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Traver Hotel future in limbo?

November 11, 2010
It's not boarded up anymore and the Traver Hotel has undergone some improvements recently, but the old structure remains on the minds of Lake Geneva city officials. On Monday night, City Attorney Dan Draper told the council members there are several options to look at regarding the future of the large white building, located at 323 Broad Street across from Horticultural Hall. However, Draper would not go into specifics about what the city could do. He said he would provide the aldermen with the information by the end of the week.

Possible city parking survey, study put on hold

November 11, 2010
The city of Lake Geneva has had parking problems for as long as anyone can remember. Another two weeks isn't going to change that. On Monday night, council members voted unanimously to continue discussion about a possible $15,000 long-term parking study until Nov. 22. Alderman Tom Hartz cited the recent receipt of a 1995 South Eastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission study as one reason to hold off on the decision. Hartz said the SEWRPC study report was "thicker" than the city's half-inch-thick 2011 budget packet. He said council members needed time to analyze that study before making a decision on spending money for a parking survey.

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City balances budget without parking meter rate increase
November 04, 2010
For the second year in a row, city property owners will see the same tax rate when their bills arrive in the mail late next month.City Council members unanimously approved publishing its 2011 balanced budget and notice for the Nov. 22 public hearing with a $5.51 tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value. The city’s portion of the tax bill makes up 27 percent of the total. The city is one of six taxing bodies listed on the tax bill property owners will receive in late December. The city’s tax rate was finalized Monday night, one week after council members cut several items and balanced the budget for a few hours. The budget no longer was balanced later that evening Oct. 25 when there weren’t enough votes to remove the city assessor and replace her with an assessment firm. That change was expected to save $18,000 in 2011 and $50,000 each year after that. Without that cut, city officials were sent back to the drawing board to figure out how to reduce and balance the budget again.
Mirbeau case takes hit with dismissals
November 04, 2010
Lake Geneva Mayor Jim Connors is among those who no longer are defendants in the case between Mirbeau of Geneva Lake and the city of Lake Geneva.On July 1, Mirbeau filed its second amended complaint and added Connors, Lower Density Development, Thomas Muenster and Richard Malmin as parties to the action in the $29 million lawsuit against the city. Mirbeau is suing the city following the failure of their combined development with Geneva Ridge Joint Venture on the 718 acres on the city’s south side. The plan included an inn, winery and homes.However, last week, U.S. District Court Judge J.P. Stadtmueller ordered the dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims against Connors, Malmin, Muenster and LDD. In his 38-page order, Stadtmueller cited several reasons for the dismissal, including deficiencies in the complaint from Mirbeau and exceeding the statute of limitations on one of the claims.
Flatiron Park will stay as is
October 28, 2010
Residents who contacted their aldermen wanting few or no changes to Flatiron Park received their wish Monday night. After working on a plan to renovate Flatiron Park for more than three years, it appears as if the Lake Geneva Beautification Committee is no longer involved in the process.Aldermen voted on a number of recommendations included in the committee’s plan. Aldermen unanimously voted in favor of only two items on the list — a sidewalk along the east side of the park and additional plantings of shrubs and flowers. It also appears as if the dilapidated gazebo will be rebuilt in the same location.
City balances budget, temporarily
October 28, 2010
It appears as if some members of the City Council heard loud and clear the pleas from those residents struggling in this economy.For a couple hours Monday night, the city had balanced its budget and planned to not increase its tax rate for 2011. But, that all may have changed at the end of nearly five hours in the council chambers.The final item of the night was a failed vote to remove the city’s staff assessor, Grace Lininger, and replace her with a firm, Accurate Appraisals, in order to cut future expenses. Six votes were needed to change the assessor, and the vote was 5-3 in favor of removing Lininger. Alderwomen Mary Jo Fesenmaier and Arleen Krohn and Alderman Bill Mott voted against removing her. Some of those who voted to remove her were adamant that it had nothing to do with her performance. They said it was all about saving the city money.
BREAKING - Blaze near fire station results in minor injuries
October 21, 2010
An early morning fire Wednesday, Oct. 20, across the street from the Lake Geneva Fire Station, resulted in minor injuries as 14 residents no longer have a home.The Fire Department was dispatched at 1:41 a.m. to 741 Marshall Street, the same road the fire station is located on. The volunteer department members responded with a fire engine to the location five minutes later. The city of Lake Geneva has a paid-on-premises program during the daytime on weekdays only, so the firefighters who responded had to travel from their homes to the station and then to the blaze.Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy fire on the second floor enclosed porch that had spread into the living area of the second floor. Fire personnel were able to bring the fire under control within 10 minutes. However, the damage had already been done from heat, smoke and water.
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