Waukesha County

COVID-19 Vaccine: Learn more at www.waukeshacounty.gov/vaccine
UPCOMING EVENTS
Jul
29

Raised Grain Pop-Up Beer Garden

Mukwonago Park
More details

Jul
30

Brewfinity Beer Garden

Fox River Park
More details

Jul
30

Raised Grain Pop-Up Beer Garden

Mukwonago Park
More details

Jul
31

Brewfinity Beer Garden

Fox River Park
More details

Jul
31

Raised Grain Pop-Up Beer Garden

Mukwonago Park
More details


UPCOMING MEETINGS
Jul
26

Okauchee Lake Management District

More details

Okauchee Lake Management District

Where: Town of Oconomowoc Town Hall 6812 Brown St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066

When: 07/26/2021 6:00 PM

Meeting Agenda A

Jul
27

Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee

More details

Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee

Where: Waukesha County Administration Center  515 W. Moreland Blvd., Rm. AC130, Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 07/27/2021 6:30 PM

Meeting Agenda A

Jul
27

County Board

More details

County Board

Where: Waukesha County Courthouse  515 W. Moreland Blvd., Rm. C350, Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 07/27/2021 7:00 PM

Meeting Agenda A

Jul
28

Criminal Justice Collaborating Council

More details

Criminal Justice Collaborating Council

Where: Waukesha County Administration Building, Rm. A255, Waukesha County Courthouse, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI

When: 07/28/2021 8:30 AM

Meeting Agenda A

Jul
28

Coordinated Service Team (CST)

More details

Coordinated Service Team (CST)

Where: Waukesha County Health & Human Services Center  514 Riverview Avenue  Room 114, Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 07/28/2021 12:00 PM

Meeting Agenda A

IN THE NEWS

The Waukesha County Park System is pleased to announce the start of the second phase of the Discovery Trail Project, as well as opportunities to help ...

Waukesha County Park System Accessible Trail Project Begins New Phase, Offers Donation Opportunities


 On July 12, 2021, the Waukesha County Park System is pleased to announce the start of the second phase of the Discovery Trail Project, as well as opportunities to help support future trail additions. This multi-phase project is revitalizing and expanding accessibility of the paved trail at Retzer Nature Center. Contributions from the Waukesha Rotary Club and the Friends of Retzer Nature Center made this accessible trail project possible.

 

“Support from the Waukesha Rotarians and the Friends of Retzer group have advanced this amazing project,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “The accessible trail and educational features are going to bring the wonders of the natural world to people of all abilities and levels of mobility.”

 

Project Phases

Phase two of the project, which began this week, will construct a gateway feature at the entrance and create a series of ‘Exploration Stations’ along the trail for outdoor education, sensory-based play experiences, and STEM activities for families and school groups. The trail will also include an area for outdoor classes and events to fully immerse attendees of all abilities in nature. This phase is expected to be completed mid-autumn. More information is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/discoverytrail.

 

Phase one of the project constructed a connector path to meet the new accessible boardwalk trail. Trees were harvested on-site for reuse in the design, climbing boulders were placed and site restoration was completed with native trees, shrubs and plants. The project was awarded Community Development Block Grant funding to reconstruct the old trail to ensure ADA accessibility. Phase one was completed in May.

 

Fundraising Opportunities for Future Phases

Future phases will continue to add additional ‘Exploration Stations’ along the trail. The Park System has launched an online donation campaign at www.waukeshacounty.gov/discoverytrail. The project is funded through contributions from the Waukesha Rotary Club, the Friends of Retzer Nature Center Fundraising, sponsors and donors.

 

About Retzer Nature Center

Retzer Nature Center is a part of the Waukesha County Park System, which is a natural resource-based park system that demonstrates stewardship while providing recreational and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/retzernaturecenter, follow Waukesha County Parks on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or follow on Instagram.

 


Waukesha County and the Village of Sussex invites residents, visitors and all their four-legged friends to celebrate the official opening of the new o...

Waukesha County Parks Opens Fourth Off-Leash Dog Exercise Area in Menomonee Park


Waukesha County and the Village of Sussex invites residents, visitors and all their four-legged friends to celebrate the official opening of the new off-leash Dog Exercise Area in Menomonee Park, on Thursday, July 22, 2021. The ‘Grand Unleashing’ event will take place at the Dog Exercise Area at 3:00 p.m. Menomonee Park is located at W220 N7884 Town Line Road in Menomonee Falls.

 

“We’re excited to bring this amenity to our community in Menomonee Park," said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. "It's a great place to enjoy the outdoors with your dog companions and to connect with nature.”

 

The 32-acre Dog Exercise Area has three separate spaces for off-leash dog activities with some open turf areas and several mowed trails through natural meadows and woodlands. There are separate areas for large breed and small breed dogs, and a covered picnic shelter with modern restrooms and water access. The areas are surrounded by a unique buck and rail fencing system with woven wire that rests on grade. This ranch-style system eliminated the need for costly drilling into the shallow bedrock for fence posts. The project also includes parking, walkways, entrance gates and signage.

 

“We are thrilled to see the project come to life and become a community gathering place for dogs and their owners,” said Halie Dobbeck, Village of Sussex Parks & Recreation Director. “We know that residents will enjoy being active, socializing and exploring off-leash with their furry friends here.”

 

The project was funded through a partnership between Waukesha County and the Village of Sussex. The Menomonee Park Dog Exercise Area is the fourth off-leash dog exercise area within the Waukesha County Park System. The dog exercise area will be open to all park users who wish to bring their dogs. Access to the site will be included in the park entrance fee. For rules and more information about the County’s Dog Exercise Areas, visit https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/dogexerciseareas.

 

Attendees and their leashed dogs are also invited to enjoy the Raised Grain Pop-up Beer Garden at the beach area in the park after the event from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. to celebrate the “Dog Days of Summer” with a free treat for any dog that attends the beer garden.

 

###


Waukesha County’s Muskego Park Hardwoods State Scientific Area will be formally inducted into the Old-Growth Forest Network on Friday, July 9, 2021. T...

Waukesha County Parks Adds Old-Growth Forest in Muskego Park to National Network


Waukesha County’s Muskego Park Hardwoods State Scientific Area will be formally inducted into the Old-Growth Forest Network on Friday, July 9, 2021. The dedication will take place at Muskego Park’s picnic area #4 near the trailhead at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by guided hikes into the forest. Muskego Park is located at S83 W20370 Janesville Rd. in Muskego.

 

“We are proud to receive national recognition for this treasure,” said Julia Robson, Waukesha County Conservation Biologist. “This natural area is where visitors can experience both rare, hundred-year-old trees and exquisite plant communities.”

 

Residents and visitors are welcome to attend the ceremony. Dr. Sarah Horsley, network manager of the Old-Growth Forest Network, will present a plaque to celebrate the dedication. Attendees are invited to join the free guided hikes following the presentation. The Brewfinity Beer Garden will be at the beach area in the park for guests to enjoy before or after the event. Park admission fees will apply.

 

Muskego Park was purchased in 1958 as the County’s first regional park. The 60-acre hardwood forest is protected as a state scientific area and designated as a state natural area, which recognizes its unique ecological value. The mature forest contains old-growth white and red oaks and large sugar maples. It also includes a mixture of other trees such as bitternut and shagbark hickory, walnut, ash, basswood, black cherry, ironwood, and the only known population of state-threatened blue ash in Wisconsin. Muskego Park will join Cathedral Pines in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as the second Old-Growth Forest Network site in Wisconsin.

 

The Old-Growth Forest Network is a national organization working to create a network of protected, native, publicly accessible mature forests. For more information about Old-Growth Forest Network visit https://www.oldgrowthforest.net/

 

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 www.waukeshacountyparks.com or follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.

 

###


Renters and landlords in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties are urged to apply for emergency rental assistance funds before the national eviction morator...

Renters, Landlords Urged to Apply for Emergency Rental Assistance before National Eviction Moratorium Ends


Renters and landlords in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties are urged to apply for emergency rental assistance funds before the national eviction moratorium ends on June 30. Applications for Milwaukee and Waukesha County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Programs (ERAP) are online at: https://webportalapp.com/sp/communityadvocates-application.


“Renters who are facing housing insecurity and landlords who are losing income should take advantage of these federal funds right away,” said Kristin Silva, Waukesha County Community Development Manager. “Anyone who is worried about losing their home once the eviction moratorium ends on June 30th should consider this program to see if they qualify. Our goal is to help everyone stay in their homes without disruption to their lives.”


ERAP will pay up to fifteen months of rent assistance, including up to twelve months of back-rent for qualifying people who experienced financial hardship during the pandemic. ERAP will also pay home energy costs, including back-utilities in arrears. Financial hardship could include losing one’s job, experiencing reduced wages, or contending with illness related to COVID-19.


“Addressing housing instability is critical in advancing health and racial equity for our residents,” said James Mathy, Administrator, Milwaukee County Housing Division. “We want people to know help is available. Housing is a key social determinant of health. If individuals are evicted, our most vulnerable communities will be impacted the most.”


Renters may qualify for ERAP if individuals within the household have qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 outbreak; or if one or more individuals within the household can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability, or if the household has an income at or below 80% of area median income.

Landlords may request rental assistance on behalf of tenants who are behind or at risk of becoming behind on rent payments. ERAP payments are made directly to landlords or utility companies NOT directly to the renter. Successful applications are typically paid out within around ten days.

About the Milwaukee/Waukesha County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in December. Milwaukee County was allocated $23.2 million and Waukesha County was allocated $26.4 million from the US Treasury Department to provide direct financial assistance for rent and utility costs for individuals who qualify. ERAP funds will be administered through Community Advocates, Inc.
Qualification information and details about how to apply are available at https://communityadvocates.net.


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.

View the ERAP flyer

###


Municipalities throughout Waukesha County will host special one-day events for the collection of household hazardous waste items in order to keep them...

Waukesha County Residents Urged to Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste Properly


(Waukesha, WI) - Municipalities throughout Waukesha County will host special one-day events for the collection of household hazardous waste items in order to keep them out of landfills. The events are free and open to any Waukesha County resident with proof of residency.

 

“These collection events are a great way to safely discard of old products after cleaning out your home or garage,” said Analiese Smith, Recycling & Solid Waste Supervisor for Waukesha County. “If the items can no longer be used, removing these potentially toxic products from your trash collection allows them to be disposed of properly.”

 

Special One-Day Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

  • June 5: Brookfield - City Public Works Yard, 19700 Riverview Drive
  • June 19: Delafield - City Dept. of Public Works, 111 Main Street
  • September 11: Oconomowoc - City Public Works Garage, 630 South Worthington Street

 

Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites

  • Village of Menomonee Falls – Veolia Environmental Services
  • City of Waukesha – City Incinerator Building

 

Old, unusable chemicals, pesticides, wood preservatives, solvents, and oil-based paints will be accepted. Latex paint, non-hazardous cleaning materials, motor oil and oil filters will not be accepted.  Residents will be required to have their ID to verify proof of residency in Waukesha County.

 

For more information, including a detailed list of acceptable household hazardous waste materials and the locations and times of permanent sites visit waukeshacounty.gov/hazardouswaste.

 

Follow @WaukCoRecycles on Twitter or like Waukesha County Recycles on Facebook for more recycling news and tips.