Old surveys, deeds, plats raise questionsAugust 05, 2010Fontana — Inside of Gordy's Boat House, Tom Whowell unfolded a 1990 survey of the lakefront property, which states he has riparian rights on Geneva Lake.
In order to receive a permit, Tom said he needed the survey to prove to the Department of Natural Resources that he had those rights.
For years, questions have arose whether Gordy's and Chuck's have riparian rights — access to Geneva Lake.
bidding out rare itemAugust 05, 2010Walworth—A rare 1954 Farmall Tractor will be one of more than 200 vintage tractors auctioned off Saturday in the village.
Mecum Auctions, a company that specializes in the sale of muscle, classic and high-end collector cars will auction off the vintage tractors at its Walworth location, 445 S.Main St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
"Antique tractors have become valuable investment pieces and we are excited to bring a variety of sought-after tractors to one central location for collectors to inspect, enjoy and purchase," Dan Mecum, operations manager for Mecum Auctions said in a press release."Attendees can expect to see everything from a1960 John Deere Veggie Special to International, Allis Chalmers and Case tractors go up for bid."
Hinske sees room for improvementAugust 05, 2010Walworth —More than three-fourths of Big Foot High School sophomores received advanced or proficient scores in all tested subjects on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Exam.
In all five tested subjects, the students scored higher than the state-wide average.
"I'm very pleased with the progress," Big Foot Principal Mike Hinske said. "However, there is always room for improvement."
August 05, 2010Williams Bay — It was 20 years ago that this lakeside village took a road not traveled by other Geneva Lake communities.
When a developer arrived here with plans for an $81 million lakeside development, the people didn't rush out to meet this potentially lucrative source of tax revenue. Instead, village residents and the Village Board, worried that the development would damage the quality of the lake, rallied to acquire the land and turn it into a nature conservancy open to residents and visitors all year long.
Now, instead of a lakeside lined with restaurants, hotels and businesses, the largest property in Williams Bay to face the lake is the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy. Kishwauketoe is a Potawatomi Indian word meaning "clear water."
Recent Geneva Lake West
Supreme Court upholds McGuire convictionJuly 29, 2010Madison — Former Jesuit priest Donald McGuire’s conviction for molesting teenage boys in a Fontana cabin in the 1960s has been upheld by the state’s Supreme Court.In 2006, a Walworth County Jury convicted McGuire, 80, of five counts of indecent behavior with a child. McGuire appealed the conviction challenging the constitutionality of how the statute of limitations were applied to him.Under Wisconsin State law at the time of the incident, the statute of limitations was six years. However, the court excludes time that McGuire was not a resident in the state. McGuire visited the Fontana cabin and lived in Illinois.
Lobster Boil and Steak Fry Saturday in Reid ParkJuly 29, 2010Fontana — The annual Big Foot Lions Club Lobster Boil and Steak Fry is a hallmark event in the village.The permanent signs that welcome visitors into the village include information about the event, which always is held the final Saturday in July.More than 2,200 dinners were sold last year, which is greater than the number of residents in the community.
CDA investigating lakefront ownershipOutside attorney hired to research issueJuly 29, 2010Fontana — In a move that upset lakefront business owners, the village’s Community Development Authority hired an outside attorney Monday night to independently research riparian rights along Lake Street. Questions continue to arise on whether the two business owners along Lake Street actually have rights to Geneva Lake. The CDA is investigating the ownership because, in September, voters will cast ballots on a $2.8 million referendum for improvements to Lake Street.
Taxpayers receive new assessmentsJuly 29, 2010Walworth — Most assessments in the village recently went up, but that doesn’t necessarily mean property owners will pay more in taxes.That will depend on other variables including what tax levies are adopted by the schools, county, village, Gateway Technical College and the state. It also depends on whether an individual property owner’s assessment increased by more than the community average. The village’s assessor, Accurate Appraisal, LLC, recently sent a letter with new assessed values for homes in Walworth.
Girl hurt in boating accidentJuly 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.
Expansion of sewer plant on scheduleStimulus 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.”
District will spend more than it receivesBudget 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.
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.