February 7, 2014      
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Village Board Meeting Highlights

The Village Board held its regular meeting on Monday , February 3, 2014. The Board: 

  1. Approved a Resolution for N. Sherburn Place Vacation and Land Discontinuance  

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Low Sodium Diet


Season record snowfall totals (12th on the all-time list-so far), extreme cold and two large ice storms have meant more salting and plowing  than an average winter.  Colder-than average temperatures mean more ice on Great Lakes shipping channels.  Combine all factors and you have a road salt shortage.   


The recent highly publicized salt delivery to North American Salt this week will help, but it won't solve the problem.  Like other communities in the area, Shorewood has already begun conserving our road salt.  Residents may already have noticed changes to our normal winter operations.  We will continue to concentrate resources on the arterial roads with side streets receiving smaller amounts of salt.  Crews will be combining some sand into the salt to stretch our supply and improve melting during the longer and hopefully warmer late winter days.  Please continue to drive cautiously and adjust your stopping distances during this late winter period.


Thank you, Lt. Sullivan! 

On Monday, Lt. Paul Sullivan was honored with a proclamation from Village President Guy Johnson for his service to the Village of Shorewood. Lt. Sullivan was a Shorewood native and he served his hometown well for 30 years. 


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Congrats on new hires and promotions in the PD!

Also on Monday, the police promoted Christine Preston to Lieutenant, Karl Simandl to Sergeant and officially swore in Cody Smith as an officer. Congrats to all three on their new positions!

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Primary Election February 18, 2014 


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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Getting LEAN-er

On Monday, Deputy Chief Kevin Carini reported on the Police Department's LEAN process project. Two weeks ago, Customer Service and the Clerk's Office made their LEAN presentation.  LEAN principles were started by the Japanese manufacturing industry and have been adapted to office and local government settings. The goal is to reduce/eliminate unnecessary steps in a
process to make that process more efficient. During LEAN training, the police department was able to successfully LEAN their detective case referall process and Customer Service/Clerk's Office LEANed the liquor license process. Each department will report their project to the Village Board during the months of February and March.

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Snow and Ice Removal Program 


As the snow continues to fall this winter, please remember that
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 or email snow@villageofshorewood.org


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Connect with Welcome New Neighbors! 


The Welcome New Neighbor (WNN) Program would like to invite you to attend the monthly Meet and Greet on February 8 at Indulgence Chocolatier from 10 - 11am.  Please RSVP to welcome@villageofshorewood.org.  


Sign up! The WNN has a new link to sign up to the monthly newsletter - informative pieces for all residents, geared towards those new to the Village. Get in the know and then share this information with your new neighbors. The link is:   http://eepurl.com/GyAOT 


NEW! WNN has created a "Get Started" page which gathers resources from across Shorewood in one spot on the Welcome New Neighbors page of the Village website. It is a work in progress. We hope you will find it very useful and encourage you to give Program Director, Jenny Steinman Heyden, your ideas of what other information you might find helpful when moving to Shorewood at welcome@villageofshorewood.org. The link for that "Get Started" Guide is here


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Shorewood PD Citizens' Academy begins in March

On March 6, the Shorewood Police Department will kick-off its 11th Citizens' Academy session. The program, which began in 2004, has been well received and remains a popular program within the community.

The academy consists of a series of classroom instruction and some hands-on applications of several different topics relating to law enforcement and the criminal justice system. In addition, students get to spend time as a ride-along observer with a Shorewood Police Officer.

Some of the topics covered in the program include traffic and OWI enforcement, drug enforcement, domestic violence, defensive and arrest tactics, criminal investigations, the criminal justice system, crime prevention, and other community based issues.

Participants even get instruction on firearms and, if they choose, can take a turn on the range actually firing department weapons under the guidance of a range officer.  

The goal of the Citizens' Academy is to promote citizen interaction with the police department and to make people feel more comfortable with police officers. A truly safe community means a working partnership between the police department and the citizens. This program encourages better awareness of what people need from the police department and what the police department needs from them.

Participants of the Citizens Academy must be 18 years of age or older and must live, work or own property in Shorewood. Exceptions are made to college students who are interested in a career in criminal justice or are enrolled in a criminal justice program.

The Citizens' Academy meets every Thursday night for 10 weeks from 7 until 10 p.m. It is held in the lower level of the Village Center.

Those interested in attending the next Citizens' Academy need to complete a registration application which is available at the Shorewood Police Department or it can be completed online at the department's website, www.villageofshorewood.com/police. Class size is limited; so those interested are urged to sign up as soon as possible.

If you would like additional information on the Citizen's Academy, contact Lt. Jeff Schmidt at the Police Department at 847-2610 or send him an e-mail at jschmidt@villageofshorewood.org

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Shorewood Public Schools - Excellence in Teaching Awards

SEED is pleased to announce the establishment of the Shorewood Excellence in Teaching Award. The Shorewood SEED Foundation worked with an anonymous donor who designated their funds to be used solely for this purpose.   
Annual award(s) will recognize teachers who demonstrate a deep commitment to academic and artistic achievement, model professional and innovative teaching practices, and inspire students, colleagues, and the community through their dedication and leadership.
The eligible teachers can be nominated by their peers, students, community members or district parents, and will be invited to participate in an application and review process. Parents, please encourage your children to nominate their talented teacher(s).
An independent volunteer committee will select the Shorewood Excellence in Teaching Award recipients, who will receive a monetary award made possible by a donor directed gift. The selection committee is comprised of highly accomplished professionals in education and leaders in the community.
The Shorewood School District is honored by the opportunity this generous gift creates to work with the community to recognize and encourage professional achievement in our schools, and to establish the Awards as an important annual celebration of our commitment to excellence in education.
The nomination form is available online. Recipient(s) will be announced in June. A minimum of $5,000 will be awarded to faculty member(s) in 2014.
You can visit the SEED Foundation website for more information about the Shorewood Excellence in Teaching Award, eligibility guidelines, nomination form, and deadlines.  If you have any questions about this award and/or process, email Melissa Nelsen at mnelsen4@wi.rr.com.
Please nominate your treasured teachers!   



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Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes


1.  Keep your pipes warm! Normal groundwater temperatures are typically in the upper 40s and lower 50s, so check the water in your home if you are concerned about freezing pipes. To do so, you can use a simple digital thermometer. If it's getting close to 32, you should take action to prevent freezing/bursting:

* If your water meter is in a cabinet or closet, open any/all doors to allow warm air to circulate around the meter and pipes.

* Open vents on ductwork in your basement to allow warm air to circulate.

*If you have a drop ceiling in your basement slide or remove panels, if possible, to allow warm air to flow around pipes.


2. Seal any air leaks where pipes enter your home using caulk or spray foam. Fiberglass insulation will not stop drafts and should be used after drafts have been sealed. Keep your pipes on the warm side of the insulation.


3. Pipes tend to freeze in the overnight hours when temperatures are colder and water is not flowing. Prevent the bursting of pipes by keeping water moving. In your home this can be done by simply letting a faucet run at a low rate. A dripping faucet wastes water, so only pipes vulnerable to freezing (ones that run through an unheated or unprotected space) should be left with the water flowing. The drip can be very slight. Where both hot and cold lines serve a spigot, make sure each one contributes to the drip, since both are subjected to freezing. If the dripping stops, leave the faucet(s) open, since a pipe may have frozen and will still need pressure relief to prevent bursting.


4. Check empty and vacant buildings. Is a neighbor or relative on vacation? A great deal of frost or condensation on windows may indicate that a heating system has failed and water is running due to frozen and/or broken pipes.


If you have any questions, please contact the Shorewood Water Utility/Department of of Public Works at 414-847-2650. 


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Men's Club Blood Drive

The next Shorewood Men's Club Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Saturday, February 15, from 8:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. at the Shorewood Village Center. Anyone interested in donating may contact Jeff Hanewall at 687-7418 or shorewoodmensclub@wi.rr.com for an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. The drive is conducted by the Blood Center of Wisconsin.


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Calendar of Events  


Shorewood High School Winter Play

Fri., Feb.7 , Sat., Feb.8, and Sun., Feb. 9
SHS Auditorium

"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.


Boutique Blowout

Sat.,Feb. 15 at 8 a.m.

Atwater School Cafeteria


On February 15, the 6th annual "Boutique Blowout" will be held in the Atwater Cafeteria from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The $5 admission fee will be donated to the Shorewood Recreation and Community Services Department "Round Up for Recreation" program, which provides financial support for anyone unable to afford the department's activity fees! Come check out this great event & score some awesome bargains!



Shorewood School District "Band-O-Rama"

Wed., Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

Shorewood High School Auditorium

The annual concert showcasing the Shorewood School District's entire band program is slated for 7 p.m. on February 19. Featuring the combined Atwater and Lake Bluff fifth and sixth grade bands, Shorewood Intermediate School seventh grade concert band and eighth grade Symphonic Band and Shorewood High School Concert Band, the third installment of Band-O-Rama will take place in the High School arena, 1701 E. Capitol Dr. 


The purpose of this program is to show students and their parents the progression of musicianship from beginners all the way through high school. 


Admission to all district band concerts is free.

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Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Board Agenda
Salt Shortage
Lt. Sullivan Retirement
New Faces
Election News
Snow and Ice Removal
Citizens' Academy
SEED Teacher Award
Frozen Pipes
Men's Club Blood Drive

Special Board Meeting: Vision Plan 

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6 PM
Committee Room

Pedestrian and Bike Safety Committee

Tuesday, Feburary 11, 2014 at 7 PM

Committee Room 


Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5 PM


Design Review Board
Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Committee Room

Municipal Court
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Court Room

Village Board Meeting

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Court Room

Song of the Month

This month's song  "My  Shorewood " was submitted to us by resident Robert Dean. The song represents how many of us feel about our town. Bob has been an active member of the Shorewood Community. He was instrumental in bringing a decorative bridge to Capitol Dr.

To hear Bob's song, click here.

Quote of the Week

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.


Health Tip


Disguise your daily walk as something else. Toss a ball as you stroll, fling a Frisbee, or take the dog to the park.

Environmental Tips

Share your magazines with a friend, community group or doctor's office before recycling them.
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