It doesn’t exist as a village, town or winter entertainment area in Southern Wisconsin. But it exists in the middle of every downtown street in Lake Geneva. There’s an age-old street department policy in Lake Geneva that is physically expressed after every heavy snow fall. The snow is first plowed into the center of every major street where it is left to be collected by a special snow gathering machine later on. Meanwhile, the daytime travelers, shoppers and people attempting to park are terribly inconvenienced if not endangered by these four to five foot high pyramids of snow left piled in the middle of every street. What can be done? The machine removing the snow for dumping into the lake or even in back lots outside the city proper can be started and run until the snow is all gone. The removal process with the machine working full time in concert with a few dump trucks would only take a few hours, as it has in the past. It is when to implement the usage of such machinery that remains in question. The answer, apparent on Tuesday, the day following the season’s heaviest snowfall of over four inches, is easy. Not soon enough.
The Pillar of Salt and what’s happened.
Ron Carstensen, the former head of the very effective street department of Lake Geneva was busted last year for not being able to explain how he cashed a twenty dollar check when he should not have and also how a private landscaping firm came to get twenty-five thousand dollars worth of city salt. He pled out to a felony count and will serve his remaining years on earth as a convicted felon. The guy who worked for him and was “hip deep in that big muddy” pled out to a couple of misdemeanor’s and a fine. Ron is serving time at the county. The henchman is out on the street along with the former city administrator Dennis Jordon. Dennis actually sits on the police and fire commission even though his conduct in the entire pillar of salt investigation and then drum head court for Ron Carstensen was suspect from beginning to end. He retired over the affair with the real police reports and court discussions buried under piles of secret files and documents only to be released when the Kennedy Assassination reports finally surface.
Last week the Lake Geneva Regional News (referred to by the staff of the Geneva Shore Report as “the real paper”) filed a lawsuit against the City of Lake Geneva because the city’s attorney, Dan (the Don) Draper refused an open records request filed by Chris Schultz, one of its reporters. The request he was denied was a release of files with respect to patrolman Dyon, the persistently nasty police officer trying to get Chief Mike Rasmussen fired over allegations that are too ridiculous and false to print in this publication.
Officer (Dijon) Dyon has done the same thing to former supervisors, when he worked in other places that are happier places since he left. The Geneva Shore Report filed an open records request for the same information and, also, like the real paper, received a dumbly worded legal letter from the (Don) Draper. Draper only uses law as a thin cold blanket he lays loosely over situations wherein he wants to do what he wants to do. Although the files can be redacted (areas blacked out) until the Wisconsin Supreme Court finally settles that issue, the files must be released according to Wisconsin law. The Geneva Shore Report does not file lawsuits against Lake Geneva or any other community around Lake Geneva. That’s not the GSR’s way. Officer Dyon is not a bad apple because that would insult all rotten apples. Mr. Dyon is part of that force of darkness all American’s have watched sweep the nation following 9/11 and going to war on supposed and real terrorism. Alerting the public as to the effect a single “very high risk” officer can have on an entire police force, and the community it serves, is the job of the media. If Mr. Dyon is left in place on the streets of Lake Geneva, then the police department and the community can look forward to a future time when real lawsuits will come pouring into the Don’s office, and those suits won’t have anything to do with the freedom or accumulation of information. There is little question with respect to Chief Mike Rasmussen’s sterling record as a Marine and a police officer. The real question is why the chief has not fired Officer Dyon in spite of the man’s unbalanced attacks.
The Williams Bay real estate adventure continues.
The middle school is now listed for public sale by CBRE Marketplace out of Madison, Wisconsin. There were, apparently, no local realtors in the entire Lake Geneva area capable of handling a commercial real estate package of the school’s size. The 5.3 acres with 89,000 square feet of existing buildings is listed for a hundred thousand dollars. Yes, that’s one hundred grand ($100,000.00). Calls to Brian Wolfe to purchase the place (Really? A hundred grand for five acres of downtown Williams Bay with $400,000 thrown in by the village to pay for demolition?) had not been returned by the time the Geneva Shore Report issue went to press.
Quite possibly only the relatives and friends of the movers and shakers who are behind the sale of the structure and surrounding land get return calls. This kind of sweet heart deal does not come along very often. In fact, it never comes along for regular people, so why is it giving the appearance of coming along now? Currently, the Geneva Shore Report occupies office space costing about twenty thousand dollars a year. Considering the time value of money and a cash acquisition of the Williams Bay property the GSR could expand from two thousand square feet into eighty-nine thousand and come out even in just over four years. Employees of the paper could be spaced out with each having around ten thousand square feet of his or her own offices, not to mention a central bell-ringing mechanism to constantly get everyone’s attention. The people of Williams Bay, once the GSR staff moves in, will all be wandering the streets, of course, whispering to one another “who are those guys, anyway?” Rumor has it that there are already two silent offers on the property. The GSR’s offer is going to be anything but silent, but then none of the GSR readers would expect anything else.