Monday, May 27, 2019

2019 Weekly Village of Whitefish Bay
Official Newsletter
Message from the
Village President, Julie Siegel
I'm looking forward to the Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the Civic Foundation this morning at 11:00 am at Armory Park. I hope you are able to join us! Friendly reminder that Village Hall is closed today. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.
Final Property Tax Reminder:
3rd and final Tax Installment
Payment is due May 31, 2019: 

What happens if I missed a payment due date? 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. 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 penalty are charged retroactive to February 1, 2019.  
Why is Village Hall's Phone Ringing?
What is the Refuse and Recycling collection schedule for Memorial Day?
  • Refuse and recycling normally picked up on Monday, May 27 will be picked up on Tuesday, May 28. 

Is Village Hall closed to the public on Memorial Day?
  • Yes, Village Hall is closed on Monday, May 27. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28.
Have a question? The Village
Hall phone number is
Village Meeting Agendas:
Last Week's Meetings:

  • Monday, May 20, 6:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room

  • Tuesday, May 21, 6:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room
This Week's Meetings:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 6:30 pm, Library Program Room

  • Thursday, May 30, 7:00 pm, Village Hall Board Room
5th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony:
Join us today! The community is cordially invited to Whitefish Bay’s 5th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony, sponsored by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation. The event is at 11:00 am at Armory Park (Corner of Henry Clay St. and Ardmore Ave.)

This year’s keynote speaker will be Mr. Christopher Miorin, a U.S. Army combat veteran who served as an infantry platoon leader during Operation Iraqi Freedom, executive officer for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, and as an Aide to the President of the United States. Mr. Miorin was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his service and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.
Your neighbors are working to review housing improvement proposals:
As the housing stock ages in a vibrant community like Whitefish Bay, homeowners often make significant improvements to their property to maintain or increase its value. Some property owners choose to raze older homes and replace them with new ones.

Realizing the delicate and often complicated nature of these projects, Whitefish Bay citizen volunteers are working on behalf of the Village to carefully review each rebuild design at Architectural Review Commission (ARC) meetings.

As the issue gained momentum in recent years, the Village Board formed an Ad Hoc Teardown/Rebuild Committee in late 2017. Consisting of four resident volunteers and two Village Trustees, the committee held five meetings during 2018. Review topics included design guidelines, zoning codes, ARC processes, and specific teardown/rebuild reviews.

After completing its review of the aforementioned topics, the Ad Hoc committee made several recommendations that were adopted by the Village Board in December 2018. Key among those changes were procedures aimed at increasing transparency, improving consistency and providing ARC members with data points to assist them in analyzing the scale and massing of proposed structures. The full list of adopted recommendations is available on the Committee page of the Village website:
The majority of the adopted recommendations took effect in March of this year. Since that time, ARC has reviewed plans for five new homes. In each case, the applicant was required to make changes and attend ARC at least twice to meet the design guidelines prior to receiving final approval.  

The Ad Hoc Teardown/Rebuild Committee will reconvene in late August or early September to examine the impact of the adopted recommendations. Stay tuned for the exact meeting date/time along with more updates on the architectural review process and how the teardown/rebuild designs are helping the Village improve its housing stock while balancing the character that makes Whitefish Bay so unique and a highly desirable place to live.  
Police Department Community Updates:
New Officer Sworn In:

Whitefish Bay's newest Police Officer was sworn in last week at Village Hall. Please welcome Officer Riley Parker to Whitefish Bay!

Officer Parker served as a Whitefish Bay Community Service Officer for the Village and is a recent graduate of the Police Academy.
Life Saving Award:

La st week, during a ceremony at Village Hall, Sgt. Straub, Officer Johnson, and Officer Boivin were commended with the Life-Saving Award.

The Officers responded to a 911 call within 92 seconds and quickly preformed CPR and administered an AED to save the life of a man in distress.
Village Board Recognition:
Trustee Jay Miller Honored:

The Village honored Trustee Jay Miller last week after stepping down from the Village Board following over ten years of public service.

Jay gave generously of his time, efforts and skills to lead the Village forward through his participation on the Public Safety Committee, Zoning, Parks and Buildings Committee, Plan Commission, Community Development Authority and Public Works Committee in addition to his general duties as a Village Trustee.

Jay worked to ensure that Whitefish Bay would remain a quality place to live, work and visit, and he will continue to do so as a citizen member and Chairperson of the Public Works Committee!
2nd Grade Coloring Contest Winners:

The Village Board recognized the 2nd Grade Public Works Coloring Contest winners in conjunction with Public Works Week at the last meeting.

Check out the winners from each of the local elementary schools. Future engineers in the making!
2019 Comprehensive Plan Update
The Village has started the process to update its 2009 Comprehensive Plan. We want to hear community feedback on the plan, future land use and development, and Whitefish Bay community goals. For more information on the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Update visit the Comprehensive Plan page on the Village Website.

If you were unable to join the Community Conversation at Bay Day or attend the recent Plan Commission meeting we still want to hear from you! Feel free to provide written comment or feedback on the planning process by contacting Tim Blakeslee, Assistant Village Manager at 414-962-6690 or There will be a public hearing about the 2019 Comprehensive Plan Update in September 2019.
Events at the Whitefish Bay Public Library:
Wednesday, May 29
Stra tegies for Social Security and Retirement Income, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Strategies for Social Security and Retirement Income is a class designed to help accomplish the most prevalent goal among retirees – to not run out of money. This class will provide education on the varying methods of filing for Social Security and inform of strategies that can be used to optimize it. The class will also provide a process one might use to calculate what their retirement income need is and introduce a few options on structuring income in retirement. Please Register.

Teen Volunteers Needed!
Need volunteer hours? Want to help out at the library? Join our Teen Volunteer team!
How do I apply? Pick up an application at the Youth Services desk or download one from our website. Make sure your parents sign the application! Sign up for an orientation meeting when you turn it in. Attend the orientation meeting and schedule your hours.
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Community Spotlight:
Whitefish Bay School District Update:

All are invited and welcome to attend our School Board Meetings. The next meeting Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm. Click here for meeting dates, agendas, and more.

Meet our School Board Members (left to right in the photo above): Kristin Bencik-Boudreau (Vice-President & Clerk), Anne Berleman Kearney, W. Brett Christiansen (Treasurer), Doug Armstrong, Kristin Yunker, Pam Woodard, Sandy Saltzstein (President)
Call for Entries in the 2020 Garden Tour:

The Whitefish Bay Garden Club hosted its first garden walk in 2017 and over 800 people joined us. If your garden has any unique or unusual attributes such as, water features, native perennials, rain gardens, or anything that you believe others would be interested to see and you would like to be considered for the next garden walk in the summer of 2020, please email us at and someone will be in touch with you later this summer.
Bay's Backyard Movie Night:

The Whitefish Bay High School Student Council will be hosting a community outdoor movie night on Friday, May 31 from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm on the field south of Armory Park. We will be showing “The Sandlot” (rated PG for content and some language) and raising money for Pathfinders, a local charity that helps at-risk youths in Milwaukee.

It is free to attend, but be sure to bring money for concessions, face painting, a cake walk, and general donations. All ages are welcome! Parents, please note that you are responsible for your children during the entirety of the event. We hope you can join us!  
North Shore Health Department:
News from the Health Department:

Did you know? As we (tentatively) approach warmer weather, more of us will be out biking, skateboarding and playing sports. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the US in 2015 over 1,000 U.S bicyclists died and there were almost 467,000 bicycle-related injuries. Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash. All bicyclists, regardless of age, can help protect themselves by wearing properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride.

The North Shore Health Department would like to remind everyone, especially parents, to check the fit of their and their children’s bikes AND helmets. Now is the perfect time to replace helmets if they are too old or too small.  Like car seats, bicycle helmets are only effective for a limited time and if they are involved in a substantial crash should be replaced.

Temperature extremes impact helmets, causing the components to rapidly lose their strength and risk failing after about five years. Note that while many sports require helmets for safe participation, bicycle helmets are not the right helmet for all sports. If you have helmet questions or need help determining if a helmet fits correctly, contact the North Shore Health Department. Our trained staff will assist you and your family with a helmet fitting. We have Bell bike helmets available for $10 if you have it fitted by our staff. Schedule a fitting at either location (Brown Deer or Shorewood) by calling 414-371-2980. Visit the CDC website for bike safety info. 
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (Appointment Required)

Tuesday, May 28,
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm,
North Shore Library

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics
(Appointment Required)

Tuesday, May 28,
8:00 am to 10:00 am,
Shorewood Office

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screening 
(No Appointment Required)

Wednesday, June 5,
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm,
 Lois & Tom Dolan Community Center (4355 W. Bradley)
Contact the North Shore Health Department for appointments: 414-371-2980
Other Community Links:
Village of Whitefish Bay | Phone: 414-962-6690 | Fax: 414-962-5651