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City's attorneys deny Geneva Ridge's claims

June 10, 2010
City of Lake Geneva attorneys have filed in U.S. Eastern District Court their denials of the allegations made in Geneva Ridge Joint Venture's recent amended complaint. Geneva Ridge annexed to the city in early 2005 and proposed three different development plans for the 710-acre 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. Now, Geneva Ridge — also referred to as Hummel — is suing the city in federal court seeking $99.8 million. The claims allege that the city is in violation of equal protection under federal and state constitutions; retaliation in violation of First Amendment rights; conspiracy to retaliate in violation of First Amendment rights; declaratory judgement voiding denial of zoning amendment; declaratory judgement voiding adoption of comprehensive plan; mandamus, damages, punitive damages and attorney fees under open records laws; violation of open meetings laws; taking under the Wisconsin Constitution and conspiracy to defraud.

Gypsy moths coming?

Infestation levels appear lower than last year

June 10, 2010
It can't be seen from the road, but a pink ribbon hanging off a tree branch shows where an adult gypsy moth trap has been set. The bright green trap that looks like a milk carton is hidden. It hangs in the brush and for the time being, it is empty. But, local and state officials expect the trap boxes to be full of gypsy moths at some point in July as they try to survey the population in an effort to slow the spread of the invasive pest.

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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.
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.
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