November 15, 2013     
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Village Board Meeting Agenda

The Village Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The Board will: 

  1. Hold a public hearing on the 2014 Budget
  2. Consider approval of resolution for the Shorewood Business Improvement District 2014 Operating Plan and the 2013 Special Assessment Levy
  3. Consider approval of resolution Adopting the 2014 Budget and Authorizing the 2013 General Property Tax Levy Against All Taxable Property in the Village of Shorewood
  4. Consider approval of resolution to Authorize a Special Tax to be Levied for Delinquent Water and Sewer Bills
  5. Consider approval of resolution to Authorize a Special Charge to be Levied for Delinquent Grass Cutting Bills
  6. Consider approval of resolution to Authorize a Special Charge to be Levied for Delinquent Snow Removal Charges
  7. Consider approval of resolution to Authorize a Special Charge to be Levied for Delinquent Re-inspection Charges
  8. Consider approval of resolution to Authorize a Special Charge to be Levied for the Cost of Replacement of Sidewalks, Carriage walks, Driveway Approaches, Streets, and Alleys
  9. Consider resolution Providing for the Sale of $5,550,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds
  10. Presentation on Green Team Natural Lawn Care Maintenance
  11. Consider ordinance for Department of Public Works Special Collection Procedures
  12. Consider ordinance to Change Village Plumbing Code (related to water service language clarifications) 
  13. Consider ordinance to Change Leaf Collection Schedule
  14. Consider approval of 2014 Capitol Drive Streetscape Maintenance Contract
  15. Consider Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement
  16. Consider Disaster Services Mutual Aid Agreement




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Budget Hearing Monday, November 18
Village Board and staff have concluded their review of the budget. The Board is proposing a tax levy increase of .96%. The budget hearing is scheduled for Monday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Court Room. The hearing is open to public comment. The preliminary 2014 Budget is available here and a hard copy is available for review at the Customer Service desk.

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Vision Plan Community Meeting

Residents, elected officials and staff attended the Vision Plan Community Meeting last Saturday. At the meeting, the group discussed where Shorewood is now, what Shorewood can be like in the future and provided a lot of ideas on how we can get there. We would like to thank the residents who attended the Vision Plan Meeting on Saturday, your put is a crucial part of the Visioning process.


 To keep up with the latest information on the Vision Plan, click here

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Tax Bill Information


On Monday, November 18, 2013 the Village will hold the Public Hearing on the proposed Village of Shorewood 2014 budget.   When all taxing jurisdictions have provided information from their respective budgets, the Village Clerk/Treasurer will calculate the 2013 tax bills.  It is anticipated that the 2013 tax bills will be available the second week in December.  They will also be available online as soon as calculated; even before you receive them in the mail.  You may continue to watch the website for further information as to the exact date they will be available. 




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Shorewood Welcomes New Neighbors

Welcome New Neighbors invites all new residents of Shorewood to attend a free reception on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Swanky Seconds, 2223 E. Capitol Dr. from 6:30- 8 p.m. Meet others, find out about Shorewood and ask questions.

All are welcome to greet new neighbors and hear about the great resources available to all Shorewood residents at this free reception!

No RSVP required, families welcome, contact Jenny Heyden, WNN program director for more infomation: welcome@villagheofshorewood.org or 414-847-2721. 



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 North Shore Fire Department Meeting 



On October 30, 2013 the North Shore Fire Department responded to a fire at 4483 N. Murray Avenue around 9 p.m. The fire resulted in loss of property and loss of life. NSFD will be holding an informational meeting regarding the fire on November 18 at 6 p.m. Please join us in the lower level of the Shorewood Village Center at 3920 N. Murray Avenue. We will begin with a short fire safety presentation followed by a question and answer session.

In the meantime, we encourage you to take the following steps to help protect you and your family from the dangers of fire:

* Make sure you have a smoke alarm on every level of your   home
* Make sure you check your smoke alarms once a month
* Make sure you change the battery in your smoke alarms at least twice a year
* Make sure your smoke alarms are no more than 10 years old
* Make sure you have a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year
* Check your home for basic fire hazards:
* Electrical outlets should not be overloaded
* Make sure electrical cords are not frayed
* Do not store combustibles near heating or cooking appliances
* Do not leave heating or cooking appliances unattended
* Have your furnace inspected
* Have your chimney inspected and cleaned



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America Recycles Day 




This year's America Recycles Day is November 15.  Take the pledge to recycle more at http://americarecyclesday.org/take-the-pledge. 

The America Recycles program is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, a collaboration of public and private sector organizations that formed in 1953 to develop and promote a national cleanliness ethic (remember the iconic 1970's PSA with the weeping Native American?)

Did you know that the national recycling rate is 34.7%?  Or that Shorewood's 2012 recycling rate was 31.9%?  Help us reach the 50% mark - take the pledge to recycle even more!




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Get Rid of your Old Stuff and Help a Great Cause!

Help Celebrate America Recycles Day and the SHS Best Buddies fund their Spring Break trip starting November 15. SHS Best Buddies want you to clean our your drawers! From November 15 until December 1 you can recycle any cell phones, smart phones, inkjet cartridges (no toner), Laptop Computers, iPads, iPods and Digital Cameras that you no longer use and place them in the labeled bin at the DPW office. (Please no toner cartridges, large computers/hard drives, CD or tape players.) Items do not have to be functioning.  We will send the items to EcoPhones and they will send us a check for our trip! It's a win win fundraiser to help Best Buddies raise money for their trip and help Shorewood go green!
For more information go to:http://www.recyclingfundraiser.com/Default.aspx 


To donate to the Best Buddies trip: http://www.wildernessinquiry.org/Shorewood"




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Lateral Rehab Project Update

The first year of the Village's private lateral rehabilitation project is nearly complete.  Laterals serving nearly 90 properties have been rehabilitated using CIPP (cured in place pipe) technology.  The liners add decades to the functional life of the liners, providing structural integrity and keeping tree roots and MOST IMPORTANTLY clear water out of the system, helping the Village achieve its goal of reducing infiltration and inflow. To achieve the Comprehensive Facility Plan goal's reduction of  40% of inflow and infiltration in the Village's separate sewer area by 2035, a specific emphasis has been placed on private lateral lining.


Under the program liners are installed at no cost to the property owner.  The program is targeted at specific blocks in areas which have demonstrated higher-than-average I/I flows.  The 2014 program is slated for the Basin 6 area and will include portions of the 4300, 4400 and 4500 blocks of Alpine and Ardmore Avenues.  Eligible homeowners will be contacted in early 2014.


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Shorewood School District Budget Priorities


The Shorewood School District is conducting a Budget Priorities Survey to help the School Board as well as District administration and staff make decisions about the 2014-2015 school year budget. 

"The support for public education in Shorewood is unparalleled," said Shorewood School District Superintendent Dr. Marty Lexmond. "We value every stakeholder's perspective in the budget planning process."  


The Budget Priorities Survey officially launched on Thursday, November 14. Parents and staff will receive an email invitation to participate, but the survey is also open for all residents to complete by clicking here.  To promote candid answers, individual responses are anonymous and confidential.


Once the survey has closed on November 26, the District will share the results with the community.The survey was designed and is being administered by Virginia-based technology and communications firm K12 Insight, the survey will seek community views on personnel, programming, services, communication and educational materials. 




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Be on the Lookout for Fake Utility Employees 


Milwaukee area residents should be mindful of persons who try to gain access to their homes by posing as utility employees.


Two incidents were reported Wednesday on Milwaukee's south side, where men without Milwaukee employee ID's attempted to gain access to women's homes by posing as utility employees and offering them services for a $50 fee.


Protect yourself and your family from scam artists who pose as utility employees:


  • Do not open your door to someone you do not recognize. Do not allow anyone to enter your home if you are not sure of any person's identity.
  • Ask to see photo identification (I.D.) through a window. Milwaukee Water Works and other utility employees and contractors carry photo identification. Legitimate employees will be happy to show you their I.D. if you ask, or call the utility to verify identification.
  • Call the Milwaukee Water Works Customer Service Center, (414) 286-2830, if you are unsure about a person's identification or to verify work to be done at your home. Call the police if you believe the person is an imposter.
  • Do not allow anyone to enter your home claiming to collect a past-due bill, inspect plumbing fixtures, or to sell utility products such as a meter or other equipment. Milwaukee Water Works employees do not engage in door-to-door sales, do not collect a past-due bill in person, and do not deliver rebates or refunds.
  • The Milwaukee Water Works does not solicit water testing from customers.
  • Advise your elderly loved ones, friends, and children about what to do if strangers approach their home and ask to come in.
  • Milwaukee Water Works employees on duty drive marked City of Milwaukee vehicles.





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 Yard Waste and Leaf Collection Info
  • Curbside yard waste AND brush collection runs ONLY through November.  During winter months, large brush may be brought to the DPW yard the first Saturday of each month.  To view a schedule, click here.  
  • Leaf collection will continue through the first Friday in December OR when a winter weather event requires the conversion of the leaf trucks to salters.  From that point on, leaves will be collected in paper yard waste bags only.  For more information, click here. 



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Treasures from the Shorewood Archives


A picture of the "Spirit of Shorewood", a little brown jug called the "Hubbard Award", an early 20th century advertisement for available lots on the corner of Capitol and Oakland and many other artifacts will be on display at the Shorewood Historical Society's "Treasure's From the Archives" program on  Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Shorewood Village Center.


Because the Historical Society does not have a museum, this will be a unique opportunity to view seldom-seen objects that not only convey details of Shorewood's colorful history but also help us to understand our current priorities and life style.


Materials related to early property development, activities in the Village during World War II, Shorewood athletics and community organizations will be grouped to convey a story.  


A particularly unique display will include eight large designs for ethnic costumes drawn as patterns for seamstresses who participated in 1930s Works Progress Administration (WPA) Handicraft program. Costumes were made for display on small mannequins. The drawings were found at Atwater School. Jackie Schweitzer from the Milwaukee Public Museum will speak about the drawings at 11 a.m.  


The program is free and open to the public. Visitors will be able to view the displays at their leisure.



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Penny Wars for Peace


Shorewood employees are raising funds to help support the Sojourner Family Peace Center and The Hunger Task Force of Wisconsin.  We need the community's assistance.  Please stop by any Village department (Village Hall, Public Works, Police, Library, Health and Senior Resource Center) to make a donation. Donations will be accepted through Friday, November 22.  Your generosity is appreciated.

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North Shore Health Department Has a limited amount of Flu Vaccine still Available.  



The North Shore Health Department has a limited number Flu vaccinations available.  They will bill traditional Medicare Part B if a person has this coverage, otherwise the standard vaccine is $30.00. Preservative free vaccine is $35.00 with limited quantities of the preservative free vaccine available.  Anyone interested, can stop by the Health Department or call 414-371-2980 to set up a time to get their flu shot.  


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Calendar of Events
Let's Geek: Hunger Games
Wed., Nov. 20, at 7:00 p.m
Shorewood Library

The second movie in the trilogy, Catching Fire, based on the bestselling book, comes out on November 22. Teens are invited to celebrate the Hunger Games phenomenon with survival challenges like building a shelter and identifying poisonous flora, Catching Fire trivia to get everyone excited about the movie, and a lot of fan fun. No blood rain, poisonous fog or evil monkeys - promise. Snacks will be airdropped from sponsors throughout the event.


Shorewood Intermediate School Showcircle

Fri. Nov.22 at 7p.m.

Shorewood High School Auditorium

Shorewood Intermediate School will showcase nearly 30 talented students this weekend, in the school's annual Show Circle.  The show - set for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Shorewood High School auditorium, 1701 E. Capitol Dr. - will feature a variety of performances.  


Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students/children, or donate two jars of peanut butter at the door for admission. Seating is general admission. 



Fowl 5K Run/Walk
Sat. Nov. 23 at 10:00 a.m
Shorewood High School 

The 19th annual 5K off-road run/walk will have a new route for 2013! The race takes participants through the streets of Shorewood, down the scenic bike path and finishes on the SHS track. Proceeds will benefit state champion Shorewood High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams. Race day registration and mandatory packet pick-up begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Shorewood Intermediate School Commons. Run/Walk begins at 10 a.m. at SHS. All pre and post-race activities will be held in the Shorewood Intermediate School Commons. Random drawings for prizes (must be present to win) and refreshments will be served after run/walk. Awards will be presented to the top three men, women, boys (12 and under), and girls (12 and under). Be sure to check your time at the finish.


Holiday Book Recommendations

Sat. Nov. 23 at 10 am

Shorewood Library 

Start your holiday book shopping at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, when Daniel Goldin, owner of Boswell Book Company, presents a Holiday Book Talk at the Shorewood Library.


Sponsored by the Friends of the Shorewood Library, the event has become an annual favorite, with Goldin reviewing several dozen of the season's most noteworthy new books. His recommendations will cover both the best fiction and a wide-range of nonfiction. 


Copies of all books reviewed will be available for purchase. Cash, credit cards, and debit cards will be accepted.


34th Annual Shorewood Arts & Crafts Fair

Sunday, Dec. 1 at 10 am

Shorewood High School
The Shorewood Booster Club is holding an art fair on December 1, 2013 starting at 10 am. The art fair will feature:


- Several great artists from the Midwest 

- A silent auction & raffle 
- A sake sale and café
- Shorewood High School spirit wear and accessories

- Great ideas for your holiday gift shopping!












Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Board Agenda
Budget Hearing
Community Vision Meeting
Tax BIll
New Neighbors
North Shore Fire
America Recycles
Best Buddies
Lateral Rehab
Shorewood School District
Fake Utility Employees
Yard Waster and Leaves
Shorewood Archives
Penny Wars

Village Board Meeting and Budget Hearing
Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Court Room

Business Improvement District
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM
Committee Room

Shorewood Marketing Committee
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Committee Room

Design Review Board
Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Committee Room

Thanksgiving Holiday
Village Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Quotes of the Week
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
Carl Sagan

Health Tip


Banning junk food from the cupboards or boosting fiber may be your goal, but think baby steps. Switch from potato chips to low-fat popcorn, for example, or toss a carrot into your brown bag lunch.


Environmental Tips

If you just need a little bit of light, turn on your desktop lamp instead of higher-energy overhead lights when practicable.
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