"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; 
it's the pebble in your shoe." 

- Muhammad Ali
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 Highlights

The Village Board met on Monday, June 6 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 June 6, 2016
  2. Approved Reappointment to the Design Review Board - Robert Gosse
  3. Approved Application for Temporary Extension Request Class "B" Premises, Draft & Vessel, 4417 N Oakland Ave - Shorewood Criterium Bike Race, June 23, 2016
  4. Approved several business licenses (all licenses for consideration are included on the Village Board agenda)
  5. Approved special privilege application for outdoor seating in the public way at 4488 N. Oakland Avenue for business Cloud Red
  6. Presented on Urban Coyotes from Lake Bluff Elementary Students
  7. Approved Authorization to Fill Program Assistant Position in the Senior Resource Center
  8. Approved Video Recording Proposal for the Village Court Room
  9. Discussed Ordinance 2062 Amending Outdoor Pool Requirements in the Village of Shorewood
  10. Approved Resolution 2016-07 2015 Compliance Maintenance Annual Report
  11. Approved Lateral Lining Contract
  12. Presented Update on Refuse RFP Process
  13. Approved Option to Purchase A.B. Data Building for the Police Department
  14. Approved Resolution 2016-05 Declaring Official Intent to Reimburse Expenditures from Proceeds of Borrowing
  15. Presented Update on Wilson Drive Community Task Force
Learn More about the Assessment Process Conducted by Accurate Appraisals
In 2014, the Village of Shorewood entered into an agreement with Accurate Appraisal to serve as the Village of Shorewood's assessor. As part of that contract, the Village required that the assessor be able to complete property assessments on an annual basis rather than every 5 to 7 years as has been past practice.
Performing annual assessments allows for properties to be assessed based on current market conditions each year. This helps to ensure that each property owner's share of the total taxes is based on the most up-to-date information. This includes any individual renovations from the previous year.
The goal is to keep properties updated and valued on a fair and equitable basis. While changes in property assessments do not impact the total taxes collected, they may impact an individual property's relative share of the overall taxes.
Property value change notices were mailed out last week and residents can schedule open book meetings to discuss any changes with our assessors on Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16 at Village Hall.
If you have any questions regarding this process or want to schedule an open book meeting, 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

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. 
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.
Village Board Approves Option to Purchase A.B. Data Building
The Village Board approved the option to purchase the A.B. Data building on Wilson Drive to serve as the future Village of Shorewood Police Department.
The Police Department is currently housed in a joint use facility with the 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. Over the past decades, many studies and discussions have taken place and 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 next step in the process is to remodel the building and the goal is to have the Police Department moved into the new facility by the Fall of 2017. The Village Board has built this project into its long-term financial plan. If you have questions, please contact Chief Peter Nimmer at 414.847.2616 or Village Manager Chris Swartz at 414.847.2701.  If you would like to view the Police Chief's PowerPoint presentation on the facility needs of the Police Department, click here.
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.  

New to Shorewood? 
Join us for the complimentary Welcome Neighbor Coffee on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at Atwater Park during the Shorewood Men's Club barbecue setup! Please RSVP by Friday, June 10 at noon to Jenny Heyden at welcome@villageofshorewood.org to receive a goody bag. 

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.
Next Shorewood Memory Cafe Takes Place on June 16 at Three Lions Pub
Shorewood's June 16 Memory Café will 'focus' on ways we can save special moments through photography. We'll set up our own 'Photo Booth' area and provide props, costume accessories and real picture frames for everyone to set up their own memory-making photo shoot. Attendees are invited to bring along a favorite
family photo to share for our 'roundtable' time, and any costume items or favorite objects to hold.
We welcome anyone living with memory issues and their care partners, and we're looking forward to seeing you.  Join us for an afternoon of friends and fun on Thursday, June 16, from 2:30-4 p.m. at Three Lions Pub!
Please RSVP in advance to Elizabeth Price, Shorewood Resource Center Director, 414.847.2727 between 10 - 2 p.m.,Mondays - Thursdays. Our Memory Cafés are always free. Coffee, soda and water are provided by our generous hosts.  Delicious British pub food is always available for ordering from the menu.
North Shore Fire/Rescue Conducting Survey through June 18

North Shore Fire/Rescue is conducting a community survey intended for residents, business owners, business operators, employees of the municipalities or a governmental entity serving some/all of the municipalities and elected officials of the municipalities. 

The information from the survey will be used to develop their organization's strategic plan for the period of 2017-2022. 

Fire Chief Robert Whitaker is seeking input from residents to participate in the survey. The survey will close on Saturday June 18.
If you would like to participate in this survey, please feel free to click here to get started.

What's Cooking at the Shorewood Farmers Market?
Eating real foods, locally grown and produced, is one of the best things you can do to support your health, however, it can be difficult to know where to start. 
Shorewood Farmers Market wants to help make it easier for you. Did you know that you can purchase most of the foods your body needs at the market each Sunday?  And, you can also learn how to prepare those foods.  
Stop by the Market Booth at 10:30 a.m. each week for a healthy cooking demo, recipes and samples from local food and healthy living experts. Invest in your health. Shop the Shorewood Farmers Market every Sunday, June 19 - October 23, from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Lake Bluff Elementary School Playground. 
For more information or to sign up to get the weekly market offerings, please visit the website.
Save June 23 for the Shorewood Criterium Bike Race
Get those cowbells ready! On Thursday, June 23, the 13th annual Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic hits Shorewood streets as part of the Tour of America's Dairyland (ToAD), the largest competitive cycling events in the U.S. It's a high energy competition featuring local, regional, national and international racers followed by entertainment for the whole family.

Two new races are added to the Shorewood Criterium this year. A women's category 3/4 race kicks off the race day at 2:50 p.m. and a junior boys' race (15-18 years) follows at 3:35 p.m. followed by a men's category 2/3 race (highest level amateur) at 4:25 p.m., a women's pro race at 5:15 p.m., a kid's roll at 6:30 p.m. (10 and under) and the men's pro race at 7 p.m.

This year's route, a 1.23 mile course, has been moved to accommodate road construction for 2016 only. The race begins at Oakland Ave. and Lake Bluff Blvd. and goes south on Oakland Ave., then east on Marion St., north on Newhall St., east on Lake Bluff Blvd., north on Morris Blvd., west on Glendale Ave., then south on Oakland Ave. 

Title sponsors of this year's race are Tim Hart DDS, Steven Koutnik DDS, Rainbow Jersey Bicycles and the Village of Shorewood.  Tour of America's Dairyland is a 10-race series featuring professional and amateur cyclists competing in cities throughout Wisconsin from June 17-26. More information can be found at tourofamericasdairyland.com.

Shorewood is the first Village in Wisconsin to receive the designation of "Bicycle Friendly Community" by the League of American Bicyclists.

Shorewood and the Milwaukee River:  A Vital Relationship

This summer is the centennial celebration of Estabrook Park. The park itself has an interesting history, but park visitors may want to try and imagine what the area looked like when there were large cement mills on both sides of the river, apple orchards and small farms still covered the plateau to the east of the river and a train track cut through the current dog park before crossing the river.  
Shorewood's relationship to the Milwaukee River is the subject of four new Shorewood Historical Society Story Banners. 
Banner subjects are:
  • "The River and Transportation" - The River was a source of food and  transportation for early settlers.
  • "The River and Industry" - Lumber and Cement Mills were built along the River; ice was removed from the river for refrigeration.
  • "The River and Entertainment" - Boating, swimming, fishing, and ice hockey took place on the River at the beginning of the 20th century.  Passenger boats brought visitors to Shorewood's amusement park.
  • "Rebirth of the River" - Eliminating the North Avenue dam and other major clean-up efforts have caused   us to return to the river as a source of recreation and education. 
The banners have been hung in the Village Center and will remain there throughout the summer. The banners can be viewed during Library and Senior Resource Center programs and other community events. For more information, email shorewoodhistory@yahoo.com.
Last Solar Shorewood Power Hour Session
Scheduled for July 13
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 last free information session (called a Solar Power Hour) will be
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.

Weekly Highlight from Shorewood Schools Superintendent Bryan Davis

Today is the last day of school for our Shorewood Schools students, so on behalf of the entire District, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of them on a great year. 

This year has flown by and so much was accomplished. A special congratulations goes out to our graduating sixth graders at Atwater and Lake Bluff Elementary, our graduating eighth graders at Shorewood Intermediate School, and our graduating Shorewood High School Class of 2016.
Information on the graduation ceremonies is below:
June 9, 2016
Lake Bluff 6th Grade Recognition Ceremony: 8:30 a.m. in the Lake Bluff Cafetorium
Atwater 6th Grade Recognition Ceremony: 2 p.m. in the Atwater Cafetorium
SHS Class of 2016 Graduation: 8 p.m. in the SHS Auditorium
June 10, 2016
SIS 8th Grade Celebration: 7 p.m. in the SHS Auditorium
We are so proud of all of our students and hope everyone in the Shorewood community has a relaxing and rejuvenating summer. I look forward to the great things to come in the 2016-17 school year. Go Greyhounds!

Summer Programs Kick Off June 13

As always, we have a full calendar of events planned for kids, families, teens and adults all summer long. Summer programs start next week. Here are a few highlights:
  • Terrific Tuesdays - Our annual summer favorite! Join us every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. for entertainment and education for kids and families of all ages. We kick it off quite literally with the Cashel Dennehy Irish Dancers on June 15.
  • Teen Writers' Workshop - Aspiring writers in grades 7-12 (entering in fall) can attend three, monthly workshops to learn new skills, hone techniques, and share their work. Mondays, June 20, July 18 and August 15.
  • Family Nights - Step in and step up with exercise fun for the family! Try yoga with a story on June 22 or move to the beat with Zumba on June 29.
For more information, please visit the Shorewood Public Library website.
Color Me Happy! Events Scheduled for June
Color and connect on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Shorewood Public Library and on Thursday, June 23 at the Whitefish Bay Public Library.  Leave the kids at home for this is an adult coloring event.

Save Your Paint for the July 16 Shorewood Conservation Fair    

The Shorewood Conservation Committee is sponsoring a latex paint collection at the Conservation Fair & Green Clean Event on Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., at Atwater School. 

Representatives from TJM Innovations will be on hand to collect water/latex paint of all brands. TJM uses the paint to produce GutterStuff, a foam filter placed in rain gutters to keep out debris and help water flow.  
Below are some helpful guidelines.

Water-/latex-based paints can be accepted for recycling, except solid or overly thick paint.
Not acceptable are:
  • Solvent based paints
  • Aerosols
  • Alkyd- or oil-based paints
  • Specialty paints including industrial, marine, automotive, etc.
  • Wood stains and polyurethanes
  • Porch and floor paints
  • Glazes
  • Water-proofing paint
If you do have any of the above not acceptable paints, they can be dropped off at the MMSD collection site 4150 N. Humbolt Dr. on July 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Do your part to keep usable paint from landfills, conserve future resources, and recycle.

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?

Prevent Blindness America declares June as Cataract Awareness Month. Cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens which blocks or changes the passage of light into the eye.  Cataract generally does not cause pain, redness or tears but some signs include: blurred/double vision, a sense of "film" over the eyes, changing eyeglass prescriptions often, milky or yellowish spot in the pupil (cataract), and lights may seem too dim for reading. Fortunately, vision loss due to cataract can be restored.  
Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States. Although treatment for the removal of cataract is widely available, access barriers such as insurance coverage, treatment costs, patient choice, or lack of awareness prevent many people from receiving the proper treatment. According to the Mayo Clinic there have been no proven studies on how to prevent or slow down cataracts but following these tips may be helpful:
  • Have regular eye examinations
  • Quit Smoking/reduce alcohol
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables have many antioxidants, which help maintain the health of your eyes.
To learn more about cataracts visit the Mayo Clinic and Prevent Blindness websites. 

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

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

Shorewood Memory Cafe
Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 2:30-4 p.m.
Three Lions Pub

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 2:50 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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