Blazkowski has played in ensuring that the State’s “Smart Growth” laws have continued to receive support from the Legislature. “Phil has been very active in promoting the importance of coordinated planning, both at the State and local level,” Knutson said. The Agency is currently working with citizens and municipalities to create the County’s Comprehensive Development Plan, which State law requires must be completed by 2010.
Blazkowski’s term as Director has also included the establishment of a housing and community development program that has made approximately 12,000 loans to low- and moderate-income families. In addition, the County expanded the role of the agency during this time to include an economic development manager to help businesses retain and create jobs in Rock County.
“It has been my pleasure to serve the current and future citizens of Rock County for the past 32-plus years,” Blazkowski said. “I can only hope I am leaving the Planning and Development Agency and Rock County in a better state than it was when I first came to work here as the County Planner in 1973.” Blazkowski is particularly proud of the role his staff played in mentoring young professionals, noting that the department hosted 116 college interns during his tenure.
Kathy Moore (Waukesha County Planning and Zoning Staff Nomination narrative)
The entire Planning and Zoning Division staff would like to nominate Kathy Moore for the employee of distinction award because of the excellent level of service she provides every day at work and at home. Kathy demonstrates high work standards in all her behaviors including quality of work, teamwork, innovation and improvement, integrity, leadership, cost-effectiveness and great customer service. Kathy has been working with the Planning and Zoning Division for 35 years and has written, revised or assisted in writing several Zoning related Ordinances, Land Use Plans and Land Division Ordinances. Kathy attempts to keep all rules and regulations as applicable and current as possible, which requires significant time to follow through the process. She has also gone above and beyond her normal work duties to assist local governments in creating their own Ordinances and Land Use Plans. She has assisted the Waukesha County School District Board and most recently has assisted the County in planning for redistricting County Board Supervisor Districts.
Kathy will always go out of her way to help other staff members and the public with questions and concerns and will voluntarily take the lead role in a project whenever needed. Kathy is able to clearly convey valuable information that she has acquired over the many years working for the County. She will meet with town officials, builders, attorneys, surveyors, engineers, developers and other constituents on an as needed basis to assist them in any way needed. When writing Ordinance amendments or making various changes to the way our office operates, she ensures that the towns, builders association and the general public’s comments and concerns are considered. Improving relationships, cooperation and communication between various agencies is always of importance to Kathy when making decisions. Kathy does an extraordinary amount of work in our office and is very humble about her role. Her memory is impeccable, which saves the other staff members a lot of time doing research and it gives the public a great sense of confidence and loyalty that she will always remember them individually and their specific projects.
Our staff is most impressed with Kathy because she is able to balance work with her personal life. Even though Kathy is extremely dedicated to her job and regularly attends evening meetings, many of them voluntarily to improve relations with cooperating local governments, she is also able to enjoy time with her family, especially golfing with her husband. She will golf 36 holes on any given day! That is dedication. She also spends quality time with her family at her home on Puckaway Lake in Green Lake County and always gives ample time and love to her grandchildren. In addition, Kathy has a huge role in caring for her father.
In closing, we are nominating Kathy because the work that she has been doing for Waukesha County and the Department of Parks and Land Use over the years has far exceeded what is required of her. Our staff and the general public are well aware of her importance and we will all miss her and her vast knowledge when she retires this May. We all wish her the best of luck and much rest and relaxation, as it is well deserved.
Planning and Zoning Division Staff
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