October 23, 2014 
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Village Board Meeting Highlights


The Village Board met on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Court Room. These are the highlights from that meeting:

  1. Approved Weights and Measures License Assessment
  2. Appointed Margaret Marks to the Library Board
  3. Appointed Radka Pelkanova to the Design Review Board
  4. Approved Request to Use Municipal Parking Lot at 3505 N. Oakland Ave. for Temporary Holiday Tree Business by Ideal Property Management
  5. Approved Sewer Utility Rate Increase (See Article)

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New Sanitary Sewer Rates


The Village Board passed an increase in sanitary sewer service rates at its October 20 meeting. Sanitary sewer rates were raised by 7% in order 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.
Even though this is a rate increase, it is anticipated that most single family homes will actually see a reduction in sewer service costs, as the rates will reduce the fixed-fee component of the utility charges and will rely more heavily on volume charges.


The implementation of this change will 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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Shorewood Connects Seeking Volunteers


Sign up now for Yard Clean-up Day, Saturday, November 8, 2014Shorewood Connects still needs 100 volunteers to help elderly and disabled homeowners get their yards ready for winter. Volunteers are needed between 9 a.m. and 12 noon. Please pre-register by Saturday, November 1 with Michelle Boehm, Shorewood Connects Yard Clean-Up Coordinator at 414.698.4369 or michelle.boehm@sbcglobal.net.


Shorewood Connects Fall Yard Clean-up Day is 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.   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 at 414.847.2727 or src@villageofshorewood.org.


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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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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 started on October 15 and all voter registration must take place in the Clerk's office, 3930 N. Murray Ave. 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.


Where Do I Vote?:


There are some websites available that are providing misinformation regarding where to vote and how you may obtain an absentee ballot. The State of Wisconsin official website may be used to assist voters with many questions including:  what's on my ballot; where do I vote; how to request an absentee ballot and much more. The voter is able to search either by name or address. Please share this information with your friends, neighbors and family so they get the proper information and are not delayed in their opportunity to vote, whether at the Clerk's office during absentee voting, or voting at the polls on Election Day.   


Absentee voting and Registration opportunities in Shorewood:


Absentee voting in Shorewood is now available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. You may vote until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014.  No absentee voting will take place on the weekend. Voter registration may be accomplished in the Clerk's office located at 3930 N. Murray Avenue during this late registration period.  


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 here


***Voters are encouraged to register prior to Election Day.***


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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 Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Center (lower level of Library building). 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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  Congratulations to BID Showcase Award Winners!


An enthusiastic group attended the BID Annual Meeting last night held at North Shore Boulangerie.  Delicious food and beverages were enjoyed, and business owners,  Village officials and staff were able to catch up with each other to celebrate successes in the business district.

Partner of the Year Awards

Village of Shorewood

  • Ericka Lang, Planning & Development Director
  • Chris Swartz, Village Manager


Special Achievement in Real Estate Development Award:

Ravenna/Wired Properties LLC

Cornerstone/Exchequer LLC

  • Blair Williams and Mike Kelly


Business of the Year Award:

Integrated Health Services

  • Meredith Young

Senior Friendly Business Certifications:

   (by Shorewood Connects and Elder Services Advisory Board)

Hayek's Pharmacy

Stowell & Associates


Baker's Square


Green Leaf Award:

   (by Village of Shorewood Conservation Committee )



Thank you to the award winners for all that you do in the Shorewood business community! 

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E-Cycling Wisconsin
Wisconsin has an electronics recycling law aimed at increasing the amount of electronics recycled while making e-cycling more affordable. The law makes it illegal to put many electronics in the trash and requires electronics manufacturers to help cover the cost of responsible recycling.  E-Cycle Wisconsin, the manufacturer-funded electronics recycling program set up by the law, has had many successes since it began in 2010, but there is still work to be done. 
For more information, please follow this link

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DPW Leaf Collection


Day collection of leaf piles began this week and will continue until Friday, December 5 unless we experience a snow or freezing rain event which requires the conversion of the equipment for winter operation.  


Please help us save fuel, time and labor by placing leaves into piles along the curb side of the parkway.  To maintain day certain schedules DPW crews must be able to reach the piles with the hose on the vacuum; they cannot rake the entirety of each parkway. Sticks and garden debris should be put into paper bags for pick up on your normal yard waste/garbage day as these may clog the hose on the leaf loaders causing delays.  Routes within the day certain areas may vary so please have leaves ready for collection at 7 a.m. 


Also as a reminder from the Conservation Committee, please try not to rake or blow leaves into the street as rainwater leaches leaf nutrients into nearby storm sewers and ultimately into our lakes and rivers.  We also want to encourage residents to mulch leaves by mowing them into their lawns.  Chopped up leaves feed lawns and reduce the need for chemical fertilizers.

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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, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School Auditorium
Oakland Ave. and Capitol Dr.  

** FREE**


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North Shore Health Department Highlights



Get the shot, not the flu! Nurses staffed flu clinics for Shorewood Seniors, Brown Deer School, and Brown Deer Seniors.  Find out when our next clinic is to get your shot by following this link.


Halloween Safety Tips:

  • Add reflective tape or flashing buttons to your children's costumes or candy buckets to help them be seen in the evening hours. In addition, have children carry a flashlight so drivers can see them.
  • Buddy up! Children younger than 12 should trick-or-treat and cross the street with an adult.
  • Before your kids dig into their treats, parents should do a quick inspection of their candy bag and look for any tampered treats. Throw away any candy that is unwrapped or has a torn or worn wrapper.

Upcoming Blood Pressure Clinics: (no appointment necessary)

  • Tuesday, October 28: 3-4 p.m. at North Shore Library


Upcoming Immunization Clinics: (appointment required)

  • Tuesday, October 28: 4-4:30 p.m. at North Shore Library


Upcoming Adult Health Clinics: (appointment required)

  • Tuesday, October 28: 8-10 a.m. at Shorewood Office


 Trick or Treat is Sunday, October 26 from 2-4 p.m. 


Walk Safely

*Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
* Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street.
* Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
* Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
* Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

For more tips follow this link.


 Halloween Fire Safety Tips

Make Halloween safe for your little monsters with a few easy safety tips:

-Use battery operated candles or glow-sticks in lieu of candles in jack-o-lanterns.

-When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric.

-Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs or heaters.

-Teach children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.

-Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.


Community Event Calendar 


Rental Management Training Seminar

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

Shorewood Village Center

(See article for more details.)


Shorewood High School Fall Drama Show

Thursday-Friday, October 23-25, 7 p.m.

Shorewood High School


Trick or Treat in the Village of Shorewood 

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2-4 p.m. 


School Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 28, 7 p.m.


Shorewood High School Masterworks Concert

Tuesday, October 28, 7 p.m.


All Community Halloween Party Sponsored by SEED

Friday, October 31, 4-5:30 p.m.

Shorewood High School Youth Center

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 Highlights
New Sewer Rates
Yard Clean-Up
Rental Management Seminar
Election Information
Central District Master Plan Meeting
Shorewood BID Awards
E-Cycle Wisconsin
DPW Leaf Collection
"Tapped" - Free Community Movie
Health Department Highlights
Police Department Highlights
Fire Department Highlights

Calendar of Events 


Landlord Training Event

Thursday, October 23, from 6-8 P.M.

Village Center*


Design Review Board Meeting

Thursday, October 23, at  

5 P.M. 

Village Hall Committee Room

Trick or Treat Shorewood

Sunday, October 26, from 2-4 P.M.

Village Wide


Central District Master Plan Meeting 

Tuesday, October 28, at   6:30 P.M.

Village Center*

*See article for more information.

Quote of the Week


"After Silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."

 -Aldous Huxley 

Health Tip


Cooking foods (above 165 F) destroys most harmful bacteria and other pathogens; if you choose to eat uncooked foods like fruits or vegetables, they should be thoroughly washed with running treated (safe to drink) tap water right before eating.

Environmental Tip

 Wherever possible, replace disposable products with reusable ones (i.e., razor, food storage, batteries, ink cartridges (buy refill ink), coffee filters, furnace or air conditioner filters, etc.).

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