• 2017 Budgeting – This week was a very busy week as we continued department budget meetings in preparation for next week’s committee meetings. There has been a lot of great work done by departments to hold costs and look for creative ways to be more efficient within their respective departments. However, as the cost of just “doing business as usual” increases in this County by roughly $1.5 million annually, the 2017 budget will still see many challenges as we look to make recommendations toward our budget goals. Again, thank you to all of the departments for their work putting together budgets! Together we will reposition the organization to be both priority focused and fiscally sustainable!
• West Bend Administrator Interviews – On Monday morning, I facilitated a community stakeholder panel for the recruitment of West Bend’s City Administrator. It was very rewarding to be part of this important recruitment process for the City of West Bend. The Council shared their appreciation for the County’s assistance, both in this roles as well as the Human Resources team’s advisement.
• Demolition Project – Demolition of Annex II and the Senior Center began on 8/1. Hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead paint are being abated and will be completed this week. The Senior Center is being demolished first (pictured below) and is expected to be down on the ground today. Annex II will be demolished once the Senior Center is completed, possibly next week. The contractor has been able to recycle or reuse much of the original building materials. For example, the brick from Annex II will be reused on an addition at a local church in Slinger. The entire demolition project is expected to be completed by Sept. 30. Parks staff will be seeding the areas where the buildings and parking areas now stand which will add some additional green space to the grounds once this is completed.
• Power Outage- Last night at about 4:40 p.m., along with about 600 other WE Energies customers, we lost power throughout the county campus. At that time, we successfully switched over to generator power. Around 5 p.m., one of our backup generators failed, which serves mostly the government center, including the data center. Because all systems run through the data center, even as buildings on the south side of Washington were with power, they lost system access. At about 6:05 p.m. We Energies restored power and systems began coming back on-line. By about 9 p.m. all critical systems and other systems that would have significant user impact appeared to be back on and functioning normally. A big thanks to our facilities team and information services team who were onsite much of last night restoring systems and service as quickly as possible. Also thanks for the cooperation and understanding of staff in the 24/7 departments who were forced to implement their emergency plans for continued operations. If you have any questions about this outage, please feel free to contact me.
• History Center Letter to the Editor – You may have seen the letter to the editor by John Spartz regarding the History Center. The History Center Board, and the related letter to the editor, are referring to the fact we communicated to the History Center they should be prepared for a discussion related to PBB (the majority of their programs were in Quartile 3, non-mandated) after the 2017 proposed budget is approved. In other words, there is a small impact in 2017’s budget, but we are recommending that this policy discussion happen later this winter, affecting the 2018 budget. Attached is an email I sent to Supervisor Bassill detailing the funding for the History Center and the Old Courthouse (which we own).
• EDWC Annual Conference – This year’s conference will be held on October 3 and 4 at the West Bend Mutual Ins. Prairie Center. More information will be provided as it becomes available. Again, if County Board Supervisors are interested in attending, please let me know ASAP so I can get you on the list!
• State of the County Presentation – This week’s presentations were at the Town of Hartford, Town of West Bend and Town of Jackson. Next week I will be in the Town of Kewaskum on Monday at 7 p.m.
• Kimberly Erickson – Samaritan Health Center
• Connie Nichols – Samaritan Health Center
• Cassandra Walker – Samaritan Health Center
• Carol Takacs – Human Services Department – Resigning
• Juliana Trelevan – Human Services Department – Resigning
• Ron Rewerts – Sheriff’s Department – Retiring
• CNA, Dietary Aide – Samaritan
• Child Support Specialist – County Attorney
• Mental Health Specialist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Social Worker, Registered Nurse – Human Services Department
CONGRATULATIONS to the following employees for their years of service at the County!!
Jason Guslick – Sheriff’s Department
Christopher Killey – Sheriff’s Department