Waukesha County

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Nov
6

Science Fest: Under the Lens

Retzer Nature Center
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UPCOMING MEETINGS
Oct
18

Mental Health Advisory Committee

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Mental Health Advisory Committee

Where: Health and Human Services Center  514 Riverview Rd, Room 114   Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 10/18/2021 1:30 PM

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Oct
19

Ethics Board Meeting

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Ethics Board Meeting

Where: Waukesha County Corporation Counsel Office    515 West Moreland Blvd.,  Room AC  355,  Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 10/19/2021 8:30 AM

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Oct
19

Human Resources Committee

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Human Resources Committee

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

When: 10/19/2021 1:00 PM

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Oct
19

Substance Use Advisory Committee

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Substance Use Advisory Committee

Where: Health and Human Services Center   514 Riverview Rd   Room 114,   Waukesha, WI  53188

When: 10/19/2021 3:00 PM

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Oct
20

Finance Committee

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Finance Committee

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

When: 10/20/2021 8:15 AM

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IN THE NEWS

On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, Waukesha County leaders celebrated completion of the Secure Courtroom addition to the Waukesha County Courthouse. This m...

Secure Courtroom Addition to Waukesha County Courthouse Complete


On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, Waukesha County leaders celebrated completion of the Secure Courtroom addition to the Waukesha County Courthouse. This milestone concludes Phase One of Waukesha County’s Courthouse Project which will increase security, address aging infrastructure, and enhance accessibility to Circuit Courts Services. The next phase, to renovate the original 1959 Courthouse, will begin in 2022.

 

“Today we have reached a significant landmark in improving justice and public safety for residents,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “This new facility is designed to streamline access to courts services while enhancing safety. The County is investing in the best technology to serve residents while preserving taxpayer dollars, as this project will be completed more than $3 million under budget.”

 

The four-story Secure Courtroom adds 62,000 square feet to the Courthouse. All Criminal & Traffic Court officials will relocate to the new addition, which includes six standard courtrooms, one large capacity courtroom, and one intake courtroom with an attached bond room. Standard and large capacity courtrooms have their own victim/witness room, inmate holding cell, and conference room. All aspects of the building have been designed with state-of-the-art technology to enhance public safety, streamline operations, and improve public access to Criminal and Traffic Court services.

 

Court officials will relocate to the new addition in phases, with full operations scheduled for early 2022. Non-criminal Circuit Courts operations will continue in the existing 1959 Courthouse building.

 

Enhanced Security Features

Courtrooms in the secure facility are designed to maintain three-way separation among inmates, court staff, and court visitors, a judicial standard that limits unnecessary interaction and prevents potential confrontations.

 

Other security enhancements include improved video surveillance; upgraded fire protection; courtroom layout that provides clear line-of-sight for court officials and bailiffs; the ability of court officials to automatically lock-down courtrooms in emergency situations; and installation of staff and public announcement systems to provide notifications during emergencies.

 

Technological Features

Modern audio/visual equipment allows for clear communication within and between courtrooms, jury deliberation rooms, victim witness rooms, media rooms, and judicial chambers. An acoustical analysis was conducted to select the proper materials to optimize audio clarity. 

  

Digital displays are located at each attorney, judge, witness, clerk and jury area so that items can instantly be requested and displayed electronically.

 

All courtrooms have video conference capabilities that allow participants to appear remotely.

 

Digital signage at the Secure Courtroom addition’s entrance and outside all courtrooms will help the public navigate to their designated courtroom or conference room and provide the day’s calendar information.

  

About the Waukesha County Courthouse Project

The Waukesha County Courthouse Project is occurring in two phases to expand and modernize the facilities.

  • Phase One: Construction of the new four-story, eight-courtroom facility and relocation of Criminal and Traffic Court to the new facility.
  • Phase Two: Renovation of the original 1959 Courthouse facility in a three-phase vertical segmented approach to update aging mechanical systems, create a more efficient layout, and increase accessibility. This phase will begin in 2022.

 

More information about the Waukesha County Courthouse Project and its next phase can be found in the proposed 2022 Waukesha County Executive Budget at: www.waukeshacounty.gov/budget.

 

About Waukesha County Circuit Courts

The mission of the Clerk of Circuit Court is to serve the citizens of Waukesha County by providing superior justice support service and assistance to all court system participants in a timely, efficient and ethical manner, and to enhance public confidence in our justice system.

 

The Judges, Clerk of Circuit Court, and staff in the Waukesha County court system are committed to providing a fair and efficient system of justice that is worthy of the trust and confidence of the public.

 

More information about Waukesha County Circuit Courts is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/circuitcourts/.

 

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On Wednesday, October 6th and Thursday, October 7th, Waukesha County will be completing maintenance on our phone system. The maintenance is scheduled...

Phone System Maintenance October 6th and 7th


On Wednesday, October 6th and Thursday, October 7th, Waukesha County will be completing maintenance on our phone system.  The maintenance is scheduled from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM both evenings. 

During this maintenance period, callers may receive a message that their call cannot be completed or that the line is out of service. 

This maintenance will not affect dialing 911 or calling into the County Dispatch Center.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.


On Tuesday, September 28, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow introduced his 2022 Executive Budget to the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors. Just...

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow Introduces 2022 Executive Budget


On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow introduced his 2022 Executive Budget to the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors. Justice and public safety remain Waukesha County’s top priorities, while supporting economic development and conservative stewardship of taxpayer dollars. The proposed budget would cut the County tax rate for the eighth consecutive year, including every year County Executive Farrow has been in office. The Board of Supervisors is expected to pass the final budget in November.

 

“My goal every year is to present a budget that is in line with what residents want: a safe, economically vibrant community, low taxes, and a high quality of life,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “This budget does that with strong investments in justice and public safety, well-maintained roads that support our growing community, and responsible use of every tax dollar.”

 

If the County Executive’s Budget is passed as-is, the tax rate will drop from $1.76 to $1.68 per thousand dollars of home value, the lowest in at least the last 33 years. It also reduces borrowing by $700,000 from 2021 levels as part of a capital plan that helps guide the long-term financial health of the County.

 

The 2022 Waukesha County Executive Budget allocates its greatest portion of new county tax levy to justice and public safety, including over $1.2 million supporting those areas.

  • The Sheriff’s Department will receive $825,000 to support operations.
  • More than $215,000 will be allocated to public safety programs, like the Department of Emergency Preparedness, which includes 911 Dispatch. Courts and the District Attorney’s Office combined will receive more than $153,000 to fund operations, with additional resources prioritized to help address the case backlog created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The budget invests in infrastructure vital to the safety, economic development, and longevity of roads and facilities.

  • Five construction projects are planned to improve Moorland Road, one of Waukesha County’s most important corridors.
  • Phase one of the county’s courthouse project is wrapping up and is expected to finish under budget. In 2022, focus will shift to phase two of the project, which will begin renovation of the 1959 courthouse building.

 

The 2022 budget also continues to fund the Public Health Division’s response to COVID-19, and a team has been created to focus on management and implementation of American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) federal funds.

 

About the 2022 Waukesha County Budget

The 2022 Waukesha County Executive Budget is online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/Budget.

 

For updates about County programs and events, follow Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow on Facebook at @CountyExecutivePaulFarrow and on Twitter at @WaukeshaCoExec.

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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  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 offered an assortment of fruit and sweet treats. Jurors will also be given a token of appreciation, including a  beverage koozie and magnetic chip clip. Each item features the image of Wisconsin's Lady Justice and the slogan: "Jurors Serve Justice; Justice Serves Us All."


Waukesha County is partnering with the American Red Cross and the City of Waukesha to provide a safe, cool, indoor place for refuge from the heat toda...

Waukesha County Cooling Refuge Open Today


Waukesha County is partnering with the American Red Cross and the City of Waukesha to provide a safe, cool, indoor place for refuge from the heat today.

 

The Schuetze Recreation Center (1120 Baxter Street, Waukesha), will be open today from 11am to 4pm.

  • Visitors can visit the Center to escape the heat and hydrate.
  • This location will also provide an opportunity for individuals to charge essential electronic devices (chargers will not be provided) due to ongoing power outages.
  • Representatives from Waukesha County Health and Human Services and the Aging and Disability Resource Center will be available on site, as well.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged.

 

Residents without access to air conditioning are encouraged to visit a cooling center or public space, such as a library, mall, and community or senior centers to cool off during high temperatures. For help locating a cooling center, or other resources, call 211 or visit www.211.org.