Dane Co. Exec., Sheriff: No new jail will be built

Despite  Dane Co. Exec. Joe Parisi and Sheriff Dave Mahoney's change in tone before the New Year that no new jail would be built, Young, Gifted & Black Coalition protesters continued their sixth straight week of protesting against police violence under a "no new jail" banner Saturday.

Zoo to announce 3 new sets of animals

Friends of Henry Vilas Zoo hopes to raise $10K for new animals

Henry Vilas Zoo officials will be announcing three new sets of animals Monday that will be joining the zoo in 2015, according to a release.

Parisi: Union contracts cannot be renewed

Decision means end of collective bargaining, automatic collection of union dues

An email from Dane County Executive Joe Parisi to county employees Thursday said the county will not be able to honor 2015 and 2016 contracts negotiated with union employees.

Dane Co. sheriff supports plan to gut first responder board

Many other law enforcement members oppose move

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney told a county committee Tuesday he supports Executive Joe Parisi's proposal to gut the first responder center board of its ability to make public safety communication decisions, including overseeing the county's 911 system.

$10M targeted to clean county lakes, streams

Funding will go to strategies focused on cleaning Yahara chain of lakes

Dane County's 2015 budget will represent a big financial commitment to clean lakes and streams in the area. It is also a budget that reflects a growing cooperative effort among government leaders, environmental groups and farmers to solve the problem.

New Dane County emergency system faces more delays

$18M communication systems originally set to be released last summer

The rollout of Dane County's $18 million emergency communications system set for Monday has been postponed again, and its day-to-day manager said there is no information available "as to when it may commence."

More 911 dispatchers included in county budget

6 positions to be added by next summer

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is proposing the Public Safety Communications Center add six new 911 dispatchers next year to address high summer call volumes.

Sirens sounded 9 minutes after Verona tornado warning

County executive says NWS warnings will be automatically followed in future

Dane County's 911 Center officially sounded sirens at least nine minutes after a tornado warning had been issued last month during a storm that damaged numerous homes and an elementary school in Verona.

Parisi wants closest resources responding to 911 emergencies

Proposal made after News 3 investigation

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is asking the 911 Center Board to authorize a policy sending the closest possible resources to a fire or emergency medical situation no matter if that's in a different city.

Soglin: Current 911 system 'doesn't work now'

911 Center Board to take up Dane Co. executive's suggested changes Wednesday

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said he was surprised that Dane County officials did not alert him as to the lengthy wait times for 911 callers. He said it was another example of a system "that doesn't work now."

911 board responds to county executive's suggestions

Chairman: 'We all missed something, somewhere, and now we have to make the fixes'

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is calling for change in how all 911 calls for police help are handled in an effort to reduce call answer times and the time it takes to dispatch emergency crews to a scene.

Parisi calls for immediate changes to 911 system

Memo released Friday in response to News 3 investigation

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi wants smarter staffing decisions, better strategies and a suspension of how all 911 calls for police help are handled in an effort to "reduce call answer times" and the times it takes to dispatch emergency crews to a scene.