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

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 Happy Thanksgiving!

 

We would like to wish all Shorewood residents and staff a Happy Thanksgiving!  We are especially thankful for all of our police, fire, dispatch, public works, and other public safety personnel for their extra dedication during the holiday season and their service to the community throughout the year.

 

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 Winter Parking Restrictions Start December 1

 

Shorewood's winter parking restrictions start on December 1. This means that you may not park where prohibited by sign from December 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015. This is to keep the streets wide enough for vehicles to pass as the streets get narrower during the winter months due to snow and ice.  Most of the winter restricted sides of the streets are on the east side or north side but please check the signs. If the top half says two hour parking but the bottom half says "NO PARKING December 1 to March 1", do not park there or you will receive a parking ticket.

 

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Holiday Night Parking Restrictions Lifted!

 

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, night parking restrictions, from Tuesday evening, November 25 through Sunday, November 30, have been lifted.  Residents will need to start calling again Sunday night, November 30 for night parking for Monday morning, December 1, 2014.

 

Also, parking restrictions will be lifted for the winter holidays from Sunday night, December 21, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015.  Residents will need to start calling again Sunday night, January 4 for night parking for Monday morning, January 5, 2015.

 

Please remember that only the night parking restrictions are lifted.  Daytime parking restrictions will still be enforced.  Also, parkers on Oakland Avenue will still need to follow the alternate side of the street parking and move their cars accordingly.

 

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Village Board Agenda

 

The Village Board will meet on Monday, December 1, 2014. These are the agenda items for that meeting:

  1. Consideration of Special Privilege application for retaining wall, property at 2321 E Beverly Rd., owner Bridget Baker
  2. Consideration of Resolution recommending the 2015 NSFD Fees for services schedule.
  3. Consideration of Ordinance related to 2015 Wage and Fringe Benefits for Village Personnel of General Classification and Management Commencing January 1, 2015.
  4. Consideration of Ordinance related to 2015 Wages and Fringe Benefits for Lieutenants and Sergeants.
  5. Consideration of Ordinance creating standards for public safety radio coverage in commercial buildings and multi-family buildings and structures.
  6. Consideration of Intergovernmental Agreement with Milwaukee County permitting access to Milwaukee County's Public Safety Radio System.
  7. Consideration of Hubbard Park Lodge LLC Project Agreement Extension.
  8. Consideration of Resolution establishing a formal committee for leadership of the comprehensive marketing program.
  9. Consideration of Ordinance for door to door solicitation.
  10. Consideration of Amendment to fee schedule to include door to door solicitation.
  11. Consideration of staff recommendation to amend the Village Code regarding antennae.
  12. Consider authorization to hire Police administrative position vacated by retirement.
  13. Consider upgrade of the position of Special Projects Coordinator to Assistant Manager and to begin the recruitment process.
  14. Consider appointment of Kenneth Cole to the Parks Commission with a term to expire May 2015.

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Congratulations Bill Nowak!

Congratulations to Bill Nowak, Shorewood Utility Equipment Operator who recently received his Municipal Waterworks Operator Certification from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  Bill has been a Department of Public Works employee for five years, recently moving from collections to utilities.  Though not a state requirement, all Shorewood utility personnel hold this distribution certification.
  

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Thanks for Your "Giving" Spirit!

 

Thanks to the giving spirit of Village of Shorewood employees, $1424 was donated, through outright donations and payroll deduction, to agencies supported by the 2014 Suburban Combined Giving Campaign.  This was a 9% increase over last year's donations.  THANK YOU!  Great job!

 

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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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Late Season Leaf Collection

 

Leaf collection is scheduled to end Friday December 5.  Recent cold weather and snow has caused delays but service will continue next week if conditions allow. If vacuum collection cannot be completed next week, leaves that are bagged in paper yard waste bags will be collected as yard waste on your garbage day the week of December 8. Also as a reminder from the Conservation Committee, please try not to rake leaves into the street as leaf nutrients leached out by rain end up flowing into storm sewers and into our lakes and rivers.  Please rake collected piles onto the edge of the parkway for pick-up.

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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.  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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PUBLIC NOTICE 

to all Customers of 

Shorewood Municipal Water Utility

 

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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November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month 

 

The Shorewood Connects Dementia Awareness Work Group has one last piece of information from our friends at the National Alzheimer's Association as part of Alzheimer's Awareness Month:

 

It's important for everyone to plan for the future, but legal plans are especially important for a person with Alzheimer's disease. The sooner planning starts, the more the person with dementia may be able to participate.  Making legal plans in advance is important for several reasons: Early planning allows the person with dementia to be involved and express his or her wishes for future care and decisions. This eliminates guesswork for families, and allows for the person with dementia to designate decision makers on his or her behalf. Early planning also allows time to work through the complex legal and financial issues that are involved in long-term care.

 

Legal planning should include:

  • Making plans for health care and long-term care
  • Making plans for finances and property
  • Naming another person to make decisions on behalf of the person with dementia

Be sure to verify whether living wills, trusts and powers of attorney were signed before the person was diagnosed. The person may no longer remember having completed them. Even if legal documents were completed in the past, it is important to review them with another person for necessary corrections and/or updates.

 

For more information contact the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900 or the Shorewood Senior Resource Center 414.847.2727.

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 Winter Safety Tips 

 

During the year-end holidays, people are often busy, excited and sometimes a little careless. We are sharing the following holiday crime prevention tips with our residents:

 

At Home 

  • Lock doors and windows when you leave your house or apartment, even for a few minutes.
  • Don't display holiday gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway. 
  • If you go out for the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so the house or apartment appears to be occupied.
  • If you take a holiday trip away from your home, have some interior lights activated by an automatic timer. Have a neighbor or family member watch your house, shovel new snow, pick up the mail and newspaper and park his or her motor vehicle in your driveway.
  • Be wary of strangers soliciting for charitable donations. They may attempt to take advantage of people's generosity during the holidays. Ask for identification, how donated funds are used, if contributions are tax deductible, etc. 
  • Test your smoke detectors.
  • Use only fire resistant ornaments on a holiday tree and make sure electric lights are in good working order. 
  • If you have house guests, advise them of your security precautions and make sure they follow them.
  • Avoid leaving boxes from purchases (especially TV's, VCR's, computer, etc.) out on the curb for trash pickup.
Shopping
  • Shop before dark if possible. Possibly coordinate shopping trips with a friend. Never park in an unlit lot or area, no matter how convenient it is.
  • Lock your packages and gifts in your vehicle's trunk. Keep your vehicle's doors locked and windows closed.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check, credit card, or debit card when possible.
  • Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse under your arm. Keep a wallet in an inside jacket pocket, not a back trouser pocket.
  • Teach children to go to a store clerk or security guard and ask for help if you become separated. They should never go into a parking lot alone.
Holiday Party Safety
  • Have non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests.
  • Serve something to eat before serving alcoholic beverages. High protein foods stay in the stomach longer and slow absorption of alcohol into the system.
  • Don't let guests drink and drive.

 

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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.

 

Research on cardiac arrest is currently being conducted in Milwaukee County in hopes to improve the national survival rate of 7.9%. Cardiac arrest is NOT a heart attack, but occurs when the heart suddenly goes into a rhythm that does not pump blood. Immediate treatment is necessary if there is any hope for survival. The research is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is being overseen by the Medical College of Wisconsin. If you want more information on the studies being conducted, please call 414.805.6493 or send an email to RRC@mcw.edu

 

Upcoming Blood Pressure Clinics: (no appointment needed)

 

  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
    Shorewood Office
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
     
    Lydell Community Center

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Community Event Calendar 

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

Thanksgiving  
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

MADACC Fundraising Event
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7-10 p.m.
JB's on Bluemound
(For more info, visit MADACC Friends)
Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Holiday Wishes
Winter Parking Restrictions
Holiday Parking Restrictions
Village Board Agenda
Congrats Bill Nowak
Employees Support Others
2015 Adopted Budget
Late Leaf Collection
Community Voice
2015 Village Elections
PSCW Hearing Notice
Shorewood Connects/Alzheimer's Awareness Month
Winter Safety Tips
Health Department Highlights
Events

Calendar of Events 


Village Hall Offices Closed
Thursday-Friday,
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

Elder Services Advisory Board Meeting
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Village Center
  
Community Development Authority Meeting
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.
Village Hall Committee Room
Quote of the Week
 

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

 

 ~J.F.K. 

Health Tip 


Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or bringing a few dishes to share, make your recipes healthier with less fat, sugar, and calories.

There is more sugar and fat in most recipes than is needed and no one will notice the difference if you skim calories by using lower calorie ingredients.

 

Use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy.

 

Use sugar substitutes in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods.

 

Reduce oil and butter wherever you can.

 

Try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles.

Environmental Tip

 

Instead of running to the store to buy holiday cards this season, send e-cards. Traditional holiday cards use many resources in their production and delivery as well as filling a landfill the size of a football field 10 feet high when they are disposed of. E-cards (or homemade personal cards are the best way to go green.

 

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