November 25, 2010Sharon — If Sandra Teichow never was the Sharon Main Street director, popular events such as Model-A Day and The Victorian Christmas might not be community traditions.
This year, the Victorian Christmas, which is scheduled for Dec. 3, will be dedicated to Teichow, who was killed Oct. 14 in Racine.
"She is our guest of honor and I'm sure she will be with us even though we can't see her," said Mary Kay Black, who is helping organize the event.
Legally, district may need to teach about contraceptive useNovember 25, 2010Walworth — It isn't an easy subject to approach.
However, the state law has changed on how schools teach it, and Walworth Elementary School is discussing how that will affect its curriculum.
A group of parents and educators are reviewing the school's human growth and development curriculum and whether the school will continue teaching it.
Recent Geneva Lake West
Kikkoman calls for negotiationsNovember 18, 2010Walworth — Representatives from Kikkoman Foods have denied the company threatened to stop making a minimal payment to the sewage treatment plant.Instead, Kikkoman Vice President of Administration Dan Miller said the company wants to renegotiate the payment arrangement.Two weeks ago, the villages of Walworth and Fontana met in closed session to discuss possible litigation with Kikkoman Foods.
Bay budget, levy up, but tax rate expected to declineNovember 18, 2010Williams Bay — The numbers must have looked right, because the Village Board on Monday unanimously approved the levy and budget for 2011 with no comment or amendment.The only resident to comment during the public hearing was Vernon Choyce, former school board president.“I thank you for doing a fine job,” Choyce told the board.
Attorney: Whowells own the lakefrontJensen 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.
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.