Washington Co. weekly updates by Joshua Schoemann

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  • Reliever Route Public Information Meeting – There is a STH 60 Northern Reliever Route Feasibility Study Public Information Meeting being held on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. at the Town of Hartford Hall.  More information is attached for your reference and I encourage you to attend if you are interested in learning more about this important County project!
  • Audiovisual Design – As you may be aware, we are actively working on a project to upgrade audiovisual equipment in the courtrooms, the County Board room and other various meeting rooms throughout the County.  We hope to have the project design and budgets developed for these projects in 2016 for project completion in 2017/18.  At this time, we have decided not to complicate this project by comingling the idea of using the Old Courthouse for County Board meetings.  Please let me know if you have any questions about these projects. 
  • Executive Committee– On Tuesday, the Executive Committee discussed possible changes to the 2017 budget process.  These include a change in the presentation of financial information to standing committees, a change in the out of state travel approval process, minor/routine grant process and clarifying the procedures for budget transfers and nonlapses under the new committee structure.  These changes will be further clarified in administrative policy in July.  Executive Committee also approved a general fund transfer of $880,000 for a new HR/Payroll System (this is a very exciting, overdue project for the County that will greatly enhance payroll services to employees!) and received updates on the STH 60 Reliever Route project and Fair Park Stage.  These updates and more information on the HR/Payroll project can be found in the Committee packet.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on these items.
  • Born Learning Trail Ribbon Cutting- On Tuesday, I attended the ribbon cutting for the United Way of Washington County’s Born Learning Trail.  The Born Learning Trail is an outdoor path marked with simple games and activities designed to help children develop social, emotional, and language skills needed for school readiness.  Special thanks to the West Bend Parks & Recreation Department, as well as United Way for the invitation to this exciting ribbon cutting!  Great work team!
  • WCMA Conference –This week, I attended the Wisconsin City/County Management Association annual conference in Lake Geneva.  I was asked to present at the conference on succession planning and participate in a “rapid fire” session regarding our Health Department merger project.  The conference was extremely informative and productive with a number of intriguing sessions, including a County Administrators roundtable where we had very interesting discussions about the challenges counties face in both Illinois and Wisconsin. I also received a number of very kind compliments about the work being done in Washington County!  Special thanks to all of our employees for these compliments!  It is your hard work and dedication that make this organization such a great asset to our citizens!

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