Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Enough Already
May 10, 2011 | 10:57 PM

You make some good points.
1) Lower taxes and allow tax breaks for businesses that are willing to build and expand onto properties that currently sit vacant.

* If you lower taxes do you think the residents and would you give up some of the services available to make that happen?

2) Tell the zoning board to get off business's backs. If you ever watch those meetings on cable, it's a disgrace. Prospective entrepreneurs are sent through the inquisition just to start a business. BACK OFF, let them give their idea a try. The worst thing that can happen is they fail and it's back to square one.

* I fully agree on this point. That is why the developer of Hillmoor went under.

3) Stop this notion that just because something's old, it's "historic". What's better, a thriving business that may be modern or a "piece of history" that's dilapidated? If someone has the will and the money to invest, let them, don't wait around in the hope that someone will "buy it to restore it to it's original state".

* I believe many of the old historic properties can be saved and with careful design and development can be made useful and yet maintain the history. Example: The old train depot they tore down years ago. It could have been renovated to house those offices that set there now. The old Traver Hotel can be renovated into offices above and storefront below and yet maintain the history. It just takes some real thought.

4) Don't make getting a liquor license next to impossible to get. If I were looking to start a club or restaurant, I'd be more willing if I could serve a cocktail or two. To expect someone to invest, prove themselves, and wait "their turn", is a sure fire way to send the message that YOU'RE NOT WANTED.

* I agree on this point. But, How many more places do we need to get a cocktail from in the area. Yes I believe the idea that was floated that a business should be awarded a liquor license on the basis of how much business they feel can be generated is wrong. Such as a franchise over a mom and pop.

5) Do something about traffic and parking in the summer. More spaces, more lots, synchronize the lights, have a cop directing traffic, whatever. Doesn't do the community or the air for that matter any good when people spend half their time sitting around in their car idling waiting to get through town and find a parking space.

* I sent a message to the city some months ago about making the north south streets
west of Broad one way with angle parking on oneside north from mainstreet to at least Dodge. Also Cook Street is wide enough to park on both sides. As for Lots, where could you put any? Also Center street north of Main I think could support angle parking and the traffic signals yes need to be retimed. I would not have traffic cops out there. The other thing about parking is this 2 hour free parking for residents. I don't think it works for this reason. First, any resident can park anywhere downtown for 2 hours of free parking. How is this monitored? You can park all day for free by just moving over one stall. Also, I was downtown one day and I seen alot of out of state vehicles parking for free. How do you regulate that? All the revenue lost because of it is staggering. The other thing is I always see more than one motor cycle parked in on stall. Thus only receiving 1 vehicle parking charge. I feel there should be an ordinance stating 1 motorcycle per stall. If anything take one of the lots and rework it into a Motorcyle only lot and elimimate cycle parking in the onstreet stalls.
Just my thoughts.