- Margaret Thatcher
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.

September 8 Village Board Highlights

The Village Board met on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Court Room.  These are the agenda items that the Board discussed or took action on during the meeting:
  1. Approved Presentation of Accounts September 8, 2015
  2. Introduced the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan
  3. Deferred Ordinance No. 2055 Amending On-Street Parking Regulations at St. Robert School to a future meeting
  4. Approved Temporary Extension Request Class "B" Premises, Thief Wine, 4512 Oakland Ave., September 17, 2015
  5. Approved Temporary Class "B"/"Class B" License, Atwater Elementary PTO, September 12, 2015
  6. Approved Temporary Cabaret License, Atwater Elementary, September 12, 2015
  7. Approved "Class B" Fermented Malt Beverage and Intoxicating Liquor License - Harbor Shorewood Management, LLC, d/b/a HarborChase of Shorewood, Agent Michele Carlson, 1111 E. Capitol Drive
  8. Approved Resolution 2015-10, Resolution Approving the "Single or Multi-Year Capital" Budget to Purchase a Ladder Truck and Two Ambulances for 2016, 2017 & 2018 and Agreement to Pay Its Share of the "Single or Multi-Year Capital" Budget for 2016, 2017 & 2018
  9. Appointed Tom Hagedorn and Barbara Kiely Miller to Plan Commission
  10. Presented on the Continuous Improvement Initiative

Village of Shorewood 2016 Proposed Budget and Long Range Financial Plan Released

The Village of Shorewood released the 2016 proposed budget and the 2016-2025 Long Range Financial Plan.

Village of Shorewood staff met with the Village Board on August 31 to discuss the Long Range Financial Plan.  The Long Range Financial Plan is used to review and analyze ways the Village will be impacted by long-range financial commitments such as state imposed property tax limits, pending employee retirements and significant upcoming capital infrastructure replacements.  

By projecting these financial impacts, the Village is able to make strategic decisions related to financial policies, tax levies and utility rates so that the Village has a sound financial future.  The Long Range Financial Plan can be reviewed here.

Village of Shorewood staff will be meeting with the Village Board on five different nights in the Village Hall Court Room to go through the 2016 proposed budget.  Down below are the following dates and times of those presentations.  Residents can access the 2016 Proposed Budget here.
  • Monday, September 14 at 6 p.m. - Village budget overview, General Fund overview, Debt service, Village Manager's Office and Finance Department overviews.
  • Thursday, September 17 at 6 p.m. - Clerk/Treasurer, Customer Service, Planning, Police and Public Works overviews, General Fund detailed questions, General Capital budget and requests, TID information.
  • Wednesday, September 23 at 6 p.m. - Marketing presentation and discussion, Shorewood Today
  • Monday, September 28 at 6 p.m. - Utilities, Library presentation, Senior Resource Center presentation
  • Monday, October 12 at 6 p.m. - Wrap-up with Village Board, final summary presentation
Summary of 2015 Assessed Values for the Village of Shorewood
The 2015 assessed values for the Village of Shorewood increased .09% overall with commercial values increasing 5.52% and residential values declining 1.01%, based on assessments completed this summer by Accurate Appraisal.  Based on 2014 sales, the average assessed value increase for a single family home in Shorewood was 2.2% from 2014 to 2015 while the average decrease in value for duplex and flats in the community was 9.3% and the average value decrease for Shorewood condominiums was 10.9%. 

Lee De Groot, president of Accurate Appraisal, which currently works with 98 Wisconsin municipalities on assessments, stated that for 2015, "things are heating up in terms of home sales and business development." 

All 2015 assessed values can be found on the Village website by accessing the following link.

Show Us Your Shorewood Water Coasters - Contest Ends September 13!

This is the LAST WEEK to stop by either Camp Bar, Three Lions Pub, Harry's Bar and Grill or Hubbard Park Lodge and Beer Garden to get a Shorewood Waters Coaster.
Then go ahead and post great pictures of Shorewood and "Like" the Shorewood Waters Project Facebook page. You'll get entered into the contest to win a $50 gift certificate for Three Lions Pub and Shorewood Waters package.  
Check-out down below these great pictures from Nathan Giggle and Stephanie!
Week 3 Winner: Patricia Brien Rieck! Thanks for playing and learning more about Shorewood's waters.  

2015 Chimney Swift Count on September 13

Residents are encouraged to participate in this year's Annual Chimney Swift Count as part of Shorewood's participation in Bird City Wisconsin.  A Chimney Swift is a type of bird. 

The count will take place on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 20 minutes before to 10 minutes after sunset (6:45 to 7:15 p.m.) on the corner of E. Capitol Drive and Maryland Avenue.

Last year, observers counted 211 chimney swifts circle and then dive into their chimney roosts. Observers commented that it is an amazing sight to see.

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a Chimney Swift is a "bird best identified by silhouette.  The smudge-gray Chimney Swift nimbly maneuvers over rooftops, fields, and rivers to catch insects. Its tiny body, curving wings, and stiff, shallow wingbeats give it a flight style as distinctive as its fluid, chattering call. This enigmatic little bird spends almost its entire life airborne. When it lands, it can't perch-it clings to vertical walls inside chimneys or in hollow trees or caves. This species has suffered sharp declines as chimneys fall into disuse across the continent."

Plein Air Shorewood Celebration on 
September 17-19

The artists are coming! Plein Air Shorewood - the outdoor art competition and community celebration returns for a third year from Thursday, September 17 through Saturday, September 19. 

Join in the Instagram competition for $100 gift certificate.

Don't miss the following events:
  • Thursday, September 17 will have an Evening Urban Cityscape Quickpaint and Shopwalk; Block Party at 4500 N. Oakland "Kensington Square" at Three Lions Pub. Bands and entertainment. Milwaukee Art Museum Kohl's Color Wheels activities for kids!
  • Friday, September 18 will have a free breakfast at Atwater Park and celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Plensa Sculpture from 7-9 a.m.  Later, the Hubbard Park Concert Area will have live music and a cash bar/food from 5-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 19 will have an all day tented art gallery and sale, live music, cash bar/food on the front lawn of the high school from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  There will be an awards ceremony from 5-6 p.m.
Plein Air Shorewood is selling T-Shirts at Village Hall from now through September 30.  The cost for a T-Shirt is $10, and $5 goes to support this wonderful event!  Sizes available range from Small (S) to XXL.

Learn more about the artists on the Plein Air website, and follow Plein Air on Facebook and Twitter.

Shorewood Connects Team Seeks Walkers for the Alzheimer's Association Walk

Shorewood Connects invites all residents to be a part of the Shorewood Connects Team of walkers for the annual Alzheimer's Association Walk.

Please join us for the 2-mile walk to be held on Sunday, September 20 at 10 a.m. beginning and ending at the Summerfest Grounds.

Registration for the event is easy!  Go to the following link and find the Shorewood Connects Team Page.  Thank you to all those participating and supporting the Shorewood Connects Team.
Barktoberfest Scheduled for September 26
The dog friendly event, Barktoberfest, will take place on Saturday, September 26 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Estabrook Park Beer Garden.
Pack your picnic basket and gather your pooch, family and friends in the spirit of Munich's Hofbräuhaus. Join Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks (ROMP) for an afternoon of tail-waggin' fun. 

Enjoy live music with Sigmund Snopek, food and libations from the Estabrook Park Beer Garden along with lots of activities for your four-legged friend including agility and lure courses and dozens of dog centric booths.  

Volunteers are needed.  Please sign up here

Polio Epidemic Delayed the Start of School in 1944

1944 was a particularly bad year for polio in southeast Wisconsin and Shorewood had a higher per capita rate than any other community.  By mid-August, 18 cases of polio (primarily children) were reported in Shorewood in just over a month.  Two victims had died. By August 24, Shorewood's Health Board ordered a quarantine for all children under 16 years of age.  All children were confined to their homes or back yards.  Health officials and police enforced the quarantine. According to the papers of the day, people had a lot of questions, but were generally cooperative with the quarantine because of their fear of the disease.  Milwaukee and other suburbs also imposed quarantines although they had fewer per capita cases.

People's fear intensified because they did not know what caused the crippling disease.  Because there were more reported cases in summer, some theories focused on transmission through water and swimming pools were closed.  A wading pool on the Lake bluff school grounds was eliminated. Residents were encouraged to make sure that garbage can covers were tightly in place to prevent access to rotting food. A field survey was conducted to map all reported cases with anyone the victims had contact with, hoping that behavior patterns would help determine cause.
After several weeks of no new reported cases the ban was finally lifted on September 25 and Shorewood schools opened. One can only imagine the pent-up energy that students brought with them to that first day of school.

News reports said there were a total of 27 reported cases in Shorewood  in 1944. The Salk vaccine to prevent the polio virus was developed in 1955.

(Shorewood polio quarantine taken from Shorewood Historical Society collection of Health Department files)

Learn About Writing with Local Author Lauren Fox

Don't miss an evening with local writer Lauren Fox on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Shorewood Public Library. 

Lauren will discuss her latest book, Days of Awe, and also talk about the writing process, what it's like to be a writer from Shorewood, and answer your questions about writing, getting published and more. 

We are thrilled to be welcoming Lauren, and invite you to come celebrate amazing local talent - and learn about creative writing from a local expert. 
Have you checked out Shorewood's Farmers Market yet?

Shorewood Farmers Market is open every Sunday through November 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  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.

Sustainable Shorewood Tip of the Week        

Be bright about light - Artificial lighting accounts for 44 percent of the electricity use in office buildings.
  • Make it a habit to turn off the lights when you're leaving any room for 15 minutes or more and utilize natural light when you can.
  • Make it a policy to buy Energy Star-rated lightbulbs and fixtures, which use at least two-thirds less energy than regular lighting, and install timers or motion sensors that automatically shut off lights when they're not needed.
Maximize computer efficiency - Computers in the business sector unnecessarily waste $1 billion worth of electricity a year.
  • Make it a habit to turn off your computer-and the power strip it's plugged into-when you leave for the day. Otherwise, you're still burning energy even if you're not burning the midnight oil. During the day, setting your computer to go to sleep automatically during short breaks can cut energy use by 70 percent. Remember, screen savers don't save energy.
 Print smarter - The average U.S. office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper a year.
  • Make it a habit to print on both sides or use the back side of old documents for faxes, scrap paper, or drafts. Avoid color printing and print in draft mode whenever feasible.
  • Recycle toner and ink cartridges.
- John Carroll University

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
September 28 is World Rabies Day. While cases of human rabies are rare, the CDC reports that roughly 6% of bats submitted for testing by the public test positive for rabies. Wisconsin's last human rabies case was in 2010. Rabies is contracted by exposure to a rabid animal usually through a bite. Bites and scratches from bats in particular may go unnoticed if a person is sleeping, is very young, or is mentally incapacitated. 

If you know or suspect you were bitten by an animal, immediately clean the area and scrub wounds with liberal amounts of soap and water for 10-15 minutes. Notify the North Shore Health Department or local law enforcement when a bite occurs to ensure that the animal is appropriately observed or tested for rabies. Promptly notify your physician. For most people, observation or testing of the biting animal will rule out the possibility of rabies and eliminate the need to undergo further medical treatment. If circumstances warrant, such as an animal not being available for observation or testing, a series of injections for post exposure prevention of rabies may be recommended.

Exposure to rabies may be minimized by the following measures:
  • Eliminate stray dogs and cats and enforce leash laws.
  • Vaccinate pet dogs, cats, ferrets, and livestock against rabies.
  • Stay away from all wild animals, especially those acting abnormally.
  • Teach your children not to approach any unfamiliar animals.
  • Do not keep exotic or wild animals as pets, regardless of how young or cute they are.
  • Exclude bats from living quarters by keeping screens in good repair and by closing any small openings that could allow them to enter.
  • Persons traveling to developing countries in which rabies is highly prevalent, or persons who are at ongoing risk of possible rabies exposure (e.g., veterinarians, animal control officers), should ask their doctor about receiving the PRE-exposure rabies vaccinations.
 Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required):
  • September 15, 2015: 7:30-9 a.m. - Shorewood Office
  • September 16, 2015: 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Brown Deer Office
Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (appointment required):
  • September 16, 2015: 8-10 a.m. - Brown Deer Office
Upcoming Blood Pressure Clinics (no appointment necessary):
  • September 15, 2015: 1:30-2:30 p.m. - Lydell Community Center, Whitefish Bay
To make an appointment, contact the North Shore Health Department at 414.371.2980 or visit the website.
Upcoming Community Events

Shorewood Waters Coasters Project
Thursday, August 14 until Sunday, September 13, 2015
Camp Bar, Harry's Bar & Grill, Hubbard Park Lodge or Three Lions Pub

Welcome New Neighbors Reception
Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 9-11 a.m. 
Shorewood Public Library

Atwater Centennial Celebration
Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 5-9 p.m.
Atwater Elementary School

Chimney Swift Count
Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 6:45-7:15 p.m.
Corner of E. Capitol Drive and Maryland Avenue

Author Visit: Lauren Fox
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Shorewood Public Library

Plein Air Shorewood
Thursday, September 17 through Saturday, September 19, 2015
4500 Block of N Oakland Avenue, Hubbard Park, Atwater Park, and Shorewood High School

Alzheimer's Association Walk
Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Summerfest Grounds

Soccer Youth Night at Shorewood High School
Monday, September 21, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. (Junior Varsity) and 6:30 p.m. (Varsity)
Shorewood High School Soccer/Football Field

Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 1-6 p.m.
Estabrook Park Beer Garden
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