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Smart parking may be in the cards

September 11, 2014

Smart Cards could replace the parking sticker, and what was originally free might cost residents up to $10, according to a proposal authored by the late parking commission chairman Marty Smith and Alderman Bob Kordus, who also sits on the commission.

Swanson recognized during Chamber dinner

September 11, 2014

The Geneva Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau honored an outstanding citizen and cited a business for its hospitality and a local civic organization for bettering the community.

Parks plan open house set for Sept. 29

September 11, 2014

Lake Geneva residents are invited to a park plan open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at city hall to review and comment on the city’s park and open space plan....subscribers>>

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Concessionaire says stand lacks customers

September 11, 2014

Build it and they will come.
Or not.
In the case of the city’s $298,000 concession stand at Dunn Field, they did not come in droves.
Business was so bad that the concessionaire who won the contract in March to operate the stand this summer returned the contract in July with a “thanks, no thanks” letter to the city park commission and city council.
Tanya Kasten also asked if the city could refund some or all of her $1,000 bid for the concessionaire’s contract.
The city voided her contract as she requested, but Kasten won’t be getting any money back.
The city park commission has decided to go for bids again, hoping to get someone to reopen the canteen before the season ends in October.
The upshot is that the stand is now closed and those who are hungry and thirsty pass it by as they head to their cars to find a concession stand — somewhere else.
At the beginning of the year, the concession stand, with its new bathrooms and spacious retail food space, seemed like a slam dunk.
The canteen window faces the Dunn Field skate park and the entry to the disc golf course.
And the stand is surrounded by free parking, which is usually filled with cars that discharge their passengers for excursions into the downtown.
The park board, and apparently Kasten, thought those visitors, tired, hungry and thirsty after walking Lake Geneva’s busy streets, would be perfect customers for a strategically placed snack shop.
But that’s not what happened.
In a brief interview with Kasten at the stand earlier this summer, she said the skaters, who use the skate park from dawn until dusk, bring their own power bars and energy drinks to the park.

Others who came to Dunn Field apparently didn’t know that the concession stand was open for business, Kasten said.
She said she tried to post signs indicating she was open, but her signs ran afoul of city sign ordinances and were often removed or thrown away by city employees.
A hand-written accounting of costs provided with her letter cancelling her contract, showed that Kasten spent $3,201 on the lease and all of the necessary overhead in getting the shop set up.
That same hand-written calculation appears to show an income of just $431.50 from April through July 8.
Among some of Kasten’s complaints were that the restrooms were not open at decent hours and that the disc golf course didn’t officially open until July 26, much later than she expected.
“I feel the advertising was a big part of the canteen not doing well financially,” Kasten wrote. She added she was never told by the park board that she could not display signs.
The new concession stand is at the same location as an earlier concession stand and restrooms built in the early 1990s.
However, the use of and audience at Dunn Field has changed considerably since then. In the 1990s, Dunn Field had baseball diamonds and regular league games.
Those diamonds are gone, replaced by tennis courts, a skate park and a parking lot.


Former city employee enters not guilty pleas

September 11, 2014

Ronald M. Carstensen, former Lake Geneva street superintendent, has pleaded not guilty to all eight counts filed against him by the state Attorney General’s office.

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A Lake Geneva original, Sturg Taggart, dies

September 11, 2014

For Sturges Phoenix Taggart Jr. life was centered around Lake Geneva.

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