New Beginnings presents research, addresses safety concerns

By Cathy Kozlowicz


“We listened. We acted. We made changes.”

Those were the first words of Heidi Lloyd, Executive Director of New Beginnings-Association for the Prevention of Family Violence, at last week’s Plan Commission meeting in Elkhorn.

She was addressing commission members at the July 11 meeting in an effort to get a conditional use permit approved for a proposed domestic violence shelter at 20 N. Church St. in Elkhorn.

After a lengthy discussion followed by a 3-3 vote, Mayor Howie Reynolds suggested sending the request for the permit to the council without a recommendation from the commission, which was approved by a 4-2 vote.

At the crowded meeting, which lasted two hours, New Beginnings APFV staff, board members and supporters presented a detailed plan for a shelter while also addressing concerns from the plan commissioners, community members and neighbors.

Read more about what happened in this week’s Southern Lakes Newspapers’ publications including the Elkhorn Independent, Delavan Enterprise, East Troy Times, Walworth Times and Whitewater Register. The story includes an overview of what was discussed at last week’s meeting, including the safety plan created, potential zoning issues and what other shelters in the state shared.


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