Once again; the City of Lake Geneva needs to shovel downtown business sidewalks.
The Geneva Shore Report maintains a complaint list of seemingly small items that could be so well fixed with minimal expense, time and trouble.
1) Shoveling business sidewalks would take care of so many problems associated with things like where to put the snow, incapacitated store managers or employees and the timeliness of getting the job done.
2) Second item on the GSR complaint list is bringing in forty or fifty trucks of sand to pour over the minimal beach at Big Foot to make it into a real beach.
3) A low wall all along the western edge of the water wouldn’t hurt a bit either
4) Finally, the tripling of the number and luminescence of holiday lights (read; Christmas) would serve to do wonders to make the city appear more celebratory, warm and brighter during the holiday months in mid-winter. Stores might also consider serving hot chocolate, cookies or even cider for those coming inside.
These things would all work to help Lake Geneva build its vitality and enhance its reputation for caring about residents and visitors alike who come to stay, eat, shop or simply walk around and enjoy the ambiance of Downtown and the Lake.
Lake Geneva’s comprehensive plan:
The purpose of the city’s master plan is explained in state statute 62.23. (3) (A) which states: “The master plan shall be made with the general purpose of guiding and accomplishing a coordinated, adjusted and harmonious development of the municipality…”.
There can be nothing harmonious about a residential/commercial development of the Hillmoor property because a majority of the residents are opposed to that kind of residential/commercial development on the Hillmoor property. Every time, over the last few years, when the commercial or residential development of the Hillmoor property has come up at city meetings, city hall has been filled with residents in opposition to it. That includes the plan commission, common council, committee of the whole and informational gathering meetings. Almost all residents of the city are opposed to changing the current land use designation of the Hillmoor property to permit a commercial/residential development of that property, and thus far the city council has supported the residents’ view over that of the developers, contractors, realtors and financial institutions.
What part of a “harmonious development” does the city’s plan commission, and some of the city council members, not understand? It is “harmonious” not “harm-on-us.” (Referenced Statute: W.S. A., § 62.23) 62.23(3)(a)(A) The master plan shall be made with the general purpose of guiding and accomplishing a coordinated, adjusted and harmonious development of the municipality which will, in accordance with existing and future needs, best promote public health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity or the general welfare, as well as efficiency and economy in the process of development.