Statement on UWM Tech College Transfers
01/23/2024
Washington County Executive Josh Schoemann’s statement regarding the UW-Milwaukee announcement to allow for transfer of technical college credits
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Legislation Signed to Correct Absentee Ballot Transmitting Time Requirement
12/11/2023
The Wisconsin legislature passed legislation that was signed into law last week, 2023 Wisconsin Act 54, that addresses the way clerks send out and process absentee ballots prior to a Presidential Preference election.
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Significant Permit Fee Reductions
12/06/2023
Washington County completed a review of the Land Resources permitting and review fees resulting in significant fee reductions in the 2024-2025 Budget approved by the County Board last month. County Executive Josh Schoemann initiated the review aimed at lowering the overall regulatory cost of home construction and platting, and to mitigate the impact on the price of housing.
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Grant from WI Dept. of Veterans Affairs
12/06/2023
Washington County Health & Human Services Department was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to provide no-cost mental health services to Washington County veterans. The check was presented today by WDVA Secretary James Bond at the county’s Behavioral Health clinic.
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Wall Raising at NGH Skyway Park
11/27/2023
Washington County Executive Josh Schoemann will join A&N Contracting for a wall raising event tomorrow to celebrate the first Next Generation Housing homes being built in Skyway Park in Hartford. They broke ground on the development in mid-October, and the project is quickly coming to life as they reach the wall raising stage.
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Wash.County Operation Green Light For Veterans
10/31/2023
In advance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Washington County is announcing plans to illuminate county buildings in green lighting from November 6-12 as part of Operation Green Light for Veterans, a nationwide effort uniting counties in a show of support for our military veterans. The Washington County Government Center, Justice Center, Sheriff’s Office and Public Agency Center will be illuminated with green lighting.
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Child Support Agency of the Year
10/23/2023
The Wisconsin Child Support Enforcement Association (WCSEA) named the Washington County Child Support Agency the Agency of the Year for the first time in the history of the Child Support Agency! WCSEA is the statewide association that works to foster the exchange of ideas and suggest methods for improvement of the state’s child support program. The award was presented at the WCSEA’s recent statewide Fall Conference.
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Second Next Gen Housing Groundbreaking Held
10/19/2023
Washington County Executive Josh Schoemann participated in another groundbreaking for the Next Generation Housing initiative yesterday for Lots 67-73 in the Skyway Park Subdivision in Hartford. Also participating in the event were Tom Hostad, Executive Director of the Hartford Area Development Corporation (HADC), A&N Contractors owners Nate Dziatkiewicz and Tony Monfre, and Washington County Community Development Director Deb Sielski.
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Statement on Closure of UWM at Washington County
10/17/2023
County Executive Josh Schoemann issued the following statement regarding the closure of the UW-Milwaukee at Washington County branch campus: “As a past school board president in Washington County, I understand the difficulties of making tough decisions that affect a community and its students. One thing I learned from navigating such difficulties is that it is essential to keep schools focused on students. I remain wholly committed to keeping students first as we work through this transition, fighting to keep higher education opportunities in our community for the students of today and the future.”
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Local Elected Officials Support Shared Services
10/05/2023
In recent months, County Executive Josh Schoemann, along with County Board Chair Jeff Schleif, have hosted a series of meetings with the county local elected municipal officials to discuss shared services. These discussions have focused on collaboration, and the resulting county proposal prioritizes sharing services to provide citizens with much-needed efficiencies, stretching every taxpayer dollar a bit further.
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Online App to Search for Veterans Gravesites
09/06/2023
The Washington County Veteran Memorial geo-location project application portal is now live. Significant effort went into creating the portal, in partnership with the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department, Veterans Service Office, and many wonderful volunteers in Washington County
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State of the County Address
08/25/2023
County Executive Josh Schoemann will present his State of the County Address at Delta Defense in West Bend on Tuesday, September 12. The event will also be on Facebook Live on our county Facebook page at facebook.com/washcowisco.
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ADRC - Independent Living Supports Pilot
07/20/2023
The Washington County Aging and Disability Resource Center, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), is pleased to announce its participation in the state’s new Independent Living Supports Pilot program. As a participating Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Washington County ADRC will help identify eligible participants, assist them with enrollment, coordinate one-time and ongoing services, and support participants in transitioning to other services when the pilot ends.
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Joint Leadership Letter to Constituents
06/30/2023
In light of the referendum results this past November and this past April, we as the Chief Elected Officials of your towns, villages, cities, and county, are writing to report our most recent efforts to work together to maximize the effectiveness of every tax dollar you pay to your units of government, while maintaining small and effective local government services. We have met twice in the past year, even before both referendums, and we plan to meet several more times in the coming months with a focus on getting the biggest bang for your taxpayer dollar in key areas such as public safety, roads, and more.
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Tommy Thompson Op-ed on Higher Education
06/26/2023
Tommy Thompson: Rethink how Wisconsin delivers higher education Op-ed published in Wisconsin State Journal June 26, 2023 Wisconsin’s world class higher education system features the sprawling University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Technical College systems. Our 13 public universities and 16 technical colleges operate on main and satellite campuses in dozens of cities. In some communities, UW and tech college campuses share a common location or have overlapping missions, raising the question: Are there innovative ways to streamline Wisconsin’s higher education infrastructure while still providing access to local, commuter and online students?
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Legislature Supports UWM-WC Campus Transition
06/23/2023
Last night the Wisconsin State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) adopted a budget motion allocating $3.35 million in support of the transition of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Washington County (UWM-WC) from a two-year UWM branch campus to Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC). This action demonstrates support of the findings of the Washington County Task Force on Higher Education that recommended a “community college concept” after determining the two-year campus is unsustainable.
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Appointment to SE WI Prof. Baseball Park Dist.
06/15/2023
County Executive Josh Schoemann nominated and the County Board confirmed the appointment of Kraig Sadownikow to the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District yesterday.
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County's 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
06/05/2023
– In recognition of the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery, Washington County is hosting its 4th annual Juneteenth celebration on Monday, June 19, 2023, at the Washington County Golf Course Clubhouse. This year the county is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.
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County Commits Funds for Lifeguard Pay
05/15/2023
Summer swim season is commencing in Washington County. County Executive Josh Schoemann has committed financial assistance to the City of West Bend and Kettle Moraine YMCA to offset the increased staffing costs related to summer swim opportunities for West Bend/Washington County residents.
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Board Authorizes Sale of Samaritan Campus
04/13/2023
The Washington County Board of Supervisors last night passed a resolution 13-8 approving the sale of Samaritan Campus. Several private sector nursing care organizations have expressed interest or provided letters of intent to purchase.
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Board Approves Pilot Community College Concept
04/13/2023
The Washington County Board of Supervisors voted 19-2 last night to approve a resolution that recommends the creation of a pilot community college concept combining the resources of UWM at Washington County (UWM-WC) and Moraine Park Technical College West Bend (MPTC) campus.
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County Executive Statement on Regal Ware
03/09/2023
In light of the recent announcement that Regal Ware, Inc. and the Village of Kewaskum released yesterday, County Executive Josh Schoemann expressed his support of their joint agreement.
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Three County Offices to Change to 4-day Work Week
03/08/2023
The Washington County Board of Supervisors approved a request from the County Clerk, Treasurer, and Register of Deeds to implement a pilot program to change their office hours to a “4-10s” schedule – working four days a week, 10 hours a day, to better serve the public.
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Washington County 2023 Explore our Parks Event
03/06/2023
The Washington County Natural Resources Department is hosting an Explore Our Parks event on Sunday, May 21, 2023, at Leonard J. Yahr County Park, 7999 Orchard Valley Rd, West Bend. This event will be held 11:00 am – 3:00 pm and includes the following activities for families of all ages
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Listening Sessions with County Executive Schoemann
03/02/2023
County Executive Josh Schoemann will hold a series of listening sessions throughout Washington County for residents on Tuesday, March 7. These quarterly sessions provide an opportunity for the public to voice their concerns, ask questions, or simply attend to hear about the latest issues facing the county.
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Tough Mudder Wisconsin May 13 and 14
02/27/2023
Washington County’s Heritage Trails County Park in the Town of Polk will be the new home of Tough Mudder Wisconsin. The event is expected to bring thousands of participants to Washington County on May 13 and 14, 2023 to tackle the challenging obstacle course.
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Rezoning Ordinance for Wetland Property Suspended
02/09/2023
The Washington County Board of Supervisors voted last night to indefinitely suspend a rezoning ordinance for a county-owned parcel of wetland in the Town of Erin at the corner of CTH K and CTH E. The site was under consideration by the county Chapter 980 Committee that is tasked by the state to find placement for a released sex offender. This action, unanimously passed by the board, effectively removes this property as a potential placement site.
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Veterans Service Office is Moving in March
02/01/2023
The Washington County Veterans Service Office will be moving to a new location on March 7 and 8, 2023. Still located on the Washington County Campus, the Veterans Service Office will now be on the 3rd floor of the Public Agency Center just south of its current location, and across Washington Street. The new address will be 333 E Washington Street, Suite 3100, West Bend, WI 53095.
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Ribbon Cutting at Seed of Hope Center
01/31/2023
Washington County wrapped up a two-week donation drive to benefit Seed of Hope Center in celebration of their 30th Anniversary serving the community. Seed of Hope Center is a non-profit organization in West Bend that offers free programs and a Baby Boutique of items for women seeking pregnancy help.
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Washington County Hosts Community Baby Shower
01/20/2023
The community is invited to participate in a Baby Shower to benefit Seed of Hope Center in celebration of their 30th Anniversary serving the community! Seed of Hope Center is a non-profit organization in West Bend that offers free programs and a Baby Boutique of items for women seeking crisis pregnancy help.
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Results of Audit of Nov.2022 General Election
12/07/2022
Washington County has completed a hand count audit of the top two races on the November 8, 2022 general election ballot. County Clerk Ashley Reichert and County Executive Josh Schoemann asked the County Board’s Executive Committee in September to approve the Strategic Priority funds to support the audit after ballots were printed and voting machines were programmed. The funds were approved (not to exceed $50,000) and the audit commenced December 5.
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UWM-Washington County Campus Task Force
11/28/2022
In light of the recent announcement from the University of Wisconsin System that the UW-Platteville Richland Campus will close next fall, County Executive Josh Schoemann would like to provide an update on the status of the UWM-Washington County Campus Task Force he created in May of 2021. Demographic trends on lower student enrollments prompted a proactive evaluation of how best to sustain the campus.
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Town Hall Meetings on Referendum
10/04/2022
County Executive Josh Schoemann and Sheriff Martin Schulteis will hold five Community Town Hall Meetings at locations around the county to provide details about the Washington County Anti-Crime Plan that will be a referendum on the November 8 ballot.
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Schoemann Appoints Samaritan Campus Administrator
09/08/2022
County Executive Josh Schoemann has appointed Matt Furno as the new Samaritan Campus Administrator to replace outgoing administrator Taya Walk, who submitted her resignation effective September 30, 2022.
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Surging Fentanyl Crisis
08/01/2022
County Executive Josh Schoemann and Sheriff Martin Schulteis joined Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson today to address the surging fentanyl crisis in our community.
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