Monday, June 8, 2020

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

Please read the article below about the upcoming roadway improvements beginning the week of June 15, 2020. Please remember to be careful, slow down, and pay extra attention when driving around all construction zones. Also, as we welcome summer and warmer weather, please be careful to yield to pedestrians and be mindful of children on bicycles. To subscribe to our newsletter,  click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
My parkway tree has a "dot" painted on it. What does that mean? Green dot: Preventative treatment provided for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Pink dot: Ash tree to be removed and replaced as part of the EAB tree replacement program. Black dot: Tree has been trimmed . White dot: Tree has been marked for removal. Click here for more information about the Village's EAB program.

Are grass clippings permitted in yard waste? No, g rass clippings should be composted or left on the lawn.

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

  • Monday, June 1, 6:00 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting

  • Thursday, June 4, 5:30 pm, Virtual GoToMeeting
This Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, June 9, 6:15 pm, Klode Park Beach

For other meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
Summer Roadway Improvement Project:
The Village of Whitefish Bay Public Works Department is under contract with Payne & Dolan, Inc. to complete needed roadway rehabilitation of the below listed streets in the Village (also noted in red on the map). Work will include spot curb and gutter repairs, pavement milling, pavement resurfacing and pavement striping. This work is scheduled to begin on Santa Monica Boulevard the week of June 15, 2020 (weather permitting) with final project completion expected by mid to late July 2020, again weather dependent. There will be no cost assessment to any property owners for this work.

Streets to be rehabilitatied:
  • Santa Monica Boulevard: School Road to Henry Clay Boulevard
  • Portion of alley east of Santa Monica Boulevard: south of Montclaire Avenue
  • Bay Ridge Avenue: Henry Clay Boulevard to Fairmount Avenue
  • Bay Ridge Avenue: Silver Spring Drive to Lakeview Avenue
  • Bay Ridge Avenue: Birch Avenue to Lexington Boulevard
  • Oakland Avenue: Lake Drive to Hampton Road
  • Cumberland Boulevard: Lake Drive to Larkin Street
  • Belle Avenue: Santa Monica Boulevard to Lake Drive
  • Belle Avenue: Lydell Avenue to Bay Ridge Avenue
  • Shoreland Avenue: Henry Clay Street to Fairmount Avenue
  • Carlisle Avenue: Santa Monica Boulevard to Lake Drive
  • Fleetwood Place: Idlewild Avenue to Marlborough Drive
  • Circle Drive Intersection with Kimbark Place
  • Woodruff Avenue: Fairmount Avenue to Lancaster Avenue
  • Wildwood Avenue: Courtland Place to south Village Limits

Refuse / Recycling Collection: Please bring your refuse and recycling carts up to the street curb in front of your house on your usual collection day by 7:00am throughout the duration of this project. While placing your carts next to the street curb, please space them a minimum of 3’ apart and a minimum of 3’ from other obstructions.

Use of Roadway and Parking: The roadways will be open to traffic throughout most of the project, but limited to local traffic at times during certain project construction operations. Most residents will have access to their driveway throughout the length of the project. When the roadway is being milled or paved directly in front of your home there will be some short term access restrictions. If curb replacement work is taking place across your driveway that will restrict your access, the contractor will be contacting you directly in advance. If desired, on-street Village parking permits that allow you to park any private vehicles overnight on any Village street for the duration of the project are available from the Village or the contractor. 

Contractor Typical Hours of Operation: Work is expected to proceed between 7:00am to 5:00 pm weekdays and possibly Saturdays. There may be some evenings that work will continue until 7:00 pm, depending on the specific contractor operation at that time.

The Public Works Department staff understands the inconvenience that this project creates for you and greatly appreciates your patience and understanding. Please be careful, slow down and pay extra attention when driving around this and all construction zones! If you should have any questions regarding this project, feel free to contact:
Spencer Charczuk, EIT, Staff Engineer 414-962-6690 extension 123 or
June 2020 Bay Leaves:
  • Resident Feature: The motorcycle-loving Mehringers and their unlikely journey to Whitefish Bay residency.
  • A message from the North Shore Fire and Rescue captain regarding safe and legal ways to enjoy above-ground fires this summer.
  • Updates from the North Shore Health Department on the importance of social-distancing and self-quarantine as COVID-19 restrictions begin to lighten.
  • Whitefish Bay Recreation and Community Education updates on the cancellation of their Senior Fitness program and updates on the status of other summer activities.
  • Creative ways the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation is giving back to the community amidst event cancellations.
  • A message from the Merchants of Whitefish Bay about the importance of shopping locally and safely.
  • An annual reminder from the Milwaukee Area Domestic Control Commission about pet safety in the coming summer months.
  • The Historical Preservation Commission takes a look back at the Whitefish Bay Women’s Club and their journey to suffrage.
  • Creative ways for you and family to beat the heat this summer.
  • Finally, updates from the Whitefish Bay Library on their summer reading program!
MMSD Home HazMat Collection Returns:
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Home HazMat Collection Centers are back! Do you have home improvement chemicals piling up from the “Safer At Home” period? There are three facilities open all year in Franklin, Menomonee Falls and Milwaukee.

  • You must stay in your vehicle at all times.
  • Put all items in your trunk or as close to the hatchback as possible. For social distancing purposes, we will NOT accept or unload any items in back seats that are directly behind the driver’s seat.
  • We will NOT return cardboard boxes used to transport items to the collection.
  • We WILL return gas cans used for transporting old gas or gas/oil mixtures. However, the cans will be sprayed with a disinfectant before we hand them back to you.
  • Click here drop off location addresses, hours, and more information.
DPW Coloring Contest Winners:
Congrats to our DPW coloring contest winners! Good work Oliver Age 3🥇and Naomi Age 9🥇. Future engineers in the making? Both winners received a small prize!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Annual Department of Public Works Coloring Contest. We look forward to hosting in the contest in-person again next year and honoring the winners at a Village Board meeting.

Entries will be displayed at Village Hall for several weeks.
Last Chance - Merchants of Whitefish Bay Banner Design Contest Continues:
Do you know a talented high school artist? The Merchants of Whitefish Bay (MoWFB) are pleased to announce a 2020 college scholarship opportunity.

The goal of this new MoWFB Scholarship is to recognize a student for the creation an original work of art to be used to create new welcoming banners for the Shopping District of Whitefish Bay. The artwork should creatively communicate a message and demonstrates a good use of composition. Two $1,000 Scholarships are available.

Applicant must be a Whitefish Bay resident or attend WFBHS or DHS; students attending a high school outside of Whitefish Bay are eligible if they are a Whitefish Bay resident.

Click here to view the the application which includes detailed instructions.  The deadline to apply is June 15, 2020. The MoWFB consist of the businesses on Silver Spring Drive. Their mission is “To champion the downtown Whitefish Bay business district as an exceptional place to shop, live and conduct business – for individuals, families, and visitors.”
Community Spotlight:
Bay Bridge Update:

Coming soon: A community-wide book read/group and discussion will be announced in partnership with the Whitefish Bay Public Library regarding racial justice. Submit suggestions to and follow us on Facebook at Bay Bridge Wisconsin to learn more about racial justice efforts in our community.
North Shore Health Department Highlights 6/2/2020: Cloth Face Coverings:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highly recommends the use of cloth face coverings in public settings to slow the spread of COVID-19. Cloth face masks help reduce transmission “by preventing dispersal of droplets during talking, sneezing, and coughing, and also reduce the risk of environmental contamination” (  Source). Using a cloth face mask also prevents touching of the nose and mouth with unclean hands, providing benefit to the wearer. 

Studies show that cloth face masks are most effective in combination with other precautionary measures, suggesting it is critical to practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet even while wearing a cloth face covering, as well as washing your hands frequently. Another study suggested that cloth face mask wearing should be widespread because with “broad adoption of even relatively ineffective face masks” there is the potential for lowering community transmission (  Source). Even when you feel completely healthy you should wear a cloth face covering, as it is possible to have the virus and spread it to others without even knowing.

Remember, when you choose to wear a cloth face mask, you are protecting those around you. When others choose to wear a cloth face mask, they are protecting you. We can all help protect and support one another in our communities by opting to wear a cloth face covering in public settings.

How to make a simple cloth face covering:  Click Here.
How to properly wear a cloth face covering:  Click Here

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.
North Shore Health Department Update:
June 5th, 2020 Update on COVID-19
(as of 4:30 p.m.).

Milwaukee Area COVID-19 Testing: Click Here

The North Shore is currently in Phase B of our reopening plan: Businesses and organizations are encouraged to follow Phase B of the North Shore Health Department’s Guidelines for a Safe, Phased Reopening, as well as other industry-specific guidelines.
The North Shore remains in Phase B of our reopening plan: The gating criteria was reevaluated on June 4th to determine if the North Shore was able to progress to Phase C. As seen in the table below, the “testing” criteria remained in the red; therefore, we remain in Phase B of our reopening plan. All gating criteria must be yellow or green to allow for us to move to Phase C. The gating criteria will be reassessed after an additional seven days, making next Thursday, June 11th the next date. At this time, businesses and organizations should still follow Phase B of the North Shore Health Department’s Guidelines for a Safe, Phased Reopening, as well as other industry-specific guidelines.

The City of Milwaukee has now moved into Phase 3 of their reopening plan, which closely resembles our Phase B guidelines. However, gathering limits in our plan remain at 10 people maximum. We strongly encourage everyone to continue to limit gatherings both in homes and in public spaces to no more than 10 people.

For all of the guidelines, see the NSHD Phase B detailed guidelines and the chart with each of the phases.
Community transmission is occurring in the North Shore, meaning that in public settings there is always risk of exposure to COVID-19: This risk of exposure is present in all public settings, including places like grocery stores, gas stations, workplaces, fitness centers and salons. Community transmission is happening throughout the state of Wisconsin, across the United States, and around the globe, making it necessary to assume that being in public places in any community presents a risk of exposure. The most effective way to minimize your risk of exposure is to limit the number of times you go out to public places, as the more times you are out in public the higher your risk is of being exposed. At this time, individuals have to determine their own acceptable level of risk when choosing to visit public places, as the potential for exposure is always present. To properly protect yourself when you are in public settings, the CDC highly recommends physical distancing and wearing a mask, as well as frequent hand washing and disinfection of commonly used surfaces. Everyone should monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop COVID-19, symptoms you should not leave your house and should seek testing. See the list of Milwaukee testing sites here:
This graph displays the total number of positive and negative test results received per day in the North Shore, as well as the percent of test results that were positive (3 day rolling average). A total of approximately 3,615 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the North Shore as of 2:30 p.m. on June 5th. With a population of approximately 65,000 in the North Shore, this indicates that 5.6% of the North Shore population has been tested at this time.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage you to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates, as well as the NSHD website. Additional information on COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.
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Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651