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Hummel vs. city mediation set

March 31, 2011
Attorneys for Geneva Ridge Joint Venture and the city of Lake Geneva are scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Milwaukee with U.S. Magistrate Judge William E. Callahan Jr. But, there will be some written demands and offers between the two parties expected to be made prior to that conference. "The purpose of this mediation is to permit an informal discussion between attorneys and parties on all aspects of the lawsuit that bear on settlement," Callahan wrote in his order. "To promote a full and open discussion, communications occurring during the mediation/settlement conference cannot be used by any party with regard to any aspect of this litigation."

Purchase could expand trail

January 20, 2011
Lake 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.

Historians want to save theater

January 20, 2011
Since 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.

Recent Lake Geneva News
BREAKING - Principal agreement made for purchase of Lake Lawn
March 24, 2011
Delavan - An agreement for the purchase of Lake Lawn has been made and now the documents are in the hands of attorneys to legalize the sale. On Friday afternoon, as many as 13 banks who are stakeholders in the foreclosed property, agreed to sell Lake Lawn Resort to Jim Drescher and his group of local investors for $9.5 million. The agreement came on the heels of a few weeks of work by Drescher negotiating with bank officials, specifically Patrick Wright of Anchor Bank.Because the property was in foreclosure, Drescher said it should be a relatively easy closing as a quick claim deed. Drescher and his group of investors are purchasing the property "as is" with their cash offer. Drescher and his investors raised about $12 million during the past few months in an effort to buy the property and reopen it.
Gygax memorial has site
Gary Con this weekend
March 24, 2011
Just more than three years ago, Lake Geneva’s Gary Gygax, creator of the famed role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons died. His life was celebrated by friends and family weeks later with Gary Con. Each year since, they have held the convention the same weekend in March. But, with Gary Con III set for this weekend, there is more to celebrate surrounding Gygax’s life.
Area hopes locals can purchase Lake Lawn
March 24, 2011
Delavan — A crowded City Hall last Thursday night was proof how important Lake Lawn is to the area.Local political officials, residents and former Lake Lawn employees filled the council chambers March 17 for a special meeting to discuss a possible purchase of the resort by local Jim Drescher and his group of investors.After singing the praises of Drescher, discussing the need for the resort to reopen to help the economy and agreeing to create a City Council resolution to support Drescher’s purchase, most left the meeting with a positive feeling.
Lake Geneva makes top list
March 17, 2011
What 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.”
City will borrow $875,000 more
Fire truck new addition to bonding
March 17, 2011
It 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.
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