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Event might move to Williams BayJanuary 13, 2011Fontana — Whether the Lake Geneva Triathlon stays in the village remains to be seen, but board members aren't waiving $2,000 in charges owed by event organizers.
Last month, triathlon organizers asked the Williams Bay Village Board for permission to host the event there, which would break a more than 20-year tradition of holding it in Fontana.
In a Dec. 7 letter, triathlon organizers asked Fontana to waive a $2,000 parking fee for using the village's municipal lots. However, the letter doesn't state event organizers are shopping for a new location.
January 13, 2011Williams Bay — Tim Magill's dark suit and open collared white shirt gives him a laid-back, Midwestern appearance as he settles down behind the director's desk at the Holiday Home Camp.
He blends that with a touch of his native Arizona, in the jeans and cowboy boots he wears.
He wasn't wearing a cowboy hat when he met with a reporter recently. He didn't have to. Magill has worn a number of different hats.
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Recent Geneva Lake West
Cruise Line owner hopes to become village trusteeJanuary 06, 2011Fontana — The owner of the Geneva Lake Cruise Line and Gage Marine hopes to bring his business savvy to the Village Board.Bill Gage, 45, said he is running for trustee because he believes in serving the community. He hopes to bring the perspective of a businessman with a young family to the board.Gage is one of five candidates seeking a trustee seat on the Fontana Village Board. The election is an at-large race and the three candidates with the most votes will earn seats on the board.
Austin won’t seek re-electionPlan Commission chairman running for seatJanuary 06, 2011Walworth Township — When Larry Austin first ran for political office, village of Walworth and town officials were at odds over fire protection in the community. Austin won a supervisor seat in a recall election. After that he wanted to put out the political fires that existed.“We have improved our relationship a bunch with the village,” Austin said. Austin said he is pleased that issue has been resolved and that the two communities have worked together to create a joint paid-on-premises fire and rescue service.
Conservation pact on holdDecember 30, 2010Williams Bay — The Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy newsletter carries the motto: “Dedicated July 1990 to the children of tomorrow.”Harold J. Friestad, chairman of the conservancy’s board of directors, believes he has the answer to preserving the 230-acre nature preserve for future generations, make it part of a conservation easement.After more than a year of preparation and negotiating with the Geneva Lake Conservancy, Friestad presented his proposal to the Williams Bay trustees, first at the Village Board’s Parks and Lakefront Committee Dec. 15, and then at the full board on Dec. 20.
Silencing critics or saving cashDecember 30, 2010Fontana — Lou Loenneke and Bruce Jensen think the village president is trying to muzzle them and stop discussions on the lakefront ownership issue.Village President Arvid “Pete” Petersen said the two already have cost the village money, and by sending more information to Village Attorney Dale Thorpe, they are jacking up the bill.On Dec. 16, Petersen sent Loenneke and Jensen a letter stating they can’t submit information directly to village staff. Jensen had faxed a letter from the Wisconsin Historical Society to Thorpe. Loenneke has questioned the lakefront in the past.
Lyons 2010 - Up one camp, one plant, down one depotDecember 30, 2010An Illinois man found meaning on Cranberry Road. A new sewage treatment plant is going up in the Lyons Sanitary District, as are the quarterly sewer rates.A landmark came down in Springfield.
Redefining the Christmas spiritDecember 23, 2010Walworth — As seasonal music plays, children will stand in front of Valerie Piechur’s home pretending to be maestros orchestrating a Christmas light and sound show.Adults have been known to park their cars near Piechur’s home at 208 Madison St. and dance on the sidewalk. At any other home in the village this would likely draw strange looks from the homeowners, but Piechur and her husband, Gary, don’t mind at all.
Walworth’s Watters won’t run for Village PresidentTrustee Rasmussen seeking seatDecember 23, 2010Walworth — After eight years as village president, Todd Watters will step down and a familiar face in local politics hopes to take his place.Trustee David Rasmussen announced he is running for village president. Watters is endorsing Rasmussen for the position. Watters, who has served four two-year terms on the board, also said the past year has been difficult for him and his family because of “work-related concerns.”
Is a moratorium on development in Fontana’s future?December 16, 2010Fontana — The village attorney is creating a moratorium on development because of concerns unwanted growth may sneak into the community as officials rewrite zoning codes.If the temporary ban on development is put in place it would likely prohibit rezones, subdivision applications and condominium plats. Earlier this month, the Village Board directed Village Attorney Dale Thorpe to draft a moratorium prohibiting certain development as the zoning code is rewritten.
Gas stations no longer off limitsBoard Oks snowmobilers access to Landing, Sentry gas stationDecember 16, 2010Walworth — Walworth County is a playground every winter for snowmobile enthusiasts who enjoy the scenic trails that are unique to southeastern Wisconsin. After the snow begins to fall, locals and Illinois residents alike begin hitting the paths, but there is one issue that makes the winter recreational activity a little more challenging. Finding places to refuel, change oil and purchase maps are becoming fewer and further between. A couple years ago, the village prohibited access to two gas stations, which further complicated the problem.
BREAKING: Police searching for suspected sex offenderDecember 09, 2010The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Task Force is seeking help from the public in locating a 44-year-old man who has an active warrant for allegedly sexually assaulting a child.Michael T. Grant’s last known address is on Constance Boulevard in the village of Williams Bay.Grant, who also goes by Tim Grant, is known to frequent horse shows and has worked as a horse trainer in the past. He could currently be employed as a horse trainer, according to the press release.