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Business Status Locator Now Available

Mapping tool available for local businesses to report updates for the community

"We know many businesses and employees are struggling during the Governor's safer at home order. We have been working closely with Economic Development Washington County to monitor grant or loan opportunities for our businesses," said County Administrator Josh Schoemann. "We knew our local businesses needed another resource to reach our citizens. We hope this tool helps promote our local businesses by making it easier to match consumers with businesses so that our business community can keep the public aware of changes to their operations during this critical time."

Businesses can report information for the public here. 
The public can locate information on businesses here.


Data in this tool is updated and maintained by the business community. Businesses should direct questions or reports about the tool to coronavirus@co.washington.wi.us.


Washington County Encourage Community Members to Donate Personal Protective Equipment

Washington County Administrator Josh Schoemann and the County's COVID-19 Incident Command Team is encouraging community members, groups and businesses to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to first responders and county critical response teams during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"PPE is in extremely limited supply for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 response," said County Administrator Schoemann "Along with health care workers and first responders, workers assisting our vulnerable populations and those delivering other vital human services need equipment to do their jobs safely."

PPE includes N-95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, googles, safety glasses, gowns, disposable gloves, and other protective gear.

Washington County's logistic team is currently planning for the duration of this emergency.

If you are interested in donating PPE's to first responders or would like more information, please DO NOT drop-off equipment until you have contacted the logistics team at logistics@co.washington.wi.us or called the highway department at 262-335-4435 (open Monday - Thursday).



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Washington County Deploys Virtual County Services for Residents

Effective 8:00 a.m. Monday March 23, 2020, Washington County will be a "virtual campus." To protect the health of our County employees and the public, the public and residents will be strongly encouraged to make requests for services remotely, through mail, e-mail, online platforms and telephone. County employees will be allowed into the buildings and are expected to work on-site or remotely, as approved by their department manager.




Gehl Site Redevelopment Shows-off Washington County's Site Redevelopment Program

Collaboration has been key to brownfield program's nation leading success

The Washington County Site Redevelopment Program (SRP) continues to show success over the past five years in spurring successful redevelopment projects, resulting in millions of dollars in leveraged funds. The latest project is the redevelopment of the former Gehl site in West Bend.

This success is due to the coalition partners, which include the cities of Hartford and West Bend, the villages of Jackson, Richfield, and Slinger and Washington County, working together to share resources and direct funds where they are most needed. The SRP's Project Management Team (PMT), which includes experts in environmental remediation, economic development, and redevelopment/reuse planning, helps the Site Redevelopment Committee (SRC) prioritize projects.

"For every brownfield, such as the Gehl site, this group redevelops, it makes it easier to preserve green spaces and farmland," said County Administrator Josh Schoemann. "This is a great example of how when governments work together, the taxpayers win."

"There has been great collaboration between the county, cities, and villages in identifying and accessing vacant, blighted and contaminated sites which are often located within older portions of communities," stated Ray Heidtke, SRC Chairperson and Town of Jackson Chairman. "When redeveloped, these sites have a positive impact not only on the immediate area but can act as a catalyst for reinvestment throughout a community."

"The County, EDWC and a coalition of local governments have focused collectively repurposing already existing public infrastructure, cleaning up blight, building new business assets and bringing deals across the finish line...all with significant economic and fiscal benefits to local taxpayers," said Christian Tscheschlok, Executive Director EDWC. "While others focus on shiny objects, we are driving new opportunity through what's already here. I am proud of the nationally recognized leadership and the results to local communities and residents."

Most recently the US EPA Region 5 took notice, recognizing the Site Redevelopment Program and the City of West Bend for 'Outstanding Contributions in Brownfields Redevelopment' at the National Brownfields Conference for the Barton School Apartment Redevelopment.

"Our hotel and office development wouldn't have happened as easily without the collaboration and support of the City of West Bend and the SRP," stated Kraig Sadownikow, President of American Construction Services. "It was a quick process and an example of how government should work; at the speed of business."

Learn more about the SRP successes at SRP Success Stories. For more information visit www.co.washington.wi.us/SRP or contact Deb Sielski, Deputy Director Planning & Parks at 262-335-4772 or email at Deb.Sielski@co.washington.wi.us .


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One of County's Most Dangerous Intersections Will See Safety Improvements

Roundabout Construction on CTH Q and Hillside set for 2023

After being marked as one of the most dangerous intersections in the County's 2019 Traffic Safety Analysis Plan, the intersection of County Highway Q (County Line Road) & Hillside Road will be reconstructed with a new roundabout.

"A roundabout will address the severe angle crashes observed at this location," said Highway Commissioner Scott Schmidt. "We're in the business of providing safe, efficient and effective mobility and this is an exciting project for those reasons."

2013-2018 saw 37 accidents at the intersection. With support from the Village of Richfield and the Town of Lisbon, Washington County applied for and obtained Highway Safety Improvement funding for the project from the federal/state government in the amount of $1,620,000. The remaining $180,000 of the project will be funded through local contributions.

The Village of Richfield has been assisting in monitoring crash data at this intersection for years and had made temporary modifications as part of the STH 164 reconstruction efforts, only allowing right-turn movement from Hillside Road. As part of intersection safety priorities in 2019, Washington County reached out to SEWRPC and Department of Transportation Safety engineers for further review. The conclusion: a bigger step is needed for to make this intersection safe.

"We're elated that Washington County secured this grant to address this long-standing safety concern," said Village of Richfield Administrator Jim Healy. "We'll be working throughout the construction process to ensure that our residents have ample opportunity for feedback and discussion on plan design."

Town of Lisbon Administrator, Gina Gresch added the following, "We are delighted to see Washington County feels this project is important enough to approve funding to improve this intersection for the safety of our residents and everyone traveling through our communities."