Monday, February 15, 2021

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

The February 16, 2021 Spring Primary Election is tomorrow. If you are voting in person on Election Day, please read the article below that outlines the precautions that have been implemented for the safety of our poll workers, Village Staff, and the general public. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Can I shovel or snow blow into the street? No. Municipal Code prohibits shoveling or snow blowing into the street. Doing so is a driving hazard to vehicles on the street. Also, the snow is likely going to end up back in your apron or your neighbor's apron when the Village snow plow goes by.

What are the rules for dog walking? With the mild winter, many resident are walking outside. Remember that dogs are required to be be on a leash and you are required to pick up after your dog. We have received a number of calls regarding off-leash dogs and dog waste.

What is this week's ice rink schedule? The ice rink has an updated schedule this week. See below or click here for details.

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

  • Monday, February 15, 6:00 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, February 18, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, February 9, 6:15 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page.
February 16, 2021 Election FAQ:
Election Information:

Hours and Locations: Polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (February 16, 2021) for in-person voting. Please use the Ward Map (PDF) to find your voting location.


Offices for primary election for the February 16, 2021 election include: State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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 February 16, 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 February 16, 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 February 16, 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.
Safety Notice from the Police Department:
Lake Ice Safety:

Lake ice has recently started to form at Klode Park beach. It is less prevalent than typical years, but it still presents a hazard. Parents, please talk with your children about the dangers of playing on the ice by Lake Michigan.

The ice shelves are tantalizing and beautiful but potentially very dangerous. A person can fall into holes between the ice shelves and it can be impossible to climb out. Please just observe from a distance!
Updates from Village Hall:
Home HazMat:

Got yuck in your house or garage? Drop off your old and unused household hazardous waste at one of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District - MMSD permanent or mobile collection locations. It’s a great way for you to help keep our land and water clean and safe! Milwaukee County Residents Only (no businesses). Drop-off sites are open with safety precautions.
A Note from the Whitefish Bay Environmental Group - Importance of Composting in the Bay:

Be prepared for Spring! You may think of compost as brown muck or, if you’re an avid gardener, “black gold.’’ But it’s also something of a silver bullet — with the potential to save both money and the environment.

That’s one reason The Whitefish Bay Environmental Group is encouraging residents to be aware of what is going into their refuse cart and to make recycling a daily discipline as well as sorting out and composting organic materials that are ending up in a landfill.

When food waste gets composted, it replenishes the soil and also releases carbon dioxide. When organic waste ends up in a landfill, where there’s no oxygen, it releases methane instead — a far more potent greenhouse gas that traps about 30 times more atmospheric heat than carbon dioxide.

Food scraps are also heavy — comprising about 25 percent of household garbage by weight. Our community can save money if we divert our food scraps from the waste stream because the Village pays a “tipping fee” based on the weight of the waste put into the landfill.

Aidanne DePoy, the daughter of one of our members, as part of a school project, conducted a “trash analysis” utilizing the waste from a number of friends’ households. Aidanne’s analysis found that recyclable material comprised 43% of the trash collected and compostables comprised 28% of the trash collected. Aidanne’s findings are significant and demonstrate an opportunity for us as residents of Whitefish Bay and stewards of our environment to do better!

Think about initiating a home composting program or check out the article on curbside composting below. A good overview on home composting can be found at dnr.wi.gov . Let’s all work toward a goal of being a “zero waste” community!
Curbside Composting in Whitefish Bay!

Curby’s Compost Service is a curbside compost pickup service. When you sign up, you will receive a container and compostable bag to use throughout the week. During the week, add compostable items to the container (click here for a full list of what you can/can’t compost) and then simply bring your container to the curb for pickup! Curby’s will replace your filled container with a clean container and a new compostable bag. Pickup is every Tuesday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Members are billed on a monthly basis, click here for rates.

Members also receive a credit good toward one 25-pound container of Dirty Dirt’s Artisan Blend Organic Soil every 6 months. New members receive 25% off their first month. Contact Curby’s Compost at 414-445-4345 or visit www.curbyscompost.com.
Ice Rink Schedule Info:
Updated Ice Rink Schedule:


Before heading to the ice rink:
  • Please be sure to check the Village website for weather and other ice rink schedule updates.
  • Please stay home if you have any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.
  • Remember that six-foot social distancing and masks are recommended at all times.
  • Some minor construction continues on the rink; please do not enter areas marked “off-limits”. 
  • Photo by Jordan M! Thanks for sharing!
Updates From the School District:
Upcoming School Board Meetings:
  • Special Meeting, Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 p.m. – High School Phase-In Plan Presentation, with possible action.
Meeting agendas, minutes and more information can be found online.
District Communications and COVID-19 Information: The Whitefish Bay community is invited to view District updates and safety information on the District’s Safety and Communication page.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
The library is open for limited in-person services. Open hours are:
  • Monday to Thursday: 10:30 a.m.to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday to Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Services available include: limited computers for adults and teens (ages 14+) one-hour per day; browsing and holds pickup; copier, scanner and printing; take and make craft kits; and more. Click here for a list of all our services.

Curbside pickup will be available:
  • Monday to Saturday: 9:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m.

Excite Your Mind Winter Reading Challenge from February 1 to March 19: Sign up for our first ever winter reading program through Beanstack and experience this great program for all ages (including adults), 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 March 19.

Take and Make Crafts: We provide the supplies and you provide the creativity!
  • For Kids Pick-up from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. outside the front doors of the library.
  • February 17: Heart Sculpture
Community Spotlight:
2021 Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library Scholarship:
The Friends of the Whitefish Bay Public Library are pleased to announce two $500 educational scholarships for students who have been positively influenced by libraries. High school seniors who are residents of or attend school in Whitefish Bay and will be attending college during the 2021/2022 school year are eligible. Click here to read all the details. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.
Bay Bridge Update:

On February 17, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., Bay Bridge will host a community-wide Zoom lecture and Q&A with Clayborn Benson III, founder of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum. Viewing and discussion of the film Remembering Bronzeville prior to February 17 is highly encouraged. Click here for event registration
North Shore Health Department
February 12, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccine Update:

On Monday, February 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., NSHD will send a link for our available appointments through an email notification. With the high demand and limited supply, we expect these appointments will fill quickly. NSHD will only vaccinate currently eligible populations including:
  • Frontline health care personnel
  • Residents and employees in skills nursing and long-term care facilities
  • Police and fire personnel, correctional staff
  • Adults ages 65 and older
Please do not sign up if you are not eligible. Documentation will be required at sign in.
 
NSHD will continue to request COVID-19 vaccine on a weekly basis. We will share information on when and how eligible individuals can sign up for our appointments on Friday and/or Monday.


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