- Abraham Lincoln
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.

February 16 Village Board Agenda

The Village Board will meet on Tuesday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Court Room. These are the agenda items that the Board will discuss or take action on during the meeting:
  1. Consider Presentation of Accounts February 16, 2016
  2. Consider Cigarette/Tobacco Product Licenses - Mega Marts, LLC d/b/a Metro Market #6893, 4075 Oakland Avenue
  3. Present Planning and Development Department Annual Report
  4. Conduct Public Hearing and Consider Proposed Zoning Amendment for the Creation of Commercial Lighting Ordinance
  5. Conduct Public Hearing and Consider Proposed Zoning Amendment for Allowance of Patios within the Street Side Yard Setback
  6. Consider Proposed Resolution Amending the Planning and Development Department Village Fee Schedule
  7. Consider Private Property Inflow and Infiltration Program and Funding
  8. Consider Riparian Restoration Plan Engineering Proposal
  9. Consider Bids for Atwater Beach Boardwalk Extension Project
  10. Update on Public Works Collections Requests for Proposals
  11. Consider Resolution Amending Fee Schedule to Include Beekeeping Permits
  12. Consider Recommendation from Marketing Leadership Committee on 2016 Contracts

For residents that would like to review the current fee schedule, feel free to click this link.

Metro Market Store Opens in Shorewood

The new Shorewood Metro Market, 4075 N. Oakland Avenue, opens Tuesday, February 16, less than one year after Roundy's, the grocer's parent company, began demolition of the former Pick 'N Save location that stood just north of the new building. A ground-breaking for the new development took place last March 31.
A grand opening event is scheduled for Monday, February 15.  The Shorewood store officially opens at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16. Daily hours are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
"Excitement is bubbling over as our community welcomes this new store which will feature a superior shopping experience including an experienced and dedicated staff," said Guy Johnson, Shorewood Village President. "Because Shorewood is only one square mile, the store will positively impact the entire Village.  From families, to young adults and seniors, the store will offer something for everyone."

February 17 Joint Meeting with Village Board 
and Community Development Authority

The Community Development Authority (CDA) and Village Board will hold a joint meeting to review Shorewood's economic development accomplishments and updated financial projections, as well as to report on the status of each of the Village's four Tax Incremental Districts (TIDs). The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 17 at 6 p.m. in the lower level meeting room of the Village Center, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Based upon reports provided by the Village Finance Director and Ehlers & Associates, the Village's financial advisor, Shorewood's economic development programs since the inception of the CDA have prompted and supported eight (8) major new real estate developments projected to have added over $115 million to Shorewood's tax base over the period needed to close the associated TIDs.

Other accomplishments from CDA programs include additional increases in property value within the overall business district, as well as improvement of the overall vitality, walkability and attractiveness of the business district. Major streetscaping projects for North Oakland Avenue and Capitol Drive have been accomplished through TID financial support.

TID #1, encompassing Oakland Avenue from Glendale Avenue to Edgewood Drive and Capitol Drive from Downer Avenue to Wilson Drive, is expected to close in 2021, with spending for non-administrative activities ending by January 16, 2017. TID #1 has an approved 2016 expense budget for the year 2016. The CDA is recommending to continue to evaluate the possibility during 2016 of a small redevelopment project within TID #1, unidentified at this time, for an investment that meets the Village's strict criteria for financial support.

The CDA is also recommending to the Village Board that the Village transfer a portion of available TID #1 funds to the CDA in late 2016 to continue the following valuable economic development programs:
  • Continuation of the Village's successful façade program, at a reduced level of spending, for another 10 years. 
  • Establishment of a perpetual, District-wide revolving business loan program modeled after the one functioning since 2009 in TID #1.
  • Extension of business recruiting and retention, developer cultivation, program assessment, and community education programs another 10 years, also at diminished levels.
For more information, please review the comprehensive Shorewood TID Annual Report on the Village web site. This report is also available for on-site review in Village Hall and in the Shorewood Library. Please contact Village Manager Chris Swartz at 414.847.2701 should there be additional questions.

Photo Identification Needed for 2016 Voting

Beginning in 2016, voters will need to show proof of identification, commonly known as photo ID to be able to vote.  This requirement applies to all voters who vote on Election Day and most absentee voters, including those who vote in the Clerk's office.  

There are a number of documents that are acceptable forms of photo ID but the most common ones are a State of Wisconsin Driver License, State of Wisconsin ID Card, or U.S. Passport.  The photo ID does not need to have a current address.  

If you do not have an acceptable photo ID, you may be eligible for a free identification card from the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles.  More information can be found at bringit.wi.gov,, on the Village website, or by contacting Village Hall at 414.847.2700.  Please plan ahead to be sure you have acceptable photo ID when it's time to vote.
February 16 Spring Primary Election
The Spring Primary Election will be held next week on Tuesday, February 16.  The ballot will contain a Primary for Justice of the Supreme Court and Milwaukee County Executive.  Sample ballots can be found on the Village's website.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The Village has three polling locations: 
  • Village Center (3920 N Murray Ave.), 
  • Shorewood High School (1701 E Capitol Dr.)
  • Lake Bluff School (1600 E Lake Bluff Blvd).  

To find your polling place, please visit My Vote Wisconsin.

New Changes in 2016
Photo ID will now be required at the polling place for all elections.  For more information, see the Photo ID article in this Manager's Memo or visit Bring it to the Ballot.
The Village has obtained new voting equipment and voters will now fill in ovals with black ball point pens, instead of connecting arrows with special pens as was done previously.  For more information, view the video prepared by the Milwaukee County Election Commission.

Shorewood Men's Club Community Blood 

Drive Scheduled for February 13

The 27th annual Shorewood Men's Club Community Blood Drive will be held this Saturday, February 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Village Center.

Interested donors may contact Jeff Hanewall at 414.687.7418 for a reservation.

Walk-ins are welcome to donate blood.  The drive is conducted by the Blood Center of Wisconsin.

If you'd like to learn more information about the Shorewood Men's Club, feel free visit their website or Facebook page.

Citizen Police Academy begins February 25

In order to provide the citizens of Shorewood an opportunity to learn more about their police department, the Shorewood Police Department is once again hosting a Citizens' Academy. This year's Academy begins on Thursday, February 25. 
This popular program offers a unique, inside look at the day-to-day operations of the Shorewood Police Department. The purpose of the academy is to increase understanding between the participants and the department through education and interaction with officers. This makes people feel more comfortable and familiar with the police.
Some of the topics covered in the academy include: Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) laws, Traffic enforcement, Criminal law and the criminal justice system, Defensive tactics, Firearms, Domestic violence, Drugs and Crime prevention.
Participants also ride along with patrol officers from the Shorewood Police Department.
Those interested can apply online at www.villageofshorewood.org/police or complete a paper application available at the Shorewood Police Department. 

2016 Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year Competition

The Shorewood Connects Neighbors project is seeking applications for the sixth annual "Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year" competition.  Applications will be reviewed by an evaluation panel, and the winning neighborhood will be featured in the Shorewood Today magazine in addition to having an opportunity to march behind a "Neighborhood of the Year" banner at the Village's annual 4th of July parade.  Permanent street signs noting the award will be placed on the winning block.
Applications will be judged according to the following criteria: inclusiveness, extent of multi-generational involvement, communication and organization, and whether the block incorporates a service element.  Applications are limited to one per neighborhood--a neighborhood usually encompasses one to four blocks--and will be accepted through February 29, 2016. 
Applications are available on the Village website on the Shorewood Connects page.  They can be completed online and emailed to Sue Kelley at sue@suekelleyconsulting.com or can be printed and returned to Shorewood Connects c/o Shorewood Village Hall, 3930 N. Murray Avenue.
If you have any questions, please contact Sue Kelley, Shorewood Connects Facilitator at 414.961.7262 or sue@suekelleyconsulting.com.

Tax Preparation Tools at the Village Center

As you begin to prepare your 2015 taxes, remember that Shorewood has two great, free, resources available with tools to help you. The Shorewood Public Library offers paper tax forms, both state and federal, and also has a public access computer from which you can print any forms and instructions you may need. 
The Senior Resource Center engages AARP volunteers to offer free tax preparation assistance each year. This service is free and offered on a first come, first served basis. Tax assistance from AARP volunteers is every Thursday from 1-5 p.m. through April 14 at the Village Center. Learn about these and other tax tools & resources on the Library's website.
Student Artist-in-Residence Workshop at HarborChase Senior Living on February 20
The workshop is now re-scheduled for Saturday, February 20 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the HarborChase Senior Living Facility (1111 E. Capitol Drive).  

All Shorewood residents are invited and encouraged to attend this intergenerational event.
Shorewood was 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.  

Shorewood Employees "Go RED for Women"

On Friday, February 5, Village of Shorewood employees showed their support of national "GO RED FOR WOMEN Day" by wearing something red.  "GO RED FOR WOMEN" is a special one-day campaign to bring awareness to and support of women and their risks of heart disease and stroke.  Heart disease and stroke is the number one killer of women, yet it is 80% preventable.  Each year, 1 in 3 women lose their lives to heart disease and stroke.  This campaign strives to bring attention to this staggering fact.  As a result of building awareness, each year, millions of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends make changes, learn their risks and take action to live longer, healthier lives.  Kudos to our staff for supporting this worthwhile cause.

Next Shorewood Memory Cafe February 18

Shorewood's Memory Café meets again on Thursday, February 18 from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Three Lions Pub. 
New participants and their care partners are always welcome. 
Please RSVP in advance to Elizabeth Price, Shorewood Resource Center Director, 414.847.2727. 
This month's program will feature facts and trivia centered around Three Lions' history and its unique decorative items of interest, presented by our hosts' resident Brits. 
We'll also delve into the fascinating history and symbolism of Valentines, and make something 'of the heart' for a special someone.  

Coloring for Adults at the Shorewood Library

Relax, restore and be creative at Color me Happy - a coloring program just for grown-ups at the library on Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. Unleash your inner playful artist as you experiment with meditative coloring and art forms such as Zentangle. All adults are welcome, and we'll even provide some snacks. 

3rd Annual Seuss Birthday Celebration        

The Shorewood Public Library will be having the 3rd Annual Seuss Celebration on Saturday, February 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with some of your favorite stories by Dr. Seuss along with "Seuss-y" snacks, games and crafts.

All are invited to attend the event.  Festivities will be geared towards families with young children.

For more information about the Shorewood Public Library, feel free to visit their website.

Sustainable Shorewood Tip of the Week        

Great Backyard Bird Count
The Shorewood Conservation Committee is encouraging residents to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count from February 12-15.  In your own backyard, you can count birds for 15 or more minutes on one or more days.  Then, you can report those totals on the following website.  The website has easy to follow instructions for how to create an account and how to report your results.  Please contribute to this effort and help create a census of bird populations in the United States.

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
Seniors are often the most vulnerable and targeted group for financial scams. According to the National Crime Prevention Council, fraudulent telemarketers direct 56 percent to nearly 80 percent of their calls at older customers. Finding and prosecuting these criminals can be very difficult.Financial scams frequently go unreported because seniors do not know who to report to or may not realize they have been scammed. Some of the most common scams include health insurance fraud, telemarketing fraud, internet scams, charity scams, etc. To help prevent and identify potential scams follow these tips:
  • Never sign blank insurance claim forms
  • Don't buy from an unfamiliar company. Always check out unfamiliar companies with your local consumer protection agency ( Better Business Bureau, Wisconsin State Attorney General, The National Fraud Information Center)
  • Don't send money or give out personal information (i.e. bank account numbers, social security, dates of birth) to unknown persons or companies
  • If you suspect something is wrong, do not hesitate to call the police or family member/friend
  • Don't pay for services in advance
For more tips on senior scams please visit: https://www.ncoa.org
For more tips on general personal safety for senior citizens visit: www.wicrimeprevention.com

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, February 16 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. - Shorewood (appointment required)
  • Wednesday, February 17 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Brown Deer (appointment required)
Upcoming Adult Health Clinics
  • Wednesday, February 17 from 8 - 10 a.m. - Brown Deer (appointment required)
Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (No appointment required)
  • No upcoming blood pressure clinics
Upcoming Community Events

Children's Author Gordon Korman at Shorewood Library
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Shorewood Public Library

Shorewood Men's Club Community Blood Drive
Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Village Center

Sing-Along Saturday Story Time
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
Shorewood Public Library

Band O Rama Concert (Shorewood Bands Grades 4-12)
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School Arena

Shorewood Memory Cafe
Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Three Lions Pub

SHS Orchestra Benefit Concert
Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Shorewood High School Auditorium

Shorewood Resident Kenneth Kapp Debuts Book, The Slow and Painful Awakening of Herr Wilhelm Neimann
Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Boswell Books (2559 N Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI)

Student Art-in-Residence Workshop
Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 3 p.m.
HarborChase Senior Living (1111 E. Capitol Dr.)

Shorewood School District Art Show
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. (Opening)
Shorewood Public Library

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

3rd Annual Seuss Celebration
Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
Shorewood Public Library
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