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Edwards extension work progressing

Project will be complete in fall

May 06, 2010
Just off Sheridan Springs road near the Highway 12 overpass, work on the north end of what will be the Edwards Boulevard extension is difficult to miss. The bulldozers, excavators, graders and dump trucks have been in full use the last several weeks preparing the area for construction. What once was overgrown vegetation and trees is now piles of dirt and the start of a road that will connect Sheridan Springs all the way to Highway 50. "We're seeing a lot of activity up there," Lake Geneva City Administrator Dennis Jordan said Monday. "The road is graded and the pond is done."

Riviera Fountain in need of costly repairs

May 06, 2010
This time of year, the Riviera Fountain should be flowing with clear water for all to see and enjoy. However, this past winter took its toll on the popular attraction. The foundation and the angel are in need of repair. According to City Administrator Dennis Jordan, the snow this winter caused the stone base to shift and where water is supposed to flow out of the angel, it won't. The angel also was damaged in other ways during recent windy days.

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Braun’s restaurant expected to open Memorial weekend
April 29, 2010
Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun was in Pittsburgh last Thursday preparing for an afternoon game.But his agent, Nez Balelo, of Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, spent his day in Lake Geneva checking on the status of his client’s tavern and grill, which will be located at the former site of the Cactus Club, 430 Broad Street. Balelo toured the entire restaurant and was provided all the details of the renovation as work was occurring in the building. A May 30 opening has been scheduled.
Legislation requests independent audit, spending freeze
Clerk must determine if petition sufficient
April 29, 2010
Former alderwoman Barb Hartke is so adamant about the city undergoing a comprehensive audit that she brought some help with her Monday to convince members of the City Council.Holding up a stuffed animal she referred to as Lamb Chop, Hartke stood at the podium and said the city needs to know its financial health using an independent and objective audit.“On behalf of Lamb Chop, we come as messenger and the deliverer of the petition,” Hartke said.
County OKs zipline facility
Concerns about proximity to cemetery remain
April 29, 2010
Elkhorn — Lake Geneva Canopy Tours general manager Mike Goril never expected much opposition to his zipline adventure facility proposed on 99 acres of wooded terrain north of Lake Geneva’s Oak Hill Cemetery.From the start, Goril said he believed the concept was environmentally sound. He said it conformed with local Smart Growth plans, would put an end to the use of a gravel pit, bring needed jobs and an additional attraction to the area.“This is the best type of use for this land,” Goril said. Officials from the town of Geneva, which is where the property is located, agree.
City will address comprehensive audit
April 22, 2010
When Barb Hartke was campaigning for the Second District alderman spot, she also was collecting signatures on a petition directing the city to provide a comprehensive audit of its “financial health.”Hartke, who lost her bid in the April 6 election, said the audit would be a “thorough assessment of the financial health of the treasury.”“Money is tight and we need to distinguish between fact and fiction,” she said Monday. “We need to see what we have. We need to make sure our financial house is in order.”
Committee won’t pursue fountain investigation
April 22, 2010
The Walworth County District Attorney’s Office in December determined pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters tossed into the Riviera Fountain is abandoned property. That’s why criminal charges never were issued against any city employee for change missing from the fountain.However, last Thursday, the city’s Personnel Committee had an opportunity to recommend the City Council look into the matter further.According to city officials, there are no records of deposits of coins pulled from the Riviera Fountain until this past year. The fountain was installed in 2004. Mayor Bill Chesen initially filed a complaint with the Lake Geneva Police Department after he talked with an anonymous resident who said city employee Richard Bergman “was bragging to him that he was drinking on the city of Lake Geneva with money from the fountain.”
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