May 05, 2011Just two days before the Park Board was scheduled to discuss more details about a new $300,000 skate park, city officials focused their attention on the status of the current park Monday night and into Tuesday.
Concerns about the cleanliness and safety at the 10-year-old facility, located at Dunn Field behind Eastview Elementary School, became issues during Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting. Aldermen questioned whether to close the skate park temporarily or if there are liability issues the city should be concerned about.
On Tuesday, City Administrator Dennis Jordan said he went down to the park to take a closer look after concerns were raised the previous night. He said it wouldn't take long for garbage and other messes to be cleaned up, but there are more pressing issues.
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Open record lawsuit stems from Mirbeau-Hummel issueMay 05, 2011Elkhorn — A Walworth County Circuit Court Judge will review e-mails a former Lake Geneva alderwoman claimed are safeguarded under attorney-client privilege to determine if, in fact, they are protected.
On Monday afternoon, Judge John Race listened to summary judgement motions for both the Lake Geneva Regional News and former Alderwoman Mary Jo Fesenmaier. Race didn't act on the motions — which would have ended the case —but instead left the door open for the newspaper to collect additional discovery evidence.
In February and March of 2010, Regional News Editor Lisa Seiser filed open records requests with officials in Lake Geneva and Linn Township for documents related to the controversial Mirbeau and Hummel plans. Fesenmaier and other city officials are also defendants in a federal lawsuit involving the proposed developments.
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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Mirbeau case moving forwardCity defendants ask for dismissalsApril 28, 2011The 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.
Big City Hall crowd welcomes RyanApril 28, 2011In 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.
Arbor Day celebration April 30 in Library ParkPlanting will honor ZingleApril 21, 2011For 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 FlatironApril 21, 2011It 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 deathAccident occurred last NovemberApril 14, 2011Elkhorn — “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.”