Thursday, February 02, 2006

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete, What is your stand on boundry agreements? We have to control/slow down growth in some way. I would like to hear your opinion on this subject. The current council seems to ignor this issue.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Peterson For LG Mayor said...

Boundary agreements will be a priority of my administration. Control of development is essential. Slowing of growth is critical. Also, boundary agreements can be useful for other reasons, ie government services. A prime example is Linn Townships decision to use Walworth County dispatch system, leaving Lake Geneva holding the bag for some very expensive communication gear. If you are not familiar with this situation, Linn was to pay Lake Geneva about $45,000.00 per year for use of this equipment. Under the agreement Linn now has with the County, the expected $45,000.00 due Lake Geneva to help offset the City expense will not be there. An agreement concerning this equipment should have been in place before the City spent over $200,000.00 on upgrades. If elected Mayor, I will appoint a committee to work with all contiguous townships and formulate agreements covering all aspects of concern. This will be completed within one year.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Peterson,
Business owners in downtown Lake Geneva are handicapped by the lack of parking in the city. This leads to less sales for each of the business's because people will not spend all day driving around looking for a parking place. They will go to other communities that have parking. What do you think about a city owned lot on Edwards where people could park and take a shuttle back to downtown.

5:14 PM  
Blogger GenevaLakeShorePath said...

Pete:

What do you believe are the three largest issues that the city of LG must deal with over the next 4 years, and what is your position / thoughts on each?

David and Sarah
21 Lakeview

10:46 AM  
Blogger Peterson For LG Mayor said...

I don’t think a City owned lot would be necessary to make your suggestion work. Either Wal-Mart or Home Depot could provide spaces. The problem is two fold, 1. Convincing people to use them, and 2. Arranging for regularly scheduled shuttle service to and from downtown. A few years ago a group tried to organize just such an operation using tour buses. It failed because of a lack of participation from both downtown businesses and people desiring to park at distant parking lots. Unfortunately, the City in its 2006 budget used a large portion of the City Parking fund to meet operating budget expenses. The use of reserve parking fund money for general expenses is totally unacceptable. More parking is necessary, I will explore all possibilities. Thank you for your suggestion.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think Shepstone will debate you. I do not think so. if so will it be public rather on the tv channel recorded/ I would like to be there . Please post when and where. I think a live debate would be very intersting. I will tellyou later.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOOD LUCK PETE>

3:37 PM  
Blogger Peterson For LG Mayor said...

Mayor Shepstone will debate me only if people like you force him. The way to do that is to write a letter to “Letters To The Editor” and to call him and insist on the debate to take place on our local TV channel. He will try to avoid the debate because he cannot defend his actions of the past two years. I am running for the Mayors office to give the people a clear choice between candidates. I want to encourage more people to get involved in the political process and promote open and frank discussion of the issues. Thanks for your comments

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete,
What a great spark you are bringing to this community.You have a tough battle ahead and have a good chance to win. So far your answers are direct and really set the tone for issues that may come up in the next month or so.
If elected what what would be your top three priorities that would have the greatest positive impact on the city of Lake Geneva and surrounding communities both short term and long term. I look forward to your response.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Peterson For LG Mayor said...

The three most important issues facing Lake Geneva depends on from what perspective you are asking the question. IE, you have one perspective if you are a businessperson and another if you are a school board member and another if a tax paying citizen, etc. Here are some critical areas: 1. Development, zoning, and boundary agreements, 2. Transparent operating budgets, 3. Open government. I believe that development, zoning, and border agreements are so important and so interwoven that I intend to form a special committee to address this problem. This committee will be comprised of government, business people and citizens with a one year deadline to find solutions. (See my answer to question concerning border agreements) A transparent operating budget is one developed with public input and one not using smoke and mirrors as is the 2006 city budget. Example: the use of parking and beach front reserve funds to pay for general operating expenses. These funds were intended for capital expenditures and not for general operating expenses. Open government means that the public is aware of all aspects of what goes into the decision process. The way to make the City Lake Geneva government more open can start with all major departments holding their meeting on our local TV channel. I propose that City Hall be open Saturday morning to help citizens with their needs, government should serve the people. Thanks for your comment.

6:53 AM  
Blogger GenevaLakeShorePath said...

Pete - what is your position / thoughts on the 'all projects over $1.05 million must go to referendum' question? I know that whatever the voters decide must happen, but is this desirable? What impact will it have on the operation of the city? How much does it cost for these referendums?

Thanks for running, and for your new perspective on LG governance.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Peterson For LG Mayor said...

This type of referendum is not desirable, but it is not the end of the world. I would like a wavier for sewer, water, and street construction. Most other projects would require a bond issue to fund the project and approval can be obtained at that time. Council members and the Mayor are elected every two years; vote out big spenders. I doubt that it would have any major effect on the operation of the City Government. A special election would cost about $4000.00. The best solution is for more people to get involved in the political process. A main goal of mine is to get more people involved. Thanks for the question

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Peterson,
Rumor has it that the Utilities Department/Commision has a huge amount of money that has been accumulated over the years. Do you think that this money could be used to lower water bills for city residents and tax payers and is there a way for the City Council to get control of this money? They are after all part of the city and should be held accountable for what they have and what they do with the money.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thinking about the current growth that our city is experiencing what do you think the population of Lake Geneva will be in 10 years?

4:59 PM  
Blogger Peterson For LG Mayor said...

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4:58 PM  
Blogger Peterson For LG Mayor said...

The utility commission does have a large amount of money in its reserve account. This money is accumulated over a long period of time. When a large sewer or water project is necessary the rate payer or tax payer is not hit with a large one time payment or create the necessity for a bond issue to complete the project. This reserve account should be used only for sewer and water projects. Unfortunately, the commission has used some of these funds for other projects that are unrelated to sewer and water projects. The commission signed and agreement with City Council, that I initiated, on 6-28-2004. This agreement stated that 1. The Utility Commission will spend no money on non-utility projects without Council approval. 2. Agrees that all their meetings will be held at City Hall and be televised. Mayor Shepstone signed this resolution as did the Utility Commission. Mayor Shepstone has not enforced this agreement. If the Utility Commission can and does spend money on non-utility projects, it goes without saying that rates could be lower. Thanks for your question

8:12 AM  
Blogger Peterson For LG Mayor said...

My best guess is close to 10,000+. In order to slow this growth, we need to secure “border agreements” with surrounding townships and review and strengthen our zoning regulations. See my answer about border agreements. Thanks for your question

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck Pete!
You've got my vote!

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete

What is your stance on replacing the West Pier?

Did you know that mooring rates for all buoys, ramp spaces and Lagoon slips increased by 16% to 17% this year but the rates for the 29 prime spots at the west pier had no increase. How is that fair?

1:43 PM  
Blogger Peterson For LG Mayor said...

The West Pier should be replaced ASAP. Due to Mayor Shepstones lack of leadership (and his don’t care attitude about the pier), the reconstruction is still up in the air. I will get it done. I am not aware of the rates for the buoy, slip, and ramps but all increases should be equal. Remember, the worse part of this story is that in the 2006 budget the Lake Front Reserve Fund was substantially depleted. This will make it much more difficult to reconstruct the pier. People should be up in arms about the depletion of the reserve funds.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Pcc said...

Pete, What is your plans for the Fire Department. I heard that you think the city fire department is to big, and we need to down size with all the grow in our city

4:53 PM  
Blogger Pcc said...

Pete, What are your plans for the Fire Department? I heard you are think the city fire department is to big, and we need to down size. Is this true?

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete,
I was just wondering what your position is with the fire department. I have heard a rumor that you are thinking about selling some of the equipment and using the mutual aid departments to help with the city. Just want to hear your thoughts and plans. Thanks.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are your future plans for the Fire Department?

8:23 AM  
Blogger Peterson For LG Mayor said...

Any rumor that you have heard concerning selling equipment, or mutual aid, or down sizing the Fire Dept is being circulated, no doubt, by my opposition. I spoke to the Fire Dept members the other night and never uttered such comments. The growth of the City, now and in the future dictates more Firemen and women and more equipment, not less. I am not a professional fire fighter and therefore cannot predict equipment or staffing needs. That will be determined between the management of the Dept. and the Police and Fire Commission.
Some thoughts: 1) In the future we will need to consider a fire district 2) Each year the City Council should fund a reserve account for equipment purchases so we don’t face large expenditures all in one year. 3) The Dept must keep up with technology and training. 4) We must secure agreements with all surrounding townships. Thanks for your question and for doing a great job at the Dept.

9:49 AM  
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