April 10, 2014      
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo

Village Board Highlights

The Village Board held its regular meeting on Monday, April 7. The Board:

  1. Approved a Resolution to Submit a Grant Application to Wisconsin Department of Transportation Under the Federal Transportation Alternatives Program for Installation of Bike Share Stations in Shorewood
  2. Approved a Class "B" Fermented Malt Beverage License to Blackbird Mercantile d/b/a Craft & Vessel, 4417 N Oakland Avenue, Agent Nathaniel Davauer
  3. Approved an Extension of Premises for Three Lions Pub LLC d/b/a Three Lions Pub, 4515 N Oakland Avenue, Agent Scott Schaefer
  4. Appointed  Kim Krechel to the Public Art Committee to Fill a Vacancy with a Term to Expire May 31, 2016
  5. Approved a Short-term Intern to Serve the Manager's Office and Planning and Development Department


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Open Book and Board of Review


The date for Open Book has been set for May 21, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall, second floor, 3930 N Murray Avenue.  Please contact the Assessor at 1-800-721-4157 if you wish to schedule an appointment to discuss your assessment.  Board of Review will be held on June 9, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  The Guide for Property Owners is a great resource and can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Revenue's website at http://www.revenue.wi.gov/pubs/slf/pb060.pdf.  


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Vision Plan Meeting

On Tuesday, members of the Village's Board, Committees and Commissions all came together to come up with strategies and tactics to reach the Village Vision Goals. The meeting was well attended and the Committee Members came up with some great ideas. The final vision document should be ready by the beginning of May. In the meantime, keep up to date with the latest Vision Plan information, here.


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Volunteers Needed For Annual Spring Yard Clean-Up Day


Saturday, May 3, is the annual Spring "Shorewood Connects" Yard Clean-Up Day, linking neighborhood volunteers with older and disabled adults who need help getting their yards ready for Spring.  Volunteers are needed between 9 a.m.and 12 p.m. to clean out garden beds, pick up lawn debris and rake leaves at the homes of older and disabled adults.  If you are interested in helping out, please pre-register with Michelle Boehm by April 28 at (414) 698-4369 or michelle.boehm@sbcglobal.net.

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New Website Photo Contest


Shorewood is working with CivicPlus, a national leader in municipal website design, to re-vamp its website www.villageofshorewood.org.  The new site is expected to launch at the beginning of June.


Beautiful, vibrant photos will play a significant role on our new website.  While we have numerous photos to choose from, we invite members of our Shorewood community to take high-resolution, high-quality photos to possibly be featured on our new website.  Please take photos of what you think makes Shorewood a special place to live, work and play.  Selected photos will be featured on our new website's front page with a credit to the photographer.   


Please submit your photo(s) to manager@villageofshorewood.org or drop them off at Village Hall, 3930 N Murray, in a digital format (CD or USB drive) by June 2.  Please be sure to include your email and/or phone number so that if your picture is chosen proper credit can be given.  The selected photographers will be featured in an article for the Village Manager's Weekly Memo.




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First Annual Small Plates Event   



Attention foodies, Shorewood BID presents Small Plates Week, April 22-27, a new event which offers the perfect chance to sample great neighborhood cuisine without taking a bite out of your wallet.  Over 20 Shorewood restaurants and food businesses have created one or more delicious small plate items priced from $3.00-$8.00.


Small Plates Week gives local food & beverage establishments the opportunity to spotlight their Chef's talent and creativity through original small plate concepts or to showcase existing menu or store items that are available at a special price.  The menu includes appetizers, small entrees and desserts with something to please everyone in the family.


Participating Restaurants include:


Baker's Square, Benji's Deli & Restaurant, The City Market Café, Colectivo Coffee Roasters, Culvers, Goody Gourmets (available at Camp Bar), Einstein Brothers Bagels, Falbo Brothers Pizza, Harry's Bar & Grill, Indulgence Chocolatiers, Miss Cupcake Bakery, NaNa Asian Fusion & Sushi Bar, Nehring's Sendiks on Oakland, North Shore Boulangerie, North Shore American Legion, North Star American Bistro, OakCrest Tavern, Pick n' Save, Subway, Thief Wine, Three Lions Pub, Tochi, Vedo's Pizza, Village Pub & Grill and Yo Mama! 

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Conservation Committee Fair, May 3

Join us for a variety of educational events, coffee from our local Colectivo and the opportunity to dispose responsibly of your old non-hazardous items.

Reusing and recycling beats a landfill, so we are accepting the following items at this community event:

  1. Personal documents for secure shredding
  2. Usable clothing and household items (Goodwill)
  3. Electronic items-free for most, small fee for TVs and appliances
  4. Metals
  5. Expired and unwanted medications and supplements (Police department)

Note: no liquids, injectables, solutions or syringes will be accepted. Illicit substances are not part of this initiative and must not be placed in the collection containers.


Hazardous substances such as old gasoline, oil-based paint, solvents and other chemicals will not be accepted today, but you can bring them to the MMSD Hazardous Waste Collection trailer at the High School this summer or to the hazardous waste collection site in Franklin year round.

Enter our two free drawings to win a compost bin or a rain barrel decorated by local artists.
Saturday, May 3 from 9:00 to 1:00 in the Atwater School parking lot
2100 E. Capitol Drive. If rain, we will meet inside in the cafeteria

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Call Before you Dig

April is National Safe Digging Month.  The Public Works Department would like to remind everyone to remember to call Diggers Hotline for free marking before any digging project.  Be safe as some utilities are buried only 12 to 18 inches below the grass.  Never assume you know what is underground.  Call 811, 1-800-242-8511 or e-mail  www.DiggersHotline.com before you dig.


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Shorewood Senior Resource Center to Sponsor Trip to Historic Downtown


The Shorewood Senior Resource Center (SRC) will sponsor a day trip to historic downtown Milwaukee and the revitalized Menomonee River Valley on Wednesday, April 30, from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Kathy Kean, of Historic Milwaukee, Inc., will guide participants on a tour to illustrate the evolution of Milwaukee from a 19th century trading post to a 21st century city.  There will be a visit to various working class ethnic neighborhoods, still alive today.  Visitors will also see award-winning sustainable green design projects and areas that have been revitalized for business and recreation.


The tour will finish with a brief visit to the grounds of the National Home for Disabled Veterans, signed into law just five days before Lincoln's death in April 1865.


Lunch will be at the historic 1882 Turner Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The cost of the tour is $47 for Shorewood residents and members of the Shorewood Historical Society and $49 for nonresidents.  This includes motor coach transportation, the Historic Milwaukee step-on guide, lunch and the bus driver gratuity.  Participants will get off the bus twice on this tour.  The coach will leave from the SRC, 3920 N. Murray Ave., at 10 a.m.


A registration form with menu choices is available at the SRC office or can be e-mailed upon request.  For more information and to register, contact Elizabeth Price, SRC Coordinator, at (414) 847-2727 or eprice@villageofshorewood.org.  Participants must register by April 17, 2014.


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BE AWARE OF WHAT'S UNDERFOOT! Maintaining and Constructing decks


Whether looking to install a new deck or maintaining an existing deck, it is important that close attention is paid to key areas of the deck to ensure safe use and longevity of the structure. The average life expectancy of a wood framed deck is 10-15 years, so it is important that existing decks are routinely inspected as well. These areas include:

  1. Ledger connection - the connection of the deck to the house.
  2. Fasteners - looking for proper fasteners, corrosion and secure connections.
  3. Deterioration - wood rot, sagging/bending of joists, splitting and cracking.
  4. Handrails and Guardrails - should be secure when loads are applied, not loose or wiggly.  

The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) has declared the month of May Deck Safety Month®. Their website http://www.nadra.org/consumers/deck_safety_month.html is a good source of information regarding the inspection and construction of decks.


Please contact the Planning and Development Department for additional information regarding deck construction, safety and for Building Permit requirements.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC4_L-cUgo0 - 2 minute deck inspection video we may want to include to draw on the emotional reasoning behind safe/proper construction and maintenance.

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Car Seat Collection Day


The North Shore Health Department and the North Shore Fire Rescue will be participating in the SafeKids Annual Car Seat Collection Day on April 26.  This event provides a way for residents to drop off old car seats for recycling.  Seats older than 6 years (the safe life expectancy of a car seat), or car seats that have been involved in a crash will be collected and dismantled to be properly disposed.  Also accepted will be car seats that have been recalled, have broken or missing parts, and any unwanted car seats.  Stop by the Brown Deer Fire Station, 4401 W. River Lane, from 9:00-11:00 AM to drop off unwanted car seats.  For more information, check the SafeKids website, here.


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Calendar of Events  

Atwater Family Dinner  

Atwater School

Featuring Atwater Idol at 7 p.m. 


Recreation Department Activity Night
Fri., April 25 at 7 p.m.
Shorewood Intermediate School
For students in 7-8 grade at Shorewood Intermediate School. From 7-9 p.m. visit shorewoodschools.org for more information.


Lake Bluff Rummage Sale

Sat., April 26 at 9 a.m.

Lake Bluff School

From 11 a.m. to noon fill a bag for only $3. 


Annual Wearble Art Show

Sat., May 3 at 9:30 a.m.

Village Center

Presented by the Shorewood Woman's Club ; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Village Center.




Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Board Highlights
Open Book
Vision Plan
Spring Clean-up
Website Photo Contest
Small Plates Event
Conservation Event
Call before you Dig
SRC Trip
Be Aware of What's Underfoot
Car Seat Collection

Basin 6 Phase II Sewer Improvements Information Meeting
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Community Room

Village Board Meeting
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Court Room

Plan Commission
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Committee Room

Design Review Board
Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Committee Room
Song of the Month

For April, Special Projects Coordinator Peter Cahill chose a song that reminded him of Spring.

"'Easy' by Real Estate is my choice for April because
it has jangly and laidback, but upbeat style that perfectly captures a relaxing Spring day. The rest of Real Estate's songs are pretty great too. I would highly recommend them if you like this song."

To listen to the song of the month, click here.

Quote of the Week

If you love friends, you will serve your friends. If you love community, you will serve your community. If you love money, you will serve your money. And if you love only yourself, you will serve only yourself. And you will have only yourself.

Stephen Colbert

Health Tip


Keep your bike in tip top shape so it can help you get into tip top shape, too.

You can tune up your bike yourself if you don't mind getting dirty, but taking it to a professional bike shop might be easier for you. Shops usually offer basic tune-ups for around $40-80, depending on where you live and what needs to be done to your bike.


Environmental Tips

Minimize the use of fertilizers by using plants native to your area. Native plants can provide a hardy, low maintenance landscape. Shorewood's official native plant is the butterfly weed.
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