March 03, 2011Two weeks ago, Lake Geneva city officials approved borrowing more than $1.93 million to pay for capital projects such as road repairs and other equipment.
On Monday night the council added 16 more items and $220,000 in more borrowing to that total for computers, lawn mowers, a copy machine, squad car cameras and improvements to the fire station among other items.
Following a lengthy discussion and an initial failure to add a number of items totaling $190,000 to the borrowing, the council voted individually on each of the 23 items previously listed by aldermen as medium level needs, which totaled $386,000.
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March 03, 2011For the time being, teachers in the Lake Geneva Joint 1 and Badger High school districts can breathe a sigh of relief.
Unlike other schools in the area and state, no teachers in either district have received notices of contract nonrenewals for the 2011-12 school year.
However, with unknown answers regarding limited collective bargaining and state school aid funding, local School Boards, teachers unions and administrators will continue discussions to determine how to deal with possible future budget shortfalls.
January 20, 2011Lake Geneva city officials are a few steps closer to purchasing about 60 acres of environmentally sensitive land which weaves along the White River through the former Hillmoor property.
While the long-term future of the Hillmoor land remains unknown, the city apparently is moving toward buying part of the property with help from a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Rivers Grant.
City Administrator Dennis Jordan said the 50-50 grant is expected to be about $90,000. He said the city will have to chip in the same amount as the state.
January 20, 2011Since the summer of 1928, the Geneva Theater has been a fixture in downtown Lake Geneva. For a long time, it was the only theater in the area.
But, things have changed. The property has been on the market for $949,000. Now, with a possible purchase of the property in the works, some local historians are hoping a piece of the building's history can be saved.
Lake Geneva Historic Preservation Committee Chairman Ken Etten said a number of interested community members have met to discuss the future of the building. He also has discussed the possibilities with local leaders and groups.
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Making her mark in BluesFebruary 24, 2011With her flowing hair bouncing and her infectious smile filling with excitement, Geneva Red could barely sit in her chair at a local restaurant as she told story after story about the people she’s met during her famed music career.But, she wasn’t boasting or trying to impress. She wasn’t trying to garner attention from others in the restaurant. Instead, her stories seemed more like an unassuming thank you to everyone who has helped her along the way and a personal reminder that she will never let any of them down.Those are all the reasons why Geneva Red probably is the most famous Lake Geneva resident you’ve never heard of.
Joining union fight — on their own timeLake Geneva Schools business as usual during battle in MadisonFebruary 24, 2011While school districts in the Madison and Milwaukee areas closed for days last week because teachers called out sick to protest at the State Capitol, work in the Lake Geneva Schools has continued pretty much as normal.Thousands of teachers and other public employees from around the state have descended on Madison to voice their displeasure of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal that would require many public employees to contribute a higher percentage of their pay to their pensions and health insurance and basically put an end to collective bargaining.But, according to local school officials, Lake Geneva teachers have not called out sick in favor of carrying signs and chanting in the Capitol rotunda.
Newspaper receives five statewide awardsFebruary 17, 2011Appleton — The Lake Geneva Regional News and Resorter hauled in some hardware Friday night at the 157th annual Wisconsin Newspaper Association convention.The Regional News received four awards, including two firsts, in the 2010 Better Newspaper contest, while the Resorter received one award in the better advertising contest.Editor Lisa Seiser attended the awards ceremony to accept all five the honors for the newspaper company.
City will borrow to fund projectsFebruary 17, 2011The city of Lake Geneva likely will borrow at least $1.9 million to pay for capital projects including road repairs and equipment over the next three years.However, at least for now, the borrowing won’t include a new $800,000 Lake Geneva Fire Department ladder truck.After contemplating during the last several weeks a total borrowing of more than $3.2 million, which included a new ladder truck, City Council members voted 7-1 Monday night to borrow for only the top priorities on the list. That list totals more than $1.93 million. An effort to borrow the full $3.2 million amount including the fire truck and middle level priorities failed on a 3-5 vote. Aldermen Todd Krause, Bill Mott and Ellyn Kehoe were in favor of the full expenditure, while Alderwoman Mary Jo Fesenmaier voted against all motions related to the borrowing.
INTERNET EXCLUSIVE - The donkeys are backDonkey basketball returns to BadgerFebruary 17, 2011After a couple years away, the donkeys will return to Lake Geneva to put on another basketball show with the help of local teachers, students and emergency personnel. On Sunday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. at Badger High School, Eastview teachers, Badger FFA members and personnel from the Lake Geneva fire and police departments will take to the court on donkeys in the return of Donkey Basketball.According to a flier promoting the show, it is “wilder than a rodeo and funnier than a circus.”