Budget hearing set for July 26July 22, 2010Williams Bay — School district residents here will have a chance to weigh in on the district's budget for the 2010-11 school year at the annual meeting, 8 p.m. July 26 in the large lecture hall at Williams Bay Junior/Senior High School, 500 W. Geneva St.
By state law, it's also a chance for electors to vote on the school tax.
The district anticipates spending $586,131 more than it takes in next year, despite trimming about $54,000 from next year's budget in supplies, licensing and deferred textbook purchases, said Williams Bay Superintendent Fred Vorlop. Reasons for the projected shortfall include declining enrollment and increases in teacher pay and benefits, Vorlop said.
Stimulus funds help pay for projectJuly 22, 2010Town of Sharon — On Chilson Road, there is a flurry of activity at the wastewater treatment plant.
Construction crews are continuing to expand the facility which services the villages of Walworth and Fontana and the Kikkoman Foods plant.
"We are on schedule, and in some cases we are a little ahead of schedule," Plant Superintendent Dean Donner said. "Ninety percent of the major cement work is done."
July 22, 2010Williams Bay — A 17-year-old girl is in fair condition at Children's Hospital, Milwaukee, following a boating accident in Williams Bay at about 1:41 p.m. Sunday, according to the Geneva Lake Law Enforcement Agency.
The name of the girl has not been released. She was sitting in the bow area of a 1991 Page Powerboat operated by Krzysztof Koterba, 47, of Chicago, when it struck the Williams Bay Municipal boat pier, according to the GLLEA.
The report states the boat slid partially under the pier after the collision.
Recent Geneva Lake West
Sharon man has second standoff with policeHeuser charged with
false imprisonmentJuly 15, 2010Sharon — 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.
lakefront ownershipWhowell family 100
percent certain it’s theirsJuly 15, 2010Fontana — 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.
School Board sets Sept. 14 referendumDeficit could grow to more than $1.09 million by 2014-15July 15, 2010Williams 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.
Big Foot students breaking geographical barriersJuly 08, 2010Walworth — 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 optionsJuly 08, 2010Williams 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, fireworksFun time slated this weekend at Reid ParkJuly 01, 2010Fontana — 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 serviceJuly 01, 2010Walworth — 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 schoolDistrict focuses on efficiencyJuly 01, 2010Williams 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-chairsDistrict planning for upcoming referendumJune 24, 2010Williams 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 garageConstruction on project could begin within 30 daysJune 24, 2010Walworth — 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.