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UPCOMING EVENTS
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Jul
7

Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Alternative Interventions Committee

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Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Alternative Interventions Committee

Where: Meeting to be held via Microsoft Teams. To join, Join Microsoft Teams Meeting:

When: 07/07/2020 12:00 PM

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Jul
8

Community Development Block Grant Board

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Community Development Block Grant Board

Where: Meeting held via the Microsoft Teams application.  To join the meeting by telephone: Dial 414-435-2078 Enter ID#593 088 591

When: 07/08/2020 3:00 AM

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Jul
8

Airport Commission

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Airport Commission

Where: Waukesha County Airport Conference Room

When: 07/08/2020 8:00 AM

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Jul
8

Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Pretrial Committee

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Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Pretrial Committee

Where: INTERESTED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN VIA ZOOM. TO JOIN , CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK https://wicourts.zoom.us/j/97553126980, Meeting ID: 975 5312 6980

When: 07/08/2020 12:00 PM

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Jul
8

Board of Adjustment

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Board of Adjustment

Where: To join the meeting by telephone: Dial: 414-435-2078 Enter ID#: 445 138 399#

When: 07/08/2020 6:30 PM

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IN THE NEWS

On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Chief Judge of the Third Judicial District Jennifer Dorow signed an order that will allow jury trials to resume in Waukesha...

Waukesha County Courts to Resume Jury Trials


On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Chief Judge of the Third Judicial District Jennifer Dorow signed an order that will allow jury trials to resume in Waukesha County, effective Tuesday, July 7. The Waukesha County Circuit Courts operating plan outlines how jury trials shall be safely conducted during the 2020 public health emergency and COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Waukesha County Judiciary has worked diligently with our justice partners to balance access to justice and the right to a jury trial with the health and safety of all involved.” said Judge Jennifer Dorow, Presiding Judge in Waukesha County and Chief Judge of the Third Judicial District. “We have prioritized the order that cases will be tried based on a number of factors, including the right to a speedy trial, the case type and input from victims. The order is the culmination of an in-depth collaborative effort of stakeholders with the goal of resuming jury trials in a safe and efficient manner during the pandemic.”

In order to maximize the use of designated jury trial courtrooms and accommodate social distancing, the Courts will schedule the start of jury trials on multiple days per week and stagger report time for jurors.

Waukesha County Judiciary’s operational plan incorporates many recommendations made by the Chief Justice’s Wisconsin Courts COVID-19 Task Force. It requires everyone in courtrooms, and court-related confined spaces, to wear face coverings, except as authorized on the record by the judge; outlines practices for appropriate sanitation/hygiene; and specifies that notices regarding face coverings and availability of hand sanitizer and disinfectants in court-related areas will be appropriately posted and noticed. Additionally, Plexiglas has been outfitted in the courtrooms identified for jury trials where six foot social distancing cannot be maintained. The order outlining the operational plan is available here.

All information regarding Waukesha County operations and hours are posted online at www.waukeshacounty.gov. Waukesha County Courts information is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/circuitcourts/.


An approved offer on Waukesha County Parks and Land Use’s Wanaki Golf Course will keep the course open under new ownership. On Tuesday, June 23, 2020,...

Wanaki Golf Course to Continue Under New Ownership


An approved offer on Waukesha County Parks and Land Use’s Wanaki Golf Course will keep the course open under new ownership. On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors voted to authorize the Department of Parks and Land Use to sign the purchase agreement and finalize sale of the property to an affiliate of the Storm Family Group, which has been involved in the local golf industry for 68 yearsThe 2020 Waukesha County budget process implemented a plan to keep the course open this season while seeking a second party to take ownership of the property by the end of 2020. 

 

“This agreement fulfills the goals we have had all along – preservation of golf in Waukesha County while protecting taxpayers’ investment,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “This sale will allow residents to continue to enjoy a beloved golf course while allowing Waukesha County to maintain operations and fund improvements at its other two courses.” 

 

Despite efforts to increase revenue, Wanaki Golf Course operated at a loss for years, depleting Waukesha County’s golf course reserve fund. In addition, Wanaki Golf Course requires over $645,000 in repair and replacement projects. Under the sale, the new owner will take responsibility for all improvements and operations of the course. Waukesha County will continue to operate the golf course through the remainder of the 2020 season.   

 

I am thrilled that Wanaki will continue on as a private sector course,” said County Board Supervisor Timothy Dondlinger who represents District 5 that includes Wanaki Golf Course. “When I introduced the budget amendment last year to sell the course I was hopeful we could find a solution that is a win for residents, the golf community and the County.  I think we found that.” 

 

Waukesha County’s two other golf courses, Naga-Waukee War Memorial Golf Course, and Moor Downs Golf Course, will remain open. Revenue generated from these courses will be reinvested into the golf course fund to improve the financial sustainability of golf course operations. No tax dollars are used to support either course.  

 

Waukesha County acquired the 150-acre Wanaki property in 1967 after receiving an Outdoor Recreation Aids Program (ORAP) grant. Wanaki Golf Course opened in 1970. For more information, go to www.waukeshacounty.gov/golf 

View a PDF of this news release here

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On Monday, June 22, 2020, all in-person proceedings, other than jury trials, will resume at the Waukesha County Courthouse and the Waukesha County Cle...

Waukesha County Courts to Resume Most In-Person Proceedings 6/22/20 Under New Operational Plan


On Monday, June 22, 2020, all in-person proceedings, other than jury trials, will resume at the Waukesha County Courthouse and the Waukesha County Clerk of Court’s offices. Services will resume under an operational plan of the Circuit Court of Waukesha County that outlines COVID-19 safety requirements. The Clerk of Court’s offices will also reopen for walk-in public service. All court filings and documents will continue to be processed over the counter, via the Wisconsin Courts’ eFiling System, U.S. mail, fax and the county drop box located at the front doors of the Courthouse.

 

“This plan allows us to significantly increase the number of legal matters we can resolve after the COVID-19 pandemic put thousands of cases on hold,” said Judge Jennifer Dorow, Presiding Judge in Waukesha County and Chief Judge of the Third Judicial District. “The Waukesha County judiciary consulted extensively with Stakeholders and public health officials to ensure the operational plan balances open access to our courts and service to the public and the health and safety of all litigants, judicial officers, court staff, attorneys, the public, and all other participants and individuals entering the courthouse.”

 

Waukesha County Judiciary’s operational plan incorporates many recommendations made by the Chief Justice’s Wisconsin Courts COVID-19 Task Force. It requires everyone in courtrooms, and court-related confined spaces, to wear face coverings, except as authorized on the record by the judge; outlines practices for appropriate sanitation/hygiene; and specifies that notices regarding face coverings and availability of hand sanitizer and disinfectants in court-related areas will be appropriately posted and noticed. The order outlining the operational plan is available here.

 

In March, public access hours to the courthouse were reduced as part of efforts to limit court operations to essential functions while mitigating public health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

All information regarding Waukesha County operations and hours are posted online at www.waukeshacounty.gov. Waukesha County Courts information is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/circuitcourts/.

View the news release here.


On Thursday, June 04, 2020, Waukesha County Public Health expanded its large gathering recommendation to advise that up to 100 people may congregate i...

Waukesha County Large Gathering Recommendation Increases to 100 People


On Thursday, June 04, 2020, Waukesha County Public Health expanded its large gathering recommendation to advise that up to 100 people may congregate in a social setting in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. The previous recommendation advised that groups of up to 50 people could gather.


“Waukesha County is taking a measured approach to reopening so that we can stay safe to stay open,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “The decision to increase the large gathering recommendation is based on a methodical course of action knowing that positive cases in Waukesha County have remained stable, hospitals can safely treat all patients in the area, testing capacity has dramatically increased, and our team of public health nurses and contact tracers are growing.”


Waukesha County’s large gathering recommendation advises that social settings of more than 100 people be avoided, with social distancing and other mitigation practices in place. All individuals, when in public, at county parks, outdoor recreation areas, or at shopping malls or similar locations should consider maximizing physical distance from others. The large gathering guidance has been issued as a recommendation, rather than an order, to allow residents to safely conduct business and other activities moving forward. The recommendation provides industries with flexibility to resume operations while being mindful of CDC recommendations.


Waukesha County will reevaluate its large gathering recommendation toward the end of June. The recommended number of people that should socially gather may either increase or decrease based upon the status of area hospitals and other data. In the case of a dramatic increase in cases of COVID-19 in the county, or the inability of area hospitals to care for patients in need of treatment, the county may be forced to issue orders to help reduce the spread of the disease.

See the full release here. 


Today, Waukesha County is launching its “Stay Safe to Stay Open” campaign, a unified approach to promote the actions businesses and residents can take...

Waukesha County "Stay Safe to Stay Open" Campaign Encourages Simple Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Spread


Today, Waukesha County is launching its “Stay Safe to Stay Open” campaign, a unified approach to promote the actions businesses and residents can take to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This campaign will remind residents to remain vigilant as the economy continues to reopen. The campaign provides participating businesses with materials to help them share simple but essential health safety messages with the public.

 “Now that we are restarting the economy and returning to a more normal way of life, we want to ensure that residents and businesses can work together to avoid spikes in new cases,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Simple, proactive actions can keep residents healthy and businesses in operation. Very simply, we need to Stay Safe to Stay Open.”

 The “Stay Safe to Stay Open” campaign is a partnership between Waukesha County government, community organizations, and business leaders to promote four concepts that will protect the health and economy of Waukesha County:

  1. Protect the vulnerable
  2. Stay home if you are sick
  3. Practice Social Distancing
  4. Follow CDC best practices

 Waukesha County will provide a digital toolkit that businesses can use to promote their commitment to the “Stay Safe to Stay Open” concepts. The toolkit includes printable posters, digital flyers, social media campaign resources, and links to online resources available on the new “Stay Home, Stay Safe” webpage at www.waukeshacounty.gov/safeopen.

 More information about Waukesha County’s response to COVID-19 is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/covid19.

View the release here.