"The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice." 

- Brian Herbert
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.

June 6 Village Board Agenda

The Village Board will meet on Monday, June 6 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 June 6, 2016
  2. Consider Reappointment to the Design Review Board - Robert Gosse
  3. Consider Application for Temporary Extension Request Class "B" Premises, Draft & Vessel, 4417 N Oakland Ave - Shorewood Criterium Bike Race, June 23, 2016
  4. Consider several business licenses (all licenses for consideration are included on the Village Board agenda)
  5. Consider special privilege application for outdoor seating in the public way at 4488 N. Oakland Avenue for business Cloud Red
  6. Presentation from Lake Bluff Elementary Students on Urban Coyotes
  7. Consider Authorization to Fill Program Assistant Position in the Senior Resource Center
  8. Consider Approval of Video Recording Proposal for the Village Court Room
  9. Consider Ordinance 2062 Amending Outdoor Pool Requirements in the Village of Shorewood
  10. Consider Resolution 2016-07 2015 Compliance Maintenance Annual Report
  11. Consider Lateral Lining Contract
  12. Update on Refuse RFP Process
  13. Present and Discuss Police Department Building
  14. Consider Resolution 2016-05 Declaring Official Intent to Reimburse Expenditures from Proceeds of Borrowing
  15. Update on Wilson Drive Community Task Force
Village Still Looking for Volunteers to Help with the Fourth of July Festivities
Looking for a way to share your patriotic side with the Shorewood community?  

The Village of Shorewood is looking for volunteers to help with the community's 4th of July celebration. Join in on this fun community event! 
Can you help with one of these areas?
  • Parade set-up helpers (12-3 p.m.)
  • Parade sign holders (2-4 p.m.)
  • Convertible car owners/drivers (2-4 p.m.)
  • Atwater Park kids activity helpers (5-9 p.m.)
Please contact Jenny Heyden at jenny@shorewoodwi.com or call 414.534.6287 with any questions or to sign up as a volunteer.
Shorewood Marketing Survey Ends June 6
These will be your final few days to participate in the Village of Shorewood online survey.  

The survey was created 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 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 via email or by phone at 414.847.2705.

Come Attend the St. Robert Fair on June 4-5

The weather outside may or may not be frightful, but the St. Robert Fair will be delightful! Imagine a blue, cloudless sky, the warm sun shining down, the lively music in the background and a cold beer in your hand while you enjoy a delicious chicken dinner. 

The butter from the roasted corn is sliding down your arm, your kids are racing minnows, and next up on your menu is that amazing salsa from the Mexican Cantina.

The Fair takes place on Saturday, June 4 from noon until 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 5 from noon until 7 p.m.  Come enjoy the live music, delicious food, and attractions for young and old!  For more information, click here.
Next Solar Shorewood Power Hour will be 
at Colectivo on June 6
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 Monday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Colectivo in Shorewood. The other scheduled Solar Power Hour session occurs on 
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.

Shorewood Men's Club Chicken BBQ June 11
The 45th annual Shorewood Men's Club Chicken BBQ is Saturday, June 11 at Atwater Park. If you would like to volunteer at the event, feel free to register here.  

The Shorewood Men's Club's biggest fundraiser is a beloved Shorewood tradition that draws crowds to the upper level of Atwater Park with live music, mouth-watering chicken and ribs from Rupena's, ice cream, and drinks for purchase.

The Shorewood Men's Club is cancelling the 5K/3K Fun Run previously scheduled on June 11 at 11 a.m.

For more information and registration, visit their website at www.shorewoodmensclub.org.  

Celebrate Estabrook Park's 100th Anniversary

Estabrook Park is 100 years old this year, and the Friends of Estabrook Park is hosting a centennial celebration near the park's beloved beer garden. The celebration is in partnership with the Milwaukee County Parks Department.

The celebration will show off recent park improvements including new trails, a rebuilt staircase, 200 newly planted bur oaks and swamp white oaks, the disc golf course, a children's playground, a skate park and a dog exercise area. 

Mayor Tom Barrett will be joining the celebration to offer a few words about Estabrook Park. Milwaukee County Parks Director and a historical docent will also be in attendance to provide a few remarks.

Visitors to the celebration can purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a bicycle and other great prizes.  Funds from the raffle will support additional park improvements.  For a full list of prizes, feel free to click here.  Lastly, the Kilbourntown House - the oldest house in Shorewood - will also be open for tours.

Provide Feedback at the Wilson Drive Open House on June 15

Come and participate in the open house event organized by the Wilson Drive Task Force. The event is scheduled Wednesday, June 15 at the lower level of the Village Center. 

All are encouraged to see what the Task Force has been working on so far and share your interests and concerns.  Arrive any time between 5 and 8 p.m. to browse the four work group stations, which include environmental, parks and recreation, traffic and safety and development. 

Each group is sharing distinct issues and concerns, looking at pedestrian safety and bus access, reducing traffic speed, implementing green sustainable features, improving park entry points and improving pedestrian and bike access to Estabrook Park.
Check out the project page at www.villageofshorewood.org/wilsondrive, which includes all current project materials. Comments are welcomed throughout the project and may be emailed to: WilsonDriveProject@villageofshorewood.org
After the open house event, the task force will be busy reviewing input, condensing ideas and concerns and preparing for an October public meeting presenting priority alternatives. 
Open Book for Property Assessments Takes Place on June 15-16
Accurate Appraisal, the Village of Shorewood's contracted assessor, performed maintenance field work for the Village the week of May 23. 

Accurate viewed any property that has changed from the previous year.  This included 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 early June 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
Introducing the Shorewood Farmers Market Fruits and Vegetables Petting Zoo
Shorewood Farmers Market Petting Zoo? Huh?
As a way to have kids begin to recognize regional fruits and vegetables that might not otherwise be in their diets and try small bites of new foods, the Shorewood Farmers Market is hosting a "Petting Zoo" this summer. 
Kids will use descriptive words to share what the product looks and feels like. They may try a small bite (with mom or dad's sign off of course!) and try to answer questions like - Is it sour? Is it bitter? Is it sweet? Is it crunchy? Is it soft? Do you like it?
In addition to the taste and texture experiments the kids can participate in, adults can stop by and read the lovely fruit and vegetable poems created by Lake Bluff MAC Room 1W. Stop by Lake Bluff Elementary playground Sundays June 19 - October 23 from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. to check it out!

 For more information or to sign up to get the weekly market offerings please visit the website.
Senior Resource Center Recruiting for Part-Time Program Assistant
The Shorewood Senior Resource Center (SRC) is seeking a qualified individual for a Program Assistant. There are two main components of this position:  programs / special events and office support. The Program Assistant will assist the Senior Resource Center Coordinator in planning and implementing programs and special events. 

This position will also complete SRC office functions and projects as needed. Customer service and the ability to work well with older adults is a strong focus. The Program Assistant works under the supervision of the Senior Resource Center Coordinator and in cooperation with Village of Shorewood staff and Senior Resource Center volunteers. 

This is a part-time position (up to 19 hours per week).  Pay range $13 - 15 per hour pending qualifications and experience.  Hours are generally Monday - Thursday with occasional evenings and weekends.  Some annual vacation time will be awarded to this position.  Fringe benefits such as health or dental are not included with this position.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and three references.  Applications will first be reviewed starting on 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 7.  Please return applications or submit questions to Assistant Village Manager Tyler Burkart at 

Please feel free to review the complete job description here.

Wisconsin Bike Federation Sponsoring Bike Week Happening Now through June 12

The Wisconsin Bike Federation is coordinating the Wisconsin Bike Week 2016.  Between now through June 12, people are encouraged to bike more and perhaps use biking as a healthier commuting option.  There will be dozens of events and activities for people of all ages and abilities, which you can find a list by clicking here. Commuter stations along the Oak Leaf Trail at the Urban Ecology and Juneau Park offer coffee and bakery items to bicyclists.

On June 6 at 7 a.m., Olympic silver medal bicyclist and local bike shop owner Brent Emery will compete against professional race car driver Andrew Hobbs of the legendary auto racing Hobbs family in this year's Great Milwaukee Rider vs. Driver Challenge.  The race challenges who can commute from Shorewood to downtown Milwaukee the fastest.  As an added twist, Emery will be riding a Trek e-bike (electric-enhanced bicycle with a motor and a battery).  The starting line will be at Rainbow Jersey Bicycles (4600 N. Wilson Drive) and the finish line will be at The Calling at O'Donnell Park in downtown Milwaukee.  Crowds are welcome at the start and finish lines to cheer on their favorite challenger.  For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Stop by Atwater Park and the Beach to Enjoy the Completed Boardwalk

The Atwater Park Master Plan (adopted back in 2010) included a boardwalk at the base of the bluff for beach user access.  A portion of the boardwalk was constructed in 2011 to the north of the stairway.  

Solutions 101 of Hortonville completed the boardwalk on the south end of the beach during the month of May.  Residents and visitors are encouraged to go to Atwater Park to enjoy the completed boardwalk. The Village thanks Solutions 101 for their great work on the boardwalk.

To help complete the construction of the boardwalk to the south, Village staff applied and received a grant to help pay for a part of the construction.

Weekly Highlight from Shorewood Schools Superintendent Bryan Davis

This week, I'd like to highlight the work that the Shorewood Intermediate School seventh grade students are doing in their World Geography classes. 
Recently, the students were tasked with investigating various aspects related to travel in countries around the world. Each student chose a country and researched travel tips and information related to that country's customs, culture and climate. 

The goal was for students to gain enough knowledge of their country to be able to advise potential travelers who might have interest in visiting the country. The students then used this knowledge to create their own travel websites.
This unit not only benefits the outgoing seventh graders, but it also benefits the incoming seventh graders as these sites are now great resources for incoming students who will be choosing countries next year for their Adopt-A-Country projects.
You can view the students' travel websites here: http://sarahkopplin.com/travel-website.html

Understanding Knob-and-Tube Wiring and What You Need to Know

Knob-and tube wiring is very common in older homes and is somewhat controversial. But having knob-and-tube wiring in your house isn't always a problem, and in fact, it is not inferior to modern wiring in many ways, as most believe. 

Understanding knob-and-tube wiring and its common issues will help determine whether or not it needs to be replaced. The breakdown of the insulation over time on knob-and-tube wiring is often the reason it is replaced. 

It's important to note that this is frequently the result of overheating or mechanical abuse. While knob-and-tube wiring is older, it is not necessary to replace it simply because you have it in your house. You should have it inspected and evaluated annually by a master electrician.

Third Annual Shakespeare on the Library
Lawn:  A Comedy of Errors

Illinois-based Stone Soup Shakespeare brings their accessible theatrics back to Shorewood this year with "A Comedy of Errors". Pack a picnic and cross your fingers for sunshine. The performance will be outside the Library on Saturday, June 4 at 6:00 p.m.  For more information, click here.

Butterfly Gardens to Go!
Attend this event to learn about plants that support pollinating insects.  John and Martha Lunz of the North Milwaukee Chapter of Wild Ones will be present to lead this fun event. 

Participants may create a small container butterfly garden to take home. The event is sponsored by the Shorewood Public Library and the Senior Resource Center as part of the Shorewood Monarch Project.  For more information on the Shorewood Monarch Project, please feel to visit their Facebook page or the Village website.

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.  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?

The last Friday in May was National Heat Awareness Day.  Heat waves are common across the country during the summer.  They are dangerous because the human body can't cool itself properly when exposed to an extreme combination of heat and humidity.  The National Weather Service reports that in 2015, 45 people in the United States died as a result of extreme heat.  The most dangerous place to be was in a home with little or no air conditioning.

It is important to be aware of heat-related illness such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion which can cause symptoms such as headaches, nausea, strong or rapid pulse, muscle cramps, dizziness and even death if not addressed immediately.  Protect yourself from heat-related stress and follow these tips:
  • Keep your living space cool or seek shelter at a cooling center.  If you have an air conditioner, use it!  If you don't have an air conditioner, and the temperature is above 95 degrees, go to a community cooling center because using a fan will not prevent heat-related illnesses at this temperature.  Visit this website to get a list of cooling centers available in Milwaukee County.
  • Never leave children, disabled persons, or pets in a parked car - even briefly.  On a hot day, a car can reach dangerous temperature levels causing anyone inside to suffer brain damage, and even death from heat stroke in a matter of minutes.  Make it a habit to always check the back seat when leaving your vehicle.  If you see a parked car with a child or pet left alone, call 911 and stay with the car.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat lightly.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting light-colored clothing.
  • Don't stop taking medication unless your doctor says you should.
  • Take a cool shower or bath to cool down.
Older adults are more prone to heat stress because they have a harder time adjusting to sudden temperature changes.  If you have elderly neighbors or relatives, you can do something to help them.  If they are at risk for heat-related stress, visit them twice a day and assess for signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.  Encourage them to increase their fluid intake unless contraindicated by their physician and provide transportation to a cooling center if they do not have access to air conditioning.

See important reminders about being safe in extreme heat at this website.

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.
  • Thursday, June 9 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. - Shorewood
  • Tuesday, June 14 from 10 - 11 a.m. - Brown Deer
  • Wednesday, June 15 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Brown Deer
  • Tuesday, June 21 from 7:30 - 9 a.m. - Shorewood
  • Tuesday, June 28 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.
  • Wednesday, June 15 from 8 - 10 a.m. - Brown Deer
  • Tuesday, June 28 from 8 - 10 a.m. - Shorewood 
Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (walk-ins welcome - no appointment necessary)
  • Wednesday, June 22 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. - Shorewood
  • Tuesday, June 28 from 3:30 - 4 p.m. - North Shore Library 
Upcoming Community Events

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

Teen Snack and Study (link)
Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11 a.m.
Shorewood Public Library

St. Robert Parish Fair
Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 12-10 p.m. and Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 12-7 p.m.
St. Robert Church

Shakespeare on the Library Lawn:  "A Comedy of Errors"
Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 6 p.m.
On the lawn between Village Hall and Village Center

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

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

Color Me Happy! Coloring for Adults
Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Shorewood Public Library

Shorewood Men's Club Chicken BBQ
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Atwater Park

Welcome New Neighbors Reception
Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 9-11 a.m.
Atwater Park

Estabrook Park Centennial Celebration
Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 12 p.m.
Estabrook Park Biergarten

Summer Library Programs for Kids, Families and Teens
Starting the Week of Sunday, June 12, 2016
Shorewood Public Library

Wilson Drive Open House
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 5-8 p.m.
Village Center

Farmers Market Begins
Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lake Bluff Elementary School Playground

Summer Patio Concert Series: Vintage Mix
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
North Shore Presbyterian Church

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

Movie Under the Stars Series:  Hotel Transylvania
Friday, June 24, 2016 after sunset
Lake Bluff Elementary School playground
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