December 5, 2014 
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


 2014 Tax Bills


Shorewood, WI

Next week you will receive your 2014 Village of Shorewood property tax bill. These tax bills will reflect a 3.2% property tax increase for most residents. We have prepared a special notice to explain how the increase is partially a correction to regular tax payments as a result of the lingering impact of the 2011 assessment reporting error and the correction process that followed. Please follow this link for more information. 

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 Winter Parking Restrictions Began December 1


Shorewood's winter parking restrictions started 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!


Parking restrictions will be lifted for the winter holidays from Sundanight, 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 Highlights


The Village Board met on Monday, December 1, 2014. These are the highlights from that meeting:

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

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Shorewood Welcomes New Neighbors!

You are invited to a very special, free reception for New Neighbors in Shorewood on Saturday, December 6.  Drop in any time from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Mod Gen, 2107 E. Capitol Drive, to discuss  services available to you here in Shorewood, or get answers to any questions you might have about starting your life in the Village! Have a new neighbor? Be sure to tell them about this great opportunity - they can always come without an RSVP and we will get them the right stuff.

This is the most exciting time to come out in Shorewood! It's not only the Stop, Shop and Restore Holiday shopping day in the Village, but you will be our special guests invited to coffee and treats to start the day off right.

Meet the ice carvers who will be going to 12 locations throughout the Village. Or hop on the free trolley which runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and experience many complimentary services and treats in town.

RSVP to receive a complimentary gift bag full of coupons and surprises from Shorewood stores, the Fitness Center and more!  Please RSVP to the Welcome Neighbor Program by Friday, December 5 at 5 p.m. by calling 414.847.2721 or email if you would like a Welcome Bag or you would like to schedule a one-on-one Village orientation.

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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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Annual Arts & Crafts Fair


Find great holiday gifts this  
Sunday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 35th annual Arts & Crafts Fair presented by the Shorewood Booster Club. Discover dozens of talented artists inside the High School Arena and SHOP LOCAL! Plus, a silent auction and raffle baskets, bake sale and Greyhound Café (featuring soups and sandwiches), and Shorewood and Greyhound apparel and accessories, including "Retro Wear."

Admission is $4, and you can use the coupon inside the fall issue of Shorewood Today magazine to save $1. All proceeds benefit the Shorewood Schools Athletics Program. Support our schools and take care of all your holiday shopping at the same time! 

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 Winter Safety Tips 


Vacation is a time for relaxation and enjoyment. It can also be the time for crime victimization if appropriate crime prevention measures are not followed. The following crime prevention tips or recommendations are designed to allow the vacationer to enjoy a safe and secure trip and to return to a secure residence.


Before Leaving . . . . Secure Your Residence


--Have good locks on all doors and windows and use them.

--Make sure your residence looks lived in, not empty.

--Leave shades and blinds in a normal position.

--Ask a neighbor to watch your residence while your are away. Leave your vacation address and telephone number with a neighbor so you can be reached in case of an emergency.

--Test your smoke and burglar alarms.

--Stop all deliveries, arrange for a neighbor to pick up your mail, newspaper and packages.

--Arrange for someone to mow your lawn, rake leaves and maintain the yard to give the home a lived-in look.

--Have a neighbor place garbage cans at the curb on your normal pickup day(s) and return them after the garbage pickup is made.

-Plug in timers to turn lights and a radio or television on and off at appropriate times.

--Turn the bell or ringer on your telephone down low. If a burglar is around, he won't be alerted to your absence by a ringing telephone.

--If you have call forwarding on your telephone, forward your calls to a trusted friend or relative.

--Don't announce your absence on answering machine messages; leave your normal message on the machine.

-Engrave your valuables with your driver's license number and post Operation Identification decals on entry doors and windows.

--Close and lock garage doors and windows. Ask a neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway. If you leave your car at home, park it as you normally would. Vehicles parked outside should be moved occasionally to appear that they are being used.

--Consider taking valuables to a bank safety deposit box.

--Ask local police to place your home on their vacation check list.




-Do not carry large amounts of cash.  If you must carry cash, never display large amounts.
-When possible, carry cash substitutes such as traveler's checks or credit cards.  Keep a written record of your traveler's checks and credit card numbers, and keep them in a safe place.




-Remove old flight tags from your luggage.  Old flight tags can cause confusion and misdirect your luggage.
-Provide adequate identification on the outside and inside of your luggage. 
-Never leave your luggage unattended, even for a short period of time. 
-Never store cash, jewelry, medicine or other valuables in your luggage.



Letter from the Chief

At the Village Board meeting on December 1, I announced that I will be retiring from the Shorewood Police Department after 33˝ years - the last 10 as Chief of Police. My last day is May 1, 2015.

It is time I take my own advice - "Family comes first." I have spent most of my adult life serving and protecting the residents of Shorewood, something I am happy to do, but now it is time to serve my family. 

I want to spend more time with my wife, my kids and their spouses and with my 7 grandkids. I want to be there to watch them grow up.

I really want to thank the Shorewood Police Department.  They are some of the best police officers in the State. They do a great job. 

Thank you to the residents who have supported the Police Department and me; I will miss you.

I will work with you and the Village on a smooth transition. I want to thank you for all of your support and for trusting in me.  Thank you.

David M. Banaszynski

Chief of Police 


North Shore Health Department Highlights 


Shopping time is here!  Be sure the toys you buy for the kids on your list are safe and age appropriate for ALL the kids in the house.  Button batteries from an older sibling's electronic game can easily be swallowed by a younger child and toys with straps and laces can be a strangulation hazard for an infant.  Even the plastic wrapping on some toys can be dangerous if swallowed by a small child.  Basic information on toy safety and toy recalls is available on the website for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.  


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 Immunization Clinics: (appointment required)

  • -December 9, 2014: 10-11 a.m.- Brown Deer Office
  • -December 11, 2014: 3-4:30 p.m.- Shorewood Office


North Shore Fire Department Highlights 


As the holiday season begins, the five North Shore fire stations will display a holiday wreath decorated with red bulbs. The wreaths are illuminated constantly with red bulbs, if a fire occurs and is directly caused by holiday decorations, one red bulb will be changed to a white bulb.


Please use the safety tips below to help us to  

"Keep the Wreaths Red!"

Picking the tree

  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1" - 2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.


Community Event Calendar 

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

DPW Recycling Center Open
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
DPW Main Facility

Welcome New Neighbors Open House
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 10-11 a.m. 
Mod Gen, 2107 E. Capitol Drive 
(For more information see article or 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
35th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Inside the Shorewood High School Arena
(For more info see article)
MADACC Fundraising Event
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7-10 p.m.
JB's on Bluemound
(For more info see article or visit Friends of MADACC)
Shorewood Women's Club Meeting
Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 11:30 a.m.
Library Lower Level
(SHS Chamber Orchestra, Holiday Cookies and friendly people)
Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Tax Bills Mailing Next Week
Winter Parking Restrictions
Holiday Parking Restrictions
Village Board Highlights
New Neighbors Program
2015 Village Elections
35th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair
Winter Safety Tips
Letter from the Chief of Police
Health Department Highlights
Fire Department Highlights

Calendar of Events 

Parks Commission Meeting
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Village Hall Committee Room

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Meeting
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Village Hall Committee Room

Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Library Program Room

Conservation Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Village Hall Committee Room

Public Art Committee Meeting
Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. 
Village Center Conference Room

Village Board Meeting 
Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room

Municipal Court
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room
Quote of the Week

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." 


-Maya Angelou 

Health Tip 

Relax. You won't gain 10 pounds. It's a misconception that you'll need to go up a pant size in January. The average person gains only about a pound during the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's. That's no excuse to eat with abandon, though. (After all, gaining one pound every year can add up in the long run.)

Environmental Tip


Turn off or unplug holiday lights during the day. Doing so will not only save energy, but will also help your lights last longer. 

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