Will Reek try another referendum in November?April 14, 2011Linn — Reek officials still may be wondering why their referendum for a proposed $3.9 million remodeling project failed by a vote of 163-187 in the April 5 election.
"I knew it was going to be close, but I wasn't sure which way it was going to go," Administrator Lillian Henderson said during a telephone interview last week. "Obviously, we're disappointed."
The driving factor behind the project was the crumbling brick façade of the school. Nevertheless, on Election Day, what it boiled down to was there were 24 more people who opposed the project, which called for fixing the brick and other structural problems such as deteriorating windows and roof repairs.
2013 road project to address safety issuesApril 14, 2011Elkhorn — Wisconsin Department of Transportation is not going to lower the top speed limit from 55 to 45 mph along Highway 50 just west of Lake Geneva.
Instead, the DOT is planning to improve the highway to remove the safety concerns, said Eric Perea, the DOT's representative on the Walworth County Traffic Safety Commission
The commission met April 7.
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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What to do with Geneva Town Hall?Board may come up with plan April 11April 07, 2011Geneva — Evidently, a state building inspector believes several areas of the Town Hall are not up to code. Part of it may even have been built without state approval.Now, Town Board members will decide where to go from here. In an e-mail last week, Town Chairman Dan Lauderdale stated that decision may be made at the next regular board meeting Monday, April 11.The bomb was dropped on town officials in mid-March, after problems with the Town Hall were mentioned in a report from Charlotte Martin, a building inspector with the state Department of Commerce.
Internet exclusive - Town candidates respondMarch 31, 2011Here is additional candidate responses that were not printed in the March 31 edition of the Lake Geneva Regional News.Joe Kopecky challenges Dan Lauderdale (I) for the Geneva Town Chairman position
State requiring Town Hall be up to codeInspector’s report delays repairsMarch 24, 2011Geneva — “It’s all up in the air,” Town Chairman Dan Lauderdale said during a telephone interview Thursday, March 17.This was his response to the latest snag in the town’s attempts to repair the Geneva Town Hall since a fire damaged it during the Groundhog Day Blizzard.Although the building sustained minimal structural damage, the smoky stench was enough to shut the facility down periodically, forcing local government meetings and the primary election to take place in other locations.
Administrator: Reek must repair brickDistrict voters will decide fate of $3.9 million projectMarch 17, 2011Linn — Lillian Henderson’s school is literally crumbling. Back in November, she picked up pieces of brick which lined the perimeter of Reek School.During an interview Wednesday, March 9, Henderson said this is the main reason why her School Board voted to go to referendum.On April 5, Reek School District voters will decide whether the board can proceed with a $3.9 million remodeling project.
Fire triggers investigation of possible code violationsMore 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.
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.”