June 25, 2013 | 04:43 PMBLOOMFIELD — A 41-year-old Bloomfield woman was arrested after she allegedly stabbed a 39-year-old man with a kitchen knife during a domestic abuse incident.
On Sunday, June 23 at about 9:45 p.m., police responded to a home on W. Lake Shore Drive for a report of a stabbing.
Both Michelle Meinen and Jonathan Giese were transported to the hospital after police responded to the home.
When police arrived they met with a 39-year-old man, identified as Giese, who had been stabbed in the shoulder blade.
He was taken to Aurora Lakeland Medical Center and then was flown by Flight For Life to Froedtert Hospital, Wauwatosa. Giese is still at Froedtert Hospital in critical but stable condition.
Meinen was transported to Lakeland Hospital where she was treated for nonlife threatening injuries, which she received during a fight, according to the police department press release.
After Meinen was released from the hospital, she was taken to the Walworth County jail.
Impact fees are apparently having little desired impact, and the city council seems ready to jettison them altogether.
"The impact fee wasn't doing much for the city," said Alderwoman Sarah Hill, who chairs the Lake Geneva City Council's Finance and Regulation Committee,.
First enacted in the 1990s, the city charges a $4,805 impact fee per every house built in the city.
The idea behind impact fees is that they help offset the cost of bringing more residents into the city, said City Administrator Dennis Jordan.
The council signaled its intention to rid the city of the impact fees in April, she said. At the April 8 meeting, Mike Van Den Bosch of the Walworth County Economic Development Agency informed the council that many other communities in the county were eliminating impact fees because they were seen as a deterent to future development in a slow economy.
Formal action by the council is awaiting research by City Attorney Dan Draper, to determine whether repealing the ordinance will prevent the city from spending the fees it has already collected, Hill said.
When construction is booming and economy is strong, the impact fees add up quickly.
When construction lags, the funds go wanting.
Out of the $4,805 impact, the city extracts:
n $1,865 for sewer service.
n $1,600 for water service.
n $800 for the library.
n $310 for fire service.
n $230 for parks.
Most likely, the city council will eliminate the fire department and library impact fees, Jordan said.
The impact fee has been most useful for the city utility commission, which manages water and sewer service in the city, Jordan said. However, the utility commission now has a plan to transfer its costs to a connection fee, he said, which may lead to those fees being eliminated as well.
The one fee hanging in the balance is the parks fee. However, the park commission does have other revenues from park use fees, paid by those who rent park facilities for special events.
At the April 8 meeting, Mayor Jim Connors said an impact fee study was done in 2004 that planned for future expansion of city services based on a projected population of 45,000 by 2024.
However, that population boom has not occurred, and the city is unable to spend the fees as prescribed by the study, Connors said. In an interview last week, Jordan said state law limited how the impact fees could be spent.
In the case of water and sewer service, impact fees could be spent on new service and expansion of existing service.
The utility commission had no difficulty in using its impact fee funds, Jordan said.
However, fire service impact fees may only be spent on building a new fire station or substation. It may not be used for equipment or personnel, Jordan said. The city's main fire station needs a new roof, but the impact fee rules do not allow for improvements for existing structures, he said.
The rules for the library impact fee are not as restrictive. However, the fees may be used only to increase space for materials.
Jordan said some of the library impact fees were used to buy new shelving.
Park impact fees can be used to expand parks and park services for residents.
About four years ago, the state changed the rules and added a time limit for using the fees, Jordan said.
The state now requires that impact fees not used after seven years, or some cases 10 years, must be returned to the persons owning the property from which the fees were collected, with interest, Jordan said.
That makes it almost impossible for the city to use the fire service impact fees for a new building.
"No way we're going to save 4 to 5 million dollars within seven or 10 years," Jordan said.
Some of the impact fees are due to be refunded if they are not used by Dec. 31 this year, Jordan said.
The funds now stand as follows.
The fire fund has $67,966.87 of which $39,663 would have to be refunded.
The library fund has $158,595, of which $38,196 would have to be refunded.
The park fund has $43,774, of which $18,783 would have to be refunded.
The utilities have already spent their impact fee allotment and won't be impacted by deadlines, Jordan said.