EL board approves Vintage Weekend permits, requests

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – Despite some frosty feelings from last year’s event, the Village Board approved a series of requests for the September VSCDA Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival at their April 18 meeting.

It was the last meeting for retiring Trustee Pam Garton and the board adopted a resolution in tribute to her service on the board and to the village.

“She has served her community with wisdom, patience and pride representing all of the residents and property owners of the village of Elkhart Lake,” the resolution said of Garton’s three terms on the board as well as leading the comprehensive plan and beautification efforts in the village.

“The village is beautiful because of you,” Village President Alan Rudnick told Garton.

“It’s been an adventure,” Garton told her fellow trustees. “It’s been fun most of the time and I appreciate working with all of you. I’ve been grateful to have had the chance.”

The VSCDA made a list of requests for the Sept. 16-18 vintage festival, including a street closure Saturday, Sept. 17, escort from Road America to the village the same day, a banner permit and use of the Lake Street walkway Sunday, Sept. 18.

“Should we talk about last year and the complaints we got,” from some people associated with the Vintage Festival, Rudnick said in opening discussion on the VSCDA request.

He and Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly both explained that a petition against the Police Department’s actions on the Vintage Festival weekend was presented to the village the Monday after the event.

VSCDA representatives at the meeting assured the board that the petition was not sanctioned or sponsored by the group.

“I guarantee you this was not driven by us,” Mike Korneli, event chair for the festival, told the board. “That’s not the way we function. I have a big problem with that. That’s disappointing that somebody thinks they’re speaking for us. Nobody had that right.”

Korneli added that VSCDA officials have met with Police Chief Mike Meeusen to apologize for any misunderstandings from last year’s event.

“We establish these rules so everyone has a fun, safe time and that agreement wasn’t followed,” Rudnick said of the controversy over traffic control and other measures connected to last year’s event. “I listened to both sides and I think the police got a bum rap on this.”

“You’ve been very good to us and we’re very appreciative,” Korneli told the board. He added that the VSCDA has donated funds from previous events to local and charitable organizations, including Camp Anokijig and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Reilly said that she and Meeusen had approved the VSCDA request for September. She said the requests were similar to those made for the event two years ago.

She also reported that all signs of an oil spill on the walkway from last year’s Vintage Festival are completely gone following a cleanup effort by the VSCDA.

In a written report to the board, Trustee Richard Baumann said the Library Board has adjusted plans for the new library vestibule to include a book drop and overhead canopy.


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