Monday, January 11, 2021

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

During winter weather, please remember to drive safely and give Village snow plows plenty of room to clear the streets. See the story below for more details. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Why Is The Village Hall Phone Ringing?
Where do I get information on the COVID-19 vaccine? For the latest information on data, questions, and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. There is an additional update below from the North Shore Health Department.

What is the last date Christmas Trees will be collected at the curb? Village crews will collect Christmas trees once a week curbside ending the week of Monday, January 25. Please place trees on your parkway, the area between the public sidewalk and curb.

How do I view my property tax receipt online? The Village has created a helpful online video walkthrough. Click here to check it out.

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

  • Thursday, January 7, 5:30 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.
This Week's Meetings:

  • Tuesday, January 12, 6:15 p.m., Virtual GoToMeeting.
Reminders from Public Works:
❄ During winter weather, remember to drive safely and please give Village snow plows plenty of room to clear the streets.

❄ All residents and business owners are responsible for snow and ice removal from public sidewalks adjacent to their properties within 24 hours after a snow event.

❄ Remember to clear all corners with crosswalks to help the children, elderly, and those with mobility concerns get around the Village.

❄As the snow piles up, help the Fire Department by adopting the fire hydrant closest to your home or business and keep it free of snow during the winter.

❄ Please utilize your driveway apron or clear a portion of the parkway for refuse and recycling cart placement. Snow and ice must be cleared around the cart(s) as well as the lid. Please do not place your refuse and recycling carts in the street.
Updates from the Police Department:
Police Department Job Opening:

The Whitefish Bay Police Department is accepting applications to fill a vacancy for the position of Police Officer. Please visit https://www.wilenet.org/ and click on the Law Enforcement Employment Opportunities link for a full job posting and details about how to apply.

A DJ-LE-330 form is required. Do not complete the standard Village of Whitefish Bay online job application. You must complete the DJ-LE-330 form found by following the link above. Email completed applications to Lieutenant Patrick Whitaker.
Scam Alert:

The Whitefish Bay Police Department has been made aware of a scam by individuals in the area acting as WE Energies employees to gain access to homes.

If someone comes to your door claiming to be from WE Energies; ask for identification. It’s not rude, it’s safe. Here’s how to tell a real WE Energies employee or contractor from a fake one.
  • An employee or contractor will readily prove their identity. An imposter won’t.
  • An employee or contractor will wear a photo ID with their name and company logo.
  • When in doubt, call WE Engeries at 800-242-9137 so they can confirm their employee’s or their contractor’s identity.

If you have elderly neighbors please alert them to this activity as they may not be subscribed to email notifications. Other North Shore Police agencies have had similar incidents reported to them in recent weeks. Please be careful of those you allow in your residence.
Updates from Village Hall:
Ice Rink Update:

The Cahill Park Community Ice Rink will follow its regular hours of operation this week. Before visiting the Ice Rink, be sure to check for weather closures or open skate hours adjustments on the Village website.

  • Please stay home if you have any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell.

  • No more than 50 people on the rink at any time; 6-foot social distancing and masks are recommended at all times.

  • Some minor construction continues on the rink. Please do not enter areas marked “off-limits”. This includes the east side of the rink and the area for Rink 2.

Wisconsin Salt Awareness Week:

Shovel up snow as soon as possible and reduce the need for salt. Fido will thank you! Learn how you can be a part of the salt reduction revolution during WI Salt Awareness Week, January 11-15. Register online: www.wisaltwise.com or @WISaltWise
When is My Tax Bill Due?

Due date is January 31, 2021. Residents have the option to pay property taxes and other charges as indicated on your tax bill in installments. Installment due dates are as follows:

  • 1st Installment due by January 31 (January 31 is a Sunday – please plan accordingly.)     
  • 2nd Installment due by March 31     
  • Final Installment due by May 31 (May 31 is Memorial Day – please plan accordingly.)
  • Please note – if any installment payment is missed, the installment option is no longer available and the entire balance becomes due in full. 

Tax bills were sent to households the week of December 14, 2020. If you did not receive your property tax bill; please visit the Village website or contact Village Hall.
Updates from the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Curbside Pickup Hours:
  • Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Author Event via ZOOM - Nick Petrie in Conversation with Jim Higgins is Tuesday, January 12, 7:00 p.m.: Peter Ash returns to Milwaukee for his latest adventure, THE BREAKER! Nick Petrie, winner of the ITW Thriller award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, also returns, cosponsored by Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company, Oconomowoc's Books and Company, and Whitefish Bay Public Library. For this event, Nick Petrie will be in conversation with Jim Higgins, Books and Arts Editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Click here to register for this free event.

Take and Make for Kids - Symmetrical Snowflakes, Wednesday, January 13, 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m., 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.: We'll have Symmetrical Snowflake Globe Take and Make kits to pick-up this Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. outside the front doors of the library. We ask that you take one per child and practice good social distancing and mask wearing when picking up your kit.

Virtual Storytime: Due to COVID-19, all of our storytimes are virtual storytimes! We invite you to join one of our youth services librarians for books, rhymes, songs, and more. Our events will premiere on our Facebook page, and they will also be saved on our Facebook page for a brief amount of time.
  • January 12 to February 19
  • TuesdayS at 10:00 a.m.: Toddler Time
  • Fridays at 10:00 a.m.: All Ages

Book Bundles: The library is now offering book bundles for kids and teens! We know that browsing is an important way to find books, especially for our youngest library patrons, so we're hoping this can recreate that feeling of discovery and delight.

How does it work? Click on this form, tell us a few favorite topics or genres, include any extra information that might be helpful, and we'll get to work. These items will be placed on hold for you, and you can easily schedule a pick-up time that works for you.
Community Spotlight:
Bay Bridge Update:

The North Shore Coalition connects organizations that advocate for racial justice on Milwaukee's North Shore and throughout the region. It was founded specifically to plan service projects, educational opportunities and special events for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021 which include virtual racial justice story times and youth service projects, food pantry and housewares collections, an electronics refurbishment/redistribution drive, and online faith-based service, music, speakers, book and film discussions. For a calendar of events and to find out how you can get involved, visit http://www.mlknsmke.com/ 
COVID-19 Vaccine Update:

The State of Wisconsin does not currently have enough vaccine supply for everyone who wants to be vaccinated.  Until vaccine supply increases, the State is following vaccine prioritization guidelines from the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Wisconsin State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC). The State is currently in Phase 1A of the vaccine prioritization guidelines, which includes frontline health care providers and skilled nursing facility staff and residents. As vaccine supply increases, other health care personnel and long-term care facility residents and staff will be offered COVID-19 vaccination.

The North Shore Health Department is aligning with Wisconsin DHS prioritization guidelines and is not currently vaccinating the general public. As additional vaccine supply becomes available, we will provide updates.

Have questions? The general public can email Wisconsin DHS with questions about the vaccine here: DHSCOVIDVACCINEPUBLIC@wi.gov
NSHD Highlights 1/5/21: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Each year, more than 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer, and globally, there were 570,000 new cases of cervical cancer in 2018. Cervical cancer is preventable with vaccination and appropriate screening.

Screening: It is recommended that women have regular screenings starting at age 21. Two screening tests can help prevent cervical cancer or find it early:
  1. The Pap test (or Pap smear) looks for precancers, cell changes on the cervix that might become cervical cancer if they are not treated appropriately.
  2. The HPV test looks for the virus (human papillomavirus) that can cause these cell changes.

Vaccination: The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most often cause cervical and other cancers. HPV vaccination is recommended for preteens aged 11 to 12 years but can be given starting at age 9. The vaccine also is recommended for everyone through age 26 years if they are not vaccinated already.

Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP) –The WWWP provides preventive health screening services to women with little or no health insurance coverage. Call (608) 266-8311 to find out if you qualify for screening services through WWWP.  

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