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BREAKING-Did city, officials violate open meetings laws?

May 20, 2010
Last Wednesday, just before filing their amended lawsuit against the city in federal court, Geneva Ridge Joint Venture filed a verified complaint with the Walworth County District Attorney's Office citing numerous open meetings law violations by the city of Lake Geneva and its officials. Geneva Ridge Joint Venture attorneys state in their complaint that private meetings were held between certain city officials and special interest groups, that officials improperly communicated by e-mail among themselves and with others concerning opposition to their development and that private, ex parte meetings were held. They claim the instances were all violations of Wisconsin Open Meetings law. The 11-page complaint also cites a closed session meeting held on Oct. 6 that was never convened in open session, which they state is a violation of Wisconsin statute.

Conservancy survey says 'tipping point' approaching fast

May 20, 2010
This is the second in a two-part series about the Geneva Lake Conservancy and issues revolving around conservation in the area. A recent Regional News story discussed the impact of the economic slowdown on the conservancy. The Geneva Lake Conservancy uses surveys to take the pulse of area residents regarding growth, development and conservation.

Geneva Ridge updates lawsuit claims

Complaint cites official's e-mails, depositions

May 20, 2010
Attorneys believe they now have evidence confirming nine different claims against Lake Geneva officials regarding Geneva Ridge Joint Venture's efforts to develop 718 acres on the southeast side of the city. Last Thursday afternoon, Geneva Ridge — also known as Hummel — filed in U.S. Eastern District Court their first amended complaint against the city. The 61-page document lists nine claims, explanations and references to information from e-mails between city officials. The lengthy discovery process for the lawsuit has produced information from e-mails, computer hard drive scans and depositions of city elected officials. Geneva Ridge attorneys did not have some of that information when the initial suit was filed in October 2009.

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Pieces of unique home return to Lake Geneva, now in museum
May 13, 2010
It’s been 52 years since the exotic and unique Ceylon Court stood at Maytag Point on the shore of Geneva Lake. Overlooking the east end of the lake and Buttons Bay, the all-wood replica Buddhist temple brought here after the Columbian World Expo in Chicago in 1893 was a sight to behold.Although the mansion is long gone, pieces of it were auctioned off and the remaining shell burned to the ground in a practice fire in 1958, the building and its historical significance now will be honored for years to come in the north exhibit hall at the Geneva Lake Museum.Last month, volunteers moved to the museum a number of pieces that once were inside the great mansion. The pieces, which mainly are thick, heavy wood columns covered with detailed carvings, were donated in 2008 and remained in storage until now.
Regional News asks for court’s help
May 13, 2010
More than three months after initial public records request were made to a number of city officials, the Lake Geneva Regional News still is waiting for responses.So, on Monday afternoon, the newspaper filed a request with Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss, asking that he bring circuit court action ordering release of certain city officials’ e-mails regarding the Mirbeau of Geneva Lake and Geneva Ridge Joint Venture development proposals.Since Feb. 25, the Regional News has been seeking compliance from officials with public records requests for e-mails that date back from late 2007 until now.
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.
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.”
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.
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