Waukesha County

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UPCOMING EVENTS
UPCOMING MEETINGS
May
13

Health and Human Services Committee

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Health and Human Services Committee

Where: Waukesha County Administration Center   515 W. Moreland Blvd., Rm. AC-130, Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 05/13/2021 1:00 PM

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May
14

Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee

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Judiciary and Law Enforcement Committee

Where: Waukesha County Administration Center  515 W. Moreland Blvd., Rm. AC-130, Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 05/14/2021 8:30 AM

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May
17

Executive Committee

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Executive Committee

Where: Waukesha County Administration Center  515 W. Moreland Blvd., Rm. AC-130, Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 05/17/2021 8:30 AM

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May
17

Mental Health Advisory Committee

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Mental Health Advisory Committee

Where: Mental Health Center   1501 Airport Road - Multipurpose Room, Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 05/17/2021 1:30 PM

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May
17

Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) Coordinating Committee

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Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) Coordinating Committee

Where: Mental Health Center 1501 Airport Road - Multipurpose Room, Waukesha, WI 53188

When: 05/17/2021 1:30 PM

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IN THE NEWS

Waukesha County, in partnership with area school districts, will immediately amend quarantine guidelines for K-12 schools that continue to commit to o...

Waukesha County to Amend k-12 Quarantine Guidelines


Waukesha County, in partnership with area school districts, will immediately amend quarantine guidelines for K-12 schools that continue to commit to other COVID-19 mitigation efforts, including mask-wearing. The guidelines are designed to protect the overall health and well-being of students, teachers, and staff by balancing the lower risk of transmission in schools with the burden of quarantine.

Waukesha County school districts are among the largest in Wisconsin to conduct in-person learning throughout the 2020/2021 school year. Observations from local in-person learning have found very few cases of transmission after COVID-19 exposures in schools. Studies conducted in other US school districts in Wisconsin, Mississippi, North Carolina, and others have observed similar trends. The conclusion reached is that the risk of COVID-19 transmission in school settings is low when preventative measures, primarily mask usage and distancing, are utilized in a monitored environment. Additionally, public health agencies acknowledge that when schools have layered mitigation measures in place COVID-19 transmission can be limited. 

“We are utilizing information collected in our schools and others across the country to make informed decisions,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “These efforts were never meant to be in place forever, and now the data is showing that it’s time to gradually peel back these layers to so we can begin to safely return to normal.”

 

Amended Quarantine Guidance

Quarantine guidelines will relax to allow students and adults possibly exposed to COVID-19 in school settings to continue in-person learning, if the following conditions are met:

  • The school has committed to COVID-19 prevention policies, which include the following: mask wearing, implementing strategies to maximize distance between students, handwashing, ventilation, and management of students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Close contacts remain symptom-free and agree to self-monitor for symptoms a full 14 days following exposure. Close contacts will immediately remove themselves from the school environment if symptoms develop.
  • Close contacts strongly consider getting tested on day 6 or 7 after exposure to help identify asymptomatic spread.

The above guidelines only apply to exposures occurring in school settings when mitigation efforts are in place. Unvaccinated students should not attend in-person school or participate in organized sports or extracurriculars if their COVID-19 exposure occurred outside of a school setting. Fully vaccinated students who are 14 days past their last dose of the vaccine are not required to quarantine due to any exposure if they remain symptom free.

Waukesha County Public Health will evaluate the impact of relaxed guidelines on transmission in local schools throughout the summer and with consideration of the 2021/22 school year. Additional amendments to quarantine and other COVID-19 guidance may be adopted based on observations, in partnership with Waukesha County school districts.

“The trends we have observed, and what we have seen from districts across the country, show that we can provide children safe in-person education by reducing how much school they’re missing due to low-risk exposures,” said Arrowhead Union High School District Superintendent Laura Myrah. “By taking a measured approach we can ease into relaxing some measures without sacrificing safety, academics or extracurricular programs.”

 

Teenagers and Families Should Get Vaccinated to Keep Schools Safe and Healthy

Vaccination is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently approved for teens 16 and older and could be approved for children 12 and older in the near future.  Parents should help children of those ages get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect their families and to allow schools to resume normal activities.

 

Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine after any exposure that occurs 14 days after their final dose of vaccine. Right now, 32.9% of 16- and 17-year-olds in Waukesha County have at least one dose of vaccine. However, higher numbers need to be achieved to prevent breakouts in this age group. Parents can find where to schedule Pfizer/BioNTech vaccination appointments at www.vaccinefinder.org.

Waukesha County will continue to work with schools, community organizations and local businesses to encourage everyone to take preventative actions and mitigate the spread of the virus. More information about vaccination and other resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/covid19

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Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and Washington County Executive Joshua Schoemann invite county park annual sticker holders to explore parks in a...

Parks Without Border Weekends to Offer Free Reciprocal Park Admissions Over County Lines


Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and Washington County Executive Joshua Schoemann invite county park annual sticker holders to explore parks in another county over the upcoming ‘Parks Without Borders’ weekends. Participants will receive admission to various parks on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day weekends.

 

“These reciprocal days are a great way for annual park entrance sticker holders in both counties a chance to experience even more Wisconsin parks,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow.

 

Annual parks sticker holders from both counties will have reciprocal park admissions on Mother’s Day Weekend, May 8 and 9, and Father’s Day Weekend, June 19 and 20. The 2021 annual window sticker will need to be placed clearly on the vehicle as instructed to obtain free admission.

 

“We are pleased to showcase the natural resources in our area that contribute to our ranking as the best quality of life in the State of Wisconsin,” said Washington County Executive Josh Schoemann. “It is exciting to be able to work together within the family of counties to provide our neighbors with access to some wonderful amenities as people across the nation gather together to celebrate our parents and our families.”

 

Annual sticker holders from both counties will have access to 17 different parks and over 3,500 acres of parkland!

               

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.

 

About the Washington County Park System

Washington County Park System is a sustainable park and trail system that is strategically being improved and expanded to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Washington County. For more information, visit www.co.washington.wi.us/parks.com or follow @WashCoParks on Twitter or like on Facebook.

 

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Area Park and Recreation Departments are seeking applicants to fill several open positions for lifeguards at local pools and swimming beaches througho...

Parks & Recreation Departments Seek Lifeguards to Fill Vacant Positions for Summer Swim Season


Area Park and Recreation Departments are seeking applicants to fill several open positions for lifeguards at local pools and swimming beaches throughout Waukesha County. Qualified candidates will be offered a free Lifeguard Certification course as a bonus.

“We are reaching out to our communities to help fill the gaps in lifeguard positions at our local parks this summer,” said County Executive Paul Farrow. “I encourage individuals who love to be in the outdoors to apply and help us fill the need for fun and safe swimming opportunities.”

Flexible positions are open from late-spring through late-summer with options for 20-40 hours per week at a variety of locations. See who’s hiring below.

City of Brookfield: Seeking full and part time staff at the Wiberg Aquatic Center. Paid certification is available to candidates 15 years old and up. Contact Lisa Glenn, Recreation Supervisor, at 262-796-6675 or applications are available online at www.ci.brookfield.wi.us/.

 

Waukesha County: Seeking full and part time staff for the swimming beaches at Fox Brook and Menomonee Parks. Qualified candidates must be 16 years old and up and successfully complete a pre-screening process to be eligible for the free certification. Contact Holly Glainyk, Park Program Specialist, at (262) 896-8074 or apply online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/jobs.

 


5/3/2021

Waukesha County, Wisconsin, June 8-10, 2021: A team of assessors from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG) will be on-site June ...

Public Notice


Waukesha County, Wisconsin, June 8-10, 2021: A team of assessors from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG) will be on-site June 8 through 10, 2021 to examine all aspects of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. Agencies are required to comply with all the standards in these areas to earn accreditation, which is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.


As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 262-548-7019 on June 9, 2021 between 1-2 p.m. Calls will be handled by the WILEAG Assessment Team assigned to conduct the assessment.


Telephone comments are limited to ten minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with WILEAG’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office located at 515 W. Moreland Boulevard, Waukesha, WI 53188.

For further information, please contact Captain Michelle Leffler at mleffler@waukeshacounty.gov.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Waukesha County Sheriff’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group at the following address:
WILEAG
PO BOX 528
Hartland, WI 53029
Executive.director@wileag.info

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Waukesha County has been awarded Triple-A bond ratings, the highest possible, from both Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings. The rating signif...

Waukesha County Earns Highest Possible Bond Rating


Waukesha County has been awarded Triple-A bond ratings, the highest possible, from both Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings. The rating signifies exceptional credit-worthiness and ability to meet financial obligations. This helps lower borrowing costs and the tax rate in Waukesha County. 

“Waukesha County’s award-winning budget team continues to live up to their stellar reputation,” said County Executive Paul Farrow. “Our goal every year is to utilize taxpayer dollars in the best way possible while planning for the future. Maintaining our Triple-A bond rating throughout the pandemic highlights our team’s ability to navigate us through many challenges.”  

In their report, Moody’s Investors Service highlighted Waukesha County’s healthy and stable financial position supported by strong management and considerable budgetary flexibility.” They also considered the “County’s large, diverse tax base with strong resident income levels and modest long-term liabilities.” 

Fitch Ratings noted in their report that the County’s Triple-A rating “is based on a wealthy and diverse economic base that is likely to demonstrate steady, if slow, continued growth in light of continued commercial development. The county retains substantial untapped taxing capacity and a low long-term liability burden, which combined with the county's cautious approach to financial management support the rating at the current level.” 

About Waukesha County's Triple-A Bond Rating 

This year marks the 33rd consecutive year that Moody’s has awarded, and the 24tconsecutive year that Fitch has awarded, Waukesha County this rating. In 1998 Waukesha County became the first government in Wisconsin to be awarded AAA bond rating by Fitch Ratings. 

Follow Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow on Twitter as @PaulFarrowWI and on Facebook as CountyExecutivePaulFarrow. 

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