Supervisor Jerry Gulley announces bid for Kenosha County Executive

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Editor's note: This article has been modified to correct an error. County Board Supervisor Jerry Gulley was elected in 2020. KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Late Tuesday evening, County Board Supervisor Jerry Gulley officially announced that he will run for Kenosha County Executive in 2022. The current county executive, Jim Kreuser, is retiring at the end of [...]

County Executive Kreuser announces members of Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission

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KENOSHA ⏤ On Wednesday, Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser announced the seven public appointees that will make up the county’s new Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission.  The appointees’ service on the commission will begin immediately. However, their official confirmation is pending, based on votes by the County Board on Aug. 17. Kreuser made selection from [...]

Observer on the Scene this week: Body cam demo, downtown shots

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KENOSHA ⏤ This past week, the Uptown Observer went live for the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department demonstrating its new body cam system to the Kenosha County Board and police responding to shots downtown. The point of this is to offer the community an opportunity to view these things for themselves. Therefore, we hope it gives [...]

COVID-19 vaccine updates lead #SaturdayMorningMix

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KENOSHA ⏤ This week, families hoping to fully vaccinate children received welcome health news: Children 12 years and older can now receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Kenosha County. Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit made the vaccine announcement earlier this week. Likewise, she also gave updates to several county committees on local efforts [...]

Tonight’s Meetings: County committee to get updates on Administration, PSB building upgrades

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Facilities Division Project Manager Frank Martinelli will update the Kenosha County Public Works/Facilities Committee on various building upgrades at its meeting tonight. Among them are several upgrades to the Kenosha County Public Safety Building, the Detention Center and also the Administration Building. Current ongoing county upgrade projects  According to supporting documents linked [...]

Alderperson announcement, City Council #OfInterest this week

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KENOSHA ⏤ This week, Observer readers found the words of Alderperson Jan Michalski and also Alderperson Holly Kangas of the City Council to be #OfInterest. Of primary focus, Michalski announced that Gorman's will be bringing a full grocery store to the Uptown Neighborhood. Not only will this be coming to Uptown, but it will be [...]

Tonight’s meetings: KCSD to present body camera policies to county committee

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Tonight, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department will present its drafted policies governing the use of the department’s new body cameras.  The two policies fall within the departments Sworn Law Enforcement Policy Manual, where it is Policy 425, and its Custody Manual, under Policy 526. Both will come before the Kenosha County Judiciary [...]

County Executive Committee moves amended resolution creating Racial Equity Commission forward

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Tuesday night, the Kenosha County Executive Committee gave its approval to a resolution creating the county’s Racial Equity Commission. https://youtu.be/kp2Hl0w7wdc The Racial Equity Work Group, a work group of county officials and citizens, created the resolution after 90 days of weekly meetings.  While there was some discussion, the resolution moved on from [...]

Kenosha County Board chairman selects Lewis to serve county’s 23rd District; board approves 13-2

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Kenosha County Board Chairman John O'Day. Photo by Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer. KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ During a Wednesday meeting, Kenosha County Board Chairman John O’Day announced his selection of Twin Lakes attorney Kim Lewis to fill the vacant District 23 supervisor position. Supervisor Lon Wienke previously served the district until his death March 3, 2021.  [...]

Kenosha County Board approves funds for Pike River restoration, Vets Memorial Park budget changes

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ During a Tuesday evening meeting, the Kenosha County Board gave its approval to several measures to improve county parks. https://youtu.be/Xby3yVBSOBA The board approved: Department of Transportation easements in Old Settlers Park in Paddock Lake;Grant funding for Phase II of the Pike River restoration initiative in Petrifying Springs Park;2021 budget changes to Veterans [...]

County committee approves grant funds for sheriff’s department, receives update on body cameras

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https://videopress.com/v/BauuaDot?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata KENOSHA ⸺ During a Wednesday night meeting, the Kenosha County Judiciary and Law Committee approved accepting $400,000 in grant funds. The funds will be used to reimburse the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department for costs incurred during what officials call the “civil unrest” experience locally in August and September 2020. Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Captain [...]

#MidWeekRewind: COVID-19 variant, Wisconsin 6 and young talent

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https://videopress.com/v/BauuaDot?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata KENOSHA ⏤ This week has shown the area a variety of news on multiple fronts. On one hand, the county has reported the first positive case of the U.K. variant of the COVID-19 virus. One the other hand, the new generation of musicians showed that the local music scene will be thriving for years [...]

Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department captain on administrative leave

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ A Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department captain is currently on administrative leave, according to a department official. KCSD Chief Deputy Marc Levin confirmed the leave Wednesday night after questioning from Supervisor Zach Rodriguez. The confirmation came during Wednesday's county Judiciary and Law Committee meeting. Rodriguez asked whether the sheriff's department had put a [...]

Tonight’s county meetings (Feb. 3, 2021)

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Racial Equity Work Group, Judiciary and Law Enforcement CommitteeKENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ County Board supervisors will hold meetings tonight in two groups ⏤ one focusing on racial equity, the other on law.The Kenosha County Racial Equity Work Group ⏤ led by Dist. 16 Supervisor Jerry Gulley ⏤ will kick off the meetings with its virtual discussion [...]

Effort to switch County Board meetings to hybrid model fails … again

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Hourlong debate undercut by bleak image of hybrid model from staff Editor's Note: This story has been updated as of 1:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, to include comments from supervisors, audio of the meeting and more details in general.KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ A motion to move County Board meetings to a hybrid in-person/virtual model failed to [...]

‘We need more love in this community’

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‘Building Hope’ panelists discuss changing roles in 2020 unrest, hopes for 2021 KENOSHA ⸺ “We need more love in this community.” After an hour-and-a-half-long conversation, Ald. Anthony Kennedy boiled down the vast issues facing the city into a missing component in its core: Love. “You don’t have to like me,” the Dist. 10 alderman said. [...]

Tonight’s events: ‘Reaching Out’ debut and Kenosha County Racial Equity Work Group meeting

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'Reaching Out' event to share United Way resources Tonight at 5 p.m. the United Way of Kenosha County will be reviewing resources available to the community for its "Reaching Out" virtual series. The first installment of the series debuts at 5 p.m. tonight and is expected to last until 6 p.m. Though only an hour [...]

Kenosha County recommends 10-day quarantine protocol for symptom-free COVID-19 contacts

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Announcement follows CDC guideline change of 7-to-10-day isolation window KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ The Kenosha County Division of Health Monday unveiled a new 10-day isolation period protocol for those exposed to COVID-19. However, the 10-day quarantine window only applies to those who are symptom-free. Those who show symptoms are encouraged to follow the 14-day quarantine protocol. “Kenosha County supports [...]

KCDHS updates committee members on efforts to combat systemic racism in Kenosha County

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Kenosha County declared racism a public health crisis earlier in the year KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Since declaring racism a public health crisis in August, many have wondered what Kenosha County is doing to continually combat systemic racism. Division of Health Director John Jansen described steps the county has taken at a Human Services Committee meeting Tuesday [...]

After months of tension, a possibility of civility for Kenosha County Board

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KENOSHA COUNTY — Tuesday evening’s Kenosha County Board meeting was different. In fact, people treated each other, mostly, with civility. Even near the end, Chairman John O’Day made it a point to call for civility and respect in all proceedings moving forward. Protesters not going anywhere To say County Board meetings have been contentious following [...]