- Vince Lombardi
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.

Village Board Upcoming Meetings

The next Village Board Meeting will be Monday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m.  There will also be a special meeting with the Village Board on Monday, August 31 at 6 p.m. to discuss the Village of Shorewood's Long Range Financial Plan.  Feel free to check out the Village of Shorewood calendar for updates on the Village Board schedule.

Village Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada announced that the Village of Shorewood received the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.  The Village of Shorewood gives a big thank you to Finance Director Mark Emanuelson for helping the Village achieve this extraordinary accomplishment!


The award represents a significant achievement for the Village. It reflects the commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, entities had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as:

  • A policy document
  • A financial plan
  • An operations guide
  • A communications device
Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories to receive the award.  A Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation has been awarded to the Village of Shorewood.  The Village looks forward to continuing its budgeting excellence and ensuring a transparent budgeting process for the entire community.

Street and Parking Lot Maintenance to Begin

The Village of Shorewood Department of Public Works has contracted with Farhner Asphalt to complete routine parking lot and street maintenance as part of the 2015 Street Maintenance Program. Work will begin August 11 and is anticipated to be completed in two weeks.


Parking lot maintenance will include crack filling, patching, seal coating and line striping of several municipal lots throughout the Village. It is anticipated that each parking lot will be closed for a minimum two day period. This work is weather dependent. Work will resume on the next available dry day.




August 11 - 12       

  • Hubbard Park Municipal Lot
  • Menlo Municipal Lot
  • River Park South Lot
  • River Park Athletic Field Lot
  • Zien/4400 Oakland Municipal Lot

 August 13 - 14       

  • River Park North Lot

Street maintenance will also be performed during the same time period and includes crack filling of various streets throughout the Village. Streets will remain open to thru traffic but will require parking restrictions to complete the work. Parking restrictions will be posted the evening prior to the work being performed.


The parking lot work and the street work are very weather dependent and schedules change often. Please anticipate schedule adjustments during the next several weeks. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Public Works at 414.847.2650 or contact the Village Hall at 414.847.2700. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Police Department Facility Update

The Village Board will meet on Monday, August 17 to discuss the best solution to the Shorewood Police Department's need for a new facility. Since 2006, Village and Police officials have been researching alternatives to the current headquarters. Constructed in 1927, the building is too small, lacks functionality and no longer adequately serves the needs of a modern law enforcement agency.


Village staff and officials inform residents on the progress of the Police Department facility discussion through weekly updates to the website and other communication avenues.   


For more information or questions on this project, contact Police Chief Peter Nimmer at 414.847.2610 or Village Manager Chris Swartz at 414.847.2701. 

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.
The Surfrider Foundation's upcoming 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 
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 who 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 Water Coaster Project is Ready to Launch on August 14

From mid-August to mid-September visit one of four local pubs and get a Shorewood Water Coaster with your beverage. Then post your water protect'n and conserve'n ideas with a picture of you and your coaster or any beautiful Shorewood image on the Shorewood Waters Facebook page.

Celebrate Lake Michigan Day on August 14, a statewide event, by stopping in for a coaster at either Camp Bar, Harry's Bar and Grill, Hubbard Park Lodge or Three Lions Pub and give a toast to our great Lake Michigan.


You'll be entered in a random weekly contest to win a $50 bar gift certificate and Shorewood Waters Project package. The Shorewood Water Coasters are part of the Shorewood Waters Project of the Village of Shorewood. 

Visit http://www.villageofshorewood.org/shorewoodwatersproject  for more details or call 414.588.0617. 

Shorewood Celebrates Employees' Years of Service

Congratulations are in order for 11 Village employees who reached service milestones of 5, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years this year. Their contributions to the Village of Shorewood and the residents are greatly appreciated.  Their hard work and dedication are duly noted.


Congratulations to:

DepartmentYears of Service
Russ FalkowskiPublic Works30
Scott BohmPublic Works25
Robin MuellerPublic Works25
Leeann BuschlickPublic Works20
Jeffrey SchmidtPolice20
Nancy ShimonLibrary20
Gary LendaPolice15
Deanna OttoPolice15
Matt GramsPolice5
Ashley RiederPolice5
Crystal KopydlowskiPlanning and Development5

Minecraft Competition at the Shorewood Library

The Shorewood Library will be hosting a Minecraft Competition for teens/tweens 

entering 4th grade and up on Thursday, August 6 from 2-4 p.m.  


Participants will use Minecraft creative mode - and their skills and imaginations! - to design and build structures. Structures will then be judged by staff and volunteers and prizes will be awarded to the top choices. 

Kids are welcome to bring their own device to play on, or they can register to use one of the library's computers by calling the library at 414.847.2670. 


All participants must have their own Minecraft accounts. More specific rules will be explained on the day of the competition. 

Summer Reading Wraps Up August 15

Summer Reading programs for tots, kids and teens ends Saturday, August 15. Kids should complete their goal and turn in their logs to receive an awesome prize pack of coupons. 


Everyone who completed the program is also entered in a drawing for some big, special prizes too!


As the end of Summer Reading approaches, summer programs wind down too. Check out our full August calendar for the details on the last few programs of the summer.



Wild & Scenic Film Festival Takes Place August 7

SYRCL's 5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival - A Wild Life - will take place on Friday, August 7
from 5-10 p.m., hosted by the River Revitalization Foundation.  The event is located 2134 N. Riverboat Rd., Milwaukee, at Wheelhouse Park. The festival begins at 5 p.m. and the film program begins at dusk.  


Festival activities include a climbing wall, hiking and paddling.  An outdoor inflatable screen will be set up in the park showing two hours of short environmental films, including the feature "Myanmar Bridges to Change."  The River Revitalization Foundation encourages participants to walk, bike or paddle down to the event. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.  Food will be available from SushiGO! food truck.


Tickets to the event are free.  Contact the River Revitalization Foundation at 414.271.8000 or at http://www.milwaukeerrf.org.

Safety Reminder to Motorists and Pedestrians

The Shorewood Police Department would like to remind motorists to look out for pedestrians at all times. Both drivers and pedestrians need to "Stay Alert".  Distractions are everywhere today and are becoming more and more difficult to avoid.  Drivers and pedestrians both share the responsibility of keeping themselves and others safe on the roadways. 


The Shorewood Police Department recently engaged in a proactive pedestrian safety enforcement initiative at the uncontrolled intersections on North Oakland Avenue focusing on motorists failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians in the crosswalk. During the initiative an officer attempted to cross Oakland Avenue 30 times, motorists were required to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in the crosswalk.  Motorists yielded the right of way 28 out of 30 times. Enforcement action was taken on the two infractions of failure to yield the right of way.   


Additionally, during the initiative officers observed 30 other times that motorists would be required to yield the right of way to a single pedestrian or group of pedestrians crossing North Oakland Avenue using the crosswalks at those intersections. Motorists yielded the right of way for those pedestrians 29 of the 30 instances. Officers did take enforcement action in the one instance that a motorist failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in the crosswalk.


Motorists need to be vigilant of pedestrians and pedestrians need to be vigilant of motorists. Make sure you are seen and make eye contact with drivers when crossing the streets. Use extra caution when crossing at night; pedestrians will see a vehicle approaching at night before a driver will see you.

Shorewood Farmers Market Continues to be a Big Hit!

The Shorewood Farmers Market continues to be an overwhelmingly big hit for the community! Over 20 vendors are selling produce and artisanal food products weekly, rain or shine.  


You can get weekly recipes using 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.

Radon Test Kits Available at North Shore Health Department Offices

Radon is a radioactive gas and the second leading cause of lung cancer according to the Surgeon General. You can't see it, smell it, or taste it but your home could be affected. 


A short term test kit measures the radon levels in the air and remains in your home for 2 days. It is a simple and easy test to use and is available for just $2 at the North Shore Health Department.  


Visit our two offices--in Shorewood or Brown Deer-- and get your kit today!

Sustainable Shorewood Tip of the Week        

Americans travel approximately three trillion miles annually--the equivalent of 6.2 million round-trips to the moon. Transportation accounts for 71% of U.S. oil use, mostly for gas. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to improve your gas mileage or avoid using gas altogether. 


* Avoid idling. Think about it; idling gets you 0 miles per gallon. The best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it. No more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days is needed. Anything more simply wastes fuel and increases emissions. 


* Avoid aggressive driving, such as speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking, which can lower your highway gas mileage by up to 33% and your city mileage by 5%. 


* Avoid high speeds. Above 50 mph, gas mileage drops rapidly. For every 5 mph above 50 mph, it's like paying an additional $0.25 per gallon of gasoline. 


* Avoid keeping heavy items in your car; an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could increase your gas costs by up to $.07 cents per gallon. 


* Reduce drag by placing items inside the car or trunk rather than on roof racks, which can decrease your fuel economy by 5% or more. 


* Combine errands. Several short trips, each one taken from a cold start, can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. 


  - U.S. Department of Energy

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?

The primary carriers of the rabies virus in Wisconsin are bats and skunks.  Humans and other domestic animals almost always become infected from exposure to one of these carriers.  The last four cases of rabies occurred in 1959, 2000, 2004 and 2010 and all of the cases acquired the disease from an infected bat. 


To prevent exposure:

  • Stay away from all wild animals, especially those acting abnormally.
  • Exclude bats from living quarters by keeping screens in good repair and closing any small openings that could allow access.
  • Vaccinate pet dogs, cats, ferrets, and livestock against rabies.

Keep in mind bat bites or scratches can be very hard to identify and may go unnoticed. If you have been or think you may have been bitten, scratched or had physical contact with a bat, skunk, or other animal that could possibly carry the rabies virus contact your local health department. The most effective thing you can do is immediately clean the wound with soap and water. If the animal is still around DO NOT destroy or release it until consulting with a public health authority. The local health department will then talk you through what to do next depending on what type of animal bit you, if the animal is available for testing or observation, and if post-exposure prophylaxis is recommended. 


REMEMBER: Exposure does not always result in rabies and if preventive treatment is obtained promptly following exposure, virtually all cases of rabies can be prevented. However, if preventive treatment is not administered, once signs of rabies develop, the disease is almost always fatal. Prevent the spread of rabies and contact your local health department for more information or visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/rabies/index.htm


Health Tip

August is National Breastfeeding Month.  Breast milk has disease-fighting anti-bodies that can help protect infants from several types of illnesses and mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of health problems including breast cancer and type 2 diabetes.  Women have the right to breastfeed their child in any public or private location where both are authorized to be and are protected by Wisconsin State Statute 253.165. The Fair Labor Standards Act also requires employers to provide reasonable break time to express breast milk for a nursing child until one (1) year after the birth and a place other than a bathroom to be used for expressing milk. Help protect our children by giving mothers the support and encouragement they need to breastfeed.


For more information, please visit http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/ or to view the State statutes visit http://legis.wisconsin.gov/rsb/stats.html




Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required):

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015: 10-11 a.m. - Brown Deer Office
  • Thursday, August 13, 2015: 3-4:30 p.m. - Shorewood Office
To make an appointment contact the North Shore Health Department atl 414.371.2980 or visit our website.
Upcoming Community Events

Minecraft Competition

Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 2-4 p.m.

Shorewood Library


Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Friday, August 7, 2015 from 5-10 p.m.

2134 N. Riverboat Road - Wheelhouse 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


Launch of Shorewood Waters Coasters Project

Starting Thursday, August 14

Camp Bar, Harry's Bar & Grill, Hubbard Park Lodge or Three Lions Pub


Surfrider Foundation - Surf @Water

Saturday, August 22, 2015 (All day event)

Atwater Beach

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