An anonymous Curious Kenosha visitor asks: “How did the village of Silver Lake find, have, misplace or hide almost $2.8 million found in eight accounts recently?”
Municipal accounting varies by municipality, and is inspected by independent audit firms on a regular basis. The roughly $2.8 million referenced in the question did not cause any red flags during the most recent village audit and was not misdirected or overlooked, said Village Clerk Vicki Galich.
It is the amount of general fund money divided between eight different bank accounts established prior to Galich being appointed clerk.
A Bradford logo adorns the turf inside the new stadium at Bradford High School. The new stadium was built with funds approved in a referendum. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY BILL SIEL )
An anonymous Curious Kenosha visitor asks: “If there was $4.3 million surplus in the school budget, why did us taxpayers have to vote and fund the new Bradford Stadium and Tremper (athletic facilities improvements)?”
While non-aficionados of fast-food chicken nuggets might be inclined to say, “Nuggets is nuggets,” the dollars that go into funding the Kenosha Unified School District budget — or really any other properly planned budget for that matter — can’t be thought of the same way.
That is, funding approved for one expenditure can’t typically be used to pay for a different expense altogether, particularly not without likely creating a chain reaction of financial complications that could lead to serious negative consequences for schools, students and, yes, us taxpayers.
Boyles Ice House, which was on the main rail line through Salem and Silver Lake. The rail stoppedr unning in May 1939. ( Image courtesy of Valentine digital collection )
Whether it is because Italian families historically accounted for a strong segment of Kenosha’s early population, or because we just find the combined textures and flavors of melted cheese, savory sauce and oven-crisp crust irresistible, pizza has long played a dominant role in Kenosha’s culinary scene.
A curious Kenosha News reader had a thought about coffee:
“I guess I am too frequent a customer,” wrote Pete Wicklund. “And maybe I'm spoiled. But five Starbucks along or just off Highway 50? Yet we have nothing along Highway 31 between Highway 158 and Washington Road?”
How can that be, Wicklund wonders.
Joseph Vigneri leads a tour through the Rhode Center for the Art, far above the stage in the fly loft. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BILL SIEL )
A door unexpectedly slams shut, papers fly off a desk, something seems to whisper in your ear, the lights flicker on and off. Do you blame ghosts or chalk it up to a sudden gust of wind, or maybe even that extra glass of wine?
Over the years, people have reported “unsettling” experiences at some of Kenosha’s oldest and best-preserved buildings.
Some of the first Curious Kenosha requests came from readers asking us to explain the unexplainable. Here’s our investigation, just in time for Halloween. We recommend you read this with the lights on.
Stacks of ash trees removed from Petrifying Springs Park. The emerald ash borer has devastated the ash tree population in Kenosha County. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )
Leaves aren’t the only things falling from trees these days.
City workers removed about 500 ash trees this year, with more than 3,000 others scheduled to be taken down in the future among concerns over falling branches, limbs and other debris, according to city forester Dirk Nelson. The emerald ash borer is to blame for this mess and the extensive cleanup project needed to remove the area’s entire ash population.
The Kenosha News looked into this issue after a question about ash trees received the most votes in a Curious Kenosha voting round. The question, asked by an anonymous user, was: