"Help others and give something back.  I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life." 

- Arnold Schwarzenegger
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.

May 16 Village Board Highlights

The Village Board met on Monday, May 16 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 May 16, 2016
  2. Approved Reappointments to Boards, Committees and Commissions
    • Board of Appeals - Lance Mueller
    • Community Development Authority - Andrea Roschke
    • Conservation Committee - Sue Murphy Yerkes, Roland Schroeder
    • Library Board - Alex Handelsman
    • Parks Commission - Ellen Eckman, Jaime Jacoby
    • Plan Commission - Barbara Kiely Miller
    • Police Commission - Anthony Erba
    • Public Art Committee - Eve Sappenfield
  3. Approved Appointment of Michael Paulson for a term expiring in May 2018 on the Board of Appeals
  4. Approved Application for Temporary Cabaret License for Three Lions Pub UEFA Euro 2016 Final, 4500 Block of N. Oakland Ave., July 10, 2016
  5. Discussed Funding for 2016-2017 Capital Improvement Plan Regarding Alleys, Sidewalks, Park Improvements, Public Works Facilities and Street Lighting
  6. Discussed Police Department Building and Option to Purchase the AB Data Building at 4057 N. Wilson Drive
  7. Approved Resolution 2016-06 Relative to Approval of an Amendment to Exhibit C of the "Domestic Animal Control Services Agreement" for the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission
  8. Presented 2015 Village Financial Audit (Page 52 - Link)
  9. Approved Economic Development Grant for Reserve Liquor License for Cloud Red at 4488 N. Oakland Ave., Owner Village Pub of Shorewood, LLC
  10. Approved Endorsing Bring Your Bag Shorewood Campaign
  11. Presented Proclamation for National Public Works Week (page 29 - Link)
  12. Presented 2015 Performance Measurement Report (Page 32 - Link)

Thank You to Residents for their Service on Volunteer Committees and Commissions

Throughout the year, the Village of Shorewood has several residents who volunteer their time to be on Village committees and commissions to help make important recommendations for our community.  

There are a few residents who will be stepping down from their appointed committees after several years of late meetings and countless efforts working with the community to initiate programs and ideas.  The Village thanks the following people for their service:
  • Board of Appeals - David Drews, Gregg Shaffer
  • Conservation Committee - Maria Terres-Sandgren, Kim Forbeck
  • Design Review Board - David Drews, Radka Pelikanova
  • Elder Services Advisory Board - Alex Hill
  • Parks Commission - Kenneth Cole
  • Ped and Bike Safety Committee - Don Natzke, Alex Hill, Gilbert Walter
  • Plan Commission - Susan Buchanan, Tom Hagedorn
  • Police Commission - Norman Lasca
  • Recreation & Community Services Advisory Committee - Barbara Weber

Capitol Dr. Crosswalk Replacement Update & Upcoming Road Closure for Oakland Ave.

The Village of Shorewood has a few construction projects that are occurring throughout the next few weeks. Below is a quick summary on each of the projects:
Capitol Drive Crosswalks Replacement
The replacement of the failed paver crosswalks on E. Capitol Dr. began Monday, May 16.  The current paver design will be replaced with concrete.  Work in this first phase will be concentrated in the intersections of N. Wilson Dr., N. Morris Blvd. and N. Newhall St.; traffic control will stretch from a point west of the Wilson Dr. intersection to near N. Bartlett St.  To facilitate the work, traffic is being reduced to a single lane in each direction. Once work is completed in this first stage, traffic will be moved to the other lane so the work can be completed. Weather permitting the roadway should be completely reopened to traffic in approximately four weeks. Click here to see the traffic staging illustration.

Upcoming Road Closure on Oakland Avenue between Wood Place and Kenmore Place
There will be an upcoming road closure on Oakland Avenue between E. Wood Place and E. Kenmore Place.  This closure is required for finalizing some road repairs and crosswalk improvements.  The road closure will take place from May 31 through June 2.  The work will be done in two phases.  Phase 1 will close the northbound and parking lanes of Oakland Avenue beginning 5:30 a.m. on May 31, and the closure will remain in effect until 2 p.m. on June 2, when all lanes will reopen.  Phase 2 will close the southbound lane and northbound lane of Oakland Avenue between 10:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. beginning the evening of May 31 and into the morning of June 1.  These lanes will reopen as of 5 a.m.  Please refer to the maps if you have questions about the detour routes.  If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Edic with Briohn Building at 262.790.5000.
Shorewood Marketing Survey Live on Friday
Do you live in one of the following communities?
  • Bayside
  • Fox Point
  • Glendale
  • Mequon
  • Milwaukee's East Side
  • Shorewood
  • Wauwatosa
  • Whitefish Bay
If so, the Village of Shorewood would love to hear from you. We are conducting an online survey to better understand how individuals and businesses perceive Shorewood and its neighboring communities.
The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and two lucky people will be selected to win a $100 Amazon gift card. The following survey link will be live from May 20 through June 6. If you are interested in participating, please click here to get started.  If you have questions, please contact Assistant Village Manager Tyler Burkart at tburkart@villageofshorewood.org or at 414.847.2705.
Assessment Field Work Starting May 23
Accurate Appraisal, the Village of Shorewood's contracted assessor, will be performing maintenance field work for the Village beginning May 23.  The fieldwork will take approximately four days.   Accurate will be physically viewing any property that has changed from the previous year.  This includes all new construction, property splits, and properties that have been issued a building permit.  The goal is to keep properties updated and value them on a fair and equitable basis.  
Property value change notices will be mailed around June 1 with open book meetings held on Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16 at Village Hall.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Accurate Appraisal LLC at 1.800.770.3927 or email at question@accurateassessor.com.  All property data can also be viewed at accurateassessor.com
Public Meeting Scheduled June 2 for Bike Share Project
The Village of Shorewood is conducting an open-house style public involvement meeting to discuss a proposed bike share project in the City.
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Shorewood Village Center (Shorewood Public Library lower level) located at 3920 N. Murray Avenue. The objective of this meeting is to familiarize the public with the proposed bike share system and to obtain input from residents and business owners on proposed bike share station locations for this project.
The purpose of this project is to provide an alternative mode of transportation suitable for short distance point to point trips within the Village and surrounding areas by providing users the ability to pick up a bicycle at a self-serve bike station and return it to any bike station within the system's service area.  This project is proposing to construct approximately 9 stations and provide approximately 90 bikes.  This bike share system would become part of the Bublr Bike Share system that currently serves the City of Milwaukee.
Construction is scheduled for 2017. For more information, contact Planning Director Ericka Lang at 414.847.2647 or at elang@villageofshorewood.org.
Shorewood Reflects on Development at Congress for the New Urbanism Event
The Congress for the New Urbanism coordinated an event May 17 at the School of Rock to reflect on the economic development occurring in the Village of Shorewood.  Village officials, residents and developers were present to contribute to the conversations.  

The program was titled "Shorewood 2.0: Successes and Challenges to Creating a Great Place".  The term new urbanism is a concept that places an emphasis on being a pedestrian and bicycle friendly community with several mixed use developments in a densely populated area.

The event covered several significant topics such as tax incremental financing, the Central District Master Plan, and strategies to improve the community's valuation while reducing the tax impact on residents. This event provided several community residents and leaders a chance to discuss these important issues with one another while reflecting on the past decade of projects.

For more information on the event, feel free to read the North Shore Now article by Jeff Rumage.
Village of Shorewood Recognizes DPW Staff During National Public Works Week
Since 1960, APWA has sponsored National Public Works Week. Across North America, more than 29,000 members in the U.S. and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating at the heart of their local communities to improve everyday quality of life.

The 2016 National Public Works Week Poster theme is"Public Works Always There." This theme showcases the pervasiveness of public works. Communities depend on public works, and the men and women of the profession are always there and always ready.

The Shorewood Village Board presented a proclamation at their May 16 meeting commemorating Shorewood's DPW staff for their efforts and commitment to improving the everyday quality of life here in Shorewood.  The Village thanks all DPW employees for their work and expresses their appreciation to Public Works for being such an amazing asset for this community!
Next Solar Shorewood Power Hour will be 
at the Village Center on May 24
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 next free information session (called a Solar Power Hour) will be Tuesday, May 24 at 6 p.m. at the Shorewood Village Center. The other two scheduled Solar Power Hour sessions occur:
  • 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, at peterm@midwestrenew.org.

Keep June 23 Open on your Calendars for the Shorewood Criterium Bike Race

Every year the Village of Shorewood hosts one of the legs to the Criterium Bike Race. Bicyclists compete through the streets of Shorewood as residents and businesses typically organize block parties and cookouts to enjoy the race. 

The 2016 Shorewood Criterium Bike Race will take place on the Thursday, June 23. The following is a schedule of times for residents, visitors and children of all ages to compete in the festivities:
  • Junior boys (3:35 p.m.)
  • Men's CAT 2/3 race (4:25 p.m.)
  • Women's pro (5:15 p.m.)
  • Kid's roll for those 10 years and under (6:30 p.m.)
  • Men's pro division (7:00 p.m.)
Due to road construction, the route will be altered for 2016 and race through the following streets: Oakland Ave., Glendale Ave., Morris Blvd., Lake Bluff Blvd., and Marion Ave. For more details, check out the June issue of the Shorewood Today magazine or to see a map of the route and learn more information, visit the Tour of America's Dairyland's website.

Two Upcoming Programs on Butterflies

Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are essential for human life. Without these pollinators, 85% of the world's flower plants would disappear. There would be no apples, pumpkins, blueberries or many other fruits and vegetables. Only wind pollinated crops such as wheat and corn would remain.

The Shorewood Library and the Senior Resource Center (SRC) are coordinating a series of programs to educate the community on the vital importance of these beneficial insects and to encourage residents to create nurturing environments in their own backyards. Below are the two programs remaining:

6:30 - 8 p.m. - Monday, May 23 -- The Marvelous Monarch
Judith Kesser, an experienced, dedicated gardener, will discuss the threatened Monarch butterfly immigration and what communities and individuals can do to create more desirable habitats for Monarchs and other pollinators right in their own in their yards.
6:30 - 8 p.m. - Tuesday, June 7 -- Butterfly Garden to Go 
Learn about plants that support pollinating insects from John and Martha Lunz from the North Milwaukee Chapter of Wild Ones. The class will create a small container butterfly garden to take home.
All programs are free and open to the public and will be held at the Shorewood Village Center (Library Lower Level) 3920 N. Murray Avenue. 
Shorewood High School Performance of "South Pacific" Takes Place May 19-21
The Shorewood High School performance of "South Pacific" takes place this Thursday through Saturday.  Here are the times of the performances:
  • Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m. 
  • Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m.  

At all four shows, students will be collecting monetary donations for Stars and Stripes Honor Flight and full size personal care items for Milwaukee Veterans Stand Down.

At the 2 p.m. Saturday show all veterans and active duty military personnel get in FREE to the performance.  There will be a Color Guard presenting the colors before the show, the singing of the National Anthem, retiring of the colors, and all members of the U.S. Armed Forces will be recognized.  A special tribute for our men and women who have served our country and in celebration of Armed Forces Day on May 21.  There will be some displays in the lobby of the high school auditorium as well.  For more information, feel free to visit the Shorewood Drama website.

Weekly Highlight from Shorewood Schools Superintendent Bryan Davis

We are excited to announce that last weekend, 230 Shorewood Intermediate School (SIS) music students traveled to St. Louis to compete in the "Music in the Parks" Festival. There were bands, choirs and orchestras from approximately 30 other schools in attendance. The SIS seventh grade band, seventh grade orchestra, eighth grade band, eighth grade orchestra, and mixed seventh and eighth grade choir all received 1st place in their division (middle school division A, or small school) making it a first place sweep!
In addition, eighth grader Pierson Froelich received an award for Outstanding Student Accompanist as the pianist for the choir. Students also performed at Southern Illinois University for the music faculty, enjoyed a day at Six Flags, and toured the St. Louis Gateway Arch. 
Our SIS music students represented Shorewood very well this past weekend and we are proud of their accomplishments.
To view photos from the experience, visit our Shorewood School District Facebook page: facebook.com/shorewoodschools

Donating Used Bikes to Greater Shorewood Bikers, Inc.        

Greater Shorewood Bikers, Inc. is collecting used bikes for 16th Street Community Health Center's 5th Annual Southside Bicycle Day on Sunday, June 12.  

If you have a bike in working condition, please contact Sue Kelley (skelley1@wi.rr.com) or Coleen Tutton (ctutton@me.comfor pick-up or drop-off information.

Greater Shorewood Bikers will take care of light maintenance like greasing the chains and pumping the tires.  Bikes will be given to families who might otherwise be unable to afford them, all in the name of promoting healthy lifestyles!

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
Hoarding often starts out as harmless clutter in a few spots around the house. For some older adults, that clutter can grow into a dangerous hoarding problem. The prevalence of clinically significant hoarding in the general population ranges from 2% to 5%, affecting between 6 million and 15 million persons in the United States. One way to prevent this from happening is to reduce clutter, especially when it starts to cause safety issues.  The most effective way to clean up the clutter is to tackle one small area at a time. Here are some areas that are commonly cluttered, along with the risks that they pose.
* Expired medications in the medicine cabinets and old make-up. Problem: missed medications and accidental overdosing; skin infections and irritations from expired make-up.
* Cluttered shelves. Problem: inability to locate necessities.
* Using the bathtub to store papers. Problem: hygiene.
* Papers and magazines on and under beds. Problem: fire hazard.
* Too much clothing and shoes in the closet. Problem: confusion and disorganization.
* Magazines and shoes on the steps. Problem: trip and fall hazard.
* A catch-all for everything. Problem: rodents, mold and mildew.
The North Shore Health Department is a member of the Milwaukee County Hoarding Task Force and can link residents to resources and services to help address the problem of hoarding.

Learn more about the North Shore Health Department and visit us at www.nshealthdept.org, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/NSHealthDept and follow us on Twitter @NSHealthDept.

Upcoming Immunization Clinics (appointment required) - Please call the North Shore Health Department for an appointment at 414.371.2980.
  • Tuesday, May 31 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, May 24 from 8 - 10 a.m. - Shorewood 
Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (walk-ins welcome - no appointment necessary)
  • Wednesday, May 25 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Shorewood
  • Tuesday, May 31 from 3:30 - 4 p.m. - North Shore Library 
Upcoming Community Events

Shorewood High School Performs "South Pacific"
Thursday, May 19, 2016 through Saturday, May 21, 2016
Shorewood High School Auditorium

The Marvelous Monarch
Monday, May 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Shorewood Public Library

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

Color Me Happy (link)
Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Whitefish Bay Public Library

Summer Reading Sign-Up Begins
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Shorewood Public Library

Public Meeting on Bike Share Project
Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 5-7 p.m.
Shorewood Village Center

Solar Power Hour Introducing Solar Shorewood
Monday, June 6, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Colectivo in Shorewood

Butterfly Garden to Go
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Shorewood Public Library

Shorewood Criterium Bike Race
Thursday, June 23, 2016 starting at 3:35 p.m.
Village of Shorewood
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