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The real importance of our transportation system is underappreciated.
To begin with, without public pathways (roads, streets, highways, sidewalks, bridges, etc.) we would effectively be confined to our own property or could be required to pay tolls to the owner of every property that we crossed. That is how things were when this country began. Virtually all of our civilized activities are dependent on the transportation of materials, goods, products, services, and people using public pathways. The streets and roads are the arteries and veins of the city, state, and the nation. Without that infrastructure and those that design, build, and maintain them, the city, state, and the nation would crumble. Both the federal government and state governments know how important the transportation infrastructure is and invest (give) huge sums of money to states, counties, and municipalities to build, repair, and maintain them.

The City of Lake Geneva receives in excess of $700,000 every year from the State of Wisconsin’s Transportation Fund, to use for “transportation purposes.” That money is for the rebuilding, repairing, and maintaining of the city’s roads, streets, bike paths, and pedestrian pathways. The State of Wisconsin is serious about the proper use and tracking of those funds and requires cities to keep those funds and all charges to those funds in separate segregated accounts. Furthermore, if the funds are not used properly and kept in segregated accounts, then the city may forfeit those funds per statute 86.30(11)(2)(b) ) which reads: “If a municipality or county does not meet the segregation requirements under par; (a) at the time that aid should be paid under this section, the aid payment may be forfeited.”

Per previous audits, the city has not kept transportation funds and charges against them in segregated accounts but has combined them with other intergovernmental transfers and included them as part of the general fund, thus enabling the potential misuse and loss of the tracking of those funds. The 2021 budget is coming up and adherence to the transportation fund laws is critical to assure the City of Lake Geneva will continue to receive those funds when payment is due and not forfeit them, which, under current handling of these affairs, it very well could.

 

Badger High School graduates of 2020 will get a graduation ceremony.
School has not been the same since COVID 19 came along, but that doesn’t mean the students have not worked hard and persevered through scary times. The year of the virus, also known as 2020, has put a lot of events on hold and some have been completely canceled. Some traditions need to be continued while being handled a little differently. Graduation ceremonies and celebrations are one of those things, and so that’s what is happening at Badger. On Sunday, August 2nd (rain date Monday, August 3rd), the Badger High School graduating class of 2020 will be honored and celebrated from noon to 3 p.m. at the Badger football field. Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Go there and wish them well!

Person of the Week

Tome Earle, City of Lake Geneva

Tom Earle, head of the public works department

 

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