June 16, 2011The decision has been made — the city will borrow $2.98 million to fund capital projects over the next three years.
After months of discussion about whether to borrow to pay for a new aerial ladder truck, road repairs, public works vehicles and various police items, the council voted 5-3 Monday night to borrow the money at an interest rate of 2.425 percent.
City Administrator Dennis Jordan said the city should receive the money by early July, when it will be placed in a capital improvement fund. During the next three years, the money will be used for items including an $875,000 fire truck, plow vehicles, computers, storm sirens and to repair alleys and streets throughout the city.
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June 16, 2011It didn't start out well — one girl ended up in the water and four times jumpers watched from the pier they had just leaped on as the boat sailed by without them.
Unseasonably chilly temperatures made for a rough go of it for some young adults as they hopped on and off Walworth II during the annual U.S. Mailboat jumper tryouts last Thursday morning.
It was a treacherous morning and early afternoon for the new jumpers but the veterans were solid most of the day, which included jumps onto four different piers and more than two hours on the lake. Six of the nine who tried out for one of the most visible summer jobs in the Lake Geneva area will serve as Mailboat tour jumpers. Three of the newcomers who didn't make it were told to come back and try out again next year.
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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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Skate park design meetings setJune 09, 2011By the end of the month, it is likely there will be conceptual drawings for Lake Geneva’s new skate park.But before that happens, the community, including city officials, skaters, BMXers, parents, kids and residents are invited to provide their input during the first Wheel Friendly Plaza design meeting Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. at the Riviera. The meeting, which will be led by skate park designer Mike McIntyre, president of Action Sport Design, is to discuss the proposed “wheel friendly skate plaza design for Dunn Field.”Kanten Russel, a principal designer with ASD, who will be working on the Lake Geneva Skate Park facility, said the meeting will follow an agenda in which those in attendance will talk about all aspects of the project. He said those items include how big the park will be, what style, programming, dynamic elements to be included, landscaping, access, parking lots and determining how the park will fit into the community.
Officials compare parking systemsNew operation could cost up to $900,000June 09, 2011Imagine shopping in downtown Lake Geneva with no need to have a pocket full of quarters. Or, how about being able to put more time on the meter without interrupting lunch or a swim in the lake by having to walk back to your car. Think about driving into the city and being guided to open parking spaces downtown just by using your GPS or Smart phone.One day, that could be a reality in the city of Lake Geneva.On Monday night during the Committee of the Whole meeting, aldermen listened to presentations and observed two separate machines from a pair of parking system companies interested in providing terminals and software for the city. A recommendation is expected later this week from the city’s Parking Commission which will be forwarded to the Council for a vote at an upcoming meeting.
Turning golf hole into a dog parkJune 02, 2011It appears as though local skaters and BMXers may get their own new park, so why not local dogs?The former eighth fairway at Hillmoor could become Lake Geneva’s new dog park sometime in the near future.Members of the City Council provided preliminary approval for moving forward with plans to create a dog park on the city’s property. On May 23, minutes after approving a $30,000 expenditure for a design of a new skate park, the council authorized the Park Board to continue to research using the eighth hole as a dog park.
Badger’s top 2011 graduatesJune 02, 2011It was a battle to the end and one in which a lone winner could not be determined. This year, eight Badger High School seniors tied for having the same 4.2 grade point average after seven semesters at the school. Through eight tiebreakers, Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz and Bergen Quaerna are the co-valedictorians for 2011 and Arianne Woller is the salutatorian.“I’ve always been motivated to do well — the best I can,” Brendan said of being co-valedictorian. “When I found out I had the chance, that is when it hit me to finish strong and give myself a shot.”
Will bridge be done on time?Opening set for this weekend, rain, shineMay 26, 2011It’s going to be close. Months ago, the plan was for the Wrigley Drive bridge reconstruction to be completed in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Now, workers are scurrying to finish the work so the bridge can be used this weekend.City Administrator Dennis Jordan said Monday night he was sure the bridge will be done in time.