Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Whitefish Bay trustees awarded a $2.2 million contract for the detention basin, and will soon be choosing a contractor to install storm water pipes at Estabrook Park.
Whitefish Bay trustees have chosen a contractor to oversee the Cahill Park detention basin project, which will begin in roughly one month. The Whitefish Bay Village Board on Monday night awarded a $2.2 million contract, including a 5 percent contingency budget, to H&H Civil Construction, which has completed 75 ball field and grading projects in the past. The work is expected to begin on May 15. The project consists of excavation, restoration, storm pipe reconstruction, parking lot reconstruction, and the reconstruction of the baseball field, which will be made of artificial turf. A new underdrain system would be built under the baseball field to manage excess rain water. Friends of Bay Baseball's plans to install an artificial turf infield…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Whitefish Bay voters chose Miller and Fuda over two other candidates in Tuesday night's election.
Trustee Jay Miller has won re-election to the Whitefish Bay Village Board, and newcomer Carl Fuda has been elected to the board for the first time. Miller and Fuda survived a four-way election that included Kevin McMahon and Kenneth Wysocky. Both Miller and Fuda had lawn signs peppered around the Bay in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's election. When reached on Tuesday night, Miller, a four-year incumbent, said he appreciates the continued support from Whitefish Bay residents. "I'm happy that I have an opportunity to serve another three years," he said. "I like coming up with solutions to difficult problems, and reaching a balanced approach to addressing them. That's what we have applied in the past and will continue to do in the future…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
After six years on the board, Roemer's shoes will now be filled by a new trustee in Tuesday's election.
After casting his final votes earlier this month, Trustee Jim Roemer said his goodbyes to the Whitefish Bay Village Board. To commemorate his six years of service, the board passed a resolution recognizing him for his service to the village, including his influential role on the Private Property Inflow and Infiltration Committee, his leadership role in the Community Development Authority's Long Range Visioning process, his work in developing the Silver Spring Business District guidelines and developing five village budgets. At the meeting, Trustee Jay Miller thanked Roemer for his service. "You really have served in an exemplary fashion," Miller said. "We've benefited greatly from your expertise and insight, and you've upheld the highest …
Monday, March 25, 2013
What you need to know — from polling locations to sample ballots — before hitting the voting booth on April 2.
Whitefish Bay Patch wants to make sure you've got all the information you need before hitting the voting booth on April 2. See below for information on the upcoming election and a breakdown of each race. Sample ballot: Download the sample ballot from the Village of Whitefish Bay web site. Polling locations: Whitefish Bay has four polling locations for 12 wards. Find out which ward you are in by looking at the ward boundaries map. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you're sure which ward you live in, contact Village Hall or go to the state's My Vote Wisconsin website. Here's where you'll go to cast your vote: Wards 1-4: Whitefish Bay Public Library, 5420 N. Marlborough Dr. Wards 5, 6: Village Hall, 5300 N. Marlborough Dr. Wards 7, 9 …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Jay Miller, Carl Fuda, Ken Wysocky and Kevin McMahon are running for two seats in the April 2 election.
Four candidates are seeking two three-year terms on the Whitefish Bay Village Board in the April 2 election. The candidates are incumbent Trustee Jay Miller, Kenneth Wysocky, Carl Fuda and Kevin McMahon (Click on link for biographical information on each candidate). The four candidates survived a five-way primary election in February. To provide residents with the most information on where they stand on the issues facing the village, Whitefish Bay Patch invited readers to submit questions that we posed to the candidates. Here, in their own words, are the candidates' answers to those questions as well as some posed by Patch.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Village officials will discuss the creation of a storm water utility system that charges each property in the village based on its storm water impact.
The creation of a future storm water utility district will be discussed Thursday night at Cumberland School. Under a storm water utility system, all users - including schools, churches and other tax-exempt groups – would pay for their portion of the storm water system's expenses. A storm water fee will be charged based on each property's storm water impact, similar to the way utility fees are applied to water and sanitary sewer users, Consultants and village officials will introduce the first phase of the storm water utility process at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Great Room of Cumberland School. "We're going to be going over the need for a storm water utility, and go over the calculations and estimates to see how different methods are priced …
Monday, March 18, 2013
This is the third year of a 10-year plan designed to prevent the tree disease from spreading to Whitefish Bay.
The Whitefish Bay Village Board will spend nearly $85,000 this year to prevent emerald ash borer from spreading to the village. On Monday night, trustees awarded a $84,598 contract to Voss Treemendous Tree Service to remove 311 ash trees ranging from seven to 32 inches in diameter. This is the third year of the village's 10-year, $2.3 million plan designed to manage the emerald ash borer tree disease by removing existing ash trees and replacing them with non-ash trees. Last year, the village spent $278,338 to remove 202 ash trees, plant 202 non-ash trees and treat 1,700 ash trees. In 2011, the village spent $107,311 to take down 368 trees and plant 344 new trees.
FEMA will pay for 75 percent of a $4.2 million storm water detention basin that will soon be constructed in Cahill Park.
Whitefish Bay will only have to pay $523,000 for a $4.2 million storm water management facility in Cahill Park, thanks to a grant from the federal government. Village officials recently learned that the Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded a $3.1 million grant for the storm water management facility, which will reduce storm water flows in the southern end of the village. Now that the funds are being granted by FEMA, the state government and Whitefish Bay Village Board will split the remaining balance, which is roughly $1.1 million. Village Manager Patrick DeGrave said the village hopes to start the project in early spring. The Cahill storm water management system would construct a dry detention basin with an eight- to nine-foot drop…
Friday, March 15, 2013
Trustee Garry Davis wants the village to allow simple plumbing repairs without a permit, inspection and a master plumber.
Should a $50 permit and inspection be required to replace a corroded flapper on your toilet? Trustee Garry Davis doesn't think so. At a recent board meeting, Davis called on his fellow Village Board members to ease the restrictions in the village's plumbing code, which prohibits residents from doing any plumbing work – other than faucet repair and stoppage removal – without a $50 permit, an inspection and hiring a master plumber. Davis said Whitefish Bay's plumbing code should be made more similar to the state's plumbing code, which allows residents to do all plumbing work in their own house. Some communities, such as Oak Creek, have plumbing ordinances that reflect the state code. If Whitefish Bay wants to maintain some oversight over …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Trustees agreed to spend nearly $67,000 to digitize property records – the first phase of the village's effort to modernize its records system.
Roughly 250,000 pages of property records at Whitefish Bay Village Hall will soon be converted to electronic files. The Village Board voted Monday night to allocate nearly $67,000 for the conversion of paper property records to electronic records, which Village Manager Patrick DeGrave said will improve residents' access to property records, reduce office clutter and reduce the work load for village office staff. The board accepted DeGrave's proposal to purchase two high-speed scanners and a scanning workstation that will scan the front and back of all the village's blueprints and property records. When a resident is about to purchase or remodel a house, they will be able to view the electronic file on a computer kiosk at the front desk. …