Genoa fund-rasier will benefit lawsuit over historic district |

Genoa fund-rasier will benefit lawsuit over historic district

Staff reports

A fund-raiser on behalf of Support Historic Genoa’s legal case against Douglas County will be held in the garden of the Randy and Betsy Falcke “Orchard House” home in Genoa today from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

The gala event, entitled “Taste of Genoa,” will feature a variety of wines, hors d’oeuvres and food specialty items donated by the area’s leading restaurants. In addition to enjoying food, wine and soft drinks, participants will have the opportunity to bid for outstanding items and events at a silent auction.

Restaurants providing signature samplings of their specialties will be La Ferme, Inn Cognito, Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch and the Genoa Country Store.

Among auction attractions will be dinner for two at the Franktown Grill at Thunder Canyon Golf Club (formerly Lightning W); one night’s stay and breakfast at the Genoa House Inn or The Wild Rose Inn bed-and-breakfasts in Genoa; one night’s lodging and/or dinner at Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley; and a golf round, cart and breakfast or lunch at the Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch. Also up for auction will be original paintings, rare wines, a glider flight donated by High Country Soaring and a host of gifts and services.

The public is invited to “Taste of Genoa,” with all proceeds helping to defray the costs of Support Historic Genoa’s legal effort to establish that the town has legal protection as a national recognized Historic District. The non-profit organization brought suit against Douglas County when county commissioners overturned a Genoa Historic District Commission decision disapproving a large motel/retail building proposed for downtown Genoa.

Cost is $35 per person payable at the gate of the Falcke resident at 188 Carson St., Genoa. Children are not invited.

District Court Judge David Gamble has scheduled a hearing on Support Historic Genoa’s suit at 9 a.m. Sept. 21. The suit asks the court to vacate the county commission decision against the Genoa Historic District commission and to find that guidelines of the Genoa Historic District Commission permit it to consider size in reviewing a building application.