September 26, 2014 
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Voter Photo ID Required for Voting and Obtaining Absentee Ballots


The photo ID requirement established as part of 2011 Act 23 will be in effect for the November 2014 General Election following an order from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court found the law to be constitutional.


Valid forms of proof of identification must contain:

  • Voter's name or conforms to the voter's name on the poll list (i.e. Mike for Michael)
  • Photograph that reasonably resembles the voter

Acceptable forms unexpired or if expired must be after the date of the most recent general election (currently the November 6, 2012 Election):

  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if expired, revoked or suspended
  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card (available for free, see below)
  • Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service (veteran ID card not included)
  • A U.S. passport book or card

Acceptable forms but must be unexpired:

  • A certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election at which it is presented
  • A driver license receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
  • An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
  • A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains the following:
    • Date of issuance
    • Signature of student
    • Expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance
    • The university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment

For information on obtaining a free state ID card for voting purposes, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's website.


The WI DOT has a new policy to help people who do not have birth certificates obtain a free state ID card for voting purposes.


If you have any questions about your absentee ballot application or acceptable forms of proof of identification, please contact the Clerk's office at (414) 847-2700 or visit the Government Accountability Board's website for more information.

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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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2015 Preliminary Budget


It is my privilege to present to you the proposed budget for the Fiscal Year beginning January 1, 2015. The annual budget document is the policy document that communicates the financial initiatives of the Village for the next year. The budget is prepared each year with the support and hard work from our departments to assure that we are preparing the leanest budget possible without adverse impact to quality service delivery.


A proposed overall tax levy increase of 2.79% or $296,614 of which the Village portion, based on a $300,000 home, would be a $26 increase from last year.

The proposed 2015 Budget continues to bring challenges and opportunities. Staff, with the direction of the Village Board has continued to look for ways to "right-size" our local government, in order to provide the right mix of services for our residents while maintaining a sustainable improved infrastructure. In some cases, this means contracting with other municipalities for operational efficiency and cost savings and in other cases it results in bringing services back in-house to provide excellent customer service. Staff has evaluated several of our annual service contracts and have found ways, via competitive bids or service modifications, to lower annual costs. We believe that reviewing how we offer our services and looking for ways to improve our services is an integral part of our everyday jobs.

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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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Sanitary Sewer Rates


The Village Board will be considering sanitary sewer service rates for the upcoming year at its October 20 meeting. Sanitary sewer rates are reviewed to ensure that the utility can continue to meet the necessary cash flow requirements for funding future infrastructure improvements to address sewer back-up problems.


Staff is recommending a 7% revenue increase. While an overall 7% is being proposed, it is anticipated that most single family homes will actually see a reduction in sewer service costs, as the proposed rates could reduce the fixed-fee component of the utility charges and will rely more heavily on volume charges.


The implementation of this change is anticipated to be in effect for services provided after November 15, 2014 and will coincide with the implementation of the water utility rate increase currently under review by the Public Services Commission (PSC). 

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Capitol Drive Crosswalk at 

Estabrook Parkway Update 


On Monday, September 29, crosswalk removal will begin with the shutdown of the lanes adjacent to the median lane (both eastbound and westbound), including the eastbound left-hand turn lane onto Estabrook Parkway.  Pavement and brick removal, concrete pouring and paver installation will be completed by Friday, October 3 and the lanes will be re-opened to traffic. 



On Monday, October 6, crosswalk removal will begin with the shutdown of the outside lanes, including the bike lane, both eastbound and westbound. Pavement and brick removal, concrete pouring and paver installation in this area will be completed by Friday, October 10 and the lanes will be re-opened to traffic. 


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Plein Air Shorewood 2014
A Great Success

The Plein Air Committee is pleased to announce that the Second Annual Plein Air event was a huge success. Thousands of visitors enjoyed four days of events celebrating the beauty of Shorewood. The event culminated in a gallery show at the Village of Shorewood Library which attracted hundreds of guests, showcased over 200 paintings and helped to raise much needed funds for public art. Over 110 paintings were sold by participating artists who enjoyed the opportunity to meet new collectors in the area. The artists who won the awards are: 


Best of Show




1st Place 3 day paint




2nd Place 3 day paint




3rd Place 3 day paint




Cityscape Quick Paint




Lakefront Quick Paint




Peoples' Choice




Historical Society




Community Spirit



Suys, Jr.

Honorable Mention




Honorable Mention




The Plein Air Committee and the Village of Shorewood would like to thank event sponsors, donors, and the over 100 irreplaceable volunteers who came together to make this community-wide event an amazing success. 

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Photo submitted by
Paul Matzner

2014 Website Photo 

Contest Correction


Last week's memo inadvertently gave photo credits to the wrong photographers. The winners (see photo credits) of the 2014 Website Photo Contest are: 

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

Two of the fall-theme submissions (Art Eklon and Nicholas Hardrath) appear on our new Village website, which was unveiled last week and on the Village Facebook page. Paul Matzner's photo will appear on the home page as the season dictates.


Honorable mentions were chosen from the submissions of Arun Hegde, Maribeth

Photo submitted by
Nicholas Hardrath

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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Shorewood Foundation's 

Oktoberfest Fundraiser!


You are invited to join the Board Members of the Shorewood Foundation, and your friends and neighbors for a fundraiser benefiting the Shorewood Foundation on Saturday, October 18 at 6 p.m. at Three Lions Pub, 4515 N. Oakland Ave.


This fun filled event includes entertainment, a German-style buffet dinner, a commemorative stein and one free beer. Advance registration and payment is $50/person and can be made by check at Village Hall or via credit card on the Shorewood Foundation website.  Registration at the door is $60/person.  


The Shorewood Foundation is celebrating 50 years of giving back to the Shorewood community. Join the celebration to find out what the Shorewood Foundation has been up to!  

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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! This FREE event is hosted by the Village of Shorewood and the Shorewood Waters Project.  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
  • Enjoy the tasty treats of Hubbard Park Lodge and savory sounds of Sigmund Snopek, a local artist and favorite at Summerfest for over 25 years! 

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 Shorewood Connects

Yard Clean-Up  


Join your friends, family and neighbors for the 7th annual Shorewood Connects Fall Yard Clean-up on Saturday, November 8.  This is a morning where the Shorewood community helps older and disabled adults who need help getting their yards ready for winter.  Volunteers are needed between 9 a.m. and 12 noon.  A light breakfast is provided to begin the event and knit hats for volunteers have been donated by the Shorewood Foundation.  Organizers are hoping to recruit 150 or more volunteers this year to meet an increasing need for services.          


Older and disabled adults seeking more information about yard clean-up should contact Elizabeth Price of the Shorewood Senior Resource Center (414) 847-2727. Village residents interested in volunteering are asked to pre-register with Michelle Boehm, Shorewood Connects Yard Clean Up Coordinator, by November 1 at (414) 698-4369.

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 Dear Mrs. Griggs 


"Dear Mrs. Griggs: Women Readers Pour Out Their Hearts from the Heartland," a book about Ione Quinby Griggs who was the longtime advice columnist for the Milwaukee Journal, will be the subject of a program in the Shorewood Village Center on Monday, October 6. Program speakers will be the book's authors, Genevieve G. McBride and Stephen R. Byers, who both worked with Mrs. Griggs.  


Dessert will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the program following at 7 p.m. Because Mrs. Griggs always wore a hat, anyone who wears a hat to the program will be entered in a drawing for the door prize. The program is free and open to the public.  Copies of the book will be offered for sale by Boswell Books.


"Dear Mrs. Griggs" is sponsored by the Shorewood Historical Society, the Shorewood Woman's Club and the Friends of the Shorewood Library.  

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Given the expectation that the number of people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia will increase dramatically in the next 30 years with the aging of the population, the Shorewood Connects project has formed a Dementia Awareness Work Group to consider ways that the Village can promote awareness of the disease and resources available for people with dementia and their caregivers.  


A great place to start learning about the disease is the Alzheimer's Association of SE Wisconsin's website. The Alzheimer's Association offers a 24/7 helpline (1-800-272-3900).  The Shorewood Senior Resource Center also has a list of resources (414-847-2727).  Look for more information from the Work Group in the coming months!


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 Ready.gov and make sure you know what to do in an emergency.


Week 4- Know "How to" Practice for an Emercency


September 30 marks the National PrepareAthon Day! Show people how you are taking action to prepare for hazards in your area by using #PrepareAthon. Share with others what you are doing to practice emergency preparedness. Visit Ready.gov for a fun interactive way on how to practice for emergencies. 


Upcoming clinics:


  • September 30: Blood pressure screening at North Shore Library, 3:30-4 p.m. No appointment is necessary and is free of charge.  
  • September 30: Immunization clinic at North Shore Library, 4-5 p.m. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 371-2980.
  • October 1:  Blood pressure screening at Lydell Community Center in Whitefish Bay, 1:30-3:30 p.m.   No appointment necessary and is free of charge.


Calendar of Events 


SHS Homecoming Parade

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


SHS Homecoming Game

Fri., September 26, 2014, 7 p.m.  


National Walk to School Day

Wed., October 8, 2014, 


Fish and Feather Festival

Sat., October 11, 2014, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(See article for more details.)


School Board Meeting

Tue., October 14, 2014, 7 p.m.

Shorewood High School Library 

Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Voter ID Requirements
Website Launched
2015 Preliminary Budget
Budget Schedule
Sanitary Sewer Rate Increase Information
Capitol Drive Crosswalk Update
2014 Photo Contest Correction
Shorewood Foundation Fundraiser
Fish & Feather Festival
Yard Clean-Up
Dear Mrs. Griggs
Dementia Awareness Group
Health Department Highlights

Calendar of Events 


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


Public Art Committee

Thursday, October 2, 2014

at 7:30 A.M.

Village Center Conference Room 


Community Development Authority

Friday, October 3, 2014

at 7:30 A.M.

Village Hall Committee Room


DPW Recycling Center Open

Saturday, October 4, 2014

8 A.M. to 2 P.M.

3801 N. Morris Blvd.


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


"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

-- Albert Einstein


Health Tip

 Tomato is a superstar in the fruit and veggie pantheon. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful cancer fighter. They're also rich in vitamin C. The good news is that cooked tomatoes are also nutritious, so use them in pasta, soups and casseroles, as well as in salads.

Environmental Tip


Don't let pet waste run off! You can help reduce polluted storm water runoff by just picking up your pet's poop and disposing of it properly. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria or organic material to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local waterbodies. So remember - always scoop the poop! 

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