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Summer 2009

In This Issue
City Budget Update
Census 2010 Is Here!
Geneva Business Beat
Geneva Green Tip
City Updates Mulch Policy
Emerald Ash Borer Update
Police Dept. Supports Special Olympics
Participate in Regional Planning Workshop
Historic Preservation Month
West Nile Virus
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Support Geneva Beautification!
How does our downtown manage to look so beautiful with all the flowers and planters around town?  It takes the hard work of local businesses and scores of volunteers with Geneva Beautification to make it happen.  They cannot do it without your support!
Click here to find out about their current fundraiser and raffle drawing for a beautiful handmade quilt. 

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Where's Downtown Waldo? 
Where's Waldo
Can you identify the address of this downtown building detail?  The first five people with the correct answer will win a black Geneva tote bag!  Call (630) 232-7494 Mon. - Fri. between 8:00a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and you could be the lucky winner!  We'll publish the answer & winner's name in the next issue of the City's e-Newsletter.  Good luck! 
Tune In to Cable Channel 10 for City News
A wealth of information on city programs as well as broadcasts of city council meetings can always be found on Comcast Cable Channel 10.  You can also access Channel 10 via the City Website.  Be an informed citizen and tune in to Channel 10! 
Council &
Committee of the Whole 
Meetings Available on DVD at City Hall 

Did you miss a Council meeting on Channel 10?  Not to worry!  You can 'check out' a DVD of all City Council and Committee of the Whole meetings at City Hall.  Call (630) 232-7494 for details.
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Mayor BurnsMayor's Message  
For eight years, I have had the fortune and pleasure of communicating to you quarterly via the City of Geneva Newsletter.  Now, as I begin my ninth year in office, we are evolving to a new form of communicating city news; suffice it to say we're going from paper to pixels.  
This inaugural issue of the City of Geneva e-Newsletter will still contain pertinent and timely information at a fraction of the cost of the "old fashioned" paper copy.  Granted, we'll still produce a small amount of paper newsletters and have them available at key locations throughout Geneva (City Hall, Library, Township Offices, etc...) but the emphasis from here on out will be to convey the same valuable information with a focus on conservation of resources, time and money. 
However, please don't misunderstand; the chief reason why the City of Geneva Newsletter is going from paper to pixels is not solely due to economic challenges.  On the contrary, an e-format provides greater opportunity to share with our residents more details about policies, practices, programs and potential events that affect your community and your lives.  As a result, we (the City Council, the professional staff and me) can elevate our efforts to provide you with greater access to quality information.  
We're launching a "Name the Newsletter" contest in this issue and ask all of you to submit your ideas on what to call our new e-newsletter.  The entry info is in the left-hand column of this email.  The winning name will debut in our fall issue. Let us hear from you! 

Now, to borrow a phrase from one of my earliest newsletter articles; regardless of how technologically savvy we become as citizens or a city, the best, purest, most powerful and often most beneficial form or communicating will always be the good old-fashioned telephone (cell or land line).   
By all means, drop me an e-mail and tell me what you think (good, or not so good) and, as always, don't hesitate to call me at (630) 742-8916 with your comments, questions and suggestions. 
My best, 

Kevin Burns
City Budget Update
city logoOn April 20, 2009, the City Council unanimously approved the 2009-2010 fiscal year budget for the City of Geneva.  The City's $66 million budget includes funding for general service operations, electric services, water and wastewater services, capital improvements, and miscellaneous funds.  The City's fiscal year began on May 1.
The City Council approached the FY2009-2010 budget beginning in November of 2008 with a strategic planning session where goals and objectives in the City's Strategic Plan for 2017 were prioritized and used as a basis in the budget process.  City staff then developed departmental goals related to the priorities established by the City Council and began the process of reviewing and determining operational and capital needs.  During a five-month process, several factors influenced budget development, including drastically reduced revenue streams, the housing market's descent, and increasing unemployment rates.  The City's sales tax revenues declined by 10% or $500,000; new housing and commercial development startups halted, affecting building permit and utility connection fees; and income tax revenues steadily decreased throughout fiscal year 2008-2009.
The FY2009-2010 budget reflects a concerted effort on the part of the City Council and staff to meet current service demands, while anticipating a long economic recovery in the future.  Significant aspects of this year's budget include a twenty percent (20%) reduction in the general operating fund.  Also many workforce planning strategies including wage freezes for management employees, reduction in hours for several non-management employees, voluntary furloughs, limited wage adjustments, and a general hiring freeze were incorporated.
The City's Capital Improvement Program for fiscal year 2009-2010 is $1.6 million.  The City remains committed to maintaining our streets, sidewalks and infrastructure, but will do so on a smaller scale until additional funding allows.  City staff has applied for numerous economic stimulus grants and will continue to seek opportunities for infrastructure projects.
The City's financial condition is sound.  However, the City has, and will continue to regularly monitor finances affected by economic indicators throughout the year and will adjust spending according to impacts of the weakened economy. 
Residents interested in viewing a copy of the FY2009-2010 Budget may review a copy at City Hall or the Library or download it by clicking here.
A brief Budget Summary in hard copy format is also available at City Hall or by clicking here.
Anyone with questions regarding the Budget may contact City Administrator Mary McKittrick at (630) 262-8495. 
View the City's 2008-09 Annual Report 
The City is proud to present its first Annual Report to the City Council and Community for Fiscal Year 2008-2009.  The City's fiscal year runs from May 1 to April 30 of each year.  The Annual Report is a tool for providing information about how the City delivered public services, through the prioritization of goals set by the City Council for the past year.  The report highlights many of the significant accomplishments throughout the past year and is presented in an effort to provide better and more information to our citizens about what and how their City government is doing.  Copies of the Annual Report may be obtained at City Hall or online by clicking here. Anyone with questions regarding the Annual Report may contact City Administrator Mary McKittrick at (630) 262-8495.
New Refuse Rates in Effect July 1st 
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As a part of the contract with Allied Waste approved by the City Council in 2008, new rates for waste stickers will take effect July 1, 2009. While any stickers purchased prior to July 1, 2009 will remain valid for waste pickup, stickers purchased after that date will carry the new rate of $2.80 per sticker. Stickers are available to City residents at the City of Geneva Finance Office, 15 S. First Street, as well as numerous other locations throughout the Tri-Cities. To view complete details, click here.

In addition, refuse will be picked up one day later than your regular pick-up day for the following holidays:
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • New Year's Day
Citywide Brush Collection Continues Through November 
Collection continues throughout the City through the month of November. Residents must adhere to the guidelines listed on the City's website.  Click here to view complete guidelines.
East of River Weeks of:
July 6 & 20
Aug. 3 & 17
Sept. 7 & 21
Oct. 5 & 19
Nov. 2 & 16
West of River Weeks of:
July 13 & 27
Aug. 10 & 24
Sept. 14 & 28
Oct. 12 & 26
Nov. 9 & 23 
Brush must be put at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week.  
Joshel Plaza Dedication Set for July 25th 
Joshel Plaza
Join Mayor Burns and members of the community on July 25 at 10:00 a.m. when he dedicates Joshel Plaza -- the new public plaza at the corner of Third Street and Crescent Place in downtown Geneva.  Burns will be joined by fellow City officials as well as other dignitaries.  Burns will also unveil the public art sculpture "Rain Man" that will adorn a portion of the plaza. The sculpture, which was generously donated to the City by developer Kent Shodeen, was created by famed artist Miles Metzger.  The dedication ceremony helps 'kick off' the Geneva Fine Arts Festival which takes place that weekend in downtown Geneva. 
Meet Geneva's New Aldermen 
There are two new faces on the Geneva City Council as a result of April's consolidated elections.  
Ald. Marks Ald. Richard Marks represents the 2nd Ward and is no stranger to council meetings. Marks has been an interested citizen taking a front row seat to most of the council and committee meetings over the past two years. A Geneva resident since 1990, Marks brings to the Council over 25 years of experience as a public accountant, as well as a background in community involvement including coaching his son's basketball team and volunteer work at St. Peter's Church.  
Ald. Dantino
Ald. Ralph Dantino, who represents the 5th Ward, was previously on the City's Plan Commission before running for his current seat this past spring. Dantino and his wife Nancy have lived in Geneva for more than 20 years and have raised five children here. Dantino has previously served on the Geneva Community School District Board and the Geneva Park District Foundation Board. Dantino is looking forward to tackling the many important issues facing the Council in the next four years.
Census 2010 Is Coming!
Census 2010The Census Count has arrived in Geneva. Address canvassing began in April and is expected to continue through mid-July.  Approximately 140,000 census takers are canvassing neighborhood all across America using handheld computers to make sure they have the most accurate address list.
What is the Census?
  • The census is a count of everyone living in the United States every 10 years.
  • The census is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.  
  • Your participation in the census is required by law.
  • It takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
  • Federal law protects the personal information you share during the census.
  • The 2010 Census will be a short-form only census and will count all residents living in the United States as well as ask for name, sex, age, date of birth, race, ethnicity, relationship and housing tenure - taking just minutes to complete. 

What's in it for me?

  • Census affects funding in our community - the Census data directly affects how more than $300 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to communities for neighborhood improvements, public health, education, transportation and much more.  That's more than $3 trillion over a 10-year period.
  • Census affects your voice in Congress - mandated by the U.S. Constitution; the census is also used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and to redistrict state legislatures.
  • Census affects your representation in state and local government - Census data are used to define legislature districts, school district assignment areas and other important functional areas of government.
  • Census informs our community's decisions - the census is like a snapshot that helps define who we are as a nation.  Data about changes in our community are crucial to many planning decisions, such as where to provide services for the elderly, where to build new roads and schools, or where to locate job training centers.
To learn more about Census 2010, click here . This is an extremely important survey - be sure to stand up and be counted in April 2010!
Geneva Business Beat
Rolling Down River
City Staff at the "Rolling Down the River" Expo on April 29
Open Your Business In Geneva!
On Wednesday, April 29, 2009 the City staffed the "Rolling Down the River" business to business trade expo. Businesses from eleven Chamber of Commerce organizations were represented.  Economic Development Staff visited each Geneva business hosting their own booth, assisted businesses inquiring about potential Geneva locations, and handed out information about Geneva to attendees.  Residents interested in opening a business in Geneva should contact the Economic Development Department at (630) 232-7449.  The Geneva Business Resource Guide will help you identify City, County, and State resources to help you in your business planning.  Our Geneva Community Profile contains statistics and cost information to help you with your business plan, plus we can help you identify available properties.  Both publications can be found on the City's website Click here. Thank you for considering Geneva!

Viva Geneva
Recognizing all the philanthropy and support downtown Geneva businesses provide to the schools and community events, the Geneva Academic Foundation will be working with the downtown merchants to offer a fun-filled evening on Friday, August 7, 2009 from 3:00 -9:00 p.m. in downtown.  Viva Geneva will help raise funds for the school district.  Participants will be asked to purchase $50 tickets and in return will receive a $25 Geneva Gift Certificate good at any Geneva business plus a coupon book filled with offers from participating businesses.  The remaining $25 will go to GAF for school programming. Musicians from the school band and jazz ensemble will entertain the crowds.  Participants will also be able to take part in a scavenger hunt for prizes, enjoy in-store specials and every purchase nets a ticket for end of the evening prizes.  Come enjoy the fun, support your schools, and support downtown Geneva! 
Welcome to these New Geneva Businesses
Jobella, 310 Campbell St.                                         
Radiance 24/7, 612 W. State St.
Montage Salon & Spa, 612 W. State St.                 
Bicycle Heaven, 12 E. State St.
ANEW, 27 W. State St.                                               
Crystal Life, 121 S. Third St.
Needle Things, 426 S. Third St.                                 
Coffee Drop Shop, 227 S. Third St.
The Prettiest Star, 227 S. Third St.                           
Pax Noviscum, 227 S. Third St.     
Geneva Underground Playhouse, 524 W. State St.     
Artemisia, 101 S. Third St.
ANEW Ribbon Cutting
Mayor Burns, Chamber Representative Judy
Carroll, and owners of ANEW cut the ribbon
at their recent grand opening.
Make it a Day or a Short Stay
Limiting your vacation days this year?  Planning to take a few days close to home? So many folks in the Chicago region come to Geneva for the day, the City Economic Development Department is asking them to consider an overnight stay.  We're promoting Geneva through a series of ads with the message of "Make it a Day or a Short Stay."  Ideas for "stay at home" fun can be found at  If you have out of town guests coming and staying at a local hotel, please see if our local hotels meet your needs.  The City utilizes hotel motel funds for marketing of our community.  Please consider booking your guests at the Oscar Swan Bed and Breakfast, Geneva Comfort Inn and Suites, or the Herrington Inn and Spa.  For more information, call the Economic Development Department at (630) 232-7449.
Geneva Green Tip! 
recycle logoDid you know that you can dispose of latex paint in the regular refuse?  To do so, the paint needs to be fully dried. Placing cat litter inside the paint can will speed up the drying process.  Never dump leftover paint down a sink or drain as it can harm the ground water and surrounding environment as it is carried off in the sewer systems.  You can also recycle latex paint at Geneva Ace Hardware located at 617 W. State St.  Additional recycling information can be found on the City's website (click here).
City's Mulch Policy Updated 
Residents may pick up woodchips and mulch at the Public Works Department located at 1800 South St. for home use only. No equipment is allowed on City property for the purpose of loading mulch. Residents must shovel the mulch into their vehicle or containers.
Due to the high cost of fuel and the City's attempt to conserve funds, home delivery of the mulch is not available.
City of Geneva Water Quality Report 
Water Treatment Facility
Click here
to read the City's 2008 Water Quality Report as required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.  
City Offers Electric Load Reduction Program to Customers
electric meterThe City of Geneva is proud to announce its Electric Load Reduction Program available to all customers. Electric prices fluctuate like the stock market and when demand is highest, costs can often be five times their normal amount. The Geneva Generation Facility, which has helped the city save millions over the years, was built as a way to offset these peaks by supplying the energy ourselves instead of buying it from the market.
The Electric Load Reduction Program works by alerting customers to when these peaks are predicted. If you would like to participate, just reduce your electricity usage by whatever amount you would like during these "peaks". The program is voluntary with no need to keep track or report reductions; the benefits will be seen in future rates. If you are interested in participating, Click here and submit your email address to receive email notification when these peaks are predicted to occur.
Again, your voluntary participation is appreciated and no one is under any obligation to join or reduce electric load at the specified times. Contact Bob Frantz, Project Engineer of the Electric Division, at (630) 232-1503 for additional information on this program.
Emerald Ash Borer Update 

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was first discovered in North America in 2002 in the Detroit and Ontario areas. Since then, it is estimated that approximately 25 million ash trees in North America have been felled due to EAB.
EAB was first discovered in Illinois in June 2006 in the Windings near Lily Lake in Kane County. The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has since confirmed EAB infestations in several communities within Kane, northern Cook, DuPage and LaSalle counties and has issued a quarantine affecting all or parts of 18 of the northeastern-most counties of the state including Kane.  As part of a cooperative agreement with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), IDOA is responsible for EAB survey, control/eradication and outreach. 
Adult beetles are bright metallic green beetles that are approximately 1/3 inch long and 1/16 inch wide. Adults emerge from infested trees in mid-May and peaking in late June and continue into July. Females will lay approximately 75 eggs on the bark of branches from late-May through July. Hatching occurs a few weeks later. Larvae then burrow in through the bark and feed on sapwood. This disrupts the flow of water and nutrients within the tree. In spring, the larvae emerge as adults and the cycle begins again.
Infestation Symptoms
Infested Ash TreeSymptoms include canopy dieback, D-shaped exit holes, woodpecker holes in the bark, shoots sprouting from the tree trunks and S-shaped larval galleries underneath the bark.
Geneva's Response
City officials have been inspecting suspect trees and it has been determined EAB infestations have been identified in all areas of the community. Currently, there are approximately 45 trees that have been infested and removed. More than 11,000 trees make up the City of Geneva's parkway canopies.  The ash species account for approximately 20 percent of that number.   As a proactive measure, the City ceased the planting of ash trees in 2002.   As a result of the dutch elm disease that devastated Geneva's elm tree population in the late 70's, the City implemented a tree planting program to diversify tree species to avoid a recurrence of another heavily populated canopy devastation.
City staff, the Mayor and the City Council have completed and implemented the City Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan that has been approved by the IDOA. The City's management plan will follow all IDOA recommendations. The City will remove infested parkway trees that are either dead or a hazard and replace with different species as funds are available. Ash parkway trees that are in good condition will not be removed until they have declined in heath and are either dead or creating a hazard. Residents may treat their own ash trees and the parkway ash at the resident's cost. If a resident decides to treat a parkway ash tree, they must contact the Public Works Department for authorization prior to the treatment application.
To help prevent the spread of EAB, DO NOT MOVE ash wood or ash firewood out of the quarantine area. It has been determine the spread of EAB can be attributed to the movement of infested ash firewood.
City staff members will respond immediately to suspect sightings of EAB. It is very important for residents to be aware and vigilant in inspecting their ash trees for this pest.
If you suspect a parkway tree appears dying or diseased, or have questions, please contact the City of Geneva's Public Works Department at (630) 232-1502.
Additional information can be obtained by visiting the following links:                                                                   
Geneva Police Support Special Olympics 
Since the early 1990's officers from the Geneva Police Department have donated their time to raise money for Illinois Special Olympics.  In fact, in the last five years, Geneva Police Officers have raised over $50,000 for this worthy cause.  Special Olympics is a program that benefits children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  The program offers year-round training in nineteen Olympic-type sports.  It serves more than 22,000 children and adults in Illinois each year.  The program helps build the athlete's self-esteem, discipline, motivation and skills that a carry over to school, home, and the workplace.
In these trying economic times, it is a difficult task to raise awareness along with raising donations for the Special Olympics' cause.  All funds raised will be given to Illinois Special Olympics so they can continue the mission of providing year-round sports training to over 22,000 athletes on an ongoing basis.  We ask that you consider a donation to the Special Olympics on behalf of the Geneva Police Deparment.  Contact  Police Sgt. Kott at (630) 232-4736 for additional information. 
Special Olympics is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of Illinois. On behalf of these special athletes and the Geneva Police Department, thank you for your consideration.   
Officer Parisi
Geneva Officer Chuck Parisi prior to jumping into freezing cold water for the Illinois Special Olympics Polar Plunge fundraiser in 2008.
Have a Say in Regional Planning! 

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The City of Geneva will co-host a workshop on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Geneva Public Works Training Room located at 1800 South Street with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) highlighting the 2040 comprehensive regional planning campaign entitled "Invent the Future with GO TO 2040." It is predicted that the seven counties making up the Chicago metropolitan region will add 2.8 million additional residents by 2040, also adding the need to make some critical decisions about land use, transportation, housing, jobs, natural resources, education, and other quality-of-life issues.  You and other residents from across the region can create your own detailed versions of 2040 and compare them with CMAP's scenarios. In holding the workshops around the Chicago metropolitan region, CMAP hopes to make it easy for residents and stakeholder groups to express their preferences.  Residents can also express their preferences online at   
Historic Preservation Month 2009 
Historic Preservation in Geneva was recognized in May with a variety of activities.  This year's annual celebration included: Anthony Rubano from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency who gave us the scoop about the Tax Freeze program for historic properties, a workshop to learn about repairing siding and wood windows, an architectural walking tour, and an Architectural Treasure Hunt.  Winners for the treasure hunt were:  Alexa Orland - Third Prize; Jane O'Connell - Second Prize; and the Brown Family with First Prize.  Thanks to all who participated!
HPC Lecture
Anthony Rubano from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency gives us the scoop on the Tax Freeze
HPC windows
Frank Rojas and his team show how a wood window can be repaired
Help Prevent Spread of West Nile Virus 
It is predicted that the West Nile Virus will emerge once again this summer. Follow these tips to help reduce the risks:
  • Don't let standing water collect on your property
  • Check for upturned garbage can lids, grill covers, and children's toys.
  • Empty, clean, and refill birdbaths and wading pools frequently.
The Kane County Health Department keeps track of West Nile cases in our county.  To view this information as well as additional information on the virus, click here