Waukesha County

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UPCOMING EVENTS
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Apr
19

Executive Committee

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Executive Committee

Where: Waukesha County Administration Center  515 W. Moreland Blvd., Rm. 130, Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 04/19/2021 8:30 AM

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Apr
19

Mental Health Advisory Committee

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Mental Health Advisory Committee

Where: Microsoft Teams Meeting to participate via telephone: Dial: 1-414-435-2078 Conference ID:  660 225 174#

When: 04/19/2021 1:30 PM

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Apr
20

Land Use, Parks, and Environment Committee

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Land Use, Parks, and Environment Committee

Where: Waukesha County Administration Center  515 W. Moreland Blvd., Rm. 130, Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 04/20/2021 8:30 AM

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Apr
20

Human Resources Committee

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Human Resources Committee

Where: Waukesha County Administration Center  515 W. Moreland Blvd., Rm. 130, Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 04/20/2021 1:00 PM

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Apr
20

Substance Use Advisory Committee

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Substance Use Advisory Committee

Where: Interested members of the public are encouraged to participate in the meeting via Microsoft Teams. To participate via telephone: Dial: 1-414-435-2078 Conference ID: 379 865 109#

When: 04/20/2021 3:00 PM

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IN THE NEWS

Waukesha County Parks is seeking volunteers to help eradicate the invasive plant, garlic mustard, at various park locations during the inaugural, sec...

Waukesha County Seeks Volunteers for Invasive Species Removal Mission April 24


Waukesha County Parks is seeking volunteers to help eradicate the invasive plant, garlic mustard,  at various park locations during the inaugural, secret agent themed “Mission: Possible” Volunteer Workday for the Earth event on Saturday, April 24.

 

“Garlic mustard is a troublesome invasive plant that is wide spread throughout the park system,” said Julia Robson, Waukesha County Conservation Biologist. “All of our properties would benefit greatly from the hand removal of this aggressive plant to make room for the native wildflower species that our pollinators depend on and park users enjoy.”

 

Volunteer “agents” can sign-up for time slots at one of nine park locations between 9 a.m. and noon to help hand pull and bag garlic mustard in specified natural areas. Registered participants will receive an email with more information about pulling garlic mustard, including a video tutorial. After meeting at the park “rendezvous point”, attendees will head out for their self-guided missions. The events will be held rain or shine. Participants should dress for the weather and bring their own work gloves. All other materials and instruction will be provided.

 

Mission locations include: Fox Brook Park, Fox River Park, Menomonee Park, Minooka Park, Mukwonago Park, Muskego Park, Naga-Waukee Park, Nashotah Park and Retzer Nature Center.

 

Registration is free and includes park admission for the day. Online registration for each volunteer is required by April 21 at www.waukeshacounty.gov/missionpossible.

 

About the Waukesha County Park System

Waukesha County Park System is a natural resource based park system that demonstrates stewardship while providing recreational and educational opportunities. For more information, visit our website at www.waukeshacountyparks.com or follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.

 

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Waukesha County Public Health and Waukesha County Emergency Management announce that the final date of COVID-19 testing at the Waukesha County Expo Ce...

Waukesha County Closes Expo Center COVID-19 Testing Site


Waukesha County Public Health and Waukesha County Emergency Management announce that the final date of COVID-19 testing at the Waukesha County Expo Center was Tuesday, March 30. This action follows a decrease in demand for testing, fewer active cases of the virus, and the completion of the planned withdrawal of the Wisconsin National Guard at the community testing site.

 

COVID-19 testing in Waukesha County has now transitioned to clinics, pharmacies, and other locations throughout the county. As of today, March 31, Village Primary Care Providers begins operations in the parking lot of the 1111 Delafield Street building, Waukesha. Testing will be offered Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

“Our public and private partnerships with the Wisconsin National Guard and Village Primary Care Providers allowed Waukesha County to administer approximately 33,000 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests from the Waukesha County Expo Center since we launched in May 2020,” said Gary Bell, Director of Waukesha County Emergency Management. “PCR tests are considered the gold standard for the detection of COVID-19.”

 

“It has been essential for individuals to choose to be tested so our contact tracing process could help prevent the spread of the virus in our community,” said Waukesha County Health Officer Benjamen Jones. “Our over-arching, collective goal is to contain the spread of the virus. Individuals should continue to seek testing when experiencing symptoms or exposed to a person positive for COVID-19. Quarantine protocols continue to be practiced even while the vaccine rolls-out in our county.”

 

There continues to be many locations throughout the county that provide testing opportunities. Testing information about pre-registration, insurance, and location hours is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/testingsites.

 

 

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On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow announced that the county will not issue a local mask order after the Wisconsin Su...

Waukesha County Will Not Issue Local Mask Order After Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandate


On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow announced that the county will not issue a local mask order after the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the statewide mask mandate.

 

“Our residents and businesses continue to make tremendous progress in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic,” said County Executive Farrow. “More than a third of our population has now had at least one dose of vaccine, hospitalizations remain low, and our cases have dropped dramatically since the beginning of the year. With these improvements in mind, residents should be able to continue to make informed choices to protect themselves and their families from the virus without a government mandate.”

 

Individuals are encouraged to continue to take precautions as the County continues to work toward a return to normal, to keep families safe and reverse the damage to the economy.

 

Most importantly, everyone who is eligible should get vaccinated as soon as possible to help bring the pandemic to an end. They should choose to follow all CDC guidelines, when necessary, to mitigate the spread of the virus. This includes mask wearing when social distancing is not possible.

 

Residents should remember that local municipalities and individual businesses have the ability to enact mask requirements within their geographic borders and facilities. These local requirements should be respected.

 

Waukesha County will continue to work with schools, community organizations and local businesses to encourage everyone to take preventative actions and mitigate the spread of the virus. More information about vaccination and other resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/covid19.

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On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, Waukesha County updated its large gathering recommendation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new guidance adv...

Waukesha County Updates Large Gathering Recommendation


On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, Waukesha County updated its large gathering recommendation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new guidance advises that indoor venues may host events with no capacity limits when CDC guidelines are followed, with a focus on social distancing, separation of groups, and mask-wearing. The previous recommendation advised that a 50% capacity, or up to 250 individuals, could gather indoors. The outdoor event venue recommendation continues to include no capacity limits when safety measures are in place. The recommendation applies to special events such as weddings and sporting events, not daily business functions.   

 

“Our large gathering recommendation is aligned with the tremendous progress we have made mitigating the COVID-19 virus in our community,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. ”We have seen a steep drop in cases, hospitals continue to operate at sustainable levels, testing capacity has increased significantly, and we are making impressive strides in vaccinating the population. Right now, 30% of our population has received at least one dose of vaccine, and our growing list of vaccinators are reaching about 5% of the population each week.”

 

All individuals, when in public, should consider maximizing physical distance from others. When physical distancing is not possible, individuals should wear a mask. All residents are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible to encourage a speedy return to normal, end the damage to the economy, prevent more illnesses and deaths, and eliminate and eradicate COVID-19.

  

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. Waukesha County reevaluates its large gathering recommendation at regular intervals. 

 

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

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Waukesha County, in partnership with Community Advocates, Inc., is launching an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help people experiencing...

Waukesha County Partners with Community Advocates, Inc to Launch Emergency Rental Assistance Program


(Waukesha, WI) – Waukesha County, in partnership with Community Advocates, Inc., is launching an Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help people experiencing financial hardship to stay in their homes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, which will provide $12 million in direct rental and utility costs, is now accepting applications. More information about how to apply is available at https://communityadvocates.net.

 For individuals who qualify, ERAP pays for:

  • Up to three months of rent at a time
  • Up to twelve months of rent in arrears (back-rent) occurring after March 13, 2020.
  • Cost of electricity and other home energy costs.
  • Cost of utilities in arrears (back-utilities) occurring after March 13, 2020.

ERAP payments are made directly to the landlord or utility company, NOT to the renter. Payments are made to the landlord or utility provider within about 10 days.

Waukesha County residents may qualify for help with rent or utilities who:

  • Qualify for unemployment insurance benefits; or have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Are at risk of becoming homeless; or are experiencing housing instability.
  • Have a household income at or below 80% of the median in Waukesha County. Unemployment benefits count as household income.
  • Are 18 years old or older.
  • Are a Wisconsin resident that is named on a current residential rental lease.
  •  Receive a federal housing subsidy, such as a Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Project-Based Rental Assistance or Tenant-Based Rental Assistance – and their rent is NOT adjusted as  income changes.

Individuals are not eligible if:

  • They want reimbursement for mortgage payments. Only rental housing costs are covered.
  • They already receive additional rent or utility assistance. ERAP cannot be used to cover expenses that are already being subsidized.
  • Their rent is adjusted as their income changes and they receive a federal housing subsidy, such as a Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, Project-Based Rental Assistance or Tenant-Based Rental Assistance.

Residents who qualify for ERAP may also receive additional housing security. Landlords who agree to accept ERAP rent payments must agree to take no action to evict individuals for late or past due rent during the coronavirus eviction moratorium issued by the federal Centers of Disease Control (CDC).

How to Apply:

The universal application for Rent Assistance can be found at the Community Advocates website: https://webportalapp.com/sp/communityadvocates-application.

Waukesha County residents who have questions on the application process can call Rent Help Line at 414-270-4646 or email at renthelp@communityadvocates.net

Hard copy applications can also be picked up and dropped off at Community Advocates, 728 N. James Lovell Street Monday-Friday between 9AM-5PM. Hard copy applications will be entered into the application software (Zengine) for processing within 24 hours of receipt.

Landlords may also submit rent assistance for tenants who are behind or at risk of becoming behind through this link: https://webportalapp.com/sp/communityadvocates-applicationlandlords

Following submission of a landlord inquiry, tenants will receive a link to apply for assistance as approval is based on their household information, income and income loss. Landlords can upload tenant documents with tenant consent.

About Community Advocates Inc.

Since 1976, the Milwaukee-based Community Advocates has provided a spectrum of programs and services to thousands of people experiencing housing insecurity every year. Its Public Policy Institute targets poverty through nonpartisan changes to relevant public policies and laws; preventing its effects through public health efforts; and increasing opportunity and wellness for low-income people by fostering factors related to success, resilience, and well-being.

About Waukesha County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Waukesha County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in December. Waukesha County will receive a $12 million allocation from the US Treasury Department to provide direct financial assistance for rent and utility costs for individuals who qualify. The funds will be administered through Community Advocates, Inc.

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