Waukesha County

UPCOMING EVENTS
Jan
25

Tools to Navigate the Challenges of Aging

The Ingleside Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, WI
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UPCOMING MEETINGS
Jan
16

Finance Committee

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Finance Committee

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

When: 01/16/2019 8:15 AM

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Jan
16

Airport Commission

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Airport Commission

Where: Waukesha County Airport Airport Conference Rooms 2525 Aviation Drive, Waukesha, WI

When: 01/16/2019 9:00 AM

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Jan
17

Child and Family Services Advisory Committee

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Child and Family Services Advisory Committee

Where: Health & Human Services Center, 514 Riverview Avenue - Room 271 Waukesha, WI

When: 01/17/2019 8:30 AM

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Jan
17

The HOME Consortium

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The HOME Consortium

Where: Administration Center, Room AC355/59 515 West Moreland Blvd. Waukesha, WI   CANCELLED

When: 01/17/2019 9:00 AM

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Jan
17

Park and Planning Commission

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Park and Planning Commission

Where: Waukesha County Administration Center, 515 West Moreland Blvd, Room AC 255/259, Waukesha, WI

When: 01/17/2019 1:00 PM

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IN THE NEWS

Get out and embrace winter in Waukesha County Parks during the 34th Annual Waukesha JanBoree Weekend.

Celebrate Winter in Waukesha County Parks During 2019 Waukesha Janboree


(WAUKESHA, WI) – Get out and embrace winter in Waukesha County Parks during the 34th Annual Waukesha JanBoree Weekend.

 

“This annual festival encourages residents and visitors to enjoy Waukesha County in all seasons,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “The variety of indoor and outdoor activities offers something for everyone.”

 

The events offer citizens and visitors an opportunity to try unique winter activities through Waukesha County that they normally may not a have a chance to try for free or very low cost.

 

Waukesha JanBoree is produced by the City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Dept. along with many community partners including the Waukesha County Park System. JanBoree events taking place in the Waukesha County Park System are highlighted below. For more information, visit: http://www.janboree.org/, or call WPRF at 262-524-3737.

 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

 

Frozen Fun at Moor Downs Golf Course (9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
Try your leg at winter FootGolf and S’MoorBall for free at Moor Downs Golf. FootGolf is a combination of golf and soccer with the objective of getting the ball into an oversized hole in the fewest amount of kicks. S’MoorBall is a combination of billiards and soccer with the objective of getting your balls all into the pockets before your opponent! Bring your own soccer ball or use one of ours. Held with or without snow. Moor Downs Golf Course is located at 438 Prospect Ave. in Waukesha. 

 

Ice Skating at Eble Park Ice Arena (2 to 4 p.m.)
Strap on your skates and get out on the ice indoors with friends and family at Eble Park Ice Arena and enjoy skating for free. Open to the first 300 people. Skate rental is extra ($2.50/pair) and quantities are limited, so bring your own if you can, we can’t guarantee rental skates availability. Eble Park Ice Arena is located at 9400 W. Bluemound Rd. in Brookfield. Doors open at 1:45 p.m.

 

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

 

Merrymaking in Minooka Park (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Celebrate winter with oodles of activities all day long in Mi­nooka Park, located at 1927 E. Sunset Dr. in Waukesha. The park entrance fee will be waived for visitors throughout the day to experience all the fun in the park!

  • Ice-fishing Clinic (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.): Join the Muskellunge Club of Wisconsin for this hands-on ice fishing clinic. Stop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn great tips and tricks from fishing experts. Equipment and bait will be provided.
  • Alaskan Malamute Dog Pull (11 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m.): Watch the dogs from the Alaskan Malamute Club of Wisconsin show off their strength by pulling up to 3,000 pounds on a wheeled cart! Held with or without snow.
  • Horse-drawn Wagon Rides - Sponsored by Town Bank (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Enjoy a scenic ride around Minooka Park in a festive horse-drawn wagon.
  • NEW! Candlelight Hike & Delafield Brewhaus Beer Garden (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.): Join Delafield Brewhaus in the enclosed shelter at Picnic Area 3, while taking in Minooka Park’s winter beauty. Keep warm by the campfire and venture on a self-guided candlelight hike. Chili and beverages available for purchase.

Ice Skating at Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena (3 to 5 p.m.)
Strap on your skates and get out on the ice indoors with friends and family at Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena and enjoy skating for free. Skate rental is extra ($2.50/pair) and quantities are limited, so bring your own if you can, we can’t guarantee rental skates availability. Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena is located at 2699 Golf Rd. in Delafield.

Nature Escape at Retzer Nature Center (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Take in the beauty of the outdoors in winter at Retzer Nature Center, located at S14W28167 Madison St. in Waukesha. Something for everyone to enjoy!

  • Friends of Retzer Nature Center’s Nature Carnival (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Come one, come all to play and explore in the nature carnival with various children’s games and activities.
  • Winter Wildlife Hikes (10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.): Take a guided hike to explore the nature trails on foot or on snowshoes (weather permitting).
  • Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium Show (22 minute shows will be presented every half-hour, starting at 9:30 a.m.): Watch “Cosmic Colors” and discover why the sky is blue, Mars is red and why things appear the colors they do. Step into the invisible universe to investigate the electromagnetic energy all around us, from the infrared light of a roaring fire, to the X-rays emitted by a black hole.

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Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use and the Town of Oconomowoc invite the public to an open house to discuss the creation of a Downtown O...

Waukesha County Announces Public Open House on Creation of Downtown Okauchee Zoning District


Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use and the Town of Oconomowoc invite the public to an open house to discuss the creation of a Downtown Okauchee Zoning District and proposed amendments to the Waukesha County Shoreland & Floodland Protection Ordinance on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 between 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Oconomowoc Town Hall, located at W359 N6812 Brown Street, Oconomowoc.

 

“The cooperative planning effort provides a great opportunity to examine existing zoning codes and recommend adjustments to enhance the ability of downtown Okauchee to attract businesses and customers to a vibrant downtown area,” said Director of Parks and Land Use Dale Shaver. 

 

Representatives from Waukesha County and the Town of Oconomowoc will be available to discuss the zoning district proposal and the ordinance amendments. They will also gather input and comments from the public. Exhibits will be on display showing the recommendations of the advisory committee. The meeting will be an open-house format with no formal presentation.

 

Residents, business owners, town officials, lake district members, building contractors, developers, and others that would like to learn more or offer input regarding the proposed District are encouraged to attend this meeting and provide feedback. For more information on the project location and provisions, view the “News and Events” tab at www.waukeshacounty.gov/planningandzoning.

 

Oconomowoc Town Hall is ADA accessible. Accommodation requests should be filed 48 hours before the meeting at 920-474-4449 to make arrangements. Hearing-impaired citizens may request an interpreter via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay system (1-800-WI-RELAY) at least three working days prior to the meeting.

 

About the Department of Parks & Land Use

The Waukesha County Department of Parks & Land Use, working through a combination of collaboration, education and regulation is dedicated to fostering economic development, sound land use, and the protection, enhancement and enjoyment of the County’s natural resources and health of its citizens.


Waukesha County encourages residents to burn or bag and landfill their natural evergreen trees, wreaths, swags and other holiday decorations with foli...

Residents Asked to Burn or Bag Live Evergreen Decorations to Prevent Invasive Species Spread


Waukesha County encourages residents to burn or bag and landfill their natural evergreen trees, wreaths, swags and other holiday decorations with foliage after highly invasive beetles were found on many items sold at large chain stores in Wisconsin this holiday season.

 

State tree inspectors found an insect called elongate hemlock scale, or EHS.  EHS saps nutrients as it feeds on the underside of conifer needles, and threatens Wisconsin’s Christmas tree farms, native hemlock and balsam fir forests, and ornamental conifers in yards and parks.

 

“When it’s time to dispose of your live evergreen holiday decor, don’t put them on the compost pile or set the greens out for brush collection. Burn them if you can. If you can’t do that, bag them and send them to the landfill,” advised Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “EHS has survived in the northeastern U.S., so winter weather will not kill it. As a result, if you compost this material, the insects may well attack conifers in your yard or neighborhood, and spread from there.”

 

EHS has a complex life cycle, going through several growth stages. After hatching from eggs, “crawlers” begin feeding on the underside of needles and secrete a cover around themselves as they grow, creating the “scale” that is visible. The crawlers may establish new infestations. Wind and birds may also disperse infestations to new trees.

 

EHS is very hard to control with pesticides, because it has overlapping generations with crawlers present all year long, and because the insects are protected by their hard, waxy coverings.  EHS feeds on more than 40 conifer species, with hemlock, spruces and firs being among the most susceptible.

 

Residents should use their best judgement for disposal of evergreen trees. Non-infested trees can be collected by local municipalities for chipping or composting. Residents should check with their local municipality regarding burning regulations.

For more information about elongate hemlock scale, visit: https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/EHS.aspx


Waukesha County UW-Extension is looking for people interested in leading the Taking Care of You curriculum in their organizations and communities. A t...

UW-Extension Offers "Taking Care of You" Curriculum Training


Waukesha County UW-Extension is looking for people interested in leading the Taking Care of You curriculum in their organizations and communities. A training session for individuals interested in becoming facilitators for the program will take place on Tuesday, January 29 from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm in the Waukesha County Courthouse Complex. Register by January 14th by contacting Jen Whitty, Extension Health & Well-Being Educator, at 262-548-7789 or jwhitty@waukeshacounty.gov.

 

Taking Care of You is a multi-session program offering practical strategies and experiences
to help deal with the stress. Managing life’s challenges in a healthy way allows individuals improve self-care and overall health. Each week explores topics through small group discussion, self-reflections and activities.

 

Program activities aim to increase mindfulness, positive emotions, optimism, resiliency to stress, coping skills, and self-care of one’s mind, body, and spirit. Participants will learn strategies to:

  • Improve all aspects of health—body, mind, and spirit
  • Increase the mind-body connection and ability to use this awareness to improve health
  • Respond with thought verses reaction to stressors
  • Discover opportunities in life’s challenges
  • Develop healthier habits
  • Find ways to become a happier person
  • Simplify life
  • Live in the moment

 

This training would benefit educators, supervisors, human services staff, wellness professionals, leaders, community members interested in wellness, and many others. 

 

Learn more about Waukesha County UW-Extension at www.waukeshacounty.gov/uwex/, or find us on Facebook at www.waukeshacounty.gov/UWEx/Connect/.


Thousands of homes in southeast Wisconsin have elevated levels of radon, a radioactive gas known to cause lung cancer. Waukesha County health official...

Waukesha County Offers Radon Test Kits to Combat Leading Cause of Lung Cancer Among Non-Smokers


Thousands of homes in southeast Wisconsin have elevated levels of radon, a radioactive gas known to cause lung cancer. Waukesha County health officials are encouraging homeowners to protect themselves against this common health risk during National Radon Action Month in January by offering affordable radon test kits and other mitigation resources to residents.

 

“It takes just $10 and a simple radon test to know whether your home is safe,” stated Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Test kits are available either through the County or at your local hardware store. Even if you do have an issue, mitigating radon concerns are relatively easy and inexpensive and have huge impacts on residents’ health.”

 

Radon is an odorless radioactive gas that is naturally present in the ground and can enter buildings through their foundations. Both old and newer homes can be susceptible to radon. Between 40 and 50 percent of homes tested in Southeast Wisconsin have elevated airborne concentrations on the main living level where people spend the most time, according to state data. An estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused by radon annually among non-smokers, according to reports by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Surgeon General.

 

Thousands of radon mitigation systems are installed in existing homes in Southeast Wisconsin each year. There are more than 90 nationally certified radon mitigation contractors in Wisconsin, and more than 30 of those contractors are in Southeast Wisconsin. New construction should include features recommended by the National Association of Home Builders to reduce radon entry.

 

For information about radon in Wisconsin, visit: www.lowradon.org

 

About the Environmental Health Division

The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use – Environmental Health Division serves as The Southeastern Wisconsin Radon Information Center on behalf of Waukesha, Racine, and Milwaukee Counties.  Radon test kits are available through many local home supply stores, through the Department by calling 262-896-8300, or your local public health agency. For more information on radon testing, visit: https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/landandparks/environmental-health/radon/radon-testing/