- Arthur Ashe
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.

March 21 Village Board Highlights

The Village Board met on Monday, March 21 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 March 21, 2016
  2. Approved Special Privilege Application for Fence Installation within the Public Way at Residential Property 4324 N. Maryland Ave.
  3. Approved Special Privilege Application for Placement of Bicycle Racks in the Street in Front of 4417 N. Oakland Ave., Business Draft & Vessel
  4. Presented a Proclamationfor Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day
  5. Presented a Proclamation for Assistant Library Director Emily Passey
  6. Presented the Library Annual Report
  7. Presented the Customer Service / Clerk-Treasurer Annual Report
  8. Discussed Possible Relocation of Police Department
  9. Approved Agreement for Phase I Environmental Study for A B Data Building
  10. Approved Ordinance to Amend Section 6 of Chapter 409 of the General Ordinances of the Village of Shorewood Related to Restricting Residency of Sex Offenders in the Village of Shorewood
  11. Approved North Shore Environmental Health Consortium Fee Modification
  12. Approved Water Service Replacement Program
  13. Presented Southeast Combined Area Environmental Impact Study
  14. Approved Economic Development Grant for Reserve Liquor License for Metro Market Located at 4075 N. Oakland Ave., Owner Mega Marts LLC

Holiday Hours for Public Buildings

Due to the holiday weekend, the Village of Shorewood will have alternative hours.  
 
Village Hall, the Department of Public Works and the Police Department front office will be closed on Friday, March 25.  The Police Department front office will also be closed Sunday, March 27.
 
The Shorewood Public Library will be opened on Friday and Saturday but will be closed Sunday, March 27.

Thanks from the Village Manager's Office
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 our safety and well-being while we spend time with family and friends.  We thank these heroes for their devotion to the Shorewood community!

Public Meeting on Possible Ghost Train Installation Scheduled for this Thursday

Shorewood's Public Art Committee is proposing a new installation called 'The Ghost Train', an artistic sensory experience which will enable visitors to travel back in history, imagining the round-trip journey of the 'Twin Cities 400' which was operated by the Chicago and North Western Railway from 1935-1963 and crossed Capitol Drive at the Oak Leaf Trail Bridge. 
           
The Ghost Train designer is Marty Peck, principal of Creative Lighting Design & Engineering, a Germantown-based firm specializing in the expressive use of light in architecture. Through innovative lighting and sound technology, Peck will create the allusion of a Ghost Train crossing the bridge twice each evening to recall the schedule, speed and drama of the passing of this historic 400 train.  At other times the bridge will have a subtler artistic illumination. A comprehensive traffic study for this project will be conducted prior to the installation to ensure that any potential traffic safety issues are addressed.
           
The Ghost Train Committee is currently in the process of fundraising for the project and securing Village Board approval before the project design phase begins. A community meeting to introduce The Ghost Train to Shorewood is planned for Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Village Center. If the proposal is accepted by the Village Board, the tentative Ghost Train launch time frame is October 2016, providing an exciting lead into Shorewood's 100th anniversary celebration in 2017.

Discussion about the Possible Relocation of the Police Department Building Continues

There is still time to attend one of the upcoming sessions and public meetings on the possible relocation of the Police Department building. 
 
Upcoming sessions and public meetings will provide the public more information and initiate more discussion.  These sessions include:
  • 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.
To view the presentation Chief Nimmer presented at a previous Village Board meeting click here.

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 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.
April 5 Spring Election Information
The Spring Election will be held on April 5.  The ballot will contain the Presidential Preference, Justice of the Supreme Court, a number of Circuit Court Judges, County Executive, County Comptroller, County Supervisor, Village Trustee, Municipal Judge, and School Board Members.  Sample ballots are available on the Village's website.
 
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. of Election Day.  The Village has three polling locations: Village Center, 3920 N Murray Ave., Shorewood High School, 1701 E Capitol Drive, and Lake Bluff School, 1600 E Lake Bluff Blvd. Find your polling place at My Vote Wisconsin.
 
Photo ID
Photo ID will be now required at the polling place for all Elections.  For more information, please visit Bring it to the Ballot.
 
Absentee Voting
In-person absentee voting at Village Hall will be held Monday, March 21 through Friday, April 1 during normal office hours, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Please note that Village Hall will be closed on Friday, March 25 and no absentee voting will be conducted that day.  
 
Absentee ballots are now available for mailing.  If you would like a ballot mailed to you, please submit a completed Application for Absentee Ballot to the Village of Shorewood, Attn: Village Clerk-Treasurer, 3930 N Murray Ave, Shorewood WI 53211.  A copy of your Photo ID must accompany your application.
 
New Voting Equipment
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.
Road Closure on Olive Street through Next Week
There will be a road closure on the 1700 block of Olive Street between Oakland Ave. and Bartlett Ave. for approximately one week.  Earlier this week crew members completed water installation. Crew members are now working on storm sewer and sanitary sewer installation, which should take several days.  This block of Olive Street will be shut down until installation is fully completed.  If you have questions about the road closure, please contact the Department of Public Works at 414.847.2650.
Setup a Block Party this Year to Connect and Celebrate with your Neighborhood
Block parties provide an opportunity for neighbors to get together and socialize which builds strong neighborhoods.  These strong neighborhood bonds, in turn, make Shorewood a great place to live. 

If you are interested in holding a neighborhood block party, the process is simple.  Just complete the application form and submit it to: Customer Service Department, 3930 N. Murray Avenue, Shorewood, Wis., 53211 or email the form, at least three (3) weeks prior to your planned event.  Please be sure to read the guidelines as well to help make your block party a safe, successful event. 
Shorewood Historical Society Presents Shorewood in Pictures
In the early 1920s, the Presbyterian Church erected a tent on the property where they would build their first church on the corner of Oakland and Kenmore. The building they erected ("the little white church") is currently the home of the Shorewood Press and Robert Laurence Hair Studio.
Life in early 20th century Shorewood was captured by amateur photographer, Charles Sheldon. His pictures of church groups, store owners, double-deck buses, National Guard troops on parade, street scenes with open lots and even a few farm animals help us to imagine what life was like in early Shorewood.
 
Forty-one of Sheldon's pictures are now online for public viewing.   More pictures will be added to the online collection on a regular basis.   Digitizing pictures addresses two Shorewood Historical Society goals:  to bring Shorewood's story to the public in an easily accessible format, and to preserve the original photos.  To view the Sheldon pictures, log on to shorewoodhistory.org and click on Shorewood  Photos.
Share Shorewood:  Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Week Approaching on May 1-7
The Village of Shorewood's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee is celebrating "Share Shorewood:  Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Week" from May 1-7.  Several bicycle and pedestrian friendly activities and educational events will take place throughout the week for the community to participate in.
 
The week will end with a Bike Rodeo coordinated by the Recreation and Community Services Department, North Shore Fire Rescue, Shorewood Police Department, North Shore Health Department, and Rainbow Jersey Bicycles. The Bike Rodeo will take place on Saturday, May 7 and has two check in times: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Atwater Elementary School. This is a great event for children and families to get our their bikes, learn a few helpful safety tips, interact with Shorewood's Police Department, and maybe even receive a few giveaways. Please register in advance through the Shorewood Recreation Department. 
 
If you'd like to receive updates or learn more about the events that will be planned, feel free to like the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee's Facebook Page.  Stay tuned for more updates in the near future!

Congrats to the Shorewood Woman's Club on their 80th Anniversary

Congratulations to the Shorewood Woman's Club who marked their 80th anniversary this month with a wonderful celebration. 
 
The Club welcomes women of all ages from Shorewood and beyond. Their mission includes serving the community through local, statewide and international programs and projects. Thanks for all you do for our community.

Shorewood Men's Club Easter Egg Hunt 

One of the most joyous events is watching the spectacle of hundreds of Shorewood children collecting 8,000 Easter eggs at Hubbard Park. The Shorewood Men's Club hosts an annual Easter Egg Hunt, and this year it will be Saturday, March 26.
 
SMC members who wish to volunteer should arrive at 7:30 a.m. to help distribute the eggs. Children of all ages (and their parents) are invited to find eggs beginning at 9 a.m. Easter eggs will be gathered based on age-group.  Toddlers, 4-6 year olds, and 7-10 year olds will each have a chance to find eggs. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance as well. 
 
The event is held at Hubbard Park, 3565 Morris Blvd. Due to the some reconstruction at the park you will need to pass through the large car tunnels to enter the park.

Register for Story Time at the Library

Registration for lapsit and toddler story times began on Monday, March 21. 
 
The morning lapsit (6-23 month olds) session is now full, but there are still spots in the morning toddler session (2-3 year olds). 
 
If you prefer evening activities, there's an age inclusive story time for 6 month through 3 year olds with early literacy activities suited to the development of young minds. 
 
Register online, in person or over the phone.  Learn more about story time offerings on our website.

Sustainable Shorewood Tip of the Week        

How to Clean Your Home Naturally - Dishwasher
Use liquid or whole soap nuts in your dishwasher by filling the soap dispensers. Add white vinegar to the rinse-aid compartment. Every month or two, run a gallon of white vinegar through an empty dishwasher cycle. (For really bad build-up, dishwasher cleaners of 100% citric acid can be used on occasion.) Baking soda can be added to help soften water, deodorize plastics or assist in cleaning, but only in small amounts (1/8 to 1/4 cup per load) to prevent residue.
 

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
March 21-26 is National Poison Prevention Week.  Poisoning is the leading cause of all injury deaths and one of the top causes of non-fatal emergency room visits.  Each year over a million visits to the emergency room are due to poisonings.  Drugs (both legal and illegal) cause the vast majority of poisoning deaths.  Medications that are helpful in therapeutic doses may be deadly when taken in excess or by people they are not prescribed for.  Approximately 95% of the ER visits for accidental medication overdoses are in young children, and up to 20% of pediatric poisonings involve a grandparent's medication.   Help protect children with the following tips:
  • Take a minute to program the Poison Center's number (1.800.222.1222) into your cell phone contact list. 
  • Store all medicines out of reach and out of sight.
  • Never call a medicine "candy" to encourage a child to take it.
  • Use child-resistant packaging whenever possible, but remember that "child-resistant" is not "child-proof."
  • Dispose of unused or expired medicine in a safe manner, as described at the FDA website.   Locally, many police departments in the Milwaukee area collect medicine. Visit MMSD's website to see if your local police department provides this service.
  • Carefully monitor the use of medicines prescribed for children and teens, such as medicines for ADD or depression.
  • To learn more about how to keep your children safe visit SafeKids.org.
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Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required) - Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414.371.2980.
  • Tuesday, April 12 from 10 - 11 a.m. - Brown Deer
  • Thursday, April 14 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. - Shorewood
  • Note - We will not be holding an immunization clinic at the North Shore Library on March 29. The next immunization clinic at the North Shore Library will be April 26.
Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (appointment required) - Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414.371.2980.
  • Wednesday, April 20 from 8 - 10 a.m. - Brown Deer
  • Tuesday, April 26 from 8 - 10 a.m. - Shorewood
Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (walk-ins welcome - no appointment necessary)
  • Note - We will not be holding a blood pressure screening at the North Shore Library on March 29. The next blood pressure screening at the North Shore Library will be April 26.
Upcoming Community Events

Public Meeting on the Ghost Train
Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
Village Center Lower Level Meeting Room

Shorewood Men's Club Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 9 a.m.
Hubbard Park

Spring Election
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Polling locations include Village Center, Shorewood High School, and Lake Bluff Elementary School

Solar Shorewood Group Buy Information Session
Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Three Lions Pub

Share Shorewood:  Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Week
Sunday, May 1 through Saturday, May 7, 2016
Village of Shorewood
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