January 30, 2015 
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Breaking News!

Burglary suspects arrested!


The Shorewood Police Department and the following agencies have recently arrested two subjects believed to be involved in several recent burglaries in the Village of Shorewood. Additionally, property taken in some of the burglaries has also been recovered. The investigations are on-going and at their conclusion they will be forward to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office for review.  


Thanks to the following agencies for their cooperation in catching these individuals: 

  • Milwaukee County District Attorney's Investigative Unit 
  • City of Milwaukee Police Department
  • City of Wauwatosa Police Department
Special thanks to Detectives Vander Schaaf and Lenda for their part in the investigation process as well.


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Starting Friday, January 30, 2015

Police Department Offices Will Be Closed

Friday and Saturday Nights

11 p.m. to 7 a.m.


The doors to the lobby will remain open, but the office will not be staffed. A phone in the lobby will connect with North Shore Dispatch. 

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Tax Reminder


Full or First Installment of Tax Payments are Due Saturday, January 31.


First installment and full payment of 2014 tax bills are due Saturday, January 31.  Village Hall offices will not be open that day, however, payment can be made:

  1. By check, made payable to the Village of Shorewood and properly endorsed if applicable, placed in an envelope and deposited in the white mailbox in the back of Village Hall.
  2. At either of the two (2) North Shore Banks located in Shorewood:
    • 4441 N Oakland Avenue, open until 12 noon
    • 3970 N Oakland Avenue, open until 12 noon

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Customer Service at 847.2700 or by email during regular business hours. 


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Village Board Agenda


The Village Board will meet on Monday, February 2, 2015. These are the agenda items for that meeting:

  1. Presentation of Police Building Study
  2. Discussion on legal matters related to potential alternate water supply from North Shore Water Works (Closed Session)
  3. Consideration of General Village Policies
  4. Consideration of personnel matter related to Public Works Department Employment Agreement (Closed Session)

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Strategic Initiatives Committee


The Strategic Initiatives Committee, a standing committee of the Village Board, will have on its Monday, February 2 agenda at 6:45 p.m.: "Discussion on concepts to engage the community in the planning of improvements to  Wilson Drive."
The recommendation of the Village of Shorewood Central District Master Plan, provides that a task force of neighbors, residents and representatives of the Park Board, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and other citizen committees, and Milwaukee County Parks be established to provide a comprehensive study of the Wilson Drive corridor and make recommendations as to its final design and use. Toward this end, the Strategic Initiatives Committee was tasked with beginning the discussion of the establishment of the task force. Over the next several months the Committee will:
  •  Outline the specific charge of the task force
  • Determine the relationship of the task force with other related Boards and Committees, including to whom the task force recommendations will be forwarded
  • Establish the structure and process of the task force by addressing the following questions: 
    • Will it include a formal steering committee with structured subcommittees?
    • How will task force membership be determined?
    • How will it be staffed?
    • Will the task force direct its own activities?
    • When will its work be completed?
    • Will the task force require dedicated funding? How much? 


Again, the Community and Business Relations Committee will begin this discussion at it February 2 meeting at 6:45 at Village Hall. Comments and questions are appreciated.

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Is 2015 the year for your neighborhood? 


The fifth annual "Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year" contest is now underway, with applications accepted through February 28, 2015.  Winners of the contest, sponsored by the Shorewood Connects project, will have their block featured in an edition of Shorewood Today and will have the opportunity to march behind the "Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year" banner in Shorewood's annual Fourth of July parade.   In addition, permanent signs noting the award will be placed on the winning block. The application is easy to complete. 

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Boutique Blowout 

Returns to Shorewood!


The bargain hunter's paradise known as "Boutique Blowout" returns to Shorewood for its seventh year on Saturday, January 31. Many of Milwaukee's chicest boutiques will be there to sell everything from summer sandals to cocktail dresses at steeply discounted prices. This year's event will be held from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Atwater Cafetorium in Atwater Elementary School (2100 E. Capitol Dr., Shorewood). The $5 admission fee will be donated to the Shorewood Recreation Department's "Round-up for Recreation" program to provide financial support to anyone who is unable to afford the department's activity fees.


Attendees are advised to bring cash as not all vendors will accept credit cards. Entrance is at the back northwest corner of the school. For more information, please contact Jennifer Anderson or 414-961-7225. 

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Tax Forms and Help


State and federal tax forms can be found at the Shorewood Public Library during tax season. As of this memo, the major state forms (1, 1A, WI-Z, 1NPR, H/H-EZ, WD) and federal (1040, 1040A) are available at the library.  

This year, due to funding cuts, the IRS was unable to print large quantities of instruction booklets. Due to this cut, we will not receive any instruction booklets for federal taxes. However, they are still available to you! You can access instruction booklets - and any and all tax forms - online through the IRS website (state forms can be found through the WI Department of Revenue website).  Download instructions and forms to print, or request hard copies to be mailed to your home. Librarians at Shorewood Library are happy to help you with this process as we understand this is a major and inconvenient change for many.


Tax preparation help is also available through the Senior Resource Center's partnership with AARP volunteers. Volunteers will be in the Village Center Meeting Room every Thursday, 1-5 p.m., from February 5 through April 9. No appointment is necessary - anyone is welcome.

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January and February  

Employee Anniversaries


We would like to recognize and thank the following Village staff for their continued dedication to the Village of Shorewood and all of its residents.


January Anniversaries

Elizabeth PriceSenior Resource Center12 Years
Nathaniel BrainLibrary8 Years
Kate StrattnerLibrary4 Years
Daniel Hetzel
Public Works
2 Years
Cody Smith #599
Police Department
1 Year

February Anniversaries

Russ Falkowski
Public Works
30 Years
Nancy Shimon
20 Years
Monica Merkel
Public Works
18 Years
Theresa Pfeil
Police Department
16 Years
David Henson
Planning & Development
3 Years
Cody Smith #539
Police Department
3 Years


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Health Department Highlights



January is National Radon Action Month. Start the new year by getting healthy from the ground up! Radon is a naturally occurring, odorless radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. The only way to know a radon level in your home is to test it. Watch for educational displays in your local libraries and pick up a coupon for a reduced cost radon kit from the North Shore Health Department. For more information on radon follow this link.


Upcoming Immunization Clinics: (appointment required)

  • Tuesday, February 10: 10- 11 a.m., Brown Deer Office
  • Thursday, February 12: 3- 4:30 p.m., Shorewood Office

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Fire Department Highlights


According to the National Fire Protection Agency, roughly 3 out of every 5 fire deaths occur in homes without smoke detectors or where detectors are not working. 


Shorewood residents are encouraged to take some time to ensure that you and your family are prepared for what to do in the event of an emergency in your home. 

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms should also be installed in a central location outside of each sleeping area and/or on every level of the home.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once a month and replace batteries as needed.
  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • More information can be found here.

The North Shore Fire Department is proud to offer free home safety inspections.  Fire Department personnel will conduct a confidential inspection of your home. They will aid in identifying potential safety hazards and recommend corrective solutions. Contact NSFD at (414) 357-0113 ext. 1512 or 1513 to schedule an inspection.


The Insurance Service Office (ISO) collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United states and classifies communities' ability to suppress fires on a 1-10 scale, with 1 representing superior property fire protection and 10 indicating that the area's fire-suppression program doesn't meet ISO's minimum criteria.  The Village of Shorewood has an ISO rating of 2.


Do you live near a fire hydrant? Be a hydrant hero! Make sure hydrants are clear of snow and any other debris so that crews can gain quick access in the event of a fire.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day


The UN General Assembly designated January 27-the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau-as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

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St. Robert School Celebrating 100th Anniversary


In the early years of the 20th century, Shorewood was growing rapidly and obviously attracting families with school-age children. Both Atwater Public School and St. Robert School were ready for students in the fall of 1915 - and they were right across the street from each other.


St. Robert School is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding September 15, 1915.   Forty-three students in grades one through four were welcomed that day by two Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa - Sr. Aloysius was principal and grade teacher, assisted by Sr. Lucillus as a grade teacher.  Each year a grade was added and in 1920 the first eighth grade class was graduated.


St. Robert Parish was established in 1912 and in 1913 a building was constructed on Mineral Spring Rd. to be used as a church building with the intention of incorporating a school in the future. The school population grew rapidly and in 1927, a two story addition was built that included classrooms, a small library, and a gymnasium. The building still stands on the corner of Maryland and current Capitol Dr.


In 1929, because of overcrowding in the school building, an annex was constructed on what is now the playground/parking lot.  The small wooden building housed the intermediate grades.  When the new church was erected in 1936-37, the church area vacated in the school building was renovated for school use and the annex was razed. In 1958, a school addition was constructed that added several classrooms and a gymnasium with a stage.


The school enrollment  (K4 - 8) in the Centennial year is 314



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Winter Sidewalk Maintenance

During the winter months, Village Ordinance 466-27 requires every Shorewood property owner to keep the sidewalks adjacent to their property clear of snow and ice.  


Twelve (12) hours after a snowfall the Department of Public Works will have sidewalks inspected and orange notices will be placed on door knobs of homes where the walks are not cleared.  


The Police will issue citations twelve (12) hours after notices are issued and the sidewalk will be cleared with the cost billed to the adjacent property owner.  


Please be a good neighbor and avoid fines and snow removal fees by clearing your walks as soon as possible following a snowfall. 

It is important to note that this action is in place to assure safe walking conditions for everyone. Residents are encouraged to call the Police Department at 847.2610 to report areas that are not adequately cleared or Request Service Online



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Community Event Calendar 

Boutique Blowout!
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Atwater School Cafetorium
(See Article for More Info)

Great Lakes Pet Expo
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wisconsin Expo Center in State Fair Park

Shorewood Schools Closed
Thursday-Friday, February 5-6, 2015

Recycling Center Open
Saturday, February 7, 2015, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Department of Public Works


Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Breaking News
Police Department Notice
Tax Payment Reminder
Village Board Agenda
Strategic Initiatives Committee
Neighborhood of the Year!
Boutique Blowout Shorewood
Free Tax Help
Employee Anniversaries
Health Department Highlights
Fire Department Highlights
Holocaust Remembrance Day
St Robert School Centennial
Winter Sidewalk Maintenance
Calendar of Events 

Village Board Meeting
Monday, February 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room

Police Commission Meeting
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room

Municipal Court
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room

Elder Services Advisory Board Meeting
Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 4 p.m.
Village Center

Conservation Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Village Hall Committee Room

Community Development Authority Meeting
Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:30 a.m.
Village Hall Committee Room

Public Art Committee Meeting
Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.
Village Center
Quotes of the Week

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader"


-John Quincy Adams 

Health Tip 


Less Soda-More Water

Less Alcohol-More Tea

Less Sugar-More Fruits

Less Meat-More Vegetables

Less Driving-More Walking

Less Worry-More Sleep

Less Anger-More Laughter

Less Words-More Action

Environmental Tip


While shopping, if you only buy a few products, skip the shopping bag. For larger purchases, bring your own. 

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