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.

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North Shore Health Department 

The North Shore Health Department provided an update February 17, 2021 on continued momentum on the Reopening Plan for North Shore communities including Shorewood.  Click here to read the letter, learn about the recent trends, and updated safe practice guidelines for community members to follow.

Update on Face Mask Legislation and Enforcement

On January 25, 2021 the Village Board extended the local ordinance requiring face coverings. Back on July 8, 2020, the Village Board passed the initial face covering requirement ordinance, which was given an expiration date of January 20, 2021. The new local face covering requirement ordinance is now in effect until May 17, 2021.

North Shore Health Department Director Ann Christiansen recommended the extension of the ordinance. To view the ordinance passed, feel free to click here and go to page 161.

Governor Evers signed an executive order on January 15, 2021 extended the state mandate an additional 60 days. Even if the state were not to continue the mask mandate, the Village will still have its ordinance in place for community members to follow until May 17, 2021.


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.

Public Meetings and Events

The Village Board will continue to meet as needed on essential items.  The Village is conducting majority of its business meetings through Zoom.  Community members can review agendas for call in information that will still comply with Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law.  All Village volunteer committee meetings and events for the foreseeable future will be postponed.  Check the Village’s meeting schedule to see what is postponed or cancelled.

Shorewood School District and St. Robert School

For more information on school information, please visit the Shorewood School District and St. Robert School websites.

Parking Restrictions for On-Street and Public Lots

Overnight parking restrictions in the Village of Shorewood remain in effect at this time. 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.

Planning and Development Department 

Operations

While Village Hall is closed to the public, homeowners and contractors may submit building, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC permit applications and fees online or through the mail or Village dropbox.  On-site inspections will be limited to the greatest extent possible, with a preference for photos, videos and/or other means of evidence in lieu of on-site visits when practical.  However, on-site inspections are occurring as follows:

Unoccupied Sites

Inspection of unoccupied commercial properties or new housing construction will proceed as requested by contractors and based on Inspector availability. Inspectors will provide 10 minutes advance notice of arrival to the site, so areas to be inspected may be cleared of workers.  It is preferred that the site be cleared of all workers; however, if necessary, up to one contractor may accompany the inspector, but must remain a minimum of six feet from the inspector and wear a mask at all times. Failure to clear the area needing inspection or maintain adequate distance from the inspector will result in a failed inspection, and the inspector will leave the site immediately.

Occupied Sites

Inspection requests for occupied residential and commercial properties will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and performed based on Inspector availability. Priority will be given to projects that impact the immediate usability of currently occupied spaces. Inspectors will provide 10 minutes advance notice of arrival to the property, so the area needing inspection can be cleared of all workers and occupants.  Up to one individual may accompany the inspector for the inspection if necessary, but must remain a minimum of six feet from the inspector and wear a mask at all times.  Children, employees, individuals not accompanying the inspector and pets shall remain in a fully separated space away from the inspector for the duration of the inspection. Failure to clear the area needing inspection or maintain adequate distance from the inspector will result in a failed inspection, and the inspector will leave the site immediately.

More complete details may be found within the COVID-19 Building Inspections Policy.

Temporary Carryout Loading Zones

During a special meeting of the Village Board, the Village of Shorewood approved a program that allows businesses who are allowed to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic the opportunity to have a temporary carryout loading zone installed near or in front of their businesses throughout the duration of the local emergency. There is no fee involved, and requests will be installed as time permits. 

If your business qualifies, please email Bart Griepentrog, Director of the Planning and Development Department at bgriepentrog@villageofshorewood.org to arrange for the installation.  

*Please note that these temporary carryout loading zones do not allow businesses to violate the terms of their existing liquor licenses. If there are any questions on that, please include them with your request.

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.  Since the Public Works building is now closed to the public, please call 414-847-2650 if you have any Public Works related questions.  Saturday compactor hours are now available again.

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.

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’s Senior Resource Center office has limited hours open at this time.  Community members needing assistance may still contact Senior Resource Center Coordinator Elizabeth Price at 414-847-2727 or via email at eprice@villageofshorewood.org..

Shorewood Public Library

The Shorewood Public Library is providing library services at this time.  Please see library hours of operation and services offered including curbside pick-up of materials at www.shorewoodlibrary.org.