Waukesha County

UPCOMING EVENTS
Aug
23

Pop-Up Beer Garden

Muskego Park
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Aug
24

Sustainability Fair

Retzer Nature Center
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Aug
24

Pop-Up Beer Garden

Muskego Park
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Aug
29

Pop-Up Beer Garden

Fox River Park
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Aug
30

Pop-Up Beer Garden

Fox River Park
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UPCOMING MEETINGS
Aug
26

Marsh Country Health Alliance Commission

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Marsh Country Health Alliance Commission

Where: Marsh Country Administration Building, 127 East Oak Street, Room 1H and 1I, Juneau, WI  53039

When: 08/26/2019 10:00 AM

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Aug
26

Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Victim Rights Committee

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Criminal Justice Collaborating Council Victim Rights Committee

Where: Waukesha County Administration Bldg. 515 West Moreland Blvd, Room A255, Waukesha, WI 53188

When: 08/26/2019 12:00 PM

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Aug
26

Okauchee Lake Management District

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Okauchee Lake Management District

Where: Town of Oconomowoc Town Hall, W359 N6812 Brown Street, Oconomowoc, WI  53066

When: 08/26/2019 7:00 PM

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Aug
26

Okauchee Lake Management District

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Okauchee Lake Management District

Where: Tow of Oconomowoc Town Hall, W359 N6812 Brown Street, Oconomowoc, WI  53066

When: 08/26/2019 7:15 PM

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Aug
27

Public Works Committee

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Public Works Committee

Where: Waukesha County Administration Center, 515 West Moreland Blvd. Room 130, Waukesha, WI 53188

When: 08/27/2019 5:30 PM

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IN THE NEWS

On April 27th, 2019, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) coordinated a Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative throughout Wisconsin. The main foc...

Waukesha County Collects 5,776.6 Pounds of Prescription Drugs During April's Statewide Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative


On April 27th, 2019, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) coordinated a Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative throughout Wisconsin. The main focus of the event was to remove potentially dangerous pharmaceutical substances from our state's medicine cabinets and prevent them from going into our water supply. The event also brought attention to the dangers of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.

 

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the DOJ as well as the Cities of Delafield, Muskego, New Berlin, Oconomowoc and Waukesha, Villages of Butler, Eagle, Elm Grove, Hartland, Menomonee Falls, Mukwonago, Pewaukee, Sussex, North Prairie, Summit, and Town of Brookfield at collections sites around the county. The event also provided an opportunity for law enforcement agencies to safely dispose of accumulated, unwanted and unused prescription drugs collected in drop boxes.

 

Understanding and appreciating the importance of these efforts, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office resources were dedicated to be direct contributors in the packaging, collection, and eventual disposal of substances collected during the take-back initiative throughout Waukesha County and the State of Wisconsin.

The Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while educating the public about the potential for abuse of these medications. Unused or expired medicine should never be flushed or poured down the drain. Water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove all of particles and trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are showing up in rivers and lakes around the world.

To access additional safe disposal tips and year-round drug collection locations visit https://doseofrealitywi.gov/.

 

The Waukesha County collection results are as follows in pounds:

 

City of Delafield

151.00

Town of Brookfield

187.20

Village of M/Falls

690.60

City of Muskego

447.60

Village of Butler

29.20

Village of Mukwonago

267.00

City of New Berlin

731.10

Village of Eagle

25.80

Village of Pewaukee

327.80

City of Oconomowoc

388.60

Village of Elm Grove

200.40

Village of Sussex

257.40

City of Waukesha

713.60

Village of Hartland

Village of North Prairie  

482.00

 100.80

Village of Summit Waukesha County Sheriff

  50.00

726.50

 

Grand total: 5776.60 pounds

 

Eric Severson

Waukesha County Sheriff


Waukesha County Parks has partnered with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to improve the ecology o...

Waukesha County Hosts AmeriCoprs NCCC Members to Help Improve Parkland, Ecosystems


Waukesha County Parks has partnered with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to improve the ecology of approximately 300 acres of natural areas within Waukesha County. The AmeriCorps NCCC members are improving areas of highly threatened, rare oak ecosystems throughout July and August.

                               

“We are grateful to have the AmeriCorps members assisting with these important land management and habitat restoration efforts,” said County Executive Paul Farrow. “Their support helps us accomplish this large scale project while saving tax payer dollars.”

 

The 8 AmeriCorps NCCC members will conduct on-the-ground restoration at five high priority oak ecosystem sites. The restoration sites at Nashotah Park, Naga-Waukee Park, and three preserves owned by TNC were prioritized for work because they have been found to support hundreds of species of plants and wildlife including threatened or rare reptile, amphibian, bird, mammal and invertebrate species. Stewardship related activities will consist of woody invasive brush removal, native plant seed collection and cleaning for planting, and prescribed fire break installation.

 

The completed projects will drastically improve the health of the park’s oak savannas within Waukesha County. The AmeriCorps NCCC team will also help in facilitating community engagement and education about the project and oak ecosystem restoration via workshops, volunteer workdays, citizen science, and outreach campaigns.

 

For more information about Waukesha County Park System, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov.

For more information about The Nature Conservancy, visit www.nature.org.

 

About AmeriCorps NCCC

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps unit engages up to 2,200 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development; FEMA Corps members are solely dedicated to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery work. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation's volunteering and service efforts. Accepting applications to serve in NCCC at http://bit.ly/Apply-for-NCCC. For more information, visit NationalService.gov


Residents Invited to Monitor Waukesha's Waters During Annual Statewide Snapshot Day Event


Waukesha County invites residents of all ages to participate in the 6th Annual Snapshot Day on Saturday, August 17 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at five locations throughout the county. The hands-on citizen science event relies on volunteers to help search for aquatic invasive species in local lakes, rivers and streams. The effort is coordinated in partnership with River Alliance of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), UW Extension, and over 20 partners from throughout the state.

 

“This is a great opportunity for volunteers to help protect our waters by detecting potentially harmful plants and animals,” said Cassie Taplin, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Coordinator for Washington and Waukesha Counties. “We are excited to take part in this fun event once again.”

 

Snapshot Day is free and does not require any previous experience. Volunteers can monitor from the shore with binoculars and rakes or wade in to get a better look. Participants will begin the day with a brief training session from local coordinators at Retzer Nature Center, located at S14W28167 Madison Street in Waukesha. Once trained, groups will head to monitoring sites for the day. Waukesha County Snapshot Day monitoring sites are available below.  The event is recommended for ages 8 and up, minors must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Register and see event details at www.wisconsinrivers.org/snapshot-day/. Advance registration is recommended by August 2 to receive a free Snapshot Day tote bag with supplies. Registration will remain open until August 15, 2019.

 

For more information, contact Cassie Taplin, AIS Coordinator for Washington and Waukesha Counties at (262) 483-9687or Cassie.Taplin@co.washington.wi.us. To learn more about Waukesha County’s invasive species program, visit: www.waukeshacounty.gov/ais or http://dnr.wi.gov/lakes/invasives.

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Waukesha County Parks and Land Use’s Wanaki Golf Course will cease operations once the 2019 season ends. In spite of efforts to increase revenue, the ...

Wanaki Golf Course to Close After 2019 Season


Waukesha County Parks and Land Use’s Wanaki Golf Course will cease operations once the 2019 season ends. In spite of efforts to increase revenue, the golf course has 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.

 

“While the decision to close Wanaki Golf Course is emotional, it’s the only way to continue to offer any golf programs for residents,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Our staff has worked for years to bring in more revenue to keep the course open, but we’ve run out of options.”

 

Waukesha County golf courses are funded by their own operations and do not use tax levy generated from county property tax collections. Since 2001, Wanaki Golf Course has experienced annual net cash flow losses between $41,000 and $243,000. Golf course reserve funds have steadily declined since 1997 due to net operating cash flow loss and necessary infrastructure investments. In recent years, Waukesha County has implemented many changes, enhancements, and new programs in line with an assessment and recommendations provided by the National Golf Foundation to increase efficiency in operations and revenue, but could not offset losses.

 

“Waukesha County is grateful to the golfers, coaches, and high school teams who have supported Wanaki Golf Course for decades,” said Director of Parks and Land Use Dale Shaver. “All agreements made for the 2019 season will be honored and we will do our best to accommodate displaced teams in 2020.”

 

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.

 

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. An FAQ document can be accessed here.


Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is reminding residents of the resources available to help them stay safe during the Heat Advisory in effect from...

Heat Resources Available to Waukesha County Residents


 

HEAT RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO WAUKESHA COUNTY RESIDENTS

 

(WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is reminding residents of the resources available to help them stay safe during the Heat Advisory in effect from noon Thursday until 11:00 pm Friday.

                                                                                          

“Excessive heat is the most frequent weather-related danger in southeast Wisconsin,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “For this reason, Waukesha County has safeguards in place to ensure that even our most vulnerable residents can stay safe and healthy.”

 

Plan Ahead

Waukesha County residents are encouraged to plan ahead when extreme heat is on its way.

  • Stay hydrated throughout the day and limit physical activities in the heat.
  • Residents who do not have access to air conditioning may seek relief in a cooling center.

 

Cooling Centers

Cooling centers are free locations available for the public to use to cool down, such as libraries, malls, or senior dining centers. They are not typically intended for overnight cooling or sleeping, as nighttime tends to be the coolest time of the day.

  • Call 211 to locate a cooling center.
    • Dozens of cooling centers and places to cool off are located in Waukesha County
    • 211 does not have any resources available for obtaining fans
  • The public may use Waukesha County ice arenas as free cooling stations during business hours. The cost to skate is $6.50 for adults and $5.00 for seniors and children.
    • Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena (2699 Golf Rd, Delafield) offers public open skate weekdays from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm on weekends.
    • Eble Park Ice Arena (19400 W. Bluemound Rd. Brookfield) offers public open skate Sunday – Friday noon - 2:00 pm
  • Retzer Nature Center’s Environmental Learning Center (S14W28167 Madison St., Waukesha) will be open from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
  • All Waukesha County Park System swimming beaches are open. Check website for locations and details: www.waukeshacounty.gov/swimming.

 

Requesting and Reporting Non-Emergency Information

Residents should only call 911 if they are experiencing an emergency situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, property, or environment.

  • Call 911 for anyone suffering the following symptoms related to heat stroke: headache, red & dry skin without sweating, a body temperature near 103 degrees, nausea or vomiting, a rapid pulse, a declining level of alertness or loss of consciousness.
  • Pavement blow-outs can be caused by extreme heat. Call 911 for any Traffic hazards occurring on roadways or Environmental dangers.
  • Call your local police or fire department for non-emergency requests. 
  • Residents in need of information about non-emergency heat-related resources are encouraged to call 211. This information includes where to find cooling centers.  211 also responds to text messages.  Requests for information can be texted to 898-211. 
  • Power outages that do not result in an emergency should be reported to WE Energies at 1-800-662-4797. Power outages that result in issues with medical equipment or produce smoking, arcing, or downed wires should be reported to 911. 

 

Utility Service Disconnections

Consumers are reminded that Wisconsin law prevents a utility from disconnecting occupied dwelling units when a heat advisory, heat warning, or heat emergency is in effect.

  • Utilities are required to make reasonable attempts to reconnect service that has been disconnected for nonpayment when there is a potential threat to health or life that results from the combination of the heat and loss of service.
  • The utility may require that an occupant produce a licensed physician's statement that identifies the medical emergency for the occupant.
  • Contact the Public Service Commission Consumer Affairs at 1-800-225-7729 for more information.
  • Residents can use WE Energies’ Outage Map to see the status of any reported outages in the area https://www.we-energies.com/outagemapext/.

 

Wellness Checks

Certain populations are more vulnerable to health risks related to extreme heat, such as adults over 65; children younger than five; people with health issues such as chronic diseases, or those who take certain medications; and individuals who work outside.

  • Waukesha County’s Division of Health and Human Services is helping these populations by increasing wellness checks of current clients.
  • Residents can help these populations by checking in on elderly neighbors and by not leaving children or pets in hot cars.

 

About Waukesha County

The mission of Waukesha County government is to promote the health, safety and quality of life of citizens while fostering an economically vibrant community.  We are committed to delivering effective, high quality programs and services in a courteous and fiscally prudent manner.

 

Additional health and safety resources are available online from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Safety at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/climate/heat.htm.

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