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Motion fails on 3-3 voteMarch 10, 2011Fontana — Two trustees changed their original votes and about a half a dozen angry boat slip owners uttered their displeasure, but in the end the 31 percent increase in boat slip leases will remain intact.
In September, the Village Board voted to increase the rate boat slip owners pay to $2,750. Trustee George Spadoni was the only board member to vote against the increase.
On Monday night, the board considered reducing that increase to 3.5 percent, but the motion failed on a 3-3 vote. A 3.5 percent increase would have brought the new rate down to about $2,170.
March 10, 2011Williams Bay — A $600,000 deficit is burning a hole in the district's pocket, and the actual effects of Gov. Walker's budget and repair bills are unknown, but the School Board is still planning.
Despite or because of all of the uncertainty surrounding the public schools, now is the time to get options down on paper, said Superintendent Fred Vorlop.
"None of us know where this is headed," he said in a telephone interview Monday. "There are a lot of twists and turns in the road."
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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Recent Geneva Lake West
Goodbye Antique Mall?DOT leans to plan requiring acquisition of building, village eyes alternative
March 03, 2011Walworth — Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials are leaning toward a proposal for the Highway 14 project that would require the acquisition of two village businesses. However, plan commissioners may have put a wrench in those plans — which the DOT would fund — during the February meeting by asking for more information on another proposal.On Feb. 21 the commissioners requested cost figures for a proposal, which requires the acquisition of a residence and brings the road closer to Walworth Elementary School.
Up to seven Bay teachers could lose jobsPreliminary notices result of uncertainty over budget bill effectMarch 03, 2011Williams Bay — Seven teachers received preliminary notification from the Williams Bay School Board that they may not be rehired by the District for the 2011-12 school year.Phil Sanborn, president of the Williams Bay Teachers Union, said there is little the School Board or the union could have done to avoid this.Those cuts are the result of the failed referendum, and the school district is following the contract, he said.
Warrant issued for illegal immigrant who skips courtsDiaz-Hernandez was working at resort under false nameFebruary 24, 2011Elkhorn — After missing a court hearing, a warrant has been issued for an illegal immigrant who was employed at the Abbey Resort under a false name.Francisco A. Diaz-Hernandez, 127 Allen St., No. 11, has been charged with felony identity theft, financial gain. If convicted, he faces up to six years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.On Nov. 14, a $10,000 signature bond and a $2,000 cash bond was set for Diaz-Hernandez. He posted bond on Nov. 15.
With repair bill looming, teachers settle contractsFebruary 24, 2011Walworth — Just the proposal of Gov. Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Bill has already had a major impact on the contracts of local teachers.Last week, the school boards and teacher’s unions at Big Foot High School and Walworth Elementary School settled contracts for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years.These agreements were made despite recent comments from local union leaders that they weren’t happy with aspects of the contract.
Village hires four part-time police officersFebruary 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.
Room occupancy increases at AbbeyVillage 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.
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.