Monday, April 5, 2021

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

The Department of Public Works will begin yard waste collection and brush chipping this week. See below for details! To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Does Whitefish Bay have a local facemask requirement? Yes, The Village Board adopted Ordinance No. 1869 which requires face masks or face coverings to be worn inside buildings open to the public in Whitefish Bay. The ordinance was reviewed on March 15, 2021, and extended until June 30, 2021. See below for details.

When is the next prescription drug take back day? The next National Take Back Day will be April 24, 2021. This event is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country. The event will be at Whitefish Bay Village Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on April 24, 2021.

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

  • Monday, March 29, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, April 1, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
This Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, April 5, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Wednesday, April 7, 4:15 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting
April 6, 2021 Spring Election Info:
Hours and Locations: Polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (April 6, 2021) for in-person voting. Please use the Ward Map (PDF) to find your voting location.


Offices up for primary election on April 6, 2021: State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Court of Appeals Judge, Circuit Court Judges (Branches 3,6,12,15,19,22,30,37,45,46) , Whitefish Bay Village Trustees (2), Whitefish Bay School Board Members (3).

Wisconsin Requires a Photo ID to Vote: All Wisconsin voters must show an acceptable photo ID before voting. This includes voters at polling places and most absentee voters. The address on your photo ID does not have to be your current address and the name on your ID does not need to be an exact match to your name in the poll book (such as an abbreviated name). Visit the State of Wisconsin website for more information.

How do I register to vote for the April 6, 2021 election? Registration can be done at your polling place on Election Day. Proof of residency is required. There is no voter registration on the Monday prior to the election. Note: You must have resided at the address you provide on your Registration Form for at least 28 consecutive days prior to an election in order to vote in Whitefish Bay.
Election Day Safety:

The Village is doing everything we can to keep poll workers, Village Staff, and the general public safe. Safety precautions include:
  • Professional sanitation service at all polling places throughout Election Day
  • Voting booths placed a minimum of six feet apart
  • Plexiglas shields to separate poll workers and voters
  • Gloves for poll workers
  • Masks for poll workers
  • Wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Pen for every voter
  • Tape on floor for social distancing
Return Your Absentee Ballot:

The deadline to return completed absentee ballots to Village Hall (not postmarked) is 8:00 p.m. on April 6, 2021. Your options to return your ballot:
  • Use the dropbox just inside the Village Hall vestibule door. The box is checked regularly during the day.
  • Drop your ballot off at the Village Hall front desk during regular business hours.
Other Frequently Asked Questions: Please click here for frequently asked questions related to the April 6, 2021 election, absentee ballots, and response deadlines. If you have a question that is not listed, please don't hesitate to give us a call at (414) 962-6690.
COVID-19 Updates:
Whitefish Bay Mask Ordinance:

With the repeal of the State of Wisconsin mask mandate, please remember that the Village of Whitefish Bay has a mask ordinance in place through June 30, 2021. Everyone in Whitefish Bay (5 and older) must wear a face mask or face covering in any building open to the public, unless they fall under one of the exceptions noted. Click here for more information.

On Thursday, July 23, 2020, the Village Board adopted Ordinance No. 1869 which required face masks or face coverings to be worn inside buildings open to the public in Whitefish Bay. The ordinance was reviewed on March 15, 2021, and extended until June 30, 2021. Thank you for helping keep Whitefish Bay healthy!
COVID-19 Vaccine Information from the North Shore Health Department:

Wisconsin leads the nation in getting available shots in arms, and last week the State announced that everyone 16 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine beginning today.

Looking to sign up for a vaccine? Each Monday, at 10:00 a.m., a link will be available on the North Shore Health Department Homepage for NSHD COVID-19 vaccine appointments for that week.

Other locations performing COVID-19 Vaccinations for eligible North Shore residents:
April 2021 Bay Leaves:
The April Bay Leaves magazine is now available on the Village website. Stories include:
  • Resident Feature: Local Book Club Celebrates 40 Years of Reading Together
  • Spring Election Information from the Village
  • Bay “Day” 2021 Updates from the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation
  • Upcoming Events from the Merchants of Whitefish Bay
  • A Spotlight on National Library Week from the Whitefish Bay Public Library
  • Spring Cleaning: Lithium-Ion Battery Safety and Recycling from North Shore Fire Rescue 
  • April is Active Dog Month from MADACC
  • Memorial Gardens from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club
  • WFB High School Theater Announcement from the Whitefish Bay School District
  • Remember When the DPW Plowed the Sidewalks? from the Historic Preservation Commission
  • Spring/Summer Programs from the Whitefish Bay Recreation Department
Updates from Village Hall:
Yard Waste Collection:

Yard waste collection starts this week. Yard waste must be placed between the curb and sidewalk in sturdy paper bags or in containers that can be emptied. Yard waste bags or containers must weigh less than 50 pounds. Please remember that grass clippings are prohibited.

Yard waste collection typically follows this schedule :
  • On Monday, yard waste is collected on all streets north of Henry Clay including Henry Clay. Please have yard waste out on Monday by 7:00 a.m.
  • On Tuesday, yard waste is collected on all streets south of Henry Clay. Please have yard waste out on Tuesday at 7:00 a.m.
  • Yard waste pick-up may be delayed on a holiday week or as a result of other factors.
Brush Chipper:

Brush chipper collection has started.
Brush should be placed in the parkway between the curb and the sidewalk. It should not obstruct the sidewalk or be placed in the street. Thicker sections of brush should face the street.

There is no scheduled collection day/week for the brush chipper. However, crews will collect once every two or three weeks throughout the Village.

No-Charge Brush Pickup: A pile of brush with a size less than 5 feet by 7 feet by 20 feet will be collected at no cost.

Brush Special Pickup: A pile of brush that exceeds the parameters of a No-Charge Brush Pickup, with maximum combined size of 5 feet by 7 feet by 40 feet. Contact Village Hall (414-962-6690) for details.
2021 Utility Rates Reminder:
 
Rates for the Whitefish Bay water utility increased effective December 1, 2020. Residents and businesses will see these increased rates reflected on the next utility bill that was mailed April 1. This is the first water rate increase in Whitefish Bay since 2012. The average residential customer will see an increase of $23.40, or 15.47%, over the quarterly (three-month) billing period.
 
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) regulates water utility rates throughout the state and determined the increase was necessary to reach the required benchmark rate of return of 4.9%.

For more information, click here to see the PSC’s final decision. Appendix D shows a comparison between quarterly billings at the old and new rates. For billing questions, please contact Xenia Ramos at 414-962-6690.
Blood Drive at Village Hall:
Make an appointment today to donate blood at the Village Hall, located at 5300 N Marlborough Drive, on Friday, April 9, 2021. According to a recent press release from the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Whether a patient receives whole blood, red cells, platelets or plasma, this lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation.

Call the American Red Cross, at 1-800-RED CROSS or visit their scheduling page to reserve your time, and help save a life. Click here for a FAQ about COVID-19 safety precautions.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
The library is open! The library now opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday to Saturday. Visit our website for open and curbside hours along with available services.

We're hiring a Reference Assistant in Youth Services! Are you an energetic, creative, service-oriented person who enjoys working with the public, especially children and teens? If so, we want you to join our team at Whitefish Bay Public Library! Position Requirements: a Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of two years' experience of working with children and/or teens -or- a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science and a minimum of 1 year of experience working with children and/or teens. Read the full job announcement on our website.

Take and Make For Kids, Wednesday, March 31, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.: Mystery Bag Art Challenge! You'll receive a bag full of ordinary art supplies and a challenge to make something cool! Pick-up begins Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. outside the front doors of the library. We ask that you take one per child and practice good social distancing and mask wearing when picking up your kit.

Virtual Book Talk: When Milwaukee Went to War, With Author Thomas Fehring, Wednesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. Join us for a presentation by Whitefish Bay author Thomas Fehring as he talks about his book, When Milwaukee Went to War. About the book: When Milwaukee Went to War brings to life the incredible stories behind the many men and women—from all walks of life—who stepped up and proudly worked toward the common goal of Victory. Click here for more information.

Virtual Storytimes: Due to COVID-19, all of our storytimes are virtual storytimes! We invite you to join one of our youth services librarians for books, rhymes, songs, and more. Our events will premiere on our Facebook page, and they will also be saved on our Facebook page for a brief amount of time.
  • Now through April 16
  • Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.: Toddler Time
  • Fridays at 10:00 a.m.: All Ages

Virtual Mystery Book Club, Thursday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. Our Mystery Book Club meets once a month and is hosted by librarian Sharon Nagel. This month we're reading The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. Click here for more info.

Stay in Touch with Library News: Want to hear about library news, get book recommendations, learn about our storytimes, children’s programming, book clubs, history programs, and more? Check out our new library newsletters and choose your news based specifically on your interests. Visit our website to update your email and select your preferences.
Community Spotlight:
Register for the 2021 Run The Bay Virtual Run:

Lace up your sneakers and enjoy the 2021 Run The Bay virtual run/walk race. We encourage you to put the headphones down and enjoy the natural beauty of the Bay, whether it be solo or with your family. All the proceeds from the race go back to the Whitefish Bay Education Foundation.

This year we are opening up the race to be completed during the week of Saturday, April 24, through Sunday, May 2. You can run this virtual race wherever you would like. Explore new streets in the Village or run your favorite 5k route. This community oriented event truly has something for everyone, from the most serious runners to people just out to walk with their families, down to kids races consisting of approximately a 1 mile run for 7-12 year old's and a 100m dash for under 6 crowd!
Update from Bay Bridge:

Join a Film Discussion of Teach Us All (1h 20m) on April 21, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. View Teach Us All on your own time between April 13 and April 20. Our licensing agreement stipulates that the link will expire on April 20. Please view the film and register for our moderated discussion. .

Teach Us All: Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine faced violent resistance when desegregating Central High in Arkansas, America’s schools continue to represent the key battleground of the Civil Rights Movement.Teach Us All demonstrates powerful lessons from history within a timely context, emphasizing the need for unity and collective action to rectify the disparities among America’s children.

Co-sponsored by Bay Bridge, the Whitefish Bay Library, Christ Church Episcopal, Whitefish Bay High School Black Student Union, and Richard’s PTO.
Celebration Stones for Memorial Day

Remember a loved one with a Celebration Stone AND support the Whitefish Bay Garden Club 501 (c)(3) and its environmental efforts! For $100 have a message engraved on a Celebration garden stone in memory of a special person. A meaningful message or name can be engraved with up to 40 characters, including spaces, over three lines. Add it to your garden or request that it be placed at one of the Village gardens. Order by April 14 for delivery by Memorial Day. Email us at wfbgardenclub@gmail.com or go on our website www.whitefishbaygardenclub.com for details.
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: (414) 962-6690 | Fax: (414) 962-5651