The Bright Side
The bad roads to somewhere.
What happened to quality in Wisconsin. Fifty years ago, Wisconsin had some of the best roads in the nation, when it came to initial quality and upkeep. What happened? The only good road anywhere to be found in or around Lake Geneva is the 120 bypass. That’s a road, like Interstate 94 in Illinois, and the southern part of Wisconsin.
Highway 50, from one end to the other, except in a very few of its assembled parts, is a road. It’s something less than a road having to be redone every four or five years, causing messes of traffic nightmares, and when it is redone all that happens is the old road is ground down a few inches and a new layer of asphalt is laid over the top. That’s done for three or four more years until the crisscrossing of tar streaks begins to resemble a case of really terrible varicose veins. The same is true for almost every “county rural” road in and around all the communities surrounding Geneva Lake. The 120 bypass mentioned as a real road earlier, has never been redone and looks a heck of a lot like it did when it was built more than 13 years ago! What is going on is a combination of ignorance and corruption. The same company is hired by everyone, time after time, to redo the other roads. Part of the problem is that no other media will study this situation and then complain about it. These roads need to be torn up and built right, not succumb to idiotic short-term thinking and the hiring of companies that make their stupendous profits by keeping this whole thing rolling on into the future.
Lake Geneva is all about tourism, and it is the revenue from tourism that helps small and big businesses thrive around the lake. With the troubles the virus brought with it, the lack of incoming revenue has, and continues to have, on the economic situation is something to consider with great seriousness and a small bit of fear. Lake Geneva City officials have worked on cutting back costs, brainstorming together on how to raise more money while trying to keep a fair perspective on what is needed and what’s not.
There is some question on possibly raising hotel room tax. The discussion was all about how this might be done in light of the simple fact that room occupancy has been so low. There was no final consideration and no recommendation before the meeting ended. The decision about what to do and what is best for the city, and how any decision will affect the people and business owners of Lake Geneva, is still in the making. The city council discussed it once again at last week’s city council meeting and the fact that Lake Geneva’s room tax rate is 5%. The state allows 8%, and that was added to the mix of facts, opinions, and research being reviewed to come to a decision. Is this the time to really go after and nail the hotels and resorts that have been so wounded by the virus, and the nation’s response to it? That question posed here, and in most of the minds of city leaders, has yet to be answered.