Looking on the Bright Side

What’s going to happen and when with the coming (unannounced formally) departure of Office Max in Lake Geneva?
Is that going to be it for Federal Express, other than the small package pickups around the area? Is some other organization going to come in or add small items to inventory like envelopes, files, print supplies and stuff? The departure of Office Max leaves little in the way of customer care or satisfaction behind. Staples, the next large supplier of office products, is located near Lowes in Delavan. That’s a half hour trip one way for most people living Lake Geneva and that’s on a good clear day. Quite possibly the biggest problem created by big box stores like Office Max is in their departure. All small ‘stationary’ stores died when Office Max moved in years ago. They are all long dead and not coming back. The same is true for grocery stores when Wal-Mart moved into eastern Lake Geneva. If Wal-Mart leaves what will be left? A buyers and customer’s wasteland is the answer to that question. Who or what entity should be assigned fault in the office supply wasteland in front of Lake Geneva. The fault is in business evaluation and consideration. When a big box business applies to Lake Geneva for opening in the area it ought to be very cautiously considered from a departure standpoint and also for its initial impact on smaller businesses. Wal-Mart’s position as the center of Lake Geneva shopping is akin to that of a very small country possessing one undeliverable nuclear weapon. About the only use for the devastating thing is to blow the place up in case of attack or failure.


The Lake Geneva City Council met on Monday night.
It was a ‘barn burner’ of a meeting. The council opened up about how it would like to see the future unfold for Lake Geneva when it comes to reorganizing how the government of Lake Geneva is to be conducted in the future. Alderperson Chappell wants to do away with most committees because the committees have no voting power to do much of anything other than recommend. Chappell thinks that staff can simply put together applicable paperwork for city councilors to read, make decisions about and then act upon. Others on the council, in concert with Utah Blaine, Lake Geneva’s City Administrator, thought it might be good to combine the finance and personnel committees as well as the public works and parking committees.

Alderperson Kupsik, proving he’s a man of the people, was properly rebuked by Alderperson Kordus when he said that the Committee of the Whole, meeting once a month, might be a great place and time for the council to discuss things the council normally only discusses behind closed doors. Alderperson Kordus, aghast, had to inform Kupsik that the council does not meet behind closed doors. Only attending staff of the Geneva Shore Report thought the exchange was uproariously funny. There was also talk of cutting city council meetings to once a month and possibly allowing the public to speak at the end of any meetings when the business of meetings would already be done. All the open conversation at the council meeting was about the council and the councilors. None of it was about the citizenry or what to do to help the citizenry.

It was as if every member of the city council and attending staff had recently read and internalized House of Cards, as presented by Netflix.

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