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Fall 2011

In This Issue
Leaf Collection
EAB Update
Brush Collection
Snow & Ice Control
Town Meeting
Avoid Estimated Bills
Geneva Giving Program
Public Works Projects
Public Safety Text Notification
Economic Dev. News
City Gift Store
Beautification Fundraisers
Mental Health Board
Customer Service Survey
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Daylight Savings Ends Nov. 6
 
 
Daylight Savings Time ends at 2am on Sunday, November 6th. 
 
Remember to turn your clocks back one hour when you retire on Saturday, November 5th. 
Mayor's Message 

Mayor Burns

Dear Neighbors,

Earlier this week I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration for the Northern Illinois Food Bank located at 273 Dearborn Ct. in Geneva. 

 

During my remarks, I spoke of how the work being done at the Northern Illinois Food Bank is helping shape our society and how it helps define us as a community by stating:

 

"A society is judged by how it treats those in the dawn of life, its young; those in the dusk of life, its old and those in the shadows of life, its infirmed.  I also believe that society is judged by how it treats those who are buffeted by the winds of economic change, upheaval and uncertainty through no fault of their own -  the needy." 

 

Having toured the Northern Illinois Food Bank and meeting the professional staff and volunteers numbering more than 10,000, it's clear to me that their shared mission and vision that no child, adult or family go hungry provides encouragement that our society - Geneva and surrounding communities - is indeed shaping the reputation that we will bequeath to the next generation. 

 

I have felt the sting of unemployment and the fear such an experience causes in terms of providing for my family.  I know all too well of the struggles to "make-ends-meet" and the challenge to regain my footing while trying to put my best foot forward.  It's not easy, but the lessons learned are transformative.  If it's true that life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans, then it's equally true that the Northern Illinois Food Bank is here to help those whose life has been "interrupted" and ready to provide not only food but strength, faith and the promise of a brighter future.  

 

If you haven't visited the Northern Illinois Food Bank yet, please consider doing so and even considering volunteering yourself. You'll not only be impressed with the work they perform each and every day, but you'll walk away more confident that our society is committed to making all of us better by taking care of those among us who need a little help. 

 

 

My best,

 

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Kevin Burns
Mayor

Important Dates


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Geneva Green Market
Thursdays through Oct. 27
(winter market at 11 N. Fifth St.
beginning Nov. 5)
www.genevagreenmarket.org
 
Geneva French Market
Sundays through Oct. 30


First Fridays Gallery Walk

First Friday each month

www.artgalleriesgeneva.com

 
Oct. 1 & 2
Black Hat Day

downtown shopping specials

www.genevadowntown.org

  
Oct. 19
Town Meeting 7-9pm
City Hall Council Chambers
109 James Street
www.geneva.il.us 
 

Oct. 27

Downtown Trick-or-Treating 2-5pm

www.genevadowntown.org

 

Oct. 31
Citywide Trick-or-Treating 3-7pm

 

Nov. 24 & 25

City Offices Closed for

Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Dec. 2 & 3

Christmas House Tour 11am - 8pm/11am - 4pm

www.genevachamber.com

 

Dec. 2

Christmas Walk 6pm

www.genevachamber.com  

 

Dec. 23 & 26

City Offices Closed for

Christmas Holiday

 

Jan. 2

City Offices Closed for New Year's Holiday 

 

2011 Leaf Collection Program
The City will provide THREE scheduled pickup events in late October/November and a bag collection program in December.  The community is divided into three geographic zones. Each zone will be collected three times during the six-week program using leaf vacuum equipment. Every street will be collected one time during each of the three separate pickup events. Residents are required to rake leaves to the parkway prior to their scheduled pickup date.

PARKWAY LEAF COLLECTION

Zone A (East Side of River)
1st Pickup: Thurs., Oct. 27
2nd Pickup: Tues., Nov. 8
Final Pickup: Fri., Nov. 18

Zone B (West of River, North of Rte. 38; or North of Kaneville Rd. and North of Keslinger Rd.)
1st Pickup: Mon., Oct. 31
2nd Pickup: Thurs., Nov. 10
Final Pickup:  Tues., Nov. 22

Zone C (West of River, South of Rte. 38; or South of Kaneville Rd. and South of Keslinger Rd.)
1st Pickup:  Mon., Oct. 24
2nd Pickup: Thurs., Nov. 3
Final Pickup: Tues., Nov. 15

Each zone requires approximately three full days to complete. 



LEAF BAG COLLECTION

The leaf bag collection program runs Dec. 1 - Dec. 31, 2011.  Residents should place the bags out for their normal refuse collection day. Stickers are NOT required for yard waste bags containing leaves only.

Emerald Ash Borer Infestation Update
Geneva's parkway Ash trees have been devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).  This tiny bug lays its eggs in the tree's bark and its larvae devour the tree's phloem tissue killing the tree in the process.  This destruction only takes a few years to kill a tree that took decades to grow.  All told, Ash trees make up 20% of all parkway trees, and there are close to 2,300 trees that will need to be removed.

 

Since 2008, the City has implemented an Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan.  This plan outlines what the City is doing to address the problem. First, the City has identified trees that are infested with EAB.  The City maintains and updates a database of all Ash trees on City-owned property. For parkway trees, the City is removing trees as they become aware of an infestation. 

 

Infested trees can be identified by small D-shaped holes in the trunk, as well as by canopy dieback, woodpecker holes in the bark, shoots sprouting from the tree trunks and S-shaped larval galleries underneath the bark. To report a dead or infested parkway tree, call Geneva Public Works at (630) 232-1501 or complete an online service request on the City's webpage at http://tinyurl.com/3oznbrh.   As there has been a high volume of requests, the City is trying to remove trees that pose safety risks first.  

 

The City also has a Parkway Tree Planting program in place. This plan outlines the requirements and the process for planting new parkway trees. In order to expedite the replacement process, the City has implemented a "50/50 Tree Replacement Program".  This voluntary program will allow property owners to replace public parkway trees by ordering through the City.  Applicants will be required to pay for half of the cost of the new tree. 

 

To apply or obtain more information on these programs, contact the Public Works Department at 630-232-1502 or visit  http://www.geneva.il.us/BulletinBoard/emeraldashborer.htm 

Brush and Yard Waste Pickup Continues Through Week of Nov. 28
The City's brush schedule and program details are posted at the following link: 
 
 
EAST SIDE OF FOX RIVER (1ST & 3RD WEEK/MONTH)

 

October 10 & 24
November 14 & 28

 

 
WEST SIDE OF FOX RIVER (2ND & 4TH WEEK/MONTH)

 

October 3 & 17
November 7 & 21

 

All brush must be placed on the parkway by 7:00am on the Monday of your scheduled collection week. Crews will not return until the next scheduled date.  In addition, yard waste collection continues weekly. Residents must place a refuse sticker on all yardwaste bags that are to be put out on your regular refuse collection days.  Questions?  Call the Public Works Dept. at (630) 232-1501.
New Historic Preservation Commission Guide to Windows

The Geneva Historic Preservation Commission has recently prepared a Guide to Windows to assist property owners in making informed decisions about window repair/replacement. The guide contains great information for owners of both historic and non-historic buildings.

 

 

Window replacement companies often promote the replacement of old windows as the primary solution to improving the energy efficiency of a building. However, replacing windows is an expensive endeavor, and windows are only one of many potential sources of a building's energy loss. It takes many years to recoup the project costs to replace windows via reduced energy costs - years that typically exceed their life span. Conversely, the repair of older wood windows (made with very dense and durable "old growth wood") is often the more economical and sustainable choice. Properly repaired older windows, combined with external storm windows, can match the thermal efficiency of modern replacement windows.

 

For a historic building, repaired older windows retain the building's historic authenticity. To learn more, visit the City's website for the Guide to Windows:

http://www.geneva.il.us/CommunityDevelopment/HistoricPreservation/historic_pres.htm

Winter 2011/12 Snow & Ice Control Information
With winter fast-approaching, residents are urged to be informed on the City's snow and ice control policies.  Visit http://www.geneva.il.us/Departments/PublicWorks/snowice.htm for complete information on this program.

WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS/FACTS:
  • Parking on all snow routes is prohibited when there is a snowfall of 2 inches or more.
  • Parking is prohibited on secondary streets when there is a snowfall of 3 inches or more.
  • De-icing applications will be modified to ensure there is enough material to last through the entire winter season.
  • Contrary to some opinions, the idea that mixing sand with salt to extend the volume of salt is false.
You're Invited to a Town Meeting Oct. 19

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 be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 7-9pm in City Hall Council Chambers and will focus on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) tree disease and the City's planned response. Come find out what EAB is, how to recognize the signs and symptoms, and provide feedback on alternative solutions for tree replacement in the City's parkways.

 
How to Avoid Estimated Utility Bills

The City of Geneva will estimate a monthly utility bill if the City meter reader cannot access/read your meter. When this occurs, the meter reader will leave a door-hanger meter card for you to fill out and call the readings into the Finance Office at 630-232-0854 or email to finance@geneva.il.us. When filling out the card, you are required to provide:

 

  • account number (found on your monthly utility bill)
  • date (enter the date you are completing and returning the card)
  • reading (take reading from Electric and Water meter and enter on appropriate line provided) - for water usage, please read the inside water meter, not the outside meter.
  • date read (enter the date meter was read)
  • name and address

For questions, contact Public Works at (630) 232-1501.

 

 

Geneva Giving Program
 

Helping Geneva retain its beauty and accessibility with the addition of trees, benches, bike racks and more.


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What better way is there to create a memorial than to help beautify our surroundings?  The Geneva Giving Program is an endeavor by the City of Geneva to improve public areas with functional amenities while supporting the various and valuable activities of our volunteer groups.  Individuals and corporations have the opportunity to donate trees, benches, bike racks or contribute financially to the City of Geneva. Potential donors can pick up a brochure at City Hall (22 S. First Street) and the Finance Office (15 S. First Street) or call (630) 262-8495 with questions.
Public Works Project Update

The City's Public Works Dept. was very busy this past summer overseeing several improvement projects throughout the City. Photos for many of the projects can be found at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cityofgeneva/sets/72157627402504941/ 

 

Sign Up for Public Safety Text Messages

 

The Geneva Police Department will utilize a new communications service that allows us to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology.

 

The Nixle Community Information Service allows us to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle's web site at www.nixle.com.

 

Messages may include notification of special events, missing persons, traffic congestion, road closures as well as other relevant safety and community event information.

 

The service is reliable and free for our agency to use.

 

The messages can be sent specifically to registered residents, giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood. Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information. Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by email, text message, or over the web.

 

There is NO spam and no hidden cost. Standard text messaging rates do apply.

 

Nixle builds on the foundations of other public-to-public communication services, such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, but adds a key component: security. When citizens receive information from our agency via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.

 

"Nixle is a first-of-its-kind tool for communities that need to provide critical information to their residents," said Craig Mitnick, Founder and CEO. "In today's world, you have to trust the source of your information."

 

Residents of Geneva and those in neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving pertinent information via text message, email, and web by registering at www.nixle.com.  

 

We are very excited to have you experience it for yourself.  If you have any questions please contact Commander Eric Passarelli at (630) 232-4736.
News & Notes from Economic Development
 

Black Hat Day 2011

 

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Black Hat Day is back and better than ever. Pumpkins for a Cure has again organized Black Hat Day to be held, Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 9am to 4pm and October 2, 2011 from 9am to 3pm to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes. A whole day of family activities on October 1st including pumpkin carving, face painting, hay rides, black hat judging and a pumpkin recipe contest are planned. Jeanie B and Jellybeans will perform Saturday morning at 11am and the Jesse White Tumblers will perform at 1pm. In addition, kids will see Pete the Scarecrow walking around on stilts and tying balloons for them. Participating businesses will be decorated with hay bales, pumpkins and a black hat. See this link for a schedule of the day's activities: http://www.genevadowntown.org/calendar//events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1339    

 

Sundays Are Special In Geneva

Sundays are Special Logo

Downtown Geneva businesses are teaming up to put together exciting Sunday programs for Sunday shoppers. If football isn't your thing, try checking out what's happening in Downtown Geneva. Starting on September 25, stores will be offering various types of demonstrations and activities. Such activities could include fashion and trunk shows, cooking demonstrations, makeovers, musical performances and product demonstrations. Look for these events on the www.genevadowntown.org website and make your Sundays Special in Geneva.  

 

Downntown Trick Or Treat - October 27

Trick or Treating will take place at downtown Geneva Businesses on Thursday, October 27 from 2pm until 5pm at participating stores in the downtown. Look for the orange trick or treating sign at the front of each building.

 

Trick or Treating through Geneva neighborhoods will take place on Monday, October 31, 2011. Geneva Police Department recommends 3pm to 7pm.

 

French Market continues until October 30, 2011

The Geneva French Market is located at South Street and 4th Street in the Commuter Parking Lot and operates every Sunday through October from 9am to 2pm. Customers can find an array of products from fresh produce to fine French linens and custom made jewelry. For more details, visit: www.bensidoun-usa.com.

 

Green Market Open Outside Until Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Geneva Green Market will be open every Thursday until October 27 from 7am to 1pm and is located at 75 N. River Lane in downtown Geneva. On Saturday, November 5, 2011, the Geneva Green Market Winter Market opens at 11 N. 5th Street from 9am to 1pm. The Winter Market will stay open until the Green Market opens again in June of 2012. The Geneva Green Market features locally-grown minimally processed produce and products for chefs or everyday people who really care about the quality of the foods they eat. Mark Weaver, of Geneva's Inglenook Pantry, is actively involved in getting local chefs to support the Geneva Green Market and buy fresh, locally grown product, as well as offering the public educational information and demonstrations on cooking with fresh product. For more information on the Geneva Green Market, please visit them on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Geneva-Green-Market-NFP/85326673757 and http://genevagreenmarket.org/

 

Welcome to these new Geneva businesses:

Aggati, 500 S. Third St., Suite 117

All Chocolate Kitchen, 35 S. Third St.

Art Box, 514 W. State St. Unit A

B & B Interiors, 600 S. 1st C

Blue Peak Tent Rentals, 204 Dearborn #109

Charming Charlie, 202 Commons Dr.

Dash K9 Sports, 2627 Kaneville Rd.

Fuscia Style (women's boutique) 9 N Third St.

Griffin, Villa, Williams, 501 W. State St #202-#203

HH Gregg, 710 Commons Drive

Invitations by Design, 1 W. State #103

LeLa (women's boutique), 211 W. State

Marble & Granite Tech, 1881 S. Randall Rd. #B

The Mossy Twig, 31 S. Third St.

Nexxus Publishing, 524 W. State St. #E-F

Northern Illinois Foodbank, 273 Dearborn Ct.

Prairie Path Podiatry & Spa, 4 S. Sixth St.

Premier Property Service Group, 2600 Keslinger #15

R & R Laminating 407 Stevens

Vargos Dance, 115 W. State

Venture USA LLC, 65 N. River #209

Vivid Systems, 1141 Commerce Dr.

 

Congratulations on your new location:

Cornerstone Medical Group 302 S Randall #104C

Dr. Blaszak & Dr. Grossweiner 302 S Randall #303

Geneva Dental Ltd. 401 Williamsburg #201

Greater Illinois Title Company 1795 W. State #107

Midwest Gold Buyers 1096 Commons Dr

Havlicek Builders 648 North

Plasencia Group 5 N 3rd

Rangel Designs 206 W State #201

 

Coming Soon:

Board Sports Unlimited, 204 W. State St.

Cotto A Legna, 500 S. Third St.

Design Essentials, 219 W. State St.

Mitchell Manz Photography, 321 Stevens St.

Morano's Pizza, 417 Hamilton St.

Sound Sculptor Recording, 127 W. State St.

Tiger Lily Vertical Fitness and Dance, 1749 S. Randall Rd.

 

Welcome a New Owner:                            

Circa, 123 S. Third St.

Geneva Nursing and Rehabilitation, 1101 E .State St.

 

Live Windows On State - Calling Geneva High School Students!

For the last two years, during Christmas Walk, downtown State Street businesses hosted Geneva High School students in "live window" displays. The windows are fun to do for the students and a hit with the Christmas Walk patrons. The children draw attention to State Street and earn service credits from the High School. If your child would be interested in participating this year, please contact Ellen Divita at (630) 232-7449. Geneva High School Principal Tom Rogers has confirmed participation will again count for service points. Windows will "go live" on Friday, December 2, 2011 from 7-9pm. Participants will work with the businesses to develop a theme that matches the business.

 

South East Master Plan

Work continues on the City's South East Master Plan. This is a "subarea plan" amendment to the City's Comprehensive Plan, the document that guides land use decisions. The Plan considers undeveloped properties within the City's planning jurisdiction, looking at land use and an initial consideration of the engineering routing of costs (for utilities and roads) needed to develop the property. The study area is approximately 300 undeveloped acres just west of the Kane and DuPage county line, south of IL Route 38, and north of Fabyan Parkway. 

 

Information is found at http://www.geneva.il.us/EconomicDevelopment/southeast_masterplan.htm. Questions and comments may be directed to Economic Development Director Ellen Divita at (630) 232-7449, or edivita@geneva.il.us.

 

City Special Event Application

Beautiful Geneva is an ideal location to hold a special event or festival. Centrally located as the Kane County seat of government, the City is home to pleasing neighborhoods, short walkable city blocks, the Fox River and Fox River Bike trail, many non-profit agencies, a vibrant Chamber of Commerce, a strong business community, and active citizens. Since 2002 the number of events held in the City has increased with additional merchant led promotions, Cultural Arts Commission events, Economic Development Department programming, and non-profit group sponsored walks and fundraising activities. The City now uses a "Special Event Application" form to approve requests to host events in the City which are public events using public property and or services. Application forms are submitted to the City Economic Development Department and then routed to each City Department for approval. If you intend on hosting an event in the City of Geneva, please contact Ellen Divita, Director of Economic Development at (630) 232-7449, or edivita@geneva.il.us. The form can be found online at: http://www.genevadowntown.org/?cat=78.

 

Outdoor Music in Downtown Geneva

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These businesses split the cost of this outside entertainment with the City; attendance is free to the public. The new grant program can be used to bring in singers, mimes, jugglers, musicians or magicians to entertain shoppers when festivals are not taking place. The City of Geneva has set aside funds from their Hotel/Motel funding to be used for grants to enhance visitors experience when shopping in downtown Geneva. Questions regarding this program can be directed to Paul Evans at 630-845-9654 or can be emailed to: pevans@geneva.il.us

 

www.Genevadowntown.org Calendar of Events

Looking for something to do? Want to know the special events being hosted by downtown businesses? Check the calendar of events on the Economic Development Department's visitor page - http://www.genevadowntown.org/calendar/events/

 

Economic Development Programs- business recruitment ideas sought

Do you have a business you frequently visit that is outside of Geneva? Do you think they'd like to open an additional location here in Geneva? Do you operate a business here in town and have a supplier who may be interested in locating closer to you, here in Geneva? Please contact Ellen Divita with any ideas you have at (630) 232-7449. Thanks for your consideration! And, thanks for supporting the Geneva Business Community.

 

Thinking of opening a business in Geneva?

Many people out of work are considering their options. One option you may want to consider is starting your own business. While it does bring risk in this economy, many people find it rewarding to run their own business and make their own decisions. If you are thinking about starting a business, give the Economic Development Department a call. They can advise you as to available locations, access to capital and free business counseling.   The Economic Development Department (EDD) recently updated their Business Resource Guide, which is filled with lots of resource information for starting your business. The EDD office can also provide background statistics and demographics which can be helpful when completing your business plan. If we can assist you, please contact us at 630-232-7449.

 

 

Northern Illinois Food Bank Warehouse and Community Nutrition Center

The Northern Illinois Food Bank Warehouse and Community Nutrition Center opened in September at 273 Dearborn Court in the Geneva Business Park (south of Averill Road and immediately west of FONA). NIFB's new 147,000 square foot food distribution, community nutrition center and warehouse food storage facility will allow them to more efficiently deliver food to a thirteen (13) county network. In the past twelve years the number assisted by the Food bank has increased four fold. Join us in welcoming the NIFB to Geneva. More information on the project and the NIFB, including how to donate time or money, is found at http://www.northernilfoodbank.org/.

 

Economic Development Department Lists All Geneva Businesses Online
The City of Geneva Economic Development Department (EDD) has created a list of all business in Geneva and has made it available on-line. Businesses can be searched by category (Apparel, Legal Services, Photographers, etc.) alphabetically or by business district (Downtown, East Side, and West Side). This is a great resource for residents who are looking to utilize local businesses.


According to a recent study, if every family spent just $10 a month at a locally-owned, independent business, over $9.3 billion would be directly returned to local economies. The money benefits schools, police and fire departments, roadways and infrastructure and the overall health of the local economy.

The list of all businesses can be found at geneva.il.us and on genevadowntown.org.

 

O-M-G! Have you heard the music on 3rd Street on Fridays or Sundays in Downtown Geneva. The City has approved 13 grants which help bring music and entertainment to the downtown. Businesses already approved for the grants and planning to bring entertainment downtown are Graham's 318, Galena Cellars and Peaceful Parlour. Follow this link to see who is playing and where:
Don't Delay! Purchase Your City Themed Gift Items in Time for the Holidays! 
 
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The "City Stuff" Store at City Hall is offering the 2nd in a series of collectible pewter holiday ornaments for sale. Each year, the City will have a limited number of beautifully-crafted holiday ornaments which will reflect a nostalgic Geneva design. This year's ornament depicts the entrance to City Hall on one side, the year on the other.  This ornament makes a wonderful gift for friends and family. Ornaments are $12.00 each and can be purchased at City Hall, 22 S. First Street between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.  The City Store also offers other promotional items bearing the City logo (see below).  Be sure to stop in before the holidays to purchase your ornament while supplies last! Contact City Hall at (630) 232-7494 for more information.
 
3x5 City Flag - $69.00

License Plate Frame - $4.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Street Sign - prices vary.
Geneva Beautification News
 
 

Just in time for the upcoming holidays, the Geneva Beautification Committee is kicking off a cookbook fundraiser. Volunteers and friends of Geneva Beautification have compiled 250 of their favorite recipes into a colorful collection that will add sparkle to your holiday menu or would be perfect for gift giving or as a hostess gift. The cookbooks are only $10 each and the proceeds will help purchase flowers and plant materials for the downtown Geneva gardens.

 

The Geneva Beautification Cookbook offers unique recipes from appetizers through desserts as well as Tips and Tricks to make your meal or party planning fun and easy. The spiral bound book allows easy viewing and the collection is divided into categories with a full index to make finding your favorite recipe simple.

 

Geneva Beautification Cookbooks are available for purchase at Geneva City Hall, 22 S. First Street, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. Cash or check accepted, sorry no credit cards. A limited number of books have been printed so purchase your cookbooks now. For information call Sherri Weitl at 630-232-7494.

 

Firewood Sale - 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 Geneva City Hall on the south side of the parking lot between City Hall and the Public Library beginning October 1. Bundles cost $5.00. Firewood bundles will be available as supplies last. If you'd like to order enough firewood for the entire winter, a face cord of firewood could be delivered to your home. 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. While local businesses have generously donated many garden needs, a majority of the plant material and some gardening items still need to be purchased with funds from donations and fundraisers. 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 the volunteer group, other fundraisers and what you can do to help.

 News from the Geneva Community Mental Health Board

The Geneva Community Mental Health Board is now in the process of accepting grant requests for the 2012 fiscal year. Non-profits that provide services to City of Geneva residents with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and substances abuse could be eligible to receive funding under this statute. The following application procedures apply.

 

All agencies that request funding from the Board shall furnish at least the following information:

a) a concise statement and description of the agency's mission and purpose;

b) a complete listing of their board of directors together with a listing of their occupations;

c) a complete listing of all executive staff members of the agency;

d) a description of the population served by the agency, the total number of clients and the total number of clients from within the corporate boundaries of the City of Geneva, Illinois. (For example, if a client lists a mailing address with a house number that includes a directional letter in it, such as 39W100 Stone Creek Road, that client, while served by the Geneva Post Office, is not a resident of the City of Geneva. If a client lists a mailing address, such as 123 Smith Street, that client resides within the corporate boundaries of the City of Geneva.) The actual names and addresses of clients should not be included;

e) the amount of funding requested for 2012;

f) a complete description of how the agency intends to use the requested funding;

g) a proposed method evaluation of the effectiveness of the funding, if received;

h) a copy of the agency IRS, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit designation letter;

i) a copy of the current fiscal year budget and last year's fiscal profit and loss statement showing all sources of revenue and projected expenses; and

j) a completed Summary Application form.

 

The information provided shall, in a concise manner, adequately and accurately inform the Board regarding the information requested.

 

Applicants are directed not to provide any additional information, unless otherwise requested.

 

A total of nine (9) copies of the above information should be addressed to:

 

GENEVA COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH BOARD, 2012 Funding Request, City of Geneva, 22 South First Street, Geneva, Illinois 60134.

 

Completed applications must be received at City Hall by 4:30pm. on Friday, October 28, 2011, to be eligible for funding. A five minute presentation/question and answer session with the respective agencies will be scheduled on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, beginning at 6pm in the Geneva City Hall Council Chambers.  The Board anticipates that approximately $139,000.00 of funding will be made available at this time. Any questions regarding the application process may be directed to Vicky Davidson-Bell, Chairwoman (708) 216-6569 or (630) 208-7369 during business hours.

City Customer Service Survey Online
 

The City offers an online customer service survey for our residents. 

Please visit http://mygovhelp.us/GENEVAIL/takeSurvey.asp?surveyID=6 to view and/or submit a form.
 
About Geneva

 

courthouseThe City of Geneva, population 21,495, is located 40 miles west of Chicago in the Fox River Valley.  Geneva's character is found in its historic architecture, adaptive re-use of historic buildings, mature landscapes and open space with over 700 acres of park land.  With festivals and events year-round, Geneva is a place to connect with others for shopping, dining, or browsing art galleries. Home to excellent schools, library, and parks, it continues to be one of the premiere cities in the Chicago area to live, work, play, and raise a family.