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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.

January 4 Village Board Highlights

The Village Board met on Monday, January 4, 2016 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 January 4, 2015
  2. Approved Design and Engineering Services Contract with Wisconsin Department of Transportation and R.A. Smith National regarding Bike Share
  3. Approved Easement Agreements with CHP Shorewood WI Owner, LLC
  4. Approved Request from Plensa artist's representative to return the sculpture adjusted, as determined by the artist

Village Board Approves Plensa's Request to Alter Sculpture

On January 4, the Shorewood Village Board
engaged in a discussion regarding the Plensa
Spillover II Sculpture. Since voting on
December 21 to temporarily reinstall the
sculpture at Atwater Park, the Village received
word from the Richard Gray Gallery that the
artist Jaume Plensa's strong preference is to
adjust the letters in the sculpture to avoid any
future misinterpretations of this work and then
return it to Atwater Park. Plensa continues to
express deep sadness that his sculpture has
been egregiously misinterpreted as his works
and beliefs are the antithesis of anti-Semitism.

The Village Board took action on the artist's
recommendation and voted unanimously to
accept the artist's request to alter the sculpture.
In addition, the Village Board approved a motion
that asks the Community and Business
Relations Committee to coordinate a debriefing event with the community and the schools for
further reflection. Several members from the community were present at the Village Board
meeting to weigh in on this important topic.

The Village will make sure to inform the public on further updates when the sculpture will be
returned and logistics related to the community debrief.

Clearing of Snow and Ice Covered Sidewalks

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 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 use Request Service Online. 

Save the Date for the Shorewood Schools Summit:  Building Our Children's Future!

The Shorewood School District will be hosting three different strategic planning sessions for the community to participate in.  The dates of the sessions are:
  • Thursday, February 25 from 5-9 p.m.
  • Friday, February 26 from 5-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 27 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Important Note:  All sessions will take place in the Atwater Cafeteria
The purpose of the community conversation is to develop a vision responsive to the diverse needs and aspirations of all students along with the values and interests of the larger community. The outcomes of this event include:
  • Identify relevant issues and trends that may impact education.
  • Identify qualities of a positive educational experience.
  • Identify ways to expand and strengthen community partnerships.
  • Identify ways to foster communication with the larger community.
The School District asks that participants attend at least 2 of the 3 sessions in order for the process to be most effective.
UWM Student Artist-in-Residence Workshop at HarborChase Senior Living
Shorewood has been selected as a site for a Student Artist-in-Residence event sponsored by the Creative Trust, with HarborChase Senior Living playing host to two students, KC Rasch and Rachel Zembrowski, for the 2015-16 school year.  

The staff of HarborChase and the Student Artist-in-Residence would like to invite all Shorewood residents to a story-based workshop, "Creating the Tree", at HarborChase (1111 E. Capitol Drive) on Saturday, January 30 from 2-4 p.m.  

Participants will share stories to create a tree-inspired art piece for a later performance event.  It promises to be a fun event and offers an opportunity to check out Shorewood's newest senior residence.
Property Tax Payments Due January 31 
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.

Boutique Blowout Returns to Shorewood on February 6

Returning for its eighth year on Saturday, February 6, 2016 is the bargain hunter's paradise known as "Boutique Blowout."  

Many of the Milwaukee's chicest boutiques will be here to sell clothing and accessories at deeply discounted prices.  This year's event will again be held at the Atwater Cafeteria from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  

The $5 admission fee is donated to the Shorewood Recreation Department's "Round Up for Recreation" program, which provides financial support for anyone unable to afford the department's activity fees.
Attendees are advised to bring cash, as not all vendors will accept credit cards.  Entrance is at the back northwest corner of the school.  For additional information, please contact Liz LeBlanc at Liz@SHOP53211.com or 414.962.4030.

Shorewood High School Best Buddies Program Conducting Raffle

The Shorewood High School has a program called Best Buddies that links special needs kids with other kids at the school.  They are planning a trip to the Everglades for 10 kids and 2 advisors, and are nearing the end of a fundraising raffle.  It is for two court-side tickets to the Bucks/Bulls game on January 12.  

Last chance to buy raffle tickets will be Friday night at the High School Boys Basketball Game. Winner will be announced at halftime!

Other donations for the Spring Break Paddling Trip in the Florida Everglades can be made by visiting our website at www.wildernessinquiry.org/cgagne.

Get Booked all Winter!

Last year's popular Adult Winter Reading Program is back in 2016 with the theme "Booked all Winter." Your chance to earn prizes by reading started on January 4

Stop by the library to pick up a bookmark. Read a book or audiobook, complete a short review on the bookmark, and turn it in to be entered to win one of several Shorewood prize packs. You can submit as many entries as you want! Throughout the winter, we will share your submitted reviews on our blog and in the library.

Sustainable Shorewood Tip of the Week        

Install Touch-Activated Sensor Faucets or Foot Pedals at Sinks
A running faucet wastes about 2-3 gallons per minute, so imagine how much water you're washing down the drain if you keep your tap on while you soap up your hands, or the entire time you scrub your dishes. Avoid this problem by doing your dishes in two steps - scrub everything with a sponge and soap first and then turn on your tap and rinse - but that's admittedly a bit of a pain. Luckily, there is a solution and it comes in the form of the handy motion-sensor faucets and foot pedal-activated faucets that have been hitting the market recently. These smart kitchen additions are a convenient way to control the water you're using without having to turn on your tap using sink handles each time. They're also more hygenic and help fight against "soapy faucet knob syndrome".

See more at the following website

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is an odorless, tasteless, naturally occurring radioactive gas that may be in your home. It is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths of nonsmokers and claims about 21,000 American lives each year.  Take action this month and test your home for radon.
Test kits are available at the health department for just $5. Stop in during office hours to pick one up. Otherwise some home improvement stores sell radon test kits as well.
Exposure to radon can be prevented by testing your home and mitigating high radon levels.  For a list of certified radon measurement and mitigation contractors please visit  Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.
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, January 12 from 10 -11 a.m. - Brown Deer (appointment required)
  • Thursday, January 14 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. - Shorewood (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
No upcoming adult health clinics
Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (No appointment required)
No upcoming blood pressure clinics
Upcoming Community Events

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

Boutique Blowout
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Atwater School in the Cafeteria

Save the Date for the "Shorewood Schools Summit: Building Our Children's Future!"
Thursday, February 25 from 5-9 p.m.
Friday, February 26 from 5-9 p.m.
Saturday, February 27 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Atwater School in the Cafeteria
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