- Walt Disney
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 Highlights

The Village Board met on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Court Room. All agenda materials can be accessed on the Village website.  These are the agenda items that the Board took action on during the meeting:

  1. Approved Presentation of Accounts July 20, 2015
  2. Approved Appointment of Donna Pollock and Henry Tomasiewicz for Three Year Terms on the Conservation Committee 
  3. Approved Disallowance of Claim for Mike Brietbach
  4. Approved Trick or Treat Date and Times for 2015 to be Saturday, October 31 from 1-4 p.m.
  5. Approved Resolution 2015-09 Regarding the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 2014 Compliance Maintenance Annual Report
  6. Presented on DPW Facility Master Plan
  7. Approved Professional Services Agreement for Pavement Boring Services related to 2016 Infrastructure Improvement Programs
  8. Approved Right-of-way Easement for Oakland Avenue Redevelopment (Metro Market) Project between E. Kenmore Place and E. Olive Street
  9. Approved Special Event Permit for 5K Race for St. Robert's Parish
  10. Approved Ordinance 2054 - No Parking after 10 p.m. and before 5 a.m. on N. Lake Drive in front of Atwater Beach

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 were sent out mid-July. Open Book meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, July 29 from 12-3:30 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. as well as Thursday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. 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.

The Village of Shorewood Welcomes Two New Staff Members

The Village of Shorewood welcomed two new employees July 6. Tanya O'Malley is the new Clerk-Treasurer who replaced Sherry Grant, and Joel Kolste is the new Assistant Public Works Director who replaced Paul Wasemiller.


O'Malley previously worked for the Village of Fox Point for over 7 years.  O'Malley was the Village Clerk in Fox Point for 6 of those years and served as Fox Point's Clerk-Treasurer for the last 18 months before being hired by the Village of Shorewood.  Prior to her years at Fox Point, O'Malley worked 9 years for the City of Fitchburg in multiple roles which included Deputy City Clerk, Confidential Administrative Assistant and LTE Office Assistant. O'Malley received a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance / Pedagogy from Alverno College and became a Wisconsin Certified Municipal Clerk in 2006.  


As the Clerk-Treasurer for Shorewood, O'Malley will be in charge of elections, licensing administration, property tax processing and records retention.  In her free time, O'Malley enjoys geocaching and reading.  O'Malley stated, "I chose to apply for the position because Shorewood is a welcoming place with a strong sense of community.  I am very excited to serve as Shorewood's Clerk-Treasurer."


Kolste previously worked for the City of Sheboygan's Department of Public Works as the Street Department Superintendent for the past three years.  His prior experience includes 12 years as a Construction Inspector/Manager for Bonestroo (Engineering Consultants) and 8 years as a Field Technician  for SM&P Utility Locating.  Kolste has an Associates Degree in Natural Resources and is a member of the American Public Works Association - Wisconsin Chapter.  


As Assistant Public Works Director, Kolste will be part of the management team and involved with all Public Works projects. In his free time, he likes to camp, bike and go boat fishing. Kolste stated, "I previously worked for the Village as a consultant working on street reconstruction projects.  I enjoyed my time working with the Department of Public Works staff and the Village of Shorewood residents.  As a public works employee, being part of a progressive community is exciting."


Feel free to contact Tanya O'Malley at tomalley@villageofshorewood.org and Joel Kolste at jkolste@villageofshorewood.org if you have any questions.


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 

Take a Field Trip through History at the Village Hall

A timeline of Shorewood history in pictures and text is on display in Village Hall in the Customer Service Area. The timeline is conveyed on four large banners which tell the story of a definable period in Shorewood history:

  1. From the River to the Lake 1831-1900: geography, geology, early settlers and businesses
  2. Building Our Village 1908-1930: population boom requires homes, schools and village services
  3. Shorewood Responds to Mid-Century Challenges 1928-1950: Depression and World War II are times of crisis and opportunity
  4. Preserving our Past- Ensuring our Future 1957 - present: maintaining our aging village and welcoming new residents

The Shorewood Historical Society created the banners as part of their "Shorewood Stories - From the River to the Lake" project.  Additional subject-specific banners will be created for display within the village.


Village Hall visitors can also examine the historical pictures around the banners and the carpet that is hanging in the stairwell at the back of the building. The carpet was made by women working for the WPA Handicraft Project in the 1930s and was used in the Village Manager's Office for many years.


For more information on the Historical Society's "Shorewood Stories" project, email shorewoodhistory@yahoo.com or call 414.847.2726.

The Final Shorewood Summer Concert Series Event planned for August 5

The final Shorewood Summer Concert series concert occurs Wednesday, August 5 at 6 p.m. at the beautiful Hubbard Park.  De la Buena 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.   

Shorewood National Night Out on August 13

The Shorewood National Night Out is scheduled for Thursday, August 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Village Center, 3920 N. Murray Ave.  National Night Out is an anti-crime and drug prevention event that provides an opportunity for public safety agencies to interact with the public.


Events for the night include:  At 5 p.m., the Jaws of Life demonstration presented by North Shore Fire Department.  At 6 p.m., a K9 demonstration presented by House of Corrections K9 Unit.  At 6:30 p.m., a self defense demonstration presented by DefenseWORKS.  Finally, at 7 p.m., door prize drawings will occur.  Door prizes have been donated from Masterlock and the Green Bay Packers.  Participants must be present in order to be eligible to win prizes.   


Burgermeister Food Truck and Fresh Farm Bowls will be at the event to provide food and beverages.  Participants that finish the scavenger hunt will also be eligible to receive a prize.


For additional information, please visit the Village Calendar on the  Village's website and click on the event.  

Shorewood School District Announces Tennis Courts at Lake Bluff Receives Funding

A combination of Shorewood community organizations and individual donors have reached the fundraising goal to support the installation of two new tennis courts at Lake Bluff Elementary School. Fundraising efforts in conjunction with the retirement of Principal Juffer and Sonja Juffer helped to raise $10,000 for the project from over 120 donors, including Lake Bluff alumnus and former tennis pro and current broadcaster Leif Shiras. The Shorewood Foundation donated $10,000 to support the project, while the Village of Shorewood invested $50,000, and the Shorewood School District provided $140,000 from its Recreation Fund for a total of $210,000. The $210,000 will also include storm water drain installation. 


The new tennis courts will be located on the northeast part of the Lake Bluff Elementary School property. The project has been in consideration since 2010, and is included in the Village's Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. The $50,000 Village contribution for the project was recommended for approval by the Village Parks Commission and approved by the Village Board.


Now that total project funding has been secured, the Shorewood School District will announce an RFP (Request for Proposals), requesting competitive bids on the project in the coming weeks, with a tentative plan to select a vendor by Fall 2015 and launch the project in June 2016, at the end of the 2015-16 school year. The project is expected to take approximately three months to complete, with a tentative completion time frame of September 2016. As part of the project, additional lines will be implemented on the courts for Futsal, a variant of soccer played on smaller playing areas, which will add a multi-purpose dimension to the courts. As the RFP for the tennis courts project is announced and a vendor is subsequently selected, announcements will be shared via the Shorewood School District and Village of Shorewood websites and communications channels.


Shorewood community soccer organizers have confirmed that another practice field location at Estabrook Park has been identified and secured, which makes the Lake Bluff practice soccer field unnecessary for future soccer practices. The Shorewood School District is also working with local neighbors on strategies to minimize neighborhood impact from the tennis courts. The Lake Bluff Tennis Courts will close at sundown, and will not have lighting that would permit play after dark.


For questions and more information about the Lake Bluff Tennis Courts project, please contact Shorewood School District Communications Coordinator Katelin Watson at kwatson@shorewood.k12.wi.us.  Residents can read the full details of the tennis court project announcement on the Shorewood School District website.

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 11:30 a.m. at the market booth. For more information, "like" the Shorewood Farmers Market Facebook page.

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.

Meet Shorewood's New Twins!

Two 5,000 gallon rainwater catchment cisterns are now situated at the Public Works building along Morris Blvd.  When it rains, the rainwater runs off the Public Works building and goes right into the two water cisterns.  The water is filled into water trucks and used for watering landscape plantings on Oakland Ave.  A 3/4 inch rainfall can fill both of these containers! So far this year not one drop of city water was used for watering. These cisterns were purchased with support of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

New to Shorewood or Moving Out?

If you have recently moved to Shorewood or planning on moving out, your input is very important!  We continue to look for ways to improve our community and welcome your thoughts.  Please take a few minutes to complete a brief one-page survey.  Let us know where you're moving from or moving to, things you like about  Shorewood or things that you feel need to improve.  Your honesty is appreciated and your anonymity is guaranteed.  Thank you for sharing.


Sustainable Shorewood Tip of the Week        

Bathroom lighting is one of the most used fixtures. In addition to replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs, controlling the humidity in your bathroom will help increase bulb life. It's encouraged to run your bathroom's ventilation fan during showers and baths, and for 15 minutes afterward, to save your CFL bulbs. If you have to install a bathroom ventilation fan, expect to pay between $50 and $200 for a quality system, plus installation. You can save approximately $6 per bulb for every CFL bulb you don't have to replace.

  - Wisconsin Public Service

Health Department Highlights        

Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs and over 800,000 of those require medical attention. The most common victims are children and senior citizens.


Any dog or cat bite should be reported to the police or health department. Follow up will then be completed in accordance with Wisconsin State Statute 95.21, the rabies control program. This includes confining the animal for 10 days and completing three checkups by a veterinarian. For more information or clarification, please contact your local police or health department.


Tips to prevent dog bites: (Please visit the ASPCA website for more information)

  • Learn and respect canine body language                                         
  • Keep dogs inside (not chained or left outside alone)
  • Don't disturb a dog while sleeping or eating                                    
  • Don't allow children to climb on, grab or tug at a dog
  • Teach children proper ways to show affection                                 
  • Ask before petting a strange dog
  • Work with puppies on bite inhibition                                                
  • Seek professional help for aggressive behavior

Health Tip

Never leave your child alone in a car.  Believe it or not, routines and distractions have caused people to mistakenly leave children behind in cars. As the sun gets stronger, a child can die of hyperthermia (heat stroke).  Place a cell phone, purse, briefcase, gym bag or whatever is to be carried from the car on the floor in front of a child in a backseat. This triggers adults to see children when they open the rear door and reach for their belongings.


Last Week at the North Shore Health Department

The Health Department, North Shore Fire/Rescue, Safe Kids Southeastern Wisconsin, and Kohl's Cares participated in a car seat check event at the North Shore Fire Department in Brown Deer. The event was a success with over 15 car seats being installed or corrected.  To find a car seat event near you visit the Safe Kids SEWI website.




Upcoming Immunization Clinic (appointment required)

  • July 28, 2015- 4-4:30 p.m.: North Shore Library


Upcoming Adult Health Clinic (appointment required)

  • July 28, 2015- 8-10 a.m.: Shorewood Office


Upcoming Blood Pressure Clinic (no appointment necessary)

  • July 28, 2015- 3:30-4 p.m.: North Shore Library


To make an appointment or contact the North Shore Health Department, call 414.371.2980 or visit our website.

Upcoming Community Events

Summer Library Celebration

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

Shorewood Public Library


Surfrider Foundation - Contained in Water

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

Colectivo (in Shorewood)


Movie Under the Stars - "Paddington"

Friday, July 31, 2015 from 8:30-10 p.m.

Lake Bluff School Field 


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)


National Night Out

Thursday, August 13 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Village Center


Surfrider Foundation - Surf @Water

Saturday, August 22, 2015 (All day event)

Atwater Beach

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