- David Attenborough
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.

April 18 Village Board Highlights

The Village Board met on Monday, April 18 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 April 18, 2016
  2. Presented Proclamation for Arbor Day
  3. Presented Police Annual Report
  4. Presented 2015 NR 216 (Stormwater) Annual Report
  5. Discussed Option to Purchase for Relocation of Police Department
  6. Approved Resolution 2016-04 Declaring Official Intent to Reimburse Expenditures from Proceeds of Borrowing
  7. Approved Contract for 2016 Sanitary Sewer Lining Program
  8. Approved Special Privilege Applications for Outdoor Seating in the Public Way
  9. Approved Recommendation of Wilson Drive Steering Committee to Purchase MySidewalk Civic Engagement Online Platform

Village Recruiting Volunteers for Boards, Committees and Commissions

The Village of Shorewood is seeking applications for several boards, committees and commissions, which includes: Board of Appeals, Board of Review, Conservation Committee, Design Review Board, Elder Services Advisory Committee, Parks Commission, Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Committee, Plan Commission, and the Public Art Committee.
Please visit the Village of Shorewood website to learn about the different boards, committees and commissions.  If you are interested in applying for these appointments, please submit your application to the Clerk's Office. Applications will begin to be reviewed on Wednesday, May 11 as the application process will remain open. 

Applications will be reviewed and appointments set for interviews with the Village Board's Judiciary, Personnel and Licensing (JPL) Committee. Feel free to download a printable application or an online application.  Please feel free to contact Village Clerk-Treasurer Tanya O'Malley at 414.847.2608 or via email at tomalley@villageofshorewood.org if you have questions.
Applications are kept on file for two years. You may also review the list of Boards, Committees and Commissions and submit applications for any selection that is not listed above. Your application may be considered during the year if a vacancy occurs. 

Village Board will Consider Potential Relocation of Police Department in May

The Village Board met on Monday, April 18 to discuss the option to purchase the A B Data building.  It was determined that an environmental study needs to be completed at the A B Data building before the Village makes a final determination.  The Village will consider to fund and complete the study in time for the May 16 meeting for the Village Board to consider relocating the Police Department.

To view the presentation Chief Nimmer presented at a previous Village Board meeting click here.

The Village, Police Department and Public Safety Committee encourage residents to 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.
New Civic Information Center at the Library
Library Director Rachel Collins, Assistant Library Director Emily Passey and Planning Director Ericka Lang with the Civic Information Center.
The Village of Shorewood and Shorewood Library unveiled their joint project, a Civic Information Center (CIC) kiosk at the library, this week. The CIC serves as a repository for documents generated by the Village concerning operations and special projects, such as the current Wilson Drive initiative.  

All the documents found at the CIC are also available on the Village of Shorewood website. The Civic Information Center is located near the Library's information desk and librarians on staff can assist you in copying documents, finding electronic copies, and seeking more information. 
Feel free to read more about the CIC on the Library's website.

Fourth of July Committee Asking for Nominations for Parade Marshall 

The Village of Shorewood Fourth of July Committee is now accepting nominations for the July 4th Parade Marshall.  Who do you think best represents the Shorewood community? 

Please submit your nomination of 100 words or less to Jenny Heyden at jenny@shorewoodwi.com by May 6.  

Parade Marshall will be determined by the Fourth of July Planning Committee in mid-May. 

Four Public Meetings Now Scheduled for Residents to Learn about Solar Shorewood

Solar Shorewood is a grassroots residential and commercial group purchasing program for solar. This program is offered through a partnership between the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and the Village of Shorewood. Home and business owners throughout Shorewood may participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable than ever. 

The program will launch in April and will feature free information sessions through July. The first free information session (called a Solar Power Hour) will be Tuesday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at Three Lions Pub at 4515 N Oakland Ave.  The other three scheduled Solar Power Hour sessions occur:
  • Tuesday, May 24 at 6 p.m. at the Shorewood Village Center
  • Monday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Colectivo in Shorewood
  • Wednesday, July 13 at 6 p.m. at the Camp Bar in Shorewood

If you have initial questions, please feel free to visit the Solar Shorewood website or email Peter Murphy, who works for MREA, atpeterm@midwestrenew.org .

Seeking Volunteers for Spring Yard Clean-Up on April 30
Last call for Spring Yard Clean-up volunteers! Organizers are still looking for 50 volunteers to help with the event on Saturday, April 30.  

Form a group of friends, family or neighbors and spend a couple hours outside helping elderly and handicapped residents of Shorewood.  

Volunteers meet at Kingo Lutheran Church at 9 am for a light breakfast and to get assignments.  No assignment is more than two hours long.  

To volunteer, text YARD to 313131 or contact Michelle Boehm at 414.698.4369 or michelle.boehm@sbcglobal.net.  Please sign-up by April 25.
Shorewood Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Week Scheduled May 1 through May 7
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee is coordinating an engaging, fun-filled week for Shorewood residents.  The Shorewood Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Week will take place May 1 through May 7.  

Down below is a list of all the fun activities that you can participate in with friends and family.  Feel free to sign up on the Shorewood Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Week Facebook page to receive clues to the scavenger hunt and other fun facts.  Gift cards will be given out as prizes to several participants in the events.  

If you have questions, feel free to contact Assistant Village Manager Tyler Burkart at tburkart@villageofshorewood.org or 414.847.2705.
  • Scavenger Hunt.  Starting May 2, once a day, clues will be shared with residents on the Facebook page to help them find a medallion hidden in Shorewood.  The first person to find the medallion will win a $25 gift card.
  • Crossings Theatrical Event.  On May 3 from 3:30 - 5 p.m., you can come join and watch the fun as the Village teams up with UW-Milwaukee students to walk through Shorewood and show everyone how fun and safe crossing the street can be through short theatrical performances.  The performances are sponsored by Metro Market.  Click here for more information and sign up to volunteer.
  • Taste of Shorewood and 5K Fun Run.  The Shorewood BID will be kicking off their Taste of Shorewood campaign on Friday, May 5.  We encourage residents to walk and bike to the local restaurants to enjoy these amazing local businesses.  Share photos of you at the local businesses on the Facebook page to win a prize.  There will be a 5K fun run coordinated through the Village that residents can participate in.  Sign up through the Facebook page.
  • Bike Rodeo.  The Shorewood Recreation Department will be having the Bike Rodeo on Saturday, May 7 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Hear safety tips, learn traffic rules and have your helmet fitted.  The Senior Resource Center will be there to install free bike bells donated by the Shorewood Men's Club.  You can sign up for this event on the Shorewood Recreation Department website.
  • Throughout the Week.  On the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Week Facebook page, you can share a number of things to win other great prizes.  You can either share photos of things you witnessed during your walk in Shorewood, share sidewalk art encouraging residents to "Share the Walk", share a Google maps image of your favorite walking or biking routes and even participate in one of the self-guided historical walking tours that will be shared on the Facebook page.

Weekly Highlight from Shorewood Schools Superintendent Bryan Davis

With summer quickly approaching, I would like to take a second to remind the community that our Shorewood Recreation Department is offering a variety of unique and diverse classes for all ages to enjoy in the new Summer 2016 Activity Guide. 
Some of the classes have been staple offerings for many years, and some classes, such as Get Your Feet Wet in Filmmaking, are brand new. Registration for residents is now open, so check out the course offerings today and sign up here before classes fill up.
Village of Shorewood Recognized as a 2015 Tree City USA
The Village of Shorewood was named a 2015 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Started in 1976, the Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Shorewood achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements:
  • A tree board or department
  • A tree-care ordinance
  • An annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita
  • An Arbor Day observance and proclamation
"Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation.  "Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."

If you'd like to review more information on the program, feel free to visit the following website.

Atwater Beach Cleanup Scheduled April 23

Shorewood neighbors and community members are coordinating a family-friendly beach cleanup at Atwater Beach.

The cleanup will begin Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. Shorewood Waters Project is supplying the gear necessary for the cleanup.  

Bags and gloves will be available for anyone who wants to drop in and help out.

There is no sign-up needed for the event.  Please feel free to show up when you can and lend a helping hand.  

Thank you to all those community members willing to help keep our Village clean! 

Personal Safety Tips from the Shorewood Police Department 

As the weather starts to warm up more and more residents will take advantage of the nice weather and explore the walkable community that is Shorewood, WI.  As you walk through the village please keep these safety tips in mind:
  • Stay aware of your surroundings.  Thieves are looking for opportunities to commit crime and a person paying too much attention to the storefront windows or their telephone makes for an easy target.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or wearing expensive jewelry while in public.  Thieves are very observant and will take particular attention of individuals that display a large amount of cash when paying for items or are wearing expensive jewelry on their person.    
  • Deter pickpockets by carrying your purse close to your body or by carrying your wallet inside a front pants pocket. 
  • At night time, always try to stay in well-lit areas.  Thieves do not want to see be seen and will try to strike in areas where they can easily conceal themselves.
  • Whenever possible, walk with another person.  A person walking alone is a much more inviting target to a criminal than is a pair or group of people walking together. 
  • When crossing the street, always cross at the intersection.  Also do not assume that the oncoming traffic sees you and/or will yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk.  Only enter the crosswalk when it is safe to do so and try to make eye contact with the driver to ensure that they see you and are yielding the right of way to you.     

Book Some Time with Your Family!

Celebrate the importance of reading to and with your kids this spring. From April 10 through May 7 submit your photos of your family "booking" some time together. 

Parents, grandparents or guardians can email a picture of you reading with or to your child/children to Heide Piehler at heide.piehler@mcfls.org. Photos will be displayed in the library, on our social media and website with your consent.
All families submitting photos will be entered in a drawing for gift cards to Boswell Books or Barnes & Noble so they may add to their children's home library collection! Learn more on our website.
This contest is generously funded by the Friends of Shorewood Library. Happy reading!

Sustainable Shorewood Tip of the Week        

Mulch Your Landscape 
Not only is mulching a great way to prevent weeds from springing up in your garden, it's also an ideal method of conserving soil moisture. In areas with watering restrictions, this is especially important. Add a 2 to 3-inch layer of the mulch of your choice to your garden beds and around landscape plants. Sustainable mulch options include: shredded bark, cocoa bean hulls, pine needles, grass clippings, and coir (made from coconut hulls).

To find out the other 9 sustainable gardening tips from Better Homes and Gardens, feel free to click here.

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
April 16-23 is National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). NIIW is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs. Immunizations have made great achievement and a positive impact on the lives of infants and children. Some of the milestones reached include:
  • Through immunization, we can now protect infants and children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age two.
  • Vaccines have drastically reduced infant death and disability caused by preventable diseases in the United States
  • In the 1950's, nearly every child developed measles, and unfortunately, some even died from this serious disease. Today, many practicing physicians have never seen a case of measles.
  • Routine childhood immunization in one birth cohort prevents about 20 million cases of disease and about 42,000 deaths. It also saves about $13.5 billion in direct costs.
  • The National Immunization Survey has consistently shown that childhood immunization rates for vaccines routinely recommended for children remain at or near record levels.
The North Shore Health Department prevents vaccine preventable diseases through our Immunization Program. Immunizations are provided to uninsured, underinsured and in some limited cases for some vaccines, private payers. Additionally, the health department provides education and outreach to residents, healthcare providers, school nurses, media, and others on the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases and current vaccine recommendations. In 2015, the NSHD offered 60 immunization clinics and 13 flu clinics.
Car Seat Recycle Day
  • Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • If your car seat is old, damaged, not usable, was involved in a car crash or bought at a thrift store, it could be putting children at risk for injury. Help get these car seats out of use by bringing it to the car seat recycle day at the North Shore Fire Rescue Station 81, 4401 W. River Lane, Brown Deer, WI
Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required) - Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414.371.2980.
  • Tuesday, April 26 from 4 - 5 p.m. - North Shore Library
Upcoming Adult Health Clinics (appointment required) - Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414.371.2980.
  • Tuesday, April 26 from 8 - 10 a.m. - Shorewood
Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (walk-ins welcome - no appointment necessary)
  • Tuesday, April 26 from 3:30 - 4 p.m. - North Shore Library
  • Wednesday, April 27 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Shorewood
Upcoming Community Events

Atwater Beach Clean Up
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Atwater Beach

Solar Shorewood Group Buy Information Session
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Three Lions Pub

Spring Yard Clean-Up
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 9 a.m.
Breakfast beforehand at Kingo Lutheran Church

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

North Shore Bank Community Shredding Event
Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 9 - 11 a.m.
North Shore Bank, 4414 N. Oakland Ave.

Solar Shorewood Group Buy Information Session
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Shorewood Village Center
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