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|Mayor's Message |
The rebuke by the International Olympic Committee of Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympic Summer Games stunned a great many Chicagoans who had worked to bring the world's largest sporting event to its backyard. As a member of the Chicago 2016 Regional Coordinating Committee who had the opportunity and privilege to work with the dedicated professionals and volunteers to advocate for the bid, I too was disappointed in the fourth place finish on Friday, October 2nd.
However, like many setbacks that I have experienced in my professional, political and personal life, this latest setback is just another "opportunity" from which to learn. The most poignant lesson learned is found within the Olympic Creed itself which, I believe, speaks to everyday issues, challenges, setbacks and disappointments:
"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
Our sometimes singular focus on "winning is everything" too often blinds us on the real lessons of active participation in everything we do. The reality is, we can't and won't always win at everything we try and sometimes coming up short teaches us more about our true character and true potential.
I believe the same philosophy applies to what we as a community are challenged with everyday to make Geneva more vibrant, vital and successful. We have not always succeeded but we have and continue to always try. Our mission and responsibility as engaged citizens is to pursue the collective goals that help build a better business climate, learning environment, public service culture, intergenerational relationships, intergovernmental cooperation, respect for diverse ideas, respect for each other and, most important, the endless potential and promise each one of us possesses.
And when we experience the setbacks and disappointments that will inevitably greet us from time to time, let's promise each other that we will not only recall the meaning of the Olympic Creed but also the words of the Special Olympics Athlete's Oath that was first delivered on July 20, 1968 in Chicago at the beginning of the inaugural Special Olympics World Games:
"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."
Geneva has many challenges ahead and I'm confident that together we'll celebrate many victories. I look forward to working with you toward achieving a shared goal of a better community and encourage you to take heed from the words that motivate and inspire Olympians and Special Olympians from around the world.
|"Name the Newsletter" Contest Extended |
Due to the increase in newsletter subscribers since our inaugural issue, we are extending the "Name the Newsletter" contest that was announced at that time. Submit your idea for our new electronic newsletter name to firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than November 13th. Mayor Burns will consider entries and announce the new name in early 2010.
|Upcoming Events in Downtown Geneva|
Downtown Trick-or-Treating Event
Thursday, Oct. 29th from 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Citywide Recommended Trick-or-Treat Hours
Saturday, Oct. 31st from 3:00pm - 7:00pm
First Friday Gallery Walk
First Friday of each month, downtown Geneva
Geneva Green Market
Thursdays through Oct. 29th from 7:00am - 1:00pm
75 N. River Lane
Sundays through Oct. 25th from 8:00am - 2:00pm
South & Fourth Street, downtown Geneva
Friday, Dec. 4th, downtown Geneva
Christmas House Tour
Friday & Saturday, Dec. 4th and 5th
|City Announces 2009 Leaf Collection Program |
The City's Leaf Collection Program commences this month and will include TWO curbside vacuum pick ups in each of the three zones throughout the City. Once the curbside program is completed at the end of November, residents can bag leaves for pick up on their regular refuse collection days. The bag program begins the week of Nov. 19th for Zone A only; Nov. 30th for Zones B & C, and runs through the week of Dec. 31st. Stickers will not be required for bags containing leaves.
Zone A: (East Side of River)
1st Pickup - Oct. 19
2nd Pickup - Nov. 9
Zone B: (West Side of River, North of Rte. 38, North of Kaneville & Keslinger)
1st Pickup - Oct. 26
2nd Pickup - Nov. 16
Zone C: (West Side of River, South of Rte 38, South of Kaneville & Keslinger)
1st Pickup - Nov. 2
2nd Pickup - Nov. 23
Each year, the order in which the zones are collected is rotated to provide equal service to all residents.
Take note of some of the commons mistakes that residents make when preparing for leaf collections:
1. Residents place leaves out after crews have already picked up on their street. Leaves must be placed at the curbside by 7:00am Monday morning of the scheduled week.
2. Residents place leaves in the street rather than the parkway/curbside. Leaves must be placed on the parkway/curbside so as not to clog up the street drains. Violators may be ticketed.
3. Residents place leaves near obstacles such as mailboxes, basketball posts - making collection difficult. Leaves must be placed in an open area in the parkway so crews can access the piles.
The City is actively informing residents of this program via their utility bills, the city website, this newsletter, the weekly GenevaMail bulletins, Twitter, and signs and barricades with pick up information within an active zone. In addition, Geneva High School produced an informational video on how to properly collect leaves for pick up. You can view that video on Comcast Cable Ch. 10, or on our website homepage at http://www.geneva.il.us
|Brush Collection Program Continues through November 30th |
Brush collection continues through the month of November. Brush should be out at the curbside by 7:00am on the Monday of your scheduled collection week. Collection dates for the remainder of the program are as follows:
West Side of River: Oct. 12, 26; Nov. 9, 23
East Side of River: Oct. 19; Nov. 2, 16
|City Hydrant Flushing in October |
The fall hydrant flushing program is underway throughout the entire city. The City scours the water main using water pressure and is designed to improve the overall quality of the water by cleaning the water mains as well as making sure the fire hydrants are working properly.
Flushing hours are from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Signs will be posted 24 hrs. in advance of where the flushing will occur. During these designated hours, please refrain from washing clothes and try to limit the amount of water use due to the rusty water that may occur with the program.
|Educate Yourself on Protecting Against the Seasonal and H1N1 Flu this Winter |
Best defense against the flu is a good offense: Vaccination and education
As we enter the flu season, the Kane County Health Department wants to remind residents that
even a single sick family member can cause disruption in a family's day-to-day life. For example, a sick child can force a parent to stay home from work, possibly losing wages. Businesses, too, can suffer if substantial numbers of their workforces are out ill or are staying home caring for an ill child.
The best defense against the flu is a good offense. In other words, taking pre-emptive measures such as getting vaccinated and following the Three Cs (cover your cough, clean your hands,contain your germs by staying home) are the best ways to prevent getting or spreading the flu," said Paul Kuehnert, Kane County Health Department Executive Director. When providing care to a household member who is sick with influenza, the most important ways to protect yourself and others who are not sick are to: ˇ remind the sick person to cover their coughs, and clean their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub often, especially after coughing and/or sneezing
ˇ have everyone in the household clean their hands often, using soap and water or an
alcohol-based hand rub. Children may need reminders or help keeping their hands clean
ˇ ask your health care provider if household contacts of the sick person-particularly those contacts who may be pregnant or have chronic health conditions-should take antiviral medications such as oseltamivir (TamifluŽ) or zanamivir (RelenzaŽ) to prevent the flu
ˇ If you are in a high risk group for complications from influenza, you should attempt to
avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with household members who are sick with influenza.
ˇ Infants should not be cared for by sick family members.
Also, the Health Department recommends to keep the sick person in a room separate from the
common areas of the house. (For example, a spare bedroom with its own bathroom, if that's
possible.) Keep the sickroom door closed. Unless necessary for medical care or other necessities, people who are sick with an influenza-like-illness should stay home and keep away from others as much as possible, including avoiding travel, for at least 24 hours after fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Fever should be gone without the use of a feverreducing medicine). This is to keep from making others sick. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods. Vaccine for the seasonal flu is now available at many pharmacies or from your physician. A vaccine for the H1N1 virus is expected to be available in mid-October. More information about the seasonal or H1N1 flu viruses is available at the Health Department's website at http://www.kanehealth.com
|City Budget Update |
In November, the City Council, City Administrator and Department Heads will begin a six-month budget development process. First, elected and appointed officials will meet to review the long-range "Strategic Plan for 2017". The Strategic Plan was developed in 2006 and 2007 through numerous public workshops and meetings. The Plan sets out goals and objectives to be accomplished over a ten (10) year timeframe.
City officials will determine next year's priorities based on the goals and objectives that have been laid out in the Plan. Then, the City Administrator and Department Heads will research the associated costs with the prioritized goals list and begin the process of determining operational and capital costs for the new fiscal year which will begin on May 1, 2010. The new budget will be presented and adopted next spring before the new fiscal year begins.
The City reduced its General Fund Budget this fiscal year by 20%. City Departments are not only on track with this year's budget, but all are below their budget allocations and continue on a fiscally conservative approach to expenditures. Although there has been some speculation of economic relief on the horizon, the City will continue to monitor revenues and expenditures closely and will advance the budget process in a cautious, yet optimistic manner.
This year's budget can be viewed online at: http://www.geneva.il.us/budget/GenevaFY2009-10FinalDoc040302009.pdf
The Strategic Plan can be viewed online at: http://www.geneva.il.us/bulletinboard/FinalDraftStrategicPlanfor2017.pdf
Questions about either document may be directed to the City Administrator Mary McKittrick at (630) 262-8495.
|You're Invited to the City's Annual Town Meeting on October 21st|
As part of the City's Strategic Plan Advisory Committee's (SPAC) ongoing effort to provide recommendations to the City Council regarding the strategic plan, SPAC will host its annual Town Meeting on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at Geneva City Hall, 109 James Street.
SPAC is an advisory board appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. The Committee's charge is to preserve the life of the strategic plan document by monitoring strategic communal goals, conveying them to City staff and elected officials, and where possible assisting in their implementation. SPAC continually studies, monitors, and continues to update the Strategic Plan, and at the same time, encourages citizen input and citizen-driven projects.
Please join SPAC and other members of the community as they talk about the issues that are important to you! This year's meeting will focus on three topics:
ˇ 2010 Census - what's in it for me?
A representative from the US Census Bureau will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding the upcoming 2010 census
ˇ Our Energy Future - why green house gas reduction is important and how to achieve energy sustainability
To better understand the threat of green house gases to our climate and what we can do to reduce emissions SPAC'S Town Meeting will present talks by two authorities on energy issues.
Chuck Brown, first ward alderman and Fermilab physicist, will cover basic concepts in energy and the threats of green house gas emissions to our climate. Chuck will also briefly describe Geneva's current and projected energy supply profile.
Sarah Wochos, Environmental Law Policy Center, will describe steps that can be taken by our community to reduce our carbon footprint. Sarah will also outline what other communities have done to increase sustainability through increased efficiency and carbon neutral generation.
ˇ City of Geneva's Strategic Plan for 2017 - provide input to keep the City's strategic plan up to date and current to reflect the desires of the community.
Specifically we will be looking at Vision 6: Open space, environmental awareness, and energy efficiency are central community values exemplified in our policies and practices. Goal 5: Pursue the ideal of creating a healthy public environment.
Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.
|Your Opinions Matter! |
Have an opinion and some time to share it? The City of Geneva has developed several ways for you to easily give us your feedback. For example, there is a brief customer service survey on the City's homepage. A few clicks will help us to know if you are satisfied with the service that you have received from us and, if not, what we can do about it. We have also recently provided customer service postcards at our service counters in the Fire Department, Police Department, Building Office, Public Works Department, and at City Hall. Pick one up the next time you visit us, complete it at your convenience and drop it in the mail. It will help us to better understand how we can serve you.
The City is also developing a list of volunteers who are interested in serving on focus groups. Recommendations that result from focus group discussions are extremely important to the City in formulating public policies, developing desired community programs and projects, and allocating scarce resources.
Some areas of interest that you might want to sign up for include the following:
ˇ Government and Education Access Television
ˇ Building/Fire Codes
ˇ Downtown Planning
ˇ Economic Development/Business
ˇ Water and/or Electric Programs/Projects
ˇ Police Department Related Programs
ˇ Fire Department Related Programs
The topics listed above are only suggestions. Please let us know what focus group on which you would be willing to serve. For more information, please email City Administrator Mary McKittrick at email@example.com
or call (630) 262-8495.
|Building Permit Requirements Within Geneva's Historic District|
The purpose of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is to promote the educational, cultural and economic welfare of citizens by preserving and protecting historic buildings, while ensuring that new buildings are harmonious with historic buildings. Historic buildings serve as visible reminders of Geneva's history and cultural heritage. Preserving historic buildings strengthens the economy of the City and enhances property values.
The HPC is responsible for reviewing and approving plans for exterior building improvements within the Historic District that require a permit. This requirement applies to all buildings located within the Geneva Historic District and includes individually designated historic landmark buildings. The HPC uses the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Rehabilitation - nationally recognized preservation standards - as a guide when reviewing permit applications.
The HPC works closely with the City of Geneva Building Division on processing permit applications. Permit applicants submit two forms (a permit application and a Historic Preservation Commission review application) along with plans and supporting information on their project.
To find out if your property is located in the Historic District, visit
For City of Geneva permit applications, visit
|Winter 2009/2010 Snow & Ice Control Information|
WINTER WEATHER PARKING FACTS
1. Parking on all snow routes is prohibited when there is a snowfall of 2 inches or more.
2. Parking is prohibited on secondary streets when there is a snowfall of 3 inches or more.
3. De-icing applications will be modified to insure there is enough material to last through the entire winter season.
4. Contrary to some opinions, the idea that mixing sand with salt to extend the volume of salt is false.
|Geneva Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions for 2010 Event |
The Geneva Film Festival celebrates the art of film making by setting the stage for independent filmmakers to display their talent to the world and be discovered!
Now entering its third consecutive year, and anticipating double the submission figures from last year, the Geneva Film Festival has rapidly become a well-known venue for writers, producers, and actors to screen a variety of independent short and feature length film categories while also providing technical workshops with industry professionals for filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike. New for the April 2010 event, screenplay submissions! Prior festivals have already delivered some exciting success stories. Two showcased features have achieved national distribution while another went on to win at the 2009 Festival de Cannes.
Submission for both independent films and screenplays are now being accepted until January 11, 2010. Please visit http://www.genevafilmfestival.org/
for full details.
|City's Fire Dept. Raises Funds for National Fallen Firefighters Assn.|
|It was a sunny day this past September 11th as the Geneva Fire Department hosted its first annual golf outing to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The event, held at Tanna Farms, brought nearly 70 golfers out to help support a good cause. According to Geneva Deputy Fire Chief Scott Spencer, the event raised more than $6,500.00 for the foundation. Shown at left are Geneva participants Phil Affrunti, Nick Cellini, Ryan Bebe alongside fellow firefighters from Hoffman Estates, IL.|
"Geneva CityStuff" Gift Shop Now Open at City Hall
Looking for that perfect Geneva gift for your favorite Genevan? Look no further - City Hall has it all. Stop by City Hall at 22 S. First Street to purchase gifts such as mugs, lapel pins, stadium cushions, pens, and tote bags all adorned with the Geneva city logo. City Hall hours are Mon. - Fri. 8:00am - 5:00pm. The holidays are right around the corner so stock up now!|
|Geneva Mental Health Board Now Accepting Funding Applications for 2010|
The Geneva Community Mental Health Board is now in the process of accepting grant requests for the 2010 fiscal year. All agencies that received Board funding during 2009 are eligible to reapply. New funding requests are encouraged from agencies that have not previously applied and are eligible under the current statutes. Deadline to submit applications is Friday, Oct. 30th at 4:30 p.m. For complete details on the application process, visit http://www.geneva.il.us/bids/FUNDINGAVAILABILITYFORmentalhealth.pdf
|Illinois Lincoln Highway Gazebo|
Once the most famous road in America, the Lincoln Highway is now a National Scenic Byway. The Lincoln Highway was the first successful, all-weather, coast-to-coast, automobile highway, proposed in 1913 and built without federal funding. The highway played a pivotal role in convincing the public that better roads were needed and that the government should build them. Concrete "seedling" miles were built at locations strategically placed between notoriously muddy stretches of dirt road to serve as prototypes of what an improved highway could do for the nation. By 1922 at least nine transcontinental highways were built and the Lincoln Highway became just another road.
Geneva played an important role in connecting the cities of the Fox Valley Corridor to the Lincoln Highway. Motorists from Elgin, Aurora, Chicago and beyond converged in Geneva to travel elsewhere. Geneva businesspeople were eager to cater to the motoring public. Many of the modern commercial buildings of the downtown were built in the 1920s and the Geneva of the 1930s offered over a dozen service stations and garages. Geneva also offered well-lit, paved streets for driving safety, and there was a motorcycle policeman and stop-and-go lights. This photo is of 1927 Geneva, you can see the Illinois Lincoln Highway monument in the middle of the intersection at State and Fourth Streets, the Church west of the Fargo Theater building was torn down.
The Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition (ILHC) is a non-profit organization formed in 1997 "to increase and sustain heritage tourism in the communities where the Lincoln Highway had or has an impact and to maximize the opportunity of the Lincoln Highway for the educational and economic benefit of the public, starting with the residents of Illinois." The City of Geneva is a member of the coalition. In July 2004 the ILHC drafted an "Interpretive Master Plan," a long range plan to place interpretive resources along the Highway. This includes two projects the City of Geneva has agreed to participate in: a wall mural and a gazebo.
The ILHC Gazebo that is being constructed at the northern edge of the City Hall lawn has been funded through an Illinois Department of Transportation Grant with the ILHC funding 80% of the costs for the actual gazebo and the local communities funding a 20% match. Geneva is using hotel motel tax dollars to pay for our portion of the project. These uniform gazebos will be built along the Lincoln Highway through Illinois. Marketing by the ILHC will suggest that Illinois residents tour the highway, stopping in the gazebos to read the historic plaques and view the communities.
|News & Notes from Economic Development|
Black Hat Day Saturday, Oct. 24th
Get out your favorite black hat to receive special rewards from participating stores in downtown Geneva. Downtown merchants are raising funds for Juvenile Diabetes by supporting "Pumpkins for a Cure." There will be fun for everyone. Kids activities include pumpkin seed spitting and pumpkin scooping contests. The kids and the adults will each have a black hat contest with great prizes. There will also be parade and contest for the best dog costume. At 6:00 pm, the Geneva History Center will host "Spirits of Geneva" throughout many of Geneva's pubs and restaurants; this fundraiser for the History Center is great fun. Mark this event down on your calendar and look for the pumpkins and bale of hay outside participating businesses. For more information, call Deb or Sue at Country Naturals (630) 232-1172. Customer Friendly Holiday Hours in the Downtown
Look for these Customer Friendly Hours Banners. Downtown businesses will once again be offering extended hours to better serve their customers. Participating stores will be open Wednesday - Friday until at least 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday until at least 5:00 pm. Come support your local businesses. Remember 68% of what you spend goes back into the community to support schools, athletic teams, and your community.
Steeple Walk Dec. 6thThe Steeple Walk will once again be a part of Geneva's holiday season. The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission is sponsoring this perennial favorite which serves to inaugurate the Christmastide. This year it will take place from 2:00-4:30 pm on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at the Geneva United Methodist Church, Geneva Lutheran Church, First Church of Christ Science and Unitarian Universalist Church. All locations will feature afternoon concerts by renowned musical groups and soloists. Tickets will go on sale in November through PayPal and at the Geneva History Center. For information, contact Commission member Kent Gallagher at (630) 208-1622.
Welcome to these new Geneva businesses:
Fox Jewelers, 307 W. State Street, jewelry
Strut Inc, 217 S. Third Street, women's apparel
B-Shique Waxing, 528 Hamilton, beauty and spa
Denise's Vintage Finds, 221 S. Third Street, home furnishings
Coffee Drop Shop, 227 S. Third Street
Ave Maria, 227 S. Third Street, book store
Big Joyus Gifts, 221 W. State Street, gifts
Water Heater Plus, 715 E. State
Famous Footwear, 1524 S. Randall
Congratulations to these Geneva businesses on their new locations:
Crystal Bride, 207 W. State
Town and Country Gardens, 216 W. State
Les Tissus Colbert, 600 S. First Street
Southwest Trading Company, 221 S. Third Street
Verve on Third, 227 S. Third Street
Treasure Hunt, 227 S. Third Street
Thomasville Station, 426 S. Third Street
Chef James Catering, 321 Stevens Street
Geneva Optometric, 427 Hamilton
Past Connection, 219 W. State Street
Fiora's Restaurant, 317 S. Third
Famous Footwear open at Randall Square
Brown Shoe Company, Inc. has relocated one of its Famous Footwear stores to a great new location in Geneva at Randall Square, 1530 S. Randall Rd. Store hours for the new location are Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
This Famous Footwear's store design was developed using feedback from customers on how they like to shop for shoes. "Parents told us they needed more room in the aisles for strollers and seating where they could keep children close, so we widened our aisles and added broad, backless sofas for trying on shoes. Women told us they wanted easy access to the latest trends, so we added a 'runway' fixture at the front of the store to showcase some of our most fashionable footwear," said Famous Footwear Senior Vice President of Marketing Will Smith.
Fox Jewelers Opens on State Street
Tom Lannoye and his wife, Val, have opened a new jewelry store at 307 W. State Street. Mr. Lannoye has been in the jewelry business for 25 years as he was employed by the Gold Mine in St. Charles. He figured it was the right time for him to start his own business and his decision to open in Geneva was an easy one. "I have lived in Geneva for 20 years, my kids are in school here and I just love the community", Mr Lannoye explained. He was also impressed by the friendliness of the business community. "Several businesses have visited and offered their assistance in helping me to get acclimated", he said. Fox Jewelers will sell all types of jewelry, perform appraisals, repair jewelry and will also buy/sell used jewelry. Their specialty will be custom designing jewelry.
Bien Trucha Expansion
Congratulations to Bien Trucha on their recent expansion! Still in the same location at 410 West State, but now twice the space plus an enlarged outdoor patio. Expansion work is scheduled to be completed in mid-October.
|Firewood Sale and Quilt Raffle Benefits Geneva Beautification|
The Geneva Beautification Committee is selling firewood by the bundle or by the face cord to benefit the gardening work that the group performs in the downtown Geneva gardens.
Bundles of mixed firewood will be available for purchase behind the Geneva City Hall parking lot (between City Hall and Viking Office Supply) beginning October 1. Bundles cost $5.00. Firewood bundles will be available through early spring. If you'd like to order enough firewood for the entire winter, a face cord of firewood could be delivered to your home beginning October 1. For home delivery (8' L x 4' H x 18" D) of mixed firewood, the cost is $90 plus a $30 delivery fee. The wood can be stacked for you for an additional $20. Face cord orders can be placed by calling Jim Gehring at (630) 208-9453.
The Geneva Beautification Committee is a volunteer group of residents and businesses that plant and maintain over 50 gardens in the historic business district of Geneva. The Committee relies solely on volunteers to plant and maintain the gardens. Visit their web site at http://www.genevaspac.org/beautification/coverphoto.html
to find out more about what you can do to help.
The Hearts 'n' Hands quilt group, part of the Prairie Star Quilt Guild of St. Charles, have donated a beautiful 86" x 75" quilt named "Lady of the Garden". This unique block pattern quilt is made from 126 different floral fabrics in vibrant colors. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Geneva Beautification. Quilt raffle tickets are $5 each. Tickets are a available at Geneva City Hall, 22 S. First Street; by calling Sherri Weitl at 630-232-7494 or 630-584-5762; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
. The raffle drawing will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Beautification committee's year-end garden clean out.
|PACE to Hold Public Hearing on 2010 Budget|
Public Hearings on the proposed 2010 PACE budget, in addition to proposed route cuts, will be held Thursday, October 22, 2009, from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm at the Kane County Government Center Auditorium, Ground Floor, 719 S. Batavia Ave. Geneva, IL 60134.