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County Clerk Extends Office Hours at Satellite Location in Hartford

Washington County Clerk, Ashley Reichert announced today extended evening hours for her office at the Hartford United Way Resource Center located at 1121 E. Sumner Street in Hartford. Beginning December 13th, the office will be open Thursdays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and offer passport services and marriage licenses during this time.

"We know and understand that it is at times difficult to come into our main office during normal business hours due to the inability to take off work or to pull children out of school," Reichert stated. "Being open late and offering more convenient times is responsive to our needs as a County, something that is important to me."

Improving service and the utilization of the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) satellite office in Hartford at 1121 E. Sumner Street is an intentional goal of Washington County this year. Given the large client population of our County that live in or near Hartford, and the need to "Collaboratively ensure the availability of treatment and preventative services for those with behavioral, emotional or dependency issues as well as their caregivers," the County is making a renewed effort to better leverage this facility and expand services.

"The addition of Clerk services was a no-brainer and we were lucky to have a County Clerk's office that responded so quickly for our call for services," added ADRC Director, Tammy Anderson who has been leading the satellite office charge for the County. "We'll be looking at rolling out other new services at this location in the next 6 months."

ADRC services are currently offered in Hartford 3 days per week--Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by appointment Tuesdays and Fridays. So far, the renewed effort in extending ADRC services has proved successful as the demand continues to grow.

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Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department Achieves Level III Designation

Shared Health Department Offers Residents a Higher Level of Service

This August, the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department officially achieved a Level III Designation from the State of Wisconsin - something that was never achieved by the previous Washington County Health Department or Ozaukee County Health Department independently. Level III is the highest designation of infrastructure and program capacity that demonstrates the level of service being provided by the department.

"I appreciate the support of the Joint Washington Ozaukee Board of Health for maintaining a strong public health department," said State Health Officer and Administrator Karen McKeown. "I am sure that with ongoing support, the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department will continue to protect and promote the health of the people."

In addition to providing all six basic public health services to the community, a Level III department provides at least 14 programs and services that address at least 7 health priorities in Healthiest Wisconsin 2020, the current state health plan. The department's consolidation allowed for expanded programming in the form of more robust county health coalitions, the licensing and inspection program and specialized services for the clients.

"This achievement by the department is the culmination of our two county's vision," said Washington County Administrator Joshua Schoemann. "It serves as concrete evidence that you can successfully deliver services across county borders while improving service levels, and that county 'borders' are self-imposed."

When Washington and Ozaukee consolidated departments in 2016 saving taxpayers at least $300,000 by reducing overhead costs and sharing operational excellence, demonstrating the ability to deliver services at an overall lower cost to residents at the same or better service level was a continually stated goal.

"Our staff's commitment and dedication to continuously improving the department has made us successful at providing excellent comprehensive services," stated Interim Health Officer Amanda Wisth. "We are honored to see this work recognized by the state and the community through this designation."

The Health Department provides a variety of services that include communicable disease control, emergency preparedness, environmental health, food safety and recreational licensing, immunizations, community health and promotion and general public health services including services for women, infants and children.

Contact Amanda Wisth, Interim Health Officer at Amanda.wisth@washozwi.gov for more information.


Highway Department Partners with J.W. Speaker for Winter Safety

November 5-9 is Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin

Germantown, WI - Most people don't look forward to Wisconsin winters, but the Washington County Highway Department is excited for this upcoming season.

The Highway Department has been partnering with J.W. Speaker to improve the lives of residents during snowy days out on the road. J.W. Speaker's SmartHeat™ technology used by the County's snow plows has allowed for more productivity after snow storms hit the area.

"With the latest LED technology that's on the market, J.W. Speaker is leading the way and we're on the forefront of that. The lights are definitely brighter than in past years. The operators definitely notice the difference and remark on the quality," Tim Pehowski, Shop Foreman, said.

The growth of private and public partnerships within Washington County has proven to be highly advantageous. J.W. Speaker utilizes the Highway Department to enhance their products while the Highway Department receives desired upgrades on their machinery that creates benefits for the entire community.

"The Highway Department has had the opportunity to test and use products that are groundbreaking and industry firsts," Jason Meyers, J.W. Speaker's Senior Sales Manager, said. "Washington County has been a great supporter of J.W. Speaker products and has been a great source to collect Voice of the Customer feedback."

"We have prototypes out there the market hasn't even seen yet and they allow us to try it out, and we give them our feedback," Tom Boden, Shop Superintendent, said.

"We always work efficiently together to come up with a solution. Being on the cutting edge with these types of things is exciting," Scott Schmidt, the County Highway Commissioner, said.

According to workers at the Highway Department, J.W. Speaker's innovative approach to the design and engineering of their lights has produced more effective outcomes and made their jobs much easier.

"One of the lead engineers on the projects physically came here and did a ride along with us in our plow trucks to see what our needs were. They design products to put the light exactly where we requested it, working directly with us," Boden said. "They were fantastic to come here and see what they were trying to achieve. I've never heard that done with any other company."

The lights work in a unique way that provide drivers with a safer experience out on the roads due to the advanced technology from J.W. Speaker's engineers.

"We're an industry leader delivering best in class optics. J.W. Speaker designs with application in mind, such is the case with a specific light pattern for the snow plow lights. We have an embedded thermal grid in the lens of our lights, that keeps lenses de-iced even at high speeds. Nobody wants to jump out of a vehicle in a snow storm to wipe off their lights because they're iced over, reducing the visibility and decreasing the efficiency of the job the driver needs to get done," Meyers said.

Through a collective partnership, J.W. Speaker and the Highway Department have worked together to ensure the public receives the best results as well.

"We definitely feel safer with these lights. Not only for the drivers' sake, but also for the public as it's easier to see oncoming vehicles coming our way," Pehowski said.

The partnership between the private and public sector on these snow plow lights makes the winter season more manageable and the Highway Department's plow drivers feel more prepared than ever to take on severe weather.

"We're neighbors and J.W. Speaker believes the drivers of the snow plows are doing a noble duty allowing people to get home safely. It's a valuable public service that Washington County is providing. Allowing the community and the infrastructure to keep running during inclement weather means a lot to J.W. Speaker. I think there's great alignment between our organizations," Meyers said.

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