March 13, 2015 
Village of Shorewood
Manager's Weekly Memo


Village Board Agenda


The Village Board will meet on Monday, March 16, 2015. These are the agenda items for that meeting:  

  1. Proclamation-Shorewood Reads 2015, a community-wide reading event held April 11-16 featuring the novel Shotgun Lovesongs.
  2. Presentation-Library Annual Report
  3. Presentation-Clerk/Treasurer's Office and Customer Service Department Annual Report
  4. Presentation-Police Department Annual Report
  5. Presentation-2014 NR 216 Annual Report
  6. Consider a contract award for the provision and installation of playground equipment at Atwater Park
  7. Consider a Resolution authorizing the replacement of defective sidewalks and carriage walks and the assessment of the cost thereof to the abutting property owner
  8. Award of contract for 2015 sidewalk program
  9. Consider River Club renovations from Russ Davis
  10. Consider Street Festival Permit for Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse c/o Ellen Irion, May 29, 2015, at Atwater Park
  11. Consider Temporary Class "B"/Class B" Retailer's License for Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse c/o Ellen Irion, May 29, 2015, at Atwater Park
  12. Consider approval of Reimbursement Resolution for Menlo Boulevard water main improvements

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Congratulations to 4400 N. Wildwood Avenue, the 2015 Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year!  


The 4400 N. Wildwood Ave. block  has a wealth of fun activities and a great sense of community.  Most of the neighbors participate in the year-round activities and everyone has access to the block's website in order to stay informed.    


Shorewood is proud of the effort this neighborhood puts into staying connected and having fun! Keep up the good work.   


Watch for more information about the 4400 N. Wildwood Ave. block in the next issue of Shorewood Today.


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Village Board has Approved Shorewood's Central District Master Plan


A public hearing was held on Monday, March 9 to consider an updated Central District Master Plan.  The process began in January 2014-- reviewing the 2006 plan, completing a market analysis, and gathering public input via various workshops, stakeholder meetings and outreach efforts.  Each public event was well attended, helping to shape a plan best suited for the community.  A big thank you to all who participated.   


Some final revisions are in order following the Board's decision and staff expects the completed report to be available in the next several weeks.  Look for the final plan on the Village website under Community Development or in the Planning & Development Department at Village Hall. 


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Metro Market Redevelopment  


The former Walgreens and Harry W. Schwartz buildings are officially razed! During the demolition, an older building foundation was discovered, adding to the site preparation timeline.


The remaining asphalt will be removed and starting next week construction of the new Metro Market grocery store foundation will begin. The Village and developer will continue to 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 developer's project page which will include a blog highlighting project details and status at www.shorewoodmetromarket.com.

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Boards, Committee and Commission Appointments


The Village of Shorewood is seeking applications for the Board of Review, Conservation Committee, Design Review Board, Elder Services Advisory Board, Parks Commission, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee and Recreation Advisory Board. Please consider using your Knowledge, skill and passion to help the Village of Shorewood now and in the future.


If you are interested in applying for any of these appointments, please submit your application to the Clerk's Office no later than March 20, 2015. Applications will be reviewed and appointments set for interviews. You may obtain the application on our website or contact the Village Clerk's office at 847-2608.


Applications are kept on file for two years. You may also review the list of Boards, Committees and Commissions and submit applications for any selection that is not listed above. Your application may be considered during the year if a vacancy occurs. 

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Shorewood Reads!


Shorewood Reads is one month away. You've still got time to read Shotgun Lovesongs and be part of the fun. The week of events celebrating and inspired by Shotgun Lovesongs kicks off on Saturday, April 11 with a concert and gallery night from 7-9 p.m. "Shorewood Lovesongs in Concert" features eight local music acts, including Hot Damn! and an SHS jazz sextet. Interspersed with the music will be readings from Shotgun Lovesongs. To round off the night, attendees can view art inspired by Shotgun Lovesongs and created in SHS art classes and more. You can learn about all the Shorewood Reads events on our website.


History of the Metro Market Construction Site - Did You Know? 


The 30-acres of land facing Oakland Avenue from Capitol Drive to Olive was originally occupied by the Armory.  It was home to the 105th  Cavalry Unit of the Wisconsin National Guard Light Horse Squadron.  The armory grounds were sold in 1929 and new construction began on the property in the early 1930s.

  • In the 1930's, on the corner of Oakland and Capitol, the Art Deco style apartment/business building, the bank and grocery store buildings were constructed. 
  • In 1945, A&P and the adjoining multi-business building were built on the corner of Kenmore and Oakland (the current construction area). 


  • In 1975, the A&P building was destroyed in a fire.  Walgreens replaced the A&P.
  • Over the years, the multi-business building next door to the Walgreens housed a variety of businesses including a Woolworth's Variety Store, Silhouette Beauty Salon, Koebel's True Value Hardware, Marc's Big Boy and the Nail Academy.
  • In February 1993, the multi-business building was destroyed by fire. The Walgreens was saved and Harry W. Swartz Bookstore made plans to replace the burned down property by the fall of 1993.
  • In 1953, Kohl's Food Store was added to the block at the current site of Pick 'n Save.  That building caught fire in April 1970.  Five fire departments and 100 firemen fought the fire.  Damages were estimated at $700,000.
  • After the fire, Kohl's Food Store rebuilt.  The business was sold to Batus Corp in the 1970's and sold again in the mid-1980s, this time to A&P, who retained the Kohl's name.
  • In August 2003, Pick 'n Save purchased the business.

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Maker Faire at the Library!


Makers, crafters and DIY-ers of all ages are invited to our first ever Maker Faire at Shorewood Library. We'll have hands-on demonstrations and make-and-take items from Home Depot, Brown Dog Gadgets, GhostBusters, and Shorewood's own tinker librarian, Lisa. Join us on Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages are welcome, and all ages are sure to come away with some awesome ideas and inspiration. 

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Swing with Shorewood 2015


Thanks to generous support from the community, the SEED Foundation's Swing with Shorewood event has raised over $775,000 in just ten years to support Shorewood Schools. This event involves Village residents, local businesses, teachers and administrators in actively supporting our schools - the centerpiece of Village life. This year, Swing with Shorewood will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Discovery World on Milwaukee's beautiful lakefront.


Funds raised through the Swing with Shorewood auction have been essential for maintaining outstanding academic programs in our schools, as well as arts and physical education programs, counseling services, foreign language instruction, and other programs that attract families to our unique community. Since SEED's inception 11 years ago, we have funded grants and gifted over a million dollars to the General Education Fund.


Community support is critical to the financial success of our event so we hope that you will make a contribution to support Shorewood Schools. This can be done in several ways:

  • Bid on items in the auction program book.
  • Attend a fun evening with your Shorewood neighbors at Discovery World (by printing and submitting the RSVP form).

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Help Us

Help You

Help Your Pet 


As spring approaches, the Department of Public Works asks that residents please remember to bag your animal's droppings.  Placing items unbagged in your kart is unsanitary and makes cleaning your kart difficult.  

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Wanted: Shorewood Foundation Directors  


Do you love living in Shorewood?  Do you enjoy working with other dedicated professionals to make a positive impact on the community? Then consider applying to be a Director for the Shorewood Foundation.  We are looking for committed individuals with financial, event planning, public relations, social media, and/or development/fundraising knowledge to join our volunteer board. Please return an application by April 15.  Please contact Alicia Domack with questions.

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Health Department Highlights



Upcoming Immunization Clinics  

(appointment required)


  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015- 7:30-9 a.m.: Shorewood Office
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015- 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Brown Deer Office

Upcoming Adult Health Clinics  

(appointment required)


  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015- 8-10 a.m.: Brown Deer Office

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North Shore Fire Department Highlights


The North Shore Fire Department (NSFD) has released its 2014 Annual Report. Please take a moment to review this report and see how much value the NSFD adds to every community in the North Shore.

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Community Event Calendar
Shorewood SEED Foundation's Swing Auction Event
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 6 p.m.
Discovery World  
(See article for more info)
Shorewood Women's Club Meeting
Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 1 p.m.
Village Center
The  speaker is Dr. Magda Peck, Founding Dean of the UWM Joseph J. Zilber School of Public  Health.  St. Patrick's Day refreshments will be provided. 
Shorewood High School Spring Band Concert
Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School Auditorium 
Friends of MADACC Soiree for Strays Benefit
Friday, March 20, 2015, 6 p.m.
Hot Water WhereHouse
818 S. Water Street
League of Women Voters and Grassroots North Shore Election Forum
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Village Library
Meet the candidates for Village Trustee

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 School District Spring Break-Schools Closed

Monday, March 30-Friday, April 3, 2015


Shorewood, WI
In This Issue
Village Board Agenda
Neighborhood of the Year!
Central District Master Plan Update
Metro Market Redevelopment
Volunteer Opportuniies
Shorewood Reads Update
History of the Metro Market Construction Site
Maker Faire Comes to Shorewood!
SEED Foundation Swing Event
Pick-up, Wrap-up, Throw-out
More Volunteer Opportunities
Health Department Highlights
Fire Department Highlights
Calendar of Events 

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

Municipal Court
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room

School Board Meeting
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School Library

Shorewood Business Improvement District Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.
Village Hall Committee Room

Special Village Board Meeting
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room

Discussion of Sanitary Sewer and Stormwater Facility Plan Update

Plan Commission Meeting
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Village Center

Design Review Board
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Village Hall Court Room

School Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School Library
Quotes of the Week

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."


-Eleanor Roosevelt 

Health Tip 


Avoid heavy drinking.


Heavy drinking can lead to problems including high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, psychological problems and accidents.  
For suggestions, visit the CDC website.  


Environmental Tip


About 35% of all electricity produced is used to run homes. The EPA estimates that each homeowner could reduce home electricity use by 30% by just using energy more wisely and purchasing energy efficient products, such as unplugging seldom-used appliances and electronics. 

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