Keeping track of local government
Yes, it is back on the agenda. The suit was cancelled, and new plans are being submitted. See our page on Hillmoor for details of what is happening.
The commercial project on Hwy. 50 next to the bowling alley is back. The project includes gas station, car wash, convenience store, and Dunkin’ Donuts!
This didn’t pass muster the first time thanks to the sharp eye of Alderman Flower who pointed out that the plan had failed the traffic study rating. This time the report is 70+ pages.
We are not sure when this will be back before the Council; we’ll post the information here and in the calendar when we see it on the agenda.
Terry O’Neill does a fantastic job with an analysis in this week’s Geneva Shore Report.
Is this good for the entrance way to our City on Hwy. 50? How are the neighbors impacted? When will the Council make decisions based on the Master Plan and needs of our community? Low impact development along that corridor such as neighborhood office is much more appropriate for the egress to/from Hwy. 50.
Voice your concerns and objections to the project through communication to the City Clerk to be forwarded to the City Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking in the City
New touch screen meters, high fees and service from lots outside of the downtown area. Is this a way to handle our traffic?
Starry Stonewort Identified in Geneva Lake
**UPDATE: The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency (GLEA) has created a Go FundMe page to raise funding to hydraulically dredge the area where Starry stonewort is found, removing the plant and its reproductive portions (bulbils) found in the sediment. The fundraising goal is $150,000. Click here to donate now and share with your friends and neighbors!
We cannot afford to delay action. This video shows the drastic results of Starry stonewort infestation, as the species overtook Minnesota’s Lake Koronis in just a couple years. This could very well be Geneva Lake if drastic action isn’t taken to exterminate our colony of Starry Stonewort currently isolated in Trinke Estates Lagoon.
Starry stonewort, an aggressive invasive species of algae, has been detected in Geneva Lake, specifically Trinke Estates Lagoon. Geneva Lake Environmental Agency (GLEA) director Ted Peters has proposed methods to fight the destructive algae’s spread, and he needs our help!
The species has been found in 7 lakes in the state, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is working with impacted communities through education efforts and providing funding to help fight the species’ spread. They recently isolated a portion of Green Lake in Washington County, for example, and put herbicides to get rid of the algae.
The GLEA has proposed hydraulically dredging sediment from the Trinke Estates Lagoon to control the Starry stonewort population – but this alone would cost more than $120,000. The total cost of tackling this issue is more in the $500,000 range.
Starry stonewort poses a significant threat because its reproductive organs, referred to as “bulbils”, embed themselves in a water body’s sediment. There is no way to completely eradicate the species, but there are proven methods to control it. Arguably the most effective method is hydraulic dredging, which works by pulling up a mixture of sediment and water from the floor and then moving that mixture through a pipeline to another location. GLEA director Ted Peters has stated this is the ideal method to manage the problem.
The GLEA is appealing to the State of Wisconsin for grants and funding assistance for a multi-faceted abatement program and for the state and DNR to give Geneva Lake their full-fledged collaboration. All five municipalities around the lake are willing to help, but say they can’t fully cover the hefty costs. That leaves it up to the community to spread awareness and save Geneva Lake from this ecological disaster.
Sign our letter in support of the GLEA’s efforts to combat Starry stonewort in Geneva Lake! We will submit this letter to appropriate state agencies and other environmental organizations who can help stop the spread of this serious threat.
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