Department Updates

Library

The Village Center community meeting room and Spector conference room opened for reservations on March 1 after being closed to the public for two years. Community groups and Village committees can place reservations via Local Hop, the new reservation software. Virtual engagement Librarian, Lizzie created a video tutorial to assist first time users.

The library just launched two new digital resources for library card holders. One is Kanopy, a streaming video platform offering 30,000+ movies and documentaries including indie films, popular cinema and children’s shows. Kanopy is accessible on your smart TV, phone, tablet and computer. ConsumerReports.org offers all the articles and product ratings you have come to expect in the magazine and more. If you don’t have a library card, stop by and ask how you can get one.

COVID-19 testing is still available for Village employees courtesy of the Shorewood School District. The clinics take place at the High School arena. For the full schedule, check the School District webpage or call the library at 414.847.2673.

Planning & Development

The Planning & Development Department continues to spend considerable effort on administering two upcoming multi-family redevelopment projects. The projects, which are located at Oakland/Lake Bluff and Capitol/Stowell, first require zoning and design approvals, prior to being able to be permitted. Both developers have expressed a desire to begin construction in 2022.

The Village has also began work on a much anticipated Commercial Zoning Update, which will include elements of form-based code. The project is being led by the Plan Commission through the Planning Director. Small focus groups and three public workshops are expected to be held in the spring, leading into a review of the proposed updates in early summer for approval around fall.

Building inspections and code enforcement personnel continue to perform their routine operations related to plan review, permit issuance, inspections and enforcement. In 2022, code enforcement staff will also inspect the first phase of the Downspout Disconnection Program in the Village’s combined sewer  service area, which are being managed by the Department of Public Works and are taking place as required by MMSD.

Police Department

We recently welcomed Captain Fernando Santiago and Officer Luke Sleman to the department.

Captain Santiago began his law enforcement career in 2000 and spent 12 years with the Sheriff’s Office before accepting a position with the Brown Deer PD in 2012. At Brown Deer, he was in charge of developing community-oriented initiatives, conducting presentations, leading community events such as National Night Out, and meeting with community groups and business leaders to improve the relationship between the police department and the community. Captain Santiago is looking forward to using his experience in Shorewood. 

Officer Luke Sleman came to the Shorewood Police Department after graduating from the MATC Police Academy. Prior to becoming a police officer, Officer Sleman obtained a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Carroll College.  He also has an extensive history working with the public. Prior to entering the police academy, Officer Sleman worked as a manager for a major retailer in the Milwaukee Area. Officer Sleman is excited to serve the Village of Shorewood as a police officer and looks forward to building a relationship with the community.    

Public Works

After all the ice and snow, DPW staff are ready to welcome Spring! In preparation for those April showers, we’ll be contacting all residents in the northmost third of the combined sewer system to let them know the results of their downspout inspection, and whether or not they need to disconnect. Shorewood waters is reaching out to local school teachers with free resources including lesson plans, activity guides, maps, experiments and field trip ideas from the Freshwater Tool Kit

We will be celebrating World Water Day on March 22nd, Fix A Leak Week on March 14th—20th and Safe Drinking Water Week May 1st—7st with a public education push to reduce household water waste. With all the meltwater and spring rain headed down the storm drains, Spring is a good time to be mindful about water.

While we are marking the start of spring, the Forestry team will naturally be planting a tree on Arbor Day, April 29th. Funds for the tree were donated by the Shorewood Men’s Club. We will  also be celebrating Earth Day on March 22nd and National Public Works Week from May 15th—21st.

In addition to celebrating the end of winter, spring is our team to get ready for construction! DPW is planning for annual sewer lining, a manhole rehabilitation project, a new canoe and kayak launch in Hubbard Park, the reconstruction of fourteen Village alleys, parking lot reconstruction for both Hubbard and the Police Department and the conclusion of the water meter replacement program.

Alongside these projects, we are working with MMSD as they  install the new Edgewood Avenue Near Surface Collector and finalizing engineering and design for the 2025 N Oakland Avenue pavement replacement.

We’re looking forward to a busy spring and summer!

Senior Resource Center

The Senior Resource Center continues to reconfigure our programs and explore new service delivery models. Our monthly “Grab & Go” box lunches replaced in-person dining and have been very popular. We continue to have new participants each month.

In February, we welcomed two UWM students, Haylee and Alise, who are working with Leila on Fridays through April to provide in-person tech support for older Shorewood residents. The sessions are full, and we are running a waitlist each week! And, after a long search, we found a Physical Therapist to lead our weekly “Fall Risk  Reduction” exercise class. Energetic Shorewood resident, Trina Worby P.T., is excited to share her expertise with us, beginning in April. As we slowly return to “normal”, the SRC will be bringing back more in-person programs over the next several months. 

Updated 05/09/2022