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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.

Village to Hold Informational Sessions on New Police Department Headquarters

Since 2006, Village and Police officials have been extensively researching possible solutions to the Shorewood Police Department's need for a new facility. The public is invited to attend upcoming informational sessions to better understand challenges related to the current headquarters, learn about the studies and review potential solutions that have been evaluated.

Sessions will include:
  • Monday, March 7 - 7:30 p.m. - Village Board Meeting, Police Station Presentation, Discussion, and Community Input
  • Saturday, March 12 - 10 a.m. - Town hall meeting to be held at Police Department headquarters located at 3936 N Murray Ave. Tours of the current facility will be provided.
  • Monday, March 21 - 7:30 p.m. - Village Board Meeting, Discussion with updates on community input to date, further community input will be taken. 
  • Monday, April 4 - 7:30 p.m. - Village Board Meeting, Discussion with updates on community input to date, further community input will be taken.
  • Monday, April 18 - 7:30 p.m. - Village Board Meeting, Discussion and possible consideration of Option to purchase AB Data building.
The Shorewood Police Department is currently housed in a joint use facility with North Shore Fire Department. The police department staff of 33 employees occupies 5,000 sq. feet of the lower level while the fire station occupies the upper level of the building. Constructed in 1927, the building no longer adequately serves the needs of a modern law enforcement agency. 

A facility feasibility study conducted in 2007 by the Zimmerman Design Group, a leader in police architecture, led to the exploration of possible remodeling or a rebuild of the current facility as well as a move to one of several possible locations. After a thorough vetting process, Village and Police officials believe that the A.B. Data building at 4057 N. Wilson Drive meets the all the needs of a modern police department today and for the foreseeable future.

The Village board has built this project into its long-term financial plan and final consideration for approval for the purchase is anticipated at the April 18 meeting. The goal is for the new facility to be in place by summer 2017.

In the meantime, the Village, Police Department and Public Safety Committee encourage residents to attend the informational sessions and provide feedback or questions to Chief Nimmer at 414.847.2616 or Chris Swartz at 414.847.2701.  If you'd like to read the White Paper for the Police Department Facility, feel free to click here.
Online Parking Permission Module Now Active
The Village of Shorewood's overnight parking permission online module is now active.  Residents and visitors who need to park on the street will be required to use the online parking permission module on the Village website to request overnight parking.  Residents or visitors will be allowed 20 free permissions each calendar year per license plate.  Once a resident or visitor uses their 20 permissions they will no longer be able to request overnight parking permissions.  If you exceed the 20 permissions you must contact the Customer Service Department and apply for one of the other parking permit options.  

Please visit the online overnight parking permission site by clicking here.  If you have questions about acquiring long-term parking permits, contact the Customer Service Department at 414.847.2700.
Village Marketing Study Forums on March 14 and March 21 Looking for Volunteers
The Village of Shorewood will be hosting three group forums on March 14 and 21 to allow residents, business owners and neighboring residents a chance to provide their perspective about Shorewood.  

The comments in the group forums will be valuable data for future marketing decisions for the Village and putting together the final marketing survey, which will be available for all the public in April.

The three group forums will occur at the following days and times:


Monday, March 14

  • Business & Realtors Forum from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Residents Forum from 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.
Monday, March 21
  • Neighbors Forum (Individuals who live in Bayside, Fox Point, Glendale, Mequon, Wauwatosa, Whitefish Bay and the east side of Milwaukee) from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
The Village hired Sue Northey who works for the company Branding Breakthroughs.  Ms. Northey specializes in working with organizations to conduct marketing studies and improve an organization's or community's ability to attract and retain people of multi-generations.  Ms. Northey will be facilitating the group forums on March 14 and 21.

Those individuals that would like to participate or have additional questions about the forums should contact Ms. Northey at ShorewoodResearch@gmail.com.  Participants will be selected based on demographic information in order to establish a diverse and representative pool.  Selected participants will also receive a $25 gift card to thank them for their efforts and time commitment. The location for the group forums will be sent to participants.  
Wilson Drive Task Force Makes Progress
On February 24, the Wilson Drive Steering Committee and four work groups met together for the first time.  The Steering Committee gave the work groups an update of what has transpired over the last year, what everyone's role is and the project timeline.  Many residents also came to participate as the whole community is the Task Force.  The work groups (environment, development, parks & recreation and traffic & safety) divided into their individual groups and began generating ideas under their group theme.  Afterwards, each work group reported out to the entire committee.  The Steering Committee will meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The work groups will join the Steering Committee the fourth Wednesday of each month.  An open house event is tentatively scheduled for June, seeking public input from priority ideas generated from each work group. 
Public comments are encouraged throughout this process.  A project email wilsondriveproject@villageofshorewood.org was created to better collect comments. To stay in touch, make sure to sign up for notifications and check out the project webpage at www.villageofshorewood.org/wilsondrive for updates as well.  All materials distributed to the committee and work groups are available on the website or in the Planning & Development Department at Village Hall.  Call Planning Director Ericka Lang at 414.847.2647 with any questions.

Shorewood Schools Summit Starts Next Week

Applications for Shorewood Neighborhood of the Year Competition Due Next Monday

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.
Leisure Lane Open at the Metro Market
The Shorewood Metro Market is trying something new at the request of Shorewood Connects Senior-Friendly Business Project.  

On the 2nd floor, look for a "Leisure Lane" checkout option between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. for shoppers needing a little extra time to pay for groceries. 

There are also a couple of "Senior Parking" spaces on this level (Level C of the parking garage).  

If the Leisure Lane proves successful, it may be replicated on the first floor as well.  

A special thank you to the volunteers from the Shorewood Senior Resource Center who have been helping to educate people at the store.

Citizen Police Academy Delayed to the Fall

The Citizen's Police Academy will be delayed due to the limited amount of interest at this time.  The Police Department will promote the program again in the Fall.
This 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.  The Police Department will review the applications starting in the Fall.

Village of Shorewood Posts 2016 Budget Book on Website

The 2016 Budget Book is now online. Feel free to check it out and identify some of the main initiatives for 2016. 

Finance Director Mark Emanuelson worked hard to ensure that the Village has a budget that not only outlines our revenues and expenditures, but includes a community profile and 2025 Vision Plan summary that helps tell the story about the community. 

If you have any questions about the 2016 Budget Book, feel free to call Mark Emanuelson at 414-847-2607.

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 and resources on the Library's website.

2016 MMSD Rain Garden Plant Sale

Help manage water where it falls with discounted plants for your rain garden. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD) and the Graham-Martin Foundation's rain garden plant sale starts now and is open to customers within MMSD's service area. Plants are provided at about a 50% discount (compared to retail prices). In addition to the plant sale, MMSD is offering a FREE Rain Garden Design Workshop where you can learn about rain gardens, plant selection, and plant care.  
For more information about the rain garden plant sale or an upcoming rain garden design workshop, feel free to visit the MMSD website.

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        

Houseplants Clean Indoor Air
We all know that vegetation helps keep air clean and sequesters carbon outdoors, but have you considered the air-cleansing properties of indoor plants? NASA research has revealed that all plants remove certain impurities through natural photosynthesis, but certain species are even more aggressive sponges of many common toxins and carcinogens, including benzene, formaldahyde, and trichloroethylene, thereby helping us fortify against cancers, asthma, allergies, auto-immune disorders and other diseases.

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
February is American Heart Month, the perfect time to change up your lifestyle and improve heart health. According to the Centers Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. Though anyone can be at risk, African American men are affected more by heart disease than other races or ethnicities. This February during American Heart Month, Million Hearts is encouraging men to start a new heart-healthy behavior. You can help prevent heart disease and decrease your risk by making healthier choices and managing your health. Improve your heart health by following these simple tips:
  • Manage your weight
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation
  • Use spices instead of salt to season your food
  • Get active and eat healthy
For more tips and information visit: http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/ and http://www.heart.org
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.
Upcoming Community Events

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

Town Hall Meeting for Police Department Headquarters
Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Police Department Facility

Shorewood Marketing Business and Realtors Group Forum (must register to attend)
Monday, March 14, 2016 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location TBD once you register and are selected

Shorewood Marketing Residents Group Forum (must register to attend)
Monday, March 14, 2016 from 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.
Location TBD once you register and are selected

Shorewood Marketing Neighbors Group Forum (must register to attend)
Monday, March 21, 2016 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location TBD once you register and are selected
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