Monday, February 3, 2020

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

In-person absentee voting for the Spring Primary Election starts today. Stop by Village Hall between 8:00 am to 4:30 pm to vote. In-person absentee voting continues through Friday, February 14, 2020. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here
Why is Village Hall's Phone Ringing?
When is the Spring Primary Election? The Spring Primary Election is February 18, 2020. Check out more information about the Spring Primary below.

How can I find out more about the job openings in the Department of Public Works? The Village is looking for a Service Worker and Service Worker/Collector. Click here to view the job posting or see the story below for details.
Have a question?
The Village Hall phone number is 414-962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
This Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, Feb. 3, 6:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Thursday, Feb. 6, 5:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Friday, Feb. 7, 8:30 am Johnson Bank
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, Jan. 27, 6:30 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, 5:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Tuesday, Jan 28, 6:30 pm, Whitefish Bay Public Library
Spring Primary Election Information:
Election Date: February 18, 2020. Please use the Ward Map (PDF) to see where your polling place is. Polling places are open from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm on Election Day.

What's on the ballot: Justice of the Supreme Court, Circuit Court Judge, County Executive. Sample ballots can be found on My Vote Wisconsin.

Absentee Voting:
  • In-person absentee voting begins today (Monday) February 3, 2020 and continues through Friday February 14, 2020 at Village Hall.
  • Last day for voters (except indefinitely-confined and military electors) to request absentee ballots by mail is February 13, 2020.

Other Election Information:
  • Registration can be completed in person at Village Hall or at the polls on Election Day. Please remember that Wisconsin Requires a Photo ID to Vote. 
  • There is no voting or registering at Village Hall the Monday before any election.

Election Questions: For voting questions or to request an absentee ballot, send an email to Elections, contact the Village Clerk's office at 414-962-6690, or visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission website.
Village Adopts Emergency Management Plan:
At the Village Board meeting on January 6, 2020 the Village Board adopted a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. The Village worked with the six other north Shore communities with the understanding that all North Shore municipalities will adopt the same plan.

The plan provides guidance in mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters. It provides a framework that will guide organizational behavior (response) during emergencies or disasters. It also provides and a framework of interagency and community–wide cooperation to enhance disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. After adoption, the communities will continue to meet to evaluate, update, and refine the plan as needed. The plan can be viewed by clicking here and navigating to page 33 of the pdf.
Back by Popular Demand - Job Openings in Public Works:
Job Opening - Service Worker:

The Department of Public Works is seeking applicants to fill the position of Service Worker. This full time position performs general maintenance, repair, construction, and refuse/recycling collection tasks.Hourly rate starts at $23.21/hour with a 6 year pay increase plan and excellent benefits. Click here to learn more and apply!
Job Opening - Collector/Service Worker:

The Village of Whitefish Bay Department of Public Works is seeking applicants to fill the position of full-time Collector/Service Worker. This position shall perform automated refuse and/or recycling collection and other general labor tasks. Hourly rate starts at $23.21/hour with a 6 year pay increase plan and excellent benefits. Click here to learn more and apply!
No Klode Park Ice Rink This Winter:
Village Staff has received questions this week about any plans for an Ice Rink at Klode this winter. The Village currently does not have immediate plans to begin forming an ice rink at Klode Park this year. Historically, January has been the best month to form an ice rink. However, so far this year, it has not been possible due to above average temperatures through most of January.

What conditions are needed to make ice at Klode Park? It typically takes 5 consecutive nights (without snow) to build up minimum base of 4 to 5 inches of ice. In order to be successful during those 5 consecutive nights, temperatures should be 15 degrees or below with day or night high temperatures not exceeding the lower 20’s.

Village priorities, as winter progresses, will be to focus manpower on snow plowing, deicing streets, and hauling snow from the business district area on Silver Spring as needed. 
Events at the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Tuesday, February 4:
Whitefis h Bay TALKS: 1947 Milwaukee Blizzard with Matthew J. Prigge, 6:30 pm, In late January 1947, Milwaukee was hammered with what remains the greatest blizzard in city history. What was forecast as an inch of snow turned into a two-day storm that left 20 inches on Milwaukee, literally freezing the city where it stood. It would be days before Milwaukee could get moving again and the city's street would not be fully cleared for nearly six weeks. Milwaukee historian and author Matthew J. Prigge will tell the story of the Great Blizzard of '47 - explaining how the storm came to so thoroughly shut down the city and how friends, neighbors, and total strangers came together to brave the elements and help each other through the storm.  Registration Preferred.
Thursday, February 6:
Mystery Book Cl ub, 7:00 pm, Our Mystery Book Club meets once a month and is led by Patron Services Intern Sharon Nagel. This month we're reading Jar city by Arnaldur Indriðason. Registration preferred.
Saturday, February 8:
Family Craft Day: Valentine Hedgehogs , All day, Work together to make an adorable hedgehog just in time for Valentine's Day. Stop by the children's area when we're open and create! No Registration Needed.
Community Spotlight:
Edible Landscaping - Whitefish Bay Garden Club:

Learn how to incorporate herbs, vegetables & fruits into your home landscape in containers, raised beds, or perimeter gardens. Expert Alec LePoidevin of Fresh Roots will help you think creatively about how you can sustainably grow & maintain edibles in your outdoor spaces. The event is Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Whitefish Bay Public Library. This event is open to the public.
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Free Throw Contest:

Come on out and show us your skills! Whitefish Bay Recreation and Community Education hosts its annual Free Throw Contest for girls and boys, grades 3-8 on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Whitefish Bay High School Field House at 11:00 am registration and check in. Start time 11:30 am. Late arrivals will not be allowed to participate. Boys and girls compete separately in each grade division and will attempt 20 throws. The winning boy and girl from each grade division will receive a trophy and move on to compete in a county wide Free Throw Contest in March. 
Announcing Bay Bridge:

Bay Bridge is a new nonpartisan group recently founded in Whitefish Bay which works to build bridges within and between communities in support of racial & cultural diversity, equity, and justice. Are you interested in social justice? Are you looking for a safe place to talk about race? Are you concerned about equity in our community? If you answered “yes” to any of those, then please join us for a community planning session facilitated by professional moderator Kellie J. Sigh, President of KJS Consulting on Wednesday, February 5th at the Whitefish Bay Public Library from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

If you can’t join us but would still like to be involved or learn more, please follow us on Facebook or contact us at our NEW email address baybridgewisconsin@gmail.com
North Shore Health Department:
Did you know? The Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the North Shore Health Department is closely monitoring the new 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. China has confirmed more than a thousand cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. As of January 28th, 2020, there have been 5 confirmed cases in the United States. Confirmed cases have been found in AZ, CA, IL, and WA. As of January 28th, there are no confirmed cases in Wisconsin. 

Health officials believe the virus originally emerged from an animal source, but more recent cases show it could be spreading person-to-person. The virus is believed to be spread via respiratory droplets, produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how the flu spreads.

The risk to the general public is currently low. People who recently returned from Wuhan, China have been advised by CDC to monitor themselves for signs and symptoms, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath for a 14-day incubation period upon their return. People who recently returned from Wuhan, China and who do develop signs and symptoms should contact their healthcare providers for more information and further guidance. The situation is changing quickly, for the latest information, please visit the CDC at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (Appointment Required)

Tuesday, Feb. 4,
8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Brown Deer Office

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screening 
(No Appointment Required)

Wednesday, Feb. 5
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm
 Dolan Center
(4355 W Bradley Road)

Contact the North Shore Health Department for appointments:
414-371-2980
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651