October 16, 2014 
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Village Board Meeting Agenda

Monday, October 20, 2014


The Village Board will meet on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Court Room. The Village Board will:

  1. Possibly Consider Sex Offender Restrictions in the Village of Shorewood
  2. Consider Weights and Measures License Assessment
  3. Consider Appointment of Margaret Marks to the Library Board
  4. Consider Appointment of Radka Pelkanova to the Design Review Board
  5. Consider Request to Use Municipal Parking Lot at 3505 Oakland Ave. for Temporary Holiday Tree Business by Ideal Property Management
  6. Consider a Sewer Utility Rate Increase

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Sanitary Sewer Rates


The Village Board will consider 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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Information to Help You prepare for the November 4 Election




There is one State Referendum and four County Referenda on the November 4, 2014 ballot.  Please review the questions and explanations prior to Election Day.  This will help keep the lines moving quickly and your time in the voting booth will be minimized. 

You may access the State Referendum and the County Referenda simply by following the links provided.




The late voter registration period starts on October 15 and all voter registration must take place in the Clerk's office, 3930 N. Murray Avenue until Friday, October 31. You may also register to vote at the polling locations on Election Day.  Proof of residence is required to register to vote.  Additional information on voter registration may be found by following the link provided.




Early voting in the Clerk's office begins on Monday, October 20 and ends on Friday, October 31.  No proof of identification is required at this time.  


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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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 Vacuum Leaf Collection


Curbside vacuum leaf collection by DPW crews begins Monday, October 20Crews make every effort to maintain a day-certain leaf collection schedule providing the service to every home once each week during the leaf season. Please rake leaves into piles at the edge of the curb on the parkway (the area between the sidewalk and curb), but do not place leaves in the street.  Leaves in the street are more likely to clog inlet drains and cause street flooding. Please DO NOT include any other yard waste debris in the leaf pile. The vacuum machines are unable to collect twigs, branches, plants, pumpkins or other compostable material as these plug the vacuum resulting in pickup delays and costly repairs. Leaf piles with these items cannot be collected. 


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Free Community Movie

 Sponsored by the Shorewood Conservation Committee

Is access to clean water a basic human right or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? This timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of the bottled water industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity -OUR WATER. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry and those caught at the intersection of big 
business and the public's right to water!

* Buy a reusable bottle
* Stop using taxpayer dollars to buy bottled water
* Ask Congress to fund our Water Infrastructure


Friday, November 7 at 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School Auditorium
Oakland Ave. and Capitol Dr. ** FREE **

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New Atwater Beach Improvements
Thanks to Donations to the  

Shorewood Amenity Fund  



The Shorewood Foundation recently partnered with the Shorewood Parks Commission and the Shorewood School District to create the Shorewood Amenity Fund to encourage planned giving or donations in honor of a loved one. New benches and a shade structure were recently added to Atwater Park thanks to the following memorial donations:

  • Frank Daily in honor of his wife Julianna Ebert
  • Friends of Abby Goldberg in memory of Abby Goldberg
  • The Gravelle family and friends in memory of Catherine   Spahn Gravelle

For more information on the Shorewood Foundation Amenity Fund and how you can make a difference in the community, please follow this link.


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 Central District Master Plan


Shorewood needs a Central District Master Plan to help guide development in the business corridor along Oakland Avenue and Capitol Drive. The last plan was developed in 2006 and has recently been updated to meet the changing needs of our community. The Community Development Authority (CDA) reviewed a final draft of the updated Central District Master Plan on October 3 and made a recommendation to the Plan Commission. 


The Plan Commission meeting is October 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Center. If you would like more information about the Central District Master Plan, or if you have input for us, there are many ways to get involved:


1. Review the entire plan or a summary of the plan.
2. Email PAD@villageofshorewood.org with specific questions or

3. Call Planning Director Ericka Lang at 414.847.2647 or Village
    Manager Chris Swartz at  414.847.2701.

4. Attend one of the following meetings that are open to the public.
  • Plan Commission meeting on October 28 to hear the recommendation.
  • Plan Commission meeting on November 18 or November 25 to discuss and determine if they will make a recommendation to the Village Board.
  • When there is a recommendation to the Village Board, they will schedule a public hearing to get more public feedback.

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Shorewood Connects Yard Clean-Up Day


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 or src@villageofshorewood.org.   Village residents interested in volunteering are asked to pre-register with Michelle Boehm, Shorewood Connects Yard Clean Up Coordinator by Saturday, November 1 at  414.698.4369 or michelle.boehm@sbcglobal.net.

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Rental Management Training Seminar


The Metropolitan Milwaukee Housing Council and the Village of Shorewood are hosting a training session for rental property owners, managers and landlords.


Highlights include the following:

  • An overview of local, state and federal fair housing laws
  • Rental property practices complying with these laws
When and Where:

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6-8 p.m.
Shorewood Village Center (Library Lower Level)
3920 N. Murray Avenue, Shorewood, Wis.

The Village of Shorewood encourages you to attend this FREE workshop.

Please contact Megan Wanke at the Fair Housing Council
414.278.1240 with any questions.

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DPW Vertical Garden



Earlier this year, DPW Horticulturist Judy Kaiser responded to a challenge to develop fun and educational projects to highlight Village plantings by designing a vertical herb garden using recycled 2 liter soda bottles.  The garden, located on a retaining wall at the entrance to the DPW yard, included thyme, purple basil, Italian parsley, curly parsley, chives, and oregano.  The produce from the garden was shared with the Shorewood Senior Resource Center.  


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Fish and Feather Festival Recap



Many thanks to those who joined us for our very successful inaugural Fish & Feather Festival on October 11!  


It was estimated that several hundred people participated in fly fishing demos, birdhouse painting, river walks and birding demonstrations by organizations including Trout Unlimited, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Riveredge Nature Center and the Urban Ecology Center. The Festival celebrates the Shorewood Waters Project mission to provide stormwater education outreach and celebrates the Village's Bird City designation by marking International Migratory Bird Day. 


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2015 Preliminary Budget


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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North Shore Health Department Highlights


Are you prepared for the flu season? Get your flu shot now! Flu clinics are coming up at the end of the month, so put it on your calendar. Aside from the flu shot, prevent the spread of disease by: washing your hands, avoiding close contact with others that are ill, staying home if you are sick, and sneezing into a tissue or your arm not your hands.


Flu Clinics: (no appointment required)

  • Tuesday, October 21, 9-11 a.m., Brown Deer Village Hall
  • Tuesday, October 21, 1-4 p.m., Shorewood Office
  • Wednesday October 22, 2:30-5:30 p.m., North Shore Library
  • Thursday October 23, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Brown Deer Village Hall


Upcoming Blood Pressure Clinic: (no appointment required)

  • Wednesday, October 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Shorewood Office


Community Event Calendar 


No School Shorewood School District

Friday, October 17, 2014


Shorewood Foundation Oktoberfest Fundraiser

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 6 p.m.

Three Lions Pub

(See article for more details.)


Rental Management Training Seminar

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6-8 p.m.

Shorewood Village Center

(See article for more details.)


Trick or Treat in the Village of Shorewood 

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2-4 p.m. 

Free Community Movie "TAPPED"
Sponsored by the Shorewood Conservation Committee
Friday, November 7, 2014, 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School Auditorium
(See article for more details.)

Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Village Board Agenda
Sanitary Sewer Rate Information
Election Information
Shorewood Foundation Fundraiser
Leaf Collection
"Tapped" - Free Community Movie
Atwater Beach Improvements
Central District Master Plan Meeting
Yard Clean-Up
Rental Management Seminar
Vertical Garden
Fish and Feather Recap
2015 Preliminary Budget
Health Department Highlights

Calendar of Events 


Board Meeting

Monday, October 20, at 7:30 P.M.

Village Hall Courtroom

Municipal Court

Tuesday, October 21, at  

5 P.M.

Village Hall Court Room


Budget Meeting - Wrap Up 

Tuesday, October 21, at

6 P.M.

Village Hall Committee Room


Design Review Board Meeting

Thursday, October 23, at  

5 P.M. 


Central District Master Plan Meeting 

Tuesday, October 28, at   6:30 P.M.

Village Center*

*See article for more information.



Quote of the Week


 "Believe you can and you're half way there"


-Theodore Roosevelt

Health Tip


Having a good sob is reputed to be good for you. So is laughter, which has been shown to help heal bodies, as well as broken hearts. Studies in Japan indicate that laughter boosts the immune system and helps the body shake off 

Environmental Tip


In the U.S., we produce about 25% more waste during the holiday season (Thanksgiving to New Year's Day), which equates to 25 million tons of extra waste. Please be thoughtful of the environment this holiday season.

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