"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person; 
he believed in me." 

- Jim Valvano
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 20 Village Board Agenda
The Village Board will meet on Monday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Court Room.  Please note the agenda packet for this meeting will be sent out Friday, June 17.  These are the agenda items that the Board will discuss or take action on during the meeting: 
  1. Consider Presentation of Accounts June 20, 2016
  2. Consider several business licenses (all licenses for consideration are included on the Village Board agenda)
  3. Update on Plein Air
  4. Consider Authorization to Fill Anticipated Vacancy in the Public Works Department
  5. Consider Ordinance 2062 Amending Outdoor Pool Requirements in the Village of Shorewood
  6. Consider Parklet Policy
  7. Consider Parklet in Public Right-of-Way for Three Lions Pub Business Located at 4517 N. Oakland Avenue
  8. Consider Funding for 2016-2017 Capital Improvement Plan Regarding Alleys, Sidewalks, Park Improvements, Public Works Facilities, and Street Lighting
  9. Consider Initial Bonding Resolution
  10. Consider Funding Capitol Drive Crosswalks
Village Prepares for Second Phase of East Capitol Drive Crosswalk Replacements
The first phases of the replacement of the failed paver crosswalks on E. Capitol Drive are nearing completion.  Beginning July 5, work will begin on E. Capitol Drive east of N. Oakland Avenue at the intersections of N Murray Avenue, N. Maryland Avenue and N. Downer Avenue. 
Below please find a summary of the remaining work:
  • July 5 - July 17:  Detour traffic utilizing E. Edgewood Avenue. 
  • July 5 - July 10:  WESTBOUND lanes on E. Capitol Drive from N. Oakland Avenue to N. Downer Avenue CLOSED; westbound traffic detoured to E. Edgewood Avenue.
  • July 11 - July 17:  EASTBOUND lanes on E. Capitol Drive from N. Oakland Avenue to N. Downer Avenue CLOSED; eastbound traffic will be detoured to E. Edgewood Avenue.
  • July 18:  All lanes on E. Capitol Drive will be reopened to traffic.
Weather permitting, the roadway should be completely reopened to traffic by Monday, July 18.  Lastly, buses will be rerouted to E. Jarvis Street OR E. Shorewood Boulevard during construction.
We appreciate your patience and cooperation.  If you have any questions about the construction schedule, please contact the Department of Public Works at 414-847-2650.
Village Board Discuss Future Capital Projects
The Village Board conducted a special meeting on June 13 to discuss the 2016-2017 capital improvement plan and potential upcoming projects. Several of these projects are included in the Village's 2016-2025 Long Range Financial Plan.

Staff is asking the Village Board to consider these projects during their June 20 meeting. The approved projects will be incorporated in an initial bond resolution to authorize long-term financing for the projects.

A significant topic the Village Board discussed at length included financing reconstruction for Village alleys and sidewalks.  The Village is looking to create a formal alley reconstruction program at a biennial level of $250,000.  The Village Board is also considering whether or not to continue special assessing the reconstruction of sidewalks and if it is a better practice to add the reconstruction of sidewalks onto the tax roll.  The financing of sidewalk reconstruction will be further discussed at the June 20 Village Board meeting.

Here is a list of projects up for consideration at the June 20 Village Board meeting:

Capital Improvement ProjectCost ($)
Street Lighting Control Box$60,000
Alley Reconstruction Program$250,000
Sidewalk Replacement Program$250,000
DPW Facilities - Salt Shed$200,000
Annual Lining Projects$175,000
PPII Lateral Rehab Program$190,000
Water Relay Projects (Non-Roads)$375,000


Shorewood Farmers Market Begins Sunday
Shorewood Farmers Market is back starting this Sunday! The Farmers Market will take place again on Sundays starting June 19 through October 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The location of the Farmers Market moved this year to Lake Bluff Elementary School playground.

We encourage you to walk or bike to the market but if you drive, find convenient parking on E. Lake Bluff Blvd., N. Morris Blvd., N. Larkin St., N. Newhall St. and N. Bartlett Ave. The school parking lot will be closed for construction of the tennis courts.
The new venue allows for more vendors and expanded offerings this summer and as we grow in the future! This year we have 38 vendors who will be with us either all summer or for the occasional visit!
Thank you to the Farmers Market sponsor, Shorewood Foundation, as well as the Farmers Market partners, Shorewood School District and the Village of Shorewood. Without their help we would not be able to have this amazing opportunity to meet the producers of our food and gather with our friends and neighbors.
For more information or to sign up to get the weekly market offerings, please visit the website.
The Annual Criterium Bike Race Arrives in Shorewood Next Week
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 west on Marion St., north on Newhall St., west on Lake Bluff Blvd., north on Morris Blvd., east 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.
Village Excited for the Upcoming Fourth of July Festivities
Once again, the Village of Shorewood is coordinating several fun festivities to celebrate the Fourth of July. Show your patriotism and celebrate America's birthday with your family, friends and neighbors in Shorewood. There are activities and events for all ages.
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Free all-ages swim at Shorewood High School VHE Pool
  • 3 p.m. - Parade on N. Oakland Avenue from E. Kensington Blvd. to River Park
  • 4 p.m. - Music and free ice cream at parade finish by River Park
  • 6 p.m. - Festivities including food, beverages and entertainment at Atwater Park
  • 8 p.m. - Flag ceremony and introduction of Parade Marshall at Atwater Park
  • 9:30 p.m./dusk - Fireworks sponsored by the Shorewood Foundation at Atwater Park
The Village of Shorewood would like to offer a special thank you to the Shorewood Foundation for sponsoring the fireworks again this year.  The Shorewood Foundation's commitment to the Shorewood community is truly extraordinary, and sponsoring events such as the fireworks helps bring the community together in a very special way.

If you would like to volunteer to help out with the parade festivities, please contact Jenny Heyden at jenny@shorewoodwi.com or call 414.534.6287.  If you would like to make a donation to the Shorewood Foundation to support the Fourth of July fireworks and other sponsored activities events, please visit their website.

Village and Conservation Committee Asking for Input on Waste Hauling Contract

The Village of Shorewood solicited and received proposals for a new waste hauling contract, containing various options for collection of trash, recyclables and yard waste, as well as options for a potential new program for composting food scraps.  

The proposals are currently under consideration by the Village Board of Trustees.  The Shorewood Conservation Committee would like to provide your feedback to the Trustees as they consider the new contract options.  The Village Board is currently scheduled to discuss and consider the proposals in early August.

The Conservation Committee created a short survey for residents to provide input.  The survey is live now and will be open for residents to submit feedback for the next month. Click here to get started and take the survey.

If you have questions about the survey or the waste hauling contract, please contact the Department of Public Works at 414.847.2650 or at dpw@villageofshorewood.org.
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.

Lifeguards at Atwater Beach Starting June 20
Lifeguards will be present down at Atwater Beach starting Monday, June 20. The lifeguard hours will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m every day of the week until August. 

Lifeguard staff is contracted through a partnership with Milwaukee County.

If you have a question about the lifeguard hours, please contact Village Hall at 414.847.2700.
Save July 30 on the Calendar for this Year's Shorewood Garden Tour
On Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Shorewood Garden Tour will be taking place.  The event is presented by the Green Team.

The garden locations for the Garden Tour are:
  • 4322 N. Wildwood Avenue
  • 4399 N. Alpine Avenue
  • 4022 N. Larkin Street
  • 3942 N. Oakland Avenue
  • 1822 E. Edgewood Avenue
  • 2413 E. Shorewood Boulevard
  • 4138 N. Downer Avenue
During the Garden Tour, participants will be able to meet Milwaukee's own "Plant Doctor" Melinda Myers. Myers has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books.  Feel free to visit Myers's website to learn more about her and her gardening tips.

Melinda Myers will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3942 N. Oakland Ave. to answer your gardening questions and to sign books.  Tickets will be sold for $10 at either SHOP (4524 N. Oakland Ave.) or at Village Hall.  All proceeds from the event go toward the beautification of the Village of Shorewood.  For more information, visit the Shorewood Garden Tour Facebook page.

Weekly Highlight from Shorewood Schools Superintendent Bryan Davis

This week I'd like to highlight recent Shorewood High School (SHS) graduate Monica Dix for successfully completing the Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC) program.

As the second SHS recipient in two years, Monica excelled through four years of Spanish and six courses with an international focus, actively participated in four co-curricular activities with a strong global component, wrote eight reflections on diverse cultural media, and served for far more than twenty hours assisting children while in Guatemala. Monica received a nice certificate from the State and was recognized at graduation for her worldly efforts.

Now in its second year of local administration, this unique Department of Public Instruction program is something I'd like to continue encouraging students in our District to pursue. For more information on the GEAC program, visit our District blog.

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.

Fun, Fandom & More for Teens at the Library

Shorewood and area teens are invited to hang out and geek out at the library this summer. Teen summer events kick off with Random Fandom Friday on June 17. Teen librarian, Lisa, will randomly draw a fandom or two to celebrate with stuff to make and games to play. On Monday, June 20, teens interested in writing should come check out the first of three Teen Writer's Workshops held this summer. Share work, exercise creativity with writing prompts and hone your skills. 
Family Nights are Full of Fun at the Library
Bring the family to an interactive fitness program this month! 

On Wednesday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m., come stretch with a story with YogaConnects instructor Stephanie Sandy. 

Then, on Wednesday, June 29, get your groove on with Zumba. From little to big - everyone in your family benefits from exercise! 

Please contact the Shorewood Public Library at 414.847.2670 if you have questions.

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?
June 13-19 is National Men's Health Week. Take this opportunity to promote awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. 

The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention recommends these tips to stay healthy:
Get Good Sleep - Adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression.

Quit Smoking - Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits. It improves your health and lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses.

Get Active - Adults need at least 2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, and muscle strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups on two or more days a week. You can spread your activity out during the week, and break it into smaller amounts of time during the day.

Eat Healthy - Fruits and vegetables have many vitamins and minerals that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.

Tame Stress - Sometimes stress can be good. However, it can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel overwhelmed and out of control. Take care of yourself. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Find support. Connect socially. Stay active.

Get Regular Check-ups - Certain diseases and conditions may not have symptoms, so checkups help identify issues early or before they can become a problem.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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

Teen Writer's Workshop (7-12 Grade) (Link)
Monday, June 20, 2016 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Shorewood Public Library

Terrific Tuesday: KidsPlay Theater (Link)
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Shorewood Public Library

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

Family Night (Link)
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Shorewood Public Library

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

Fourth of July Festivities
Monday, July 4, 2016 starting with the Parade at 3 p.m. and Fireworks at 9:30 p.m./Dusk
Oakland Avenue (Parade) and Atwater Park (Entertainment and Fireworks)

Shorewood Conservation Fair
Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Atwater Elementary School Parking Lot

Shorewood Garden Tour
Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Village of Shorewood
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