- Terri Marshall
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.

December 21 Village Board Agenda

The Village Board will meet on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Court Room. To access any of the agenda materials, feel free to click here.  These are the agenda items that the Board will discuss or take action on during the meeting:
  1. Consider Presentation of Accounts December 21, 2015
  2. Present proclamation for Charles Vander Schaaf
  3. Consider Approval of Resolution 2015-25 Approving the 2016 North Shore Fire Department Fees for Service Schedule
  4. Consider Process for Determination of Placement and Timing of the Plensa Sculpture
  5. Consider Appointment of Election Inspectors for 2016-2017 Election Cycle
  6. Update on Wilson Drive Community Task Force Steering Committee

Plensa Spillover II Sculpture Update

In mid-November, the Village of Shorewood and artist Jaume Plensa jointly decided to remove the Spillover II sculpture from public view as a sign of respect to all, in light of potential anti-Semitic words within the sculpture that were identified by a blogger who was visiting from out of town.
 
After further consideration and discussion with the Richard Gray gallery, the Village, in conjunction with the Public Art Committee, has decided to establish a public discussion to determine whether any alteration of the sculpture is in the best interest of the community and this work of public art. 
 
The community wants the iconic Plensa returned to its home at Atwater Park.  With that in mind, the Village will begin the public communication process to identify alternatives.  On Monday, December 21, the Village board will make decisions on two separate issues:

1. Determine and initiate the proposed public process to that will help determine the outcome regarding potential reinstallation of Spillover II.  This process will include:
  • Input and recommendations from the public art committee
  • Input and a recommendation from the artist
  • Community discussions consisting of both formal written submissions to the Village Board and scheduled public meetings that will be held after December 21 and before the end of January 2016

2, The Village Board will make an immediate decision will be made regarding temporary storage of Spillover II


At the end of the public communication process, the Village Board will discuss several options and make a decision.   We will continue to keep the public informed about decisions related to the sculpture and look forward to receiving public input in the near future so that collectively we can determine the best outcome regarding potential reinstallation of Spillover II by February 1, 2016.

Holiday Hours for Village Public Buildings

There are multiple days in the approaching weeks that Village public buildings will be closed.  The following days the Village Hall, Public Library, Police Department and the Public Works building will be closed:
  • Thursday, December 24, 2015
  • Friday, December 25, 2015
  • Thursday, December 31, 2015
    • Village Hall will be open until 12 p.m.
  • Friday, January 1, 2016
If you have any questions about the holiday hours for any of the Village public buildings, feel free to contact the Customer Service Department at 414.847.2700.
Property Tax Bills Mailed Out Last Week
Property tax bills were mailed to property owners on Friday, December 11, 2015.  The bills included taxes levied by the Village of Shorewood, the Shorewood School District, Milwaukee County, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and the State of Wisconsin.  To view your tax bill, feel free to click here.
 
Taxes are due in full by January 31 of each year, unless using the installment plan.  If using the installment plan, the first installment is due by January 31, the second installment is due by March 31, and the third installment is due by May 31. Payments must be received in the office or Village drop box by close of business.  Village Hall will close at noon on December 31 and payments received by noon on December 31 will be processed in 2015.  Payments received after that time will be processed in 2016.  
 
Property tax bills can be paid in the following methods:
  • Credit Card (Online Only - Additional Fee)
  • Electronic Check (Online Only - Additional Fee)
  • At one of two North Shore Bank locations (Full payments or Installments only, no refunds given, no partial payments):
    • o   Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to Noon
    • o   3970 N Oakland Avenue
    • o   4414 N Oakland Avenue
  • By mail: Village of Shorewood, 3930 N Murray Avenue, Shorewood WI 53211
  • By postage-free drop box located in the parking lot behind Village Hall
  • In person at Village Hall, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Escrow checks that have been made out to the property owner and the Village must be properly endorsed.  Refunds for overpayments will be processed within 20 days.  Receipts can be obtained through the Village website or by providing a self-addressed stamped envelope with the payment.
Shorewood Public Works Department Releases 2016 Recycling Schedules
The Village of Shorewood's Department of Public Works is releasing the 2016 recycling schedule for routes 1 and 2 in the Village.  If you are unsure what route you are on, feel free to look at the following map.  

Please feel free to review the route 1 schedule and the route 2 schedule.  

For the upcoming holidays, there will be no changes to the refuse or recycling collection schedules.

If you have any further questions about your recycling or collection schedule, feel free to contact the Public Works Department at 414.847.2650.
Village Board Presents Proclamation Recognizing Retired Library Director
On Monday, December 7, the Village Board presented a proclamation recognizing the recently retired Library Director Elizabeth (Beth) Carey for her extraordinary commitment of 27 years to the Village of Shorewood.

Carey first served the Shorewood community as a Librarian in May 1988.  She was then promoted to Library Director in June 1998.  Carey served as a driving force in shaping the campaign for the Shorewood Library and Village Center, which raised $1.05 million to augment the Village commitment of $5 million towards the new building.

Carey demonstrated great leadership by advancing the technological tools available at the Library and assisting with the Plein Air efforts by housing the event at the Library for its first two years.  As director, the Shorewood Public Library consistently ranked among the best in the county, state, and nation in terms of high levels of service to patrons.  The Village of Shorewood thanks Beth for her dedication to making a positive difference in the Shorewood community!

Shorewood Foundation Offers Donation Opportunities to the Shorewood Community

The Shorewood Foundation continues to partner with the Shorewood Parks Commission and the Shorewood School District to invite you and your family to enhance the beauty and quality of our community by donating useful and attractive amenities to our parks and public areas.  

By creating a planned giving donation or honoring a loved one's life with your gift, you can help preserve the quality of life in Shorewood for years to come. Amenities that are most needed in the community include bike racks at the schools and parks, benches at Atwater Park and additional picnic tables for all the parks.  To acknowledge your gift, memorial plaques can be attached to the item whenever possible, and donors will be recognized in the Manager's memo and in the Shorewood Today magazine.
 
Your gift to the Shorewood Foundation can be directed toward a specific item or request, or to the general fund.  All gifts, no matter how big or small, are welcome and appreciated, and go directly back to support our community.  Please contact the Village Manager's Office at 414.847.2700 for additional ideas about legacy giving.  For more information, feel free to also visit the Shorewood Foundation website.  What a wonderful way to make a difference and a lasting impression in the Shorewood community we all love.

Shorewood School District Ranked Number 4 in the State of Wisconsin from Niche

The Shorewood School District received some great recognition from a school review site called Niche.  The school district was ranked the fourth best school district in the State of Wisconsin.  The Shorewood High School also received a top 5 ranking among high schools in the state.

Niche was founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students.  These students wanted to create an innovative way to provide insight to families who are making critical decisions of where their children should go to school. The site ranks K-12 schools and colleges based on millions of reviews from students, parents and professionals.   

When producing the rankings, Niche provides letter grades based on academics, health and safety, parent/student surveys on overall experience, student culture and diversity, teachers, resources and facilities, extracurriculars and activities, and lastly sports and fitness.  Niche goes more into the methodology and how much they weigh each of these factors here.

To see the entire school district rankings and other college rankings, feel free to click here to get started.

Shorewood Police Department Offers Advice on Preventing Residential Burglaries

Last winter the Village of Shorewood saw a spike in residential burglaries during late December of 2014 and early January of 2015.  As we once again approach that time of year we would like to remind everyone of some things that residents can do to reduce their chances of becoming a burglary victim. 
  • Keep your homes properly lit and keep up the appearance that someone is home. Keeping lights on outside of your home will make burglars less likely to approach your home because they do not want to be seen.  Also keeping lights, televisions, and radios on when you're not home will give the appearance that someone is there.  Putting lights or televisions/radios on timers is also a good idea especially if you set them so that they turn on and off in different rooms at times that do not coincide with each other.  This will the give the appearance of people moving throughout your home to anyone watching from the outside. 
  • Don't "advertise" valuables that may be inside your home.  With your shades or curtains open, take a walk around the outside of your home and see what items are visible from the outside.  You may want to move anything of high value that is visible to anyone looking into your home from the exterior.  Additionally, do not leave boxes from high end products out by the trash.  These boxes will alert thieves of what may be inside the home. 
  • Secure your doors and windows; set and activate your alarm.  The FBI reports that 33% of all burglaries occur without forcible entry to the residence.  This means that the burglar was able to gain entry to the home by using an unlocked door, unlocked window, or by using a key.  Make sure your doors and windows are locked and fully secure when you leave or when you go to sleep for the evening.  Also make sure all garage doors are closed and locked especially if the garage is attached to the home. Lastly, don't hide spare keys outside your home.  Burglars will look for them and will use them to make entry if found. Set and activate your alarm system before you leave.  Also make sure your alarm company has current contact information for you in case of an alarm activation.     
  • Prepare before leaving on vacation.  Before you leave on vacation, stop the mail and newspapers.  Tell your neighbors you are leaving and ask them to report any suspicious activity.  Submit a vacation home lookout request with the Police Department either online through the Village website or by going to the Police Department. 
  • Stay vigilant. Be aware of your surroundings.  If you see things that seem out of place or suspicious trust your instincts and notify the police.      

Give to the Library - and Get a Lot in Return!

Consider a tax-deductible gift to Shorewood Library before the year is over. 

Both Shorewood Public Library and the Friends of Shorewood Library accept monetary donations and bequest year-round. While the majority of the Library's funding comes from Village tax support, donations can go far towards building our collection, enhancing the library's space, and expanding programs and services. 

To learn more about donating to the Library or the Friends, please visit our website.

Sustainable Shorewood Tip of the Week        

Give Time, Not Presents
Try an unconventional holiday gift this year. Instead of spending your savings and giving your friends and family presents from the mall, consider giving them your time instead. Are you good at developing websites? Help a friend by helping them with their website. Offer to help shovel snow. Give away free babysitting to any parents you know. Teach your older relatives how to set up an email account or use the Internet. Not only will this reduce all of the bags, boxes, and paper that annually get thrown away this time of year, it will give you the opportunity to show your loved one's how much you care. 

See more at the following website

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
The Health Insurance Marketplace is the federally operated insurance marketplace where individuals and small businesses can sign up for health coverage. If you currently have health insurance through an employer, Medicare, or Medicaid, you don't need to do anything with the Marketplace. If you are, however, uninsured or purchase individual coverage that is inadequate or unaffordable, you should go to www.healthcare.gov to learn more about available health insurance plans. As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) people are required to have health insurance or pay a federal tax penalty. In 2016, the penalty for not having health insurance increases to the greater of $695 per adult or 2.5% of taxable income. Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace runs until January 31, 2016.
 
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We continue to offer 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, December 29 from 4 - 5 p.m. - North Shore Library (appointment) 
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Upcoming Adult Health Clinics
  • Tuesday, December 22 from 8 - 10 a.m. - Shorewood (appointment required)

Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (No appointment required)
  • Tuesday, December 29 from 3:30 - 4 p.m. - North Shore Library
To make an appointment, contact the North Shore Health Department at 414.371.2980 or visit the website.
Upcoming Community Events

Shop Shorewood Holiday Raffle
Currently happening through Monday, December 21, 2015
Village of Shorewood Business District

Village Facilities (Village Hall, Police Department, DPW, Library) Closed
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015
Thursday, December 31, 2015 (Village Hall closed after 12 p.m.)
Friday, January 1, 2016
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