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Assessor answers tough questions

August 04, 2011
As of Tuesday, there were still plenty of appointments available for open book meetings Wednesday and today with the city's assessing firm. But, according to city officials, the assessors and local residents, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of questions about property owners' reassessments, which were received in the mail about two weeks ago. On Monday night during the city's Committee of the Whole meeting, Accurate Appraisals co-owner Lee De Groot was in attendance to explain the 8.06 percent property assessment increase in the city.

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
Property assessments up 8 percent
July 28, 2011
It arrived in the mail Saturday and it wasn’t like receiving a card from an old friend or a Netflix DVD.Property owners throughout the city of Lake Geneva received their 2011 assessments following a full revaluation of the city’s residential and commercial properties.And with a 7.34 percent overall increase of residential assessments, some property owners had questions and concerns about their revaluations.
CNN honors local philanthropist Dimiceli with hero title
July 28, 2011
Sal Dimiceli is a reluctant hero.Reluctant or not, the Lake Geneva businessman and philanthropist has been named a “CNN Hero.” The show, which honors “everyday people changing the world” will feature Dimiceli in a feature to be aired this weekend.“It’s not about me at all but about the people in need,” Dimiceli said in an interview with the Lake Geneva Regional News Monday.
Officials talk ideas for no more municipal borrowing
July 21, 2011
City of Lake Geneva officials want to make sure their most recent borrowing of $3 million will be their last, at least on their watch.Aldermen, the mayor and officials have agreed they want the city to become debt free. They’re looking for ideas to make that happen.“I would like to pick your brains,” Alderman and Finance, License and Regulation Committee chairman Todd Krause said last week. “If we put a plan together, we can make it.”
Geneva Ridge development coming?
July 21, 2011
The property in the city that has caused so much controversy during the past few years with large development proposals and multi-million dollar lawsuits could be developed sooner rather than later after all.On Monday night, despite disapproval from Linn Township residents and neighbors of the 710 acres on the southeast side of the city, the Lake Geneva Plan Commission voted 5-2 to recommend the change to the master plan for the property. The change, if approved by the council, would revert the property back to how City Planner Mike Slavney defined it in a May 2009 future land use map which was created during the city’s Master Plan process.Slavney’s map defined the property as planned neighborhood with some areas for commercial development. That land use draft map was consistent with the city’s 2004 South Neighborhood Plan and was also how the property was zoned when Bob Hummel annexed the land in early 2005.
BREAKING - Man drowns in Geneva Lake
July 14, 2011
A 24-year-old Chicago man who jumped off a boat to help a fellow swimmer in Geneva Lake late Wednesday afternoon died after being found 20 feet below the surface of the water. The man’s name is still being withheld until the family is contacted.Geneva Lake Law Enforcement Chief Tom Hausner reported Thursday morning the 24-year-old and two others were on a boat near Lake Geneva Country Club in Linn Wednesday at about 5 p.m.
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