BAN ON ALL BURNING
The City of Lake Geneva issued this order pursuant to Sec. 30-3(d)(4) of the Municipal Code of the City of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. This ban includes all outdoor fireplaces or pits. This order does not prohibit residents from using grills for cooking food. Southeast Wisconsin is experiencing extremely dry conditions, high heat, strong winds, and below-average rainfall, which has left the region with extremely dry vegetation.
Chief Peters expressed this ban is a necessary precaution to reduce the risk to lives, property, and our natural resources.
What is it about living in a place where sixty percent, or more, of the ‘residents’ are missing for most of the year?
That number, over sixty percent, by the way, pay for more than eighty-five percent of the taxes to keep it all going, what is it like to live among them, when they are not around for eight months of the year, and when they are here want what they want when and where they want it? It is not easy. Most of the part-time residents in and around Geneva Lake do not socialize with the ‘locals’ who are here year-round. The Air BNB people are also not known for socializing, as they come and go so fast. The locals must stick together and not get hurt or mad at those who pass on by, like ships in the night. The rewards are many and extremely rewarding, although not without an emotional price.
Parking is always an issue in Lake Geneva and with the heat rising so does the parking frustration.
Parking spots in summer are always full and vehicles spend a good amount of time circling around town in hopes someone might pull out as they approach. Paid parking is enforced seven days a week from 9 a.m. through 7 p.m. starting on November 15th, and running through January 31, unless it is switched permanently to February (which was done last year and proved very lucrative for the city; earning just under $100,000 for the city). Each stall is two bucks an hour and if you multiply that by the one-thousand one-hundred and seventy-two stalls, parking earns the city a substantial amount of revenue.
Lake Geneva does provide several parking lots and on-street parking stalls, however, they fill up quickly. In the colder months, the issue is not as prevalent, but quickly matching the warmer months as more people are drawn to Lake Geneva for added winter events. The eight different parking lots are scattered around the city, all within a ten to fifteen-minute walk of the downtown and lake edge area. The two free parking lots are located on Sage Street (lot D) and Dunn Field (lot E) and the two-dollar and hour parking lots are on Cook Street (lot A), Center Street (lot B), Seminary Park (lot F), Geneva Street (lot G), North Shore Lot (lot H), and South Shore Lot (lot I). All paid parking stalls are two dollars an hour, with a five-hour maximum stay, except for Lot I, which has a ten-hour limit.
The parking kiosks only accept coin (and do not give change) or a card and the slots are ‘pay by license plate’ so be sure to have your plate information handy before you head to the meter. The park mobile app is very convenient and is handy to have preloaded and set up before heading to town. Free parking permits are available for residents, non-resident property holders, and business owners. For a fee of one hundred-sixty dollars Walworth County residents can get a two-year pass, while a one-year parking lot pass can be purchased for four hundred dollars. Remember parking stickers are only good for three hours a day and any vehicles parked over that without feeding the meter will be ticketed. Vehicles can be ticketed for many different reasons, including expired parking, having more than three motorcycles in a stall, using someone else’s or an old parking sticker, backed into a stall, compact stall violation, parking in a no-parking zone, over the line, parking in front of a fire hydrant, or parking in a handicap space. Most fines are twenty to twenty-five dollars but parking by a hydrant is forty and parking in a handicapped space is a hundred and fifty.
If you decide to appeal a ticket you can get an appeal form online at the city website, or stop in at city hall, but be aware the city has heard many excuses and just being unaware or playing dumb will not win an appeal. The City of Lake Geneva has a healthy income from paid parking and that income is protected by the parking department and enforced by the parking attendants. For all parking questions and details go to www.cityoflakegeneva.com.
The city gave the mayor, Charlene Klein, five thousand dollars on Monday night,
The money is to be put toward making sure that no men can peer into the new women’s restroom that was built into the Rivera. So there, you leering fools who have to be from somewhere else, because Lake Geneva men do not see that well, anyway.
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