- Steve Pavlina
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November 16 Village Board Highlights

The Village Board met on Monday, November 16, 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 November 16, 2015
  2. Appointed Frances Bauer for a Three Year Term on the Elder Services Advisory Board
  3. Conducted Public Hearing on the Proposed Village of Shorewood 2016 Budget
  4. Approved Resolution 2015-15 Adopting the 2016 Budget and Authorizing the 2015 General Property Tax Levy Against All Taxable Property in the Village of Shorewood
  5. Approved Resolution 2015-16 Approving Unused Levy Carryover
  6. Approved Resolution 2015-17 Authorizing a Special Tax to be Levied for Delinquent Water and Sewer Bills
  7. Approved Resolution 2015-18 Authorizing a Special Charge to be Levied for Delinquent Grass Cutting Charges
  8. Approved Resolution 2015-19 Authorizing a Special Charge to be Levied for Delinquent Special Refuse Collections and Disposals
  9. Approved Resolution 2015-20 Authorizing a Special Charge to be Levied for Delinquent Snow Removal Charges
  10. Approved Resolution 2015-21 Authorizing a Special Tax to be Levied for Delinquent Re-inspection Charges
  11. Approved Resolution 2015-22 Authorizing a Special Charge to be Levied for Delinquent Private Alarm Systems Charges
  12. Approved Resolution 2015-23 Authorizing a Special Tax for the Cost of Replacement of Sidewalks, Carriage Walks, Driveway Approaches, Streets, and Alleys to be Levied Against Each Lot Affected for the Year 2015
  13. Updated on the Combined Sanitary Sewer Area Study
  14. Approved Resolution 2015-24 Regarding Non-Discrimination Policy

Public Buildings Closed in Recognition of Thanksgiving Holiday

The Village of Shorewood will be closing multiple public buildings on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.  

The public buildings that will be closed includes Village Hall, the Police Department building, the Department of Public Works building, and the Library.  
The Village of Shorewood thanks the police officers and Fire personnel for being on duty during the Thanksgiving holiday, truly committing their time to serving this great community. 

Any questions about service hours for any of the public buildings can be addressed by the Village's customer service staff at 414.847.2700.

In addition, please note that the Health Department offices in the Village Center will be closed on Tuesday, December 1 as staff will be having a Public Health retreat in Milwaukee.

Village Board Adopts 2016 Proposed Budget

The Village of Shorewood 2016 budget was adopted at the Monday, November 16 meeting of the Village Board. The Village budget includes funding for Police, Fire, Public Works, Library, Senior Resource Center, and various other municipal services, and will account for about 28% of your total property tax bill. 

The overall Village property tax levy will increase by 1.51% compared to the 2015 budget. A large portion of that increase is due to the increased debt costs associated with the various road reconstruction projects the Village has undertaken within the past 10 years. There are no rate increases for Water or Sewer services proposed with the 2016 budget. 

To view the entire budget, please feel free to visit the Village website.  Residents with questions on the budget should contact Finance Director Mark Emanuelson at 414.847.2607 or email Mark at memanuelson@villageofshorewood.org.

Shorewood Wins Silver Bicycle Friendly 
Community Designation

The League of American Bicyclists announced on November 16 that it renewed Shorewood's Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designation for the next four years, and that Shorewood is advancing from the Bronze Level to the Silver Level.  This puts the Village of Shorewood in the same category as Chicago, Boston and New York City, and ahead of almost all other BFC's in Wisconsin (to date, only Madison has ranked higher than Silver).  

The key to Shorewood's ability to advance its rating is the relatively high percentage of Shorewood residents who use bikes as their primary means of transportation to work and school, and the Village's progress over the last several years in making Shorewood a more bike friendly place. Being able to promote Shorewood as a bicycle friendly community will help the Village to attract and retain the active, health-conscious, educated, talented and creative college students, employees and entrepreneurs who are key to building Shorewood's future and the overall Milwaukee-area economy.  

Special credit for this achievement goes to the elected Village officials who unanimously supported the Village's application, the members of the Shorewood Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee, several community members including Sandie Pendleton and David Waters who reviewed several drafts of the application, and the Village staff members who worked on the applications, primarily Assistant Village Manager Tyler Burkart and Planning and Development Director Ericka Lang.   

Those residents that would like to review the Village's BFC report card can view it here.

Friendly Parking and Snow Removal Reminders for the Upcoming Winter Season

During the winter months, Village Ordinance 466-27 requires every Shorewood property owner to keep the sidewalks adjacent to their property clear of snow and ice.  
Twelve (12) hours after a snowfall the Department of Public Works will have sidewalks inspected and orange notices will be placed on door knobs of homes where the walks are not cleared.  The Police will issue citations twelve (12) hours after notices are issued and the sidewalk will be cleared with the cost billed to the adjacent property owner.  
Please be a good neighbor, avoid fines and snow removal fees by clearing your walks as soon as possible following a snowfall.  It is important to note that this action is in place to assure safe walking conditions for everyone. Residents are encouraged to call the Police Department at 414.847.2610 to report areas that are not adequately cleared or Request Service Online

Shorewood's winter parking restrictions start on Tuesday, December 1. This means that you may not
park where prohibited by sign from December 1, 2015 to March 1, 2016. This is to keep the streets
wide enough for vehicles to pass as the streets get narrower during the winter months due to snow
and ice. Most winter restricted sides of the streets are on the east or north side but please check the signs. If the top half says two hour parking but the bottom half says "No Parking: December 1 to March 1", do not park there or you will receive a citation.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunity with the Friends of Estabrook Park
It will soon be winter at Estabrook Park, but there is much to do before the snow comes.  The Friends of Estabrook (FOE) Park are hosting an upcoming opportunity for people to come out and show some love for the park.  It is important to clean up the park before the winter and snow arrives.  The following opportunity to volunteer:
  • Park Clean-Up.  Saturday, November 21 at 9 a.m.  Meet in the large parking lot by the beer garden.  Wear sturdy footwear, long sleeves and pants, hats and gloves.  Younger children accompanied by parents are welcome.
Friends of Estabrook Park will have beverages available after this event and the Beer Garden is willing to provide a limited number of certificates to give to adult participants for the clean up efforts. Those who have questions should either visit the FOE Facebook site, visit the FOE website or call Harold Schmidt at 414.933.4512.

Shorewood Metro Market Now Hiring

The Shorewood Metro Market, opening in 2016, is now hiring.  Those residents interested in applying for positions at Metro Market should visit Roundy's hiring center for an interview. The hiring center is located at 3970 N. Oakland Ave. inside of North Shore Bank.  Applications and interviews are available Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Residents interested in Metro Market positions can also apply online at metromarket.net/careers.  If the hiring center hours don't work for you, please call 414.967.9046 to schedule an appointment. Roundy's is looking to hire in the following areas:

DeliOvernight Replenishment
BakeryFloralProduce/Salad Bar
Candy ShopFood DemoSmoothie/Juice Bar
Cashiers/Front EndGrocery/LogisticsStore Management
CateringHot Foods/Line CookSushi
Coffee BarMeat & SeafoodWine & Spirits
Memory Café Continues to Make a Difference for Several Lives
Shorewood, on Thursday, November 19 will mark its sixth month of regularly offering a Memory Café. The need for this kind of social gathering is clear. People often are embarrassed by their memory lapses and withdraw socially, only to feel depressed and isolated. It really helps to stay active and restores a sense that life still has meaning.

The Shorewood Memory Café meets from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Three Lions Pub, 4515 N. Oakland Ave.  Shorewest Realtors sets aside parking for us in its lot just north of the café. There's always some kind of activity to help start up the conversation.

But the café is not a support group. Its real goal is to reach out to 
people in the early stages of memory loss and their caregivers, offering them a sensitive and friendly place to share laughter and a good time.

For more information on Shorewood's Memory Café call Elizabeth Price at the Shorewood Senior Resource Center at 414.847.2727 or email at eprice@village ofshorewood.org

For a listing of where to find all 16 memory cafes in this area contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1.800.272.3900 or go to alz.org and click on "Southeast Wisconsin chapter" for a list of where and when to find all the Memory Cafés.

Police Department Offers Thanksgiving
Travel Safety Tips

Thanksgiving brings friends and family together from near and far.  With so many people on the road visiting family and friends, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year.  The Shorewood Police Department would like to remind all travelers, whether traveling across the country or across the Village, to follow some very important safety tips during their Thanksgiving travel.
  • ALWAYS buckle up - One of the best ways to guarantee a safe arrival is to buckle up, every trip, every time.
  • When traveling longer distances, make frequent stops in order to stretch your legs, improve your blood flow and mentally refresh. If possible alternate drivers as well.
  • Get plenty of rest before you travel.  Drowsy drivers are just as big a danger on the road as an intoxicated driver.  If you are feeling tired, don't drive. 
  • Speaking of intoxicated drivers, NEVER drink and drive.  Utilize a designated driver who will pledge not to consume any alcohol before driving.  If you are the host of the party, have non-alcoholic drink options for your guests and arrange alternative travel options for your guests that consume alcohol at the party.  One suggestion is to have an official designated driver for the party who can transport other party guests who have had too much to drink.
  • Leave early and plan for travel delays.  With so many people traveling via automobile over the Thanksgiving holiday there is a high probability that you will encounter some form of traffic delay.  Plan ahead and leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination safely.    
  • Keep an eye on the weather report.  Snow, sleet and rain can make your travels very dangerous.  If inclement weather moves in before or during your travel, delay or even cancel your travel plans.  If you encounter inclement weather during your travel, pull off the road and find a safe place to stay nearby until the weather passes.    

Holiday Book Suggestions with Boswell Book Company

Shorewood Library and the Friends of Shorewood Library invite you to join us for this annual presentation of 2015's must-buy books for the holidays. 

On Saturday, December 5 at 11 a.m. Boswell Book Company owner and noted book expert Daniel Goldin will present a selection of books for all the readers on your list. Books will be available for purchase at the event in limited quantities, as well.  

It's one-stop shopping to kick off the holiday season. Complete event details can also be found on our website: http://shorewoodlibrary.org/connect/events_calendar.php?eid=824.

Hunger Games Party at the Library

Are your teens hyped about the release of the final movie in the Hunger Games series this week? Teens in 5th grade and up can come share their fandom this Friday, November 20 from 4-6 p.m. at the Shorewood Library. Crafts, games and snacks in anticipation of the end of an era. 

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Sustainable Shorewood Tip of the Week        

Maintaining Your Home's Ducts
Did you know the state of Wisconsin will notify you when lawn and landscape pesticides are to be applied to properties adjacent to your home by commercial applicators? To take advantage of this free service, all you have to do is sign up online with WI-DATCP.
The advance notice is just that, a message about an application that will take place. It does not prevent an application from being made. If you have concerns about pesticide use, you should first share your concerns with your neighbor. Some people have joined the registry to know when to keep pets or children indoors, when to close their windows or they'll choose to leave the area while the application is completed.

To join the registry you must provide your name and contact information, including phone number, email, and your home address. For more details on the program go to http://datcpservices.wisconsin.gov/landreg/.
- State of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death for Wisconsin residents, with over 1,600 residents dying each year from complications related to the disease. The most common early symptom of Alzheimer's is difficulty remembering newly learned information because the disease typically impacts the part of the brain that affects learning. As Alzheimer's advances through the brain it leads to increasingly severe symptoms, including disorientation, mood, and behavior changes; deepening confusion about events, time, and place; unfounded suspicions on family and friends; and eventually difficulty speaking, swallowing, and walking. November is Alzheimer's disease Awareness Month and the Alzheimer's Association is recommending that people become familiar with 10 early signs and symptoms of the disease. Visit the Alzheimer's Association website at alz.org for more information on the signs of early Alzheimer's.
The North Shore Health Department participates in several initiatives supporting Wisconsin's Health Brain Initiative Project. The health department provided feedback to the state on their Building Dementia-Friendly Communities toolkit and has distributed the toolkit to communities in the North Shore. The health department also serves on the Shorewood Connects' Dementia Awareness Workgroup. This group was instrumental in bringing the area's first Memory Café to Shorewood. The Memory Café is held on the third Thursday of the month at Three Lions Pub.  
 We are scheduling flu immunizations during our regular All Immunization Clinic times. Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414.371.2980.
The next Immunization Clinics are scheduled for the following days:
  • Tuesday, November 24 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - North Shore Library (appointment required)
** We continue to provide flu shots to home bound individuals, please call us at 414.371.2980 for appointments or questions.
Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (appointment required)
  • Tuesday, November 24 from - 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Shorewood
Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (No appointment required)
  • Tuesday, November 24 from 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. - North Shore Library
  • Wednesday, November 25 from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Shorewood
To make an appointment, contact the North Shore Health Department at 414.371.2980 or visit the website.
Upcoming Community Events

Hunger Games Party
Friday, November 20, 2015 from 4-6 p.m.
Shorewood Public Library

Estabrook Park Clean-up
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 9 a.m.
Estabrook Park

Public Buildings Closed for Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, November 26, 2015 and Friday, November 27, 2015
Village Hall, Library, Police Department, and Department of Public Works

Health Department Offices Closed
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 (all day)
Village Center

Kick-off Tree Lighting Event
Saturday, December 5, 2015 starting at 6 p.m.
Harry's Bar and Grill

Shorewood Athletic Booster Club's 36th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair
Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shorewood High School
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