Monday, January 30, 2023

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter

Message from the Village President, Kevin Buckley

Interested in what happens on Silver Spring Drive? The annual Merchants' meeting is at 8:30 a.m. this Friday. The Zoom link can be found below. 
Also .. kudos to our DPW who plowed the streets clean before we woke up yesterday!
Have a great week. -kb

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Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?

What is the property tax deadline? The first installment or full payment of taxes are due January 31, 2023. Click here for more information.

Can I hovel 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.

When were absentee ballots mailed for the February 21 Spring Primary Election? Absentee ballot mailing began last week. Absentee ballots may be returned via USPS, or at the Village Hall front desk during regular business hours. Absentee ballots may not be returned via the Village Hall vestibule drop box. Voters may only drop off or mail their own absentee ballot, unless self-identifying as needing assistance due to a disability. Absentee ballots MUST be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Have a question? Send us an email or give us a call at (414) 962-6690.

Village Meeting Agendas:

Last Week's Meetings:

Library Board Meeting

  • Tuesday, January 24, 6:30 p.m., Via Zoom

This Week's Meetings:

Architectural Review Commission

  • Thursday, February 2, 5:30 p.m., Village Board Room

Business Improvement District Board Meeting

  • Friday, February 3, 2023, 8:30 a.m. via Zoom

Updates from Village Hall:

Property Tax Payment Deadline:

The first installment or full payment of taxes are due Tuesday, January 31, 2023. Click here for more information. Do you need help figuring out how to view your property tax receipt online? Reference this helpful walkthrough!

For any property tax bill where payment is not made timely, the bill is considered delinquent and the remaining balance is subject to interest and penalty. When paying in installments, if a payment is missed, the installment plan is no longer available and the balance is due in full. Pursuant to Wisconsin State Statutes and Village of Whitefish Bay Municipal Code, delinquent property tax bills are charged 1.5% interest and penalty per month (in the calculation of interest and penalty, a partial month is considered a full month). Interest and penalties are charged retroactive to February 1, 2023.

February Primary Ahead:

The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.

You may review what's on the ballot, request an absentee ballot be mailed to you and track your requested absentee ballot by visiting:

Important Spring Primary Dates

Message from the Director of Building Services,

Joel Oestreich:

A Brief Guide to Permits in Whitefish Bay

From small updates to large additions, many home projects require permits in Whitefish Bay. Though often seen as just an additional project cost, they are beneficial for everyone involved. Permits and inspections help protect the housing stock, the commercial buildings, and the infrastructure in Whitefish Bay. Permits also help ensure that the work being done meets the health and safety standards set adopted by the Village Board and allow the Village to keep a record of the work that has been done on the property.

Planning a home renovation project in 2023? Below is a list of frequently asked questions to help you navigate the permit process in Whitefish Bay.

What projects require permits in Whitefish Bay? Many projects require a permit—or multiple permits—in the Village. To see a list of common projects and the permits they require, visit the Village website. If you don’t see your project listed or you have additional questions, you can call the Building Services Department (pictured above) at 414-962-6690 Ext. 111 (M–F, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.).

Are there any projects that do not require permits? Some projects, including the addition of a chimney liner, a new driveway on the private side only, or new siding on a property, do not require permits. If you are not sure whether a permit is needed or not, contact the Building Services Department before you begin your project.

When should I (or my contractor) obtain the permits needed for my next project?

Permits must be applied for and issued before a project begins. It is recommended that you submit your permit application at least 10 days before you begin your project to allow time for processing. While most permits can be processed much faster than this, it is important that the inspectors have enough time to review the plans.

What should I do if I suspect my contractor has not pulled any permits? Call the Building Services Department, at 414-962-6690 Ext. 111, to see if a permit has been issued. If a permit was not pulled, the Building Services Department will help you obtain the required permit(s).

How can I view my property’s permit record? To obtain a copy of your property file, bring a new flash drive (in its original packaging) or purchase a new flash drive from the Building Services counter at Village Hall (5300 N Marlborough Dr., Whitefish Bay, WI). They will download the files onto the flash drive for you to take with you.

I pulled the appropriate permits and completed my project. What comes next? When your project is complete, the homeowner or contractor will need to set up an inspection with the Building Services Department at 414-962-6690 ext. 111.

Merchants of Whitefish Bay:

Click Here to Participate Via Zoom

WFB Public Library:

Winter Reading Program

Our Winter Reading Program is back! Adults and teens can participate through Beanstack, while kids can stop by the Youth Services Desk to get started. The program starts on January 16 and runs through February 28. This program is made possible by Friends of the Whitefish Bay Public Library. Read more about this program on our website at:

All Ages Storytime, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Mondays, Starting January 16

Wednesdays, Starting January 18

Thursdays, Starting January 19

Join us for a fun, educational storytime perfect for all ages. We'll share stories, songs, flannels and more! Storytime will be held in the Tower of the children's area. Please register for any updates.

Vision Boards for Tweens

Monday, January 30, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Grades 3-5

Please register:

Set your intentions for 2023 and make a vision board. We'll provide all the supplies you might need, including magazines, markers, and inspirational quotes. 

Friends of Whitefish Bay Public Library Writing Contest 2023 Guidelines

Friends are once again offering Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library Writing Contest. This will be the 10th straight year for the contest, which includes submission categories for short story (1,000 words or less), memoirs (1,000 words or less), and poetry (200 words or less). The contest is open to anyone 16 and up. Submissions will be accepted from January 9 - February 6 and are limited to one entry per person per category. Cash prizes will be awarded in early spring. Please include a cover page on your entry with the following: Name, address, email, phone number, entry date, and category.

Email entries to [email protected] or drop off entries in person at the Adult Services Desk or mail them to:

Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library Writing Contest

5420 N Marlborough Drive

Milwaukee, WI 53217

A reception will be held where winners will be on hand to read their pieces, date to be announced. Winners will also have their entries posted to the library’s website after the reception.

Mystery Book Club

Wednesday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.

Our Mystery Book Club meets once a month and is led by librarian Sharon Nagel. This month we're reading Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

This meeting will be a hybrid meeting, both on Zoom and in person at the library.

Click here to join Zoom: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 890 9070 0104 Passcode: J8yJp03W

School District of Whitefish Bay:

Upcoming School Board Meeting:

  • Wednesday, February 8 - Regular Business Meeting

School board meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Library Media Center, unless posted otherwise. Meeting dates, agendas, minutes, and more can be found online

Community E-Newsletter

Our Community E-Newsletters are one of several ways the District works toward comprehensive communications with the community. Sign up to receive these monthly during the school year.

Bay Bridge:

Using examples from Whitefish Bay and the North Shore, we will explore how implicit bias impacts us all and how, by building awareness of it in ourselves and in our society, we can begin to work against it. This session will include a variety of approaches, including co-facilitator presentation, video, small and large group discussion, and listening pairs. Nicolet graduate and social justice professional Dynasty Caesar will introduce the topic of implicit bias, with the goal of increasing participants' sensitivity to and understanding of it. 

Click here to register for (Let's Talk About) Implicit Bias class on February 1

Whitefish Bay Environmental Group:

North Shore Health Department:

Click here to view the January 25, 2023 Weekly Summary from the North Shore Health Department

NSHD Healthy Highlight 1/25/2023: Heart Disease in Women

Go Red for Heart Heath: 

February is Heart Health Month, and Friday, February 3, 2023 is National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month National Wear Red Day.


Nearly 45% of females, 20 years and older, are living with some form of cardiovascular disease. Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is often called the “silent killer”. Among blood pressure deaths, 51.9% are in women.

Women face unique life events that can impact their risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, such as pregnancy and menopause.


According to Go Red:

10% to 20% of women will have a health issue during pregnancy, and high blood pressure, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes during pregnancy greatly increase a women’s risk for developing cardiovascular disease later in life.

Going through menopause does not cause cardiovascular disease, but the approach of menopause marks a point in midlife when women's cardiovascular risk factors can accelerate, making increased focus on health during this pivotal life stage is crucial.


Through lifestyle education and changes, most cardiac and stroke events can be prevented.

Some changes include: moving more, eating wisely and managing blood pressure.


However, it’s also important to know that signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stoke can be different when compared to men.

Other Community Links:

WFB Blue Duke Nation

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