The 2018 spring election in the City of Lake Geneva is about more than just the individual people running for office.
It is about setting the city’s priorities and direction for today, as well as the next ten years. All candidates favor things that benefit the city’s businesses, tourists, and residents, and generally, anything that benefits one of those categories will, to some degree, normally benefit the other two, in a kind of a trickledown effect. But whether the city actions will primarily benefit tourists, residents, businesses or developers will depend on those who will win the spring election, because those elected will be updating/rewriting the city’s comprehensive plan. Their influence in the rewriting of the city’s comprehensive plan will determine much of what happens in the city for the next decade.
The only reason that the Hillmoor property is not currently under commercial development is that the city’s comprehensive plan currently restricts its use to private recreation. As Tom Hartz’s political record shows, he is pro-business, pro-development and pro-expansion of city government. In his recent comment during the mayoral debate, he stated that “whatever I do with Hillmoor it will not cost the residents more” was a subtle, carefully worded way of saying that he will oppose city action to save the Hillmoor property and that he wants the Hillmoor property opened up for commercial development. Whereas, Charlene Klein would maintain the current status of Hillmoor while pursuing public, private and non-profit recreational options for the property. No other issue, except possibly free parking for residents suggested by Charlene Klein, demonstrates the clear-cut distinction between the business orientated, pro-development and expansion priorities of Tom Hartz, versus the pro-residents and public concerns of Charlene Klein.
The Vietnam Veterans Wounded Warrior project strikes again.
Here’s the brochure sales pitch for this operation:
We will offer our family and corporate member’s full access to the camp activities, golf, fishing, swimming, tennis, etc., as in the past. Our new financial structure will be billed as a tax-deductible contribution of $10,000, with an additional camp activities fee of $2000 for our traditional family membership. We will also offer a Family/Corporate “super” membership, billed as a donation of $20,000, plus $5000 for camp activities, which will allow for 3 corporate members, or affiliated families and their guests. We are seeking larger donors to support the charity’s various building projects (for example, a children’s playground.) Annual benefactors ($100,000 plus) come with naming opportunities for the various parts of the property. We will continue to forward you additional information about the camp programs as they develop.
Thank you, and we look forward to answering any questions and speaking with you about this exciting new use for the property!”
The wounded warrior thing has been played out lately, as having a lot to do with misdirected and flagrantly missing funds. Is this one of those kinds of projects? Is this golf course one of those failed private courses that can now only make it using returning damaged veterans as objects to be contributed to for sympathy? The results on that are not in yet. Be careful.