November 21, 2014 
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Village Board Highlights


The Village Board met Monday, November 17, 2014. These are the highlights from that meeting:

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

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2015 Adopted Budget


The annual budget communicates the financial initiatives of the Village for the next year. The budget is organized to ensure that we are preparing the leanest budget possible without adverse impact to quality service delivery. 

The 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.

Please take some time to review the entire Village Budget, or the Budget Presentation at your leisure.

If you have questions regarding the budget, please feel free to contact the Village Finance Director Mark Emanuelson

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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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Upcoming Village Elections


An Election will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 which will include positions for the Village President and two Trustee positions.  A Primary Election will be held on February 17, 2015, if necessary.

Forms and information packets for parties interested in running for the Village President or Village of Shorewood Trustee positions are available on the website. The first day candidates may circulate nomination papers is December 1. All paperwork must be submitted to the Village Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on January 6, 2015 in order to be included on the ballot. 


Class A Notice of Election with information is available.


Please contact Village Clerk Sherry Grant with any questions regarding the process.

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Active Senior Apartment Development


The proposed active senior apartment development along the Milwaukee River (just behind the assisted living that's mid-construction), is nearing final approval.  The project was approved by the Plan Commission in July the Design Review Board in August of 2014. The Village Board will consider the developers agreement in December of 2014.  The Village is pleased about the project, bringing to Shorewood housing options for active, older adults.  This type of housing is desired by many residents that want to age in the community and who no longer want to own and maintain a home. The 100 apartments offer many great amenities including additional public path connections to the Oak Leaf Trail and to the nature paths along the river.  Upon completion of both the River District projects, a new public road along the top of the  river bluff will offer easy access to these natural amenities that makes Shorewood a great place to live and recreate. 

The addition of active senior housing next to an assisted living and memory care facility creates a cohesive node in the Village and will be a spectacular gateway into the Village in addition to the Capitol Drive Trail Bridge.


Renderings and other information for both these projects may be found on the Village's website under Community Development

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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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The Shorewood Municipal Water Utility has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase water rates.  The increase is necessary because of plant additions and increased operating expenses since the last water rate case in 2012.


The total increase in water revenues requested is $458,028 which will result in an estimated overall rate increase of 32% over the water utility's present revenues.  If the request is granted, the water bill for general service for an average residential customer in Shorewood with a ⅝-inch or -inch meter who uses 1,300 cubic feet (9,725 gallons) of water per quarter will increase from $42.19 to $52.71, or 24.9%. Please be aware that the PSC uses the statewide average household quarterly consumption of 2,100 cubic feet of water when preparing notices. To that end, they are estimating a 29% average household impact of this rate increase.


A telephonic public hearing on the application has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Committee Room at the Shorewood Village Hall, 3930 North Murray Avenue, Shorewood, Wisconsin.  Scheduling questions regarding this hearing may be directed to the PSCW at 608.266.3766.

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Winter Safety Tips 


Fight Wintertime Depression

Because it can be difficult and dangerous to get around, many seniors have less contact with others during cold months. This can breed feelings of loneliness and isolation.


To help avoid these issues, family members can check in on seniors as often as possible; even a short, daily phone call can make a big difference. Seniors can also arrange a check-in system with neighbors and friends, where each person looks in on one or two others daily.  


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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November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month 


Cognitive impairment does not always lead to Alzheimer's Disease; early diagnosis of dementia is possible


The first step in following up on symptoms of cognitive impairment is finding a doctor you feel comfortable with. Many people contact their regular primary care physician or internist about their concerns regarding memory loss. The Alzheimer's Association recommends that seniors undergo cognitive impairment screening and evaluation to establish a baseline for comparison, and then have regular follow-up assessments in subsequent years. 


Medicare covers an annual wellness exam which includes cognitive screening, or your primary care doctor may refer you to a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. 


Diagnosing Alzheimer's requires careful medical evaluation including:

  • A thorough history
  • Mental status testing
  • A physical and neurological exam
  • Tests (such as blood tests and brain imaging) to rule out other causes of dementia-like symptoms 

Specialists include:

  • Neurologists, who specialize in diseases of the brain and nervous system
  • Psychiatrists, who specialize in disorders that affect mood or the way the mind works
  • Psychologists with special training in testing memory and other mental functions

A listing of diagnostic clinics, geriatric psychiatrists and geriatric psychologists can be found on the Alzheimers Association of SE Wisconsin's website  or by contacting the Shorewood Senior Resource Center (414) 847-2727.


North Shore Health Department Highlights 


It's not too late for a flu shot!  Call 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 $10.


Upcoming Adult Health Clinics: (appointment required) 

-Tuesday November 25, 2014: 8-10 a.m.- Shorewood Office


Upcoming Blood Pressure Clinics: (no appointment needed)


-Tuesday November 25, 2014: 3:30-4 p.m.- North Shore Library

-Wednesday November 26,2014: 3:30-5:30 p.m.- Shorewood Office


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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Community Event Calendar 

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 High School Orchestra Concert
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School

Tree Lighting, Holiday Carols and Irish Dancers
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m.
City Market Cafe

Welcome New Neighbors Open House
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 10-11 a.m. 
Mod Gen, 2107 E. Capitol Drive 
For more information, email welcome@villageofshorewood.org
Visit with Santa
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 12-2 p.m.
Culver's of Shorewood
Live Ice Sculpting/Carving
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Various locations in Shorewood's Business District
Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Village Board Highlights
2015 Adopted Budget
Community Voice
2015 Village Elections
Senior Apartment Development
Central District Master Plan
Central District Master Plan
Crime Prevention Tips
DPW Fall Leaf Tips
Shorewood Connects/Alzheimer's Awareness Month
Health Department Highlights
DNR Message

Calendar of Events 

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

Village Hall Offices Closed
November 27-28, 2014
Thanksgiving Holiday

Village Board Meeting
Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room

Water Rate Telephonic Public Hearing
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 1 p.m.
Village Hall Committee Room
(See article for more details)

Municipal Court
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room
Quote of the Week

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."


-Steve Jobs 

Health Tip 

Small things matter-2 quick tips:

-Go technology free for one hour each day. Spending that 60 minutes relaxing and rejuvenating. By the end of the year, you'll have spent more than 15 days in your happy place.

-Trim 100 calories per day. Cut down, don't eliminate, a favorite snack. It will end up saving you 36,500 calories and more than 10 pounds each year.

Environmental Tip


Getting a new cell phone for Christmas? Not sure what to do with the old one? Now you can drop off that old phone at any Staples store  each year 130 million cell phones are thrown out weighing approximately 65,000 tons. Recycling your old phone prevents hazardous elements like mercury, cadmium and lead from ending up in our landfills. 

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