More Geneva Town Hall problems, work on holdMarch 10, 2011Geneva — It began on the biggest snowstorm in recent memory. On Feb. 2, during the Groundhog Day blizzard, a town squad car burst into flames and set the Geneva Town Hall ablaze.
The building sustained minimal structural damage, but the smoky stench was enough to halt town operations at the structure. The primary election and the regular February Town Board meeting had to be moved to other locations.
The hall reopened, then closed again a week later. At the end of February, ServiceMaster still had fans running downstairs, where the offices of some key town officials are located.
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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BREAKING - CAN/AM Hockey event cancelledIce conditions make it a no-goFebruary 24, 2011Geneva - A national hockey event scheduled for this weekend on Lake Como has been cancelled.Due to soft and thin ice conditions, the event will not occur.Hockey players were expected to play on the Lake Como ice in front of the Lodge at Geneva Ridge on the southwest side of the lake.
Weiss, Polyock edge out newcomer in primaryFebruary 24, 2011Linn — If the results from the Feb. 15 primary are any indication, it’s going to be a close race to decide the next chairman.Of the three people seeking the position, former town and county official Allan Polyock received a total of 118 votes. Incumbent Linn Chairman Jim Weiss, a former town supervisor, received 109. Steve Mack, a former Traver School Board member who made his town political debut in this race, received 47.That means Polyock and Weiss advance to the April 5 general election.
Texas man faces felonies for explicit chatsFebruary 17, 2011Elkhorn — It is a criminal complaint that reads like an episode of NBC’s “To Catch a Predator.”The complaint cites sexually explicit Internet chats, including a video using Skype, between a 21-year-old Texas man and a 13-year-old town of Geneva girl.After law enforcement subpoenaed an IP address, they were able to link the videos and written chats to a man living in Denison, Texas.
Supervisors kill another attempt at a substationResolution receives little support at Geneva Town Board meetingFebruary 17, 2011Geneva — Chairman Dan Lauderdale described his proposed resolution to build a fire and emergency services substation with two nearby communities a message of sincerity.But at the Town Board meeting Wednesday, Feb. 9, Supervisor Steve Kukla called it “a wish list.” A short time later, the board voted 2-2 on a motion by Lauderdale, seconded by Supervisor Keith Millard, to approve the resolution. Kukla and Kulik voted against it. Supervisor Bob Kamps was absent, so the effort failed. “The resolution dies,” Lauderdale said.
Fire damage still disrupting business at Town HallElection, 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.”
Internet exclusive: More from candidates in Linn primaryFebruary 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.
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.