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UPCOMING EVENTS
UPCOMING MEETINGS
Sep
22

County Board

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County Board

Where: Waukesha County Courthouse, 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Rm. 350, Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 09/22/2020 7:00 PM

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Sep
23

Criminal Justice Collaborating Council

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Criminal Justice Collaborating Council

Where: Zoom Meeting: Members of the public are encouraged to participate via Zoom. To join, click on the link below: https://wicourts.zoom.us/j/94555363506?pwd=ZElQbTNLa21QY2xZelNYMmkvaFpMZz09 Meeting ID: 945 5536 3506

When: 09/23/2020 8:30 AM

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Sep
23

Coordinated Service Team (CST)

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Coordinated Service Team (CST)

Where: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting. To join the meeting via telephone: 414 435 2078, Conference ID#: 843 335 813#

When: 09/23/2020 12:00 PM

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Sep
23

Local Emergency Planning Committee

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Local Emergency Planning Committee

Where: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting+1 414-435-2078 United States, Milwaukee (Toll)Conference ID: 953 176 131#

When: 09/23/2020 2:30 PM

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Sep
24

Workforce Development Board

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Workforce Development Board

Where: Virtual Meeting via Microsoft Teams:  Join Microsoft Teams Meeting  Phone 1-414-435-2078; Conference ID: 227 276 716#

When: 09/24/2020 8:00 AM

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IN THE NEWS

Waukesha County Communications hometown heroes will be featured in the new ABC unscripted series “Emergency Call.” The new 10-episode series, hosted b...

Waukesha County 911 Dispatchers Featured in New TV Series


Waukesha County Communications hometown heroes will be featured in the new ABC unscripted series “Emergency Call.” The new 10-episode series, hosted by actor Luke Wilson, will document the first few crucial minutes of emergencies told through the lens of America’s heroic 911 call takers. The series premieres Monday, September 28 at 9 pm on ABC. You can view the “Emergency Call” trailer here.

 

“Taking the time to honor and highlight the difficult work of our 911 professionals pays tribute to our true first responders,” said Gary Bell, Director of Emergency Preparedness. “Our 911 dispatchers hold the line taking life-saving action before medical personnel, fire services, or law enforcement are able to arrive at the scene of emergency. They must be at their best, when society is experiencing its worst.”

 

8HOURS TELEVISION, an LA-based TV production company, reached out to the Waukesha County Communications center in March in order to feature local 9-1-1- dispatchers in the series, which will also highlight the work of other 9-1-1 call centers from across the country.

 

Hosted by Luke Wilson, “Emergency Call” follows the dramatic moments leading up to the arrival of help rather than the events after emergency responders arrive, and focuses on the extreme, suspenseful and sometimes humorous stories that flood 911 call centers.

 

Adeline Ramage Rooney, Co-Founder of 8HOURS TV said, “We were attracted to Waukesha for the reason so many residents enjoy living here. With its spa-town origins, good schools and the fact that lots of families and young choose to live here, we felt it was an excellent example of a classically aspirational mid-western US suburb with residents whose 911 calls would be super-relatable for a broad network audience."

 

About the Waukesha County Communications Center

The Waukesha County Communications Center (WCC) is the largest Public Service Answering Point (PSAP) in Waukesha County. WCC answers all wireless 911 voice and Text calls for the County, most non-emergency calls, and dispatch services for 31 of Waukesha County’s 37 municipalities.

 

More information about WCC is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/WCC. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WaukCO911 or Twitter at twitter.com/WaukCo911.

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On Thursday, September 3, 2020, Waukesha County updated its large gathering recommendation in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. The new guidance a...

Waukesha County Updates Large Gathering Recommendation


On Thursday, September 3, 2020, Waukesha County updated its large gathering recommendation in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. The new guidance advises indoor venues may host events at 50% capacity, or up to 250 individuals, whichever number is less, with a focus on maintaining appropriate social distancing. Outdoor events may exceed 250 individuals when proper outdoor space, separation of groups, social distancing, and other CDC guidelines are followed. Previous recommendation advised that groups of up to 100 people could gather.  The recommendations apply to special events such as weddings and sporting events, not daily business functions.   

 

“The decision to increase the large gathering recommendation is based on a methodical course of action,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow.  “Positive cases of COVID-19 have significantly decreased in each of the past three weeks, hospitals can safely treat all local patients, testing capabilities remain sufficient, and our team of disease investigators and contact tracers has grown tenfold to a force of over 200 people.”  

 

All individuals, when in public, should consider maximizing physical distance from others. When physical distancing is not possible, individuals should wear a mask.   

 

Indoor Setting Guidance 

All large events in which individuals congregate in a social setting, should limit capacity to 50% or 250 individuals, whichever is less, with a focus on maintaining appropriate social distancing.

 

Outdoor Setting Guidance 

Taking into account recommendations provided by the CDC, if the outdoor space allows, and the ability to separate groups of people is feasible, certain large gatherings could safely accommodate more than 250 individuals. In these cases, special attention should be paid to appropriate social distancing and other measures, like wearing masks in places where people congregate, such as restrooms and concession areas.

 

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’s 2021 – 2025 Capital Plan invests in essential infrastructure that is vital to long-term economic development, safety, and quality of...

Waukesha County's 2021 - 2025 Capital Projects Plan Invests in Economic Development and Safety Through Infrastructure


Waukesha County’s 2021 – 2025 Capital Plan invests in essential infrastructure that is vital to long-term economic development, safety, and quality of life for residents. The Capital Plan includes funding for all major projects to be proposed in the County budget over the next five years, such as road, facility, and parks projects. The Waukesha County Board of Supervisors will begin reviewing the Plan soon and is anticipated to vote on it during their Tuesday, October 27 board meeting.

 

“Waukesha County’s five-year Capital Projects plan is key in ensuring our ability to improve safety and quality of life for residents while keeping taxes low,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Careful planning for the years ahead is especially important in the middle of an unprecedented year like 2020. Our team works meticulously to help us anticipate and address needs for years to come.”

 

The Waukesha County Courthouse Project will occur in two-phases to expand and modernize the facilities. Phase one, which consists of the construction of a new court tower with eight court rooms, is scheduled for completion in June 2021. The new secure building will improve security, address aging and out-of-date facility systems, and streamline operations, as detailed in the 2021 – 2025 Capital Plan. Completion of the secure courtroom will allow renovation of the existing courthouse to begin in 2022.

 

The Plan maintains the County Trunk Highway (CTH) infrastructure to promote public safety, support growing businesses and enhance economic development efforts. Many of these projects support economic development by improving two priority corridors: Moorland Road (CTH O) and North Avenue (CTH M). These roadways are key to important existing and future commercial and resident development. The County’s Repaving Program will also support improvements to the transportation network.

 

A new project will reconstruct the Pewaukee Lake Boat Launch to address deterioration of the lake’s biggest public boat launch. This project will leverage grant funds to cover half of the project costs. The plan also includes the construction of a 3.5-mile multi-use trail from the City of Pewaukee to the City of Brookfield in 2021, also leveraging grant funds to cover most of the project costs.

 

About the Waukesha County Budget

The first year of the 2021 - 2025 Waukesha County Capital Plan will be included as part of the full Waukesha County Budget. Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow will introduce the full 2021 Budget to the County Board in late September, with final passage expected in November. The full Waukesha County Capital Projects Plan is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/capitalplan.


The month of September has been designated by the Wisconsin Court System as a time to recognize the importance of jurors...

September is Juror Appreciation Month!


The month of September has been designated by the Wisconsin Court System as a time to recognize the importance of jurors to the American justice system. Co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Court System and the State Bar of Wisconsin, the judges, clerks and attorneys who work in the system year-round have created this opportunity to acknowledge the participation of the almost 200,000 individuals who are summoned to serve in Wisconsin each year - people who have set aside their work and personal lives to ensure that this cornerstone of American justice perseveres. Whether a juror serves in September or on another date, this is the legal system's chance to call attention to every prospective and sworn jurors contribution and to say "thank you!"

To show our appreciation, a banner will be displayed in the lobby of the courthouse and court staff will wear "We Appreciate Jurors" pins throughout the month. Jurors who appear for service will be given a token of appreciation, and be allowed to choose from beverage koozies, magnetic chip clips, or a small flashlight. Each item features the image of Wisconsin's Lady Justice and the slogan: "Jurors Serve Justice; Justice Serves Us All."


On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, Waukesha County announced its four-pronged approach to “Stay Safe to Stay Open” as schools open and autumn nears. The C...

Waukesha County Announces Four-Pronged Approach to Fight COVID-19 Virus This Fall


On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, Waukesha County announced its four-pronged approach to “Stay Safe to Stay Open” as schools open and autumn nears. The County has focused on enhancing capabilities to control the COVID-19 pandemic in the following strategic areas: contact tracing, testing, data collection and visualization and educational partnerships.

“Waukesha County has bolstered its existing public health infrastructure to levels never seen before,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “These enhancements are made in partnership with schools, businesses, and residents, and will allow us to continue our safe, measured approach to reopening while protecting the population.”

Contact Tracing

Over 200 contact tracers, disease investigators and administrative staff have been hired, trained, and onboarded in order to track and stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community. 114 of these new staff are a result of the new curriculum designed in partnership with Carroll University to create a structured training program for new contact tracers. Thirteen individuals are local school nurses who worked with the county over the summer and take those skills back to their educational facilities.

In addition to new Waukesha County Public Health Staff, local school staff members have been trained to assist with initial contact tracing investigations that may be related to educational facilities.

Area School Partnerships

Waukesha County is working in partnership with all public schools and dozens of private schools to engage staff in initial contact tracing efforts to ensure faster response to cases. Schools will have direct access to COVID investigators for guidance regarding specific situations related to the virus. The County has also worked with school boards and superintendents to develop guidelines that allow schools to follow a framework that optimizes a safe start to the academic year while providing flexibility for each district or school to operate under a plan that meets the distinct needs of their student population and campus footprint. These guidelines are available at: www.waukeshacounty.gov/safeschools.

Testing

Waukesha County continuously works to increase access to community testing resources. In the month of September, the Wisconsin National Guard will hold 8 community test sites at the Waukesha County Expo Center, which will be able to conduct 600 tests per day. The National Guard community test events are in addition to ten public testing locations in operation in Waukesha by appointment. Testing  information is available at: www.waukeshacounty.gov/testingsites

Data Collection and Visualization

A new COVID-19 dashboard was launched to help educational, business and community leaders evaluate the pandemic’s impact in the community as schools reopen. A new map shows Active Child Cases in School District Boundaries, as well as hospital capacity data, COVID-19 trends over a 14-day period, improved cases summary information, and community impact data. The process to collect and input case data has also been streamlined to ensure that residents have access to accurate and timely information.

Stay Safe to Stay Open

As Waukesha County works to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the community, residents are reminded to follow the principles of Waukesha County’s “Stay Safe to Stay Open” campaign, which promotes five concepts to protect the health and economy:

  • Protect the vulnerable
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wear a face covering
  • Follow CDC best practices

 

“Stay Safe to Stay Open” was originally created in partnership with Waukesha County businesses. The concepts have been expanded to guide schools as they reopen. “Stay Safe to Stay Open” educational guidelines, FAQS, and resources for schools and parents are online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/safeopen.

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

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