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Lifeguards pull five to safety during holiday weekend

June 03, 2010
Hot temperatures and sunny skies this holiday weekend sent thousands to Geneva Lake beaches to seek fun and relief from the heat. But, that nearly turned to tragedy for five people involved in near drownings. The Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol lifeguards pulled five people from the water in four separate incidents during the three-day weekend. "I feel very good that all the lifeguards were on top of it," Pankau said. "It was the official opening of the beaches and they didn't miss a beat, recognizing these individuals were having trouble. I really do believe that had we not been there, there may have been some lives lost."

Commencement ceremonies this weekend

June 03, 2010
Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School will honor its Class of 2010 at Sunday's commencement program set for 1:30 p.m. at the football stadium. About 290 graduates are expected to cross the stage and accept their diplomas during the annual ceremony. This is the third time commencement will be held outside. If weather does not cooperate, it will be held in the Badger gymnasium. The event will open with the processional led by Band Director Greg Bunge. The Frank Kresen American Legion Post 24 will present the colors and graduate Brooke Pankau will perform the introduction and welcome.

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Regional News requests court action
May 27, 2010
It’s taken more than 12 weeks to answer public records requests for e-mails regarding the Mirbeau and Hummel developments, but on Friday Lake Geneva Alderwoman Mary Jo Fesenmaier responded in writing, stating she has “no records to share.”About three hours after receiving that response, the Regional News delivered a request to the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office asking for court action requiring Fesenmaier to provide her e-mails.According to the letter written by Regional News Editor Lisa Seiser to District Attorney Phil Koss, Fesenmaier’s response is “not adequate” because some of Fesenmaier’s e-mails already have been produced in other public records responses.
Did officials violate open meetings laws?
Developer files complaint in Walworth County
May 27, 2010
Apparently attorneys working on the lawsuit for Geneva Ridge Joint Venture have been busy lately.Last week, just before filing in federal court an amended complaint regarding its $99 million lawsuit against the city, Geneva Ridge Joint Venture filed a complaint with the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office alleging numerous open meetings law violations by the city of Lake Geneva and its officials.Geneva Ridge — also known as Hummel — annexed to the city in early 2005 and proposed three different development plans for the property formerly located in Linn Township. None of the plans — including a venture that involved New York-based Mirbeau of Geneva Lake to include a 100-room inn, spa and winery — received final approval from city officials. Subsequently, both Geneva Ridge and Mirbeau have filed lawsuits against the city.
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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