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Fesenmaier doesn't file nomination papers for re-election

January 06, 2011
All but one race appears to be set for the upcoming spring elections in the city of Lake Geneva. In order to be placed on the ballot, nomination papers, including signatures, were due Tuesday Jan. 4, at 5 p.m. However, Second District incumbent Mary Jo Fesenmaier did not file for re-election or noncandidacy. That means the filing of nomination papers for that district runs until Friday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m. for anyone except Fesenmaier.
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Hummel says master plan invalid, void

January 06, 2011
Geneva Joint Ridge Venture, the ownership group of 718 acres on the southeast side of the city, is asking a federal judge to make a determination that the city's comprehensive plan adopted in December 2009, is invalid and void. According to a motion filed Dec. 29, in U.S. District Court, Geneva Ridge (also known as Hummel) is asking for a summary judgement on its claims regarding the city's master plan. The motion states city officials have "intentionally inflicted economic harm and delay upon Geneva Ridge, hoping to cause Geneva Ridge to abandon its plans to develop its properties and force a sale to a more desirable property owner. They arbitrarily and improperly modified the planned use designations for the Geneva Ridge properties during the city's Smart Growth planning process to retaliate against Geneva Ridge for the exercise of its Constitutional right to petition for a redress of grievances."

City may borrow for projects

January 06, 2011
It appears as though the city of Lake Geneva may borrow up to $3.2 million to fund capital improvement projects during the next three years. Council president Todd Krause asked aldermen during Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting to voice their opinion about a possible bonding and a two-page list of proposed capital projects. A majority of aldermen were in favor of borrowing, but which items, projects and a total still need to be discussed. The capital improvement list, which was discussed during a nearly five-hour meeting last month, includes a new aerial ladder fire truck, police radios, street repair work, a plow truck and large mower. Those are some of the higher priced items. A new fire truck is expected to cost about $1 million, as is the street repair program over the three-year time span.

Recent Lake Geneva News
Alderwoman receives no sanction for missing deposition
December 30, 2010
Lake Geneva Alderwoman Mary Jo Fesenmaier soon will have to appear at a deposition to answer questions about her e-mails regarding the Mirbeau and Hummel development proposals. On Tuesday afternoon, after more than an hour of discussion, Walworth County Circuit Court Judge John Race ruled the Lake Geneva Regional News can depose Fesenmaier. Race also said she has to respond to written questions about her e-mails. Fesenmaier is involved in a lawsuit with the Regional News. The newspaper claims Fesenmaier failed to produce her e-mail records related to the development proposals. Both developers are suing the city for a combined $250 million.
The year in news: Lake Geneva
December 30, 2010
2010 wasn’t quite as eventful as the previous year, but there still were some significant accomplishments, stories and controversies.There was the long-awaited completion of a new road in the city, the closing of a local bank, changing faces and attitudes at City Hall and tragic deaths. All were the stories that shaped the year in news in Lake Geneva. Here’s a more detailed look at the top stories and themes in 2010.
Serving Christmas dinner to needy
December 23, 2010
Christmas Day is a time to be spent enjoying family, friends and a special dinner. It’s not a time to be alone or in need.Five families from Immanuel Lutheran Church are trying to make sure everyone in the area has an option to enjoy Christmas dinner on Saturday night. Led by Ashley Miu and her family, it will be the second straight year a free Christmas dinner will be served at the church, 1229 Park Row.Last year, Miu started the free Christmas dinner because similar events are held in cities such as Milwaukee. But, she said nothing was being done here in Lake Geneva. She said the church has a breakfast program twice a week and people attend that for the food and companionship.
Speaking from the heart
December 23, 2010
Michael and Joan Lyon are answering the call.The ministers of the Spirit of Charity Church have overcome their own tragedy and devastation and they are sharing their knowledge and experiences from the past to help others facing similar difficult times now.“Our calling is to give away what’s been given to us,” Michael said. “What has been given to me is that I had no hope, no alternative and no place to go. What happens when you get in that place, you finally remember there is a God and then you get down on your knees and ask for help.”
Silent no more
December 16, 2010
Several times, Erin Merryn was ready to give up on life. She attempted suicide at 16, cut herself with needles when she was 17 and became anorexic in college.But, her story starts like most others — with childhood innocence and happiness. When she was 5, those feelings were replaced by confusion, anger, frustration and silent secrets which haunted her for years.Merryn’s story is about sexual abuse, a topic most people don’t want to discuss.
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