September 18, 2014 
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Village Board Meeting Highlights 


The Village Board met on Monday, September 15.  The Board: 

  1. Approved Special Privilege Request to Install Underground Sprinkler System in the Public Way at Residential Property, 2701 E. Beverly Rd.
  2. Approved Developer's Agreement between the Village of Shorewood and General Capital Group for Development of a Grocery Store and a Mixed Use Building in the 4100 block of N. Oakland Ave.
  3. Approved (with conditions) the Cigarette License for Shahzad Enterprises LLC d/b/a Oakland BP, 3624 N. Oakland Ave.
  4. Approved Reserve "Class B" Alcohol Beverage Grant, NaNa Fusion Japanese Restaurant Inc., 4511 N. Oakland Ave.
  5. Approved Award of Contract for the Department of Public Works Garage Roof
  6. Approved Urban Forestry Grant Application


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New Website


We hope you are enjoying our new website.  We worked diligently to provide a user-friendly site that addressed some of the comments we have received from you over the years. A few of the new features include:

  • The new mega menus (the drop down lists) which allow better navigation of the website.  
  • The "I Want To" tab which quickly directs you to the appropriate web page based on subject.
  • A more robust calendar of events.
As you use the website, please forward your comments, questions or suggestions to manager@villageofshorewood.org

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Photo submitted by
Paul Matzner

2014 Website Photo 

Contest Results


After delay and much deliberation, the winners are in. The winners of the 2014 Photo Contest are: 

  • Paul Matzner,
  • Art Elkon and 
  • Nicholas Hardrath
    Photo submitted by
    Art Elkon

Two of the fall-theme photos which were submitted appear on our new Village website, which was unveiled this week, and on the Village Facebook page. Others will appear on the home page as the season dictates.


Honorable mentions were chosen from the submissions of Arun Hegde, Maribeth Klopatek and Titus Wamai. Congratulations to all who participated. We thank everyone for their hard work and entries.  We are continually seeking high quality photos, that speak to Shorewood's diversity, for possible inclusion on our website.  You may forward them to manager@villageofshorewood.org


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Village's Long Range Financial Plan Meeting


On September 17, the Village Board heard presentations from Department Directors and Ehlers Associates on the Village of Shorewood's award winning Long-Range Financial Plan 2015-2024 which is available for review.  Please contact Village Manager Chris Swartz with any questions or comments.


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Plein Air Shorewood 2014!


The Village of Shorewood presents  "Plein Air Shorewood 2014" from Wednesday, September 17 through Saturday, September 20, 2014.  There will be 60+ professional plein air artists painting outside throughout Shorewood for four days, and you are invited to come share in the excitement!

All paintings will be on display and for sale at the Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N. Murray Avenue, Shorewood, Wis., on Saturday, September 20, 2014, as part of the Public Art Sale and Gala from 6-10 p.m.  The Silent Auction closes at 9 p.m. and the event closes at 10 p.m.


Remaining events at a glance:
  • Thursday, September 18: Shop Walk and Quick Paint in the Business District, 4-8 p.m. Award $100 gift certificate for best chalk art!
  • Friday, September 19: Breakfast, 7-9 a.m., at the Plensa to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the sculpture
  • Friday, September 19:  Block Party at Kensington Square, 6-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 20: Quick Paint at the Lake, 8 a.m. -12 noon.  Free Collectors' Sneak Peek, 10 a.m.-12 noon, at the Library (purchases may be made at this time); Free Gala and Artist Awards at the Library, 6-9:30 p.m. Over 250 paintings will be on display!

Stay in touch at #pleinairshorewood on Instagram (check out the competition we'll be running!), and on our website at pleinairshorewood.com.   


New this year - we'll be tracking and locating artists on our online map on the website!  Stay tuned. 


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Introducing the Bucket Exchange


Interested in composting, but haven't found the time or energy? Want to divert organic waste from your trash can, but don't have the space or gear for your own operation? We Got Leaves can help you get started. Although the primary mission is to get more people composting in their own spaces, thus maximizing local disposal, We Got Leaves is also in the business of making composting as easy, cheap and community friendly as possible. 


Drop a Bucket, Take a Bucket

It's that simple. Sort of like the penny exchange that some retailers kindly offer those still using cash. Follow these five simple steps:

  1. Write an email to enroll in the program: wegotleaves@gmail.com.
  2. Get a five-gallon or comparable bucket with a lid. One can be supplied for you to get started, if you don't have one.
  3. Start collecting kitchen scraps at the source. You can keep the main storage bucket under your sink, however, it is recommended that you collect in a smaller container and transfer the contents (daily or as needed) to the main bucket in your garage or back porch, somewhere convenient. This will help avoid odors.
  4. When you fill your main bucket, drop it off at the local collection point and collect a clean bucket.
  5. The compost will be processed and offered when it's ready.

Local compost made among friends. You know exactly what's in it. You can't beat that. Visit their website for more information. 

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The 3rd annual Barktoberfest event will take place at the Estabrook Beer Garden (4400 N. Estabrook Dr.) from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, 2014. 

Pack your picnic basket and gather your pooch, family and friends in the spirit of Munich's Hofbräuhaus. Experience Gemütlichkeit at Estabrook Park with your dog!

Join Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks (ROMP) for an afternoon of tail-waggin' fun. Enjoy live music, food and libations from the Estabrook Beer Garden along with lots of activities for your four-legged friend.



  • Live music by The Talisman
  • Agility Course by Zoom Room - $1/run
  • Lure Course by Elmbrook Humane Society - Two runs/$5
  • Pet Costume Contest - prizes will be awarded!
  • Demo by Milwaukee County Correctional Facility K-9 Unit
  • Booths featuring local pet-related businesses, shelters and rescue groups
  • Raffles, and more!

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Shorewood's 2015 Budget Schedule


It is that time of the year again! The Village is considering the 2015 budget. The  budget schedule is as follows:


September 22
6 p.m.
Overview/General Government/ Manager/Clerk/Finance/Customer Service/Health
September 29
6 p.m.
Police/Courts/Parking/Other Public Safety
October 1
6 p.m.
Public Works/Utilities
October 7
6 p.m.
Planning/Library/Seniors/ Shorewood Today/Public Art
October 13
6 p.m.
October 21
6 p.m.
Wrap-Up with Village Board


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Capitol Drive Water Main/Road Improvement Project Update


Due to Harbor Development's scheduling logistics, construction work on Capitol Drive will be postponed until September 29, 2014. Full lanes will remain open until that date.  


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 Fish & Feather Festival!


On Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., join us at Hubbard Park, 3565 N. Morris Blvd., for a beautiful day on the banks of the Milwaukee River! Enjoy the fall colors, salmon running up the river, great food, music and these great activities:

  • Fly Fishing and Angling Demos with Trout Unlimited and WI DNR
  • Take a Walk on the Wet Side - Take a Fall Walk in the River as Gigantic
  • Salmon Swim Up Stream Between your Legs! Waders are Available
  • Birds of Prey Visits with Schlitz Audubon Nature Center - See Hawks and Eagles Up Close and Personal!
  • Bird Banding Demos with Urban Ecology Center - Catch and Release the Birds!
  • Win a Free Bird House at the Shorewood Waters' WATER WHEEL
  • Bird House Decorating Contest
  • Bird House Building Demos
  • Presentations: Fly Fishing Lure Making, 300 Birds Visit our Great Lakes Coast and Rivers Each Year!, Planting to Attract Birds, Birding 101 

This FREE event is hosted by the Village of Shorewood and the Shorewood Waters Project. 

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 Police Parking Technologies


We understand that parking in Shorewood can sometimes be a challenge, so the Police Department is looking at new technology to streamline the process. Some of the technologies we are investigating are:

  • License plate readers
    • To run "white list" of vehicles who have permission to park on the street or in the lot thereby eliminating stickers or rear view mirror hangers for residents
  • On-line permit renewals so residents do not have to come to Village Hall
  • On-line request for overnight parking
    • Able to pay for permissions - up to 5 nights at a time
  • New parking citation program with:
    • On-line payment of parking tickets
    • Call in number to pay ticket
  • Hand held parking citation writers (3 units) with printers

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North Shore Health Department Highlights


September is National Preparedness Month. Each week we will provide a "How to" tip to help you be prepared. Are you ready for any of our natural disasters? Check out http://www.ready.gov/ and make sure you know what to do in an emergency.


Week 3- Know "How to" Build an Emergency Kit


This means having your own non-perishable foods, water and other supplies to last you and your family at least 72 hours.  For information on what to include in an emergency kit, please go to http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit to learn how to build your own emergency kit.


Other Highlights


The Governor has proclaimed Tuesday, September 23, 2014 as Fall Prevention Awareness Day in Wisconsin. 


The North Shore Health Department and the North Shore Fire/Rescue provide group presentations and individual home visits for older adults in the North Shore communities. This is provided through a program called Remembering When developed by the National Fire Protection Association. The program focuses on fall prevention and fire prevention messages to help keep older adult residents as safe as possible in their own homes.  For more information, to make a referral for a home visit, or request a group presentation, contact the North Shore Health Department at 414-371-2980. 


Health Clinics


  • Tuesday, September 23: Adult health risk screening
    • Shorewood office, 3930 N. Murray Ave.
    • 8-10 a.m.  
    • Appointment required and there is a $30 charge. 
  • September 24: Blood pressure check 
    • Shorewood office, 3930 N. Murray Ave.
    • 3:30-5:30 p.m.
    • No appointment required and is free of charge.  

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Recall of Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms by Kidde


Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc., in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, announced a voluntary recall to replace certain Kidde AC/DC smoke alarms and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms.  The replacement program was initiated because the units may not perform as designed following a power outage. If a power outage occurs at the same second that a unit is performing a sensor health check, the units may go into a "latched" mode, causing them not to alert to the presence of smoke. It involves Kidde residential smoke alarms with model number i12010S and combination smoke/CO alarms with model number i12010SCO and KN-COSM-IBA. 

For more information click here.

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Calendar of Events 


Plein Air Shorewood

Wed., Thur., Fri., and Sat., September 17-20, 2014 

(see article for more details) 


SIS Open House

Thur., September 18, 2014, 6 p.m. 


DPW Compactor/Recycling Center Open

Sat., September 20, 2014, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.


SHS Open House

Tue., September 23, 2014, 6 p.m. 


Shorewood School Board Meeting

Tue., September 23, 7 p.m.

Shorewood High School Library


SHS Homecoming Parade

Fri., September 26, 2014, 5 p.m.


SHS Homecoming Game

Fri., September 26, 2014, 7 p.m. 


Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Village Board Meeting Highlights
Website Launched
2014 Photo Contest Results
Long-Range Financial Plan Meeting
Plein Air Shorewood 2014
The Bucket Exchange
Budget Schedule
Capitol Drive Road Update
Fish & Feather Festival
Police Parking Technologies
Health Department Highlights
Important Fire Department Notice

Calendar of Events 


DPW Recycling Center Open
Saturday, September 20, 2014
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Public Works Yard
3801 N Morris Blvd.

Budget and Finance Committee*

Monday, September 22, 2014

at 6 P.M.

Village Hall Committee Room


Design Review Board

Thursday, September 25, 2014

at 5 P.M.

Village Hall Committee Room

Budget and Finance Committee*

Monday, September 29, 2014

at 6 P.M.

Village Hall Committee Room


Municipal Court

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

at 5 P.M.

Village Hall Court Room


Community Development Authority

Friday, October 3, 2014

at 7:30 a.m.

Village Hall Committee Room


Village Board Meeting

Monday, October 6, 2014

at 7:30 p.m.

Village Hall Court Room

*See article for complete schedule



Quote of the Week


"What we do for ourselves dies with us.  

What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal."

-- Albert Pine



Health Tip

Learn to do stretching exercises when you wake up. It boosts circulation and digestion, and eases back pain. 



Environmental Tip


Most bottled water contains tap water. Some 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills each year and twenty million barrels of oil are used to make the bottles. It is 7,000 times more expensive than using your own tap water. 

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