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


It's Daylight Savings Time!

Daylight Savings Time is this Sunday.  Don't forget to turn your clocks forward!





Village Board Highlights


The Village Board met on Monday, March 2, 2015. These are the highlights from that meeting:  

  1. Heard presentation from the Shorewood Waters Project.
  2. Heard presentation of the Department of Public Works Annual Report.
  3. Approved Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement between Milwaukee County and the Village of Shorewood for Election equipment.
  4. Authorized hiring process for vacant Department of Public Works Assistant Director position.
  5. Approved modifications to various Department of Public Works job descriptions
  6. Approved General Village Policies.
  7. Approved extension of current refuse and recycling contract with Waste Management for one year.
  8. Awarded contract for the 2015 Menlo watermain improvements.
  9. Authorized joint purchase for replacement sewer televising equipment with the Village of Brown Deer and the City of Mequon.

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Neighborhood of the Year Deadline for Applications Extended - Ends Today!



Shorewood Connects has extended the deadline for 2015 Neighborhood-of-the-Year applications to Friday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. Completed applications can be submitted either via email attachment to Shorewood Connects Facilitator Sue Kelley (sue@suekelleyconsulting.com) or a printed version can be delivered to the Customer Service desk at Village Hall. Neighborhoods that already submitted an online application for 2015 are asked to re-submit their applications using one of these methods. The application can be found on the Village website: www.villageofshorewood.org 


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***Notice of Public Hearing***

A Public Hearing for considering the Central District Master Plan by the Village Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Village Center.

Early in 2014, the Village contracted with Vierbicher planning consultant to update Shorewood's Central District Master Plan, originally adopted in 2006. The Master Plan has helped guide development in the business corridor along Oakland Avenue and Capitol Drive. 


The proposed updates reflect changes in the commercial district since 2006, changes in the market and continued alignment with the community Vision Plan. Shorewood's Plan Commission and Community Development Authority have made recommendations to the Village Board of Trustees. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend.


A draft of the plan is available on the Village's website. Comments may be forwarded to Planning and Development Director Ericka Lang or by calling 414.847.2647 


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Metro Market Redevelopment Begins


The Oakland Avenue redevelopment project started in early February. The developer, General Capital Group, continues the 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 this month. 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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Shorewod SEED Foundation 

Online Auction


The Swing Online Auction went live on February 26 at 7 p.m. Bidding will stay open until 7:30 p.m. on March 11. The auction is open for anyone in the community to bid on items with the proceeds going to help fund programs for the Shorewood School District.   

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One Metric Ton of Waste Diverted!


We've gone and done it. With a little neighborhood coordination and some kind word of mouth, the We Got Leaves Bucket Exchange  has diverted our first ton of organic residuals from the landfill-bound waste stream. Of course, organic residuals aren't waste at all, but rather a resource in waiting, so this removal is fit and proper. Here at We Got Leaves, we preach the gospel of local disposal, by which compostable organics are "managed" as close as possible to the point of consumption and returned to the local environment as a soil-building, nutrient dense treasure trove. While local consumerism and local food sourcing are healthy fads, local disposal remains patient for its moment of takeoff. 


Some Program Highlights to Date
  • Enrollment began in September 2014; currently, 21 households participating
  • 52 total Shorewood residents participating, from 1-person households to families of 5
  • 1400 pounds of organics diverted from landfill in 2014, about 27 pounds per person
  • Average monthly diversion is 350-400 pounds, which represents the CO2-equivalent of removing nearly a half a car from the road permanently
  • Illustrates a proof of concept that a market exists in Shorewood for curbside composting or some public service option targeting organics

A metric ton is 2,200 pounds, and family by family, we've separated an average of 350-400 pounds of kitchen trimmings per month and sent them to local compost piles where they mingle with lots of raked leaves and begin the rotting down process that will convert them into a usable product by late spring or early summer. No tax dollars expended, no large commercial contract negotiated, no long-haul tractor trailers spewing exhaust, and no big fuss really, just a little community organizing, some sweat equity, and the shared environmental goodwill that will always offer simpler solutions than any political process, technological panacea, or dramatic overhaul of the economy.

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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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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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Community Invited to SHS Art 

Competition Reception


The community is invited to a reception featuring artwork submitted by 11th and 12th grade Shorewood High School students to a contest sponsored by the Shorewood Senior Resource Center. The event is a preview of art in various media created by students with the theme, Intergenerational Shorewood. The winning entry will be awarded a $1000 cash prize, which will be presented at the Shorewood High School May 2015 Awards and Scholarship Presentations and will be displayed in the Spector Conference Room in the Village Hall.


The competition is being funded with memorial contributions in memory of Pat Burke, Dan and Violet Duecker, LaVerne Hammond, Jean Shaughnessy, Lorraine Shimeta and Esther Weinberger.


The preview reception will be held on Tuesday, March 10 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Shorewood Village Center, 2010 E. Shorewood Boulevard. Light refreshments will be served. This will be the only opportunity for the public to view the entire collection. For more information, contact Elizabeth Price, Shorewood Senior Resource Center - 414-847-2727.

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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




Upcoming Immunization Clinics: (appointment required)

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015: 10-11 a.m.- Brown Deer Office
  • Thursday, March 12, 2015: 3-4:30 p.m.- Shorewood Office

If you would like to make an appointment for an upcoming clinic please call 414-371-2980

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Community Event Calendar 

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

Public Hearing for the Central District Master Plan
Monday, March 9, 2015, 7 p.m.
Village Center
(See article for more info)

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
Daylight Savigns Time
Village Board Highlights
Central District Master Plan Public Hearing
Metro Market Redevelopment
Bucket Exchange Update
Sign-Up E-Calendar
School District Art Show
SHS Art Competition Reception
Free Tax Help
Health Department Highlights
Calendar of Events 
Village Board and Police Commission Meeting Monday, March 9, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Hubbard Park Lodge

Special Village Board Meeting
Monday, March 9, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Village Center

Shorewood Foundation Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
Village Hall Committee Room

Parks Commission Meeting
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
Village Hall Committee Room
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Village Hall Committee Room
Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
Shorewood Public Library

Design Review Board
Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room

Village Board Meeting
Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room
Quotes of the Week

 "A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him."


-David Brinkley

Health Tip 


Is your energy lagging? Though it may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're tired, exercise -- even a brisk walk -- can be more effective than a nap or cup of coffee at fighting fatigue. 

Environmental Tip


Take part in the Shorewood's local Bucket Exchange Program. See the related article for more information.

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