Monday, May 22, 2023

Village of Whitefish Bay Official Weekly Newsletter

Message from the Village President, Kevin Buckley

I'd like to see everyone at three events in Whitefish Bay this week:

  • Thursday, 5-7pm:  Sip, Shop & Support Local on Silver Spring.   Complimentary wine and sweets located at various merchants. Music.  
  • Saturday, 2-9pm: Klode Beer Garden, hosted by 1840 Brewing.  Music, food trucks, and your neighbors.
  • Monday, 11am:  Memorial Day Ceremony at Armory Park, hosted by your WFB Civic Foundation.

Have a great week! -kb

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Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?

Can loose leaves be placed in the street for collection?

No! Placing loose leaves in the curb-line for collection is only permitted in the fall. Any leaf remnant should be placed inside yard waste bags for collection.

What is the Refuse and Recycling collection schedule for Memorial Day (May 29)? Refuse and recycling normally picked up on Monday, May 29, will be picked up on Tuesday, May 30.

When is the 3rd and Final Tax Installment Payment Due? The final tax installment is due Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Click here for more information.

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


Last Week's Meetings:

Village Board Meeting

  • Monday, May 15, 6:00 p.m., Village Board Room and Via Zoom.

Community Development Authority

  • Tuesday, May 16, 6:00 p.m., Village Hall Board Room and Via Zoom

Historic Preservation Committee

  • Wednesday, May 17, 7:30 p.m., First Floor Meeting Room

Architectural Review Commission

  • Thursday, May 18, 5:30 p.m., Village Hall Board Room and Via Zoom

This Week's Meetings:

Public Works Committee

  • Monday, May 22, 4:45 p.m., Village Hall Board Room and Via Zoom

Plan Commission

  • Tuesday, May 23, 6:00 p.m., Village Hall Board Room and Via Zoom

Library Board

  • Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m., Upstairs Library Program Room

Board of Review

  • Wednesday, May 24, 9:00 a.m., Via Zoom

Village Board Meeting

May 15, 2023

1) Adoption of Resolution No. 3144 - Recognizing Paul Christensen's Service to the Village of Whitefish Bay

The Board recognized and thanked Mr. Christensen for his 15 years of dedicated service as Municipal Judge.

2) Adoption of Resolution No. 3145 - Proclaiming May 21st - May 27th as "Public Works Week"

The Board thanked the DPW employees for all their tireless efforts and encouraged residents to do the same.

3) Adoption of Resolution No. 3146 - Confirming Obligation to Contribute to NSFD's Debt Service on Bonds Issued by the City of Glendale

The Board took action to approve this resolution authorizing repayment to the City of Glendale for Whitefish Bay's portion of the borrowing for reconstruction of NSFD Station 82 in the City of Glendale.

4) Presentation of the 2022 Police Department Annual Report

Police Chief, Patrick Whitaker, presented the Board with the 2022 Annual Report.

5) Approval of Community Development Director Staff Position

After discussion, the Community Development Director staff position was approved 4-3. The Board also created a Community Development Director Job Description Ad Hoc Committee that is tasked with developing a draft job description that will be brought back to the Board for review.

CDA Meeting

May 16, 2023

1) Recommendation for approval of a $80,000 Downtown Incentive Grant for The Daily Dose.

The CDA took action to recommend approval of the Downtown Incentive Grant to the Village Board. The Village Board will take up this item at the June 5th meeting.

2) 2022 Work Order Recap from GRAEF

Stephanie Hacker, of GRAEF, presented the 2022 Work Order summary and recap to the CDA.

3) Discussion on possible modifications to the Downtown Incentive Grant Program

The CDA reviewed a redline draft of the program guidelines and decided to carry the topic over to the next CDA meeting.

Updates from Village Hall:

Recycle Day in the Bay - Results

A huge thanks to all the vendors and participants for making the 2023 Recycle Day in the Bay a success! The following vendors participated and collected a variety of items to be reused, recycled, and disposed of from the over 250 drive through attendees:

  • Friends of Whitefish Bay Public Library - 750 books
  • Goodwill Industries - 1300 lbs.
  • Midwest Computer Recycling - 52 televisions along with electronics / appliances
  • North Shore American Legion - 25 American flags
  • Thiensville/Mequon Lions Club - 12 cell phones, 2 hearing aids, and about 100 eye glasses
  • Wisconsin Bike Federation - 28 bikes, 3 scooters, 1 jogging stroller

Employee Discrimination and Harassment Training

Last week, all Village employees participated in discrimination and harassment training, presented by Violet Bee Consulting.

The training served as a means to educate employees about the various forms of discrimination and harassment, provided tools to identify and address such behaviors, and promoted a culture of respect and equality within the workplace.

This training was a crucial step towards building an equitable and inclusive workplace. 

Upcoming Events:

Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day Ceremony:

The community is cordially invited to Whitefish Bay’s 8th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, sponsored by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation. The event is at 11:00 a.m. on May 29, 2023, at Armory Park (Corner of Henry Clay St. and Ardmore Ave.)

The ceremony will be an opportunity for Veterans to connect with one another and for the community to honor our country’s fallen service members. The event will also give Whitefish Bay families a way to teach children the meaning behind Memorial Day and to witness traditional military customs.

The Village has issued a special event permit for the 1840 Brewing Company's return to Klode Park on seven occasions this spring/summer. Enjoy refreshments from 1840 Brewing Company, a family friendly live band, and food trucks for each event. The first event will take place on

Merchants of Whitefish Bay:

Join us on Silver Spring Drive on select Thursdays May through September for a few extra hours of shopping (and sipping!). Businesses will stay open late and will offer wine (June and August) and beer (May, July and September) for you to enjoy. You can expect special promotions and great live music each evening. 

Next Sip and Shop: Thursday, May 25

Update from Public Works:

Public Works Week

From street, sidewalk, and public park maintenance, to the sewer and water systems, and solid waste and recycling collection, the Public Works services provided in our community are an integral part of our citizens’ everyday lives. This week, we are honoring the many hardworking Public Works employees who help maintain these necessary facilities, programs, and services.

The Village Board approved Resolution No. 3145, proclaiming Sunday, May 21–Saturday, May 27 as “Public Works Week” in the Village of Whitefish Bay. We call upon all community members and civic organizations to acquaint themselves with the issues involved in providing our Public Works services and to recognize the contributions which Whitefish Bay Public Works employees make every day to our health, safety, comfort, and quality of life.

If you see a Public Works employee around the Village this week and beyond, be sure to pass along a smile, a “thank you,” or a wave!

No Mow May Update:

We are more than halfway through May and the vegetation is really beginning to take off! For those participating in No Mow May, please remember that even though the exception to grass height limits during the month of May is suspended, it shall not be construed to also provide an exception to the need for a property owner to abate all weeds defined as noxious weeds in Wis. Stats.

Garlic Mustard (shown in this picture) is an invasive plant that chokes out native plants from growing. This year the Garlic Mustard seems to be especially abundant. Just one Garlic Mustard plant is capable of producing 500 seeds that can survive up to 7 years! The upside? Garlic Mustard is very easy to pull!

Whitefish Bay Public Library:

Library Closing for Memorial Day

The library will be closed on Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29. We will reopen for normal hours on Tuesday, May 30. Memorial Day weekend is also the start of our summer hours which means the library is closed on Sundays until after Labor Day weekend. You can see a list of our hours and holiday closings on our website:

Whitefish Bay TALKS: When Milwaukee Went to War

With Tom Fehring

Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m.

Please Register-

When Milwaukee Went to War brings to life the incredible stories behind the many men and women, from all walks of life, who stepped up and proudly worked toward achieving victory during World War II. The talk will chronicle their hard work and sacrifices, along with the investment and innovation by Milwaukee industry, that led to success.

About the speaker: Tom Fehring is an engineer by training and practice, having worked at ‘keeping the lights on’ at Wisconsin Energy Corporation and its various subsidiaries. Earlier in his career, he also worked for a time at Falk Corporation, Briggs & Stratton and Ford Motor Company. He has also been involved with community history, serving on the Whitefish Bay Historic Preservation Commission and writing four books on the Village’s history.

Tea Time Book Club

Friday, May 26, 12:00 p.m.

Our Tea Time Book Club meets once a month is led by Library Director Nyama Reed. This month we're reading Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships by Nina Totenburg. Tea Time Book Club offers hybrid meetings. You can attend in-person at the Library in the 2nd floor Program Room or online via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 817 7725 2388

Passcode: 33887462

Bilingual Storytime/Hora de cuentos bilingüe

Saturday, May 27, 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Please Register-

Welcome everyone! You are invited to a family bilingual storytime at Whitefish Bay Library. Join us as we sing songs, read books, and practice our Spanish.

State Park Day Passes Now Available

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Whitefish Bay Public Library announced a library program to make state park and forest vehicle admission day passes available to library card holders at Whitefish Bay. Starting on Monday, May 1st, library card holders at over 200 libraries across Wisconsin can check out a day pass for free admission for one vehicle at any state park, forest, or recreation area where admission is required.

How do the passes work?

Every Monday morning, a select number of passes will be available. Stop by the display area near the adult reference desk to grab a card to checkout a pass. Bring the card up to the front desk. Passes are brought to you by Friends of the Whitefish Bay Public Library.

In order to take the pass, you must:

·        Have a library card in good standing

·        Have a WI license plate

·        Know the date of your visit. (The date of use must be written on the pass. We can write a range of 3 days if you know the approximate date).

Link here to review the 2022 Annual Report

School District of Whitefish Bay:

Save the Date!

Monday, May 29 - No School

Friday, June 9 - Early Dismissal

Moving? Please contact your school to notify them of any moving plans or address updates.

2023-24 Online Enrollment for NEW Students

New student enrollment for all grades for the 2023-24 school year is now open. Online enrollment information can be found in this link. It is not necessary for current students to re-enroll; returning families will complete online registration in August for the upcoming school year. 

Questions? Contact your school directly.

Cumberland: (414) 963-3943      

Richards: (414) 963-3951

Middle School: (414) 963-6800            

High School: (414) 963-3928

Upcoming School Board Meetings

  • Wednesday, May 24, 7 p.m. - Committee Meetings
  • Wednesday, June 7, 7 p.m. - Regular Business Meeting

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

Join Bay Bridge and other members of the Milwaukee host committee in welcoming Richard Rothstein (Color of Law) and Leah Rothstein for the release of their new book, Just Action

Racial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the U.S. and bears responsibility for our most serious social and economic problems. We’ve taken no serious steps to desegregate neighborhoods, however, because we are hobbled by a national myth that residential segregation is de facto—the result of private discrimination or personal choices that do not violate constitutional rights. The Color of Law demonstrates, however, that residential segregation was created by racially explicit and unconstitutional government policy. Just Action describes how we can begin to address this, providing dozens of strategies local groups can pursue to redress segregation in their own communities. By starting with achievable local victories, we can build a national movement that can remedy our unconstitutional racial landscape.

Register for Richard Rothstein & Leah Rothstein Book Release Author Event

North Shore Health Department:

Click here to view the May 17, 2023 Weekly Summary from the North Shore Health Department

Other Community Links:

Merchants of Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay Public Library

Whitefish Bay School District

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission

Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation

North Shore Fire Department

Whitefish Bay Little League

Bay Bridge

North Shore Junior Women's Club

WFB Blue Duke Nation

Whitefish Bay Historical Society

Kiwanis Club of North Shore Milwaukee

Whitefish Bay Garden Club

Whitefish Bay Recreation and Community Education

Whitefish Bay Public Education Foundation

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


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