December 6, 2013     
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo

Tax Bill Information


The Clerk Treasurer's office has completed the tax bill calculation process.  Tax bills will be available on the Village Website (www.villageofshorewood.org) on Friday, December 6 and delivered by mail during the week of December 9.


If it is more convenient to pay your bill prior to receiving the copy in the mail, you may:

  1. Pay at Village Hall, 3930 N Murray Avenue.
  2. Deposit the payment in the white mailbox in the back of Village Hall.  Please include your name, address, phone number and tax key number for property.
  3. Pay online with our online services.  If paying online, please note the additional charges for payment by credit card and electronic check as outlined on the informational page.
  4. Pay at either one of the Shorewood North Shore Bank offices.  To pay at the bank you must have a paper copy of the bill which you can print from the website.  Only full payments and installments are accepted at the bank.  For overpayment and partial payments, please use options 1, 2 or 3. 


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Village Board Meeting Highlights

The Village Board held its regular meeting on Monday, December 2, 2013. The Board: 

  1. Approved a business loan to new business at 4401 N Oakland Avenue, La Orangerie, Inc., Owner Gene Webb
  2. Approved a revised ordinance for Snow  and Ice Control on Neighborhood Sidewalks
  3. Approved the new Village Monument Signage Design
  4. Approved an ordinance to Change Election Code
  5. Approved a resolution to Set Election Worker Salary 



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 BID Holiday Events 


2nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, December 6, 6:30 p.m.

4510 N. Oakland Ave. in Kensington Square

Presenting sponsor - Harleys: The Store for Men


Free, festive family fun as Shorewood gathers to kick off the holiday season!


Special performances by:

  • Atwater Elementary Girl Scouts Jr. Troop 1523
  • The Alliance Francaise Carolers
  • Shorewood School of Rock
Hot cocoa, treats, and one jolly special guest! Presented by the Shorewood Business Improvement District, with special thanks to Ideal Landscaping Management for donating this year's tree.




3rd Annual Stop, Shop & Restore Holiday Shopping Event
Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Shorewood Business District

Shop, dine and unwind in the Shorewood Business District, as you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list! 

Enjoy specials, promotions and free spa services throughout Shorewood. Our complimentary Stop, Shop & Restore shuttle will take you to your favorite shops!


  • Visit with Santa at Culver's of Shorewood from noon to 2 p.m.
  • Be among the first 75 people to spend $150 at participating businesses, and redeem your receipts, At Big Bay Brewery for a $25 gift certificate good anywhere in the business district in January 2014.
  • Enjoy free gift wrapping at Big Bay Brewing Co.,  
  • SHS string quartet performances at Colectivo Coffee and City Market.  


All events are presented by the Shorewood Business Improvement District. For more details and a complete list of event activities and sponsors, please visit www.shorewoodwi.com.  


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Leaf Collection Ends Today 


Bulk leaf collection ends today, Friday, December 6.  Bagged leaves can always be collected (regardless of weather conditions) on the day of your regular refuse collection.  If you have questions, please contact DPW at 847.2650.






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Shorewood's Winter Street Parking Regulations are Now in Effect

The winter parking regulations prohibit parking on certain sides of most residential area streets AT ANY TIME from December 1 until March 1. The affected areas are posted with signs indicating the restriction. Please be alert for signs when parking on residential streets. Violators will be ticketed.


In the event of a major snow storm, a snow emergency may be declared. If a snow emergency is declared, parking is prohibited on all streets in the village between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m. except for the following parking zones; Wilson Dr., Capitol Dr. (between Downer and Farwell and between Newhall and Wilson), and Oakland Ave. (between Kenmore and Kensington and between Edgewood and Shorewood Blvd.) Vehicles parked on any other street will be ticketed and may be towed at the owner's expense.

Snow emergencies will be broadcasted on most Milwaukee media outlets. Persons may also call the Shorewood Police Department at 847.2610 to see if a snow emergency has been declared.

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Snow and Ice Removal Program 


After a very successful program last year, the snow and ice removal program is beginning again.

Residents are required to remove snow and ice from their adjacent sidewalks for the entire width of the sidewalk. 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. The 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 847.2610 to report areas that are not adequately cleared. 

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Check out Shorewood's New Signs!


At Monday's Board Meeting, the Board approved new monument signs for Village buildings, parks and other important landmarks.  The sign design ,selected by an Ad-Hoc sign committee in cooperation with the Design Review Board, was inspired by our entrance monuments on Capitol Drive and fit soundly within our Village branding.  This specific design was chosen because:

  1. The logo, green tree and blue swoosh, reflects our Village Brand.
  2. The copper coloring invokes our entrance monuments which are in-turn inspired by the cooper dome which sits on the High School administration building built in 1925.
  3. The design clearly identifies the purpose of the building by focusing prominently on the name of the building.


There will be five signs installed in this initial stage : at the Police Department, Village Hall and Village Center and two way-finding sites will be installed behind Village Hall and at the parking lot entrance off of Frederick Dr.


To view the signs please, click here.

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Time to Renew Daytime Parking Permits

Just a reminder that daytime parking permits will expire November 30.  If you have a green Residential Congested Area (RCA) or an Impact Area daytime parking permit, it is time to renew. 


Please note:  The RCA permit is available ONLY to residents of single-family and duplex homes in the southeast quadrant of the Village (bordered by the south side of E. Capitol Dr. on the north, north side of E. Edgewood Ave. on the sough, east side of N. Oakland Ave. on the west, and N. Lake Drive on the east). 


Daytime parking permits (new or renewal) are $5 for the year and may be purchased at the Customer Service Department in Village Hall, 3930 N. Murray Ave.  Office hours are Monday - Friday (except holidays), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please bring proof of residency.


If you have any questions about whether your residence qualifies for either the RCA or Impact Area daytime parking permits, please contact Customer Service at 847.2601.  

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Election Information

An Election will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in which the following positions are to be filled (if necessary a primary will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014): 

  • Court of Appeals           
  • Circuit Court Judges - Milwaukee County
    • Branch 7, Branch 21, Branch 27, Branch 31, Branch 32, Branch 40 and Branch 41
  • Two Village of Shorewood Trustees
  • Two Village of Shorewood School Board Members

A referendum question will be placed on the April 1, 2014 General Election ballot and will not be on the February 18, 2014 ballot if there is a Primary Election.

Forms and information packets for parties interested in running for the Village of Shorewood Trustee positions are available in the Clerk's office, 3930 N. Murray Avenue; the Village Website at http://tinyurl.com/pk83bbm; or on the Government Accountability Board website at http://gab.wi.gov. The first day candidates may circulate nomination papers is December 1.  All paperwork must be submitted to the Village Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on January 7 in order to be included on the ballot.  

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Holiday Season Safety Tips Shopping

The Holiday shopping season is upon us.
When shopping at some of the great stores in Shorewood, here are a few tips that can help you stay safe:
  • Do not become distracted by your shopping. Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Park in well-lit parking lots and park as close to the mall or store as possible.
  • Lock your car doors and keep packages hidden in the trunk of or under the seats of your vehicle.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash with you and pay with checks or credit cards when possible.
  • Ensure that you are not encumbered with a large number of packages. Try to make trips back to your vehicle to store packages in the trunk as you continue to shop.
  • Carry your closed purse as close to your body as possible.
  • Carry a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket

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Check the Trees Before You Tie Up Your Horse!


At the recent "Treasures from the Archives" program sponsored by the Shorewood Historical Society, one of the items on display was an ordinance book from 1909 that included the following:

"Fastening horses to shade trees shall be fined not less than $1 or more than $5."


The ordinance book was just one of many items on display that fascinated visitors and helped them to visualize changes in the Village over time.  


Because of the success of the Treasures program and the fact that the Historical Society does not have a museum, Society board members are looking for high traffic locations in the Village where historical artifacts could be displayed on a rotating basis.  Suggestions from residents are welcome. Email shorewoodhistory@yahoo.com.


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Flu Vaccination Week

December 8-15, 2013 is National Influenza Vaccination Week.  The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) wants to remind everyone that it is not too late to get your influenza vaccine!    The North Shore Health Department has a limited supply of flu vaccine left.   Call 371-2980 or stop in to schedule your flu shot today.   For more information on National Influenza Vaccination Week, visit: www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw  and for more information on influenza, visit: www.Flu.gov  


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Calendar of Events

Family Fun Night at the Library
Tues. Dec. ,10, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Shorewood Library
Shorewood Library will be hosting a family craft night. Families of all ages are invited to attend this event

8th Grade Band and Orchestra Concert
Thurs., Dec. 12, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School Auditorium
The 8th Grade Band and Orchestra will perform at the SHS Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

SHS Chamber Orchestra and Choir Concert
Sun., Dec. 15, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Kingo Lutheran Church
The SHS Chamber Orchestra and Choir Concert will perform a special holiday-themed concert at Kingo Lutheran Church. This event is free and open to the public.









Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Tax BIll
Board Highlights
BID Holiday Events
Leaf Collection
Street Regulations
Snow Remoal
New Signs
Parking Permits
Election Info.
Safe Shopping Tips
Check the Trees
Flu Vaccine Week

Parks Commission

Tuesday December 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM
Manager's Office

Board of Appeals
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM
Court Room

Pedestrian and Bike Safety
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Committee Room

Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Shorewood Library

Village Board Meeting
Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Court Room

Shorewood Business Improvement District
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 8:30 AM
Committee Room

Design Review Board
Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Committee Room

Song of  the Month
The holiday season is a fun, joyful time of the year where friends and family get together and have a good time. Many holiday songs struggle to capture this spirit. However, Bob Dylan's "It must be Santa" nails the atmosphere of rollicking Christmas Party with a polka-inspired update of a 1960's Mitch Miller. Not only is Dylan one of the great artists of our time, he is also a personal favorite of both Chris and Pete in the Manager's Office. The song and accompanying video feel like a great party where the guest had maybe one too many glasses of Christmas cheer. To hear the song and see the video, click here.

Quote of the Week

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.

Nelson Mandela

Health Tip


Everyone's overly busy during the holidays, which leaves less time to cook healthy meals. Instead f heading to the drive thru cook meals intended specifically for the freezer. You'll be thankful later when you can pop one of the meals into the oven or microwave and turn your attention to another task.


Environmental Tips

Make a decision to shop locally in areas you can walk or bike to, rather than the ones you have to drive to. Not only does this save fuels but it also boosts your local economy. Check out the many places to shop in Shorewood.
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