January 9, 2014      
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Village Board Meeting Highlights

The Village Board held its regular meeting on Monday, January 6, 2014. The Board: 

  1. Heard a Presentation Pertaining to the Village-wide Survey (See Article Below) 
  2. Approved an Agreement with Vierbicher for Update of Central Business Master Plan
  3. Approved a Request to fill Vacant Position of Code Compliance Inspector in the Planning and Development Department 
  4. Approved a Reserve "Class B" License for Intoxicating and Fermented Malt Beverages for La Orangerie, Inc. d/b/a North Shore Boulangerie, Agent Gene C Webb, 4401 N Oakland Avenue  

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Election News


A Primary Election will be conducted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 for the School Board race. All three locations will be used for the February 18 Primary Election.



Location                                                           Wards

Library/Village Center, 3920 N Murray Avenue      1, 2, 3, 4

Shorewood High School, 1701 E Capitol Drive       5, 6, 7. 8

Lake Bluff School, 1600 E Lake Bluff Blvd             9, 10, 11, 12




Absentee voting and registration in the Clerk's Office, 3930 N Murray Avenue, will conclude on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. and registration will resume on Election Day at each polling location.  Please remember to bring proof of residence when you are registering to vote.


If you have additional questions regarding Election Day, please contact the Village Clerk at 414-847-2608.




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Please De-Ice your Sidewalks


We are expecting freezing rain this weekend which will make the sidewalks very icy. We encourage you to check your sidewalks for ice and remember you are responsible for de-icing your sidewalks. These actions help keep Shorewood a walkable place for all residents!

Residents are encouraged to call the Police Department at 847.2610 or email at snow@villageofshorewood.org to report areas that are not adequately cleared. 



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Welcome Neighbors is Hosting its First-Ever Saturday Reception!

Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 10 a.m., the Welcome Neighbor Program invites all of our new neighbor families and friends of Shorewood, Wisconsin to a coffee reception and special behind-the-scenes look at Shorewood's Police and Fire departments.
Come explore the beautiful building that houses two of Shorewood's finest institutions - the Police and Fire departments. This is a sneak peek tour that will be useful to all and especially fun for kids of all ages. Shorewood Schools will be represented at this fun and informative reception.
Location: Shorewood Police and Fire Station, 3936 N. Murray Ave, Shorewood, WI  53211. We will meet in the front lobby.  Scheduled events include:
10 a.m.  Greeting, Coffee
10 - 10:15  a.m.  Orientation and Introduction of Fire Battalion Chief John Maydak and outline of tour; Introduction of Chief of Police David Banaszynski
10:15-10:45 a.m.  Tour of Firehouse and Police Station, including upstairs lodgings, the fire pole and the jail.
10:45-11 a.m.  Photo opportunities on fire/police vehicles, Q&A


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Tax Bill Information


Tax season is upon us.  As a reminder to our residents, January 31,  2014 is the deadline for timely payment of either your full 2013 real estate tax bill, or the first installment of your  2013 real estate taxes, with subsequent installments due on March 31,  2014 and May 31,  2014 to pay your taxes in full.  There are additional options to pay your taxes online to include credit cards and electronic checks. To pay your taxes online, click here. Keep in mind that both of these methods will incur a fee paid by the resident.   We thank those residents who are providing stamped, self-addressed envelopes for the return of their paid receipts, which allows staff to more expeditiously process the return of these receipts.  You may direct any questions regarding the tax bills or the tax collection process to the Village Clerk/Treasurer by phone at  414.847.2608 or by email at cto@villageofshorewood.org.  



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2014 Budget in Brief: A Resident's Guide to the Village Budget

The Village Board and Staff have developed an easy to understand residents guide to the Village budget. The Budget in Brief provides residents with an overview on topics such as: the Community Profile, Vision Plan Goals, How Your Local Government is Funded, Enterprise Funds, Where Your Tax Dollars Go, Capital Projects and Debt Services and a list of Village Contacts. This document educates residents on how their tax dollars are spent and how local government is funded. It also helps the Village reach our goal of  being more transparent. You can view the document online here or stop by Village Hall for a paper copy.



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School District Spot-Light 

This is a new feature for the Manager's Memo, where we will spotlight important information from the School District. Sign up for the School District e-newsletter here.  
Junior Kindergarten Registration for the 2014-2015 school year will be held on Tuesday, January 14 from 6-8 p.m. at both Lake Bluff and Atwater Elementary Schools. This is for incoming junior kindergarten students. If you have a child who will be four by September 1, please stop by to register for junior kindergarten. 

Bright Beginnings: The Shorewood Recreation and Community Services Department will hold Bright Beginnings Preschool Open House events at both Atwater and Lake Bluff Elementary Schools in January. Atwater will hold open houses on Thursday, January 16 from 6-7 p.m. in the SE Early Education Center and on Thursday, January 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the SE Early Education Center. An open house will be held at Lake Bluff on Thursday, January 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the SE Early Education Center. For more information about Bright Beginnings preschool, please click here or call the Recreation Department at 414-963-6913 x4.


Committee Invite: Community members are being invited to serve on a District committee aimed at researching best practices surrounding school starting and ending times as well as the school year calendar. Although nothing has been finalized, some topics that could be discussed include moving to a later starting and/or dismissal time as well as year round schooling. The first committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 14 from 5-7 p.m. in the coach's conference room in the physical education building on the Shorewood High School campus. A second meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the same location. For more information about the committee, click here. If you are interested in serving, please email Dr. Tabia Nicholas at tnicholas@shorewood.k12.wi.us



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2013 Resident Survey Results Presentation

At Monday's Board Meeting, the Village made a presentation on the results 2013 Resident Survey. Almost 1,600 residents responded to the survey and provided the Village with terrific information to help guide future planning. The presentation is a great way to get a quick summary of the survey results. To view the presentation, click here.


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Christmas Tree Collection


Christmas trees will be collected curbside during the month of January. Trees which are cleaned of lights and ornaments will be chipped for compost.  PLEASE be sure that lights and any bolts or screws from the stand have been removed as these can cause costly damage to our chipper.

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 Public Works

  DPW Notes 


Please shovel out your Garbage Karts


Garbage karts should be kept clear of snow and ice and placed on a level surface at the curb or in the alley. Karts will NOT be picked up on top of, or frozen into a snow bank.  Please do not place them on the public sidewalk. Please remember, there is a 200 pound load limit on each kart, but three trash bags (max.30lbs ea.) will also be collected. Karts must be at the collection point by 7:00am on your assigned day.




It's that time of year again! Formation of potholes is made worse by low temperatures, as water expands when it freezes to form ice, and puts greater stress on an already cracked pavement or road. Did you know the Village of Shorewood has a total street length of 30.15 miles plus a total alley length of 5.67 miles for checking and repairing potholes every year? You can help us out! If you know of a pothole in your area, please report it to the Shorewood DPW at 414-847-2650.


Sand/Salt Mix


A mix of sand and salt for icy walks is available free of charge to residents during the winter months. It is located in a box at the south end of the DPW parking lot and can be accessed during our regular hours (Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) and on Saturdays when we are open. Please bring your own container.





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Calendar of Events  


Pop in and Play

Mon., Jan. 13 at 10 a.m and 6:15 p.m.


The next drop-in play session for children 6 months through 3 years old and their special grown-ups will be held Monday, January 13. All Pop in and Play sessions are held mornings, 10-10:45 a.m. and evenings, 6:15 - 7 p.m. Join us in interactive play and guided activities designed to promote language and early literacy development. No registration is needed.

Family Fun Craft Night
Tues., Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.
Drop in between 6 - 7:30 p.m. and make a mitten bookmark or a decorative snowman stick. All ages are welcome to come and exercise their creativity. 

Lake Bluff School Movie Night: Despicable Me

Fri., Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.
Lake Bluff Cafeteria
"Despicable Me" will be presented sponsored by the PTO. Popcorn and drinks available for comfort. Parents must accompany children. Free to all.


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Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Board Highlights
Election News
Ice Removal
Welcome Neighbors!
Tax Bill
Budget in Brief
SDS Spotlight
Survey Results
Xmas Tree Collection
DPW Notes

Shorewood Foundation
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Committee Room

Municipal Court
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Court Room

Village Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Court Rooms
Quote of the Week

Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.

Felix Frankfurter

Health Tip


Regular health exams and tests can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life.

Environmental Tips
Discard grease in the garbage instead of the drain. Grease can clog the septic tank or the soils surrounding the absorption field. Also, use of liquid fabric softeners can contribute to excessive scum in the septic tank.
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