Thursday, April 18, 2013
County Executive Jim Ladwig has just declared a state of emergency in Racine County because of the flooding and extended rainfall.
The Racine County Executive has declared a state of emergency in Racine County due to the potential for dangerous flooding. The declaration follows the rainfall over the past week, and continuing today, that has led to flood watches and warnings. "We met with Racine County municipalities this morning to evaluate the current situation and we continue to take proactive steps to lessen the impact of potential flooding along the rivers,” said Jim Ladwig in a statement. “County staff continues to monitor the situation closely and we are prepared to do everything we can to support local municipal efforts.” The emergency delcaration allows the county to ask for state and federal assistance, if the situation warrants. In addition, the county …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Spring Street is getting four lanes starting ... now. With the good weather we've been having, construction got underway a week early.
Spring Street is getting a makeover, going from two lanes to four starting ... now. According to a press release from Racine County, the work is budgeted at $1.5 million, and access to Roma Lodge will be maintained throughout the project.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Racine County is one of seven counties that saw foreclosure filings decrease from January 2012.
The number of foreclosures filings in Southeastern Wisconsin fell to the lowest level in six years, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The newspaper reported that there were 720 mortgage foreclosures filings in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties in January. Economists tell the paper that this demonstrates a recovering housing market and economy. In Racine County, foreclosures filings decreased from January 2012 to 82 from 102, or 18.6%. Other counties drops: Looking to buy a home in Caledonia? Check out our Homes for Sale feature.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Don't wait up Tuesday night for the national returns for the presidential election. Look instead to how we vote right here in Racine County because for the last four elections, as our county goes, so goes the country.
Racine County voters, turns out, have their finger on the pulse of the entire country. For the last four elections—1996 through 2008—we've voted for the eventual President of the United States. While the state has gone consistently Democratic since 1984, we're a little more flexible here. "We seem to definitely sway more purple than anything else," said Bill Folk, chair of the Republican Party of Racine County. "For example, the same 60 percent that voted for Russ Feingold in 2006 also voted for Paul Ryan." Jane Witt, chair of the county Democratic Party, though, thinks this year might be the break in the pattern. "I won't be surprised if President Obama doesn't carry Racine County, but I still think he'll win," she said. "This year could …
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Under new ownership, River Bend is getting backs to its roots. The Center hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday to mark its official new beginning.
Shortly after a morning of refreshing and much needed rain, Ellie Batten cut the floral "ribbon" commentorating River Bend Nature Center's new beginnings. In attendance were local officials such as Rep. Cory Mason, Sen. John Lehman and Sen. Bob Wirch, county supervisors, many volunteers and business contacts who have helped with the transition of the facility. A public open house is scheduled for Aug. 4. Only several months ago, the future of River Bend was uncertain. After 50 years of being a Racine landmark and the location of many recreational activities, the YWCA decided to part ways with the field-trip favorite of Racine Unified students. Roger Chernik decided he wanted to figure out a way to save River Bend and bring it back to it's…
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The margin between Van Wanggaard and John Lehman hasn't changed by much, but here's a recap of the how the recount is going Thursday.
Editor's note: As the recount in the 21st State Senate District race continues, Patch will provide daily updates from the Racing County Courthouse on how the count is going. Of the 10,000 votes counted so far as of midday Thursday, the margin between Demcorat John Lehman and Republican Van Wanggaard hasn't changed much since Wednesday as the incumbent has picked up a net total of four votes. Wanggaard, who lost to Lehman in his bid to keep the 21st District seat on June 5, filed a petition Friday with the state Government Accountability Board asking for a recount. Wanggaard lost by 834 votes — with Lehman receiving 36,351 votes and Wanggaard getting 35,517 votes. A small conference room at the Racine County Courthouse is serving as ground …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Action taken as Racine County Republican Party files four affidavits from observers who say they say problems at the polls on June 5.
The Racine County Sheriff's Department has launched an investigation into voter irregularities in the June 5 recall election after the county Republican Party filed four affidavits Wednesday detailing possible problems at the polls. Lou D'Abbraccio, a board member of Racine County GOP, coordinated the poll observers on Election Day. He collected and turned in the affidavits from several poll observers to the Sheriff’s Department. And more are coming this week, he said. “We’re just trying to bring an awareness of some of these issues,” D’Abbraccio said. “We think there were significant irregularities in the election that were process related, things that had to do with a lack of training on part of poll workers, and some that were willfully…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Republicans outnumbered Democrats 3 to 1 and MItt Romney won big in Caledonia, but here's how Caledonia residents voted.
Just over 35 percent of the registered voters in Caledonia voted in the presidential primary and 75 percent indicated a Republican preference in the primary election yesterday. Voter turnout was expected to be 35 percent. The Village has 16,398 registered voters, but 5,845 or a little over 35 percent showed up to the polls. On the ballot, voters could designate their party preference, 3,339 indicated they preferred the Republican Party and 1,092 voters preferred the Democratic Party. Of the Republican candidates, 2,377 residents in Caledonia cast their vote for Mitt Romney. Rick Santorum received 1,349 votes; Ron Paul earned 404 votes and Newt Gingrich had 168 votes. On the Democratic ticket, 1,242 voters cast their ballot for President …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
New maps revise the current floodplain designations and they are used as the basis for the Federal Flood Insurance program. So you might want to ask to see the maps to know if your property is in or out.
Caledonia residents may want to check a newly revised floodplain map to see if their property is in a designated floodplain. A public hearing was held last night. The maps were reviewed by the Village Planning Commission, which also voted to recommend that the Village Board approve the maps on April 2. The last time the maps were revised was in 1982 and they were re-evaluated in 2007. The newly proposed maps are being considered by the Village Board, and are located at the Caledonia Village Hall. Those maps amend and repeal the current zoning maps, and change the zoning code that pertains to floodplains. They designate areas that have a 1 percent annual chance of a flood. Mike Hayek, the Village Engineer, said that while the maps haven't …
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Racine County Property Transfers from March 12 through March 16, 2012.
Caledonia 5910 Sunshine Lane $197,000 5144 Douglas Ave. $170,000 6503 Northwestern Ave. $350,000 2837 Sumac Dr. $197,700 Mt. Pleasant 5744 Little Timber Dr. $214,200 6430 Heritage Ave. $272,450 4426 Northwestern Ave. $50,000 7120 Mariner Dr., Unit 104 $75,000