Trustees, attorney raise concerns
because lift station wasn't going to bidAugust 12, 2010Fontana — During the August Village Board meeting, three trustees and the village attorney questioned why there weren't plans to bid out a maintenance project for the North Shore lift station.
On a 4-3 vote, the board approved hiring L.W. Allen to purchase and install two pumps for the lift station at a cost not to exceed $46,000, which is part of a $100,000 project. At the meeting, Trustee Thomas McGreevy said the project didn't go out for bid because of a desire to use L.W. Allen, a company the village trusts for important projects.
The approval was contingent on Village Attorney Dale Thorpe making sure the board was acting within the scope of Wisconsin bidding laws.
August 12, 2010Walworth — The Gone Farmin' Tractor Auction brought more than antique and specialty farm equipment to the village.
It also lured people to town, who spent money in the area.
Several restaurants reported increase business because of the auction.
August 12, 2010Williams Bay — The annual Lions Club Corn and Brat Roast is more than a good time, it's also a reinvestment in the community.
The Lions' roast has been an annual event in the bay for about the last 40 years, said Jim D'Alessandro, past Williams Bay Lions president and a member of the club's community affairs committee.
Last year, the Lions Club served about 5,000 ears of Pearce's Farm corn to visitors and raised about $25,000 that went back into the Williams Bay School District and the local library, D'Alessandro said. Not all of the $25,000 was raised at the Corn and Brat Roast, but it is the Williams Bay Lions' biggest fundraiser, he said.
Recent Geneva Lake West
marks 20 yearsAugust 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.”
Big Foot tests higher than state average on WKCEHinske 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.”
Vintage tractor sale set for Saturday in WalworthMecum Auctions
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.”
‘There is no question of ownership’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.
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.”