The Return of JAWS

Do you remember the catch-phrase from the sequel to the movie JAWS — “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water”? Most of you know that we’ve just completed the Zoning update process with the city of Fort Atkinson. Now, Jefferson County has announced their intention to update county-wide standards (as directed by the state), some of which will most likely override some of the City changes. That means that we may be revisiting (and potentially changing) the recommendations we just made to the City Council. The initial information we’ve received from the City is posted to the /Documents page here for your participation.

Please read through the material and come prepared to discuss at the August meeting of the Fort Adult Care Consortium, taking place next Tuesday, August 13th, at 10:00 AM at the Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchant Street in Fort Atkinson, WI. Copies of the agenda for the meeting are attached to this message, and the minutes from our previous meetings are available for download on the FACC website listed below. This month, we will still have a limit to the number that can participate using the web conferencing option (which we expect to lift shortly), so please contact me directly if you’d like to participate this month, so I can walk you through the technical requirements for this process, and include you in our planned count.

[Daily Jefferson County Union] Chapter 51: Fort Atkinson Police join international pledge to better help people with mental health disorders

An article in the Daily Jefferson County Union reports that police departments nationwide are spending more and more time responding to calls involving people affected by mental health disorders. This is especially true in Fort Atkinson due to the city’s assortment of group homes and community-based residential facilities. Between 5 percent and 15 percent of all police calls involve a person with a mental health disorder. 

Fort Atkinson Police Chief Adrian Bump said that locally, the issue isn’t the percentage of calls that deal with mental health, but, rather, how long they can take: handling a call of a person who might be a danger to him or herself or others can take six hours of officer time under the best circumstances; in many other cases, it can take 12 to 17 hours.

As a way to be better equipped to handle these calls, the Fort Atkinson Police Department recently completed the One Mind Campaign, a program through the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The One Mind Campaign is a program in which police departments pledge to implement four practices to better help people affected by mental illness over one to three years, including establishing a partnership with a community mental health organization, training sworn officers and non-sworn staff in mental health awareness and providing crisis intervention training.

The curriculum focuses on individuals with mental health disorders such as depression or intellectual disability and includes education on various deescalation techniques, as well as live roleplay scenarios of officers responding to persons who need mental health assistance.

Along with the benefit of keeping costs down, the combination of crisis intervention training and community partnerships allows police to prevent situations from ending with violence, according to Dr. Katherine Drechsler, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. “It definitely helps the situation deescalate,” Drechsler said. “Improves the confidence of police officers.” Fort Atkinson has trained 16 of its 20 officers up and down the chain of command, from Chief Bump to his captains, lieutenants and detectives.

Drechsler, who spent 30 years as a social worker helping individuals with mental health disorders, said she believes these types of steps benefit both the police and the people they’re trying to help.

“It’s truly an excellent move in the right direction for individuals affected by mental health disorders,” Drechsler said. “It’s definitely an asset for the community.”

Read the whole story by Henry Redman from the Daily Jefferson County Union at http:// https://www.dailyunion.com/news/chapter-fort-atkinson-police-join-international-pledge-to-better-help/article_3c4e5d76-f277-54e6-b767-2a35063a0766.html

July FACC Organizational Meeting

It’s time for the July meeting of the Fort Adult Care Consortium, taking place on Tuesday, July 9th, at 10:00 AM at the Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchant Street in Fort Atkinson, WI. Copies of the agenda for the meeting are attached to this message, and the minutes from our previous meetings are available for download on the FACC website listed below. This month’s meeting is also be available as a Zoom web meeting / conference call, for those of you struggling with the conflict of wanting to be involved while needing to meet direct resident needs. Contact Michael Zore directly if you’d like to participate this month, so he can walk you through the technical requirements for this process.

As always, if there is information you would like distributed for discussion during our next meeting, forward them to me via email a week before our next meeting for inclusion. Copies of previous minutes and agendas are available on the FACC website, available in the Documents link above.

See you on July 9th!

Jefferson County asks residents to define the future of the county

The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors has scheduled four public meetings to garner residents’ feedback on the future of the county, after updating the county’s strategic plan. The plan’s first goal: “Jefferson County is committed to sustainable growth that improves the lives of our residents and other stakeholders and creates a more positive fiscal environment.”

The county also announced that it will be holding special public meetings on the county’s Comprehensive Plan and its Agricultural Preservation and Land-Use Plan. Those meetings, all of which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., will begin with a formal presentation at 6 sharp, with county staff on hand afterward to answer questions from the public. The meetings will be held:

  • Monday, June 24, at the Bank of Lake Mills, 400 Bernard St., in Watertown.
  • Wednesday, June 26, at the Palmyra-Eagle High School.
  • Wednesday, July 10, at the Dwight Foster Public Library in Fort Atkinson.
  • Thursday, July 11, at the Lake Mills Municipal Building.

Read the full story at
https://www.dailyunion.com/news/public-input-on-jefferson-county-s-future-sought/article_ec9ebb24-42ce-57ac-b1a0-6c1fb57bd338.html

Fort Atkinson continues Zoning Update Process

Residents and city staff began the process of rewriting Fort Atkinson’s zoning ordinance during a kick-off workshop in March, and that process is continuing. The goal is to bring a 50-year old Zoning code up-to-date. The Jefferson Daily Union quoted consultant Ben Rohr of Vandewalle & Associates as saying that the goal is to “…
make development and enforcement more predictable,” and to encourage high-quality development, mixed-use development and redevelopment and a diversity of housing types, as was frequently discussed during the comprehensive plan update process.

The purpose of the zoning ordinance rewrite is to implement the concepts set in the city’s updated comprehensive plan and simplify the development process while also ensuring that property values, unique environmental and cultural resources and community character all remain protected, as well as bring the city’s zoning ordinance up to date with state statutes.

Read the full story at https://www.dailyunion.com/news/fort-kicks-off-zoning-ordinance-rewrite/article_0e83794c-7045-5e48-8e5f-829b4c4411e9.html

FACC June Organizational Meeting

It’s time for the June meeting of the Fort Adult Care Consortium, taking place on Tuesday, June 11th, at 10:00 AM at the Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchant Street in Fort Atkinson, WI. Copies of the agenda for the meeting are attached to this message, and the minutes from our previous meetings are available for download on the FACC website listed below.

This month, we expect a more focused meeting. Our primary issue will be the updates to the City Zoning application form, and we hope to have an update from the City on those changes. Based on our successful test last month, the June meeting will also be available as a Zoom web meeting / conference call for those of you struggling with the conflict of wanting to be involved while meeting direct resident needs. This month, we will still have a limit on our online numbers (which we expect to lift shortly), so please contact me directly if you’d like to participate this month, so I can walk you through the technical requirements for this process.

As always, if there is information you would like distributed for discussion during our next meeting, forward them to me via email a week before our next meeting for inclusion. Copies of previous minutes and agendas are available on the FACC website, available in the Documents link above.

See you on June 11th!

May FACC Organizational Meeting

While the shivering flowers may not make it obvious, it’s time for the May meeting of the Fort Adult Care Consortium, taking place on Tuesday, May 14th, at 10:00 AM at the Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchant Street in Fort Atkinson, WI. Copies of the agenda for the meeting are attached to this message, and the minutes from our previous meetings are available for download on the FACC website listed below.

This month, we are continuing to follow up on structural blocks preventing new applications, and our ongoing discussion of topics for provider training for 2019. Our meeting will also be available as a Zoom web meeting / conference call for those of you struggling with the conflict of wanting to be involved while meeting direct resident needs. This month, we will still have a limit on our online numbers (which we expect to lift shortly), so please contact us directly if you’d like to participate this month, so we can walk you through the technical requirements for this process.

FACC Meeting Reschedule Notice

Since today’s inclement weather delayed or prevented everyone (except our newest member!) from attending, this month’s FACC meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 12th. As usual, we’ll update handouts the week before (or check out the /documents folder anytime!), so forward anything you intended to bring up at the meeting and it will be included.

See you on Tuesday, March 12th at 10:00 AM!

February 2019 Meeting Notice

The next meeting of the Fort Adult Care Consortium will take place on Tuesday, February 12th, at 10:00 AM at the Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchant Street in Fort Atkinson, WI.   This month, we are moving forward with the process changes needed as a result of the termination of the Adult Care moratorium as of January 1st, and the new requirements for Adult Care operations in Fort Atkinson that the new Ordinance and Zoning changes have put into place. We’ll look at some of the possible new forms and update details you’ll need to understand to comply with the new ordinance.

We’ll also look at some of the free provider training  that we’ve arranged for 2019. Our goal is that these training offerings will meet your organization’s needs in a cost effective (usually free) way while helping us all become better providers and more efficient users of City resources.

Copies of the agenda for the meeting and the minutes from our previous meetings are available for download in the Documents area. 


NOTE: It is possible that members of and possibly a quorum of other governmental bodies of the municipality may be in attendance at the above stated meeting to gather information; however, no action will be taken by any governmental body at the above stated meeting other than the governmental body specifically referred to above in this notice.

December 2018 Meeting Notice

The December meeting of the Fort Adult Care Consortium will take place on Tuesday, December 11th, at 10:00 AM at the Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchant Street in Fort Atkinson, WI.   This month, we are moving forward with the likely termination of the Adult Care moratorium at the end of the year, and looking at how will this affect your business plans for 2019.   We’ll look at some of the possible new forms and update details you’ll need to understand to comply with the new ordinance. A copy of the approved Ordinance, effective January 1, 2019, will also be distributed.

Copies of the agenda for the meeting and the minutes from our previous meetings are available for download in the Documents area.


NOTE: It is possible that members of and possibly a quorum of other governmental bodies of the municipality may be in attendance at the above stated meeting to gather information; however, no action will be taken by any governmental body at the above stated meeting other than the governmental body specifically referred to above in this notice.