Jensen critical of Gempeler's findingsNovember 11, 2010Fontana — After months of review, the Whowells still own the lakefront.
An independent attorney has determined that the Lake Street business owners have riparian rights to Geneva Lake, but that hasn't silenced a critic who has dismissed the findings.
In July, Madison-based attorney Hank Gempeler was hired by the Community Development Authority to investigate the issue.
County also looks at prohibiting K-2November 11, 2010By Robert Ireland
Recent Geneva Lake West
School Board must weigh budget cutsNovember 04, 2010Williams Bay — Now starts the process of cutting costs to match income.The Williams Bay School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 to start bridging the $609,000 gap between what is budgeted to keep the district going into the 2010-11 school year, and what it expects in revenues. Reasons for the projected shortfall include declining enrollment and increases in teacher pay and benefits.
Is a lawsuit brewing with Kikkoman?Villages of Walworth, Fontana hold closed door meetingNovember 04, 2010Fontana — The soy sauce manufacturer and the two municipalities work together at the Fontana Walworth Water Pollution Control Commission, but that relationship soon may be in turmoil. The Walworth and Fontana village boards met behind closed doors Monday night to discuss possible litigation with Kikkoman Foods. It appears Kikkoman is planning to back out of a billing agreement, which could end up increasing sewer rates for village residents.
Potential for a serious accident?Chief: safety around square a concernOctober 28, 2010Walworth — In the past 22 months, there have only been seven accidents reported by police around the village’s square.Of those accidents, only two involved semis. In both, a street light was knocked over.Although there haven’t been many serious accidents around the square, it doesn’t mean there aren’t safety concerns in the village’s downtown.
Gage permit gets quick approvalOctober 28, 2010Williams Bay — If you blinked, you missed it.The Williams Bay Village Board on Monday, Oct. 18, approved a conditional use for Gage Marine as recommended by the Plan Commission on Oct. 12.In addition, the board also approved a zoning permit for the company.
Gage takes first step to add restaurant to marinaOctober 21, 2010Williams Bay — Gage Marine took its first step toward de-industrializing and re-purposing its Williams Bay location, adding a family restaurant and tavern to its boat repair and storage facility at 4 Liechty Drive.On Oct. 11, the Williams Bay Plan Commission unanimously recommended that Gage be granted a conditional use permit for the proposed changes.The conditional use must be approved by the Village Board, said Don Weyhrauch, Village Board president and chairman of the Plan Commission.
Village appeals TID changeOctober 21, 2010Fontana — Formally the village has appealed the change in how the state values its Tax Increment District, which has created financial pains for the TIF district.Earlier this year, the Department of Revenue changed how it values the TIF district. In previous years, the DOR valued the TIF district using a formula. Now the state uses the assessor’s value, which dropped the value of Fontana’s district by $26 million overnight.This change, depending on real estate growth, also could place the TIF district in debt until 2020. However, the TID should close with a positive balance.
State stocks Geneva Lake with 3,000 muskiesFirst time DNR has put this species in the lakeOctober 21, 2010Williams Bay — Geneva Lake has a new predator.The state Department of Natural Resources transplanted 3,000 muskellunge into lake waters Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14 and 15, said Doug Welch, DNR fisheries biologist for Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties.The fish were introduced to the lake in Williams Bay on the north side of the lake and near Trinke Estates in Linn Township at the south east side, Welsh said.
Resident passing petition seeking rewrite of codesOctober 14, 2010Fontana — Sharon O’Brien is feeling disenfranchised. The Fontana resident has been attending board meetings in her search for stricter regulations to the village’s zoning and land use laws, but she believes elected officials are ignoring her pleas.O’Brien wants to see village officials aggressively pursue rewriting ordinances to preserve the area and prevent unwanted development, especially on the shoreline.
DOT may acquire businesses
for projectState looks at buying buildings for Highway 14October 14, 2010Walworth — When Waal’s Department store was open, parents would take their children in September to buy back-to-school clothes and supplies there.Eleven years ago, the former department store was purchased by John and Roberta Hunt, who now run the Antique Store on the corner. Roberta Hunt, an owner of the Antique Mall, said customers still talk to her about the former department store. However, today more people are questioning the building’s future.
To raise revenues, village looks at advertisingOctober 07, 2010Walworth — The cash-strapped village is searching for alternative ways to fund, for which the board has been criticized.During the September meeting, the Village Board discussed having advertisements in the outfields of Toynton and Devil’s Lane Park. “We are trying to raise funds for the parks because our budget is constantly being cut,” Park Committee Chairwoman Madeline Zindrick said.