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2010 in review: More incorporation talk, less new business

by Steve Targo

December 30, 2010

1. They still

want their village

A group of people in Bloomfield Township want to turn part of their community into a village because state law allows cities and villages to annex land from nearby towns at a property owner's request.

Why has this been one of the top stories since 2007? A few reasons. If the estimated 16-square-mile region northeast of Highway H becomes a village, not only is this a new municipality, but village and town residents likely will see local taxes change. Municipal services — police, EMS, highway — will need to be re-established.

But with the city of Lake Geneva to the north and the village of Genoa City to the south, some town residents — including members of the Bloomfield Town Board — are concerned about the future of their community and its borders.

That's where this effort has been for the last four years. Officials still aren't at the stage of pushing tax rate estimates or other crucial factors people likely will consider when voting for this potentially historic issue.

Public discussions about trying for incorporation began in 2006.

Since then, the town applied, reapplied, and earlier this month, reapplied again. Bloomfield officials met with Lake Geneva and Genoa City officials.

There were state public hearings in Bloomfield Township and in Madison.

And the saga continues.

On Wednesday, Dec. 22, Bloomfield Town Chairman Ken Monroe said he recently supplied a new petition with about 85 signatures to a town attorney to file with the Walworth County Circuit Court.

Monroe expected it would be filed soon. Circuit court is the first step in the process for a town to incorporate.

Once a judge approves the petition, it goes to the DOA for review.

If the DOA Incorporation Review Board decides the proposed village make sense and is beneficial, the final step is a referendum election.

However, for more than three years, the effort has been stalled in the second stage of this process.

"When I first started, I figured it would take about two years," Monroe said Thursday, Sept. 30. "But when I talked to others who have gone through the incorporation process, they said figure on three years at least, because they keep getting rejected (by the DOA) in Madison."