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Enhancing Flatiron Park

August 05, 2010
By next summer, Flatiron Park could look much different than it does today. There could be an open space in the middle with an elevated stage for performances and bands, a new pavilion for weddings, a water feature and walkways. For nearly two years, the Committee for the Beautification of Lake Geneva has been focused on a design plan to improve Flatiron Park. Drawings and maps were presented Monday night to the City Council in an effort to discuss options for the park's renovation.

How do those parking devices work?

Meter enforcement personnel enjoying new equipment

August 05, 2010
Move over pens and pads of brightly-colored parking ticket envelopes. Make way for the Autocite hand-held, all-in-one ticketing device. Lake Geneva's Parking Meter Enforcement Department has been using the new technology for several weeks now. Supervisor Kerri Johnson couldn't be happier. "The workers all love them and the accounting staff really loves them," Johnson said. "Before, everything was manual and now these synchronize automatically with the computer."

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Preserving Lake Geneva’s railroad history
July 29, 2010
In his garage workroom, Ed Yaeger has dozens of model trains set up on tracks lined with miniature landscaping and buildings. The Lake Geneva Historical Preservation Committee member spends his free time working on the trains, but his most recent project is closer to his heart than the others.Using current interactive mapping, historical information and old drawings, Yaeger has created a scale diorama of what the old Chicago and North Western Railroad turntable and engine house in Lake Geneva used to look like.Located just off Sage Street, near City Hall and behind the Geneva Lake Museum, it’s been more than 139 years since the train made its first stop in Lake Geneva. Yaeger wants to ensure the property that formerly was home to the railroad turntable, engine house and water tower is protected for generations to come.
Attorneys deny Mirbeau claims
July 29, 2010
The long process continues in the $29 million case of Mirbeau of Geneva Lake versus the city.Through their attorneys, current and former city officials have responded to Mirbeau’s amended complaint filed July 1, which included an additional claim for “tortious interference with a contract.”In separate answers filed by insurance company attorneys Amy Doyle of Crivello Carlson, and Joe Wirth, of Piper and Schmidt, the defendants denied the claims of unlawful and improper conduct and are asking for dismissal of the complaint.
Celebrating 60 years
Lake Geneva Youth Camp a testament to history
July 22, 2010
On some sunny and pleasant spring and fall days, Bill Pollard ventures out for a long walk. He leaves his home near Stone Manor and heads down South Lake Shore Drive toward his destination — the Lake Geneva Youth Camp and Conference Center. Then, he slowly meanders across the campus property.“I think about my dad and all the people who have been touched by this camp,” Pollard said. “It’s a very special place.”Pollard’s father, Charles, was one of five Chicago area businessmen who purchased the former farm property for $100,000 in 1948 and opened a Christian youth camp two years later.
Alderman responds to paper’s lawsuit
July 22, 2010
Lake Geneva Alderwoman Mary Jo Fesenmaier and her attorneys have denied the complaint made by the Lake Geneva Regional News alleging the elected official violated Wisconsin’s open records laws.The Regional News filed its complaint against Fesenmaier late last month citing her failure to provide public records. The complaint focused on e-mails requested of city officials, including Fesenmaier, in February and March by the Regional News and its editor, Lisa Seiser. The response to the Regional News complaint states that, “the defendant (Fesenmaier) is not in possession of any records responsive to said public records requests and, therefore, no documents were produced ...”
State aid drops, again — school levies rise
July 22, 2010
Every July it seems to be the same story. The annual loss of state aid continues to plague the school districts in Lake Geneva and is the main cause for an expected rise in local property taxes again for next year.With an estimated loss of more than $1 million in state aid combined, the Badger High School tax rate is estimated to rise 6 cents for every $1,000 of assessed value. The expected loss in state aids in the Lake Geneva Area (Joint 1) Elementary School District could lead to a raise in the tax rate by as much as 45 cents for every $1,000 of assessed value on the upcoming tax bills. Last week, the local school boards approved their tax levy increases. The Badger levy is at $17.32 million, up 4.62 percent from 2009-10. The Elementary School District levy is up 11.41 percent, to $16.24 million. If those figures remain the same, the tax rate for Badger will be $4.07 for every $1,000 of assessed value. For the Joint No. 1 district, the rate is estimated to be $5.97 for every $1,000 of assessed value.
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