Thursday, December 6, 2012
Should the courthouse be remodeled or renovated or should the county build a new facility? Waukesha County funds study to look at space needs at the courthouse.
Waukesha County officials are beginning to examine if the county should remodel or renovate the current courthouse or build a brand new facility. Waukesha County is seeking proposals from consultants to conduct a study that would review the following components for the county courthouse: Waukesha County’s 2013 budget includes a $250,000 expenditure to review the courthouse space needs. The space needs analysis has been planned for years and follows the construction of a new Health and Human Services Department building, a project that is coming in under budget. “The purpose of this study is to determine whether Waukesha County’s resources are best spent in remodeling or renovating the existing courthouse; or constructing a new facility,” …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas asks the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors to consider making the board chair position part time after incumbent Chairman James Dwyer was defeated in Tuesday's election.
With Waukesha Board of Supervisor Chairman James Dwyer being ousted from office by another board member who was redistricted into the same district as Dwyer, Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas is calling for the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors to make the chairman positions part time. While Dwyer was defeated Tuesday by Janel Brandtjen, that does not mean Brandtjen is automatically the next chair of the board. The Board of Supervisors will have to vote on who it wants the next chair to be. A news release from Vrakas notes that the chair position receives a salary of $58,586 and an ordinance would need to be approved by the board to make the change. “A part-time position will likely attract more candidates to the job, especially …
Sunday, March 11, 2012
In observance of Sunshine Week, Patch is providing some information on your rights to observe your government in action, and some resources for you to explore open records yourself.
Want to know how much the school superintendent makes? That's an open record. Want to watch Muskego officials deliberate and decide what to do about a proposed development? That's an open meeting. Wisconsin has a long history of open government, and strong laws that support it. Patch is observing Sunshine Week 2012, which begins today. As part of that observation, we want to share with you some of the open government resources available to anyone. You have the right to see the records the government keeps — from health inspection reports to employee salaries to the entire municipal or school district budget — and to be present at the meetings where governmental business gets done. The expectation is that government is open — if they …
Monday, February 6, 2012
Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas shares about partnerships in the area in his February 2012 newsletter.
Monday, February 6, 2012
During my service as your county executive, it has been an ongoing goal of mine to seek partnerships among departments, with the county’s municipalities and our neighbors throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. In Waukesha County, cooperation plays a key role in delivering high-quality services to residents while holding the line on taxes and spending. Waukesha County prides its self on high quality service and low taxes through efficiency. A key to this efficiency has been consolidation and merger. One example of efficiency during my tenure as county executive is that we have reduced the number of Waukesha County departments from 15 to 12. In 2010, the Aging and Disability Resource Center and Veterans Services Office merged into the Department…