January 23, 2014      
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Village Board Meeting Highlights

The Village Board held its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. The Board:   

  1. Approved the Developer's Agreement for Harbor Development. ( For more information on the project, click here).  
  2. Approved a Design Engineering Services Agreement for 2014 Watermain Relay Projects (3700 Oakland and DPW yard) 
  3. Approved a Request to Reallocate Funds Within Neighborhood Loan Program (For more information click here
  4. Approved a Resolution for Establishment of Special Revenue Fund for Public Art
  5. Approved a Resolution for Transfer of General Funds Generated from Plein Air Art Event Profits to the Special Revenue Fund for Public Art


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Property Tax Deadline is January 31


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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A New and Improved Mapping Tool!


Shorewood has had an on-line mapping tool available to the public since 2007. This year the Village is excited to announce a new system with improved features and functionality for all users.  The map allows users to find out a variety of property-based information, such as zoning, land use, parcel dimensions, and voting wards.   It also allows a direct link to Milwaukee County's tax and historical assessments and the most current assessments through Shorewood's Assessor. Planning Director Ericka Lang oversees the system and would be more than happy to assist you in navigating the new map. Contact Ericka at  847-2647 or elang@villageofshorewood.org. 



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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Shorewood School District Budget Update


Recently employees, parents, and community members completed a survey on budget priorities for Shorewood Schools.  With that and other available information, the District is now ready to take the next steps in planning its 2014-15 school budget.  To continue a more collaborative budget development process, District families, residents and staff members are invited to attend a budget information session during the coming weeks. As part of each session, members of the District's administration team will share the 2014-15 enrollment and budget projections and the results of the budget priority survey. The District will also solicit input on the most important items to accomplish in the budgeting process, while gathering budget proposals for further consideration. 


The sessions will be held on:

- Tuesday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the SIS Commons

- Monday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Shorewood Public Library (located at 3920 N. Murray Ave.)


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Be Prepared for Another Round of Extreme Cold

We will be experiencing another extreme cold snap at the beginning of next week. We encourage you to avoid being outdoors as much as possible, but if you must leave your home here are a few tips:

  • Dress warmly and stay dry.
  • Wear a hat, scarf, and mittens.
  • Avoid frostbite.
  • If you have to do heavy outdoor chores, dress warmly and work slowly.
  • Avoid walking on ice or getting wet.
  • Notify friends and family where you will be before you go hiking, camping, or skiing.
  • Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if at all possible.
  • If you are stranded, it is safest to stay in your car.


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The Power of Story: Holocaust Remembrance and Education



Hear Shorewood resident Raye Szlosberg David tell her story of surviving the Holocaust. Following Raye's story,  an educator with the Holocaust Resource Center will further illuminate and contextualize the stories of the Holocaust. This is a unique community opportunity to prepare for Shorewood High School's production of "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," which dramatizes the stories of the Terezin concentration camp. Please join us for this local - and global - evening of celebrating the power of story to inspire, change and unite us.


Location: Shorewood Public Library
Date and time: Wednesday, January 29, 7 p.m.

Presented by: Shorewood Library and

the Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center


Recommended for people ages 12 and up.

Please contact Emily at the Shorewood Library (414-847-2670) or Joan at the Holocaust Resource Center (414-963-2714) with questions or for further information.





Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year Competition

Application Deadline: February 28, 2014

Shorewood's Neighborhood of the Year competition is a way to acknowledge closely knit blocks in our community. Celebrations, work and service projects, block parties, intergenerational activities, regular e-mail communications and more connect our residents in special ways that contribute to the high quality of life in our Village. Shorewood has a reputation for promoting healthy neighborhoods and connecting its residents in a variety of fun, interactive and meaningful ways!
The Shorewood Connects Neighbors project is seeking applications for its fourth annual "Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year" competition. Applications will be reviewed by an evaluation panel and the winning neighborhood will be featured in Shorewood Today magazine in addition to having an opportunity to march behind a "Neighborhood of the Year" banner at the Village's annual 4th of July parade. Permanent street signs noting the award will be placed on the winning block.
Applications are judged according to the following criteria:inclusiveness, communication and organization, and whether the block incorporates a service element. Applications are limited to one per neighborhood (a neighborhood usually encompasses one to four blocks) and will be accepted through February 28, 2014. 
Completed applications should be returned to Shorewood Village Hall, 3930 N. Murray Ave., or sent via e-mail attachment to Elizabeth Price at the Shorewood Senior Resource Center eprice@villageofshorewood.org).

If you have any questions, please contact Sue Kelley, Shorewood Connects Facilitator at 414.961.7262 or  sue@suekelleyconsulting.com.



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Shorewood High School Winter Play


The Performing Arts Department of Shorewood High School proudly announces "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" as its winter play.  Over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin Concentration Camp, and only about 100 were still alive when Terezin was liberated at the end of World War II. One of the survivors, Raja, having lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little enough reason for hope, creating a little world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire, tells the true story of the children. It's her play and it's theirs.


"I Never Saw Another Butterfly" premieres on Friday, February 7 and runs through Sunday, February 9, 2014.


All performances will be in the Shorewood High School Auditorium.  Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m. with the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.


Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  Tickets are available from any cast member, by mailing your order to Shorewood High School (Attn. Mr. Joe King), by calling the box office at 414-963-6940, or by emailing the box office at BoxOffice@shorewood.k12.wi.us.


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Want to Keep Up on the Latest News from Shorewood P.D.? 


Nixle is a community information service provider built exclusively to provide secure and reliable communications. Its authenticated service connects the Shorewood Police Department to residents in real-time, delivering information to residents of specific neighborhoods. Information is instantly available over cell phones by text message, by e-mail, and over the web (similar to Twitter).

Register now and learn more at the Shorewood Police Nixle site. Spread the word to friends, family, and neighbors! Help make Shorewood a stronger, safer, and better place to live by being informed. We are very excited to have you experience it for yourself.


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Sustainable Shorewood

The Shorewood staff is always looking for ways to make our office more sustainable. The newest addition are the blue recycle bins located in every office in Village Hall. Village Hall has always recycled, but these bins will make it a littler easier for staff to be green.


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Calendar of Events  


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 are available for $1each. Bring a pillow,blanket or sleeping bag for comfort. Parents must accompany children. Free to all.


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Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Board Agenda
Tax Bill
Mapping Tool
Election News
SDD Budget
Extreme Cold Warning
The Power of Story
Neighborhood of the Year
SHS Winter Play
NIxel Updates
Sustainable Shorewood

Special Village Board/CDA Meeting

Tuesday, January 28, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Court Room 


Village Board Meeting

Monday, February 03, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Court Room


Municipal Court
Wednesday, February 05 , 2014 at 5:00 PM
Court Room


Conservation Committee

Thursday, February 06, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Committee Room 


Quote of the Week

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Health Tip


You don't need to do a diet slash-and-burn. If you cut just 200 calories a day you'll see slow (and easy) weight loss. Skip a pat of butter here, a cookie there and you're on your way!

Environmental Tips

Bar soap generates less packaging waste and is less expensive than liquid soap in plastic bottles with pump dispensers.
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