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BREAKING - Police need help finding burglars

July 07, 2011
The Lake Geneva Police Department is investigating a forcible burglary that occurred on June 27, at 4:55 a.m. at the Next Door Pub, 411 Interchange North, where a large amount of cash was taken. The forced entry was maded by what appears to be two men, seen on camera, using a pry bar and sledgehammer. The office door of the business was breached and a Sentry safe was taken from the business with a large amount of currency and coin in it. Also in the safe were nine bank bags that were taken, including four green Firststar bank bags, three First Banking Center bags and two blue Community Bank bags. Anyone with knowledge of these burglars or any information regarding this situation should call Det. Jeff Nethery at the Police Department, (262) 248-4455. There is a cash reward of up to $1,000 being offered for a tip that assists in solving the crime or an arrest.
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Designs ready for skate park

Exact location still in limbo

July 07, 2011
There's more work to be done, but several city officials and 16 BMXers and skateboarders had their first look at the design and location for the Lake Geneva wheel friendly plaza at Dunn Field next to Eastview Elementary School. Last Wednesday, Park Board members, city officials, and a number of BMXers and skaters along with Mike McIntyre, a world-renowned skate park designer, gathered at the Riviera for the second time to talk about where to locate a skate facility and what a new skate park could look like. As McIntyre huddled with the younger people at a table to talk about the details and elements of the skate park, local officials, including Mayor Jim Connors, Public Works Director Dan Winkler and Park Board Chairman Doug Skates, gathered around a screen showing the park location as they discussed the location and its implications. Much of those talks revolved around what the School District officials think of the location, snow removal and avoiding water and sewer lines during and after construction of the park.

School levies, tax rates drop

Teacher concessions key to proposed decreases

July 07, 2011
In March, Lake Geneva Schools administrators said teacher and staff contract concessions would result in lower taxes for district property owners. The preliminary numbers are in and school leaders were right on target. The tax levy and rate are proposed to decrease in both the Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School (Badger) District and the Lake Geneva Area (Joint 1) District. The levy is proposed to drop 3.59 percent in the Badger district and 0.01 percent in the Joint 1 district. Lake Geneva School Business Manager Warren Flitcroft called those figures "unbelievably conservative" and he expects the levy and tax rate to be even lower.

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
Horticultural Hall events scheduled for birthday
Celebrating a centennial
June 30, 2011
One of Lake Geneva’s most well-known landmarks, Horticultural Hall, is celebrating its birthday with a number of events this summer.Built in 1911, the Hall’s roots actually began in 1877, when summer lakeshore residents enlisted their gardeners and estate foremen to assist in raising money for the support of Holiday Home Camp. By auctioning fruits and vegetables and staging mid-summer fairs, they were able to support the home. One account reveals that a watermelon brought $100 and a bunch of grapes sold for $75.
Lawsuit against city on hold
Geneva Ridge requests plan amendment
June 30, 2011
United States District Court Judge J.P. Stadtmueller has put the $123 million case between Geneva Ridge Joint Venture and the city of Lake Geneva on hold until the end of August in anticipation of a possible settlement in the suit.The order to stay the case, filed late last week, followed a June 17 motion asking the court to delay the proceedings until Aug. 31. Geneva Ridge and the city have been in negotiations since April to resolve the suit.“The parties have participated in a mediation process supervised by the Honorable William E. Callahan Jr., Magistrate Judge,” the motion stated. “That process has produced an understanding and agreement on certain principles, which, if finalized would result in full settlement between the parties and a dismissal of this litigation. The parties anticipate resolution of the mediation process, one way or the other, on or before Aug. 31.”
Location still undecided for skate park
June 23, 2011
An exact location for a new 10,000-square-foot concrete BMX/skate park hasn’t officially been decided, but that didn’t stop park designer Mike McIntyre, or 10 users of the city’s current skate park, from talking about the elements they would like to see incorporated in a new facility.Last Wednesday, Park Board members, city officials, a table full of BMXers and skaters along with McIntyre, a world-renowned skate park designer, gathered at the Riviera to talk about where to locate a skate facility and what a new wheel-friendly Lake Geneva plaza could look like. Late last month, members of the City Council voted 5-3 to spend $30,000 for design and engineering services for a new skate park that is estimated to cost between $250,000 and $350,000. Tax Incremental Financing District money will be used to fund the park, if it is approved by the City Council.
Tryout for top spot
June 16, 2011
It didn’t start out well — one girl ended up in the water and four times jumpers watched from the pier they had just leaped on as the boat sailed by without them.Unseasonably chilly temperatures made for a rough go of it for some young adults as they hopped on and off Walworth II during the annual U.S. Mailboat jumper tryouts last Thursday morning. It was a treacherous morning and early afternoon for the new jumpers but the veterans were solid most of the day, which included jumps onto four different piers and more than two hours on the lake. Six of the nine who tried out for one of the most visible summer jobs in the Lake Geneva area will serve as Mailboat tour jumpers. Three of the newcomers who didn’t make it were told to come back and try out again next year.
City borrows $2.98 million
June 16, 2011
The decision has been made — the city will borrow $2.98 million to fund capital projects over the next three years.After months of discussion about whether to borrow to pay for a new aerial ladder truck, road repairs, public works vehicles and various police items, the council voted 5-3 Monday night to borrow the money at an interest rate of 2.425 percent.City Administrator Dennis Jordan said the city should receive the money by early July, when it will be placed in a capital improvement fund. During the next three years, the money will be used for items including an $875,000 fire truck, plow vehicles, computers, storm sirens and to repair alleys and streets throughout the city.
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