May 23, 2013     
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo

Village Board Meeting Highlights

The Village Board held its regular meeting on Monday, May 20, 2013. The Board:

  1. Approved a resolution to change the North Shore Environmental Health Consortium licenses and fee schedule 
  2. Approved resolution to amend the fee schedule for the Planning & Development Department
  3. Approved the contract award for Village Hall and Library parking lot improvements
  4. Approved the contract award for 2013 private lateral rehabilitation program
  5. Approved an amended special privilege request for outdoor dining seating in the public way at  Al Calderone Pizza located at 4475 N Oakland Avenue, business owner Carmelo Fazzari
  6. Approved the special privilege request to install a fence within the public way at residential property 2401 E Lake Blvd., property owner Mark Kostic
  7. Approved direct deposit section for the human resources manual
  8. Approved the appointment process for the village board vacancy.



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Village Hall closed for Memorial Day Holiday


On May 27, Village Hall will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday as we remember the sacrifices of our military.  



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Shorewood, WI


Village Trustee Vacancy



At the last board meeting, the Village Board agreed to fill the vacant board position through the appointment process. Village residents interested in applying for the vacant trustee position can apply, here or at Village Hall, 3930 N. Murray Ave.  The term for this vacancy is through April 2014. The application deadline is Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Interviews will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 beginning at 5:15 p.m. with back-up a date of Monday, July 22, 2013.


Those interested in applying, please send your resume and application to:  Guy Johnson, Village President, c/o Village Manager's Office, 3930 N. Murray Avenue, Shorewood WI 53211.   Click on the link, to apply.


Please direct any questions to Chris Swartz, Village Manager, at 414.847.2701.



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Congrats Stephanie! 


The Village of Shorewood's Finance Director, Stephanie Walker, was named today as the Chief Financial Officer for The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.  Below is a statement from Shorewood Village Manager Chris Swartz:


"Stephanie's skills, expertise and positive personal attributes have been a major driving force in the ongoing, award winning fiscal success of the Village of Shorewood.  While her departure is a major loss for our Village, we are proud that she will continue to work on all of our behalf with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation."


During Ms. Walker's tenure, the Village of Shorewood received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. She also oversaw the implementation of improved long-range financial planning, Lean process for accounting operation, new accounting software, and  provided special expertise in analysis of shared services, alternative service  delivery and economic development financing.  Ms. Walker has been the Finance Director for Shorewood since November 2009.




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Award City  


At the last board meeting the Board was officially presented with two awards: the Bird City USA award and the Tree City Growth award. Thank you to Roy Anderson for his hard work on behalf of the Conservation Committee for the Bird City Award and thank you to forester Robin Mueller for his hard work towards the Tree City Growth award.



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Memorial Day Celebration  


The North Shore American Legion Post #331 and the Shorewood Men's Club are sponsoring the 14th annual Memorial Day Weekend Program on Sunday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m. at Atwater Park.  Join fellow community members as they pay tribute to all veterans who served during war and peace.   


The program will include patriotic music played by the Shorewood High School Band, remarks by dignitaries such as County Board Executive Chris Abele, Senator Lena Taylor and Representative Sandy Pasch, readings, singing by Shorewood High School and Shorewood Intermediate School students, a bagpiper, a 21-gun salute, and Taps. 


The program will take place rain or shine.  Spectators will need to bring their own lawn chairs for seating.  Immediately following the program, there will be a cook-out at the North Shore Legion Post #331 (4121 N. Wilson Drive).  Food and beverages are available at a nominal cost.   


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Third Tax Installment due May 31 


The third and final real estate tax installment is due on Friday, May 31, 2013.  Payment may be made in person, dropped in the white drop box behind Village Hall, at either North Shore Bank branches and online by either credit card or e-check by clicking here.  Please take note of the fees for credit card and e-check payments.  Failure to submit payment by May 31 may result in penalties and interest added to any outstanding balance. 


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Congrats, Russ!


Russ Falkowski, Utility Equipment Operator, recently received his Municipal Water Supply Operator Certification.  Each of the Village's six utility personnel are certified by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources under its Operator Certification Program (Chapter NR 114 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code) which was designed to ensure that waterworks and wastewater operators have adequate training to perform the necessary tasks at their facilities.  Congratulations Russ!


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Many Thanks to the UW-Milwaukee Graduates on Completing A Redevelopment Plan for Shorewood's West Capitol Drive!


Six graduate students from UW-Milwaukee School of Urban Planning completed their semester-long capstone project. They worked on a redevelopment plan for the West Capitol Drive corridor (west of Oakland Avenue), looking at existing conditions,  identifying key redevelopment sites, and providing concepts for catalytic  sites.  The plan includes low and high intensity site redevelopment proposals as well as proposals for the High School front lawn and the Public Works yard. To view the plan, click here


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Together Let's Rally and Spruce up our Alley's

The picture to the left is of a typical alley in Shorewood, let's try to spruce them up!


Many of the homes in the Village are located on split blocks with alleys. It is important that our garages and property abutting these alleys are maintained in the same manner and condition as our homes and yards.


There are a number of simple and low cost remedies which can vastly improve the overall appearance of our alleys, some of which include:

  • Removal of overgrowth, brush, volunteer trees and bushes
  • A fresh coat of paint
  • Straightening of fences and gates
  • Repairing areas of damaged siding and trim and/or replacing broken window panes
  • Removal of leaf piles and general refuse that may have accumulated over the winter months

A clean, bright and well maintained alley increases property values and also aids in deterring criminal activity; it is never a good idea to leave a garage open and unattended.

And remember, address numbers are required on garages for the Fire Department and Emergency Services to locate properties in the event of an emergency.


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How to use new Atwater Beach Playground Equipment

With beach season rapidly approaching, the Parks Commission would like to spread the word on how to use the new playground equipment at Atwater Beach.  Be ready to work your core!  The blurb below can be used in newsletters or staff communications.   Thanks for helping us kick off the Summer! 

Friends of Atwater Beach with the help of the Shorewood Foundation installed several pieces of playgound equipment at Atwater Beach.  This unique equipment requires cooperation & team building. Click on the links below to view videos on how they are designed to be used:



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It's Your Library:  Tell Us What You Think


The Library Board and staff want to know if the Shorewood Library is providing the services and programs you want and expect,or is there something more or different we could be doing.  The community will have an opportunity to provide input over the next few months through a survey and possible focus groups.  In April there were 17,712 visits to the library and 29,757 items were checked out.  There were 3,650 sessions on the computers in the building and another 676 logins to our wireless network.  All this activity makes this a very busy place!  Watch for opportunities in the near future to help us plan moving forward.




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More Honors for our School District 


In addition to having the top high school in the state, the School District of Shorewood is also one of the best places to work in Southeast Wisconsin according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The District was named the 32nd Best Midsize Company (150-449 employees) in the Milwaukee area. The employees cited the outstanding support of the community as a major reason why Shorewood is one of the best places to work. 


In order to rank area workplaces, the Journal Sentinel partnered with WorkplaceDynamics, a Philadelphia company that surveys businesses and then analyzes the data. The process began last fall, when the public was invited to nominate a company for consideration in the process.  



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Board, Committee and Commission of the week:

Public Art Committee

The Public Arts Committee was established to recommend policies and guidelines for the planning and implementation of a formal, phased program for selecting artist/design professionals and for designing and placing public art throughout the Village of Shorewood.

The Committee meets on an as needed basis, most often the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall Committee Room.  


Thank you to the current members: Patricia Algiers, Donald Berg, Richard Eschner, Harvey Rabinowitz, Jenny Steinman Heyden, and Jeff Hanewall (Trustee) 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

SHS Spring Band Concert
Wed., May 29 at 7p.m.
High School Auditorium
This event is Free and Open to the public

Atwater/Lake Bluff Band Concert
Thurs. May 30, at 7 p.m.
High school auditorium
This event is free and open to the public

St. Robert Fair
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 12:00 pm
4019 N Farwell Ave.
St. Robert Parish in Shorewood will hold their annual fair on June 1-2. Barbecue on Saturday! Chicken Dinner on Sunday! Live music including 5 Card Studs, Screamin' Cucumbers, Riverwest Aces and The Blues All Stars. Kids' games, book bin, arts & crafts, great food and a $10,000 money raffle!



Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Board Meeting Highlights
Memorial Day
Trustee Vacancy
Award City
Memorial Day Celebration
Third Tax Installment
Congrats, Russ
UWM-Planning Project
Bike Safety
Library Survey
School District
Board of the Week
Memorial Day Holiday
Monday, May 27, 2103
Village Hall Closed

Open Book Review

Wednesday, May, 29
Assessor's Office at 9 AM-7 PM
Assessor's Office

Village Board Meeting
Monday, June 03, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Board Room

Elder Services Advisory Board
Thursday, June 07, 2013 at 4:30 PM.
Village Center

Conservation Committee
Thursday, June 06, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Committee Room

Community Development Authority
Friday, June 07, 2013 at 7:30 AM
Committee Room

Quote of the Week
Memorial Day remains one of America's most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed - it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.


Doc Hastings

Health Tip


To improve your stress level, plant a small garden, cultivate a flower box, or if space is really limited, plant a few flower pots -- indoors or out.

It can help you stay mentally grounded and  help relieve physical and mental stress.

Environmental Tips

You should Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. The longer grass will retain water better.


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