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


Village Board Meeting Highlights

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

  1. Approved a Resolution Recommending the 2014 North Shore Fire Department Fees for Service Schedule
  2. Approved Professional Services Agreement for Cross Connection Control 
  3. Approved a 2014 PPII Lateral Rehabilitation Program
  4. Approved a  Supplemental List of Election Inspectors Provided by the Republican Party of Milwaukee County


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What's Next for Shorewood's Commercial Districts?


We're having an open house and all Shorewood residents are invited on Thursday March 20 from 6:30 - 8pm in the Village Center Lower Level at 3920 N. Murray Avenue, to view the preliminary master plan and give us your feedback. 










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Voter Registration


Are you new to the Village? Or moved within the Village? Now is the time to register to vote.  The next Election will be held on April 1, 2014 and includes races for the Court of Appeals - District 1; Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Branches 7, 21, 27, 31, 32, 40 and 41; School Board Members; and Village Trustees.  You may register four different ways:  (1) come to Village Hall between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. up to and including Friday prior to the Election; (3) drop your application in the white mailbox no later than March 13; (3) mail your application (if you are a first time Wisconsin voter you must include proof of residency) postmarked no later than March 13; or (4) access the MyVote website https://myvote.wi.gov/Home.aspx to register online.  Please follow the instructions and mail or personally deliver your application to the Village Clerk if using the MyVote website or your application will not be processed and you will not be included in the poll books on Election Day.  All applications received after March 13 will require proof of residence. 




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Composting Workshop 


There is another conservation event coming up next week! On March 15, the Conservation Committee is hosting another event. Learn how to make free fertilizer for your yard while reducing the burden on landfills with expert composter Josh Libertore.  You can enter our free drawing to win a compost bin by attending.


The event will be held on Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Lower Library.

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Welcome Tim!

The Village is pleased to welcome Tim Koepp, the new Code Compliance Inspector in the Planning & Development Department.  Tim has a lengthy background in the lumber industry and property management, totaling 18 years of experience. He will be doing the Pre-Sale inspections as well as exterior property maintenance enforcement. Tim gives freely of his time to youth programs  and is an avid musician.  Please help us welcome him to our community.  You may reach him at 847-2641 or tkoepp@villageofshorewoood.org if you are thinking of selling your home or have a property-based question or concern.



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Spring Ahead and Check your Batteries 


Just a reminder that daylight savings times begins on Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m. Make sure you set your clocks one hour ahead. Also use this as an opportunity to test your smoke alarms and change your batteries.


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Author Visit with Kathy Reichs! 


Shorewood Library, in collaboration with Boswell Books, is excited to present author Kathy Reichs! The forensic anthropologist turned bestselling author of the Temperance Brennan series - on which the FOX TV show Bones is based - and the young adult series Virals, will be at the Library on Tuesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m., with her co-author and son Brendan Reichs to promote the latest book in the Virals series.


Reichs wrote books one and two in the series solo, but brought in her son Brendan to help with books three and four. Pick up the Virals series and you're a fan of thriller mysteries like the Temperance Brennan books, James Patterson's work, or other YA sci-fi thrillers like James Dashner's The Maze Runner or Michael Grant's Gone.


Boswell Books will have books for sale and the Reichs will both happily sign autographs and take pictures with you. Bring your own books or be ready to purchase some here.



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Reminders to Pet Owners


Pet licenses are required within 30 days of ownership for dogs and cats ages 5 months and older.  Licenses may be obtained at Village Hall, 3930 N Murray Avenue between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Proof of rabies vaccination and verification that the animal has been spayed or neutered (if applicable) is required when licensing your pet.  Extra pet licenses are also needed if you have more than two dogs, two cats or any combination totaling more than two. 

Pets require a lot of maintenance and care.  Pet owners are responsible for this care.  They are also responsible to their neighbors and the Village of Shorewood to see that all ordinances relating to owning a pet are obeyed.  No person shall walk a dog or cat beyond the limits of their own property without carrying or having in their possession a scoop, bag or item designed to pick up and remove any unwanted dog or cat excreta.  It is also unlawful to dispose of the dog or cat excrement on public or private property other than the owner's own property.  This includes throwing the excreta into the sewer system or neighbor's trash can. 

Pets are not allowed to walk in the parks, on the beach, or any school grounds in the Village of Shorewood, even if on a leash.


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Shorewood working towards a Bike Share Program

Midwest Bikeshare Inc. is working to expand its service into Shorewood as well as, Wauwatosa and West Allis. Bikeshare lets people pay a membership fee to check out bikes from stations, ride them around and then return them to any other station in the system. Similar programs have been successful in cities like New York and Chicago.


These three suburban communities are applying for a combined $1.5 million in federal grants, that would help to expand this project into the suburbs. The Village and Midwest Bikeshare hope to raise additional funds through private investment.  Shorewood has identified about three potential station locations along East Capitol Drive, North Oakland Avenue and North Lake Drive. This program fits within Shorewood's vision of being a walkable and bikeable community and we hope to become a suburban leader in the bikeshare movement.

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Teen Photo Contest at the Library

The Winter Online Photo Contest for teens in grades 7-12 is going great! We've had quite a few amazing entries so far, and are looking for lots more. So send in your Instagram snaps, your old-school film photos, and anything in between. Each photographer can submit up to three original pictures for consideration. Ends March 28.

Not a teen but want to see what's going on? Check it out at

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Solo and Ensemble Event on March 15 


Shorewood High School and Shorewood Intermediate School will be hosting Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday, March 15. More than 1,000 students (and their families) from throughout the north shore are expected to attend the event. The students will be performing for judges at both SHS and SIS from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Due to the influx of vehicles, the village's parking restrictions will be lifted during the event. 




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Calendar of Events   


SIS Play: "Mulan Jr."

Fri., March 7 and Saturday. March 8 at 7:30 pm

SHS Auditorium 

Members of Shorewood Drama are currently working on the SHOREWOOD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL MUSICAL, MULAN.  Travel back to the legendary, storytelling days of ancient China with Disney's MULAN JR., the action-packed stage adaptation of Disney's film.

11th Annual Swing with Shorewood
Sat, March 8 at 6 pm
Pier Wisconsin


The SEED Foundation's eleventh annual Swing with Shorewood event wil be held on Saturday, March 8th at 6 p.m. at Pier Wisconsin! This exciting venue provides outstanding views of the lakefront and downtown, as well as dinner catered by Bartolotta's. This important event helps fund grants for projects and programs in each of our public schools. Since 2004, Swing with Shorewood has raised nearly $585,000 to help teachers and schools implement new academic curriculum and safety programs, purchase new computers and other classroom equipment, and much more.

If you would like to reserve tickets for this year's event, or if you have questions, please contact Melissa Nelsen or print and return the RSVP.


Shorewood Intermediate/High School Choir Concert

Thurs., March 13 at 7 pm

North Shore Presbyterian

This event is free and open to the public.  


Welcome Neighbors Reception 

Saturday, April 5 at 10 am

Shorewood Public Library

Welcome neighbors and the library join forces to provide Forms and Fun: Tax prep and Voter registration. Enjoy a cup of coffee, get a personal library card for you and your children, finish up any tax-time forms, sign-up for Recreation Department classes and register to vote. Activities for kids are available while you take care of business. RSVP recommended by April 2 to welcome@villageofshorewood.org  





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Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Board Highlights
Open House Master Plan
Voter Registration
Welcome Tim
Spring Ahead
Author Visit
Pet Licenses
Bike Share
Teen Photo Contest
Solo and Ensemble Event

Special Village Board- Vision Plan
Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Committee Room

Shorewood Foundation Meeting
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Committee Room

Parks Commission
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Manager's Office

Pedestrian and Bike Safety
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Committee Room

Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

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

Village Board Meeting
Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Court Room

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

Open House, Business District Master Plan
Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Village Center

Song of the Month


This song of the month comes from our newest employee, Tim Koepp from Planning and Development. "One of my favorite song artists is Kenny Chesney.  My favorite song  by this artist is "The Boys of Fall".  This is a song and video that I and my son watch each year, sometimes multiple times, that helps us focus on our goals.  I was a youth sports coach for about ten years, 3 of those was as a 6th grade tackle football head coach.  I also played this for my team as a tribute to the game of football, get them excited to be a part of the game, and as a reminder to me as a coach to keep the game as fun as I could for the team because that is why they are here.  The video is just awesome too." To view the video, click here. 


Quote of the Week

If heartaches were commercials, we would all be on tv.

John Prine

Health Tip


As Spring approaches start thinking about allergy season. If your prone to sniffles as the weather warms up, stock up on your medications now.
Environmental Tips

Test your soil so you will know how much nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and lime your soil needs to grow a healthy lawn and garden. Depending on the condition of the soil, you may not even need to apply these nutrients.
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