"Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.

- Walter Anderson
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 Highlights
The Village Board met on Monday, June 20 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 20, 2016
  2. Approved several business licenses (all licenses for consideration are included on the Village Board agenda)
  3. Approved Appointments to Village Committees and Boards
  4. Presented Update on Plein Air
  5. Approved Authorization to Fill Anticipated Vacancy in the Public Works Department
  6. Approved Ordinance 2062 Amending Outdoor Pool Requirements in the Village of Shorewood
  7. Discussed Parklet Policy
  8. Discussed Parklet in Public Right-of-Way for Three Lions Pub Business Located at 4517 N. Oakland Avenue
  9. Approved Funding for 2016-2017 Capital Improvement Plan Regarding Alleys, Sidewalks, Park Improvements, Public Works Facilities, and Street Lighting
  10. Approved Initial Bonding Resolution
  11. Approved Funding Capitol Drive Crosswalks
  12. Approved Police Union Contract
Village Board Approves 2016-2017 Capital Projects and Funding Plan
The Village Board approved several capital projects in relation to the 2016-2017 capital improvement plan. Several of these projects are included in the Village's 2016-2025 Long Range Financial Plan.  The approved projects are incorporated in an initial bond resolution to authorize long-term financing for the projects. If you would like additional information on the capital projects, feel free to click here to read through the memo provided to the Village Board.

A significant topic the Village Board discussed at length included financing reconstruction for Village alleys and sidewalks.  The Village is creating 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 during the upcoming budget cycle.

Here is a list of 2016-2017 capital projects the Village Board approved:

Capital Improvement ProjectCost ($)
Street Lighting Control Box$60,000
Alley Reconstruction 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

Village Board Learns about Environmental Impacts of SE Combined Sewer System
The Village Board received a presentation from Baxter and Woodman during their Village Board meeting on June 20 to learn about the environmental impacts and mitigation options on the SE combined sewer system.  Baxter and Woodman is the consulting group who completed an environmental study on the SE combined sewer system.  This study was completed in relation to the Village currently evaluating conceptual sewer project alternatives for reducing basement backups.  
The Village is discussing the idea of virtually separating the system.  This approach would route "first flush" stormwater runoff through the existing combined sewer to MMSD facilities for treatment.  Street curb inlets would have restrictors to reduce the flows into the existing combined sewers for basement backup protection. Stormwater surface runoff exceeding the capacity of the restricted inlets to the existing combined sewer system would be directed to the new storm sewer infrastructure, and ultimately conveyed to a new outlet to the Milwaukee River.
To learn more about the environmental impacts of the proposed SE combined sewer system, please click here to read through the PowerPoint presentation from Baxter and Woodman.  If you have additional questions, feel free to contact the Department of Public Works at 414.847.2650 or email at dpw@villageofshorewood.org
Senior Resource Center Continues Recruitment 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.  Interviews will resume the week of July 18.  Please return applications or submit questions to Assistant Village Manager Tyler Burkart at 

Please feel free to review the complete job description here.
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.
Shorewood Criterium Bike Race Today
Photo taken by Paul Matzner
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- 2 p.m. - Free all-ages swim at Shorewood High School VHE Pool
  • 3 p.m. - Parade on N. Oakland Avenue from E. Kensington Boulevard 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 events@villageofshorewood.org 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 dpw@villageofshorewood.org.

Amazing Fun and Lots of Things to Take Home at the Shorewood Farmers Market

Shorewood Farmers Market kicked off on Sunday. We estimate over 800 people strolled through!
While most of our farmer's crops are still growing some early shoppers got garlic scapes, zucchini, broccoli, lettuce, herbs and beets. There were plenty of other delicious goods to taste if people missed out on those - fresh-squeezed lemonade, organic smoothies, empanadas, tamales, waffles, cupcakes, cookies and lots of other baked goods. Or things to take home with you for your weekly meals - pasta, bread, meat, fish, eggs, jams and jellies, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Every week there is a demonstration with a way you could use products from the market. This week Venice Williams from Alice's Garden demonstrated peaches sautéed with mint and lemon zest. You can bet some fathers enjoyed it on ice cream Sunday night - it was delicious! When you are at the farmers market booth buying your coffee ask when the demo will be happening and get a free sample and idea.
See you Sunday from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Lake Bluff Elementary School's playground!

Last Solar Shorewood Power Hour July 13

Located on Newton Ave, the Zovic family signed the first Solar Shorewood contract in late May! The electrical contractor, Arch Electric, will be installing a nearly 2 kW photovoltaic system in the next couple of months. Currently, the Milwaukee Shines program and the Solar Shorewood program are over halfway to the first group buy price reduction. The Zovics and other Shorewood residents may soon be realizing this additional benefit!  
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 on Wednesday, July 13 at 6 p.m. at Camp Bar in Shorewood.

Home and Vehicle Security Reminder from the Shorewood Police Department

As we move into summer, we tend to focus on personal safety and security as citizens walk or ride their bicycles throughout the village.  While that is important, we still need to remember to secure our homes and vehicles as well.  Leaving the windows open in your home while you are away provides an easy method of entry to someone looking to break into your home.  Additionally, the warm weather often has criminals prowling at night time looking for unlocked vehicles and homes that provide them with an easy opportunity to steal property.

We encourage you to take a few minutes each day to make sure your property is secured overnight or when you leave.  Lock the doors and windows to your home when you leave.  Do not leave your doors unsecured overnight, even if you are home.  It only takes a moment for someone to gain entry and take your property.  Lock your vehicles and don't leave items in plain sight inside of them.  Secure all of your bicycles inside the garage, your home, or a locked shed and avoid leaving other items of value outside and unsecured.  By taking a few minutes each day to do this you greatly lessen the chance that you will be a crime victim.    

Weekly Highlight from Shorewood Schools Superintendent Bryan Davis

This week, I'd like to highlight some big news for our Shorewood Athletics Department.  Former UW-Milwaukee standout basketball player and coach Chris Hill is joining the Shorewood High School (SHS) coaching staff for the 2016-17 school year as head Varsity Boys Basketball coach.
Hill's extensive background in basketball includes playing for the UW-Milwaukee Panthers Men's team during which UW-Milwaukee won three Horizon League regular-season titles, three Horizon League Tournament crowns and played in three NCAA Tournaments including the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2004 -05; serving as an assistant coach for the Panthers program as well as the Director of Basketball Operations, Video Coordinator, and Academic Advisor; working as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Tennessee following a successful professional basketball career overseas.
Hill is very excited to continue his coaching career at SHS and feels it's a great opportunity to share the basketball knowledge he's learned over the years as a player and a college coach with our young men.
Hill assumed his duties this month, as SHS Boys Basketball summer training and practices are underway. We are thrilled to welcome him to our team and look forward to a great 2016-17 season.

Receive Weekly Construction Notifications from the Department of Public Works

There are various construction reminders that residents and interested residents can read on a continuous basis in order to receive updates on the construction work happening in Shorewood.  If you would like to review any of these notifications, please feel free to click one of the links below:
Weekly construction status reports are published each Friday and posted on the respective pages.  Interested residents can also request direct email of each report by emailing dpw@villageofshorewood.org.  Thank you for your interest!

Tie Dye is Back with the Shorewood Library

Our annual tie dye extravaganza is back this year! The event will take place Thursday, June 30 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
All ages are invited to come get colorful. Bring your white or light colored items to dye, or purchase a shirt at the event to benefit the Teen Advisory Board. 
If you would like more information about the Tie Dye event, visit the following link to learn more.

Sustainable Shorewood Tip of the Week   

Put plastic bottles or float booster in your toilet tank
To cut down on water waste, put an inch or two of sand or pebbles inside each of two plastic bottles to weigh them down. Fill the bottles with water, screw the lids on, and put them in your toilet tank, safely away from the operating mechanisms. Or, buy an inexpensive 
tank bank or float booster. This may save ten or more gallons of water per day. 

Be sure at least 3 gallons of water remain in the tank so it will flush properly. If there is not enough water to get a proper flush, users will hold the lever down too long or do multiple flushes to get rid of waste. Two flushings at 1.4 gallons is worse than a single 2.0 gallon flush. A better suggestion would be to buy an adjustable toilet flapper that allows for adjustment of their per flush use.  Then the user can adjust the flush rate to the minimum per flush setting that achieves a single good flush each time.

For new installations, consider buying "low flush" toilets, which use 1 to 2 gallons per flush instead of the usual 3 to 5 gallons.

Replacing an 18 liter per flush toilet with an ultra-low volume (ULV) 6 liter flush model represents a 70% savings in water flushed and will cut indoor water use by about 30%.

For other water saving strategies at home, go to http://eartheasy.com/live_water_saving.htm.

Health Department Highlights        

Did You Know?
Zika Virus Disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.  The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.  The illness is usually mild, with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito.  People infected with Zika usually do not become sick enough to go to the hospital.  Due to the mildness of the disease, many people may not realize they have been infected.  However, Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects, including microcephaly and other neurological disorders. 
As of June 9, 2016, in the US states and the District of Columbia, there were 234 pregnant women reported to the US Zika Pregnancy Registry, Three (3) live-born infants with birth defects, and three (3) pregnancy losses with birth defects.  Although these outcomes occurred in pregnancies with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection, we do not know whether they were caused by Zika virus infection or other factors.
Consider the risk of Zika when making your summer vacation plans. If you are traveling to an area with Zika, be sure to follow CDC recommendations to stay healthy and safe. All travelers to areas with Zika should prevent mosquito bites. Because Zika during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects, pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika. It can also be spread by a man to his sex partners, so travelers should use condoms if they have sex. If you're visiting an area with Zika, remember essentials like insect repellent, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and condoms.
Last week Health Department staff set up 10 mosquito traps around the North Shore.  Aedes aegypti are more likely to spread Zika and are found in warmer climates, although Aedes albopictus also have the potential to spread it.  Aedes albopictus have been found in Illinois and Michigan, so we are partnering with researchers from UW-Madison to do surveillance in our area for these mosquitos.
Find out the latest on Zika at the CDC's website:  http://www.cdc.gov/zika/
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 28 from 4 - 5 p.m. - North Shore Library 
  • Tuesday, July 12 from 10 - 11 a.m. - Brown Deer
  • Thursday, July 14 from 3 - 4:30 p.m. - Shorewood
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
  • Wednesday, July 20 from 8 - 10 a.m. - Brown Deer 
Upcoming Blood Pressure Screenings (walk-ins welcome - no appointment necessary)
  • Tuesday, June 28 from 3:30 - 4 p.m. - North Shore Library 
Upcoming Community Events

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 Summer Concert Series - Tweed Funk
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Hubbard Park

Solar Shorewood Power Hour
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Camp Bar

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

Shorewood Summer Concert Series - Five Card Studs & SIS/SHS Jazz Ensemble
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Hubbard Park

Shorewood Summer Concert Series - Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Hubbard Park

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

Shorewood Summer Concert Series - Whiskeybelles
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Hubbard Park
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