Village collects $24,000 more in room tax revenueFebruary 17, 2011Fontana — It could be a sign the economy is improving, or the result of good marketing and sales techniques. Or maybe it is a combination of the two.
But, anyway you look at it, the Abbey Resort saw an increase in room occupancy in 2010, collecting more than $5 million in room rental revenue alone.
The increase means the municipality collected more money in room taxes, which eases the tax burden on property owners.
February 17, 2011Walworth — There will be four new cops patrolling village streets.
On Monday night, the Village Board approved hiring four part-time police officers, all of whom will work less than 600 hours annually and won't receive benefits.
For training purposes, Walworth Police Chief Chris Severt said the officers start dates will be staggered. However, he expects two of the officers to be on patrol by March. The other two should be on the roads by May.
January 20, 2011Fontana — For many years the building on the corner of Fontana Boulevard and Highway 67 was a place where people had their hair cut and styled.
In September 2007, Headquarters, 138 Fontana Blvd., closed its doors. About a year later, the village purchased the building and the adjacent vacant lot for $350,000 with plans to redevelop it in the future.
Now the village is working with Brian Pollard, the president of Fairwyn Development Corporation, to develop the site and return it to the tax roll.
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Fate of schools left to district residentsFebruary 10, 2011In the end, voters in the Williams Bay School District will have to approve increasing the school district’s revenue cap.Or the School Board will have to cut programs and teachers until the school district is unrecognizable, and perhaps unsupportable.Those basic choices came out of a special public hearing Monday at the Williams Bay High School. Nearly 200 parents, students and voters crowded into the school assembly hall to hear about 70 written questions answered by the School Board and to add their own questions and comments later. The meeting started 7 p.m. and didn’t wrap up until 9:30 p.m.
Blizzard brings out best in emergency servicesFebruary 10, 2011Walworth — During last week’s blizzard, emergency service volunteers expected calls for car accidents and stranded vehicles.Then there was a call for a woman whose water had broken. She was in labor and an ambulance had to drive through the storm into rural Walworth.Rescue Chief Jim Schwartz, Capt. Rhonda Schwartz and volunteer Austin Schwartz jumped into the ambulance and traveled roughly three miles to a home in Walworth Township.
Big Foot doesn’t plan to fall behind in technology ageFebruary 03, 2011Walworth — Here is a version of a popular joke in education. After sleeping for 100 years, Rip Van Winkle wakes up and enters a business office to find a plethora of new technology. At the office, he is sickened by all the new gadgets and gizmos and heads to a hospital for treatment. At the hospital, he discovers technological advances and becomes ever more ill. Winkle is finally comforted when he enters a school and sees nothing has changed.Although the joke may not be LOL, it is used to illustrate a point: schools are falling further behind businesses and industry, while at the same time students are relying more on text messages, Skype, Facebook and other mediums to communicate.
Village seeks developerFontana sends out RFP for Duck PondFebruary 03, 2011Fontana — Offering scenic views of Geneva Lake, access to a bike and walking trails and an easy commute to Rockford, Chicago and Milwaukee, a village-owned site could be the perfect place for a business to open up shop.At least that is what village officials hope. Officials are looking for a developer for the Duck Pond site, which is located on the northwest corner of Wild Duck and Dade roads. The land is vacant, but could house a business, medical facility or light manufacturer.
Officials fine with Triathlon moving to Williams BayJanuary 27, 2011Fontana — Sometimes, traditions come to an end.After more than 20 years of hosting the Lake Geneva Triathlon in Fontana, it appears the group will move the event to nearby Williams Bay.On Friday, Fontana Village President Arvid “Pete” Petersen said, “That’s terrific.”
Teachers, School Board heading to arbitration?January 27, 2011Walworth — For more than a year, teachers at Big Foot High School have worked without a contract as negotiations between the union and the School Board have stalled.It appears the two groups will have one more chance to reach an agreement before an outside arbitrator is brought into guide negotiations.Union President Michael Manghera, who teaches math, said the school and the union have reached agreements on pay for the 2009 school year.
Getaway driver receives probation in armed robberySevert receives stayed prison sentenceJanuary 27, 2011Elkhorn — The getaway driver in an armed robbery was promised cocaine and $20 for his role in the crime.Instead, Ryan T. Severt, 20, 300 Randolph St., was arrested and charged with armed robbery, as a party to a crime, a felony which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment. “It is a crime where you get money for wearing a mask and pointing a gun in someone’s face,” Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube said. “It is a prison case.”
New camp director brings varied career to jobJanuary 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.
Triathlon organizers want village to waive portion of billEvent 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.
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.