Lake Geneva was the place to be this Fourth of July.
Thousands of visitors and locals migrated to the lake to enjoy traditional outdoor summer activities, and to get some much-needed relief from the extremely hot weather. Elmer’s Boat Rentals was sold out all weekend. Gage Boat Tours was full all weekend, and the shoreline along South Lakeshore Drive was also stuffed full of anchored boaters. The Riviera Beach was the only beach on Geneva Lake still open to visitors and seemed to be running at full capacity, if not more, on both Saturday and Sunday. Fontana and Williams Bay beaches only allow residents and season beach pass holders on then beaches. The feeling around the lake was a great balance of excitement and relaxation.
The shuttle from Home Depot to the lot on Sheridan Springs Road was added to help ease the heavy traffic congestion expected, but they were barely used. The driver of the shuttle had only one pickup and one drop off all day on Saturday, and Sunday was pretty much the same. Fireworks are a big part of July Fourth celebrations and with no official firework show around the lake the sky lit up at dusk with fireworks let off by private citizens. Locals around the lake took the initiative to create a show themselves and, in every lake community, on almost every street, fireworks boomed and glowed. It was a grand night. All in all, it was a great summer holiday weekend.
Firework, Lake Geneva, July 4, 2020
Lake Geneva Mayor Charlene Klein extends the Emergency Proclamation another month.
The last proclamation was due to expire June 30th but is now revitalized and valid through July 31st. What does this mean? It means that Lake Geneva’s mayor still has the power to make emergency decisions regarding the COVID19 Pandemic to help ensure the health and safety of the community if need be. It also means the decision to have meetings held in person at city hall can happen now. In-person meetings are back. Some of the council and committee members are not comfortable with in-person meetings. In view of this, a hybrid version of the meetings will be created. To accommodate virus concerns, the option will remain open for city officials and the public to be a part of and view meetings virtually. If any members of the public choose to come to the City Hall the doors will open twenty minutes before any meeting start times, and social distancing and masks will be encouraged, as well as a limit on the number of people allowed into any one meeting room.
The Lake Geneva City Council President Rich Hedlund canceled the Committee of the Whole.
This decision was questioned by several residents and by at least one Lake Geneva Alderperson. Vice President of the council John Halverson, didn’t seem ruffled by the call. The lack of meetings held during the virus, statewide in scope, left the public craving some talk time to voice concerns in some verbal detail about Lake Geneva during these unprecedented times. With Monday’s meeting canceled, many feel bullied into staying quiet, while others feel things have been shut down so there is no new business to discuss. Either way, it’s the public’s right to speak and be heard, although these difficult conditions certainly make all of these decisions potentially questionable.
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