• Waukesha County News

    • County Trunk Highway F (Main St) Closed Until August 11 at CN Railroad Crossing in Village of Sussex
      Created: 08/07/17 Tags: Front Page

      A segment of Main Street (County Highway F) is scheduled for a closure on Monday, August 7 at 7 am until Friday, August 11 at 5 pm approx. for repair of the railroad crossing.

       The closure of Main Street is from Waukesha Avenue to 200 feet east of Waukesha Avenue. (map). A posted detour will route traffic around construction via CTH V and CTH VV (map).

       Throughout construction, access will be maintained to emergency and police officials, local residences, and businesses.

       With questions, please contact Gary Evans at 262-548-7746 of Waukesha County Department of Public Works.

       About Waukesha County Department of Public Works

      Waukesha County Department of Public Works (DPW) is committed to providing the foundations of success for the citizens and businesses of Waukesha County by constructing and maintaining quality transportation and building infrastructure. More information about the Department and its Divisions is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/DPW.

       Follow Waukesha County DPW on Twitter at twitter.com/WaukeshaCoDPW.

       

    • County Trunk Highway LO (Eagle Lake Ave) to Close West of STH 83 on August 7
      Created: 08/02/17 Tags: Front Page

      A segment of Eagle Lake Avenue (County Highway LO) is scheduled for a closure on Monday, August 7 at 7 am until Friday, August 18 at 5 pm (approx.) for culvert replacement construction. 

      The closure of Eagle Lake Avenue is from STH 83 west to CTH I (map). A posted detour will route westbound traffic around construction via STH 83 to CTH NN to CTH I and return to CTH LO (map). Reverse the route for eastbound.

      Access will be maintained to emergency and police officials, local residences and businesses throughout construction.

      With questions, please contact Neal Fjerstad at 262-424-9006, Waukesha County Department of Public Works. 

      About the Waukesha County Department of Public Works

      The Waukesha County Department of Public Works (DPW) is committed to providing the foundations of success for the citizens and businesses of Waukesha County by constructing and maintaining quality transportation and building infrastructure. More information about the Department and its Divisions is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/DPW.

      Follow Waukesha County DPW on Twitter at twitter.com/WaukeshaCoDPW.

    • Special One-Day Electronics and Appliance Recycling Event
      Created: 07/31/17 Tags: Front Page

      The Town of Merton will be hosting a special one-day collection of household electronics and appliances open to any Waukesha County resident on Saturday, August 12 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The collection will take place at N78 W32101 Petersen Road.

      State law bans electronics and appliances from landfills and incinerators due to the valuable materials that can be recycled and reused, including precious metals like gold and copper.  Many devices also contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium and chemical flame retardants that need to be disposed of properly.  This collection assists residents to comply with State law and provide options for responsible recycling of used, household electronics and appliances.

      Items that will be collected at the event for a cash only fee include television sets ($25 each) and Cathode Ray Tube computer monitors ($10 each).  No broken or de-manufactured television or computer units will be accepted.  These additional items will be collected at no fee: computers, other computer monitors, printers, keyboards, laptops, scanners, DVD players, VCRs, stereos, cell phones, telephones, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, microwaves, watercoolers, freezers, water heaters, washer/dryers, stoves, oven/ranges, dishwashers.

      These collection events are for household electronics and appliances only. Businesses are required by Wisconsin law to recycle and there are several options to contract for these services listed on our website.

      The City of Muskego will host the next collection event on Saturday, September 9 at W182 S8200 Racine Avenue from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  For a list of upcoming events, business recycling options and locations to recycle broken or de-manufactured units, visit our website waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or call 262-896-8300.

    • Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow's Statement on the Foxconn Announcement
      Created: 07/26/17 Tags: Front Page

      “First, I want to thank Governor Scott Walker for his leadership and his commitment to economic development. Both were vital to landing this once in a lifetime opportunity. The Governor engaged regional partnerships, including the legislature; the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC); the Milwaukee 7 (M7) and its partners; and county and municipal leaders to work together with a common goal. Public and private partners rolled up their sleeves and worked together to bring Foxconn here. This is what a true partnership looks like, and it is the key to growth statewide.

       “Now that Foxconn is on its way, these partnerships will become even more vital. Our work is just beginning. This deal will require a diverse workforce to fill thousands of new skilled positions. Local, regional and state leaders must work together to scale up an education and training infrastructure to support the growing economy and business climate.

       “We are already seeing success in our efforts to grow our high-tech workforce. For example, Madison is ranked number one in the nation for tech job momentum. That’s in addition to Milwaukee’s pool of tech talent. Through regional partnerships we can tap into existing local economic development infrastructure and relationships to bolster our existing workforce development infrastructure and to continue to attract top talent to the state.

       I’ve said before that the M7 has a chance to shake things up when it comes to thinking about how to attract national and international businesses to our area. That shake up is happening now through collaboration to build a world-class, thriving economy.”

      Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is a co-chair of the Milwaukee 7, the region’s economic partnership. County Executive Farrow recently led a group of private and public sector partners in establishing the Waukesha County Center for Growth, an economic development organization that serves as a one-stop shop for new and expanding businesses in Waukesha County.

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    • Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow Statement on Washington County's Shared Services Proposal
      Created: 07/21/17 Tags: Front Page

      “We have received Washington County’s letter and I have spoken to County Administrator Schoemann to express interest in a partnership to increase service to residents while saving valuable taxpayer dollars.

       “Waukesha County has a history of partnering with our neighbors to increase value to the County and the region as a whole. In Washington County, we are already working with them on juvenile secure detentions, aquatic invasive management in lakes, workforce development and home buying and rehabilitation assistance for income eligible citizens.

       “In the past few days, our Department of Parks and Land Use has already reached out to Washington County to see what additional projects we can begin work on together right away. In the meantime, I am assembling a group to start evaluating additional ways to combine Waukesha and Washington County resources.

       “In addition, our recycling program partners with the City of Milwaukee to operate our Materials Recovery Facility (MRF); the Waukesha County Medical Examiner often provides professional services and expertise to surrounding counties; and our Bridges Library System serves residents in Waukesha and Jefferson counties. These are just a few examples of how Waukesha County innovates and shares resources with our neighbors to ensure delivery of efficient, cost effective services to our taxpayers.

    • Public Library Directors Throughout Waukesha County to Learn How to Help Fight the Opioid Crisis
      Created: 07/13/17 Tags: Front Page

      Tomorrow, July 14, Public Library Directors from the Bridges Library System will receive introductory information to help reduce prescription opioid-related deaths. It’s part of Waukesha County’s four-tiered plan to fight the opioid crisis through training first responders and key community members to implement prevention and treatment strategies. Friday’s non-public informational session HAS MOVED. It will now take place at 9 am at the Pewaukee Public Library (210 Main St, Pewaukee, WI).

      “We are in the midst of an opioid epidemic that is impacting the County and the nation,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Prescription opioids kill more people every year, which takes a toll on our community and our justice system. The cost is in human life, in hardships faced by families, and in tax dollars to investigate and mitigate drug-related crimes. Our focus is on the well-being of the community, and we will use every tool available to stop this epidemic.”

      Friday’s education session will implement one of the four treatment and prevention strategies outlined in Waukesha County’s work plan to combat the opioid crisis. Library directors, teachers, law enforcement, hospitality staff, and other community members who deal with high-traffic public areas are target groups who may receive training to recognize opioid misuse and to prevent overdoses.

      About the WI Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths Prevention Project
      Prescription opioids are the main driver of drug overdose deaths and poisonings in Wisconsin. In 2015, 63% of drug overdose deaths in Wisconsin involved prescription opioids. Waukesha County’s plan is funded by the state’s participation in the Wisconsin Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths Prevention Project (WI-PDO), a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). More information about the WI-PDO grant is available at www.samhsa.gov.
      Training and event information is online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/overdoseprevention. Follow Waukesha County’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Twitter at @WaukeshaCoHHS.

    • Waukesha County Recycling & Water Resources in the Community
      Created: 07/10/17 Tags: Front Page

      Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use - Land Resources staff will be coming to local community events this summer!  Expert staff will be available to answer questions about recycling, home composting, rain gardens, and rain barrels as well as give out informational flyers and brochures.

       
      Date Event Location
      July 26th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hartland Kids’ Day Nixon Park, Hartland
      August 1st, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Mukwonago National Night Out Field Park, Mukwonago
      August 2nd, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sussex National Night Out Sussex Civic Campus, Sussex
      August 15th, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. YMCA Pabst Farms Kids’ Fest Roosevelt Park, Oconomowoc
      August 24th, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. New Berlin Street Dept. Open House New Berlin Municipal Garage, 16550 W. National Ave.
      August 26th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Green Alliance Sustainability Fair Lapham Peak State Park, Delafield
       

      For more information, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling, call 262-896-8300 or download the free Waukesha County Recycles mobile app in Google Play and Apple App Stores.  Like Waukesha County Recycles on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

    • Free Outdoor Concert, Honor Walk Kick Off July 4 Weekend
      Created: 06/30/17 Tags: Front Page

      Tonight, a free outdoor concert at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts (19805 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI) will celebrate military service, family, community, and music. The “Big Band 4th” concert is the opening night celebration of the Wisconsin Philharmonic’s Starry Nights free outdoor concert series. It starts at 6 pm. The performance will be preceded by an Honor Walk for local veterans and their family at 5 pm.

       “Tonight’s concert is an opportunity to celebrate the 4th of July weekend while honoring local veterans who have made sacrifices to help preserve our freedom,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “The Honor Walk is a therapeutic way to connect participating veterans with nature, while increasing awareness of the issues they face when they return home. “

       The Honor Walk will be a one or two mile walk for veterans and their families through Mitchell Park. The Walk is inspired by Veterans Trek, an organization that provides healthy outdoor recreation and jobs for veterans and the issues they face by connecting them with nature. Veterans can register for the walk here.

       “This event helps highlight the importance of nature and music in creating a healthy environment for our veterans,” said Veterans Trek Interim Executive Director Dan Buttery. ”Many of our veterans are coping with trauma when they return home. Music can allow them to express emotions they have no words for and outdoor recreation can relieve stress and increase their sense of purpose.”

       This event is a partnership between the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Waukesha County Veterans Services, Veterans Trek, and the US Forest Service. Follow the event on Facebook for information and updates or go to www.wisphil.org/.


    • Waukesha County to Participate in Large-Scale Emergency Training Course
      Created: 06/23/17 Tags: Front Page

      Waukesha County is taking extra measures to be prepared when disaster strikes. Seventy-five staff members from Waukesha County and partner municipalities and agencies will be part of a four-day crisis simulation training at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD. From June 26th-29th, attendees will learn incident management best practices at the Integrated Emergency Management Course (IEMC).

       

      “This is a significant opportunity to work with FEMA to build a more resilient community by increasing our emergency preparedness,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “We look forward to enhancing our capabilities in emergency response and recovery with this unique opportunity.”

       

      Waukesha County Emergency Management is one of only 20 applicants from across the country selected to attend the IEMC training, which is funded by FEMA. The four-day course consists of training modules that cover everything from resource tracking to recovery planning. Exercises then engage the participants to deal with the effects of hazards that are specific to Waukesha County. The lessons learned will be brought back to improve emergency plans that are currently in place.

       

      About the Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management

      The Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management (WCEM) is a division of Waukesha County’s Department of Emergency Preparedness. WCEM provides a comprehensive and integrated emergency management program designed to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of natural and technological hazards which potentially impact the welfare, safety and health of all Waukesha County citizens.

       

      For more information, head to www.waukeshacounty.gov/EmergencyManagement

    • Waukesha County Director of Administration Honored at 25th Annual Salute to Local Government
      Created: 06/20/17 Tags: Front Page

      Today, Waukesha County Director of Administration Norman Cummings was awarded the Norman N. Gill Award for Individual Excellence at the Public Policy Forum’s 25th Annual Salute to Local Government.

      “As one of the most respected professionals in the field of government finance and administration, I don’t think there’s anyone else more deserving of this award,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Norman Cummings has dedicated decades of his career in the service of our citizens, striving for innovative and efficient government that works for them.”
       

      Norman Cummings has served as Waukesha County’s Director of Administration since the Department’s creation in 1995. He serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the County and oversees Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Risk Management, and Purchasing. He has led many innovative initiatives, including a collaborative effort with the City and School District of Waukesha to establish the Waukesha Employee Health & Wellness Center in 2014. The Center provides City, School District, and County employees access to affordable health care while saving taxpayers over $9 million in its first three years. 

      In addition to his role at the County, Mr. Cummings also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company, which he helped establish, and is Vice Board Chair for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board.
       

      About Waukesha County

      Waukesha County's mission 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. More information is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov.

      Information about the Public Policy Forum’s Norman N. Gill Award for Individual Excellence is available at www.publicpolicyforum.org.
    • Nominations Sought for 2017 Waukesha County Executive Awards
      Created: 06/19/17 Tags: Front Page

      Nominations are being sought for the 2017 Waukesha County Executive Awards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 28. Winners will be honored at a luncheon ceremony on November 8 at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha.

      Awards Nomination Categories

      The Champion of the County Award will recognize an individual whose efforts promote and improve the quality of life in Waukesha County.

      The Waukesha County Business of the Year Award will recognize an organization that ensures the County’s success by employee and community engagement.

      In addition to award recognition, winners of the Large Non-profit of the Year Award (operating budget of $500,001 and more per year) and the Small Non-profit of the Year Award (operating budget of $500,000 or less per year) categories will receive a grant to help continue their good works.

       About the Waukesha County Executive Awards

      The Waukesha County Executive Awards program recognizes businesses, non-profits, and individuals that contribute to the continued success of Waukesha County and its citizens.

      More information about the Waukesha County Executive Awards, including the nomination forms and registration is online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/countyexecutiveawards. You can also join the Facebook Event Page here

      Email countyexecawards@waukeshacounty.gov to ask questions and submit nominations.


    • West Nile Virus Confirmed in Waukesha County
      Created: 06/15/17 Tags: Front Page

      The Waukesha County Environmental Health Division has been notified of the first confirmed case of the West Nile Virus (WNV) in birds found in the County this year. A crow in the City of Delafield tested positive for the virus as part of the mosquito and WNV surveillance, prevention and control program.

      Residents should be aware that the best way to avoid WNV is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Simple steps to protect themselves include:

      • Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
      • Apply insect repellent to clothing as well as exposed skin.
      • Make sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry.
      • Properly dispose of items around your property that hold water
      • Clean roof gutters and downspouts for proper drainage.
      • Change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days.
      • Clean and chlorinate pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
      • Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines. Mosquitoes rest in these areas in hot daylight hours.
      • Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.

      The Waukesha County Environmental Health Division, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, will continue WNV surveillance until the end of the mosquito season. Now that a positive result has been identified in the County, testing will be discontinued. Report sick or dead crows, blue jays, or ravens to the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

      About West Nile Virus

      WNV can spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people (80%) who are infected with WNV do not get sick. Those who become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, or rash. Less than 1% of people get seriously ill. More information at:  www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/ArboviralDiseases/WestNileVirus/Index.htm.

      About the Waukesha County Environmental Health Division

      The Waukesha County Environmental Health Division is part of the Department of Parks and Land Use. The Division works to protect public health and the environment through services such as food establishment licensing, placement of private well and septic systems and humane animal programs. More information is at  www.waukeshacounty.gov/environmental_health.

    • County Trunk Highway X (Saylesville Rd) to Close June 19 Between Holiday Rd and Ridgefield Rd
      Created: 06/15/17 Tags: Front Page

      County Trunk Highway X (Saylesville Road) is set to close on Monday in Town of Genesee between Holiday Road and Ridgefield Road. The closure is expected to last up to three weeks. Detour signage will route drivers to State Truck Highway (STH) 83 north to STH 59 east (map).

       The closure is to complete roadway construction at the proposed intersection to the Arboretum Subdivision to obtain the required intersection sight distance. The Development’s contractors administer the construction project. 

      About Waukesha County Department of Public Works

      Waukesha County Department of Public Works (DPW) is committed to providing the foundations of success for the citizens and businesses of Waukesha County by constructing and maintaining quality transportation and building infrastructure. More information about the Department and its Divisions is available at www.WaukeshaCounty.gov/DPW.

       Follow Waukesha County DPW on Twitter at twitter.com/WaukeshaCoDPW.

    • Free Outdoor Concert, Honor Walk Kick Off July 4th Weekend and Starry Nights Concert Series
      Created: 06/15/17 Tags: Front Page

      On Friday, June 30, 2017, members of the public are invited to attend a free live outdoor concert to celebrate service, family, community, and music performed by the Wisconsin Philharmonic at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts (19805 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI). The Big Band 4th concert is the opening night celebration of the Center’s Starry Nights free outdoor concert series.

      Before the concert begins, veterans and their families are invited on an honor walk around Mitchell Park, inspired by Veterans Trek to provide healthy outdoor recreation and jobs for veterans and awareness of the issues they face by connecting them with nature. Veterans can register for the walk here.

       

      WHAT:          Honor Walk for Veterans and Big Band 4th of July Concert

       

      WHEN:          Friday, June 30, 2017

       

      TIMELINE:  5:00 pm - “Veterans Trek” 1 and 2 mile walk for Veterans and their families through Mitchell Park
      Click here to Register

      6:10 pm - All eras of Veterans and their families recognized

      6:30 pm - "A Big Band 4th!" concert performed by the Wisconsin Philharmonic - opening night of the Sharon Lynne Wilson's Starry Nights Festival

       

      LOCATION: Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts -Gerlach/Haack Outdoor Theater

      19805 West Capitol Drive - Brookfield, WI

       

      This event is a partnership between the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Waukesha County Veterans Services, Veterans Trek, and the US Forest Service.

       

      Follow this event on Facebook for information and updates. Register for the Veterans Walk here.

       
    • Public Information Meeting for Reconstruction Project on Beloit Rd (County Trunk Highway I) in New Berlin
      Created: 06/14/17 Tags: Front Page

      (WAUKESHA, WI) – The Waukesha County Department of Public Works and Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), along with their construction management team, Kapur & Associates, will host a public informational meeting for the Beloit Road reconstruction project on Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the New Berlin City Hall (3805 S. Casper Drive, New Berlin).

      The meeting will be an open-house format with no formal presentation. The public is encouraged to stop by anytime between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Representatives from Waukesha County, WisDOT and the consultant team and the contractor will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.  Exhibits will be on display for viewing. The building is ADA accessible.

      Beloit Road, between National Avenue and Moorland Road, will be closed to through traffic along various roadway segments during June 19 to October 10, 2017.  Remaining work will occur under traffic and with reduced speeds. Project scheduled for completion October 30, 2017.

      Although Beloit Road will be closed to through traffic, access to business, commercial and residential properties will be maintained at all times.  Delays should be expected.

    • Waukesha County Celebrates Dividends to Communities that Participate in the Recycling Program
      Created: 06/05/17 Tags: Front Page

      Today, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is proud to announce that communities who participate in the Waukesha County Recycling Program received significant funds for tax relief. The total amount of dividend payments made to communities will be $1.75 million for 2017.

       

      “After the second year of single sort recycling; our residents have increased recycling tonnage by 40%, far exceeding our 3-year goal of 25%. The increase in recycling also resulted in Waukesha County communities diverting 13% more material, over 10,000 tons, from landfill disposal, saving approximately $500,000 through reduced landfill disposal costs,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow.     

       

      Each year, municipalities that participate in the program receive dividend payments to offset residential recycling program costs. The payments vary for each partner based on individual program costs, tons of recyclables and recycling rate. A breakdown of the recycling dividend payment for individual communities is located on the next page.

       

      Since it began in 1991, partner communities have collectively recycled over 536,000 tons of materials and avoided nearly $26 million in landfill disposal costs.  Together, local residents continue to recycle more and recycle right, another impressive example of how Waukesha County is leading the way.

       

      For more information, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling, call 262-896-8300 or download the free Waukesha County Recycles mobile app in Google Play and Apple App Stores.  Like Waukesha County Recycles on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

       

      Municipal Recycling Disbursement:           Total= $1,750,222

       
      Municipality Tons Recycled (2016) Tons Landfilled (2016) Recycling Rate     (2016) Total 2017 County Recycling Dividend
      Big Bend 132 434 23.3% $10,058
      Chenequa 93 258 26.5% $5,704
      Dousman 197 598 24.8% $11,935
      Eagle 188 717 20.8% $12,011
      Elm Grove 693 1,970 26.0% $51,181
      Hartland 857 1,957 30.4% $59,403
      Lac La Belle* 96 252 27.6% $3,391
      Merton 340 1,025 24.9% $21,305
      Nashotah 120 269 30.8% $7,963
      Ocon Lake* 61 214 22.2% $4,329
      Pewaukee 665 1,861 26.3% $42,197
      Summit 439 1,493 22.7% $31,487
      Wales 318 901 26.1% $17,859
      T. Brookfield 447 1,472 23.3% $28,649
      T. Delafield 824 3,018 21.5% $43,187
      T. Lisbon 852 3,403 20.0% $49,679
      T. Merton 808 2,527 24.2% $34,569
      T. Oconomowoc 736 2,397 23.5% $34,654
      T. Vernon 750 2,215 25.3% $39,464
      T. Waukesha 875 2,808 23.8% $57,110
      C. Brookfield 4,007 10,667 27.3% $222,385
      C. Delafield 578 1,854 23.8% $37,185
      C. Muskego 2,064 6,469 24.2% $92,091
      C. New Berlin 4,068 10,056 28.8% $186,775
      C. Oconomowoc 1,767 4,555 27.9% $131,937
      C. Pewaukee 1,689 3,741 31.1% $108,576
      C. Waukesha* 5,648 15,109 27.2% $405,139
      TOTAL 29,313 82,239 26.3% $1,750,222
    • Waukesha County and Local Partners to Conduct Collaborative Community Health Telephone Survey
      Created: 06/01/17 Tags: Front Page

      If you get a call from Management Decisions, Waukesha County leaders urge you to pick up the phone. Starting tomorrow, June 1, 2017, a community health telephone survey will go out to county residents to evaluate the community’s most pressing needs. The survey, a collaboration among community health partners, aims interview a random sampling of about 400 residents.”

       

      “I encourage all Waukesha County residents help us conduct this important research,” said Ben Jones, Waukesha County Health Officer. “If you receive a phone call from Management Decisions, please take the time to answer the survey questions.”

       

      The anonymous survey will take about 18 minutes to complete. It focuses on issues such as access to health care, tobacco and alcohol use, diet, physical activity, cancer prevention, heart health, injury prevention, immunizations, children’s health, mental health, and chronic disease.

      The new data will supplement 2015 community health assessment data with the ability to analyze trends over time. Results will be released later this year.

       

      The community health survey is aimed at meeting several objectives:

      • Documenting local health status related to Wisconsin’s state health plan priorities
      • Identifying local behaviors or risk factors that present opportunities for health promotion and health care cost reduction
      • Tracking the success of community health improvement activities
      • Allowing partners to document population health indicators to help guide health improvement efforts
       

      Community Health Survey Local Health Partners

      Waukesha County’s Public Health Division, Ascension, Aurora Health Care, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert & the Medical College, and ProHealth Care are working in partnership to coordinate the survey. It is being conducted by Management Decisions in partnership with JKV Research, an independent research firm that specializes in community surveys.

       

      More information is available at  www.waukeshacounty.gov/publichealthstatistics/.

    • First Pop-Up Beer Garden Opens in Waukesha County
      Created: 06/01/17 Tags: Front Page

      Today, June 1, 2017, Waukesha County Parks will celebrate the opening of the park system’s first pop-up beer garden with a ceremonial beer pour by Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and members of the County Board. The beer pour will take place at 3:45 pm at the Minooka Park beach house (1927 E. Sunset Drive, Waukesha).

       

      Today’s event kicks off the first in a series of pop-up beer gardens, operated by Waukesha’s award-winning Raised Grain Brewing Company. They will rotate between three Waukesha County Parks:

      • Minooka Park (1927 E Sunset Dr., Waukesha, WI 53189)
      • Naga-Waukee Park (651 Hwy 83, Hartland, WI 53029) 
      • Fox Brook Park (2925 N Barker Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045)

      The full 2017 Waukesha County Parks Pop-Up Beer Garden schedule is located here.

       

      “Residents have been asking for beer gardens in our parks, and we are happy to deliver,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “We are thrilled to offer yet another reason to get people outside and to enjoy the Waukesha County Park System.”

       

      Raised Grain Brewing Co. is an award-winning craft brewery in Waukesha. Their Facebook page will post updates about food trucks, entertainment and weather at www.facebook.com/raisedgrainbrewing.

       

      “We are excited to help bring beer gardens to Waukesha County,” said Raised Grain Brewing Company owner Nick Reistad. “This is an opportunity for residents to sample some of the best local craft brews in the area while experiencing some of the best local parks.”

       

      Waukesha County’s Pop-Up Beer Gardens will be open Thursday and Friday from 4-9 pm, serving five of Raised Grain’s highly acclaimed beers. During these times, an event car entrance fee will be $6 and will include one beer token. Annual sticker holders will have regular park access.

       

      More information in online at www.waukeshacountyparks.com, or follow @WaukeshaCoParks on Twitter or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WaukeshaCountyParks .

    • County Trunk Highway HH (College Ave) to Close Near Moorland Road June 7
      Created: 05/30/17 Tags: Front Page

      (MUSKEGO, WI) – A half-mile segment of College Avenue (County Highway HH) is scheduled for a brief closure on Wednesday, June 7 at 7 am until Friday, June 9 at 5 pm (approx.) for sewer construction. 

       

      The closure of College Ave is from Moorland Road east to Glenbrook Drive (map). A posted detour will route traffic around construction via Janesville Road and Moorland Road (map).

       

      Access will be maintained to local residences and businesses throughout construction.

       

      With questions, please contact DF Tomasini Contractors, Inc. at 262-820-8300.

       

      About the Waukesha County Department of Public Works

      The Waukesha County Department of Public Works (DPW) is committed to providing the foundations of success for the citizens and businesses of Waukesha County by constructing and maintaining quality transportation and building infrastructure. More information about the Department and its Divisions is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/DPW.

       

      Follow Waukesha County DPW on Twitter at twitter.com/WaukeshaCoDPW.

    • 2016 Jury Report Available
      Created: 05/24/17 Tags: Circuit Courts

      The Waukesha County 2016 Annual Jury Program Report is now available.

      This report analyzes the performance of our jury system in several key areas as required by Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules, and provides key stakeholders with an overview of the operations of this vital program.  In addition to program related information and statistics, this report includes a summary of juror exit surveys and a sampling of juror comments which are used for the purpose of improving this program.  The report closes with 2016 accomplishments and 2017 jury program initiatives.  

    • Waukesha County Kicks Off Plan to Fight Opioid Crisis
      Created: 05/15/17 Tags: Front Page

      Today, Waukesha County officials are announcing a work plan to combat opioid overdose deaths in Waukesha County. The plan will train first responders and other key community sectors using four main prevention and treatment strategies:

      • A county-wide environmental scan to identify risk and protective factors
      • Free community-level trainings on the administration of the opiate reversal agent Naloxone (Narcan) and distribute free kits containing Naloxone
      • Opiate overdose prevention education sessions in the county
      • County Crisis Worker outreach to users who have experienced an overdose
       

      Waukesha County will publicly kick off education and training components of the plan starting tomorrow in honor of National Prevention Week, including:

      at the WCTC Richard T. Anderson Education Center (800 Main St., Pewaukee)

      • May 21 at 4:00 pm – Free Naloxone trainings and kits will be available every 30 minutes at the 3rd Annual Jump for Archie
      • June 1 at 5:30 pm – The first in a series of monthly Naloxone administration trainings and kits will be at the Waukesha Alano Club. Subsequent trainings will take place the first Thursday of each month
      • August 31 –  A candlelight vigil will be held on International Overdose Awareness Day
       

      About the WI Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths Prevention Project

      Waukesha County’s plan is funded by the state’s participation in the Wisconsin Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths Prevention Project (WI-PDO), a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). More information about the WI-PDO grant is available at www.samhsa.gov.

       

      More training and event information is online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/overdoseprevention. Follow Waukesha County’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Twitter at @WaukeshaCoHHS.

    • Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event May 20, Closings Memorial Day Weekend
      Created: 05/08/17 Tags: Front Page

      (WAUKESHA, WI) – The Village of Mukwonago will host a special one-day collection of household hazardous waste open to any Waukesha County resident on Saturday, May 20 from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  The collection will take place at the Village Public Works Garage at 630 Hwy NN.

      Old, unusable chemicals, pesticides, wood preservatives, solvents, oil-based paints, and mercury-containing products will be accepted.  Latex paint, non-hazardous cleaning materials, motor oil and oil filters will not be accepted.  Check with your municipal drop off site for motor oil and oil filter recycling.

      Waukesha County’s four permanent collection sites located in Muskego, Waukesha, Menomonee Falls, and Franklin will observe the Memorial Day holiday with closings Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29.

      Proof of residency is required at all locations at all times.  For more information, including a detailed list of acceptable household hazardous waste materials, visit waukeshacounty.gov/hazardouswaste or call 262-896-8300.

    • Public Information Meeting for Reconstruction Project on CTH YY (Pilgrim Rd) in the City of Brookfield
      Created: 05/03/17 Tags: Front Page

      Waukesha County’s Department of Public Works, along with their construction management team, CORRE, Inc., will host a public informational meeting for the County Highway (CTH) YY, Burleigh Road Intersection reconstruction project on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Safety Building Courtroom (2100 N. Calhoun Road in the City of Brookfield).

      The meeting will be an open-house format with no formal presentation. The public is encouraged to stop by anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Representatives from Waukesha County, the consultant team and the contractor will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.  Exhibits will be on display for viewing. The building is ADA accessible.  

      The County Highway (CTH) YY, Burleigh Road Intersection reconstruction project is scheduled to close CTH YY (Pilgrim Road) in the City of Brookfield at Burleigh Road for about ten weeks, beginning in mid-June. Remaining work will occur under traffic and reduced speeds. Project completion is expected in early October. 

      Construction information, updates and status are provided at www.correinc.com/Projects/yy

    • Waukesha County UW-Extension Hosts 4-H STEM Camp June 19-21
      Created: 04/26/17 Tags: Front Page

      Waukesha County UW-Extension 4-H is hosting a 3-day STEM Camp for youth ages 5-8 to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

      STEM Camp will be held Monday, June 19 – Wednesday, June 21 from 8:45 am – 11:30 am each day at the Mukwonago Food Pantry – Resource Center (225 Eagle Lake Avenue, Mukwonago). Three days of experiments include:
       

      Day 1 – June 19:  Physics

                     Pipe Cleaner Tower
                     Balloon Race Cars

       

      Day 2 – June 20: Space Travel

                    Rockets to the Rescue

                    Playing with Planets

       

      Day 3 – June 21: Chemistry

                    Elephants Toothpaste

                    Flying Film Canisters

                    Slime

      Register at uwex.maxgalaxy.net/Home.aspx by Monday, June 5. Registration is $15 per person


      How to Volunteer With 4-H Youth

      If you are interested in sharing your knowledge, passion, or just want to work with young people to help them develop their leadership skills, contact Cindy Sarkady, 4-H Youth Development Educator at 262-548-7784 or cindy.sarkady@ces.uwex.edu.

       

      About Waukesha County UW-Extension

      Learn more about Waukesha County UW-Extension at https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/uwex/, find us on Facebook at http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/UWEx/Connect/.

       

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    • County Trunk Highway P (Sawyer Rd) to Close at Bark River Bridge May 1st
      Created: 04/25/17 Tags: Front Page

      Waukesha County Trunk Highway (CTH) P (Sawyer Road) will be closed at the Bark River bridge in the Village of Summit beginning on Monday, May 1, 2017.  The road closure is expected to last 4-6 weeks A detour will be posted that follows State Truck Highway (STH) 18 west to STH 67 north to CTH DR east.

       The closure is to complete roadway construction at a bridge replacement project that started in 2016. This work follows utility relocation that was completed during the winter months. The construction project is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). 

       About the Waukesha County Department of Public Works

      The Waukesha County Department of Public Works (DPW) is committed to providing the foundations of success for the citizens and businesses of Waukesha County by constructing and maintaining quality transportation and building infrastructure. More information about the Department and its Divisions is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/DPW.

       Follow Waukesha County DPW on Twitter at twitter.com/WaukeshaCoDPW.

    • Friday - Waukesha County Executive Kicks Off Arbor Day Activities
      Created: 04/24/17 Tags: Front Page

      Join Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow on Friday, April 28 at 9:30 a.m. as he plants a tree to celebrate Arbor Day at Moor Downs Golf Course (438 Prospect Avenue, Waukesha).

       Then on Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 a.m. until noon the public is invited to help reforest four Waukesha County Parks: Retzer Nature Center, Fox River, Mukwonago and Nashotah. Attendees will assist in planting 1,000 trees and will get a free seedling to take home (while supplies last).

       “Waukesha County is committed to planting trees as one way to enhance the public spaces that make the County a great place to live, work, and play,” said County Executive Farrow. “Planting a tree each year has become a tradition for me, and this event gives residents the opportunity to create their own.”

       Arbor Day Tree Planting with County Executive Paul Farrow

      Friday’s Tree Planting is part of Moor Downs Golf Course’s 100 Tree Program that started during its 2015 Centennial celebration. The new trees will separate golf holes, and screen out adjacent properties and roads while leaving a legacy for Waukesha County residents. Attendees may park at the Waukesha Employee Health & Wellness Center (615 West Moreland Blvd).

       April 29 1,000 Tree Planting Event

      Since seedlings are limited, attendees are encouraged to pre-register for this event online at waukeshacounty.maxgalaxy.net/BrowseActivities.aspx or call (262) 548-7801. The event will be held rain or shine. FREE Park Entrance for those participating!

      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 our web site at www.waukeshacountyparks.com or follow @WaukeshaCoParks on Twitter or like us on Facebook

    • Waukesha County to Hold Annual Spring Sale and Workshop Event
      Created: 04/18/17 Tags: Front Page

      The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use is holding their annual Spring Sale and Workshop Event at Retzer Nature Center, located at S14 W28167 Madison Street, in Waukesha on Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

       Sustainable Gardening Workshops

      Participants will have the opportunity to attend FREE workshops that teach homeowners how to plant native gardens that will attract and sustain pollinators like bees and monarch butterflies, make and use you own compost, decrease storm water runoff and save money by reducing water use and maintenance costs.

      Workshop/Presentations Time
      Rain Gardens & Rain Barrels 8:30-9 a.m.
      Home Composting Workshop 9:15-9:45 a.m.
      Native Plant Landscaping 10-10:45 a.m.
      Native Wildflower Walk 11-11:45 a.m.

       Sustainable Gardening Supplies for Sale

      Home compost bins, rain barrels, and a variety of native plants will be for sale. All products are in limited quantities and are for sale on a first come, first served basis. 

       Cash or check payment is preferred, but Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.

       Experts on Hand to Give Advice

      Parks and Land Use staff and UW-Extension Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions on natural landscaping, identifying plant samples, gardening tips, and provide the basics about home composting and using rain barrels. 

       For more information about the sale, to register for the workshops or any other information about Retzer Nature Center, visit our web site at waukeshacounty.gov/SpringSale or call 262-896-8007.

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    • NOAA Encourages Resident's to Take A #SafeSpaceSelfie
      Created: 04/03/17 Tags: Front Page

      There are many spring hazards - tornadoes, floods, lightning, and more. Your safe space varies on the hazard. 

      NOAA is asking residents to get creative and find your safe space, then share on social media. 

      #SafeSpaceSelfie April 3 - 6

      Take a #SafeSpaceSelfie and encourage others by tagging them and asking "Where is your safe place from extreme weather?"

      You are also invited to join in on a TweetChatApril 6 - Noon to 1 pm

      About This Campaign

      #SafePlaceSelfie is a grass roots campaign as part of NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation to get individuals, businesses, and all organizations ready, responsive and resilient to extreme weather events.

      Knowing your "safe place" when extreme weather threatens is the #1 preparedness action anyone can take, but we also hope this campaign will open the door to greater preparedness actions, such as creating an emergency plan or putting together an emergency kit. 

      For mor information, go to www.noaa.gov/wrn.

    • UW-Extension Offers Home Improvement Workshop for Waukesha Residents
      Created: 03/30/17 Tags: Front Page

      (WAUKESHA, WI) –  A free Home Improvement Workshop for City of Waukesha residents will be held on April 24, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Waukesha Memorial Hospital in Trieber Rooms C1 & C2. Attendees will learn about strategies and resources to reduce costs and increase the value of their home. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about:

      • Home repair project resources
      • Eligibility for no to low-interest home improvement loan products
      • Incentives and ways to reduce water costs
      • Housing code compliance
      • Gardening advice to improve their front landscape    

      “Waukesha County UW-Extension is proud to join ten community agencies to connect residents with resources that will help them invest in their homes,” said Steve Chmielewski, Waukesha County UW-Extension Community Development Educator. “Attendees will learn about the impact of improvements on home value, current housing market trends, and they’ll have the opportunity to talk directly with agency representatives to learn about programs and resources.”

      About the Home Improvement Workshop

      This event made possible by the ProHealth Care and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Registration is not required, but feel free to respond on our Facebook event here

      If you have questions about this event, call Steve Chmielewski, UW-Extension Community Educator, at 262-548-7781 or email him at steven.chmielewski@ces.uwex.edu

      For more information, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/uwex/crd/WHIW

      About Waukesha County UW-Extension

      Learn more about Waukesha County UW-Extension at https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/uwex/, find us on Facebook at http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/UWEx/Connect/.  

    • Stuff the Squad This Saturday to Help Victims of Crime
      Created: 03/30/17 Tags: Front Page

      (WAUKESHA, WI) – This Saturday, April 1, 2017 the public is invited to donate gently used clothing and toys to the 4th Annual Stuff the Squad event at the Waukesha County Courthouse (515 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha) from 9 am until noon.

      City of Waukesha police officers and Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies will park their squad cars in front of the courthouse, ready to be stuffed with donations to help adults and children who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, burglary, and other crimes.
       

      “This event is an opportunity to help those who are going through a traumatic situation meet their basic needs when they need it most,” said Kristi Maglio, Waukesha County Juvenile and Sensitive Crimes Counselor. “A simple donation of a used coat or pair of shoes can provide comfort and security to victims of crime during a time of crisis.”

      Donations of all kinds are accepted, but items of particular need include:

      • Coats and jackets
      • Shoes
      • Stuffed animals and toys
      • Gas cards
      • Gift cards
      • Cash

      About Stuff the Squad

      Waukesha County’s Annual Stuff the Squad event started in 2014 after a member of the Waukesha County Victim/Witness Assistance Program noticed juvenile domestic abuse victims without warm coats in the middle of winter. She began the donation drive to help provide items to comfort crime victims in times of crisis.

      Stuff the Squad is a partnership between the Waukesha County Victim/Witness Assistance Program, the City of Waukesha Police Department, and the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department. For questions, please contact Kristi Maglio at (262)548-7908.

      Stuff the Squad kicks of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2 – 8 2017.

    • Free Recycling Tours, Online Events Celebrate Earth Day in Waukesha County
      Created: 03/27/17 Tags: Front Page

      Waukesha County is offering residents opportunities to celebrate and promote recycling by taking part in state and nationwide campaigns. Starting April 3, residents can take advantage of free recycling facility tours and online opportunities to learn about recycling. These events lead up to Earth Day on Saturday, April 22.

       “Earth Day is an opportunity to remind residents about the environmental and economic benefits of recycling,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Not only does recycling conserve natural resources, it provides tax relief and job growth in Waukesha County.”

       Recycling Facility Tours

      Two opportunities are being provided for individuals to tour the City of Milwaukee/Waukesha County Materials Recovery Facility for free. The tours are Tuesday, April 4 at noon and Thursday, April 20 at 4:30 PM. Registration and closed-toe shoes are required for this hour-long, hard hat tour of the facility. To register for the free tour, visit www.kgmb.org.

       Connect Online

      Starting April 3rd, the Waukesha County Recycles Facebook page and @WaukCoRecycles Twitter page will take part in Wisconsin’s statewide campaign, “Earth Day 2017,” by featuring fun recycling facts each day leading up to April 22 and using the hashtag #EarthDay2017. More information is available at www.recyclemorewisconsin.org.

       About Earth Day

      The very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 to make people aware of the importance of keeping our planet healthy and clean. On Earth Day, people made promises to help the environment and make positive changes in their community. More information is available at www.earthday.org

       About Waukesha County Recycling

      For more information, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling, call 262-896-8300 or download the free Waukesha County Recycles mobile app in Google Play and Apple App Stores or like Waukesha County Recycles on Facebook and follow @WaukCoRecycles on Twitter.

    • Blue Ribbon Gala Raises $6400 to Expand Waukesha County 4-H Program, Train New Volunteers
      Created: 03/23/17 Tags: Front Page

      UW-Extension, Waukesha County’s 4-H Leader’s Association held their first Blue Ribbon Gala on March 3, 2017. The event raised $6,400 for 4-H Youth Development, and provided an opportunity for the community to learn about the program.

       

      Donations from live and silent auctions came from Country Springs Hotel, Wenthe-Davidson Engineering Co. Felss Rotaform LLC, the Green Bay Packers, Hastings Air Energy Control, Wisconsin Athletics Club as well as numerous other area businesses and 4-H Clubs and Families.

       

      The Event was Emceed by Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. Scott Gunderson was the auctioneer. A social hour kicked off the night with a dinner and presentations from the 4-H Ambassadors, Brooke Brady and Sean McGrath. 9-year-old 4-H youth Teddy Luecke spoke to the group about his passion to help in the 4-H food stand and how he had to take responsibility to wash all the aprons and caps each day. He wants to run the food stand one day.

       

      About Waukesha County Extension’s 4-H Program

      The 4-H program is a research-based program that includes a mentor, a hands-on project, and meaningful leadership opportunities that empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. In addition, 4-H teaches pride in workmanship and accomplishments, personal interaction with peers, and respect for the environment.

       

      For more information, please contact the Waukesha County UW-Extension office 262-548-7774.

       

      Learn more about Waukesha County UW-Extension at https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/uwex/, find us on Facebook at http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/UWEx/Connect/.


    • Waukesha County Drug Treatment Court Celebrates 5-Year-Anniversary
      Created: 03/22/17 Tags: Front Page

      Today, the Waukesha County Drug Treatment Court will celebrate its five-year anniversary with two new graduates from the program. State and local leaders who helped pioneer the program will kick off the event with remarks at 3:30 pm in the Waukesha County Courthouse Ceremonial Courtroom (515 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha WI – Room C215). The graduation ceremonies will begin at 4:30 pm.

      After today’s graduations, 78 people will have successfully completed the program. The Court is a post-plea, pre-conviction program that gives offenders the opportunity to amend pending criminal charges if they address substance abuse issues through completion of a rigorous four-phase, court supervised program.
       

      “The Waukesha County Drug Treatment Court is a vital tool in the fight against the opiate crisis,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “It offers residents suffering from addiction an opportunity to get their life back on track.”

      The Drug Treatment Court program consists of four phases, with a minimum timeline for each phase and specific requirements/expectations the participants must fulfill to be promoted to the next phase. The average length of the program is 18 months.
       

      About the Waukesha County Drug Treatment Court

      Implemented in 2012, The Waukesha County Drug Treatment Court is one of over 50 Problem-Solving Courts in Wisconsin.  Drug Court participants have the opportunity to break the cycle of addiction, and improve their chances of leading a sober, crime-free and healthy life, as well as contributing to a safer community.

      The Waukesha County Drug Treatment Court is a collaborative effort between the courts, District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, WI Department of Corrections, Office of the State Public Defender, Health & Human Services, and Wisconsin Community Services, Inc. (WCS). Donations to support the program can be made at www.wiscs.org/support/donate.
    • Recycling Facility Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary
      Created: 03/20/17 Tags: Front Page

      Waukesha County and the City of Milwaukee celebrate two years since operations began at the regional Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The new facility’s streamlined recycling process resulted in more recycling, local tax relief and improved public and private partnerships in the region. 

       “Our new MRF made recycling easier by allowing residents to place bottles, cans and paper in the same recycling containers,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “A simpler process means residents are recycling more than ever, which saves tax payers dollars in addition to saving space in our landfills.”

       Waukesha County residents have increased recycling by 40% since the MRF opened two years ago, exceeding the 3-year goal of 25%. With the increase in recycling, Waukesha County communities are now diverting 13% more materials (over 10,000 tons) from landfill disposal, saving an estimated $400,000 through reduced landfill disposal costs. Each year, all 27 municipalities that participate in Waukesha County’s recycling program receive dividend payments to offset residential recycling collection costs. The payments vary for each partner based on individual program costs, tons of recyclables and recycling rate and have totaled almost $16 million since 2001.

       About the MRF

      The county recycling program and MRF operations are built on intergovernmental cooperation and public-private partnerships with the City of Milwaukee, Waukesha County’s 27 municipal partners, the private operator - ReCommunity Recycling - as well as other third party companies using the MRF.

      The MRF sorts and processes recyclables from approximately 300,000 households, from Waukesha County’s participating communities and the City of Milwaukee, served by single sort recycling.  The MRF is designed to process 35 tons of recyclables per hour, or more than 60,000 tons of recyclables per year.

      For more information or a recycling guide, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling, call 262-896-8300 or download the free Waukesha County Recycles mobile app in Google Play and Apple App Stores.

    • Waukesha County Pioneers Text-to-911 Service in SE Wisconsin
      Created: 03/10/17 Tags: Front Page

      Friday, March 10, 2017, the Waukesha County Communications (WCC) Center publicly unveiled its new Text-to-911 service. WCC is the first dispatch center in Southeast Wisconsin to offer residents the ability to send text messages to 911. Using Motorola Solutions Emergency CallWorks CallStation software, Waukesha County is the first in the state to offer this service at a public safety-grade level.

      Text-to-911 service is invaluable for those who cannot safely call 911 in an emergency, such as individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, with a speech disability, or who may be in danger if they speak aloud.
      “The new Text-to-911 service gives people new options to request help during emergency situations that require an immediate response from police, fire or medical services,” said Gary Bell, Director of the Waukesha County Department of Emergency Preparedness. “However, in most cases dialing 911 is still the best way for most people to get help.

      Call If You Can, Text If You Can’t

      • The public is reminded to “Call if you can, text if you can’t,” because dialing 911 and speaking with a dispatcher is still the best way to request help during emergency situations.
      • Location information with Text-to-911 is not available at this time.
      • Utilizing the Text-to-911 feature may take longer than using the voice 911 call
      • Just like regular text messages, 911 messages can take longer to receive, may be received out of order or may not be received at all.
      • Sending a text message to 911 may not be available if you are roaming.
      • A text/data plan is required to send a text to 911.
      • Group texts, photos and video cannot be sent to 911.

      Public Safety-Grade Services
      Waukesha County is the first in the state to offer Public Safety-Grade (PSG) Text-to-911 service, through Motorola Solutions Emergency CallWorks CallStation software. PSG communications systems are used by public-safety responders, and have been evaluated by public-safety officials to provide reliant and resilient operations in the event of natural or manmade disasters or events.

      “Text-to-911 can be a lifeline for citizens who cannot safely call 911 during an emergency,” said Dan Twohig, vice president Motorola Solutions Smart Public Safety Sales. “Motorola Solutions is proud to offer user-friendly software solutions such as CallStation that make it easier for agencies like Waukesha to enable texting and other next-generation 911 features that better serve citizens and communities."

      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 digital 911 calls for the County, most non-emergency calls, and dispatch services for 32 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 on Twitter at twitter.com/WaukCo911.

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    • Free Workshops Teach Eco-Friendly Methods
      Created: 03/06/17 Tags: Front Page

      WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use - Land Resources staff are offering free public workshops and presentations in April.  

       

      Green Cleaning Workshop:  We strive to keep our homes & workplaces healthy by using chemicals that are toxic.  Is there another way?  Find out what common household ingredients can be used to keep your home healthy, clean, and safe.  Find out what really works and which products on the market pass as “green.”  Attendees will “Make & Take” a Creamy Soft Scrub to try at home! 

       

      The Value of Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels:  Rain barrels have been used for many generations.  Discover how they can actually help restore a more natural water flow while saving you money.  Not only will we explore how to install rain barrels, we will learn about rain gardens, too!  Rain gardens and rain barrels can be a beautiful solution to water pollution.

       

      Sewerology 101: Discover where you water comes from, where it goes when you are finished with it, and the difference between storm sewers and sanitary sewers. In this interactive presentation, we will also discuss the Waukesha water issue, find out what a watershed is and what impact you have on our waters – for better or worse. Learn how you can become a positive influence on your watershed!

       
      Workshop/Presentations Date/Time Location
      Green Cleaning Workshop Tuesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. Oconomowoc Public Library
      Rain Gardens & Rain Barrels Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. Menomonee Falls Public Library
      Sewerology 101 Monday, March 27 at 6 p.m. New Berlin Public Library
       

      Call 262-896-8300, visit waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or waukeshacounty.gov/cleanwater for more information.

    • New Waukesha County 4-H Program is Looking for Teens to Mentor Youth in Healthy Habits
      Created: 02/08/17 Tags: Front Page

      Waukesha County 4-H is looking for teens to teach younger children as part of a new 4-H program. The program, called Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness, will train teens in nutrition and active living so they can pass those skills on to children ages 8 -12.  

      "This is a great opportunity for Waukesha County teenagers to participate in a nutrition and fitness education program so they can learn healthier habits – and have fun doing so, "says Martica Davis, UW-Extension, Waukesha County Outreach Coordinator. “Choose Health Action Teens, or CHATs, will gain leadership and teaching skills, as well as a greater understanding of and commitment to healthy eating.”  

      The hands-on, interactive program teaches children in after-school or school-break programs about the importance of healthy eating and active play in their daily lives. The program includes a variety of hands-on lessons, including:

      • Opportunities for children to measure the amount of sugar in soda and other drinks
      • Ways to eat more vegetables and fruits
      • How to use Nutrition Facts Labels to determine sugar and fat content in foods, choose more whole grain and high fiber foods, and see the amount of fat in fast food
      • How to start their days with a healthy breakfast

      To learn how to become a Choose Health Action Teen (CHAT) or about the Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness program, contact Martica Davis at mdavis1@waukeshacounty.gov or call the Waukesha County UW-Extension office at 262-548-7770.  

      About UW-Extension Waukesha County

      4-H UW-Extension Waukesha County 4-H has more than 200 certified adult volunteers, 100 youth volunteers and 526 youth in 23 community clubs and 9 SPIN (Special Interest) clubs.  

      Learn more about 4-H at www.waukeshacounty.gov/uwex/4H/ , find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WaukeshaCounty4H/ and Twitter at mobile.twitter.com/WaukeshaCo4H .

    • UW-Extension Offer Hands-On Pruning Workshops in March
      Created: 02/07/17 Tags: Front Page

      Two University of Wisconsin Extension Hands-On Pruning Workshops will be offered in March. Pruning workshops will be held:  

      • Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 9:00 am to Noon at Knights of Columbus, 1800 S 92nd St., West Allis
      • Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 1 to 4:00 pm at Ten Chimneys, Program Center, S43 W31575 Depot Road, Genesee Depot

      “March is a great time to prune trees and shrubs,” said Ann Wied, Waukesha County UW-Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator. “Each workshop will include an indoor presentation on pruning techniques and tools followed by an outdoor, hands-on pruning component where participants will be given the opportunity to practice what they have learned.”  

      Registration is required. Space is limited. Cost of the workshop is $45 for the General Public and $25 for UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. Registration and more information, is at www.waukeshacounty.gov/UWEX/Programs .  

      About the Pruning Workshops

      This tree and shrub pruning workshop will be team-taught by Ann Wied, Waukesha County UW-Extension Consumer Horticulture Educator and Sharon Morrisey, Milwaukee County UW-Extension Consumer Horticulture Agent. Participants should bring their own hand pruning tools and gloves and dress for the weather including comfortable shoes or boots.  

      About Waukesha County UW-Extension

      Learn more about Waukesha County UW-Extension at https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/uwex , find us on Facebook at http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/UWEx/Connect.  

    • Wonderful World of Water Day: Free Public Workshops and Exhibits Saturday, February 25
      Created: 02/06/17 Tags: Front Page

      Celebrate and learn about Earth’s most important resource, water, at the Wonderful World of Water Day! This event will be at Retzer Nature Center on Saturday, February 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Participants will enjoy the special exhibits and hands-on activities. Waukesha County Parks and Land Use staff will present the following free workshops:

      9 – 9:30 a.m.              The Life Cycle of a Snowflake:  Follow the journey of a snowflake, beginning with a snowstorm and how it might make it into your well and septic system!

      9:45 – 10:15 a.m.       Crayfish Capers and Purple Crusaders: Learn about aquatic invasive species like rusty crayfish, zebra mussels and more. What species are knocking at the door and how can we prevent their spread?

      10:30 – 11:00 a.m.     Planning your Rain Garden—the time is now!: In the dead of winter is the best time to plan your spring rain garden installation. Learn how to site, size and plant your rain garden.  We will also talk about using rain barrels. 

      All Wonderful World of Water Day attendees have the opportunity to win a free rain barrel with diverter kit! Admission and parking at Retzer are free.

      For more information visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/landconservation or call 262-896-8300.  For event updates follow twitter.com/WaukCoRecycles on twitter or www.facebook.com/WaukeshaCountyRecycles/ on Facebook.

       About Retzer Nature Center – S14 W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha

      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.

    • Menomonee Falls Transitions 911 Dispatch Services to Waukesha County Communications
      Created: 02/01/17 Tags: News, Front Page

      The Village of Menomonee Falls has successfully transitioned its 911 dispatch services to the Waukesha County Communications Center (WCC). At 7:00 am on February 1, 2017, Menomonee Falls 911 dispatchers broadcasted a sign off message to all radio channels and WCC dispatchers broadcasted a sign on message. Video is available here.

      “This move will make Waukesha County residents safer while saving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars each year,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Consolidating Village and County dispatch centers gives our 911 dispatchers immediate access to more resources while removing the need for the Village to purchase communications equipment.”
       

      The regional dispatch center will connect Menomonee Falls residents directly to the WCC when they call 911, eliminating the need to transfer phone calls, and to invest in equipment such as emergency 911 phone systems; Computer Aided Dispatch systems; recording devices; facilities and infrastructure; and staff salary and benefits.

      “Menomonee Falls Protective Services strives to provide the best service available to our citizens, while maintaining safety for our first responders,” said Menomonee Falls Protective Services Director Anna Ruzinski. “The next evolution in providing that service is our consolidation with WCC. We look forward to a successful collaboration for years to come. We thank all of our dispatchers over the last 50 years for providing excellent service to our citizens.”

      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 calls for the County, as well as all landline 911 calls, most non-emergency calls, and dispatch services for 32 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 on Twitter at twitter.com/WaukCo911.

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    • 2017 Judicial Rotation
      Created: 02/01/17 Tags: Circuit Courts

      JUDICIAL ROTATION

      Judicial rotation will occur August 1, 2017. The changes are as follows:

      Circuit Court Judge Current Division New Division New Courtroom
      Maria S. Lazar Civil Criminal/Traffic C162
      William J. Domina Juvenile Civil C295
      Lloyd V. Carter Criminal/Traffic Juvenile
      JC-124
      Jennifer R. Dorow Family Civil C267
      Patrick C. Haughney Civil Family C263
      Paul Bugenhagen Jr. Family Family C370 

      The full rotation order can be found here.

      Other Changes

      All Drug Treatment Court cases will stay with Judge Lloyd V. Carter

      All probate cases previously assigned to the Honorable Michael O. Bohren will be reassigned to Honorable Paul Bugenhagen Jr. on August 1, 2017.

      When sending mail to those judges who are rotating in July, please note on the front of the envelope, the division for which the mail is intended.

      Please take special note that the current phone numbers for the Deputy Clerks and Calendar Clerks for the above judiciary will remain the same, despite the fact that they are rotating to a new Circuit Court Division.

      Thank you.

    • Juvenile Court/Probate Court Consolidation
      Created: 01/12/17 Tags: Circuit Courts

      The Probate and Juvenile Court Divisions will be consolidating effective January 16, 2017.

      The Probate Division will move and the new combined Juvenile/Probate Division will be located at the

      Juvenile Center, Room JC-103
      521 Riverview Avenue
      Waukesha, WI 53188

      Current telephone numbers will continue to be used.

      262-548-7449 & 262-548-7468

      Satellite Probate Office hours will be offered on a limited basis at the Courthouse in Room C-112 as follows:
      Wednesday, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
      Thursday, 8:30 am to 10:00 am
      Friday, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

    • Faiths Unite, Collect Thousands of Pounds of Food: Brookfield Farmer's Market Collection Project Aids Salvation Army Meal Program
      Created: 01/11/17 Tags: Front Page

      (BROOKFIELD, WI) –  A total of 2,841 pounds of fresh vegetables were collected and donated to the Salvation Army of Waukesha’s meal program in 2016 through the Brookfield Farmer’s Market Produce Collection Project

      Each year, Brookfield Farmer’s Market vendors commit to donating some of the produce they grow to the Salvation Army through the Project. Donated produce is collected and delivered by volunteers from faith communities who unite for a common cause, though their beliefs may differ. 2016 participants were: Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, Brookfield Congregational Church, and the Brookfield Muslim faith community (ISM Brookfield).

      “The Project is a wonderful way to bring people of different faiths together to serve the needy,” said John B. Thompson, Director of Human Concerns at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

      The Project’s produce donations help ensure that healthy choices are available to clients of the Salvation Army of Waukesha’s Community Meal program, which provides a free nutritionally balanced meal three times per week for financially challenged families and individuals.

      “The farmers at the Brookfield Farmers' Market pride themselves in growing and bringing the freshest high quality produce to the market each week,” said Bobbi Harvey, Market Manager of Brookfield Farmers' Market. “They are gratified that the Collection Project exists, and that at the end of the day, their generous produce contributions are being made into something nutritiously delicious, and enjoyed by those in need.”

      About the Brookfield Farmer’s Market Produce Collection Project

      The Waukesha County UW-Extension has coordinated the Brookfield Farmer’s Market Produce Collection Project since 2001. Beginning in 2012, volunteers from Brookfield faith communities replaced paid staff for the project. Each faith community collects donated produce for 6 to 8 consecutive weeks from mid-June through October. 

      Learn more about Waukesha County UW-Extension at https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/uwex/, find us on Facebook at http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/UWEx/Connect/.


    • Special One-Day Household Electronics and Appliance Recycling Events Scheduled Each Month in 2017
      Created: 12/19/16 Tags: Front Page

      Special One-Day Household Electronics and Appliance Recycling Events Scheduled Each Month in 2017  

      (WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County communities will host a series of special one-day collections of household electronics and appliances for residents in 2017. These events will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to noon. January’s event will be held in the City of Brookfield located at 19700 Riverview Drive on Saturday, January 14.  February’s event will be held in the City of Oconomowoc at 630 South Worthington Street on Saturday, February 11. Items will be collected at the events for a cash-only fee. Fees have been updated to include:

      • Television sets for $25 each
      • Cathode Ray Tube computer monitors for $10 each.
      • No broken or de-manufactured television or computer units will be accepted.
        Items that will be collected at no fee include:
      • Computer equipment, including desktop computers, keyboards, laptops, scanners, printers and non-cathode ray tube computer monitors
      • AV equipment such as DVD players, VCRs and stereos
      • Cell phones and telephones
      • Appliances, such as refrigerators, microwaves, watercoolers, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, water heaters, washer/dryers, stoves, oven/ranges, and dishwashers.
      These collection events are for household electronics and appliances only. A complete list of upcoming 2017 events, business recycling options and locations to recycle broken or de-manufactured unit are online at waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or call 262-896-8300.
    • No Need to Stand In Line - Waukesha County Parks System's 2017 Picnic Reservations Are Available Online!
      Created: 12/12/16 Tags: Front Page

      (Waukesha, WI) – The Waukesha County Park System’s new online registration is up and running. That means that instead of standing in line on New Year Day, patrons can make reservations from the comfort of their homes at www.waukeshacountyparks.com.  

      Right now, park patrons can go online to check availability and reserve picnic areas and buildings; register for public programs and lessons; and purchase annual park entrance stickers and golf gift cards. Starting on January 3, 2017 patrons will also be able to reserve family or group campsites for the 2017 season, which starts April 1.  

      2017 Annual Park Stickers

      2017 Annual Park Stickers are on sale through the online registration system, or by cash or check at the following locations:

      • Retzer Nature Center, S14W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha
      • Eble Park Ice Arena, located at 19400 W. Bluemound Road in Brookfield
      • Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena, 2699 Golf Road in Delafield
      • Cash, check, or credit card is accepted at the Parks and Land Use Office, at 515 W. Moreland Blvd., Room AC230, in Waukesha.

      2017 Annual Sticker Prices- Vehicles in a package must be registered to the same address:

      • Regular – 1-vehicle is $32 or a 2-vehicle package is $50.
      • Senior Citizen – 1-vehicle is $16 or a 2-vehicle package is $27(Proof of age required)
      • Lake Access - 1-vehicle is $80 or a 2-vehicle package is available for $120
      • New for 2017 - there is no Non-Waukesha County Resident sticker

      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 our web site at www.waukeshacountyparks.com or follow @WaukeshaCoParks on Twitter or like us on Facebook. ###

    • Waukesha County Residents Asked To Get A Head Start On Winter Weather Planning
      Created: 09/30/16 Tags: Front Page

      Waukesha County Residents Asked To Get A Head Start On Winter Weather Planning 

      (WAUKESHA, WI) – With winter officially less than three months away, Waukesha County residents are reminded to begin preparations now so they’re ready when severe weather hits. Today is the final day of National Preparedness Month, a nationwide effort sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security, to encourage Americans to do simple things to prepare themselves in the event of a disaster or emergency.   Before winter approaches:

      • Update your home emergency kit with rock salt, sand, shovels, heating fuel, and warm clothing
      • Winterize your vehicle and stock it with a travel emergency kit
      • Make a family communications plan so everyone knows what to do in case you get separated
      • Consider purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio to get alerts and warnings directly from the NWS
      • Sign up to receive emergency alert texts here
      • Download FEMA’s Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings app. 

      More information about how to prepare for cold weather in the months leading up to winter are available at https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather.  

      About Waukesha County Emergency Management

      Waukesha County Emergency Management (WCEM) is a division of Waukesha County’s Department of Emergency Preparedness. WCEM provides a comprehensive and integrated emergency management program designed to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of natural and technological hazards which potentially impact the welfare, safety and health of all Waukesha County citizens.   For more information, head to www.waukeshacounty.gov/EmergencyManagement  

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    • Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow Introduces 2017 Executive Budget
      Created: 09/27/16 Tags: Front Page

      WAUKESHA COUNTY EXECUTIVE PAUL FARROW INTRODUCES 2017 EXECUTIVE BUDGET

       (WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow has introduced his 2017 Executive Budget to the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors. The budget freezes the County tax bill on a median-valued home and reduces the tax rate while funding public safety and economic development. The County Board is expected to pass the final budget in November.

       “I’m proud to say that this budget is in line with the priorities of our residents,” said County Executive Paul Farrow. “It upholds Waukesha County’s reputation as a low tax leader while funding the areas of Justice and Public Safety. This budget also ensures that Waukesha County will thrive in the future by investing in economic development.”

       If the County Executive’s Budget is passed as-is, a County homeowner with a median-valued home of $256,650 will see no change from last year on the county portion of their tax bill. The tax rate would also drop from $2.04 to $1.99 per thousand dollars of home value.

       The 2017 Waukesha County Executive Budget funds public safety priorities while focusing on efficiency. In addition, the plan invests in the second phase of a fire department study to identify potential partnerships between municipalities to save taxpayer money.

       The budget also supports the new Waukesha County Center for Growth, an economic development partnership between the County, the City of Waukesha, the Waukesha County Business Alliance, and the University of Wisconsin Small Business Development Center.

       About the 2017 Waukesha County Executive Budget

      The complete 2017 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 as CountyExecutivePaulFarrow and on Twitter as @PaulFarrowWI.

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    • 2016 Waukesha County Executive Awards Winners Announced
      Created: 09/08/16 Tags: Front Page

      2016 Waukesha County Executive Awards Winners Announced

      Local Non-Profits, Business and Champion of the Year Honored

      (WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Waukesha County Executive Awards. The Awards program recognizes businesses, non-profits, and individuals that contribute to the continued success of Waukesha County and its citizens. This year’s winners are:

      • 2016 Large Non-Profit of the Year - Addiction Resource Council, Inc.
      • 2016 Small Non-Profit of the Year - Healing Hearts of Waukesha County, Inc.
      • 2016 Business of the Year - First Business Bank
      • 2016 Champion of the County - Peter Sheild, DDS

      The awards will be presented to winners during a luncheon on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha.

      You can register to attend the luncheon, or get more information about the awards, online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/countyexecutiveawards.

      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. More information about Waukesha County departments and services is available online at www.waukeshacounty.gov

      Follow Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow on social media for updates about County programs and events. County Executive Farrow is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CountyExecutivePaulFarrow and on Twitter as @PaulFarrowWI

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    • Waukesha County Residents Encouraged to Prepare Family Disaster Plans This Month
      Created: 09/07/16 Tags: Front Page

      WAUKESHA COUNTY RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO PREPARE FAMILY DISASTER PLANS THIS MONTH

      September is National Preparedness Month

      (WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County residents are encouraged to create a family, workplace or school Disaster Plan as part of National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security to encourage Americans to do simple things to prepare themselves in the event of a disaster or emergency.
      Family Disaster Plans should include:

      • Two meeting places - one near your home, office or school and a backup location.
      • An out-of-state contact everyone can call to check-in. It is often easier to call out of state than within the disaster area.
      • Ways to discuss and practice your plan so your family knows what to do. 

      Waukesha County residents can find out what hazards may affect their home, workplace or schools online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/EmergencyManagement. A County-wide Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan is posted online and regularly updated by the Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management. The website also includes hazard-specific information.

      Family Disaster Plan resources and tools are located online at www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.

      About the Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management

      The Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management is a division of Waukesha County’s Department of Emergency Preparedness. WCEM provides a comprehensive and integrated emergency management program designed to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of natural and technological hazards which impact the welfare, safety and health of all Waukesha County citizens. For more information, head to www.waukeshacounty.gov/EmergencyManagement.

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    • Waukesha County Encourages Participation in National Preparedness Month
      Created: 08/30/16 Tags: Front Page

      NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH IN WAUKESHA COUNTY

      Office of Emergency Management Emphases Citizen Preparedness

      (WAUKESHA, WI) – Throughout the month of September, the Waukesha County Executive’s Office and the Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management will take part in National Preparedness Month by highlighting how the County prepares for potential disasters and emergencies, along with demonstrating the steps citizens can take to ensure they stay safe and in touch with loved ones in times of emergency or crisis.

      In addition to taking advantage of the resources that will be highlighted during National Preparedness Month, Wisconsin citizens are encouraged to take the Federal Emergency Management Institute’s online training course, IS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). CERT provides basic training for average citizens during disasters. Take the training at www.training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-317.

      About National Preparedness Month

      National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security to encourage Americans to do simple things to better prepare themselves, their families, work places and schools in the event of a disaster or emergency situation. More information and resources are available at https://www.ready.gov/september

      About the Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management 

      The Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management is a division of Waukesha County’s Department of Emergency Preparedness. WCEM provides a comprehensive and integrated emergency management program designed to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of natural and technological hazards which impact the welfare, safety and health of all Waukesha County citizens. 

      For more information, head to www.waukeshacounty.gov/EmergencyManagement.

       

    • Village of Menomonee Falls will Transition 911 Dispatch to Waukesha County Communications Center
      Created: 08/25/16 Tags: Front Page

      Village of Menomonee Falls will Transition 911 Dispatch to Waukesha County Communications Center

      (WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is proud to announce that the Village of Menomonee Falls will transition its 911 dispatch services to the Waukesha County Communications Center (WCC) by February 1, 2017. Consolidating Village and County dispatch centers is expected to enhance emergency dispatch services while reducing costs and saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. 

      “Housing Village dispatchers at the County facility will increase the efficiency of emergency services to all County residents,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Moving to a regional model gives 911 dispatchers immediate access to more resources, while giving the County the ability use surge staffing in case of a large scale emergency.”

      This consolidation is expected to save Village taxpayers money by eliminating the need to invest in equipment such as emergency 911 phone systems; Computer Aided Dispatch systems; recording devices; facilities and infrastructure; and staff salary and benefits. 

      “We feel this is the right time to move towards consolidation of services,” said Menomonee Falls Protective Services Director Anna Ruzinski. “With growing technology and aging equipment, Menomonee Falls is dedicated to giving the best service to our citizens while being fiscally responsible.  We anticipate a smooth transition and look forward to working with WCC, while maintaining the quality of service our citizens are used to and deserve.”

      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 calls for the County, as well as all landline 911 calls, most non-emergency calls, and dispatch services for 30 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 on Twitter at twitter.com/WaukCo911.

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    • Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow Hires Press Secretary
      Created: 04/11/16 Tags: Front Page
      IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Monday, April 11, 2016
      Contact: Nicole Armendariz 
      narmendariz@waukeshacounty.gov
      262-548-7902

      Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow Hires Press Secretary
       

      (WAUKESHA, WI) - Today, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow welcomes a new Press Secretary and Public Information Officer to his staff. Nicole Armendariz has been hired to enhance public awareness and engagement regarding Waukesha County events and initiatives.

       

      Armendariz joins the Waukesha County Executive’s Office as a communications specialist with ten years of experience delivering materials to clients in the public and private sectors. Armendariz has worked extensively with stakeholders at all levels to enhance the strategic delivery of communication plans, including public safety and emergency operations initiatives.

       

      “We are happy to have a new member of our staff on board to raise the profile of the great initiatives we have been working on in Waukesha County. Nicole brings a well-rounded background in media and public relations to the team as well as experience working with local government,” said County Executive Paul Farrow.  

       

      Since 2013, Armendariz served as a Senior Communications Specialist for Atkins North America, a global engineering and design consultancy. At Atkins she served as a consultant to state government clients, providing communications and training for Traffic Management Centers in Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina and Michigan.

       

      “I am eager to help promote all of the exciting things happening in Waukesha County and feel honored to join County Executive Paul Farrow’s team,” Armendariz said.

       

      Prior to her role as a communications consultant, Armendariz was a broadcast journalist for six years, producing newscasts at television stations across the Midwest, including Milwaukee.

       

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    • Need to contact your legislative representative?
      Created: 07/17/15 Tags: HHS

      Need to contact your legislative representative?
      To determine your Wisconsin legislators, you may go to the Wisconsin Legislature website www.legis.state.wi.us and you will be able to find your legislators by address, by municipality, or by using a map on at (414) 479-8800

    • Waukesha County Airport to Host “Lighter-Than-Air” Show
      Created: Tags: Airport

      WAUKESHA, WI (May 26, 2015) – Mark your calendar for the “Lighter-Than-Air” Show, June 13 and 14, at the Waukesha County Airport. The “Lighter-Than-Air” Show is designed to create a little fun and excitement for pilots, friends of the airport and the community during the early part of June, when regular aviation activity will be most affected by scheduled runway reconstruction. This free event features hot air balloon and helicopter rides, and Radio Controlled (or RC) aircraft demonstrations to entertain everyone with another side of aviation. 

      Lighter Than Air Show Announcement

    • Photos: Tora! Tora! Tora! Stopover at UES
      Created: Tags: Airport
    • June 2015 - Photos: Waukesha County Airport Runway Being Replaced
      Created: Tags: Airport
    • New Agenda Management System
      Created: Tags: Front Page

       Waukesha County is implementing a new Agenda Management system. It can be found here (https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/Meetings).

       The old system will be retired on Aug. 5th.

       All current subscribers should have received an email outlining the change. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us (https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/ContactUs/).

    • Waukesha County Airport Project Wins National Excellence in Concrete Pavement Award
      Created: Tags: Airport

      Madison, WI. (December 19, 2016) – The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has named recipients of its 27th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” awards, which recognize quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada. 

      The reconstruction of Waukesha County Airport’s Runway 10/28 received the Gold Award in the Category of Reliever and General Aviation Airports. The award ceremony was held on December 2, 2016 at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the ACPA in Austin, Texas. “This was a very complex paving project with a complete team effort to expedite the design and construction in very short time frames. The Zignego Company, Waukesha County, Mead and Hunt and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Aeronautics should all be congratulated for delivering this project on time and with excellent quality construction”, said Kevin McMullen, President of the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association. “WCPA was honored to celebrate this award with a small group at the award ceremony in Texas.  We look forward to honoring the entire project team in the very near future”, he further added. [Read More]

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    • Court Notice of Appearance E-mail Scam
      Created: Tags: Circuit Courts

      There is a new email scam going around that is notifying the email recipient that they have a court appearance coming up, and that they need to open the attached forms, otherwise the Judge will enter a default judgment against them.

      These attachments are a virus!!  Do not click on or try to open attachments from someone that you do not know.

      As a reminder, the court system will not communicate or send out court documents via email. 

    • County Executive Farrow and County Board Chairman Decker Support Waukesha's Lake Michigan Water Diversion Application
      Created: Tags: Front Page

      IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
      Thursday, February 18, 2016

      Contact:
      Shawn Lundie
      slundie@waukeshacounty.gov
      262-548-7902

       


      COUNTY EXECUTIVE FARROW AND COUNTY BOARD CHAIRMAN DECKER SUPPORT WAUKESHA’S LAKE MICHIGAN WATER DIVERSION APPLICATION

      (WAUKESHA, WI)…Today, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and County Board Chairman Paul Decker testified at Carroll University in strong support of the City of Waukesha’s application to divert Lake Michigan water at a public hearing held by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Resources Regional Body and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council members.

      “Thirteen years of sound research led by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission has gone into developing a sustainable water supply plan for all of southeastern Wisconsin.  The best and brightest water utility professionals from around the state, including representatives from the City of Milwaukee, endorsed the Regional Water Supply Plan that embraces the City of Waukesha accessing Lake Michigan water,” Farrow said. “Today we stand in proud support of moving an important part of that plan forward by supporting the City of Waukesha’s application to use and return Lake Michigan water.”    

      The Waukesha County Board adopted the Regional Water Supply Plan and supported contributing over $200,000 toward the detailed research as a refinement to its own Comprehensive Development Plan.  Since the plan’s approval, the City of Waukesha began the application process to divert Lake Michigan water as outlined by the terms of the Great Lakes Water Compact.  Late last year, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources determined the City of Waukesha had met all the Compact requirements. 

      “The conversion by the City of Waukesha to a Lake Michigan source of water with return flow is grounded in years of research, sound science and responsible land use planning.  We encourage the Regional Body to consider this information in developing its Declaration of Finding and encourage the Governors’ Compact Council to support the City of Waukesha application,” Decker concluded.

      To learn more about Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, County Board Chairman Paul Decker, or Waukesha County, please visit www.waukesacounty.gov.


    • Waukesha County Board Approves Erik Weidig As the County's New Corporation Counsel
      Created: Tags: Front Page

      Waukesha County Board Approves Erik Weidig As the County's New Corporation Counsel

      (WAUKESHA, WI)…Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow is pleased to announce the confirmation of Attorney Erik Weidig as Corporation Counsel after the Waukesha County Board unanimously approved his appointment last evening. 

       

      “Erik Weidig will be an excellent Corporation Counsel and I’m very pleased the County Board unanimously approved his appointment. Erik has the legal skills and experience to represent the county and lead the Corporation Counsel’s office for many years to come,” Farrow stated.

      Mr. Weidig is a lifelong resident of Waukesha County and lives in the Town of Delafield with his wife Christine.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Marquette University and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.  After law school, Erik practiced as a litigation attorney in the private sector with the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP for more than ten years before joining the County in 2012 where he has since served in the Office of Corporation Counsel as a Principal Assistant Corporation Counsel.

      “I am looking forward to working with Erik on a variety of important issues as we continue to work hard ensuring that Waukesha County is a great place to live and work,” concluded Farrow.

      Mr. Weidig will officially assume his role as the county’s new Corporation Counsel effective March 5th, 2016.  He replaces Mr. Tom Farley who will retire following over 30 years of dedicated service to Waukesha County.   

      To learn more about Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow or Waukesha County, please visit www.waukeshacounty.gov.