The Bright Side
Monday, February 24th, at 6 p.m. the Lake Geneva City Council will meet for consideration of the comprehensive plan adoption ordinance. It’s not over till it’s over. The joint meeting last week Monday, February 10th between the plan commission and city council met pretty much spent the night together. The plan commission added several different amendments to the plan focusing on the Hillmoor Property and removing the word “resort” from the land use description. If the council follows the plan commission’s lead, then that will be good news. The commission also added an amendment about Wrigley Drive, potentially closing it to create a boardwalk or pedestrian plaza. That amendment was a re-wording of an earlier recommendation for a study of the possibility of also including Flat Iron Park and the Riviera Plaza. That amendment needs to die, along with the whole idea of closing Wrigley Drive. Also, the South Lake Shore Drive reroute amendment was added to state that the city will work with the DNR and consider any recommendations for closure. This also includes the boat launch relocation. Both are bad ideas that need to die in committee! These, along with several more amendments are to be made available for consideration before the city council congregates once again on the 24th of February.
Cartoon of the Week
The prep work at the Riviera is ready and Renaissance Roofing is raring to get started on the rehab project.
The scaffolding is completely up around the entire building, wrapped in plastic and slightly heated to protect the work crew from the elements. The old concrete tiles are being removed from the west side of the building, and the new ones are being put in. This work will continue around the whole building, and when that’s done, tuckpointing and windows will be started. The piers, harbor, and lakefront committee met on Wednesday and discussed the work done and projected. MSI (the general contractor) gave an update on how things are going. The uncertainty on the windows, size, and color was also discussed, as well as the latest from the historic society, and what they will allow as far as the windows are concerned as well as the status of the Riviera remaining on the historic registry. City officials need to decide what is more important, remaining on the historic registry with the smaller windows or putting in the larger windows to create a brighter and open feel. Piers, Harbor, and Lakefront Commission meets Wednesday, the 19th, at 5:30 p.m., where public comments and suggestions will be encouraged and helpful.