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Joe Spiegelhoff leaving Jt. 1 Board

October 08, 2015

For the past 21 years, longtime Lake Geneva business owner Joe Spiegelhoff has been in the middle of the decision-making process on the Jt. 1 School Board.
But like everything else in life, things change.

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Corporate call to close Peet's Coffee

October 08, 2015

Lake Geneva’s Peet’s Coffee Shop, 883 Main St., closed because of a corporate decision.
In a statement from Peet’s San Francisco headquarters, all four Wisconsin stores, Lake Geneva, Waukesha, Wauwatosa and Monona closed on Sept. 27.
According to the statement from Peet’s, the four stores were underperforming compared to stores in other locations.
“After nearly a one-year assessment of our Wisconsin stores, we’ve decided to focus on our top-performing locations,” the statement says in part. “While this is not an easy decision, it’s important that we continually evaluate our fleet to effectively manage resources. Also, we’ll continue to focus and expand in key urban markets that have shown strong success for us, including Boston and Washington D.C. and the Chicago metropolitan area.”
Peet’s came to Lake Geneva and Wisconsin in August 2014 when the California-based coffee and tea retailer bought out Caribou Coffee.

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City to release documents under settlement with Care for Lake Geneva

October 08, 2015

Under a settlement with the nonprofit group Care for Lake Geneva, the city of Lake Geneva is agreeing to release privileged documents it withheld from the group during recent litigation.
Care for Lake Geneva accuses the city of engaging in secret talks with Geneva Ridge Joint Venture, the group that represented Robert Hummel, owner of 718 acres on Lake Geneva’s south side. It is not connected to Geneva Ridge, the former Interlaken Resort.
The city argued that the documents were protected by attorney-client privilege.
The agreement exempts four letters containing advice from legal counsel to the city and its insurer.
The documents relate to the lawsuit Geneva Ridge Joint Venture filed against Lake Geneva in federal court in 2009.
The city council gave the mayor permission to sign the settlement at its Sept. 28 meeting.
City Attorney Dan Draper said the settlement takes effect when Mayor Jim Connors signs it.
As of this morning, Connors has not affixed his signature to the document, but Draper said that the mayor is expected to sign soon.
Care for Lake Geneva is a nonprofit citizens group that claims to promote good government in Lake Geneva.
The settlement has been signed by Care for Lake Geneva president Casey Schiche.
Care for Lake Geneva claims that a memorandum of understanding between Geneva Ridge Joint Venture and the city to settle the federal lawsuit amounted to contract zoning, which is against the law in Wisconsin.
Under the memorandum, the city was to redesignate nine contiguous parcels totaling 718 acres of land on the city’s south side from agricultural to planned neighborhood (PN) and planned mixed use (PMU) in the city’s Smart Growth master plan by Aug. 31, 2011.
The Lake Geneva City Council amended the master plan to redesignate those properties to PN and PMU on Aug. 30, 2011.
Shortly thereafter, Geneva Ridge Joint Venture dropped its lawsuit against the city.
Draper has said that the memorandum of understanding was in fact a settlement document, signed by a federal judge, in which the city agreed to amend its master plan for the 718 acres that Geneva Ridge owns, Draper said.
Care for Lake Geneva asked the county court to void the agreement.
The documents are to be made public within seven days after the mayor confirms the settlement.
Within 30 days of signing the settlement, the city is then to direct its legal counsel to provide the city council with a memo outlining the procedures used to amend the comprehensive plan.

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Boats bounce back to more than 5,000 tallied on lake

October 08, 2015

Geneva Lake again moved closer toward the tight proportions of one boat per acre, according to the annual boat count taken by the Geneva Lake Environmental Agency and the Water Safety Patrol, according to a report from the GLEA. ...subscribers>>

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Weekend fire at Bible camp leaves no one injured

October 08, 2015

An unoccupied carriage house at the Covenant Harbor Bible Camp suffered substantial fire damage on Sunday afternoon. ...subscribers>>

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Alderwoman Hill running for mayor

October 08, 2015

Alderwoman Sarah Hill has announced that she intends to run for mayor of Lake Geneva in 2016.

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It's official: dogs get a park in Lake Geneva

October 08, 2015

Every dog has its day. This one just took a dog’s age to get here.

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A recently-approved law that changes some shoreland zoning across the state probably won’t have much affect locally, according to State Rep. Tyler August.

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