July 14, 2011Fontana — Roads in the village are in need of repair, but at least one trustee is against shelling out the cash to fix them.
Trustee Peg Pollitt said the village isn't in the position to borrow any more money and increase its debt, which already exceeds $20 million.
During the Village Board's June 6 meeting, trustees discussed whether it should borrow money to fund maintenance projects, which would include repairs to the village's safety building and several roads.
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Former trustee wants clarification for road boundariesJuly 14, 2011Fontana — A contentious public battle last summer over the riparian rights on Lake Street seemingly ended when an independent, Madison-based attorney reviewed century-old legal documents and opined that the businesses — not the village — have the right to the water.
Publicly, little has been said about the issue since Hank Gempeler, of Foley and Lardner, provided the village with a report on the lakefront ownership issue, which was the cornerstone of the controversy.
However, Lake Street has never been platted and the legal boundaries of the road remain unclear.
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Fugitive caughtGrant faces felony sexual assault chargesJuly 07, 2011Elkhorn — A man accused of molesting two girls was arrested last month in Bloomfield Township by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Marshals. Michael T. Grant, 45, whose address is listed on court records as N4972 Town Hall Road, Delavan, was charged Oct. 7, 2010 with two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child.Grant, who also goes by the name Tim Grant, has a previous address on Constance Boulevard in Williams Bay. He previously worked at the Fantasy Hill Ranch in Delavan Township.
Parking stations push out parking metersJuly 07, 2011Fontana — Diane Kersten and Donna Stephens of Woodstock, Ill., seemed to have the worst luck parking in Fontana early on a recent Saturday afternoon.The Woodstock, Ill., women were in town for a friend’s memorial get-together at nearby Chuck’s tavern on June 25. They parked in Lot 3, and marched up to the parking station in the center of the lot with an air of confidence.And then, human and machine simply didn’t connect. Diane punched in the parking space number, inserted $1, good for an hour of parking, but failed to punch enter before hitting the receipt button. She got a receipt reading “$1 invalid for parking.”
Graduate film student sets stage in FontanaJune 30, 2011Fontana — Using the village as his backdrop, a graduate student at the University of Southern California has brought his cinematic vision to life. A couple weeks ago, Joselito Seldera, who attended Reek and Fontana Elementary Schools and Big Foot High School, filmed his movie, “Unsettled,” at Chucks Lake Shore Inn, Reid Park and in the homes of village residents. Unsettled,” which Seldera described as a “coming of age” movie, is a requirement for his graduation. However, he also plans on showing his work at Sundance and Cannes film festivals and his goal is to turn it into a full-length movie.
Board may change teachers’ contractJune 30, 2011Walworth — Under a new proposal, if there are layoffs at Big Foot High School, it won’t necessarily affect the newest teacher.Performance evaluations, academic credentials and National Board Certifications also will be considered when cuts are needed. A new evaluation model also may be used to provide economic incentives to distinguished teachers.During the Big Foot School Board’s June meeting, the district’s administration and members of the Teacher’s Union discussed proposed changes to the teacher’s contract and a new evaluation model.
New fire engine sports black paint, safety improvementsJune 23, 2011Walworth — The village’s new $387,000 fire engine — which will replace one that is 23 years old — soon will be responding to emergency calls in the area.The Pierce custom-built engine arrived more than 20 days ago, but wasn’t immediately put on the road.With new technology and safety features, Fire Chief Andy Long wanted to make sure his volunteer squad was properly trained on the engine before it hit the streets.
Failure to report?Sex acts allegedly occurred in church, schoolJune 23, 2011Elkhorn — A former Walworth minister may not be the only adult who will face charges of failing to report child abuse or neglect, according to Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss.“There could be potential for other defendants depending on where this case goes,” Koss said in a telephone interview on Monday.Joseph R. Fultz, 47, of 103 Prairie Drive, Walworth, former pastor of Grace Evangelical Church, Walworth, is charged with five misdemeanor counts of failing to report child abuse or neglect.
Considering repairs to worst roadsJune 16, 2011Fontana — Roads plagued with potholes wear out the wheels and shocks of the vehicles that bump along them.Fontana residents are tired of the road problems, and village officials are well aware of it.During the Village Board’s June night meeting, Trustee George Spadoni asked Public Works Director Craig Workman to obtain quotes to repair what are viewed as the village’s four worst thoroughfares — Dewey Avenue, Stearns Road, Lake Street and Shabbona Drive.
Vorlop retiresJune 16, 2011Williams Bay — Dr. Fred Vorlop, superintendent of Williams Bay School District for the past decade, announced his retirement effective Sept. 1, according to Kim Travis, Williams Bay School Board presidentVorlop made his announcement to the school board by e-mail early Tuesday, June 14, Travis said in an interview on Tuesday. The School Board met Monday, June 13, but nothing was said about his retirement at the meeting, she said.“The school board wishes him the best in his retirement,” Travis said. “He’s been a pleasure to work with. We will miss him.”
Butters ready for principal’s chair at Williams BayStudent teaching career began there in 1986June 09, 2011Williams Bay — Barry Butters started his career as a student teacher in Williams Bay.This summer, he will return, but this time as the principal of the Williams Bay Junior/Senior High School. He was hired by the Williams Bay School Board on May 23 over 48 other applicants.Butters, 49, will take over for Dan Bice, who retired after 21 years as principal in Williams Bay. Bice started teaching in Williams Bay in 1974 and was named principal of the junior/senior high school in 1990.
CDA budget mostly zerosDeficit projection higher than last year’s budget estimateJune 09, 2011Fontana — The expenditure lines in the Community Development Authority’s budget are mostly filled with zeros.In fact, this year there will be no spending on any projects. Instead, the CDA will only shell out funds toward two line items — debt payments, for interest and principal.Despite the absence of new spending, the CDA’s budget is projected to come in $121,807 in the red. The CDA’s budget coming in negative isn’t a surprise, but this deficit projection is about $35,000 more than the $87,000 deficit budgeted for last year.