Last week the Finance, Licensing, and Regulation Committee met and first on the agenda was a permit filed by VISIT Lake Geneva for Concerts in the Park to take place this summer and it was approved but without the waiver of parking fees.
The concerts are very popular and give residents and tourists something to look forward to this summer. Next was a deeper conversation about the points system for liquor license applications that the previous mayor had drafted and passed through the city council. The committee felt that the wording was inconsistent and that it was a very confusing process.
It was brought up that the last liquor license approved was for a new business coming in on the outskirt of the town had scored fewer points than the previous two applicants yet the two denied are established businesses in downtown Lake Geneva. The general consensus was that the committee was unhappy about the points system and voted to abolish it and come up with a better aid at a different time. The final topic on the agenda was a discussion about the city’s budget. The budget in general is down about $345,000 but not nearly as bad as the city was expecting. Parking alone is down $188,000 which is expected to decrease some during the holiday weekend. During the warmer days Lake Geneva has been a getaway for visitors that are still under a safer at home order. With the increase of visitors brings an increase in revenue for the city. Currently the first-floor windows at the Riviera and the new carpet in the library are on hold until next year. All departments are looking over their budgets to see what is a necessity and what can be put on hold. Hopefully the city budget will be back on track soon.
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