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Walworth takes first step toward TIF

Board spending $5,000 for feasability study

August 11, 2011
WALWORTH — Before the village creates a Tax Increment Financing District, it needs to prove that one would be economically feasible. On Monday night, the Village Board approved a $5,000 contract with Ehlers, a company that provides financial planning to municipalities, to complete a feasibility study on a potential TIF district. During the meeting, Greg Johnson, a financial advisor at Ehlers, taught a crash course on how TIFs work and how they are created.
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Village looks to end Lake Street drama

Trustee Ad Hoc Committee will negotiate street easement with lakefront business owners

August 11, 2011
FONTANA — Lake Street has never been platted, leaving the boundaries between private property and public land unclear. During the August Village Board meeting, the board appointed an Ad Hoc Committee — consisting of Trustees Bill Gage, Cynthia Wilson and Patrick Kenny — to meet with the Lake Street business owners to remove the mystery of the road's boundaries. The motion was approved on a 5-1 vote with Trustee Peg Pollitt voting against it.

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BREAKING - Bay cleaning up after storm
August 04, 2011
Williams Bay - Property owners along the shores of Lake Como still are finishing their cleanup after high winds caused house and tree damage about two weeks ago. After Tuesday night's storms that rolled through the area, it's Williams Bay that now has its own work to do.Damage in the village was evident early Wednesday afternoon, especially along the lakefront and in the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy.Two large trees along the east end of the lakefront were knocked down by the destructive wind. One tree appeared to be shaved in half by the wind.
Phosphorus reduction could pack financial punch
Sewer Plant closely watches potential change in state law
August 04, 2011
Sharon Township — The amount of phosphorus leaving sewer treatment facilities may have to be dramatically reduced under a new proposal from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.If the proposal becomes law, it could also mean increases in sewer bills throughout the state.Officials at the Fontana Walworth Water Pollution Control Commission — which treats wastewater for the villages of Walworth and Fontana and Kikkomann Foods, Inc — are carefully watching to see whether this proposal becomes law.
Fontana creating road repairs plan
August 04, 2011
Fontana — Before paving roads that are in disrepair, the Village Board wants to know the life expectancy of the utilities underneath the asphalt. During Monday night’s Village Board meeting, trustees approved spending up to $6,000 to have its engineering firm, Ruekert Mielke, create a pavement management plan. The motion was approved on a 5-1 vote, with Trustee Peg Pollitt voting against. Trustee George Spadoni has spearheaded an effort to borrow money to repair roads in the village, while Pollitt is uneasy about increasing the village’s debt, which is about $25 million.
Man receives no jail or prison in child porn case
July 28, 2011
Elkhorn — A 45-year-old former Williams Bay man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography won’t have to serve time in a state prison or the Walworth County Jail.However, Ronald Oehm, now of Whitewater, will have to register as a sex offender for the next 15 years and serve five years of probation.On July 28, Judge Robert Kennedy spared Oehm from jail after he claimed he didn’t intentionally seek out child pornography and, according to evidence on his computer, likely rarely viewed the illegal, illicit images.
Bay schools reduce levy, balance budget
July 28, 2011
Williams Bay — The School District found its balance this year.The School Board presented a proposed budget for 2011-12 at the district’s annual meeting on July 25 that shows $6.6 million incoming, and an equal $6.6 million outgoing.As the budget review page stated: “The budget as printed ... is a balanced budget.”
Big Foot graduate receives recognition for heroic effort
Ackley helps Afghanistan woman who was shot by insurgents
July 28, 2011
Khowst Province, Afghanistan — If it wasn’t for the fast thinking of an army medic and a 2001 Big Foot High School graduate, an Afghanistan woman who was caught in the middle of a fire fight between insurgents and U.S. forces might be dead.U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Chris Ackley, a Sharon native, helped provide medical care on July 6 to the 36-year-old Afghanistan woman who suffered from a gunshot wound to her chest.“I feel like I was doing my job, and if it were to happen again, I would not change a thing,” Ackley wrote in a July 21 e-mail. “I’m thankful for everyone who took time to show their appreciation, but I was just doing my job.”
Woman dies after diving off pier in Lower Brookwood
July 21, 2011
Fontana — An 86-year-old Oak Park, Ill., woman died in Geneva Lake about 11:28 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, Fontana police reported.According to the Fontana police report, a witness told police that he saw Inger O. Klumpner jump off the pier by her summer home in Lower Brookwood. Between 15 and 20 minutes later, the same witness saw Klumpner floating face down in the lake.The witness reportedly removed the woman from the water and called for assistance. The Water Safety Patrol was first on the scene. When Fontana police arrived, Water Safety Patrol responders were performing CPR on Klumpner.
Negotiations for Headquarters sale end
July 21, 2011
Fontana — The village is no longer negotiating the sale of the former Headquarters building with developer Brian Pollard.On July 6, the Village Board and Community Development Authority met for about 10 minutes in closed session to discuss an option to purchase the building located at 138 Fontana Boulevard. Pollard submitted a Real Estate Option to purchase the property July 1, which both the CDA and Village Board rejected for financial reasons.
Village’s Highway 14 plan gains steam
Plan Commission recommends route that brings road closer to school
July 21, 2011
Walworth — The village’s Plan Commission wants an alternative route for Highway 14 that eliminates all the right angle turns, but brings the road closer to the village’s elementary school.With no one but a reporter in the audience, the commission recommended the Village Board adopt that plan for Highway 14. This issue will be on the village’s September agenda.Plan Commissioners were somewhat surprised the controversial issue didn’t bring more people to the meeting. At times, when commissioners discussed the issue, Village Hall was packed with people who opposed bringing the road closer to the school.
Turner: ‘Tidy up legal situation on Lake Street’
Former trustee wants clarification for road boundaries
July 14, 2011
Fontana — A contentious public battle last summer over the riparian rights on Lake Street seemingly ended when an independent, Madison-based attorney reviewed century-old legal documents and opined that the businesses — not the village — have the right to the water.Publicly, little has been said about the issue since Hank Gempeler, of Foley and Lardner, provided the village with a report on the lakefront ownership issue, which was the cornerstone of the controversy.However, Lake Street has never been platted and the legal boundaries of the road remain unclear.
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