Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

February 06, 2012 | 01:55 PM

To the Editor;
My name is Dick Gustafson and I was a resident of Lake Geneva for 40 years before moving to Delavan My sister and brother still live there. My folks moved there when I was 16 years. I tell you that because I think putting a church in the vacant factory on Williams St. and tear down the service station in front of it and make that a parking lot is hugh mistake. I was deeply saddened and disturbed to hear that.
I understand it's just an old, rundown gas station that's it's an eyesore and not Lake Geneva "Ritzy".But to me and many others its more than that- Its a place we grew up and took our cars for service knowing that the work would be done right and at a fair price. We learned that you could be a mechanic and be honest. We learned from the oldtimers that use to hang around there about history-not only Lake Geneva but the world. I've gone thru veterans there from World War I to the current wars. Men who lived in Lake Geneva so long ago that used to work cutting ice out of the lake to use in iceboxes. My point is you're not just putting two guys out of business but you're going to make it alot harder for people who for generations have gone there. Not everbody in Lake Geneva is rich. Look around that part of the city-the people that live in those houses are what that service station is for. Besides why would you want to put a church in Lake Geneva-church don't pay taxes,? I still go over to RPM when I need work done though, and as do many people from the surrounding area. Please don't allow this
Thank You
Dick Gustafson

Dick Gustafson
City of Delavan