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School Board sets Sept. 14 referendum

Deficit could grow to more than $1.09 million by 2014-15

July 15, 2010
Williams Bay — Numbers referred to as "preliminary projections" are, according to School District Administrator Fred Vorlop, problematic. But on Monday night, he said these figures "in essence address the district's problems," or the size of increasing school district's deficit. According to one projection, the estimated revenue for the district in the 2010-11 school year is more than $6.9 million. The expenses? More than $7.37 million.

Questioning lakefront ownership

Whowell family 100 percent certain it's theirs

July 15, 2010
Fontana — Once again, the question is being asked, "Who owns the lakefront?" On June 17, Fontana resident Lou Loenneke sent a letter to the village that questioned the ownership of the lakefront and whether Gordy's and Chuck's Lake Shore Inn have the riparian rights. However, as far as the lakefront business owners are concerned, they own the rights to the lakefront.

Sharon man has second standoff with police

Heuser charged with false imprisonment

July 15, 2010
Sharon — Twice in less then one month, the same 40-year-old man allegedly had standoffs with local law enforcement. Frederick F. Heuser III, 241 Nelson St., was arrested June 12 after a standoff with the Walworth County SWAT team. After that incident, the Walworth County District Attorney's Office charged him with two counts of disorderly conduct.

Recent Geneva Lake West
Big Foot students breaking geographical barriers
July 08, 2010
Walworth — Do students in rural areas think urban high schools are worn-down and filled will gang violence and metal detectors?Do these urban students suspect rural kids are hillbillies with nothing better to do than tip cows?What about the viewpoint of students in a posh district?
Time for an upgrade?
Bay explores firehouse options
July 08, 2010
Williams Bay — Since 1934, the village fire station has been a community stalwart, home to a department that has saved hundreds of lives. But the time has come for improvements in order to meet National Incident Management System (NIMS) standards. That’s why the Village Board Protective Services Committee called a special meeting June 23, in which it determined a decision needs to be made whether to revamp the existing facility or build a new station.
Music, crafts, beer, fireworks
Fun time slated this weekend at Reid Park
July 01, 2010
Fontana — Reid Park will be rocking on the Fourth of July this weekend. Music, crafts and kid games are scheduled throughout the two-day weekend event, which will end with the annual fireworks show over Geneva Lake.Village Clerk Dennis Martin, who has been organizing the Battle of the Bands competition, said eight bands are confirmed to play.
‘So far, so good’
Officials happy with paid-on-premises service
July 01, 2010
Walworth — Patients are sometimes surprised how quickly Nick Maise arrives at an emergency call.Maise said a common response has been, “Wow, you guys are really quick.” Once an emergency call is placed in the village and town of Walworth, Maise said he and another responder are usually out the door and en route within a minute.
Bay probes problems with elementary school
District focuses on efficiency
July 01, 2010
Williams Bay — Architect Bill Henry presented to the Williams Bay School Board at a special meeting June 21, a focused theme — efficiency. Due to growing concerns about the aging elementary school, which is nearly 100 years old, Henry, of Kehoe-Henry Associates, conducted a study to determine the best renovation concepts for the school and help the board decide whether they choose a complete makeover or a new school altogether.Based on Henry’s recommendations, improvements including expanded rooms and wheelchair accessibility would cost more than $8.5 million, with a future expansion to combine student services and the main office and add handicap accessibility to the gym entrance and kindergarten rooms running the final possible total to $11 million.
Looking for leaders: Committee needs co-chairs
District planning for upcoming referendum
June 24, 2010
Williams Bay — “We’re a little light on membership tonight,” School Superintendent Dr. Fred Vorlop said to nine other people Thursday, June 17, in the high school board room.Recently, Vorlop publicly announced he will recommend the Williams Bay School Board essentially ask district voters to allow the school district to exceed state revenue limits. That may mean a referendum as early as Sept. 14. If district voters approve a referendum, it likely will mean a tax rate increase to ensure their schools continue providing its current level of services.But there weren’t as many people at the June 17 Referendum Committee meeting as there were earlier this month, when Vorlop suggested concerned district residents establish a committee and take other measures to promote the district’s need to make up funds for the estimated $530,000 deficit projected for the past school year.
Board approves bids for fire garage
Construction on project could begin within 30 days
June 24, 2010
Walworth — It took two rounds of bids, but on Monday night, the Village Board approved the contractors who will build a new Fire Department garage. In March, the village received bids for the construction of a new garage, which will be located behind the fire department building at 227 N. Main St. Those bids came in between $141,000 and $256,000, which is much higher than the $80,000 to $90,000 price tag officials were hoping for.After the bids came in higher than expected the village regrouped and changed some plans searching for a lower price tag.
Fire Department BBQ Saturday
June 24, 2010
Walworth — It’s hard for residents to ignore the smell of chicken during the volunteer fire department’s annual barbecue. Fire Chief Andy Long said it fills the air in town, which helps draw the community to the village’s square.“It’s a pretty inexpensive meal and I think people look forward to it because they can smell it throughout town,” Long said.
Residents have chance to review Master Plan draft
Open house June 23
June 17, 2010
Williams Bay — Finally, there’s a new plan for the next 20 years of village growth, redevelopment and preservation. But before it’s adopted, residents are invited to view the updated Williams Bay Master Plan and voice their opinions.The village is hosting an open house Wednesday, June 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lions Field House, Highway 67 and Stark Street.
Website provides details about lakefront project
Village Board approves referendum question
June 17, 2010
Fontana — The village is launching a new website to ensure residents have plenty of information about the lakefront project before ballots are cast this fall.On Sept. 14, voters will decide whether the village should spend up to $2.8 million to reconstruct Lake Street, the adjacent parking lot and construct a Lakefront Activity Building. The village is launching a website — www.lakefrontbuilding.com — which includes a collection of documents related to the project, a history of the building, maps, explanations of tax increment financing and outlines of the proposal.
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