Surprising Stuff

How is it that the old church located on Broad and Geneva Street managed to get approval for a brewery?
What happened to the rule about alcohol establishments not being allowed too close to schools or churches in Lake Geneva?  That distance is 300 feet.  Right across the street from the old church is the operating Episcopalian Church.  Go ahead and measure.  It’s not three hundred feet away.  How is it that nobody noticed this from the city?  Or did they notice and decide not to do anything about it? If so, then they’ve tacitly changed the rule by example and fair treatment under the law.  Which is it?


The City of Lake Geneva selectively re-paved the section of Lake Geneva Boulevard that leads to the house of the city’s mayor. The re-paved section ends abruptly at the end of the mayor’s block, rather than continuing on for one additional block to South Street where Lake Geneva Boulevard ends. So, why did the re-paving of Lake Geneva Blvd end at the end of the mayor’s block? The selective re-paving of the road past the mayor’s house is reminiscent of other selective paving and other past events. A few years back the streets in and around the then mayor (Dennis Jordan) were all paved while other more needy streets in Lake Geneva were totally ignored. Jordan did this just before he left office. Is the current mayor getting ready to leave?

There is another explanation for the City of Lake Geneva to not re-pave that small section of Lake Geneva Boulevard, and it appears to be part of a pattern in the City of Lake Geneva.  The re-paving of Highway 50 stopped one block short of Maxwell Street, leaving one block still in need of repair. Leaving a small section in need of repair assures, and justifies, future income for local firms doing engineering, inspection, and specifications for the work to be done, as well as those local firms doing the work. They get to come back right on down the road to complete the work with a new contract. This pattern of not quite completing a job also fits the repair of The Riviera roof. The Riviera roof had a leak, so rather than fixing the leak, the city replaced the ceramic tile with cement tile. A few years later the roof began to leak again, so the city used $800,000 from TIF #4 to repair the roof and the damaged upper floor. But the upper floor was repaired before the roof was repaired, so the roof leaked yet again and damaged the upper floor again. In a repeat pattern, the city wants to spend a million dollars to stop the roof leaks by replacing the cement tile roof with a steel roof that looks like ceramic tile.

Note: The excessive weight of the cement tiles not only led to the leaking of the roof structure but may have caused damage to the foundations of the whole building. One can only wonder how an engineering firm approved the cement tile back then. And now today, why is the foundation is not being properly inspected and repaired before the roof is to be replaced?

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