February 26, 2015 
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Village Board Agenda


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

  1. Presentation of the Department of Public Works Annual Report.
  2. Consider Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement Between Milwaukee County and the Village of Shorewood for Election Equipment.
  3. Authorization to fill vacant Department of Public Works Assistant Director Position.
  4. Consider modifications to various Department of Public Works job descriptions
  5. Consideration of General Village Policies.
  6. Consider extension of current refuse and recycling contract with Waste Management for one year extension.
  7. Consider Resolution authorizing the replacement of defective sidewalks and carriage walks and assessment of the cost thereof to the abutting property owner.
  8. Award of contract for 2015 sidewalk program.
  9. Award of contract for 2015 Menlo watermain improvements.
  10. Authorization of joint purchase for replacement sewer televising equipment with the Village of Brown Deer and the City of Mequon.

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Metro Market Redevelopment Begins


The Oakland Avenue redevelopment project started the week of February 9. The developer, General Capital Group, began demolition work of the vacant Walgreens and bookstore buildings at Oakland and Kenmore and foresee the new Metro Market grocery store foundation to start taking shape in March. The Village and developer will have project information and updates available.  


Sign up to receive project alerts from the Village at www.villageofshorewood.org/signup. The Village also has project renderings and a construction schedule on the website at www.villageofshorewood.org/metromarket.


Also check out the developers project page which will include a blog highlighting project details and status at www.shorewoodmetromarket.com.

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Last Call for Neighborhood of the Year Applications!


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 one-page application is easy to complete.  

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3rd Annual Seuss Celebration


Join us Saturday, February 28 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for our Third Annual Seuss Celebration. All are invited - though families with young children may most enjoy the Seuss-tastical crafts, treats and of course celebrity readers who will share their favorite books. This year's readers include Shorewood-based celebs Jessie Garcia, newscaster, and Miranda Levy, fashion designer, among others.


Why celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday? Seuss revolutionized the way books for beginning readers are written. His whimsical way with words has captured generations of readers and continues to delight. We hope you'll join us this weekend!

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at Time of Sale

Shorewood, like other communities, has a residential Code Compliance Program that was established over 30 years ago to protect and preserve properties.  The program requires all residential and multifamily properties to be inspected by the Village's building inspector when the property owner decides to sell. (Having your property inspected for code compliance is a requirement before the property can be sold.)


An application and program brochure may be found in the Planning & Development Department as well as the village website. Staff will be happy to work with you to explain the Code Compliance Program.  Please call 414.847.2640 or access program information here.


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Newsletter Puts Can't-Miss Shorewood Events in One Place


Are you seeking arts, entertainment, food and fun but want to stay right here in Shorewood? It's easier than ever to find great Shorewood events for all ages in one simple email newsletter. Sign up now for the Keep in Touch quarterly email, which compiles the most fun and relevant Shorewood events - from concerts at the schools, to educational programs at the library, to Village elections, to volunteer opportunities, to special showcases at businesses.  There is something for the young, the old and the in-between, all happening steps out your front door. The next Keep in Touch email comes out in early March. You can sign up today by following this link.

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Extreme Cold is Here Again


We are experiencing an extreme cold snap. We encourage you to avoid being outdoors as much as possible, but if you must leave your home, here are a few tips:


1. Layer up!- Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm.

Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.


2. Don't forget your furry friends- Bring pets indoors. If they can't come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.


3. Remember the three feet rule- If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away - things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.


4. Requires supervision - Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.


5. Don't catch fire!-If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.


6. Protect your pipes- Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.


7. Better safe than sorry- Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.


8. The kitchen is for cooking- Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.


9. Use generators outside- Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.


10. Knowledge is power- Don't hook a generator up to the home's wiring. Connect equipment directly to the generator.


Please reach out to the Fire or Police Departments regarding any local concerns. Also, check on neighbors who you believe might be in peril and keep an eye out for animals who are stray or being neglected. Call MADACC with concerns regarding animals.


North Shore Fire: 414.357.0113

Shorewood Police Department: 414.351.9900
MADACC: 414.649.8640 

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Planning on a Project?


The Planning & Development Department has numerous updated resources to guide you about key requirements surrounding various projects, as small as building a fence or an addition to a home.  Check out the following informational resources on the department's webpages!


ˇ    Additions

ˇ    Attic Remodel

ˇ    Basement Recreation Room

ˇ    Basement Remodel

ˇ    Concrete Specifications

ˇ    Deck and Patio Installation

ˇ    Downspout Disconnections

ˇ    Electrical Permits- What Homeowners Need to Know

ˇ    Fence Installation or Replacement

ˇ    Garage

ˇ    Guide to Village Permits


Also, don't forget about Shorewood's online mapping tools, revealing a variety of information about your parcel, such as, parcel dimensions, zoning district, subdivision name,  or voting ward. It's also linked to the assessment information. Click here to take a peak.

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Shorewood School District Art Show


The annual District Art Show began this week. Artwork created by Shorewood K-12 students, in a wide variety of media, is showcased at Shorewood Library through April 6. 

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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, the Library 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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Health Department Highlights



Staff attended the Shorewood Healthy and Safety Committees and started talking about planning a Safety/Healthy Saturday in Shorewood this spring. 


A public health nurse and the North Shore Fire/Rescue gave a presentation entitled "Remembering When- A Fall and Fire Prevention Program"  to Shorewood seniors at the River Park Apartments.  If any senior group is interested in having this fun and free program presented, please contact the North Shore Health Department (NSHD) at 414.371.2980.


Staff attended the area SafeKids coalition meeting.  The group is working on establishing a schedule for summer events that include helmet fittings, car seat checks and installations and bike safety events. Pedestrian safety resources for children between the ages of 8 and 12 were presented, these are available in the form of thumb drives for any group interested, please contact the NSHD.  


Staff attended the Shorewood Dementia Friendly Community workgroup.  This group is working to establish a Memory Café for people with dementia and their caregivers.   


If you would like to make an appointment for an upcoming clinic please call 414.371.3980

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Community Event Calendar 

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

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

Shorewood Police Department "Town Hall Meeting"
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Village Center

Retiring Police Chief David Banaszynski will discuss the 2014 annual report and talk about the upcoming changes in the Shorewood Police Department. New technology, new leadership and more.


Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Village Board Agenda
Metro Market Redevelopment
Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year
Seuss Celebration
Code Compliance Program
Sign-Up E-calendar
Extreme Cold Tips
Project and Permit Planning
School District Art Show
Free Tax Help
Health Department Highlights
Calendar of Events 

Community Development Authority Meeting
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:30 a.m.
Village Hall Committee Room

Marketing and Communications Advisory Committee Meeting
Friday, February 27, 2015
at 10 a.m.
Village Hall Committee Room 
Village Board Meeting
Monday, March 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room
Municipal Court
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room
Elder Services Advisory Board Meeting
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 4 p.m.
Health Department Conference Room
Conservation Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Village Hall Committee Room
Quotes of the Week

"None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody - a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns - bent down and helped us pick up our boots."

-Thurgood Marshall

Health Tip 


Don't brush your teeth immediately after meals and drinks, especially if they were acidic. Acidic foods-citrus fruits, sports drinks, tomatoes, soda (both diet and regular)-can soften tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth at this stage can speed up acid's effect on your enamel and erode the layer underneath. Gamble suggests waiting 30 to 60 minutes before brushing. 

Environmental Tip


Flying is the most carbon intensive mode of transport. The average cross-country, round-trip flight emits about 6,000 pounds of carbon emissions. Short flights are the worst, emitting more CO2 per mile traveled than medium to longer flights. So, when possible, take a train or bus instead of flying. Just think of all the security and TSA headaches you'll avoid! 

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