- Tom Hanks in The Polar Express
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 Highlights

The Village Board met 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 discussed or took action on during the meeting:
  1. Approved Presentation of Accounts December 21, 2015
  2. Presented Proclamation for Charles Vander Schaaf
  3. Approved Resolution 2015-25 Approving the 2016 North Shore Fire Department Fees for Service Schedule
  4. Approved Process for Determination of Placement and Timing of the Plensa Sculpture
  5. Approved Appointment of Election Inspectors for 2016-2017 Election Cycle
  6. Updated public on Wilson Drive Community Task Force Steering Committee

Plensa Spillover II Sculpture Update

The Village Board met on Monday, December 21 regarding decisions related to the Plensa sculpture. The Village Board voted to temporarily reinstall the sculpture at Atwater Park in early January while the Village continues a public process collaborating with residents and community leaders.  

The Village Board will conduct a special meeting in mid-January to make a final determination on the sculpture based on the feedback received in the public process.  That public process will consist of community discussions in early January, input from the Public Art Committee and the artist, as well as formal written submissions to the Village Board. Feedback submissions can be sent to the Village in the following ways:
  • Email: manager@villageofshorewood.org
  • Mail: 3930 N. Murray Ave. (addressed to the Village Manager)
  • Phone:  Village Manager Chris Swartz at 414.847.2701 
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.
We encourage you to participate in the public process and inform other family members, friends and community members about the public process, as well.

A Special Thank You to Village Employees Working on the Holidays!

The holiday season is a time to express one's gratitude and appreciation for those individuals who make our lives better.
The Village of Shorewood thanks the Police officers, Fire and Public Works personnel for being on duty during the holiday season, truly committing their time to serving this great community. 
These public servants commit a great amount of hours to your safety and well-being while we spend time with family and friends.  We thank these heroes for their devotion to the Shorewood community!

Holiday Hours for Village Public Buildings

There are multiple days in the approaching weeks when 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
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):
    • Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to Noon
      • 3970 N Oakland Avenue
      • 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. (except holidays)
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 remaining 2015 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.
Riverwest Radio Set to Launch on 104.1 FM New Years Day
Riverwest Radio will officially begin broadcasting on 104.1 FM in Milwaukee on Friday, January 1.  After four years webcasting on RiverwestRadio.com, the station will now additionally broadcast on the FM dial in Milwaukee with the official call letters WXRW-LP.  
Station manager Xav Leplae along with the help of many volunteers began Riverwest Radio in his Riverwest Film & Video storefront window in late 2011 on E. Center Street.  The mission was to provide a platform for conversation in the community. 
Collaborating with the Riverwest Artist Association, the station was granted a much coveted Low Power FM (LPFM) radio license by the FCC in October 2014.  Years of webcasting helped shape its current roster of 50 programs per week.  Now, it will be much easier for residents of the Milwaukee metropolitan area to listen to Riverwest Radio in their cars and homes.
Leplae explains the Low Power FM station's reach is limited to about a 5 mile radius. This does not deter the group, "Our primary directive remains with neighborhood generated, community-oriented content.  Riverwest Radio helps one appreciate how interesting, thoughtful and talented everyday people can be.  After sampling a few of our programs, I believe listeners will make personal connections and discover a new kind of radio experience."
The 104.1 launch will take place at Riverwest Radio on Friday, January 1, from 12-3 p.m. The launch celebration will be free and open to the public.
Riverwest Radio is a non-profit 501c3 and welcomes tax-deductible donations and underwriting support to help offset the costs of this substantial undertaking.  More information about supporting Riverwest Radio can be found at their website: www.riverwestradio.com
For media interviews, contact station manager Xav Leplae at 414.704.5956.

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!

Become a Shorewood Bicycle Friendly Business

Shorewood was recently designated as a 
Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community 
by the League of American Bicyclists because of Shorewood's commitment to enhancing its bicycling culture.
You can earn a Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) designation which recognizes employers for their efforts to encourage a more welcoming atmosphere for bicycling employees, customers and the community.
BFBs provide encouragement (incentives), education (information about safely and bike tips) and engineering (bike racks, repair areas etc...) to allow employees, customers and the community to bike to their business.
Schlitz Park recently earned a gold level Bicycle Friendly Business designation, and they received a lot of good press for their efforts.  See the full article here.
Download the application here!  If you need help filling out the BFB application, please contact Sandie Pendleton. 

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 bequests 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        

Reduce Food Waste when Grocery Shopping
When grocery shopping, make a list of the items you do need before you go. Without a list in front of you, you may buy things you already have. According to the EPA, 21% of all waste in the landfill is food waste, so limit the amount of food that goes bad by eating what you have first before buying more. Store closer-dated items and leftovers in the front of the refrigerator, so you don't forget about them. Plan your meals ahead of time based on what you already have. If you have some fresh vegetables in the refrigerator that are on the verge of expiring, plan to make pasta for dinner instead of heating up frozen food or going out to eat. Design your meals around what's on hand, rather than what you are in the mood for. 

See more at the following website

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
Sleep is increasingly recognized as important to public health, with sleep insufficiency linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors. Unintentionally falling asleep, nodding off while driving, and having difficulty performing daily tasks because of sleepiness all may contribute to these hazardous outcomes. Persons experiencing sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity. The National Institutes of Health suggests that school-age children need at least 10 hours of sleep daily, teens need 9-10 hours, and adults need 7-8 hours. The promotion of good sleep habits and regular sleep is known as sleep hygiene. The following sleep hygiene tips can be used to improve sleep.
  • Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
  • Avoid large meals before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime.
  • Avoid nicotine.
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) 

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

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

SHS Chamber Orchestra & Singers
Sunday, January 10, 2016, 7 p.m.
Kingo Lutheran Church

Atwater Winter Sing Performances
Wednesday and Thursday, January 20 and 21, 2016
Atwater Cafetorium, 6:15-8:30 p.m.

Shorewood High School Winter Musical "American Idiot"
Thursday through Saturday, February 4-6, 2016
Shorewood High School Auditorium
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