Village of Shorewood Updates on Coronavirus

Summary

The Village of Shorewood created this page to give frequent updates on how the Coronavirus is impacting Village services and operations.  Village staff will update this page once there are new alerts related to the Coronavirus and impacts directly on the Shorewood community.  

For general inquiries related to the Coronavirus, please contact our North Shore Health Department (NSHD) at 414- 371-2980 visit the NSHD website, or the CDC website. Here is the recent and archived public briefings from NSHD. Here is a comprehensive dashboard map on the number of coronavirus cases in Milwaukee County.

Click here to read a letter from all seven North Shore chief elected officials dated on March 14, 2020 in response to the coronavirus and municipal operations.

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Governor Evers issues Safer at Home Order

Governor Evers and the Department of Health Services issued Emergency Order #12 Safer at Home on Tuesday, March 24. To read the entire order, click here.

The Village will continue to provide essential services. This directive has no immediate impact on municipal core services such as police, essential public works functions, elections, etc.

Public Building Closures

Starting Tuesday, March 17, the Public Works building, the Police Department building, and the Senior Resource Center offices will be closed to the general public. Village Center lobby areas will be closed to the general public starting March 18. Village Hall will also be closed except for restricted hours only for in-person absentee voting and voting registration.  As of now, public access to these public spaces will resume on Monday, April 13 unless modified. Staff will still be working in the buildings; so please either call, email, or use our online services to get assistance. Email addresses and phone numbers of staff are listed on our website.

April 7 Election

The north shore communities of Bayside, Brown Deer, Fox Point, Glendale, River Hills, Shorewood, and Whitefish Bay will no longer be operating in-person absentee or “early voting” at each Village and City Hall due to the increased COVID-19 exposure risk for the public, poll workers, and municipal employees.

Given our communities longstanding dedication to fair and equitable elections, the decision to end early voting in the seven communities has been exceptionally difficult for all involved. However, given daily increases in COVID-19 cases on the local level, a critical balance must be achieved between access to voting and the health of election workers and the public.

Voters may still request an absentee ballot online at My Vote Wisconsin.  You may be required to attach a copy of your Photo ID. Selfies do not count as a Photo ID.  The current deadline to request a ballot by mail is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. However, please request as soon as possible to ensure timely delivery.  Ballots may be dropped off in the mailbox outside of Village Hall in the parking lot.

Online voter registration, which had been previously suspended in Wisconsin, will resume online on Tuesday, March 24 on www.myvote.wi.gov. If you are unable to register to vote or change your address using the online option or need to vote by appointment, please contact your respective Municipal Clerk’s Office at 414-847-2700.

Currently, Election Day, Tuesday, April 7, will also serve as an opportunity to cast a vote in person at the polls from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Village is in significant need of poll workers. Please contact Village Clerk Sara Bruckman at 414-847-2608 or via email at sbruckman@villageofshorewood.org if you are interested. If you are free April 7 to help, your assistance for this election is very much needed!

Tax Payments

For those residents who elected to pay their property taxes under the installment plan, please be advised that the due date for the second installment remains March 31. These due dates have been established under the terms of Wisconsin State Statutes and we have not received any indication at this time that they are considering any actions to suspend those requirements. 

Fortunately, current statutes do offer a 5-day grace period for the local municipalities to receive payments before any deferred balances become past due and are subject to penalties. So please mail in your payments, or place them in the white drop-off mailbox in the parking lot behind village hall as soon as possible as the Village Hall is closed for in-person payment processing.  The Village is also not aware of any pending actions at this time that would provide for the waiving of any penalties or interest should this installment payment not be made in accordance with the due dates.

For tax bill payments, utility bill payments, citations, parking tickets, and other payments, residents may still either pay online or through the mail.

Utility Bill Payments

The most recent municipal water and sewer bills were due last Friday on March 20. If customers were previously up-to-date on their utility account but now have outstanding balances and are experiencing a financial hardship due to recent events, the utility can offer a deferred payment agreement to allow customers to pay any outstanding balances over the next six months without incurring any penalties or interest. 

Please contact us at UtilityBilling@villageofshorewood.org to make a request to enter into a deferred payment agreement. Please make sure to provide your name and the property address in your request. If you have any additional questions, please contact Mark Emanuelson, Finance Director, at 414.847.2607.

For tax bill payments, utility bill payments, citations, parking tickets, and other payments, residents may still either pay online or through the mail.

Public Meetings and Events

The Village Board will continue to meet as needed on essential items.  The Village is exploring ways to utilize technology and phone access to conduct these meetings that will still comply with Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law.  All Village volunteer committee meetings and events through April 10 will be postponed. 

Municipal Court will be canceled March 17, April 1, and April 21.  Cases scheduled to be heard during these sessions are postponed and will be rescheduled on a date later to be determined.  Please contact Court Clerk Norma Kunze at 414-847-2617 or via email at court@villageofshorewood.org if you have any questions.

Shorewood School District and St. Robert School Closed

Shorewood School District and St. Robert School are closed indefinitely (per Governor Tony Evers, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic). For more information on school information, please visit the Shorewood School District and St. Robert School websites.

Shorewood Business District

A total of 11 communities in Milwaukee County passed a public health emergency order restricting food and beverage sales in their communities.  This took effect as of 2:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17.  Click here to read the public health emergency order.

Parking Restrictions for On-Street and Public Lots

Effective immediately, overnight parking restrictions in the Village of Shorewood are suspended through April 10. This means that you may park on the street without requesting permission.  As of now the next date you would need to request overnight parking would be for the morning of Monday, April 13.  If anyone has questions about overnight parking during this time, please feel free to call 414-847-2610 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for more information.

Effective immediately until further notice, the Police Department will not be enforcing parking on the following:

  • Time zones on residential streets 
  • No parking zones
  • Village-owned parking lots (Menlo, Hubbard Park, River Park, Village Center, 4400 Oakland/Oakland)

The Police Department will continue to enforce State Ordinance violations which include parking:

  • Prohibited by sign
  • On private property
  • Too close to crosswalk
  • Too close to fire hydrant
  • Too close to a driveway
  • In a public lot w/o a permit
  • Left wheels to curb
  • ADA Parking
  • In alleys

The Police Department will also enforce parking on the following:

  • Loading zones
  • The Shorewood Business District (N. Oakland Avenue)
  • Parking complaints
  • Overnight parking in private lots (Feerick Funeral Home, North Shore Bank, TCF Bank, Metro Market, LightHorse, 4100 Oakland/Ogden)

Shorewood Public Library Closed

The Shorewood Public Library closed starting on Monday, March 16 and will remain closed until Monday, April 13 unless modified. Here are some important details related to Library services during this closure:

  • On Monday, March 16, due dates for materials currently checked out will be extended until May 1.
  • If your Library card is set to expire 3/31 or 4/30: on Monday, March 16, it will be extended until May 31 so that you do not experience a disruption in your ability to use online library resources.
  • The Library will waive Shorewood overdue fines incurred during the time we are closed.
  • The Library outside book drops will remain open at this time.
  • Explore the Library’s online resources, and call or email us with questions about using these free tools!  For more information, visit the Library’s website.

Planning and Development Department Operations

The Village is encouraging community members to promote building, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC permit applications and fees done through the mail or online.  On-site building, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC inspections will be limited to the greatest extent possible.  Inspectors will utilize photos and other means of evidence in lieu of on-site visits when practical.

Public Works Operations

At this time, refuse and recycling collection and other DPW services will continue subject to compliance with CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, hygiene, etc.  There will be no new special collections for the foreseeable future.  Since the Public Works building is now closed to the public, please call 414-847-2650 if you have any Public Works related questions.  April 4 and 18 Saturday compactor hours have been canceled.

Police Department Operations

Police officers will continue to proceed with their daily work assignments and emergency responses.  Drug drop-offs will not be accepted (secure unwanted drugs in your home).  In the event you require non-emergency police services, you may be asked to be contacted via the phone in order to determine if an officer response is necessary or the call for service can be handled over the phone.  Fingerprinting services are suspended.  In person payments are suspended during this time. You may also place parking citation payments in the drop box located in front of the building.  Click here to access police specific forms.  Though greatly appreciated, we will not be accepting any food donations.  The Drug Enforcement Administration has canceled the Drug Take Back event originally scheduled on Saturday, April 25.  

Please feel free to call 414-847-2610 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to speak with customer service or 414-351-9900 between the hours of 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. to contact dispatch.  For emergencies, please continue to dial 9-1-1.

Senior Resource Center Operations

The Village of Shorewood did close Senior Resource Center programming and public access to the SRC office at least through April 10.  Community members needing assistance may still contact Senior Resource Center Coordinator Elizabeth Price at 414-847-2727 or via email at eprice@villageofshorewood.org.

Playgrounds in North Shore Public Lands

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the playgrounds throughout the North Shore are closed. Playground equipment should not be used until further notice. This is to slow the spread of the virus and preserve the health of our community. Thank you for your cooperation. For more information see www.nshealthdept.org.

Milwaukee County Parks

The majority of Milwaukee County Parks public venues are closed until further notice and public events, rentals and programs scheduled to be held at these venues have also been cancelled. Closed facilities include:

  • Mitchell Park Domes
  • Noyes Indoor Pool
  • Pulaski Indoor Pool
  • King Community Center
  • Kosciusko Community Center
  • Milwaukee County Sports Complex
  • Wehr Nature Center visitor center
  • Boerner Botanical Gardens Visitor Center
  • Wilson Recreation Center & Ice Arena
  • Wil-O-Way facilities at Grant and Underwood
  • Parks, trails and outdoor amenities including dog parks, disc golf courses and self-pay golf courses

For more information on Milwaukee County Parks and the impacts of COVID-19, click here.