November 14, 2014 
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Village Board Meeting Agenda


The Village Board will meet on Monday, November 17, 2014. These are the items for that meeting:

  1. Proclamation for Michael J. Spector.
  2. Consideration of proposed 2015 Village Budget.
  3. Consideration of Resolution to authorize a special tax to be levied for delinquent water and sewer bills.
  4. Consideration of Resolution to authorize a special tax to be levied for delinquent grass cutting bills. 
  5. Consideration of Resolution to authorize a special tax to be levied for delinquent snow removal charges.
  6. Consideration of Resolution to authorize a special tax to be levied for delinquent re-inspection charges.
  7. Consideration of Resolution to authorize a special tax to be levied for delinquent private alarm charges.
  8. Consideration of Resolution to authorize a special tax to be levied for delinquent refuse pick-up charges. 
  9. Consideration of Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement between Milwaukee County and the Village of Shorewood for payment of GCS software maintenance. 
  10. Consider International Migratory Bird Day Resolution.
  11. Consider Village of Shorewood Sewer Study Pricing Verification.

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Shorewood Community Voice


There is a new tool accessible through the Village website that is

intended to facilitate open discussion forums between residents, staff and visitors of Shorewood. The Community Voice section of the website will allow residents to share ideas with each other and staff in order to better serve the community in which we live, work and play. This tool will allow any visitor to the website the ability to initiate community dialogue, post ideas for discussion, interact with staff, etc.


This is one more way in which the Village is providing routes for open communication and striving to increase community interaction and involvement. Please take a tour of the Community Voice. Look around and let us know what you think.

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Capital Drive Lane Closures


We-Energies and the Village of Shorewood would like to thank everyone for their patience while work continues on the electric and natural gas service needs of the developers of the HarborChase of Shorewood project. Major work will be completed on Friday, November 14, 2014 but minor repairs and relocation of electrical lines will continue through the following weeks. Follow this link for additional information.

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Updating the 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, along with the more than 100 people in attendance, was presented the plan October 28.


The Plan Commission will discuss the proposed plan and possibly make a recommendation to the Village Board.  The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Center Lower Level.  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 located under Community Development on the Village website.
  2. Email the Planning Department with specific questions or comments.
  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 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 Follow-Up


The Fall Yard Clean-up had a record number of volunteers helping out in the Shorewood community last Saturday.  A total of 159 energetic volunteers helped 49 elderly and disabled homeowners get ready for winter before the snow flies.  There is a lot to be thankful for in Shorewood!    


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 New to Shorewood or Moving Out?


If you have recently moved to or out of Shorewood, your input is very important!  We continue to look for ways to improve our community and welcome your thoughts.  Please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey.  Let us know where you're moving from or moving to, things you like about  Shorewood or things that you feel need to improve.  Your honesty is appreciated and your anonymity is guaranteed.  Thank you for sharing.

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DPW Fall Leaf Tips


November is the final month for curbside brush collection.  


As a reminder branches with a minimum 1/2 inch diameter and 4-feetlong and a maximum of 6-inch diameter and 7-feet long should be stacked neatly on the parkway with the stem end toward the curb. Garden material, vines, etc. are not considered brush and must be bagged as yard waste. Please see the yard waste and brush collection webpage for a chipping schedule and additional information 


Avoid flooded driveways and roads  

When leaves are put in piles for collection long before your scheduled collection they can easily be blown about. As we witnessed a few weeks back, this can cause blockages in the stormwater drainage system which leads to water backing up onto your yard or the roadway. By putting your loose leaves out only during your collection week, you are less likely to experience these types of back-ups.  If you have a moment, please see the leaf collection page.  


Keep the Public Safe

By timing your raking with the scheduled collection it minimizes the time leaves are at the roadside waiting for pick-up. This keeps kids from playing in the piles along the roadside and keeps the road clear for cars and pedestrians.


Mulch your leaves

Instead of putting your leaves out for collection, consider mulching them. Leaves are rich in carbon, phosphorus, and potassium- all essential nutrients needed by plants including turf grasses. To gain the benefits of these nutrients, you can simply mulch fallen leaves in place by mowing over them. You can view this video for more details.


Composting is an option
Composting is a natural recycling process that you can begin at home with leaves, 
grass clippings, and other lawn and garden waste.  The Wisconsin DNR provides tips and information on composting. Leaves can also be used as organic mulch around trees, shrubs, and in gardens. Mulch offers your garden and landscaping benefits including moisture retention, temperature moderation, and erosion prevention. 

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Recent Report Shows Wisconsin Residents Recycled More Than 830,000 Tons in 2013



America Recycles Day is November 15 and recent collection numbers compiled by the Department of Natural Resources show that Wisconsinites support recycling all year long. The information, available by searching "recycling studies" on the DNR Website, showed Wisconsin's 2013 residential and commercial recycling efforts recovered about 831,000 tons of used paper products and food and beverage containers for use in manufacturing. That's a 79,000 ton increase over 2012 figures.  "The average Wisconsin household returned 702 pounds of paper and containers back into the economy through recycling at home, at work and while out and about. That's about the same weight as a grand piano," said Brad Wolbert, DNR Recycling and Solid Waste Section chief. Wolbert added that recycling tonnages have held steady and even increased over the past five years in Wisconsin, despite the continued development of lighter food and beverage packaging as well as the increasing shift toward online publishing. Check out this link for more information.


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Message from the
Department of Natural Resources


The Milwaukee County Wildlife Biologist and the Wisconsin DNR receive numerous phone calls from citizens regarding nuisance wildlife every year. The DNR has recently built a webpage specifically for nuisance animals within urban areas and the unique circumstances associated with these interactions. The website includes general suggestions on how to best deal with nuisance wildlife, as well as specific suggestions for a wide-variety of standard nuisance species (goose, coyote, raccoon, deer, ducks, skunk, turkey, gull etc.). Searching "urban wildlife" in the DNR search bar on the main website will get you to the new website, also listed below.


This website provides great information on most problem species within Milwaukee County. You can also contact the Milwaukee County Wildlife Biologist and Area Educator, Dianne Robinson, with more specific or significant questions or concerns or by calling 262.424.9827.

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November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month 


There are resources for people who take care of someone with dementia when caregivers need day-to-day help (with behaviors, communication, activities, respite care, memory loss), support (including education, support groups), and/or assistance planning for the future (legal matters, care options, paying for care, safety, and driving concerns).  The Alzheimer's Association has a helpline (1-800-272-3900) that's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and their webpage dedicated to care-giving issues. In addition, the Association offers individual case consultation.  For more information, call the helpline. 


Fall Crime Prevention Tips 


As the Fall season sets in, temperatures drop and the Sun sets earlier each day.  While we are all busy enjoying the weather it is important to remember that this time of year is perfect cover for criminals.  Here are a few simple tips that will help to keep you from being a victim of theft.


Lock IT! Most vehicle thefts are spontaneous events.  If a thief is confronted with a locked door it is likely that he will move on to the next car.

Light IT! Criminals don't like bright lights.  A carefully placed floodlight on a motion sensor is an economical way to prevent people from lurking in the shadows.

Take IT! You would not believe how many people will leave valuable electronics like laptops and GPS units in an unlocked car.  Lock your car.

Report IT! You know what is normal for your neighborhood and what is out of the ordinary.  If you see any suspicious activities, don't hesitate to call us at 414-351-9900.


North Shore Health Department Highlights 


Have you gotten your flu shot this year?  It's not too late!  Call us at 414-371-2980 and ask to schedule an appointment.  The cost is $30-$35 depending on the type of vaccine.  We also have flu vaccine for children who do not have health insurance, or whose health insurance does not cover vaccine.  This is available for $5. Call for an appointment.


Would you know pertussis?

Cases of pertussis are still popping up in the area. Make sure you know the signs and symptoms as this disease can be deadly for infants and young children.


Signs and Symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Low-grade fever
  • Mild, occasional cough
  • Paroxysms (coughing fits/rapid coughs)
  • Vomiting/exhaustion after coughing fits


  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your upper sleeve while coughing; DO NOT use your hands.
  • If you have signs and symptoms, get tested. Early treatment with antibiotics help prevent the spread and reduce symptom severity.
  • Stay up to date on your immunizations. One dose of Tdap is recommended for all adults.

*To verify your immunization history contact your primary care physician or the North Shore Health Department.*


Upcoming Immunization Clinics: (appointment required)

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014: 7:30-9 a.m.- Shorewood Office
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014: 3:30-4:30pm- Brown Deer Office

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics: (appointment required)

  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014: 8-10 a.m.- Brown Deer Office


Community Event Calendar 

Fowl 5k Run/Walk
Saturday, November 15, 2014

School Board Meeting
Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 7 p.m.

No School
Wednesday-Friday, November 26-28, 2014

Thursday-Friday, November 27-28, 2014
***Village Hall Offices Closed***
Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Village Board Agenda
Community Voice
Capital Drive Lane Closures
Central District Master Plan
Shorewood Connects
Village Moving Survey
DPW Fall Leaf Tips
Recycling Report
DNR Message
Shorewood Connects/Alzheimer's Awareness Month
Crime Prevention Tips
Health Department Highlights

Calendar of Events 


Village  Board Meeting
Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room

Municipal Court
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5 p.m. 
Village Hall Court Room

Design Review Board Meeting
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 5 p.m. 
Village Hall Committee Room 

Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Village Center

Village Hall Offices Closed
November 27-28, 2014
Thanksgiving Holiday
Quote of the Week

"You are a perishable item. Live accordingly."


Health Tip 

Is your energy lagging? Though it may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're tired, exercise -- even a brisk walk -- can be more effective than a nap or cup of coffee at fighting fatigue.

Environmental Tip


Tread lightly! Use public transportation, carpool, walk, or bike whenever possible to reduce air pollution and save on fuel costs. Leaving your car at home just two days a week will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year. If you can work from home, you'll reduce air pollution and traffic congestion - and save money.  

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