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Four seats open on Lake Geneva City Council

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Kevin Hoffman
January 5, 2011
— Four challengers will fight for seats on Lake Geneva's City Council this spring, potentially affecting the future of projects and spending plans.

Incumbents Ellyn Kehoe, Mary Jo Fesenmaier, Arleen Krohn and Donald Tolar submitted nomination papers before Tuesday's filing deadline. Tolar will be among three candidates in a February primary ahead of the general election on April 5.


Lake Geneva City Council seats up for election are:


-- District 1: Kehoe will face William Cousino Jr., 302 Maxwell St.


-- District 2: Fesenmaier is opposed by Alan Kupsik, 717 S. Lakeshore Drive.


-- District 3: Krohn is running unopposed.


-- District 4: Tolar will face Terry O'Neill, 954 George St., and Elizabeth Chappell, 513 Broad St. in next month's primary. Two of them will move on to the general election.


"Basically, I wish to bring ethics and financial responsibility to the city council," said O'Neill, a retired design engineer. "They're spending more than expected in revenue, and they got to the point where they're borrowing money to maintain that."


The city is in the midst of several legal battles, including lawsuits filed by four former alders to recoup thousands of dollars in lawyer fees after being sued by former Mayor Bill Chesen.


Mirbeau of Geneva Lake continues to fight the city in federal court, alleging a conspiracy helped derail a planned development project. Fesenmaier also is battling with a local newspaper after failing to produce e-mails about the failed project.


O'Neill has several other issues he'd like to address, including millions of dollars in borrowed money he said is being wasted by the city.


Chappell said she wants to focus on moving forward, not dwelling on problems the city has had in the past. Chappell is a 26-year resident of Lake Geneva and board president of the Lake Geneva Art Museum.


Kupsik and Cousino could not be reached for comment.


Lake Geneva in November approved a $7.8 million budget for 2011—up 1.9 percent from the year before. Its revenues are expected to fall about $320,000 short of its expenditures based on the budget.


Municipal Judge Henry Sibbing is running for re-election with no challengers.



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