May 9, 2013     
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Presented by North Shore Bank and the Village of Shorewood Marketing Program on Saturday, May 11.


Do you know anyone looking to purchase a home and find out more about Shorewood living? Shorewood's Spring Home Buying Expo & Tour on Saturday, May 11 is just what they need to jump-start their search. This unique, day-long event will link home buyers with all the professionals necessary to make their home search and purchase a success. Learn more about the benefits of living in the Village of Shorewood and tour the current homes for sale in the community.

Home Buying Expo: 10 a.m.-12 noon at the Village Center, 3920 N. Murray Ave. (lower level of the Library) featuring realtors, lenders, home inspectors and representatives from Shorewood government, schools and the business district. A special presentation will be held from 10:45-11:30 a.m. when various community representatives will briefly describe the many benefits of Shorewood living. Pick up a program at the Expo that includes a map and a listing of all properties offering an open house that day.

Home Buying Tour: 12-3 p.m. take a self-guided tour of more than 20 Shorewood homes for sale. Discover Shorewood's unique and handsome architecture. From single-family homes to duplexes to condominiums, Shorewood's housing stock is as diverse as it is appealing - and Shorewood homes are in particular demand.

The Spring Home Buying Expo & Tour is free and open to anyone who is looking to buy a home. Those interested in listing their Shorewood homes for sale are also encouraged to attend. For more information about the event, e-mail info@shorewoodtoday.com or visit shorewoodtoday.com.




Village Board Meeting Highlights

The Village Board held its regular meeting on Monday, May 6, 2013. The Board:
  1. Approved engineering services contract with City Water, LLC for Downer Avenue Meter Pit repairs 
  2. Approved a resolution regarding emergency repairs at the Downer Avenue Meter Pit
  3. Approved a resolution declaring official intent to reimburse expenditures from proceeds of borrowing
  4. Approved the purchase of refuse containers utilizing general fund balance
  5. Approved staff request for Neighborhood Loan Fund re-allocation
  6. Approved an ordinance to make all of 1700 E Kensington Blvd a two hour zone
  7. Agreed to develop an ad-hoc committee of trustees to decide how to fill the trustee vacancy
  8. Approved an ordinance to change standing committee titles
  9. Approved a policy on standing committee responsibilities



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Congrats Pat and Tammy!

Trustees Pat Linnane and Tammy Bockhorst were sworn-in at Monday's Board Meeting. This is Tammy's first term in office and Pat's second.



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Thanks Don!

Don Ford has resigned his seat as a Village trustee after two years of service as he is moving out of the Village. We would like to thank Don for his dedicated service to the Village!

The Board is currently deciding how to fill the vacant seat and has set up an ad-hoc committee of trustees to make a recommendation. 


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Spaces and Traces Comes to Shorewood


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, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The tour will call attention to the Village's wide variety of architectural styles and its unique history as an early Milwaukee suburb. The Shorewood Historical Society has provided research and logistical support for the tour.


Tour over a dozen of Shorewood's most architecturally significant properties. Attend lectures by John Gurda, "A History of the Village of Shorewood" (11 a.m. at St Robert Parish, 2200 E. Capitol Dr.) and Louis Wasserman and Caren Connolly, "The Bungalow" (1 p.m., Luther Memorial Chapel, 3833 N. Maryland). Stop in Hubbard Park to hear the Milwaukee Riverkeepers discuss "How the River Shapes the Village."


Tickets for the tour and lectures purchased in advance are $20 for HMI members or $25 for non-members. Tickets can be ordered online, here,  or purchased at any Alterra location, Winkie's Variety Store, or North Shore Bank, 4414 N. Oakland Avenue


On the day of the tour, tickets will be sold at Shorewood High School, 1701 E. Capitol Dr., in the Administration Building lobby. Prices will be $25 for HMI members and $30 for non-members.



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2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report  

The Village has just released its 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), including the Independent Auditors' Report. The Village is required to annually have an audit per Wisconsin State statutes and as an issuer of municipal bonds. During the audit, the auditors review the Village's financial statements and test our accounting records and internal controls. The Village's CAFR is just over 120 pages and includes the financial position and results of operations for 2012 along with a myriad of statistical information.  


This report will be submitted to the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) to see if it meets the criteria to be awarded a Certificate for Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the second year in a row. In order to qualify for this award, the report must go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles, preparing a comprehensive annual financial report that enhances transparency and provides full disclosure.  The full report can be viewed, here.   


Additionally, there will be a special Budget and Finance Committee meeting on the 2013 Audit on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm at Village Hall. 




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  Public Works

Special Collection Reminder


Please help the Public Works Department (DPW) keep the Village looking tidy.  Before placing large refuse items  on the parkway residents should be aware they are required  to pay for a special collection at the DPW at 3801 N Morris Blvd or at the Village Hall at 3930 N Murray Ave.  Special Collections are picked up on Thursdays for a fee of $50 for  500 pounds and 15 minutes of labor.  Items left on the parkway for over three days may be picked up by crews at the DPW for double fees billed to the property owner.  If you are hiring a third party to haul your bulky items away please remember to call DPW to avoid unnecessary fees.  For more information go to www.villageofshorewood.org and click the DPW link.

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 Bike to Work Week, May 13-17

Next week is national Bike to Work Week, May 13-17. Many communities across the state have scheduled fun events to tempt people to try riding bikes for transportation and to reward those who already do.

To check out what's going on in your community from the Wisconsin Bike Federation , click here.



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Calling All Gardens!


Plans for the 8th Annual Shorewood Gardens Tour, benefitting the Shorewood Public Works Department, are underway.  We are looking for gardens to add to the tour.  The tour date is Saturday, July 27, 2013, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This is not a competition but an opportunity for you to share your love of gardening with others.  If you would like to showcase your garden, please contact Laura Drexler at 414.305.8022 or ladrexler@att.net  



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Stein's Garden Center Returns to its 'Roots'


Stein's Garden Center recently placed one of its seasonal "Just Plants" stores on Capitol Drive, west of the bridge (Pig and Whistle site). Over 60 years ago, the very first Stein store was located on the east side of the bridge on the north side of Capitol Drive, between the current Mobil Station and Shorewood Auto Repair. There is an apartment building on the site today. 


Stein Flower and Garden Center was on Capitol Drive for several years, and although we are not sure why they left, it is quite possible their success required much more space than the corner of Capitol and Wilson allowed.   The" Just Plants" store will be in place until the end of June.  


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Building a Fence, Deck or Patio?


The most common building projects in the springtime are the construction of fences, decks or patios. A building permit is required for these projects along with a survey marking where you plan to build.  The Village has many surveys on file if you do not have one. You may not be aware that patios and decks cannot be constructed within a property's zoning setbacks, typically a minimum of three feet from a property's side and rear boundaries.  Patios that are located within a front yard or street side yard of a corner property must also be approved by the Design Review Board.  


Informational brochures are available on the Village's website at www.villageofshorewood.org or in the Planning & Development Department for these specific projects. Contact the Planning and Development Department staff at (414) 847-2640 for any building project you may be planning.



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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month


Did you know motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger vehicle occupants?


The month of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the Shorewood Police Department is urging all road users to be alert and on the lookout for motorcyclists.  


During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, take the pledge to be on the lookout for motorcycles. To be more mindful of motorcyclists using our roads:

  • Be on the lookout for motorcycles, especially in my mirrors and blind spots.
  • Use turn signals to alert others of my intentions.
  • Pay attention to motorcyclist hand signals.
  • Respect motorcyclists' rights to the road and give them a full lane


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Board, Committee and Commission of the week: Parks Commission 


The Parks Commission was re-established by the Village Board in 2008.  The Commissions goal is to implement elements within the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan that was adopted December 2007.  


The Parks Commission directs its attention to the physical improvement, maintenance and use of all Village parks and facilities and shall work closely with the Shorewood Recreation Department, School District and community groups.


Beginning with the June 2013 meeting, the Commission will meet quarterly unless needed.


Thanks to the current members: Ann McKaig, Ann Brummitt, Sam Essak, Chris Gallagher, Holly Morris, and Kathy Yanoff for serving on this important Commission.


There is currently an opening for this Commission. If you would like to be a member of this Commission, please contact the Village Clerk at 414.847.2608 or cto@villageofshorewood.org.

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Calendar of Events

Spring Musical: Spring Awakening

Fri. and Sat., May 10-11 at 7 p.m. Sun., May 12 at 2 p.m. Thurs., Fri., and Sat. May 16-18 at 7 p.m.  

Shorewood High School Auditorium  


The SHS Drama Department will perform the musical "Spring Awakening" in May!  We will be one of the first public high schools in the nation to perform the show.  Given the content of the show, some may formulate questions regarding its progressive nature. Our goals for performing "Spring Awakening" are to produce a high quality and moving theatrical performance and to use the content of the show to encourage young people and adults to engage in dialogue about the real challenges our adolescents face.  This is an opportunity to produce powerful theater and powerful conversation to support the young people we all serve.  


Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students or $25 for a limited number of on-stage seating ($15 of which will go to local youth social service organizations). You can order tickets online here.  


Atwater School Rummage Sale

Fri. May 10 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. or Sat., May 11, 9 a.m to 1 p.m

Atwater School


Wide variety of items, including books, clothing, furniture, household items, movies, music, sporting goods, toys, etc.   This year's sale is not limited to children's items.  Sale is located in the Cafetorium.  Enter through Cafetorium doors on north side of building.  FILL A BAG FOR $5 FROM 12:00-1:00 p.m.!

Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Spring Home Tour
Board Meeting Highlights
Sworn in!
Thanks Don!
Spaces and Traces
Special Collection
Bike to Work Week
Garden Tour
Stein's Garden Center
Building Projects
Motorcycle Safety
Board of the Week
Budget and Finance Committee Meeting
Monday, May 13, 2013 at 5:30 PM
Committee Room

Ad-hoc Sign Committee
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 8:30 AM
Committee Room

Shorewood Foundation
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 4:30 PM
Committee Room

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 7 PM
Committee Room

Shorewood Business Improvement District
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 8:30 AM
Committee Room

Initial Board of Review
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM
Board Room

Village Board Meeting
Monday, May 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Board Room

Design Review Board
Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 5 PM
Committee Room
Quote of the Week

No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.
Theodore Roosevelt

Health Tip


With the arrival of longer, warmer days we are reminded that Shorewood is a walking, biking and "beaching" community!  Remember to practice sun safety by applying sunscreen often, wearing protective clothing such as hats, sleeves and sunglasses, and seeking shade during peek sun hours between 10 a.m-4 p.m. For more information about sun safety, check out the Sunwise program at www.epa.gov/Sunwise 

Environmental Tips

Thick curtains with block out backing or solid blinds (not ones with gaps in them like Venetians) will make a bit of a difference to your summer cooling by keeping cold air in and a lot of a difference to your winter heating by keeping cold air out. 


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