Delavan approves round-up, locals voice oppositionMay 27, 2010Delavan Township — The Canada goose was considered to be extinct 50 years ago, but after preservation efforts, populations have increased substantially to the point where some areas now consider them pests.
That is exactly the case in Community Park, the Delavan Highlands and the town's inlet area.
Last month, the Delavan Town Board decided something has to be done to regulate the geese population due to the prevalence of their droppings, which may contain harmful bacteria.
Overcrowding could lead to need for expansionMay 27, 2010Elkhorn — Local Resident Paula McGowen appeared in front of Walworth County court and law officials last week with one main question.
"Since this (Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee) has been started, what has been accomplished?" The question was asked at Friday's committee meeting. Walworth County Sheriff David Graves, District Attorney Phillip Koss, Jail Administrator Michael Schmitz among several others at the meeting were willing to provide answers to that question.
To avoid a multimillion-dollar expansion to an already overcrowding jail, Walworth County officials have been looking into other programs and rehabilitation efforts. The jail typically operates at 80 percent capacity but can sometimes overcrowd to the point where about 30 inmates must sleep on the floor in a jail basketball court.
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Local women make labor of love their businessAfter a year, Day In Time hopes to serve more peopleMay 20, 2010East Troy — Three women strolled back into St. James United Methodist Church, hand-in-hand, quietly discussing the warm weather. The elderly woman in the middle suffers from memory loss. On one arm, she had a volunteer who often keeps her company through conversation, games and other activities. On the other arm was Debbie Waldron-Smith — the woman who helped start A Day In Time, Inc., a program meant for seniors in the early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia.The program was set up a little more than a year ago, and has faced both triumphs and challenges, according to co-director Waldron-Smith. But through it all, she and co-director Cindy Lester have kept the true mission of the three-day care center at the forefront of their minds — to provide companionship, structure and rejuvenating activities for mind, body and spirit. But those suffering from memory loss are not the only people Waldron-Smith and Lester serve.
Organizations with common goals join forcesGrassroots group, alliance plan a partnership to create strong business voiceMay 13, 2010Geneva Township — Since December, a grassroots group involving some local business leaders have been brainstorming ways to improve Walworth County’s economy.During an economic summit Friday in The Legends Room at Geneva National, the group decided to join forces with another like-minded, more formal organization.Richard Gruber, vice president of Mercy Health System, said he feels both organizations would become stronger if they worked together with the Walworth County Economic Development Alliance.
County considers short-term rentalsMay 06, 2010Relative peace and quiet, longtime homeowners, friendly greetings from close neighbors — the character of a small, residential neighborhood is what some municipal officials fear could be threatened by a proposed county ordinance.The Walworth County Zoning Agency collecting feedback about a countywide ordinance that would allow short-term rentals of homes for vacationers. The current ordinance allows residences to be rented for no less than 30 days, however, that could change to no less than seven days if the ordinance is approved.Walworth County Board Chairwoman Nancy Russell said a citizen suggested it to the County Zoning Agency in February and it was discussed at the March committee meeting.
Change in county salt policy unlikelyArea officials fear effects
on Geneva Lake environmentApril 29, 2010Municipal officials and the Geneva Lake Environmental Agency have been fighting a tough battle for more than 10 years, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped trying to convince county officials to change the salt and deicing policy.A letter from both GLEA Executive Director Ted Peters and Lake Geneva City Administrator Dennis Jordan on behalf of the City Council asked the Walworth County Public Works Department to re-evaluate how much salt they use on the roads during winter months.“We’re seeing the impact it has on the lakes and the way we’re dealing with the roads in Walworth County is not sustainable — something has to be done,” Peters said at Monday’s Public Works meeting. “Once the chloride is in the system, it doesn’t go away and it accumulates.”
business alliance for OhioCounty organization looking for new directorApril 22, 2010Elkhorn — Thursday is Fred Burkhardt’s last day as executive vice president of the Walworth County Economic Development Alliance and marks the beginning of a new job opportunity waiting for him in Ohio.The WCEDA Board accepted his resignation at the regular meeting on April 15, president Kim Howarth said.“We are sad to see Fred leave, but confident that we can continue to provide our members and partners with the services we have promised and continue our mission as the voice of business in Walworth County,” he stated in a press release Monday.
Man pleads guilty in murder for hire caseGorman tried to have prosecutor killedApril 15, 2010Waukesha – A 51-year-old East Troy man who tried to pay someone to kill a prosecutor, cop and municipal official pleaded guilty April 9 to a felony charge of solicitation of first-degree intentional homicide. John K. Gorman, who currently is incarcerated in Waukesha County Jail, is scheduled to be sentenced June 25.In Waukesa County, Gorman has been charged with three counts of solicitation of first-degree intentional homicide and three felony counts of bail jumping.
INTERNET EXCLUSIVE - Redenius, Schaefer earn County Board seatsApril 08, 2010Elkhorn — Newcomer Carl Redenius beat out Incumbent Claudia Holst for the District 5 Walworth County supervisor seat. With only a 144-vote gap, Redenius will be the new representative for Darien Township; Delavan Township wards 4 through 6; Richmond Township wards 1 through 3; Whitewater Township, ward 2; the village of Darien; and city of Delavan, wards 12 and 13.Redenius ran for the seat as a voice for the agricultural community.
Reddy new circuit court judgeApril 08, 2010David Reddy garnered 2,675 more votes than David Danz to earn a spot as the new Branch Four Walworth County Circuit Court Judge.“I’m very happy with the results,” said Reddy, the 49-year-old Walworth County Family Court commissioner. “I’ve been humbled by the amount of support I’ve received and it’s just an honor to be a candidate in this election. I said previously that if elected, I will pledge to face the challenges of tomorrow with integrity, efficiency and respect and I meant that.”He received 7,298 votes in the Branch Four Walworth County Circuit Court Judge race and Danz received 4,623.
Darien drug dealer receives 16 yearsApril 08, 2010Elkhorn — When Jorge Quinonez was on probation for dealing large amounts of cocaine, police caught him selling it once again.So, on April 7, Walworth County Circuit Court Judge Michael Gibbs sentenced Quinonez, 30, 25 Market St., Darien, to 16 years in prison — six years for a probation revocation and 10 years for new offenses.He also was sentenced to 14 years of extended supervision. He will be eligible for the risk reduction program, which could reduce his sentence by 25 percent.
Q & A with circuit court judge candidatesDanz, Reddy open up about countywide candidacy, concernsApril 01, 2010If the April 6 election for Branch 4 Walworth County Circuit Court Judge is anything like the February primary, it’ll be a close race.The Regional News recently sat down with both Family Court Commissioner David Reddy of Delavan, and private practice attorney David Danz of Williams Bay to ask them questions about their candidacy. Reddy, 49, came out on top in the primary with 108 more votes than Danz, 58, who received 1,843.