Waukesha County

UPCOMING EVENTS
Jul
18

Pop-Up Beer Garden

Fox River Park
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Jul
19

Pop-Up Beer Garden

Fox River Park
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Jul
19

Melms Biergarten

Nashotah Park
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Jul
20

Pop-Up Beer Garden

Fox River Park
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Jul
20

Melms Biergarten

Nashotah Park
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UPCOMING MEETINGS
Jul
16

Land Use, Parks, and Environment Committee

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Land Use, Parks, and Environment Committee

Where: Waukesha County Administration Center, 515 West Moreland Blvd., Room 130 - Waukesha, WI

When: 07/16/2019 8:30 AM

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Jul
16

Substance Use Advisory Committee

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Substance Use Advisory Committee

Where: Waukesha County Courthouse, Health & Human Services Center - 514 Riverview Avenue, Room 114                          Waukesha, WI                  OPEN MEETING

When: 07/16/2019 3:00 PM

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Jul
16

Bridges Library System

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Bridges Library System

Where: Jefferson Public Library  321 South Main Street, Jefferson, WI  53549

When: 07/16/2019 6:00 PM

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Jul
17

Finance Committee

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Finance Committee

Where: Waukesha County Courthouse 515 West Moreland Blvd. - Room 130 Waukesha, WI   REVISED (2nd Revision)

When: 07/17/2019 8:15 AM

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Jul
17

Veteran's Service Commission

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Veteran's Service Commission

Where: Health and Human Services, 514 Riverview Avenue, Veterans Service Office - Room 105, Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 07/17/2019 12:00 PM

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IN THE NEWS

In an effort to increase recycling rates and improve the quality of materials entering the Joint Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), city and county of...

Waukesha County and City of Milwaukee Leaders Urge Residents to 'Recycle Right' to Reduce Contamination


In an effort to increase recycling rates and improve the quality of materials entering the Joint Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), city and county officials are encouraging residents to help reduce contamination by teaching them to “Recycle Right” in their curbside carts and bins this summer. 

 

“It’s important for residents to understand what they can and can’t recycle,” said County Executive Paul Farrow. “Putting the wrong items in bins and carts reduces efficiency in our recycling facility, which can cost taxpayers money and create dangerous working conditions for employees.”

 

The joint Curbside Recycling Guide developed collaboratively between the City of Milwaukee and Waukesha County will help educate residents about acceptable and unacceptable items. By knowing the acceptable recyclables the facility hopes to reduce the unacceptable items being placed into curbside containers, such as plastic bags and bagged recyclables, scrap metal and other potentially hazardous items such as propane tanks. Focusing on education will help improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the recycling program.

 

“Residents should know that re-educating themselves on the recycling standards is easy and has positive impacts for their municipality,” said City of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “The new Curbside Recycling Guide is available online to learn the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of recycling at home.”

 

Residents can learn more about Joint Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and can download the new Curbside Recycling Guide at www.milwaukeerecycles.com or www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling. They can learn about the statewide effort to “Recycle Right” at www.recyclemorewisconsin.org.

 

About the MRF

The joint City of Milwaukee and Waukesha County recycling program and MRF operations are built on intergovernmental cooperation and public-private partnerships. The MRF sorts and processes recyclables from approximately 300,000 households, from Waukesha County’s participating communities and the City of Milwaukee. The MRF processes 35 tons of recyclables per hour, or more than 70,000 tons of recyclables per year.


This report analyzes the performance of our jury system in several key areas as required by Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules...

2018 Annual Jury Report Available


The Waukesha County 2018 Annual Jury Program Report is now available.

This report analyzes the performance of our jury system in several key areas as required by Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules, and provides key stakeholders with an overview of the operations of this vital program.  In addition to program related information and statistics, this report includes a summary of juror exit surveys and a sampling of juror comments which are used for the purpose of improving this program.  The report closes with 2019/2020 jury program initiatives.


Republican lawmakers Senator Chris Kapenga and Representative Adam Neylon have introduced a bill that could save Waukesha County taxpayers millions of...

Legislation Would Save Waukesha County Taxpayers Millions, Allow Unsafe Building to be Demolished


Republican lawmakers Senator Chris Kapenga and Representative Adam Neylon have introduced a bill that could save Waukesha County taxpayers millions of dollars. The bill restricts some municipalities from enforcing local historic regulations on Waukesha County-owned properties. If the bill is signed into law, Waukesha County will no longer be required to maintain the vacant former Health and Human Services (HHS) building, and may demolish the structure, which will likely incur millions of dollars in additional costs if no action is taken.

 "Just seven unelected members of the City of Waukesha’s Landmark Commission are holding hundreds of thousands of county taxpayers hostage,” said County Executive Paul Farrow. "Spending a million dollars or more to maintain a vacant building is not only a waste of tax dollars, it could force the county to forgo important infrastructure projects or delay maintenance on buildings or roads that thousands of residents use every day.”

The unelected City of Waukesha Landmark Commission designated the property as an historical landmark in 2001, without the support of Waukesha County, obligating taxpayers to fund all maintenance and repairs. In 2013, a new HHS building was funded and built, leaving the old building vacant.

A recent assessment has determined that the unoccupied building needs a new roof, at an estimated cost of over $1 million. Deterioration of the current roof could cause the entire building to become contaminated with asbestos, rendering all building assets unrecoverable; all remaining equipment and materials unsaleable; eliminating the ability to recycle any materials; and quadrupling current demolition cost estimates.

 

A 2013 Building Assessment Report concluded renovation of the building would cost $24 million; the property was valued at $1.3 million. Waukesha County has undertaken two separate processes to find a buyer willing to preserve the building, but received no viable offers. The City of Waukesha Landmark Commission has since denied County requests to rescind the landmark designation and to proceed with demolition efforts. The bill is available to review here


Waukesha County, along with the School District of Waukesha and Carroll University, are pleased to announce the launch of their new cooperative scienc...

Waukesha County, School District of Waukesha and Carroll University Partner to Launch Cooperative Science and Environmental Education Curriculum


Waukesha County, along with the School District of Waukesha and Carroll University, are pleased to announce the launch of their new cooperative science and environmental education curriculum, called Community Connections, Impacts & Actions, for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

The project features three key environmental educational facilities in the community: Waukesha County’s Retzer Nature Center, the School District of Waukesha’s E.B. Shurts Environmental Education Center, and Carroll University’s Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center.

 

“The County has tremendous assets to provide learning opportunities for all ages throughout our community,” said Paul Farrow, Waukesha County Executive. “This collaborative effort provides an advanced level of integrated and interdisciplinary programming to continue to pique student interest in science and analytical skills.”

 

The Community Connections, Impacts & Actions curriculum was developed over three years. The project team developed partnerships with local schools, teachers, administrators, community members and organizations to analyze the current and future needs, develop, review and pilot the curriculum and programming. The foundation of the comprehensive curriculum is a rich, standards-based classroom experience that then leverages existing community resources to further integrate science and environmental education to create an authentic learning experience for all students.

 

This cooperative action was the key to achieving an exciting and complementary curriculum that aims to educate more scientifically and environmentally literate citizens.

 

“We feel that the new curriculum will allow learners to understand and critically assess current scientific and environmental issues,” said Dan Keyser, Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning. “We also hope it results in citizens having the desire and ability to engage in these issues.”

 

For more information on the Community Connections, Impacts & Actions environmental education curriculum, visit: www.waukeshacounty.gov/envedu/schools/curriculum


There have been several reports of a jury service scam in Waukesha County. Residents should be aware that the Waukesha County Jury Program WILL NEVER ...

Waukesha County Residents Warned of Jury Duty Fees Phone Scam


There have been several reports of a jury service scam in Waukesha County. Residents should be aware that the Waukesha County Jury Program WILL NEVER call and demand that you provide your personal financial information, credit card information, or purchase of gift cards in order to avoid immediate arrest for failure to appear for jury service.

 If you receive a suspicious phone call or email demanding payment of a fine for failing to appear for jury service, please contact the Waukesha County Clerk of Court's Office at 262-548-7504 and your local law enforcement agency.