February 6, 2015 
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Village Board Highlights


The Village Board met on Monday, February 2, 2015. Meeting highlights include the discussion results of the Police Building Study.

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Customer Service Survey Cards


Your Village staff is continually accessing how we serve our residents and other customers.  Our goal is to provide everyone with the best possible service.  We are inviting everyone who has had an interaction--within the last 3 months-- with any staff member, to take a few minutes to answer six (6) brief questions  pertaining to your recent experience.  This survey should take about 2-3 minutes to complete.  Your comments will be reviewed and we appreciate your feedback.

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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 Trustees. A Primary Election for School Board will be held on February 17, 2015, utilizing all three voting locations.


Class A Notice of Election with information is available.


Please contact Village Clerk Sherry Grant with any questions regarding this election.


Election Information:

2013 Wisconsin Act 178 limits write-in votes that can be counted for an office, depending upon whether candidates' names appear on the ballot for the office.  The Act also provides direction on counting write-in votes if a ballot candidate is deceased.  These are the basic elements of Act 178:

  • If there is at least one ballot candidate for a given office, votes will be counted for those listed on the ballot and any registered write-in candidates.
  • If there are no ballot candidates for a given office, all write-in votes will be tallied.
  • If there are ballot candidates for a given office, and one or more pass away, all write-in votes will be tallied.

Therefore, write-in votes will only be counted for registered write-in candidates unless one of the above scenarios applies.

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 Winter Blues? We've got the solution!


Shorewood Library is offering our first ever adult reading program this year: Read Away your Winter Blues. Anyone 18 and older is eligible to participate. It's so easy: stop in and pick up a reading log, read three books and write a short review of one of them, turn in your reading log (with the review) to be entered to win one of several awesome gift cards. Finish fast and you can start all over with another reading log - and another entry in the prize drawing.

Lest you be concerned that reviewing a book will be tricky,

read some of the awesome reviews we've already received.You can join the program anytime until it ends March 13. 


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Tax Forms & Tax 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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Classes began at Shorewood High School on Feb. 2, 1925


As Shorewood and St. Robert School celebrate their centennials, Shorewood High School is not far behind at 90 years.


On January 30, 1925, junior high and high school students completed their first semester at the Atwater school and celebrated with an ice carnival. The following Monday, classes began in the new building. Obviously, a flurry of activity took place over that weekend. 480 students moved into the school over wooden planks to keep them out of the "sea of mud" that surrounded the school. Since opening in 1925, the high school had grown from 4 to 250 students. The remaining 230 were in junior high. In preparation for the move, the student newspaper, Ripples, explained how students should conduct themselves in the "splendid" new building:

"The east and west side stairs are to be used in going up only, and the east and west rear stairs are to be used to come down only, except after school hours. There is no running or yelling in the halls. If you spill ink either in the halls or in the classrooms, please notify the janitor immediately; ink can be easily removed before it dries."

Classes began in the Administration and Manual Arts (currently the Community Fitness Center) buildings. The gymnasium was completed in two sections, 1928 and 1930, and the science building was constructed in 1929.  Finally, in the depths of the depression, (and with partial funding from the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works) the Shorewood Auditorium was completed just after the New Year in 1936 with much fanfare and celebration.  Original plans called for a separate library building, but that idea was dropped. 


The copper dome on the Administration Building was not in the original plans, but was a last minute addition, championed by a board member who thought it would add to the college campus feel of the buildings. The architect supported this view and added a dome whose structure was steel and wood and then sheets of copper.  Students were so pleased with the dome that they named their yearbook the Copperdome.


The Arena and the "new" pool were added much later. The multi building campus continues to reflect the decisions made in the 1920s to build a university style high school that would be one of the finest and most unique high school plants in the nation.

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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 28th, 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 one-page application is easy to complete. 

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Spotlight on Village Ordinance


In addition to Village Code  466-27 which speaks to the removal of snow from Village sidewalks after inclement weather, Village Code  466-28 states that:


"It shall be unlawful for any person to plow, shovel, or dump snow from any sidewalk, driveway, or parkway onto a public street or alley. The owner or occupant, or the employee, agent, or representative of such owner or occupant, of every lot or parcel of land adjacent to which such offense occurs shall be subject to the penalties prescribed hereinafter."


Please keep this in mind and dispose of snow quickly and safely.


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Health Department Highlights


We are monitoring the multi-state measles outbreak closely and have provided updates to the schools in the jurisdiction regarding plans for outbreak management if cases are diagnosed in Wisconsin. 

Staff provided blood pressure screenings at the Whitefish Bay Senior Center and at the Health Department Shorewood office- no appointment is needed! The first step in controlling your blood pressure is knowing your numbers. Make Control Your Goal!


Immunization clinics are scheduled: 


-Tuesday, February 10: 10-11 a.m. at the Brown Deer Office

-Thursday, February 12: 3 - 4:30 p.m. at the Shorewood Office.


Appointments are required.

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Community Event Calendar 

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

School Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School

Band-O-Rama Concert
Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School Arena

School Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School

Shorewood School District Art Show Reception
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 6-8 p.m.
Shorewood Village Center

Shorewood School District Art Show
Wednesday, February 25- Sunday, April 5, 2015
Multiple Locations 

Shorewood Intermediate School Musical
Friday-Saturday, February 27-28, 2015, 7 p.m.

Shorewood High School Orchestra Benefit Concert
Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School


Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Village Board Highlights
Customer Service Surveys
Village Elections
Library News
Free Tax Help
Shorewood High School History
Neighborhood of the Year!
Spotlight on Village Ordinance
Health Department Highlights
Calendar of Events 

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

Parks Commission Meeting
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Village Hall Committee Room

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Village Hall Committee Room

Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
Village Center

Design Review Board Meeting
Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room
Quotes of the Week

"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." 


-John Steinbeck 

Health Tip 


Please exercise care when shoveling.


Warm up with stretching and light activity before shoveling, exercising or beginning other strenuous activities.


Wear a scarf over your mouth and nose when you're shoveling snow to warm the air you're breathing. Layer clothes beneath a windproof and waterproof outer shell, which will help maintain body heat.


Push the snow rather than lift it. This will reduce the risk of overexertion.


Take frequent breaks while shoveling to give your muscles -- especially your heart -- a chance to relax. Try sharing the workload with a friend, which will also ensure that you are not alone in case of an emergency.


If you are over 50, overweight, out of shape or have suffered a heart attack, consult your doctor before shoveling snow or starting any exercise routine.

Environmental Tip


If you have a manual thermostat or no thermostat at all, one way to save energy and money this winter is to install an ENERGY STAR qualified programmable thermostat. When installed and used with the four pre-programmed temperature settings for weekend and weekdays, you can save about $100 each year while staying comfortable. Before leaving for vacation, turn down your thermostat (or use a programmable one) so that you don't waste natural resources by generating unneeded heat. You can also buy outdoor and indoor lights with timers so that lights don't stay on all night.

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