March 14, 2014      
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo

Village Board Meeting Highlights 


The Village Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday, March 17. The Board will: 

  1. Consider Amendment Number 1 to Agreement for Public Health Services North Shore Health Department
  2. Consider Ordinance Regarding Bicycles, Motor Bicycles and Other Vehicles to allow for the Registration of Motor Bicycles. 
  3. Presentation and Public Comment on 2013 NR 216 Annual Report
  4. Consider Professional Services Agreement for 2014 Murray Reconstruction Project Construction Inspection Services
  5. Consider Award of Contract for 2014 Basin 6 Phase II Sewer Improvement Project
  6. Consider Professional Services Agreement for 2014 Basin 6 Phase II Project Construction Inspection Services


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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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Coffee with a Cop

Join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and conversation!


No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
4301 N. Oakland Ave.

*Free small coffee with any purchase & with a flyer (get from an officer that morning) or show this ad on your phone


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Composting Workshop 


Tommorrow 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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Vision Plan Update


The Village Board has been hard at work developing the 2025 Vision Plan. After the last series of meetings, the Board has finalized their Vision Statements:


In 2025, Shorewood will be:

  • A Vibrant urban community with:
    • Safe, friendly neighborhoods offering desirable housing options that attract diverse people of all ages and stages of life;
    • Opportunities to work in and to grow successful profit and non-profit businesses in and near Shorewood;
    • Attractive and thriving local service, retail, and hospitality businesses;
    •   Excellent local schools and easy access to world-class centers of culture and higher education;
    • Strong multi-modal transportation infrastructure
  • A welcoming community embracing new people and innovative ideas, engaging with others to continuously improve Shorewood and the Milwaukee metro area.
  • A healthy community with clean air and water; access to excellent medical services; and businesses, facilities, and programs that promote personal health and wellness.
  •  An ecologically-responsible community with an appreciation for the lake, river, and other natural areas and a commitment to sustainability.
  •   A financially responsible community with suitable and well-maintained public buildings and infrastructure, strong property values, a competitive tax rate, and a commitment to public service excellence.
  •  A well-governed community with leaders and citizens who value broad civic participation and maintain a long-range, disciplined view of the future.
The next steps for the Board will be to finalize the goals, strategies, objectives and tactics to accomplish each of these Vision Statements. 


After the Board completes all of their tasks, they will hold a meeting for the Boards, Commissions and Committees to provide their input on the plan on April 8. The last step will be to provide the community with a chance to review the plan and provide the Board with feedback sometime in late April. The plan should be complete in early May.  To stay updated on the Vision Planning process, click here.  




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Annual Police Department "Town Hall" Meeting



The Shorewood Police Department will be holding a "town hall" meeting on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Center (lower level of the Library) to give residents a review of 2013, what the police department's plans are for 2013 and to listen to residents about their concerns and questions. Police Chief David Banaszynski and some of his staff will be on hand to answer any question or address resident concerns. Residents who have specific questions or concerns they want addressed that night can e-mail the department in advance at police@villageofshorewood.org  and Chief Banaszynski will respond to your concern.



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Bird City-Sustained Flight Award 


Shorewood has won the by Bird City- Sustained Flight Award from Bird City Wisconsin. This award is a continuation of last year's Bird City Designation. Shorewood was selected for our long-term commitment to working with residents to make their neighborhoods a better place for people, birds and other wildlife. With this announcement, Bird City Wisconsin has now recognized 66 cities, villages, towns and counties since its launch in December 2010.


A big thanks goes out to Roy Anderson of the Conservation Committee who completed the application on behalf of the Village.   

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Public Works

Late winter reminder from the DPW


A sure sign of spring is melting snow and ponding water.  Our extremely cold winter has resulted in ice bonded to the pavement and frost deep into the ground.  In some areas frost has lifted paved surfaces at different rates causing water to collect until the ground thaws and the water is able to seep naturally into the soil.  We advise residents to continue to use salt or sand on sidewalks when temperatures drop for the safety of pedestrians.  If we experience any future snow, continue to shovel sidewalks to the edge of the grass. Think Spring.

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Staff Wellness Program 


In order to promote a healthy work place and help control healthcare costs, the Village started an employee wellness program. This Thursday was our first kick-off wellness screening. It was a tremendous success!  We had almost 40 employees take part across every department. We also kicked off our "Punch your Way to Fitness Program". Employees who receive 20 punches on their card for healthy activities are eligible for extra time off or a prize. Staff will also be having special wellness events throughout the year.


We want to give a shout-out to the Wellness Committee: Pete Cahill (Manager's Office), Diane DeWindt-Hall and Ann Krechel (Customer Service), Susan Lyles (Library), Mary Tonti and Chuck Vander  Schaaf (Police), Trevor Robishaw (DPW), Cyndee Farnham (Clerk) and Crystal Kopydlowski (Planning and Development).  The great success of this program would have not been possible without their hard work and dedication.  I want to give a special thank you to Mary Tonti who put together an awesome gift basket that was handed out in our drawing.  



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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 Saturday, March 15 


Shorewood High School and Shorewood Intermediate School will be hosting Solo and Ensemble Contest Tommorrow 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   


Women's History Month and the the Clubs 78th Anniversary
Tues., March 18 at 1:00pm
Village Center

The Shorewood Woman's Club will meet Tuesday March 18 at 1pm in the Village Center,3920 N Murray-March is Women's History Month and the the Clubs 78th Anniversary.  President Janet Nortrom invites all friends to join us that day for cake and then hear about the Cathedral Center of Milwaukee, that provides shelter and services for homeless families, Director Donna Rongholt-Migan will share the nature and breadth of their work and see what service we can provide the homeless.


SHS Spring Band Concert

Tues., March 25 at 7 p.m.

SHS Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public. 



Welcome Neighbors Reception 

Sat., 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
Coffee With a Cop
Vision Plan Update
Town Hall Meeting
Bird City
DPW Reminder
Staff Wellness
Teen Photo Contest
Solo and Ensemble Event

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

Wednesday, March 19 at 8:30 AM
Court Room

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

Police Department "Town Hall" Meeting
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Village Center

Design Review Board
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Committee Room

Quote of the Week

Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments.

Rose Kennedy

Health Tip


The weather is warm and the days are longer which makes it a perfect combination to get active outside. The American Heart Association recommends that individuals do moderate exercise for at least 150 minutes per week, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise.

Environmental Tips

Choose "natural organic" or "slow-release" fertilizers to feed your lawn or plants slowly and evenly. This practice will reduce the potential for nutrient run-off.
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