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Inside Hartford City Hall | By Steve Volkert, City Administrator

June 11, 2019 – Hartford, WI – It should surprise most people that there is a significant amount of tax dollars spent on employee time just making sure residents follow local health and safety ordinances.  Shoveling sidewalks in winter, and keeping grass cut in summer are two of the

Hartford Fire Chief responds to car fire on Jackson Street | By Steve Volkert

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  April 23, 2018 – Hartford, WI – Hartford Fire Chief Paul Stephans was having a storm spotter training at the Jack Russell Memorial Library when the call went out to Fire and Rescue of a car fire located downtown on Jackson Street. The vehicle owner was attempting to

City of Hartford responds to complaints over illegally placed signs

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July 3, 2017 – Hartford, WI – The City of Hartford has begun taking a more direct approach to the growing problem of illegally placed signs within City owned properties or city right-of-way.  Starting last week, city staff started pulling or moving signs which were illegally placed within the right-of-way

City of Hartford weekly update by City Administrator Steve Volkert – timeline on implementation of Reliever Route

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Feb. 6, 2017 – Hartford, WI – Administrator’s Comments: I am working with the Joint #1 School District to discuss safe transportation to school. We will explore sidewalk and crossing guard issues as we look to renegotiate a new crossing guard contract. Due to the inability to find qualified

Hartford weekly update By Steve Volkert – Hwy 60 Reliever Route takes next steps in January

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Dec. 12, 2016 – Hartford, WI – Administrator’s Comments: The City of Hartford hosted its first United Way Campaign Kick-off for staff. A representative of the United Way Washington County, along with three representatives from effected agencies presented the impact of United Way to the staff. This is one

Hartford Weekly Update by Steve Volkert: Last call for leaf pickup and new train and Lego table arrive

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Administrators Update:  Just a reminder Hartford City Hall is closed Thursday (Thanksgiving) and I will be off this Friday on PTO and next week Monday and Tuesday. As always, if anyone needs anything, you can text or email me or call me on my cell. Staffing around the rest

City of Hartford weekly update by Steve Volkert

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Nov. 14, 2016 – Hartford, WI – Weekly Memorandum of Administrative Activities and Issues Administrators Update: The Presidential Election went off on Tuesday with a heavy turnout. As can be expected, it never goes off without some complaints but we feel we continue to make improvements into this once

Hartford Weekly Update by Steve Volkert

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Fire Department wants to thank the Alderpersons that come out to tour the house during their Open House last Sunday.  Chief Stephens said the staff greatly appreciates when elected officials show interest in their operation by coming out to visit.  Just a reminder, you are always welcome to join

Hartford weekly update by Steve Volkert

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Administrators Update: The 2017 Operation Budget is having some last minute changes due to state grant awards. We found out this week that our transportation grant is being cut $44,000. As all state grants, the equation of how much we get is very secretive but in the end, the

City of Hartford weekly update by Steve Volkert

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Administrators Update: The 2017 Operation Budget is being sent through the wringer on our end and any last minute adjustments will be sent to the Council. Just a reminder that you have until October 10th to get to me any questions you have on the budget The 2017 General

Equalized growth value in Washington Co. on the rise

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  The City of Hartford’s $64 million in equalized value growth in 2016 was third in Washington County behind $67M in West Bend and $96M in Germantown.   The final numbers were released by the Department of Revenue which showed Hartford had a 6% equalized growth which compares to

Hartford weekly updates by Steve Volkert

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Administrators Update: This coming week, I will be continuing to convert the budget into the new format and tying things up for review. During this time, I will be in the office only for pre-arranged appointments. If you would like to meet during this week, please contact Julie Hanrahan

Toddler saved at Hartford Aquatic Center

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Here’s the press release from a story you first heard Monday on http://www.washingtoncountyinsider.com Staff and Bystanders credited for save At 3:09 p.m. on Monday, July 25, a 2-year-old toddler was rescued at the Hartford Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center thanks to the quick action of trained staff and professional medically-trained

Hartford weekly update by Steve Volkert

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Administrators Update: RFP’s for health insurance advisors are due today. One goal of mine is to make every attempt to maintain our benefit levels without increasing costs to the staff. One way we are doing this is to review all options for our insurance advisors and see if we

Hartford Aquatic Pool Making Headway

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Administrators Update: RFP’s for both Assessor services and Health Insurance Advisor are being sent out. This is our means to make sure that the services that we require are staying as efficient as possible with tax payer’s dollars. Once proposals are returned, we will have preliminary interviews with finalists

Hartford weekly update by Steve Volkert

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Administrators Update: At a recent Dept Head Meeting, it was discussed that Hartford has become Truck Capital of the world with all the construction trucks and everyday semis that go through the City. We will see this be the case for the next few months as we finish the

Hartford weekly update by Steve Volkert

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Administrators Update: This past week, Alderperson Mixon and myself attended the Electric Utility introduction half-day seminar at WPPI. They covered many topics on how we get our power and future challenges we will be facing. Budget season has officially begun. We have sent the YTD sheets to staff and

New signs in Hartford redirecting semi truck traffic

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New signs went up along Highway 60 in Hartford on Friday morning telling semi drivers to disregard normal GPS directions and use the less congested Hwy 60 to North Wacker Drive or Hwy 60 to Independence Avenue routes to get to local industries.  Most GPS units will instruct drivers

City of Hartford weekly update by Steve Volkert

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I am working on a total revamp of the City budget format. I have shown my format to the staff and some members of the Council and they felt what I presented was easier to work with and a little more transparent than the budget in the past.  

Hartford weekly update by Steve Volkert

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Water Main Break: We had a water main break on Wacker Drive next to the bridge north of 60th. No one went without water.   Proposed Federal Changes to FLSA impacts City: The proposed federal changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act could result in the changing of eight

Hartford weekly update of administrative issues

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Administrators Update: Monday night I spoke to one of the Hartford Lions groups on projects the City is working on. Major questions came on the Hwy 60 reliever route and downtown parking with the possibility of the new hotel project.   Power Outage on 3/24/16: Due to the ice

Hartford weekly update by Steve Volkert

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Administrators Update: The housing survey we sent out last week has started to see responses. To date we have 150 responses. The survey will be closed in mid-May.   Power Outages on 3/16/16: During the wind storm on Wednesday, we had two outages at lunch time. First one at

Hartford weekly update from City Admin Steve Volkert

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This Wednesday afternoon – Friday I will be attending the Wisconsin City Managers Association Winter Conference in Middleton. I have asked all Department Heads to work on updating job descriptions and succession planning for the future as Spring can present some turnover. Thursday night’s Mayor’s Agenda meeting was cancelled

Hartford’s Weekly Memorandum by Steve Volkert

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Administrators Update: Electricity Holds Up in Wind Storm: While tens of thousands in Milwaukee County reported power outages during this past weekend’s wind storm, Hartford Electric experienced no power outages or interruptions of any type. Emerald Ash Borer Expansion Observed: During annual review of street trees along city power

Hartford weekly update by City Administrator Steve Volkert

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Tornado Sirens: Our staff is investigating the reasoning behind a second errant tornado signal going off in the City of Hartford and Village of Slinger. The second signal went off at 5 a.m on Monday. All American Signal is working with our staff to troubleshoot the situation. Hwy 83/60

Hartford weekly updates from City Admin. Steve Volkert

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Highway 60 Reliever Route: Washington County will be discussing the topic of the Hwy 60 Reliever Route at two meetings. Monday, Febr. 1 at the Executive Committee meeting (9 AM at the Courthouse Gov Center Room #2024) and Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Transportation Committee Meeting (8 AM at
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