February 10, 2011The question to the three candidates in the town of Linn chairman primary race: "What do you hope to accomplish in the next two years as town chairman, if elected?"
Here are the answers from incumbent Chairman Jim Weiss and challengers Allan Polyock and Steve Mack. They had a 200-word limit.
Weiss: Due to our economy still having challenges that will continue for the foreseeable future, continued fiscal responsibility is paramount to maintain the strong financial position our town has attained while I have been a supervisor and chairman. The board will need to review the long- term plan of the town to determine if any adjustments can be made to postpone any large expenditure while still providing our employees with the proper equipment to accomplish their jobs to protect and serve the residents of the town of Linn. This innitiave should include the Police, Highway and Fire departments. As previously stated, should assessed valuations of real estate continue to decline, the town may have to determine how to do more with less to avoid increasing the tax rate to our residents. This will only be possible through cuts and concessions in all departments. Over these next two years, as mandated by law, our Comprehensive Plan will need to be reviewed and amended where applicable. This will be a major undertaking both financially and in terms of time commitment. I will continue to build strong relationships with our neighboring communities and attempt to continue discussions on border agreements as well as shared services. No one knows what the future holds for us economically; my commitment to the town of Linn is to maintain strong, fiscally responsible, realistic government to our residents.
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Election, board meeting moves to other locationsFebruary 10, 2011Geneva — As if the record-setting blizzard Feb. 2 wasn't enough to contend with, a town police squad car burst into flames at 6 a.m. The blaze ignited the top of the stairs leading into the foundation of the Town Hall, the former home to the Town Police Department.
Smoke damage prompted officials to close the hall. After ServiceMaster finished the cleanup Friday, the Town Hall reopened.
"However, after the weekend, the burn odor has returned and the employees are not doing well in there," Geneva Town Chairman Dan Lauderdale said Monday afternoon. "So the Town Hall is closed again."
January 20, 2011Geneva — Jordon Drohner said since he was 6, he wanted to become an Eagle Scout as soon as he could.
"It's the highest rank in the Boy Scouts," he said in December, shortly before the powers that be would decide if Jordon, now 14, would achieve his dream.
Last year, Jordon and his close friends, Jackson Seeberg and Logan Tenney, both also 14, began the arduous task of becoming Eagle Scouts.
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Recent Geneva, Linn Township
An end to search for a new chief?Conditional offer goes to 32-year vetFebruary 03, 2011Geneva — Steven R. Hurley has a pedigree.The assistant chief and 32-year veteran of the Racine City Police Department has a master’s degree in management. He’s a 2000 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. He is an adjunct professor at Concordia University and an adjunct instructor at The College of Lake County, Ill.And if all goes as expected by Geneva Town Police Commission President Jay Hencken, Hurley will become the next town police chief.
What’s going on at the Lodge?Water park on hold, but resort may return to daily operations next monthJanuary 27, 2011Geneva — Ed Snyder, the vice president and general manager of the Lodge at Geneva Ridge, described it as a “Catch-22.”He said originally, the plan was to build a 15,000-square-foot water park off the old atrium of the resort on Highway 50 and remodel the locker rooms. With construction brings what most would label unpleasant noises such as hammering and sawing, so according to Snyder, the resort owners made the decision before New Year’s Eve not to book rooms. That way, guests wouldn’t be complaining about the construction.But it didn’t quite work out that way. Although there was a sign stating the Lodge was closed, the water park project now is on hold.
BREAKING - Elkhorn man pleads not guilty in fatal crash that killed local boyJanuary 20, 2011Elkhorn - A jury trial has been set for early March in the case against Jeremy C. Dees.Dees is charged with homicide by negligent use of a vehicle following the death of 9-year-old Carter Dorwin on a Tuesday morning, Nov. 16. Dorwin, along with his mother and brother were on their way to Eastview Elementary School when Dees struck the Dorwin vehicle along Highway H in the Como flats area just outside of Lake Geneva. He also is being charged with two misdemeanor counts of reckless driving causing injury.On Friday, Jan. 21, Dees pleaded not guilty in front of Walworth County Circuit Court Judge John Race. All three charges will be tried together.
No more Lake Geneva rescue coverageTown chairman hopes city continues to provide fire servicesJanuary 13, 2011Geneva — For years, the city of Lake Geneva has provided fire and rescue coverage to a region of the town including southern Lake Como subdivision and areas north of Highway 50. Now, it appears if the city is going to continue any kind of town coverage, it will be firefighting services only.Members of the Geneva Town Board and the Lake Geneva Police and Fire Commission met in closed session Thursday, Jan. 6, to continue talks about a new agreement, one excluding city rescue services.
Town chairman race requires a primaryTwo Linn supervisors leaving, two residents stepping inJanuary 13, 2011Linn — There hasn’t been a town election this active in years.Three people want to be chairman, which means a Feb. 15 primary election.Incumbent Chairman James R. Weiss, W4656 Tory’s Trail, will vie for his spot against challengers Allan J. Polyock, N146 Bissel Road, and Steve Mack, N1807 Sidney Smith Lane.
Town couple pleads guiltyJanuary 06, 2011Elkhorn — A police raid last January of a Linn Township home yielded more than 150 marijuana plants, 150 grams of the drug and materials used for growing dope. Freddie G., 44, and Amy B. Rickel, 40, N1510 Geneva Ave., each pleaded guilty Dec. 17 to felony charges of manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver in Walworth County Court. The Rickels also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. The Rickels are scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 1 by Judge John Race. The felony charges carry a maximum penalty of 16 years imprisonment $35,000 in fines. The misdemeanor charges carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
A year of controversy, retirement, tornadoesDecember 30, 20101. It’s tough behind the badgeIt wasn’t a good year for some police officers in the towns of Geneva and Linn, especially former Geneva Police Chief Ed Gritzner. Although he received a warm sendoff when his retirement was announced Sept. 16 at a special Geneva Town Board meeting, it was a tough year for the longtime chief. In March, he was suspended for a day by the Geneva Town Police Commission. Then, in August, some people alleged Gritzner had an altercation with another Town Board supervisor during the FunFestival. To date, no town officials have confirmed it. In an e-mail Friday, Geneva Town Chairman Dan Lauderdale said he offers “no additional comment on the FunFestival incident.”
Will Linn have a primary?Three may run for chairmanDecember 23, 2010Linn — It could be one for the history books.If the three people who obtained papers to run for town chairman next April file by the Jan. 4 deadline, it would require the first town primary in recent memory.On Monday, Town Clerk-Treasurer Sue Polyock said those who obtained papers for the position so far are incumbent Jim Weiss, W4656 Tory’s Trail; Allan J. Polyock, N146 Bissel Road; and Steven J. Mack, N1807 Sydney Smith Lane.
GLEA approves well water testing planDecember 16, 2010Linn — Next summer, town residents may have an opportunity to test their tap water for chemical and biological contaminants.The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency and the Linn Town Sanitary District are working on a cooperative program to provide private well owners the opportunity to have their well water tested for fecal coliform bacteria and nitrates at a state certified lab, said Ted Peters, director of the GLEA. Peters also is president of the Linn Sanitary District board.Everyone in the town drinks from private wells, Peters said. Included in the program would be informational fliers sent out to residents explaining the importance of groundwater protection.
Good for people, bad for mosquitoesWould-be Eagle Scout’s project helps bats in Big Foot Beach State ParkDecember 09, 2010Geneva — There are three reasons why 14-year-old Logan Tenney decided to build bat houses in Big Foot Beach State Park.Tenney, a Badger High School freshman and former Woods School student, said the very existence of bats are threatened by a deadly disease called white-nose syndrome. He said building four bat houses — each of which have a 250-bat capacity — will help to ensure the bat population.