Monday, March 30, 2020

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

We need your help to get the "Stay Home, Save Lives" message out. Grab this graphic and post as your social media profile pic!

Keep yourself, your loved ones and your community safe. Stay at home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save the lives of those at high risk for contracting COVID-19. Parents, please be sure to remind your kids about the importance of Social Distancing. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why is Village Hall's Phone Ringing?
When is 2nd installment of Property Taxes Due? For those residents who elected to pay their property taxes under the installment plan, please be advised that the due date for the second installment remains March 31, 2020. This deadline is set by the State, find more details below.

Is it too late to request an absentee ballot my mail? Not yet, but hurry! The deadline to request a ballot by mail is 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 2, 2020. More info below.

What is the status of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and the North Shore? Visit the North Shore Health Department website or the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website for the most up to date information about COVID-19.
Have a question?
The Village Hall phone number is 414-962-6690.
Village Meeting Agendas:
This Week's Meetings:

No meetings this week. The Village will be using GoToMeeting for upcoming meetings as permitted by Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Laws. The call-in number and passcode will be included on each meeting agenda.
Last Week's Meetings:

No meetings last week. For other m eeting agendas and minutes, plea se visit the Agenda Center page on the Village Website.
Weekly North Shore Health Department Update:
COVID-19: March 27, 2020 UPDATE:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WI DHS) and the North Shore Health Department (NSHD), along with other local health departments are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus, COVID-19. For the most current information on the COVID-19, please visit the CDC's website on COVID-19 or www.nshealthdept.org .

The first case in the North Shore was confirmed on March 13th, 2020. There is now evidence of community spread in the North Shore and throughout much of Wisconsin. As the North Shore Health Department, we are currently monitoring 23 active cases, and we are also providing active monitoring for high-risk contacts of confirmed cases with daily phone calls. We have triaged and processed 354 suspect cases and/or contacts, and performed several large contact investigations, which involves notifying the contacts of their potential risk and educating them on quarantine guidelines set by the CDC and WI DHS. We are also managing six active cases in Milwaukee to assist the Milwaukee Health Department.

If you have questions about COVID-19 over the weekend, please call 211. You can also text COVID-19 to 211-211 or visit: link. If an emergency arises, call 911. Always notify them over the phone if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 so first responders are prepared when they arrive.

If you have any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that you would like to donate to our frontline workers, follow this link: www.covid19supplies.wi.gov/Donations . The WI DHS has set up a PPE Donation/Buyback Program to get important safety items to our health care workers and first responders .

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A Note From the Merchants of Whitefish Bay:
Are you wondering what you can do to help the Merchants of Whitefish Bay? One way to help is to buy Gift Cards for yourself, a family member, or friends to be used at a later date. Many of the Merchants are offering excellent promotions with gift card purchases. 

This revenue will support each business and their staff during this difficult time. Go to the www.MerchantsofWhitefishBay.com for a complete listing of businesses with gift cards, online shopping opportunities, virtual shopping, virtual exercise, curbside pick up or delivery and more!

- Thank you for supporting the Merchants of Whitefish Bay! We will be back in full force before you know it!
Spring Election and Property Tax Information:
2nd Installment of Property Tax Payments Due:

For those residents who elected to pay their property taxes under the installment plan, please be advised that the due date for the second installment remains March 31, 2020.

These due dates have been established by Wisconsin State Statutes and the Village has not received any indication at this time that the State is considering any actions to suspend those requirements.

How do I make a payment?
  • By mail
  • 24-Hour Night Depository
  • Associated Bank Drive Through
  • On the Village Website.

The Village's  Property Tax page has more information and answers to FAQs. Property Taxes be paid online by clicking here. Credit card processing fees have been temporarily waived.
Spring Election Information:

The Village of Whitefish Bay is urging ALL voters to vote by mail for the April 7, 2020 election.
Copy of photo ID is required if not previously submitted. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

On April 7, 2020 polls will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on election day. For more election information visit the election website.
Updates from Village Hall:
Village Operational Changes:


If you have a question please call 414-962-6690 between 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Thank you from our First Responders:

Thank you Whitefish Bay! We asked, YOU DELIVERED! We received over 300 n95 masks from the community last week. We are humbled by the generosity and collaboration!
Updates from the Department of Public Works:
2019 Annual Water Quality Report:

We're fortunate in Whitefish Bay to have excellent drinking water from the North Shore Water Commission.

The North Shore Water Commission, in cooperation with its member utilities, publishes a water quality report annually. The report is designed so that residents can clearly understand what’s in the drinking water and how to obtain additional information. Click here to view the 2019 Water Quality Report.
 
The North Shore Water Commission operates and maintains the Water Filtration Plant at 400 West Bender Road in Glendale as well as the Raw Water Pumping Station located in Whitefish Bay. The North Shore Water Commission is responsible for purifying and pumping potable water to its member utilities which include Fox Point, Glendale, and Whitefish Bay. For additional information about water quality please visit North Shore Water Commission website, WDNR, and the EPA.
MMSD Home HazMat Update

All MMSD Home HazMat collection facilities are closed until further notice.

Please continue to help us protect our local waterways and NOT put hazardous chemicals down the drain.

For a list of items you can set aside to drop-off at a later date: https://www.mmsd.com/what-you-can-do/home-haz-mat-collection
April 2020 Bay Leaves:
The April Bay Leaves monthly magazine is available on the Village website. PLEASE NOTE: Bay Leaves is written and published 1 month in advance. Events and programs may have been cancelled or postponed as a result of COVID-19 . Village stories include:
  • Make Good Health Choices from the North Shore Health Department.
  • Whitefish Bay is Bird City from the Whitefish Bay Garden Club.
  • Heartworm Testing from MADACC
  • Outdoor Electrical Safety from the North SHire Fire Department.
  • Event dates from the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation (Note: all events though April/May are cancelled, future events are also tentative).
  • Event dates from the Merchants of Whitefish Bay (Note: all events though April/May are cancelled, future events are also tentative).
  • The School District, Recreation Department, Library, and Village have articles with outdated event and program information.
It's Time to Complete the Census:
All households within the village should have received materials in the mail to complete their 2020 US Census Questionnaire. The Village encourages you to fill out your questionnaire as soon as possible. 

Not only does your response critically matter to the allocation of billions of dollars of federal funding and political representation, it will also limit the need for potential door-to-door follow-up to your home. All responses are encouraged to be completed by April 1, 2020, which has been designated as “Census Day.” During a time of increased public health concerns, your cooperation is greatly appreciated. 

Should follow-up be required, please know that the U.S. Census Bureau is prepared to safely conduct surveys during public health events. When conducting in-person interviews, their enumerators will follow strict hygiene protocol as established by the national health authorities and state and local health departments.
Digital Resources from the Whitefish Bay Public Library
Facebook Live Storytime at the Whitefish Bay Public Library: Missing Storytime? We are too! Visit the Whitefish Bay Library Facebook page each Thursday at 10:00 am and join Miss Valerie for a Facebook Live Storytime.

Did you miss the last Facebook Live Storytime? We've got you covered! Click here to view the March 26, 2020 Storytime.
Digital Resources at the Library: Do you find yourself with a bunch of free time on your hands? Although the library is closed, we still offer a bunch of digital resources that can keep you entertained and perhaps teach you a new skill (or language). Click here to learn more!
A Message from the Bayside Communications Center (aka 9-1-1):
When you call 9-1-1 in Whitefish Bay the call is routed to Dispatch at the Bayside Communications Center.

As a precautionary measure, calls received by 911 communications will now have an additional screening process in response to COVID-19. You may be asked additional health and travel questions concerning you and your loved ones.

Answering yes to these questions does not mean that you or your loved ones have COVID-19. These questions help us determine if personnel need to arrive at your residence using appropriate protective equipment.

Please answer questions honestly. Your health and the health of our emergency service personnel is essential at this critical time.
Community Spolight:
Food Drive: Bay Bridge has organized a food drive to help feed those most in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Please help restock Milwaukee food banks, pantries and social service agencies that serve the food insecure.

Blue collection bins have been place at the Whitefish Bay Public Library, and will be there through the foreseeable future. What’s needed: 1)NONPERISHABLE items & 2) FRESH oranges, bananas and apples for children. Thank you for your generosity, donations will be picked up daily.
A Note from the Whitefish Bay School District: Our teachers, administrators and staff hope your families are safe and healthy. We will continue to house on our website the most recent information and resources regarding District communications.
Donate Blood: Right now, the American Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood product donations as uncertainties remain during this coronavirus pandemic. Blood drives continue to be canceled at an alarming rate and patients need a sufficient blood supply throughout the many weeks of this crisis and beyond.

Healthy individuals are needed to schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead to help patients counting on lifesaving blood, platelets or AB Elite plasma. Visit the American Red Cross website to find a blood drive.

Giving blood is considered an essential community service. As part of our nation’s critical infrastructure, healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter in place declarations. Donating is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood or platelets. We have implemented additional precautions to ensure safety of our donors and staff.
Weekly North Shore Health Department Update:
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The Safer at Home order (Executive Order #12) went into effect as of Wednesday March 25th, at 8 am and will remain in effect until 8 am on Friday, April 24th, or until a superseding order is issued. Governor Tony Evers directed the Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue the Safer at Home order, which prohibits all nonessential travel and closes non-essential businesses across Wisconsin. The order is available here and the press release can be found
here. A Safer at Home FAQ was released for clarification of the order and is available here. The press release includes a condensed list of businesses that are considered essential, and order includes the full list with exemptions. Governor Evers stresses the importance of staying home to flatten the curve and minimize the burden on the healthcare system. Many people who have the virus display no signs or symptoms and unknowingly spread it to others. This Safer at Home order is necessary to prevent transmission of the virus by these people who appear healthy.

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