December 20, 2012    
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Village Board Meeting, December 17  

The Village Board held its regular meeting on Monday, December 17. The Board:  

  1. Denied a zoning petition to amend 3940 N Frederick Avenue from residential district #6 to Business District #1, applicant Deborah Kern.
  2. Approved the Village of Shorewood Human Resources Manual update.
  3. Approved an ordinance regarding employee 2013 wages and benefits.
  4. Authorized the filling of a vacancy in the Department of Public Works.  




Happy Holidays!  


While many of us will be at our homes enjoying the holidays with our families, Shorewood Police and North Shore Fire will still be on the job, maintaining peace and safety in our community.  Public works staff will be on call to handle salting, plowing, and other needs.  We are thankful for all of our police, fire, dispatch, public works, and other public safety personnel for their extra dedication during the holiday season and their service to the community throughout the year.



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 Holiday Hours  



  • Village Hall offices will be closed on December 24, December 25, and January 1.

  • On December 31, the customer service counter at Village Hall will be open until noon for paying tax bills and other fees only.

  • The library will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25 and Monday and Tuesday, December 31 and January 1.      
  • DPW offices and operations will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 24t and 25 and Monday and Tuesday, December 31 and January 1.  


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Tax Bill Information


Tax bills are now available on the Village website here.


Your property tax bill can be paid as follows:

  • North Shore Bank locations (full payment or installments only):
    • 3970 N Oakland Avenue, and
    • 4414 N Oakland Avenue
    • Open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to Noon
  • By mail: Village of Shorewood, 3930 N Murray Avenue, Shorewood, WI 53211
  • By drop box (located behind Village Hall)
  • In person at Village Hall 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • New this year - Credit Card (Online only)
  • New this year - Electronic check (Online only)


The credit card and electronic check options are new and may be accessed online at www.villageofshorewood.org. There will be a charge of 2.39% of the amount to be paid, with a minimum of $1.50 for credit card charges. For electronic checks a fee of $1.50 will be charged for the first $5,000 or $5 for any amount over $5,000.


If payment is made by mail or left in the drop box, a receipt will be mailed to the taxpayer. Self-addressed, stamped envelopes are encouraged and appreciated. If payments are made with an escrow check made out to both the taxpayer and the Village, please remember to endorse the back of the check. Refunds for overpayment will be processed within 20 days.


Please note that the Clerk/Treasurer's office will be closed on Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, at noon on Monday, December 31, and Tuesday, January 1. Payments postmarked by December 31 or placed in the Village Hall drop box over the New Year's holiday will be applied as of December 31.



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Holiday Parking Reminder

The Police Department would like to remind residents that nighttime parking restrictions will be lifted for the Christmas/New Year holiday as follows:
  • Nightime parking restrictions will be lifted beginning Friday evening, December 21, 2012 through Tuesday evening, January 1 , 2012. You must call the Police Department for permission beginning on Wednesday night, January 2 , 2012 (non-emergency 414.847.2610).
  • Please contact the Police Department (non-emergency 414.847.2610) if you need accommodations for daytime parking during the holiday.   



Congrats Don, on your Retirement!


Don Bentzien, a Route Collector in the department of Public Works, will be retiring on January 1st after 27 years of Service to the Village. If you see Don ,wish him luck on his retirement! 






Snow Removal Program 


The Village has an ordinance that requires land owners to remove snow and ice and apply sand or salt as necessary within 12 hours after a snow storm. The Green Team will survey the Village 12 or more hours after a measurable snow event at the request of the Director of Public Works. A notice will be left on the door of delinquent properties noting they have 12 additional hours to complete snow and ice removal. A list of delinquent addresses will be given to the Police Department. If the snow and ice is not removed in a timely manner, the Green Team will return to remove the snow. The property owner will be charged a $15 fee plus snow removal charges at a rate of $50/hour. Total charges will be added to the property owners tax bill.

It is important to note that this action is in place to assure safe walking conditions for everyone. Residents are encouraged to call the Police Department at 414.847.2610 to report areas that are not adequately cleared. 




Holiday Refuse and Christmas Tree Collection


Refuse collection will be delayed by two days during the next two weeks (regular Monday collections will occur Wednesday, regular Tuesday will occur Thursday, and regular Wednesday will occur Friday).


The DPW compactor will be open for residential dumping on Saturday, January 6 and Saturday, February 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Please see the DPW website for fee information.



Christmas trees will be collected curbside during the month of January. Trees which are cleaned of lights and ornaments will be chipped for compost.  PLEASE be sure that lights and any bolts or screws from the stand have been removed as these can cause costly damage to our chipper.






Help us Win a New Website!


The Village of Shorewood is a finalist for the CivicPlus Extreme Website Makeover Contest. The winner will receive a complete website makeover plus training and two years of site maintenance for free. However, we need your input! Please fill out the survey linked here. and help us win this awesome prize!  Also, please forward this link to all your Shorewood friends so they can help as well.

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Kilbourntown House has a New Roof!


Next time you you pass historic Kilbourntown House in Estabrook Park, note its snug new cedar-shingle roof. It was made possible in no small part by Shorewood's generosity. Diane Buck and Mary Kamps led a fundraising campaign this fall to re-roof the house by winter. Donations exceeded the goal, enabling needed further repairs to the house. The house, built in1844, is Milwaukee's oldest home and a national landmark.




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Tip for a Safe Home from the Shorewood Police Department


Protect yourself with lock and key

  • Don't hide keys. Leave a key with a trusted family member, friend or neighbor.
  • Keep a list of everyone you give a copy of your keys to.
  • Consider keys with protection against unauthorized duplication (i.e patent protected)
  • All entryways should have a sturdy deadbolt lock installed into the frame of the door.
Use high quality Grade-1 or Grade-2 locks with a bolt that extends at least one inch to resist prying open or forceful entry



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 Upcoming for teens is the Craft-a-Palooza on Saturday, December 29, from 1 - 3 p.m. Shorewood teens should come by the library to sip hot cocoa while crafting up a storm making magnets, cool stuff with duct tape, and hedgehogs made out of old books! Shorewood Library's Teen Advisory Board helps make these events - and others throughout the year - happen.


Questions? Email teen librarian, Emily, at splteen@mcfls.org.




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Renew Your Daytime Parking Sticker


It is time to renew your Daytime Parking stickers!  If you live in a single family or duplex home in the Residential Congested Area zone (bounded by Oakland Ave., Lake Dr., Edgewood Ave., and Capitol Dr.), your 2013 sticker is  available for $5.   If you live in a single family or duplex home in Impact Parking Zones C, D, E, F or J, renew your sticker (or obtain a new one) for 2013 for $5.  You may renew your sticker by:

  • Bringing your payment to Village Hall, 3930 N Murray, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
  • Mailing your check payable to the Village of Shorewood, 3930 N Murray Avenue along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope.   Also include any updated vehicle information if applicable.
  • Dropping your check payable to the Village of Shorewood along with a stamped self-addressed envelope in the white mailbox in the parking lot behind Village Hall.   Also include any updated vehicle information if applicable.


Please contact Customer Service at 414.847.2601 if you have any questions or concerns.



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Electronics Recycling


Electronics have been banned from Wisconsin landfills.  Shorewood DPW is not licensed for electronics disposal and cannot collect these items.  Through a special arrangement, Midwest Computer Recyclers does provide collection at the DPW yard in May and October.  For other disposal options, please see the DPW web page.

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"Around the Corner With John McGivern" - Shorewood Premiere!

Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6:30 pm   

Discovery World-Innovation Theater


Shorewood is the first community profiled in the 2nd season of the popular MPTV series, "AROUND THE CORNER WITH JOHN MCGIVERN." All are invited to this free premiere! John McGivern explores what it's like to live, work and play in Shorewood!

Mr. McGivern will be joining the lively discussion that follows the preview.


Street parking at no cost and facility parking for a fee are available. Doors open at 6 pm. Seating is limited and is on a first-come basis.





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Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Board Meeting
Holiday Message
Holiday Hours
Tax Bill
Holiday Parking
Holiday Refuse and Christmas Tree Collection
Website Contest
Police Tips
Daytime Sticker
Electronics Recycling

There are no meetings the week of December 24.

Community Development Authority
Friday, January 04, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Quote of the Week

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Calvin Coolidge


Health Tip    


The holidays can be very stressful. If you are stressed out find a listening ear in a  partner, family member, friend, counselor, doctor, or clergyperson. Sharing  your problems and stresses really can lighten the holiday burden.
Environmental Tips

Decorate your tree with vintage ornaments-either from thrift stores or from your grandparents' basement-or make your own out of fabric scraps, paper, and non-toxic glue. 
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