What’s happening in #WalCo this week? Sheriff Picknell's retirement, County Board meeting & ADRC's Stepping On Program.
Sheriff Picknell Retirement
Congratulations to Sheriff Kurt Picknell for his 35 years of service to the citizens of Walworth County. Sheriff Picknell served at every rank within the Sheriff’s Office throughout his career, with his last eight years as Sheriff. His dedication, commitment, and leadership are greatly appreciated.
County Board Meeting
On Tuesday, January 10, at 3:30 p.m., the Walworth County Board of Supervisors will hold its monthly County Board meeting.
The meeting will be held in the County Board Room at Government Center, 100 W. Walworth St., Elkhorn. The meeting agenda, packet, and livestream can be accessed at https://www.co.walworth.wi.us/agendacenter.
Individuals wishing to provide Public Comments may do so in person or remotely by phone. To submit a comment by phone, contact the County Administrator’s Office at (262) 741-4357 on the day of the meeting to obtain instructions.
Stepping On Program: Improve Balance & Strength to Prevent Falls
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four older adults has a fall each year, and Wisconsin leads the nation in fall-related deaths for people aged 60 and older. But the good news is that falls are not a normal part of aging and can be prevented. The Stepping On program offered by the Walworth County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) has been researched and proven to reduce falls by 31 percent.
In just seven weekly, two-hour sessions, Stepping On gives participants strategies for avoiding falls, including balance and strength exercises, home safety check suggestions, medication review, and more. Local experts, including a physical therapist and pharmacist, visit over the course of the seven sessions to provide fall-prevention information and strategies. The workshop is designed specifically for people aged 60 or older who have fallen and/or have a fear of falling. Participants can expect to leave with improved strength, better balance, and a feeling of confidence and independence.
Stepping On will be held in Classroom ABCD on Thursdays, January 19 to March 2, 2023, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, W3985 County Road NN, in Elkhorn. The workshop has a suggested donation of $10.
For questions or to register for the program, contact Chetney Blaszczyk RDN, CD at (262) 741-3309.
Positive Parenting Program
The UW Division of Extension is hosting a virtual Positive Parenting Program to provide parents, caregivers, educators, and childcare providers of children ages 0 to 12 with strategies to develop confident and healthy children, build strong family relationships, manage misbehavior, and prevent problems from happening in the first place. Classes are held via Zoom on Tuesdays, January 10 to 31, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., or 6 to 7:30 p.m. Register online at http://bit.ly/TripleP0-12.
Property Taxes due January 31
Property tax bills should have landed in your mailboxes in December. If you did not receive yours by December 31, contact your municipal treasurer. Don’t forget to pay by January 31! Payments should be made to your municipal treasurer. To find your local treasurer, visit www.co.walworth.wi.us/216/Municipality-Directory.
Job of the Week: Deputy Sheriff - Patrol
The Walworth County Sheriff's Office is looking for candidates like you to join our dedicated team of law enforcement professionals that pledge to preserve and enhance the quality of life within the community through efficient, effective, and professional law enforcement services. Although it is beneficial for us to hire candidates with prior law enforcement experience, we are always willing to hire good candidates entering the field and put them through Wisconsin Law Enforcement Academy.
After field training, deputies with the Walworth County Sheriff's Office are assigned to one of three 8.25 hour shifts within the Patrol Division on a rotating schedule working 5 days on/2 days off, 5 days on/3 days off to provide 24-hour per day, 7-day per week service. The Sheriff's Office offers a robust training program with lots of opportunities for collateral duties such as Substation assignment with deputy assigned take home squads, SWAT, Dive Team, Crowd Control, Honor Guard, FTO, etc.
Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/WalCoJobs.
Follow us! Walworth County is on Facebook
Walworth County has launched an official Facebook page. Here’s what you can expect to see on the page: News alerts, information about upcoming County Board meetings and public hearings, details about programs and services, park events and highlights, construction updates, community updates, career and volunteer opportunities, answers to FAQs, behind-the-scenes snapshots, and more. We hope you’ll give us a follow and share this page with your friends, family, and neighbors. Also, check out these County departments on Facebook: