Lake Geneva city attorney Dan Draper stated those words most forcefully at the combined Lake Geneva City Council and Plan Commission meeting, chaired by Mayor Tom Hartz, dealing with the three concepts submitted for changing the comprehensive plan with respect to the Hillmoor property. The crowd of 56 citizens allowed to view the proceedings (as the meeting was deliberately held in the second story of the city municipal building where there is no audio or video feed) erupted into open derision and laughter.Read More
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What happened? Here is the joint statement released on Tuesday of last week:
“The University of Chicago and the Yerkes Future Foundation (YFF) are pleased to announce an agreement in principle for the transfer of ownership of Yerkes Observatory and related property located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin to the Yerkes Future Foundation. Over the next several months, both organizations will be working closely on all aspects of the proposed transfer.
The delaying of the comprehensive plan vote until next year is not about doing things the right way, but an old fashioned political attempt to assure the outcome of the eight-member council vote by deferring it to a more favorable time.Read More
She’s only an alderperson. She’s only a small voice in the distance. She’s only one woman. But this woman took the mayor and the establishment on and won. She won time, and she won place, and she won a voice in the myriad assortment of differential stories being told about the Hillmoor deal. She spoke for the people and there was nothing anybody could doRead More
HILLMOOR, RIVIERA, AND THE YERKES OBSERVATORY
What do these wonderful Geneva Lake edifices have in common, and how is it that they seem mired in the same kind of frozen bureaucratic miasma and mess of serious, secret and never-ending decision-making that might make most socialistic cultures, even compared to those of Geneva Lake’s small size, seem pure and wonderfully efficient?
Tina Trahan, the owner of most of the building called Stone Manor, the largest structure on the lakefront, is about to do another of her “Angel of Geneva Lake” acts to benefit everything living around the lake, and quite a few visitors, as well.Read More
The Lake Geneva City Council drove itself into a pit of deep abiding cow manure on Monday night. The council, after announcing it would vote on the reconsideration demanded by one of the council members at the next regular council meeting (October 14th) went ahead and decided to have a special meeting on Monday the 7th.Read More
On the 16th of October, the city council of Lake Geneva determined that at 6:30 p.m. that night it will have a “Hillmoor Public Open House to Review Hillmoor Concept” meeting in the Badger High School Cafeteria.Read More
Last week the plan commission met and discussed a new plan committee “community gathering” idea, and then voted to try it out. It seems that the development of the Hillmoor property hasn’t been isolated and then considered for the kind of development that might be allowed there.Read More
Cully Pillman is a resident and property owner living in Town of Linn, just off of Hillside and Highway 120, running a tree farm and plant nursery. But what else is Cully Pillman doing that has created some very negative interest from his neighbors? He’s running a gun range that’s very close to many residential citizens and property owners in the same areaRead More
The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency headed up by Ted Peters, took up the issue of the Starry Stonewort invasive species discoveries along the bottom of parts of Geneva Lake last week. Doug Skates was the most outspoken of the five deciders on the agency board. Ted Peters laid out the case for how the invasion had become much more serious since last fall when it was first discovered in one part of Trinke Lagoon (the lagoon has three parts).Read More