- Christopher Columbus
For information on upcoming Board, Committee and Commission meetings as well as other government-related meetings and events, please follow the link above to the Village Government Calendar.

July 20 Village Board Agenda

The Village Board will meet on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Court Room. These are the agenda items that the Board will take action on during the meeting:

  1. Consider Presentation of Accounts July 20, 2015
  2. Consider Appointment of Donna Pollock and Henry Tomasiewicz for Three Year Terms on the Conservation Committee.  
  3. Consider Disallowance of Claim for Mike Brietbach
  4. Consider Resolution 2015-09 Regarding the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 2014 Compliance Maintenance Annual Report
  5. Presentation on DPW Facility Master Plan
  6. Consider Professional Services Agreement for Pavement Boring Services related to 2016 Infrastructure Improvement Programs
  7. Consider Special Event Permit for 5K Race for St. Robert's Parish
  8. Consider Ordinance 2054 No Parking after 10 p.m. and before 5 a.m. on N. Lake Drive in front of Atwater Beach

Code Compliance Changes in State's 2015-2017 Budget

The 2015-2017 State budget has taken away one of Shorewood's primary tools to maintain property values and stabilize neighborhoods.  Since 1980, Shorewood has had a comprehensive time of sale code compliance program.  This program was established as a means to protect and preserve properties in the Village by requiring all residences and commercial buildings to be inspected by the Village prior to sale.  The elimination of this program was requested of the Legislators by the Wisconsin Realtors Association a day before the State budget was considered.  This action could have a devastating impact on property values and neighborhood stability in Shorewood and other municipalities with an older housing stock.


The importance of the program cannot be overstated.  Most homes in Shorewood were built in the late 'teens through early 1930's.  The mix of homes--Tudor, Dutch colonial, Georgian revival, Milwaukee bungalow, neoclassical and craftsman-style--provides attractive and interesting neighborhoods.  Maintaining these homes keeps property values high and our neighborhoods strong and safe.


The Village staff is reviewing alternative policies for the Village Board to consider in order to assure our residents that Shorewood will maintain property values and strong, vital neighborhoods.  It is imperative to our community that our aging housing stock continues to be high quality.


Village Property Assessments

The Village of Shorewood has contracted with Accurate Appraisal, LLC to conduct property assessment work for 2015-2017.  Accurate Appraisal has over 15 years of experience and currently works with 98 Wisconsin municipalities on assessments. 


This year, Accurate Appraisal physically viewed only new constructions and remodels as well as those properties whose owners had requested a walk-through. These field inspections occurred last week.  


Value change notices will be sent out mid-July with Open Book meetings held on Wednesday, July 29 and Thursday, July 30 at Village Hall. Open Book is an opportunity for you as a property owner to:

  • address concerns with your assessment;
  • learn how the assessment was calculated;
  • see how market activity influenced the assessment; and
  • determine how your property compares to similar properties in the neighborhood.

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Accurate Appraisal LLC at 1.800.770.3927 or email info@accurateassessor.com.

Shorewood Men's Club Community Blood Drive July 18

The Shorewood Men's Club is holding a Community Blood Drive on Saturday, July 18, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in the lower level of the Village Center, 3920 N Murray Avenue.  


Donors are encouraged to contact Jeff Hanewall at 414.687.7418 to schedule an appointment. 


Walk-ins to donate are also welcome.  The Shorewood Men's Club thanks you for your consideration to donate.

Spotlight on the Shorewood Foundation

The Shorewood Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organization serving the Shorewood community since 1964.  The Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the beauty of the village and the quality of life for residents.  The Foundation has used the combined donations received from individuals throughout the years to:
  • Sponsor the annual 4th of July fireworks at Atwater Park since they began.
  • Sponsor the new Shorewood Farmers Market, held Sundays, through November 1, at Atwater School's west playground.
  • Provide two (2) scholarships for graduating seniors at Shorewood High School.
  • Support the purchase of holiday lights along Oakland Avenue and Capitol Drive.
  • Support many other initiatives of the Village, School District and other community organizations.
The Village of Shorewood offers a special thank to the Shorewood Foundation's Board of Directors for their commitment and devotion to this community.  The Board of Directors for the Shorewood Foundation include:
Jennifer Anderson
Michelle Boehm
Alicia Domack
Catherine Flaherty
Kristin Fraser
Marion Gottschalk
Steve Kavalauskas
Nancy Lizdas
Mary McCormick
Thad Nation
Alan Purintun
Matt Simon
Rose Spano Iannelli
Saj Thachenkary

Each year the Shorewood Foundation holds an annual appeal drive to raise funds to support these various initiatives.  However, you don't have to wait, you can donate any time of the year by visiting their website www.shorewoodfoundation.org or mailing your check to: Shorewood Foundation, c/o Village Hall, 3930 N Murray Avenue, Shorewood WI 53211.

Shorewood Summer Concert Series Continues on July 22

The Shorewood Summer Concert series continues on Wednesday, July 22 at 6 p.m. at the beautiful Hubbard Park.  Five Card Studs, opened by the Shorewood High School Jazz Ensemble, will perform.  The Summer Concert series is free to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Shorewood Men's Club and the support of the Village of Shorewood and Mary Wright of Shorewest Realtors.


Hubbard Park is accessible by the Oak Leaf Trail or on Morris Blvd., 3565 N. Morris Blvd.  Residents are encouraged to purchase food or beverage from the Hubbard Park Lodge.  Residents may also bring a picnic to enjoy the concert.   


The three-part concert series will wrap up with a performance by De La Buena on Wednesday, August 5.

Join us for the Annual Shorewood Library Summer Celebration on July 23!

The Shorewood Public Library is coordinating this year's Summer Celebration on Thursday, July 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the Shorewood Public Library.
Trolley rides, a Culvers sundae bar, face painting and games will all be present for the celebration.
The Milwaukee Brewers' famous racing sausages will also be present to enjoy the festivities.
Enjoy live music from Frogwater throughout the event!  All ages are welcome to attend and enjoy this wonderful community celebration.
The Friends of the Shorewood Public Library are the sponsors for this event.  
If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact the Shorewood Library at 414.847.2670 or email the Shorewood Library at Shorewood@mcfls.org.
Shorewood Farmers Market Continues to be a Big Hit!

The Shorewood Farmers Market is off to a great start! Over 20 vendors are selling produce and artisanal food products weekly rain or shine. You can get weekly recipes to use market products and sample one from a professional meal planner, nutritionist or chef at 11:30am at the market booth. For more information like the Shorewood Farmers Market Facebook page.

Surfrider Foundation - Milwaukee Kicks Off 30 Days to Celebrate
As summer kicks into full gear, local surfers have organized a series of events aimed at heightening awareness and protection of our region's greatest resource: Lake Michigan. Surfrider Foundation - Milwaukee (milwaukee.surfrider.org), a coalition of surf- centric environmentalists, is building on the success of Surf @Water, an event they've hosted for the past two years at Atwater Beach in Shorewood. 
The event has attracted hundreds of people to the beach for a day of fun in the water and a surf film fest after sunset. Due to increased interest, the group felt a need to expand.
30 Days to Celebrate kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 24 with Contained in Water, an opening night exhibition of surf-inspired photography at Colectivo in Shorewood. The exhibition will feature works by several Great Lakes photographers who will donate proceeds from their sales to Surfrider Foundation - Milwaukee. 
The group's second event, The Lakefront Brewery Surf Celebration, will be held on Friday, August 7 at Draft and Vessel in Shorewood from 6 - 10 p.m. The event will feature craft beers from Lakefront Brewery, a gathering of local surfers, and raffle items. 
30 Days to Celebrate will culminate with Surf @Water on Saturday, August 22 at Atwater Beach in Shorewood. This day-long event will begin at sunrise with a paddle session into Lake Michigan and end with a surf film festival on the beach at sunset. The event will also feature a beach blessing, a stand up paddleboard competition, and a skateboard slide jam on the bluff. 
Contact Information: 
Eric Gietzen - Chairman - 414.828.1559 
Kenneth Cole - Vice Chairman - 323.646.0573 

Calling All Gardeners  and their Gardens 

The Friends of the DPW is looking forward to 2016 as the year the Gardens Tour returns to Shorewood.  The Gardens Tour is being planned for Saturday, July 30, 2016.  


The first step in the process is to identify interested gardeners and their gardens.  If you would be interested in showcasing your garden as part of the 2016 Shorewood Gardens Tour, please contact Laura Drexler at 414.305.8022.


Where's Leo?

Shorewood Library's annual summer game is on. Our unofficial mascot, Leo the wooly worm,

is traveling Shorewood this summer in search of adventure. He's already visited the North Shore Fire Department and Shorewood Criterium - where will he go next?


Head to the Library's website, Facebook or Twitter every Monday afternoon to see Leo's latest adventure picture. Submit your guess by the following Monday and be entered in a drawing to win a gift certificate to one of our fave Shorewood hot spots. There's still time to enter this week!

Sustainable Shorewood Tip of the Week        

For laundry, use cold water.  Hot water accounts for 90% of the energy used by washers and cold water is usually just as effective.  However, note that it is still a good idea to use hot water on sheets and bedding to help remove allergens.


 - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health Department Highlights        

The North Shore Health Department encourages you to take some time and visit your local farmers' market (Atwater Elementary School West Playground, Sundays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. through November 1).  Markets offer a place to connect with neighbors, meet local farmers, support local small businesses, and provide nutritious food to neighborhoods in need.  Ask vendors for cooking ideas! 


Check out our website for a list of the markets in the North Shore. 


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Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required):

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. - Shorewood Office

Upcoming Blood Pressure Clinic (no appointment required):

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Shorewood Office
To make an appointment or contact the North Shore Health Department call 414.371.2980 or visit our website at http://www.nshealthdept.org/ 

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Did You Know?  West Nile Virus is a disease transferred to humans by infected mosquitoes. The mosquitoes become infected by feeding off of infected birds and can then transmit the virus to other animals, birds or humans.  Starting in spring, people can report dead birds found near their homes to:Dead Bird Reporting Hotline: 1.800.433.1610.


After reporting to the hotline, the bird can be submitted to the local health department to be sent in for West Nile Virus testing.


Only about 20% of people infected experience mild symptoms that may include fever, headache, eye pain, muscle aches, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes, nausea or vomiting. The best way to prevent an infection is to prevent mosquito bites. This includes:

  • limiting the time spent outdoors at dawn and dusk during mosquito season (June to September) or other times mosquitoes are active
  • wearing shoes, socks, long sleeve shirts and long pants when outdoors
  • applying insect repellents containing an EPA-registered ingredient, such as DEET to exposed skin when outdoors
  • spraying clothing with insect repellents since mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing
  • making sure your home window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry.

Click here for more information on the West Nile Virus.

Upcoming Community Events

Shorewood Men's Club Community Blood Drive

Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Lower Level of the Village Center


DPW Compactor / Recycling Center Open

Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Shorewood Public Works Building


Shorewood Concert Series

Performance by Five Card Studs (opening by SHS Jazz Ensemble)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 6-9 p.m.

Hubbard Park


Library Summer Celebration

Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 6-8 p.m.

Village Center and Library Lawn


Surfrider Foundation - Contained in Water

Friday, July 24, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Colectivo (in Shorewood)


Shorewood Concert Series

Performance by De La Buena

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 6-9 p.m.

Hubbard Park


Surfrider Foundation - The Lakefront Brewery Surf Celebration

Friday, August 7, 2015 from 6 - 10 p.m.

Draft and Vessel (in Shorewood)


Surfrider Foundation - Surf @Water

Saturday, August 22, 2015 (All day event)

Atwater Beach

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