March 21, 2013     
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo



Village Board Meeting Highlights


The Village Board held its regular meeting on Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Board:

  1. Awarded the contract for 2013 sanitary sewer lining project link to document 
  2. Approved an investment policy link to document 
  3. Approved the resolution designating public depositories

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Village Hall Closed 


Village Hall will be closed for Spring Holiday on Friday, March 29 except for absentee voting only from 8am to 5pm. Tax payments will not be processed at this time.



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Second Tax Installment


The second real estate tax installment is due on Sunday, March 31, 2013. (Please remember that Village Hall will be open on Friday, March 29 for voter registration and absentee voting ONLY; tax payments will not be processed that day.) To receive credit for March 29, you may 1) place your payment in the white mailbox behind Village Hall, 2) make installment payments at either of the North Shore Banks or 3) make your installment payment on line by credit card or e-check. (Visit the website for fee information and to pay on-line.) Also, if your bill is already outstanding, additional penalties and interest will be added to the outstanding balance on April 1.



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Spring Election


The Spring Non-Partisan General Election will take place on April 2, with various State and local positions to be filled. Please mark your calendars. If you are unable to go to your regular polling location, you may vote absentee, either by mail, or in person. Absentee ballot applications may be obtained here. You may vote in person at Village Hall during normal business hours (8 am until 5 pm). March 29 at 5 pm will be the final day to vote absentee. Sample ballots may be found here. For further information, please contact the Clerk's office at 414-847-2608.


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Shorewood Police Department "Town Hall" Meeting


The Shorewood Police Department will hold its annual "Town Hall" meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm The meeting will be in the lower level of the Library. 


The Police Chief will give highlights and a review of 2012 and discuss upcoming projects. There will be time for questions and answers. 


Please mark your calendar and join us.



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Men's Club Easter Egg Hunt


The Shorewood Men's Club 2013 Easter Egg Hunt will be held on 
Saturday, March 30 at 9:00 am. sharp at Hubbard Park!
There will be areas for all different age groups.  An area for newborns to 3 year olds,  4 to 6 year olds, and 7 to 10 year olds. There will be over 10,000 eggs and the Easter Bunny will be there for pictures. 


Additionally, Hubbard Lodge will have a special pancake breakfast at 9:30 am after the hunt. 


For more information or reservations, please contact Hubbard Lodge at 332-4207


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2013 Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year Announced


The  4200 block of North Larkin / 1500 block of East Olive Avenue has been named the "2013 Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year" by the Shorewood Connects project.  This competition was developed to highlight the many good things happening in Shorewood at the block level and to encourage more residents to form organized block groups.  In their application, the Larkin/Olive neighbors described many organized activities incorporating residents young and old, a focus on healthy living, numerous communication mechanisms for people to stay connected, and the fact that people sometimes move back to the block after they have moved away.  Some of the neighborhood activities include game nights, monthly happy hours, outdoor movie night, group camping trips, running and walking groups, a garden shares program, and many others.  The neighborhood also has created a running "outreach list" and participates in an annual fundraiser for a local nonprofit.  In addition, neighbors help older people on the block with snow shoveling and tasks around their homes.  Congratulations to the Larkin/Olive St. neighbors!




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Coming to Shorewood in May: Spaces and Traces Historic Neighborhood Tour 


The 32nd annual Spaces & Traces neighborhood tour, sponsored by Historic Milwaukee Inc.(HMI), will take place in the Village of Shorewood on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The tour will call attention to the Village's wide variety of architectural styles and its unique history as an early Milwaukee suburb.


For 32 years, HMI has partnered with homeowners and neighbors to successfully showcase hundreds of architecturally and historically significant properties throughout Milwaukee County during Spaces & Traces.  This year, HMI is working closely with the Shorewood Historical Society (SHS) to research properties and plan Spaces & Traces events in Shorewood.


Join HMI, your neighbors and many others on May 18, from 9 am to 5 pm, and tour of over a dozen of Shorewood's most architecturally significant properties! 



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Do you know of a Shorewood business that deserves recognition for being senior-friendly?


The Shorewood Connects program has recently launched the Senior-Friendly Business Certification project to recognize the many good things local businesses do to meet the needs of their older customers and to provide free advice for businesses looking for ways to better reach this target population.   


Encourage Shorewood business owners to take advantage of this free program.  Interested businesses should contact Project Facilitator Sue Kelley at skelley1@wi.rr.com or 414-961-7262.



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Only one More Week to give us your Measures!




Thank you for all your suggestions so far. You have one more week to suggest measurements.

Over the last year, Village Staff has been collecting data for performance measurements. Some of the measures we have been collecting are: 
  • Social Media Followers
  • Percentage of recycling in total refuse collected
  • Percentage of crimes cleared
  • % of property enforcement orders resolved
  • Annual fuel consumption

 If you have any ideas on potential performance measurements, email us at manager@villageofshorewood.org with the subject line "Performance Measures". You can also post on our Facebook page or Twitter page. Staff will review these measurements and determine if they are feasible. If we use your measure, we will publicize it in the Manager's Memo and on our Social Media accounts.  

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Historical Note: Shorewood's Boom Years 


The Village of East Milwaukee was incorporated in 1900 but grew slowly in the early years.  When the name was changed to Shorewood in 1917, the population was approximately 2000. However, the pieces were coming together to support the huge population growth that would continue through the 1920s and '30s.  Schools, village services, and improvements in transportation and new subdivisions all played a role in encouraging people to leave Milwaukee (where there was a housing shortage) and build a new home in Shorewood. According to Assessor's records, in 1913, 28 new homes were constructed. In the peak building year of 1926, over 270 homes were built. Apartment buildings were added along Capitol Dr. and Oakland Ave.   By 1939, the population had grown to 15,000.



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Seeking Volunteers for Shorewood Connects Spring Yard Clean-Up Day 


Build community and do a good deed all at the same time! Volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 13 from 9 am - noon for spring yard clean-up at the homes of older adults and disabled adults in Shorewood.  Tasks include raking, cleaning up garden areas, re-connecting hoses, and general yard spruce-up.  Volunteers will be provided with bagels, donuts, coffee, yard bags and an explanation of assignments before beginning their work.   Volunteer pre-registration is required; contact Project Facilitator Sue Kelley skelley1@wi.rr.com or 414-961-7262 before April 6.  Thank you, Shorewood neighbors!



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Neighborhood Mediation Program 


There are many types of problems that may arise between neighbors. Some of the most common are noise, property boundaries, or disputes between landlords and tenants. Most often, just discussing the problem with your neighbor or landlord or tenant can resolve the issue. But when that doesn't help, the Village of Shorewood is pleased to offer mediation services for its residents. Mediation is a voluntary process in which two or more parties to a dispute try to resolve their differences with the assistance of a neutral third party (a mediator). Mediation sessions are informal, structured discussions to help clarify the issues and improve dialog between parties in an effort to reach an amicable agreement beneficial to all participants.  


The Village of Shorewood Neighborhood Mediation Program promotes, provides and encourages mediation in an effort to strengthen our neighborhoods and community. Participants in the mediation process show a true community spirit in their willingness to more fully understand the problem, address the underlying issues and work mutually toward quick, satisfactory resolution. We invite those with dispute issues to consider this option for resolving their conflicts.


This service is free to Shorewood residents. For more information about the Shorewood Neighborhood Mediation Program, please call 414.271.5464.  




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Calendar of Events


Author, Storyteller and Historian Jerry Apps to speak in Shorewood  

Sat., April 6 at 10:30 am
Shorewood Village Center


Jerry Apps has been a rural Wisconsin historian and environmental writer for more than 40 years. He is also a wonderful story teller and inspirational speaker. The Shorewood Historical Society and the Friends of the Shorewood Library will welcome Jerry Apps to Shorewood.

Apps will share stories from his most recent books on gardening and rural Wisconsin history including Garden Wisdom - Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening.  


The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Boswell Books who will have a number of Apps recent books for sale at the event. 


Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels   

Sat., April 6 at 1 pm 

Lower Library/Shorewood Village Center


In the month of April showers, this event will feature ways to save money on watering while keeping excess rainwater out of the sewers and village basements.


SIS/SHS Jazz Concert

Sat., April 13 at 7 pm

High School Auditorium 


 The SIS Jazz Band will join the SHS Jazz Ensemble for their annual Jazz Concert.

Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Board Meeting
Village Hall Closed
Tax Installment
Spring election
Police Town Hall Meeting
Easter Egg Hunt
Neighborhood of the Year
Spaces and Traces
Senior Friendly
Performance Measures
Shorewood History
Spring Yard Clean-up
Mediation Program

Plan Commission
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM
Committee Room

Design Review Board
Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Committee Room

Public Art Committee
Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Committee Room

Village Hall Closed (except for voting and registration)

Friday March 29,3013

Village Board Meeting
Monday, April 01, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Court Room

Conservation Committee
Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Committee Room

Community Development Authority
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Committee room

Health Tip    


Now that we have longer days, take advantage of that extra sunlight to exercise outside!
Environmental Tips

At the beginning of Spring, all of the autumn and winter garden and kitchen waste will have started to rot down to produce important nutrients for the new plants, and to help produce stronger new shoots on your existing plants. Remember to keep adding to the compost bin to keep a constant flow of compost for the forth coming months.


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