday, the sales continue throughout the day and, at Berkeley Boulevard, the street will be closed and the Merchants of Whitefish Bay along with Yellow Wood will set up a fun ‘Kids Adventure Zone,’ complete with a climbing wall and more.

This is a free event for the community to enjoy while shopping on Silver Spring and supporting the local merchants. Visit merchantsofwhitefishbay.com or contact WFBBID@gmail.com for more info.
Village Employment Opportunities:
Police Department Job Opening: 

The Whitefish Bay Police Department is accepting applications to fill a vacancy for the position of Police Officer. Please visit http://www.wilenet.org/ and click on the Law Enforcement Employment Opportunities link for a full job posting and details about how to apply.

A DJ-LE-330 form is required. Do not complete the standard Village of Whitefish Bay online job application. You must complete the DJ-LE-330 form found by following the link above. Email completed applications to Lieutenant Andrew Mroz: a.mroz@wfbvillage.org
Public Works Job Opening:

The Department of Public Works is seeking applicants to fill the position of Service Worker/Collector. This full time position performs automated refuse and/or recycling collection, general labor tasks including but not limited to landscape maintenance, yard waste collection, tree/forestry maintenance, utility operation and maintenance, park and building maintenance, street maintenance as well as other general labor duties within the Department of Public Works. Hourly rate starts at $24.38/hour with a 6 year pay increase plan and excellent benefits. Click here for more information and to apply.
North Klode Park Beach - Status Update:
In November 2020, the Village Board approved a $180,038.10 grant for the restoration and mitigation of the Klode Park Shoreline. The grant includes a 75% Federal cost share ($135,028.58), a 12.5% State of Wisconsin cost share ($22,504.76), and a 12.5% local Whitefish Bay match ($22,504.76).

What's Happening Now (7/9/21): Village Staff and shoreline restoration consultant SmithGroup worked with FEMA over the winter to design and bid the project. The Village Board will consider the to award the project on Monday, July 12, 2021. Pending approval, construction will take place after Labor Day to avoid the summer beach season. The project consists of sandy gravel/cobblestone for beach replenishment, funds to repair a broken support bracket on the storm sewer outlet pipe, and a revetment of geotextile and rip-rap to armor the shoreline against similar future damage.

Background: As a result of a severe winter wind storm that took place in early January 2020, the Klode Beach shoreline encountered substantial erosion. This storm was so severe that the Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management coordinated with local municipalities and was successful in obtaining a FEMA emergency disaster declaration.
Updates from Village Hall:
Block Parties in Whitefish Bay:

The Village encourages and supports block parties as a way of promoting friendly neighborhoods—and they have become a popular local tradition! To request a block party on your street, simply follow the steps below.

  1. Fill out a block party request form, available on the Village website.
  2. Bring the completed form to Village Hall (5300 N Marlborough Dr), or email it to Erin Aeschbacher, at e.aeschbacher@wfbvillage.org.

We will review your request and send you a letter outlining whether you have been approved or denied. Certain busy streets are not permitted to be blocked off. These include Lake Drive, Oakland just south of Hampton Road, Silver Spring Drive, and Marlborough Drive. Please note: The resident applying for the block party is responsible for inviting everyone on their block and notifying them of the street closure.

If available, Village barricades will be delivered to your block the Friday before the block party and picked up the following Monday. In the event that all Village barricades are in use, you will have to supply your own barricades; please do not use cars. If the party continues after dark, all barricades must have lights in some fashion as to pass on-site inspection by the Police Department.

We hope you can spend some quality time with your friends and neighbors this summer!
Board of Appeals Vacancy: 

The Village of Whitefish Bay is accepting applications from citizens who are interested in volunteering to serve on the Board of Appeals. The Board of Appeals reviews requests for zoning code variances (including fence heights and setback issues) in addition to appeals of administrative decisions made by Village officials.

The Board of Appeals meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:15 p.m. Click here to fill out an application. Please email Village Manager Paul Boening with questions. Deadline to Apply: Friday, July 16, at 4:30 p.m.
Intersection Construction Notice:
Lydell/Silver Spring Traffic Signal Project:

Traffic signal and pavement work is scheduled to being the week of July 12, 2021 on the Silver Spring Drive corridor starting at Lydell Avenue running to the west in the City of Glendale. The existing traffic signals at the corner of Lydell Avenue and Silver Spring Drive will be removed and replaced with temporary traffic signals for the duration of the project.

A new higher visibility traffic signal system with additional added safety features will be installed at this intersection.  A 90% Federal grant will fund this work with the Village of Whitefish Bay and the City of Glendale funding the remaining 10%.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Library:
Summer Reading Program
Our Summer Reading Program is going on now! Sign up online through Beanstack and experience this great program for all ages, full of opportunities for fun and learning.
You can register online or you can also use the Beanstack app. Download the Beanstack app and search for Whitefish Bay Public Library. The program runs through August 20, with a midsummer drawing on July 17 for adults and teens.
Outdoor All Ages Storytime at School House Park, Tuesday, July 13:
There is Still Room in the 11:00 a.m. Encore Performance! Register Here.
We're excited to offer an outdoor storytime for all ages in School House Park! Registration is required (please include all who plan attend), and we are limiting our registration.
Take and Make: Paper Bird Kites, Wednesday, July 14, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Take flight with this week's Take and Make! Pick up Wednesday from 10:00 a.m.-Noon and 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. outside the front doors of the library. We ask that you take one craft kit per child and practice good social distancing and mask wearing when picking up your kit.

Author Simon Van Booy in Conversation with Sharon Nagel and Daniel Goldin, Thursday, July 15, 2:00 p.m.: For this event, Boswell and the Whitefish Bay Public Library are working togethertwo champions of Van Booy's book The Illusion of SeparatenessSharon Nagel at the WFBPL and Daniel from Boswell. We will discuss Night Came with Many Stars with Van Booy for this virtual event.

Award-winning author Simon Van Booy's spellbinding novel spans decades as he tells the story of Carol, a young girl in 1930s Kentucky who lives in poverty and struggles with abuse. Just one bet in a card game alters her life forever. Incidents intersect and lives unexpectedly change course in this story of chance and choice that leads home again to a night blessed with light. Register here.
Outdoor Crafting: Wire Wrapped Beaded Rocks, Monday, July 19, 10:00-11:00 a.m.:
For those entering Grades 2-6Join us for a fun outdoor crafting session! We're doing a fun spin on rock decoration, this time using wires and beads to create a cool texture and decoration. Masks are required, as is registration. Weather permitting. Register here.
Upcoming Special Events:
Village Band Concert at School House Park: Watch your nieghbors perform at School House Park with the Village Band of Whitefish Bay on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. This is the Village Band's 33rd Summer Concert Season. Come out and enjoy free music in the park across from the Whitefish Bay Public Library. Bring your chair(s)!
Ice Cream Social: The Civic Foundation’s annual Ice Cream Social will return to School House Park, on Wednesday, August 4, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. We will have some safety modifications at this free, family event to ensure that all can enjoy this great tradition. Watch our Facebook page for final details.
Sounds of Summer: Sounds of Summer will return to Silver Spring Drive on Saturday, August 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Dance the night away to live music from Whitefish Bay’s own Steve Beguhn and Cold Sweat & The Brew City Horns.
  • You’ve seen him on the 4th and Pumpkin Fest. You’ve seen him riding a tiny moped door-to-door on his “SB Kind” tour during the pandemic. Now, see him like you never have before—a special, acoustic set at Sounds of Summer! Steve Beguhn is a Whitefish Bay resident and American Idol finalist. As you know, he brings it all to the stage. Every. Time. It’s been a year, Whitefish Bay. Shake it off with one of our own. Shake it off with Steve.
  • Cold Sweat: Cold Sweat is Wisconsin’s premier show band, featuring some of the area’s best musicians, multiple dynamic vocalists and the renowned three piece horn section, the Brew City Horns. Cold Sweat's energy, talent and non-stop fun will infect you until you can’t help joining in. 
Purchase dinner favorites from the Sendik’s food tent and beer, wine and soda from the Civic Foundation. Thank you to the sponsors who make this event possible: Merchants of Whitefish Bay, Sendik’s Food Market, Keller Williams Realty, and the Ellenbecker Investment Group.
Community Spotlight:
North Shore Health Department Highlights - Binge drinking and underage drinking increases during summer months:

While most people who drink are not alcoholics, but it is important to share, alcoholism is a progressive disease and binge drinking can lead to mental and physical alcohol dependence over time. Higher levels of alcohol use can contribute to hard to heavy drinking patterns that extend long into the future. Many people, especially women, are reporting higher levels of alcohol consumption during the pandemic. Alcohol use is steadily increasing in Wisconsin; the increase in consumption may lead to, for some, binge drinking habits and other alcohol related risks. Wisconsin culture is known for bringing people together via cookouts, fairs, festivals, and tailgating. Drinking at these events is common, providing ample opportunity for adults and teenagers, to consume alcohol.

Binge Drinking:
  • Men: drinking more than 5 drinks in one sitting/occasion
  • Women: drinking more than 4 drinks in one sitting/occasion
Heavy Drinking:
  • Men: more than 2 drinks a day
  • Women: more than 1 drink a day

If you do drink, designate a driver, or grab a safe ride.
Talk early and often with your teen about drinking, including the dangers, health risks and strategies to avoid peer pressure. Underage drinking, early in life, can increase the likelihood of prescription drugs & opioids by young people.
Do a gut check. If you or your teens drinking pattern falls into one of the definitions above or is of concern, listen to your gut, and reach out for professional help.
People struggling with alcohol use, or whose loved ones are struggling, can call tollfree, a free and confidential service staffed by trained specialists, who can offer information on local treatment services: Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline at 833-944-4673

The more alcohol you drink, the higher your cancer risks. It is important to note that all types of alcoholic drinks (beer, cocktails, liquor, wine) have been linked with cancer; according to the CDC drinking alcohol raises your risk of getting six (6) kinds of cancer:
  • Breast Cancer (in women)
  • Liver
  • Mouth and throat
  • Voicebox (larynx)
  • Esophagus
  • Colon and rectum

Why are alcohol and cancer linked? Our bodies break down the alcohol we drink, down into acetaldehyde, a chemical that damages DNA and prevents our bodies from repairing damaged cells. DNA controls a cell’s normal growth and function; DNA is our cells instruction manual. When DNA is damaged and the body cannot repair it, cells can start growing out of control and create a cancer tumor.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651