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Winter 2010

In This Issue
City Snow & Ice Control
Economic Dev. News
H1N1 Vaccines Available
Census Count To Begin
Red Light Photo Enforcement
Dancing with the Geneva Stars
Historic Preservation News
Film Festival Submissions
Geneva City Store Open
Beautification Fundraisers
New FOIA Laws
Quick Links
 
Christmas Tree Pickup
 Weeks of Jan. 11 & 18
 
Live Christmas trees will be collected the week of January 11 and 18, 2010 by the City's refuse collection company Allied Waste.

All live Christmas trees will be collected at the curb on your scheduled refuse collection day.

Residents must place the tree at the edge of pavement or near the curb for collection no later than 7:00 A.M. on their scheduled refuse collection day.

In order to ensure the timeliness and the integrity of the schedule, crews will not return for special pickups. Once the street has been completed, trees will not be collected until the following week.

Please remove all hard materials, ornaments, nails, stands, etc. from the trees.

NO REFUSE STICKER WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THIS SERVICE

All wreaths and roping must be placed out with normal trash on your scheduled refuse collection day.

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Channel 10 Info.
Residents can watch Comcast Cable Ch. 10 for City Council and Committee of the Whole meetings (broadcast live on Monday nights at 7:00pm and rebroadcast daily on the 7s & 1s) as well as 'on demand' at
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If you don't have Comcast cable, you can check out a DVD of meetings at City Hall. Call (630) 232-7494 for more info.
 
US CENSUS JOBS
The US Census is recruiting for  various positions for the upcoming 2010 Census.  Visit http://2010censusjobs.gov for complete details on how to apply.
Mayor's Message 

Mayor BurnsDear Neighbors,
 

Over the years I've often been asked whether the City of Geneva has a "slogan" or "tag line" much like our neighbors to the north (St. Charles - Pride of the Fox) and south (Batavia - City of Energy).  As most of you know, Geneva does not have such a catch phrase.

 

However, I think it's reasonable that in the coming year the City of Geneva adopt the official slogan that was first uttered by President Theodore Roosevelt and goes like this:  "Do what you can, where you are, with what you have."  

 

2010 promises to be a challenging year for Geneva.  Like many of you, the City is facing a tenuous fiscal situation that rests delicately on the success of so many circumstances that seem beyond our control.  Our collective constitution to "grin and bear it" may not be enough to ward off difficult decisions that will affect how funds are invested, projects are carried out and services are rendered.  However, the silver lining that always remains is the fact that the City's professional staff, appointed, and elected officials, are well aware of the role they play in securing the faith and trust from all of you as we navigate the rough waters ahead.  

 

As stewards of your faith and trust, I can assure you that our first priority will be to provide quality services in as effective and efficient means possible.  We will continue to invest the resources we have with a keen eye toward minimizing the risk and maximizing the results.  It won't be easy, but, as always, it's absolutely necessary. 

 

In January the City will begin in earnest its 2010/2011 budget process.  Thankfully, we have at our disposal the most talented and dedicated staff of any community in Illinois.  As such, the men and women charged with allocating resources to ensure that our community works and works well, will present their recommendations to the City Council for consideration, deliberation, and action.  As much as we enjoy the process and consider it our most important exercise as elected officials, we annually request your participation in the process so that we can benefit from your insight and experiences. 

 

On behalf of the professional staff and City Council, I kindly request that if you have the time to join us during the budget- building season, that you invest the time to do so.  While I can't promise you that a Monday evening at City Hall will be as exciting or relaxing as a Monday night at home, I can promise you that your participation will not be in vain and who knows -you may just discover that we, like you, struggle to "do what we can, where we are, with what we have."   

 

Wishing you, your family and friends a happy, healthy and prosperous new year...
My best, 
 
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Kevin Burns
Mayor
Important Dates
 
Refuse Collection Jan. 1, 2010 delayed to Jan. 2 due to New Year's Holiday
 
Live Christmas Tree Collection
Weeks of Jan. 11 & 18 on resident's regular refuse day.
(see article at left for complete details)
 
Martin Luther King Holiday
January 18, 2010 - CITY OFFICES CLOSED
 
Sno Sculpting Exhibition
January 20-23, 2010 
Geneva Commons
(see article below)
 
Dancing With The Geneva Stars Benefit
February 6, 2010 at Eagle Brook Country Club
Tickets on sale January 4, 2010
(see article below)
 
Presidents Day Holiday
February 15, 2010 - CITY OFFICES CLOSED
 
Fall in Love with Downtown Geneva
Month-long in February - promotions with downtown merchants
(see article below)
 
JULIETS Weekend
March 5-7, 2010
(see article below)
Sno Sculpting Exhibition Returns to Geneva Commons
 

sno sculptThe Geneva Cultural Arts Commission will be once again sponsor a Sno Sculpting Exhibition at Geneva Commons from January 20-23, 2010.  Four professional teams and four high school teams will compete.  Please stop by and see how they take a block of packed snow and turn it into a piece of art.  The snow molds will be packed on January 16-17 and the artists will begin work on January 20.  Awards will be made on January 23.  Look for discounts and offers made by Geneva Commons businesses. For more information and to see last year's sculptures, please visit http://www.genevarts.org

Fall In Love With Downtown Geneva This February
 
Fall In LoveDuring the month of February look for the Fall in Love with Downtown Geneva -February dining/shopping Giveaway Promotion. Participating businesses will place posters in their front windows or doors or visit http://www.genevadowntown.org to see the list of participating businesses.  All you need to enter is give the participating business your name, email address, city and phone number.  There will be weekly drawings for $50 gift certificates and dinners for two at participating Geneva restaurants. Also listen for Geneva ads on 95.9FM The River during early February to win a hotel stay, dinner for two and jewelry.
JULIETS WEEKEND MARCH 5-7, 2010
 

Juliets LogoGeneva's fifth annual JULIETS Weekend will take place March 5-7, 2010. JULIETS is the perfect retreat for women of all ages including friends, mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers to renew friendships and spend quality time together. Events include a kick-off reception at Villa Verone on Friday evening, a fashion show at Riverside Receptions on Saturday and lots of great shopping deals and specials. For more information visit www.genevadowntown.org.

 
Winter Snow & Ice Control Information
 
snow plowParking Regulations during Winter Storm Events

 

 The Geneva Police Dept. and Public Works Dept. would like to remind residents that the following parking regulations will be in full force and effect during all winter storm events:
 
 
 
SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES
 
*  $35 parking citations will be issued to any vehicle that is parked on a posted Snow Emergency Route whenever there are 2 inches or more of accumulated snow/ice on the roadway. Vehicles may also be towed at the owner's expense if they are parked in such a manner as to constitute a safety hazard.
 
Snow Emergency Routes are designated with blue and white signage throughout the City.
 
*  On-street parking is allowed after the snowfall has ended and the roadway has been plowed from curb to curb.
 
SECONDARY STREETS
 
*  $30 parking citations will be issued to any vehicle that is parked on a secondary street within 12 hours following a snowfall of 3 inches or more. Vehicles may also be towed at the owner's expense if they are parked in such a manner as to constitute a safety hazard.
 
*  Secondary streets are defined as those streets, including dead-end streets and cul-de-sacs, which have not been previously designated as Snow Emergency Routes.
 
*  On-street parking is allowed after the roadway has been plowed from curb to curb.
 
24-HOUR PARKING PROHIBITION
 
*  Separate $30 parking citations will also be issued to any vehicle that remains parked on a public street for longer than 24 consecutive hours.
 
Official snow measurements are taken at the City's Public Works facility at 1800 South Street.
 
Please contact either the Geneva Police at (630) 232-4736 or the Geneva Public Works Dept. at (630) 232-1501 for questions and/or additional information.
News & Notes from Economic Development
 

Hope you saw the live mannequins on State Street after the lighting of the Christmas Tree during the December Christmas Walk.  Twelve State Street businesses worked with local students to showcase their windows.  Viking Office Supply, Town & Country Gardens, Strawflower Shop, Good Cents Children, Merra-Lee Shops, Crystal Bride, Kiss the Sky, Wild Roots, ANEW, Proud Fox Gallery, Hinds Photography and Elite Styles and Tans 2 all had live mannequins in their State Street windows.  Judging from the responses, look for this to be a Christmas Walk tradition. 

 

 window artist

window brides 
 
(photos courtesy of Hinds Photography)
 
New Businesses:
Fiora's

Fine Dining

317 S. Third St.

(630) 232-1317

Strut Your Stuff

Women's Apparel

217 S. Third St.

(630) 845-3050

Past Connection

Collectibles & Gifts

219 W. State St.

(630) 818-7973

B&R Sports

Sporting Goods

1996 S. Kirk Rd.

(630) 232-2165

 
PC Medic & Computer Repair

825 W. State St.

(630) 262-5556


Pop's Café

Serving Breakfast & Lunch

1166 E. State St.

(630) 845-0400


Elite Styles & Tans 2

Beauty Spa Services

322 W. State St.
(630) 845-0644

 

Creative Sewing Center

Sewing & Embroidery Machines & Lessons

11 N. First St.

(630) 208-6789

Geneva Ale House

Restaurant

319 W. State St.

(630) 232-3877


The following businesses have relocated within Geneva:
Citizen Kane, 330 W. State St.
Stefano Salon & Spa, 314 W. State St.
Sperry Van Ness, 21 N. Third St.
Hazelton Photography, 314 E. State St.
Country Financial, 2172 Blackberry Dr.
American Family Insurance, 128 E. James St.


Coming Soon:
The Dam Bar & Grill, 65 N. River Ln.
Sportsman Barber Shop, 107 W. State St.
Geneva Eye Redevelopment, 1000 S. Randall Rd.

H1N1 Vaccines Available County-Wide
 
flu vaccine
Vaccine is now more readily available in Kane County. Appointments are being taken for all individuals who would like the vaccine (no longer just those from the priority groups).

Booster Vaccine Clinic for Children: The County is now scheduling appointments for those children requiring a second/booster dose. To schedule an appointment please call (630) 723-5414.

Additional options: Vaccine is being distributed to physicians/providers in Kane County and is now more widely available. You may want to check with your healthcare provider to see if the H1N1 vaccine is now available through them.

Link to list of H1N1 Vaccine providers in Kane County
 
More information about the seasonal or H1N1 flu viruses is available at the Health Department's website at http://www.kanehealth.com.
U.S. Census Count To Take Place This Spring - Be Counted! 
 

censusThe U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years.The 2010 Census will help communities like ours receive a part of more than $400 billion in federal funds each year for things like:

  • Hospitals
  • Job training centers
  • Schools
  • Senior centers
  • Bridges, tunnels and other public works projects
  • Emergency services
 

The data collected by the census also helps determine the number of seats our state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

In March of 2010, census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico. When you receive yours, just answer the 10 short questions and then mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope provided. If you don't mail the form back, you may receive a visit from a

census taker, who will ask you the questions from the form. The count is not complete until all residents mail the forms back to the bureau. Any personal data you provide is protected under federal law.
Red Light Photo Enforcement Information
red light cameraInstallation of red light photo enforcement cameras will soon be underway at the intersection of Fabyan Parkway and Kirk Road. For more information on red light photo enforcement in Geneva, visit http://www.geneva.il.us/pd/RedLight.html 
Dancing with the Geneva Stars Returns February 6, 2010 
 

Dancing with the Geneva Stars, the popular Geneva Academic Foundation and Geneva Cultural Arts fundraiser returns on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm at Eagle Brook Country Club. You can log onto the Cultural Arts Commissions web site at http://www.genevarts.org and make ticket reservations and vote starting January 4. The February 2009 event sold out quickly so make your reservations early. Ticket price is $35.00 for open seating. There is a limit of  350 ticket reservations available.  This year the DWGS committee designated a limited number of reserved tables with preferred seating for $500 for a table of 10.  Reservations for reserved tables can be made by calling (630) 938-4530 and leaving your name and phone number beginning January 4.  Voting for your favorite team will begin January 4; you can vote on the web site up to February 5. Every vote dollar contributed benefits the Cultural Arts Commission and the Geneva Academic Foundation. 

 
The six couples this year are:

dance teams 

David & Shawn Ginsberg (Cha-Cha)

Weldon Johnson & Joanne Buckley (Quickstep)

Matt & Kimberly Lennert (Tango)

Tim & Barb Moran (Waltz)

Harry & Marcia Smith (Swing)

Jim & Susan VanderVeen (Salsa)

 

Your votes, which are tax deductible, assist the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission to bring you programming such as Shakespeare in the Park, Music in the Alleys and the Geneva Film Festival.  The funding also assists the Geneva Academic Foundation to provide supplemental programs, equipment and educational resources for Geneva School District 304.
Historic Preservation News 
 

Are you the owner of a historic property?  Are you considering a rehabilitation project? Geneva has many historic buildings which may be eligible for financial incentives for substantial rehabilitation projects. 

 

RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES - PROPERTY TAX FREEZE PROGRAM

The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency's (IHPA) Property Tax Assessment Freeze program encourages the rehabilitation of historic residential properties.  Through the Freeze, the assessed valuation of the historic property is frozen for eight years at its level when the rehabilitation began.  The valuation is then gradually brought back to market level over a period of four years.  In order to qualify for the Freeze, a property must:

 

1.         Be a registered historic structure - listed on the National Register of Historic Places or designated by a local historic preservation ordinance as an individual landmark or within a historic district.  (Check with City Staff to determine if your property qualifies)

 

2.         Be used as a single-family, owner-occupied residence or condominium, or as a cooperative, or as an owner-occupied residential building with up to six units.

 

3.         Have at least 25% of the property's market value spent on an approved rehabilitation project.

 

4.         Be a substantial rehabilitation that improves the condition of the historic building.

 

5.         Be rehabilitated in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.

 

Some interior updates, such as updates to bathrooms and kitchens, may apply to the "substantial rehabilitation" requirement.  City Staff can assist you!  Contact Staff at (630) 938-4541 or kkaulfuss@geneva.il.us or visit the IHPA's website at:  http://www.illinoishistory.gov/PS/taxfreeze.htm

 

COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES - INCOME TAX CREDIT

Administered by the National Park Service in conjunction with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program offers a 20% federal tax credit for qualified rehabilitation expenses. 

 

CONTACT STAFF FOR MORE INFORMATION

City Staff can assist you!  If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Karla Kaulfuss at (630) 938-4541 or kkaulfuss@geneva.il.us or visit these NPS websites:

 

For Main Street Commercial Buildings:  http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/tax/download/intro_main_street.pdf

 

For Wood Frame houses used for rental or business uses, see: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/tax/download/intro_wood_frame.pdf

 
sixth street property
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This property on Sixth Street received the property tax freeze in 2009.
3rd Annual Geneva Film Festival Set for April 16-18, 2010 
 
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.
 
Please visit http://www.genevafilmfestival.org/ for more details.  
"Geneva City Stuff" Gift Shop Open at City Hall 
 
gift shop 
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. 
Geneva Beautification News
 
Geneva Beautification 

Tickets for the Geneva Beautification Committee Spaghetti Supper fundraiser are now available. The supper will be held on Wednesday, March 3 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Riverview Banquets, 1117 N. Washington Avenue (Route 25) in Batavia. Tickets for the "Pasta for Posies" fundraiser cost $10 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and under.

 

"Pasta for Posies" will feature all-you-can-eat spaghetti with meat sauce, crisp tossed salad, crunchy Italian bread, butter, olive oil and vinegar and an assortment of delectable desserts many of which are homemade by our volunteers. Coffee, tea, water and milk will be provided and a cash bar is available. Take-out is also available. To add to the fun and excitement, a 50/50 raffle will be held during the evening.  Raffle tickets will cost $1 each or 6 tickets for $5 - winners do not need to be present.

 

Geneva horticulturist Mary Stavenhagen will conduct an informative and fun gardening seminar at the fundraiser and will be available to answer all of your planting and flower arranging questions.

 

Call Jeni Russo at (630) 715-6178 for tickets and information.

 

If you are unable to attend the "spaghetti spectacular", please consider giving a tax- deductible contribution to help purchase needed plants and materials to beautify downtown Geneva. Mail checks to Geneva Beautification c/o Geneva City Hall, 22 South First Street, Geneva IL 60134. All donations are appreciated. Check the website at www.PlantGeneva.org.

 

 

The Geneva Beautification Committee is selling firewood by the bundle or by the face cord. The firewood sale is a fundraiser to benefit the gardening work that the group performs in the downtown Geneva gardens.

 

Bundles of mixed firewood will be available for purchase at the Geneva City Hall parking lot by the utilities bill payment box (between City Hall and Viking Office Supply) beginning October 1. Bundles cost $5.00. Pick up a bundle so you'll be ready to snuggle in for a wonderful evening at home. Firewood bundles will be available through early spring. Call Sherri Weitl at (630) 584-5762 for information.

 

Face cords of firewood are also available and can be delivered to your home. For home delivery of a face cord (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) 2080in

 

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. While local businesses have generously donated many of our needs, a majority of the plant material and some gardening items still need to be purchased. The committee relies solely on volunteers to plant and maintain the gardens. Visit our web site at www.PlantGeneva.org to find out more about what you can do to help.

New State Law Affects Potential Release of Email Addresses
 

The amended State of Illinois Freedom of Information Act becomes law on January 1, 2010.  The intent of the law is to provide more transparency and accountability of public bodies to its citizens.  

A new provision in the law allows FOIA requestors to ask for certain records including email addresses.  While personal email addresses are exempt from this law, the City's list does not distinguish between personal and business emails; therefore, the addresses would be subject to release.  If you would like to update your profile to include a different email address for City notifications, please click the "Update Profile/Email Address" link at the bottom of this email.

While the City encourages its residents to remain signed up for its email notifications, we feel it is important to inform you of this new State law.  If you have any questions, please reply to this email. 

For more information on the new law, visit http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/government/index.html