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Big City Hall crowd welcomes Ryan

April 28, 2011
In previous years, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan admits only a handful of people would join him at his annual listening session stops throughout his district. "Last time I was in Lake Geneva, I think there were 18 people here," Ryan said seconds after entering the room. But, that wasn't the case on Tuesday. Ryan appeared in the standing room only filled senior center in Lake Geneva's City Hall. There were about 200 local residents and several television cameras with all eyes focused squarely on Ryan. Based on the standing ovation from those in the crowd when he entered the room, he was mostly among supporters.

Mirbeau case moving forward

City defendants ask for dismissals

April 28, 2011
The federal case between Mirbeau of Geneva Lake and the city of Lake Geneva is heating up again. Late last month, a flurry of court documents were filed by both sides, including requests for summary judgments on some or all of the claims. Mirbeau is suing the city for $29 million 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 on about 55 acres of the property. The lawsuit has been going on since the summer of 2008 and has included claims of unfair treatment, conspiracy to slow down and stop the development and destruction of evidence on the part of city elected officials.

Purchase could expand trail

January 20, 2011
Lake 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.

Historians want to save theater

January 20, 2011
Since 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.

Recent Lake Geneva News
Arbor Day celebration April 30 in Library Park
Planting will honor Zingle
April 21, 2011
For the 16th year, the city of Lake Geneva has been named a Tree City USA community to honor its commitment to community forestry by the Arbor Day Foundation.On Saturday, April, 30, at 10 a.m., members of the city’s Tree Board, city officials and any interested citizens will gather in Library Park for a public observance and a tree planting to honor Arbor Day.The group will plant a tree in memory of the late Elmer Zingle, who for many years was a common figure on the lakefront with his boat rental business.
New structure, new location in Flatiron
April 21, 2011
It won’t happen until after Venetian Festival in mid-August, but it appears as though a location and design for the new gazebo for Flatiron Park has been decided. On Monday night, the city’s Plan Commission approved the location northwest of the current gazebo and near the water fountain along Wrigley Drive. The planners also approved the look and style of the structure, including features that match the Riviera and new Wrigley Drive Bridge.Public Works Director Dan Winkler said the structure will use the themes of those structures as well as the restrooms on the west end of Library Park.
Dees gets max for Dorwin death
Accident occurred last November
April 14, 2011
Elkhorn — “The horrific site I witnessed was an image no mother should have to see of her child,” Nicole Dorwin said while crying.On Nov. 16, Jeremy Dees, 33, of Elkhorn, crashed his Jeep into Nicole’s sedan on Highway H near the Como Flats. At the time of the crash, Nicole’s children, Carter, 9, and Bradley, now 6, were in the back seat. “I knew something really bad had happened before I turned around to help my children,” Nicole said. “My 9-year-old son, whose face was unrecognizable, was dead. Just like that, on Tuesday morning on the way to school.”
Man who killed boy in crash receives maximum sentence
April 07, 2011
Elkhorn — A man who killed a 9-year-old boy while speeding and driving in the wrong lane of traffic received the maximum sentence for his crime Thursday afternoon.Jeremy C. Dees, 33, 270 W. Centralia St., was sentenced to seven years imprisonment and five years extended supervision.Carter M. Dorwin, who was a student at Eastview Elementary School at the time of his accident, was killed Nov. 16 after Dees’ vehicle struck the Dorwin’s car on Highway H in Geneva Township near the Como Flats.
Borrowing questions loom for council
April 07, 2011
The borrowing and bonding of more than $3 million to pay for capital projects, including a new fire truck, is expected to be on Monday night’s City Council agenda.However, the details of how the borrowing and bonding will occur and whether it will be approved remain in question.During the past two months, the City Council has approved the intention of borrowing up to $875,000 to buy a new aerial platform fire truck, which will replace the current 1988 ladder vehicle. During previous council meetings, aldermen also approved borrowing about $2.2 million for road repairs and equipment needs for the fire, police and public works departments. That makes the total more than $3 million for capital improvements that must be used during the next three years.
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