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DA will not charge for misconduct

January 13, 2011
There will be no charges filed against Lake Geneva city staff, specifically City Administrator Dennis Jordan, for alleged violations of misconduct in public office. Walworth County Assistant District Attorney Diane Donohoo submitted a letter to the city recently stating what was done did "not rise to the level of felony behavior." Upon the April request by the city's Personnel Committee, the Lake Geneva Police investigated four specific allegations made by Alderwoman Mary Jo Fesenmaier, most of them against Jordan. The allegations revolved around the use of undesignated reserve funds to purchase the WE Energies building, petty cash use, payments for park benches and library credit cards.

Council removes staff assessor

January 13, 2011
A third City Council vote regarding the city's assessor meant bad news for Grace Lininger. On Monday, the council voted 6-2 in favor of removing Lininger, the current assessor who has worked for the city for more than 21 years. Instead, the city will contract with Accurate Appraisals, a firm which will act as an independent contractor providing assessment services. Although there was no discussion Monday night prior to the removal of Lininger, aldermen previously stated the issue had nothing to do with Lininger's work. Elected officials stated it was all about cost savings for the taxpayers of the city of Lake Geneva.

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Fesenmaier doesn't file nomination papers for re-election
January 06, 2011
All but one race appears to be set for the upcoming spring elections in the city of Lake Geneva.In order to be placed on the ballot, nomination papers, including signatures, were due Tuesday Jan. 4, at 5 p.m.However, Second District incumbent Mary Jo Fesenmaier did not file for re-election or noncandidacy. That means the filing of nomination papers for that district runs until Friday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m. for anyone except Fesenmaier.
City may borrow for projects
January 06, 2011
It appears as though the city of Lake Geneva may borrow up to $3.2 million to fund capital improvement projects during the next three years.Council president Todd Krause asked aldermen during Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting to voice their opinion about a possible bonding and a two-page list of proposed capital projects. A majority of aldermen were in favor of borrowing, but which items, projects and a total still need to be discussed. The capital improvement list, which was discussed during a nearly five-hour meeting last month, includes a new aerial ladder fire truck, police radios, street repair work, a plow truck and large mower. Those are some of the higher priced items. A new fire truck is expected to cost about $1 million, as is the street repair program over the three-year time span.
Hummel says master plan invalid, void
January 06, 2011
Geneva Joint Ridge Venture, the ownership group of 718 acres on the southeast side of the city, is asking a federal judge to make a determination that the city’s comprehensive plan adopted in December 2009, is invalid and void.According to a motion filed Dec. 29, in U.S. District Court, Geneva Ridge (also known as Hummel) is asking for a summary judgement on its claims regarding the city’s master plan. The motion states city officials have “intentionally inflicted economic harm and delay upon Geneva Ridge, hoping to cause Geneva Ridge to abandon its plans to develop its properties and force a sale to a more desirable property owner. They arbitrarily and improperly modified the planned use designations for the Geneva Ridge properties during the city’s Smart Growth planning process to retaliate against Geneva Ridge for the exercise of its Constitutional right to petition for a redress of grievances.”
Alderwoman receives no sanction for missing deposition
December 30, 2010
Lake Geneva Alderwoman Mary Jo Fesenmaier soon will have to appear at a deposition to answer questions about her e-mails regarding the Mirbeau and Hummel development proposals. On Tuesday afternoon, after more than an hour of discussion, Walworth County Circuit Court Judge John Race ruled the Lake Geneva Regional News can depose Fesenmaier. Race also said she has to respond to written questions about her e-mails. Fesenmaier is involved in a lawsuit with the Regional News. The newspaper claims Fesenmaier failed to produce her e-mail records related to the development proposals. Both developers are suing the city for a combined $250 million.
The year in news: Lake Geneva
December 30, 2010
2010 wasn’t quite as eventful as the previous year, but there still were some significant accomplishments, stories and controversies.There was the long-awaited completion of a new road in the city, the closing of a local bank, changing faces and attitudes at City Hall and tragic deaths. All were the stories that shaped the year in news in Lake Geneva. Here’s a more detailed look at the top stories and themes in 2010.
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