Fire truck new addition to bondingMarch 17, 2011It was a tough, long and heated battle, which firefighters seem used to. But, in the end Monday night, Lake Geneva firefighters and officers were emotional and thankful.
The City Council voted 5-4 to borrow up to $875,000 to buy a new aerial platform fire truck, which will replace the current 1988 ladder vehicle. During the previous two council meetings, aldermen already had approved borrowing about $2.2 million for road repairs and equipment needs for the fire, police and public works departments. This additional borrowing increases the total to more than $3 million for capital improvements that must be used during the next three years.
Fire Chief Brent Connelly and Police and Fire Commission members Scott Storms and Mark Pienkos were adamant the new truck was a need, rather than a want. They cited safety and liability as reasons a new truck is necessary.
March 17, 2011What do The Hamptons, Aspen, Martha's Vineyard, Lake Tahoe, Pebble Beach, Palm Springs and Lake Geneva have in common?
According to Barron's financial magazine, they are among the top 15 second-home and resort communities in the entire country. Lake Geneva was ranked 14 on the list, which took into account attributes such as beauty, comfort, convenience, a range of lifestyles and most importantly, value.
"I think this is a testament to the great and beautiful area we live in and sometimes take for granted," Lake Geneva Mayor Jim Connors said. "It is great we are viewed by people in such a manner. Now our charge is to try to maintain that."
January 20, 2011Lake Geneva city officials are a few steps closer to purchasing about 60 acres of environmentally sensitive land which weaves along the White River through the former Hillmoor property.
While the long-term future of the Hillmoor land remains unknown, the city apparently is moving toward buying part of the property with help from a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Rivers Grant.
City Administrator Dennis Jordan said the 50-50 grant is expected to be about $90,000. He said the city will have to chip in the same amount as the state.
January 20, 2011Since the summer of 1928, the Geneva Theater has been a fixture in downtown Lake Geneva. For a long time, it was the only theater in the area.
But, things have changed. The property has been on the market for $949,000. Now, with a possible purchase of the property in the works, some local historians are hoping a piece of the building's history can be saved.
Lake Geneva Historic Preservation Committee Chairman Ken Etten said a number of interested community members have met to discuss the future of the building. He also has discussed the possibilities with local leaders and groups.
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Arrests made in sexual assaultsMarch 10, 2011Since the start of the year, there have been six reported sexual assaults in the city of Lake Geneva.It’s a number that concerns Police Chief Michael Rasmussen.“The year is just starting out, so it is kind of scary,” he said about the high number.
Lake Geneva avoids teacher, staff layoffsConcessions lead to necessary budgetary reductionsMarch 10, 2011Leaders in the Lake Geneva Schools have done what many other district officials in Wisconsin dream of being able to do.Last week, Lake Geneva teachers, support staff and administrators agreed to a two-year wage freeze and to pay more for their pensions and health insurance in exchange for the likelihood that there will be no layoffs or reduction in programming in the 2011-12 school year.With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget cuts and repair bill looming, Lake Geneva teachers and staff agreed to reopen their contracts. The negotiations took about two weeks to complete.
Schools hoping for no layoffs in 2011-12March 03, 2011For the time being, teachers in the Lake Geneva Joint 1 and Badger High school districts can breathe a sigh of relief.Unlike other schools in the area and state, no teachers in either district have received notices of contract nonrenewals for the 2011-12 school year.However, with unknown answers regarding limited collective bargaining and state school aid funding, local School Boards, teachers unions and administrators will continue discussions to determine how to deal with possible future budget shortfalls.
City will borrow more for capital projectsMarch 03, 2011Two weeks ago, Lake Geneva city officials approved borrowing more than $1.93 million to pay for capital projects such as road repairs and other equipment.On Monday night the council added 16 more items and $220,000 in more borrowing to that total for computers, lawn mowers, a copy machine, squad car cameras and improvements to the fire station among other items.Following a lengthy discussion and an initial failure to add a number of items totaling $190,000 to the borrowing, the council voted individually on each of the 23 items previously listed by aldermen as medium level needs, which totaled $386,000.
Making her mark in BluesFebruary 24, 2011With her flowing hair bouncing and her infectious smile filling with excitement, Geneva Red could barely sit in her chair at a local restaurant as she told story after story about the people she’s met during her famed music career.But, she wasn’t boasting or trying to impress. She wasn’t trying to garner attention from others in the restaurant. Instead, her stories seemed more like an unassuming thank you to everyone who has helped her along the way and a personal reminder that she will never let any of them down.Those are all the reasons why Geneva Red probably is the most famous Lake Geneva resident you’ve never heard of.