- John F. Kennedy
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 21 Village Board Highlights

The Village Board met on Monday, September 21, 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 21, 2015
  2. Approved Special Privilege Application Request
  3. Approved September 8, 2015 Village Board Minutes
  4. Approved proclamation for Customer Service Week
  5. Approved Resolution 2015-11 Regarding Bike Share
  6. Approved Ordinance No. 2055 Amending On-Street Parking Regulations at St. Robert School
  7. Approved Adoption of Village Appointment Policy

You're Invited to be part of the Wilson Drive Task Force

Shorewood's Road Plan identifies reconstruction of Wilson Drive in 2018. A task force is being formed now, made up of Shorewood residents, to find out what would be the best road configuration.  Wilson Drive is 66 feet wide, essentially considered a six-lane roadway.  Most of Shorewood's residential streets are 24 feet wide. 

The task force and community will consider all scenarios, whether to keep the road as-is, narrow the road, create new public spaces with additional amenities, or increase space for residential or commercial use.   

Postcards have been mailed to 6,898 households in Shorewood inviting the community to get involved. Task force volunteer applications should be submitted by October 9th.  Public participation throughout this process is key to determining the most appropriate road plan for the community.  

We hope you'll get involved, whether by serving on the task force or by giving your input in other ways.  Go to the Wilson Drive Task Force project page to complete an application, check status of the project, and to sign up to receive project updates.  Questions may be directed to Trustee Paul Zovic at trusteezovic@villageofshorewood.org or Planning Director Ericka Lang at elang@villageofshorewood.org.

Upcoming Maintenance and Lane Closures for Oakland Avenue

Oakland Avenue street maintenance is taking place September 24 and September 25. Repairs are being completed on the east side of Oakland Avenue from mid-block (near Zion Parking Lot) north to mid-block between Kensington Blvd. and Glendale Avenue. Parking restrictions will be in place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Thru traffic will be maintained but shifted over to allow for the work to take place. Business owners are encouraged to make alternate parking arrangements for their customers and employees during this period. 

In addition, as part of the new Metro Market grocery store project, improvements will be made to the crosswalk at the E. Jarvis Street intersection with Oakland Avenue along with a complete reconstruction of the western parking lanes and sidewalks along Oakland Avenue from E. Wood Place to E. Kenmore Place.

Work will be performed along Oakland Avenue starting on the morning of September 28 and will last until the end of the day on October 30.  All parking between E. Kenmore Place and E. Wood Place on Oakland Avenue will be closed during the entire construction period.  Two-way traffic on Oakland Avenue will proceed using the vacated parking lanes.  Please note that all overnight parkers on Oakland Avenue will be displaced and will need to utilize parking in residential areas. The construction work will be done in two phases as illustrated in the maps below.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Thank you to Jenny Heyden and the Public Art Committee for a Wonderful Plein Air Event

The Public Art Committee of Shorewood is pleased to announce the 3rd year of Plein Air Shorewood was a huge success, based on attendance, artist sales, accessibility of the event, and community connections. All are deeply appreciated, from the artists to the businesses, organizations and individuals who sponsored and volunteered. The arts are thriving in Shorewood thanks to the support of the Village and the talent and exciting work that was created here.

With coverage on three TV channels, 6 ads, five temporary tattoos, one painted head, 3,000 visitors, 43 artists, 200 paintings sold, a storefront gallery, and 15 events over four days, Plein Air Shorewood drew significant, positive, steady attention to Shorewood. The reflections of the artists about the community tell a story of a village full of caring, thoughtful and supportive individuals.
One artist, D.K. Palecek, an accomplished artist who paints for competitions across the country, was standing outside in the pouring rain during the Quickpaint competition. She said she was stunned and moved to tears while painting when a very attractive, young woman in a dress and heels came and held a pink umbrella over her head for some time. Said Palecek, "That just doesn't happen." When the woman had to leave to open her shop a man came up and held the umbrella for an additional 45 minutes. He came to the show on Saturday and bought the painting.

Thank you to everyone, especially Jenny Heyden and the Public Art Committee for coordinating such a wonderful event!

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 the remaining budget presentations.  Residents can access the 2016 Proposed Budget here.
  • 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

Police Department Implements New Office Hours

The Village of Shorewood Police Department has made additional changes to their front office hours.   

The new hours are as follows: 
  • Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. - 3 a.m the next morning.
  • Friday 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. 
  • Saturday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • Sunday 3 p.m. - 3 am.   

The lobby of the Police Department will remain open 24 hours a day.  If you do come to the Police Department during the closed office hours you will need to use the phone in the lobby which will connect you with the Bayside Communications Center who will then notify an officer who will meet you in the lobby.  

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

Hydrant Flushing continues until October 9

Water Utility staff began flushing hydrants on September 21 and will be continuing through October 9. Please see map down below.
Flushing is done annually in an effort to clear the mains of water that may be discolored or may have sat in hydrant laterals for extended lengths of time. Flushing can cause small particles of rust or calcium which is built up in the water main to dislodge - these mineral deposits pose no health concerns but can slightly discolor the water and stain clothing. Please refrain from doing laundry between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the week the hydrants in your area are scheduled to be flushed.

To learn more, please click here to review notice.

Shorewood Fish and Feather Festival coming up on October 10

The Shorewood Fish and Feather Festival will be Saturday, October 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The event will take place at Hubbard Park.  Join the festival and enjoy a beautiful day on the banks of the Milwaukee River, enjoy the fall colors, salmon running up the river, great food, music and these other activities:
  • Fly fishing and Angling Demos with Trout Unlimited and ORVIS.
  • Take a Walk on the Wet Side - Take a fall walk in the river as gigantic salmon swim upstream between your legs!  Waders are available.
  • See Birds of Prey with Schlitz Audubon Nature Center - See Hawks and Eagles Up Close and Personal!
  • Discover great info at a dozen booths from local outdoor organizations.
  • Kid's birdhouse, pumpkin and fish painting and other activities.
  • Music by MRS. FUN and food for purchase by Hubbard Park Lodge. Don't miss the new Hubbard Park Beer Garden too!
The event is hosted by the Village of Shorewood and the Shorewood Waters Project.

Oktoberfest Fundraiser for the Shorewood Foundation on October 24
The Shorewood Foundation is hosting an Oktoberfest Fundraiser on Saturday, October 24 starting at 6 p.m. The fundraiser will take place at Three Lions Pub in Shorewood.  Those attending the event are asked to make a $5 donation at the door.

There will be a commemorative mug for the first 100 attendees along with live German music, games, prizes and snacks.  Drink specials will be present at the fundraiser event.  20% of the purchases go to the Shorewood Foundation and will be directly reinvested into the Shorewood community.

October Book Clubs at Shorewood Library
Fall into a good book, and then fall in with a new crowd - one or both of the Shorewood Library's book clubs.
  • PM Book Club (Wednesday, October 7, 7 p.m.) will discuss The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant. Click here to find out more about the selection.
  • The AM Book Club (Thursday, October 15, 11 a.m.) will discuss Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. Click here to find out more about the selection.

Thanks for being great Library users!
Each year, we compile a set of data about our library for inclusion in the state's annual report on public libraries. The 2014 data is now available, and we'd like to share some of the highlights with you. Shorewood Public Library serves the fourth smallest municipality in Milwaukee County, but we consistently rank in the top five in most measures. Based on the 2014 numbers, Shorewood Public Library is number one in MCFLS in number of library visits per capita, number of materials checked out per capita, and number of public computer sessions per capita. Check out more numbers on our staff blog.
This data show us that you value the library, and that we serve a purpose in your lives. Thank you for making our jobs enjoyable, and for letting us serve you with great reading, viewing and listening material, fun programs for all ages, and cost-saving services. Is there anything we can do to make your library visits better? Or make you become one of the numbers of library users in Shorewood? Please let us know via email (Assistant Director Emily Passey, emily.passey@mcfls.org), phone (414.847.2670) or by stopping in to the Library. 

Join the Shorewood Library Team
The Shorewood Public Library is hiring a Youth Services Aide. Working under the supervision of the Youth Services Librarian, the Aide will assist with program preparation and supervision, maintenance of the children's collection, and promotion of Youth Services department activities. 

We are looking for someone with some experience working with children and families, and possibly with coursework in Library Science and/or Education. Please see our website for the complete job description and information on how to apply.
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        

Take time to weatherize.  Be proactive and do a complete audit of your building envelope so that you can be prepared when winter hits.  Look for leaks around windows and doors and install weather stripping.  Put plastic over particularly drafty windows.  Fix any air leaks your building might have before full heating season arrives.

- Class 5 Energy

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
The 8th annual Fall Prevention Awareness Day was observed on September 23 in Wisconsin and across the United States. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for older adults in the North Shore. Falls result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. Even without a major injury, falls can cause older adults to become fearful and depressed, making it difficult to stay active. 

Common factors that lead to a fall are balance and gait issues, vision problems, medications, environment, and chronic conditions like diabetes, stroke or arthritis. If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor and are concerned about their fall risk, please encourage them to contact their health care provider for a falls risk assessment.
North Shore Fire/Rescue (NSFR) and the North Shore Health Department partner to offer the fire and fall prevention program, Remembering When. If you are interested in knowing more about this program or would like to participate, contact the health department at 414.371.2980.  
Upcoming Immunization Clinic (appointment required)
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015:  4-5 p.m., North Shore Library
Upcoming Adult Health Clinics
  • No clinics next week
Upcoming Blood Pressure Clinics (no appointment necessary):
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015: 3:30-4 p.m. - North Shore Library (6800 N. Port Washington Rd.)
To make an appointment, contact the North Shore Health Department at 414.371.2980 or visit the website.
Upcoming Community Events

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

Shorewood High School Homecoming Parade and Football Game
Friday, October 2, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively
Shorewood High School

Shorewood Woman's Club Rummage Sale
Saturday, October 3 from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Village Center
Contact 414.988.4478 for more information

PM Book Club - The Jaguar's Children
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Shorewood Library

Shorewood High School Fall Drama Show, Wit
Thursday-Saturday, October 8-10, 2015 at 7 p.m., additional Saturday show at 2 p.m.
Shorewood High School

Shorewood Fish and Feather Festival
Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hubbard Park

AM Book Club - Maisie Dobbs
Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 11 a.m.
Shorewood Library

Oktoberfest Fundraiser - Shorewood Foundation
Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Three Lions Pub

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