SUMMER 2013 

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Brush Pickup
Fire Dept. News
PACE Programs
Public Works News
Economic Dev. News
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Thank You for Your Donation!
The City would like to thank the following donors to the Geneva Giving Program and Geneva Beautification Committee for the 2nd quarter of 2013:

Jean A. Beckmann

Steve and Pat Burnham

Dan and Roberta Edwards

Geneva Lions Club

Keith and Stephanie Hine

Jay and Lori Moffat

Jim and Sherri Weitl

Jay Womack

Stay tuned for the long-awaited, newly-designed city website to launch later this summer. More details to follow!
Mayor's Message




I have lived in Geneva for 40 years.


I have benefited from, appreciated, observed, been impressed by, challenged with, inspired, engaged and learned from everything that is Geneva and everything we hope Geneva to become.


The one constant, thankfully, is that no matter what the reason for choosing Geneva to be our home - mine happened to be an easier commute for my father - Geneva has always provided a safe place for its citizens, businesses and visitors to enjoy, pursue their goals, raise their families and celebrate and commemorate life's special events.


A sense of safety is as important as safety itself.


We live in a community that is indeed safe; thanks to our public safety professionals (police, fire, ESDA volunteers) and all of us who make safety a commitment in our everyday lives.


We also live in a community that benefits from a sense of safety because we, as residents, take pride in our community's reputation, potential and promise.


After all, our investment in Geneva is significant and, as such, we will defend and protect our investment as best we can. Our investment includes education, recreation, healthcare and so on.


I believe, and I hope you do too, the reason why Geneva is a "safe place" is because we have been and continue to be a generous, welcoming and embracing community. In other words, there is indeed safety in numbers.


And, perhaps most importantly, safety is not measured solely by crime and accident statistics - it's about knowing that when danger lurks, or bad things happen, we - all of us - are prepared to help one another because doing anything less adversely impacts the very community we strive to become.


We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers. Ensuring that each of us is safe is a privilege that defines a great community - a safe community - and Geneva ranks among the very best.


My best,




Kevin R. Burns



City Council Approves New Refuse Contract
On July 1st, the city entered into a new contract with Advanced Disposal for its refuse and recycling programs.  This new contract begins at a sticker rate of just $2.85 each for the first year of the contract - 33 cents less per-sticker than the previous contract.
For complete details on the new program, including the new recycling toter system and other new features, visit:


Citywide Brush Pickup Continues Through November

The city's brush pickup program continues through the month of November. Residents must adhere to these guidelines when preparing and placing brush out for pickup:


Brush/limbs must be placed on the parkway by 7:00am on the Monday of the your scheduled collection week. Crews will not return until the next scheduled collection week. Please note that as a result of severe storms, delays to the original schedule can occur due to the potential of larger volumes of brush being collected after the storm.




WEST SIDE OF RIVER (1st & 3rd week of the month)


July 15, August 5 & 19, September 2 & 16, October 7 & 21, November 4 &18


EAST SIDE OF RIVER (2nd & 4th week of the month)


July 22, August 12 & 26, September 9 & 23, October 14 & 28, November 11 & 25




*All limbs must be stacked with the cut ends in one direction and facing the curb or edge of pavement - NOT in the street.


*Limbs/branches cannot exceed 12 inches diameter and 12 feet in length. Stumps cannot exceed 12 inches diameter.


*Do not tie bundles with rope or wire


*No foreign materials such as construction debris, fence posts, lumber, fencing, or wire will be collected.


*Grass clippings, annual/perennial flowers, garden waste, small limbs and twigs will not be collected. These materials must be placed in stickered yard waste paper bags and collected on normal refuse pickup days.








Contact the Public Works Dept. with questions on the program at (630) 232-1501.  
Complete program details can be found at: 


News from the Fire Dept.




Fire pits are known to be a great source of warmth and ambience. But, with the popularity of fire pits increasing, fire safety has become even more important. There are many things you should consider while setting up and using a fire pit. The City Council recently revised the open burning regulations to allow the use of a fire pit on private property with very specific rules for how, when, and where a pit may be used within the city.  Here are a few important points from the approved changes:


Where can you have a recreational fire? Portable fire places must be located on a hard, noncombustible and level surface when in use, this includes but is not limited to, concrete, paver bricks, dirt or asphalt and must be at least 10 feet from the nearest property line.  This means you cannot use a portable fireplace on your wooden deck.


How far do you need to locate your fire pit from nearby structures or combustible material? It must be at least 25 feet from all structures and combustibles when the fuel area is between 36 inches and 31 inches in diameter and 24inches or less in height.  Or, it must be at least 15 feet from all structures and combustibles where the total fuel area is 30 inches or less in diameter and 24 inches or less in height.


What kind of fuel can you use? You can use untreated, unpainted, clean, seasoned, dry wood and manufactured fire logs. Propane and other similar gases may also be burned as long as the device is rated for that type of fuel. In all instances the burning of processed wood or landscape waste is strictly prohibited.


Who can supervise a recreational fire? You must be over the age of 18 and CONSTANTLY supervise the fire until it is extinguished.


Put The Fire Out: You must have the ability to extinguish the fire using dirt, sand, water, garden hose, or fire extinguisher during any recreational fire. It must be extinguished in such a manner that all air to the fire is cut off or the burning material is wet down with water until it is cool to the touch.


What About Odors and Fumes? Be a good neighbor and be sensitive to the effects your recreational fire may have on your neighbors. If the police or fire department receive a complaint about smoke or odors from your fire, they may determine it is a nuisance because the "emission of smoke and gases onto a neighboring property contributes to a hazardous condition to health or safety" and will order the fire extinguished. If you refuse to extinguish the fire or reignite the fire after the public safety officers have left it will be extinguished for you and you may be fined up to $750.


You Are Responsible: You must maintain the fire in such a manner as to minimize the generation of smoke. Smoke that is a result of a smoldering or dying fire is prohibited and will be considered to be a public nuisance punishable by a fine.


When Can You Have a Recreational Fire? Recreational fires are prohibited between the hours of 11:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M.


How Long Can A Recreational Fire Burn? You may maintain a recreational fire for no more than 4 hours in any 24 hour period of time.


Are There Weather Restrictions?  YES, there are restrictions. Open burning is prohibited when winds exceed 10 miles per hour, on cloudy days, during announced inversion conditions or ozone alerts, or other local circumstances that make such fires hazardous.


Can my portable fireplace, fire pit, or masonry fireplace be inspected? Yes, it may be inspected by the City Fire Department, Police Department, and/or Building Office at such times as deemed necessary by the City.


Fire Pit Safety Tips

  • Keep away from flammable material and fluids such as gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, and charcoal lighter fluid or vehicles while in use.
  • Do not use flammable fluids such as gasoline, alcohol, diesel fuel, kerosene, and charcoal lighter fluid to light or relight fires.
  • Exercise the same precautions you would with an open fire.
  • Do not allow children to use the fire pit. Keep children and pets away.
  • Do not wear flammable or loose fitting clothing such as nylon.
  • Before starting the fire, make sure that the lid will still close to extinguish the fire in case of emergency. Do not overload.
  • Before you light the fire, check the wind direction.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or garden hose nearby.


Every year Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries due to outdoor cooking and recreational fires. Annually, there are almost 3,800 Americans injured by gas or charcoal grill fires. (Source: CPSC) 


Summertime should be a time of fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following safety instructions will help everyone have a safe summer.


Residential Grill Fire Facts

  • An estimated 5,700 grill fires occur on residential properties each year in the United States.
  • Almost half (49 percent) of grill fires on residential properties occur from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Over half (57 percent) of grill fires on residential properties occur in the 4 months of May, June, July, and August.
  • Thirty-two percent of grill fires on residential properties start on patios, terraces, screened-in porches, or courtyards.

Place your grill a safe distance from play areas and keep children away from the grill area by declaring a three-foot "safe zone."


Grill Safety

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces such as tents, they pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to toxic gases and potential asphyxiation.
  • Position the grill well away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic.
  • Keep children and pets from the grill area: declare a three-foot "safe zone" around the grill.
  • Put out several long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames when cooking.
  • Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.

Charcoal Grills

  • Purchase the proper starter fluid and store out of reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals or kindling have already been ignited, and never use any flammable or combustible liquid other than charcoal starter fluid to get the fire going.

Propane Grills

  • Check the propane cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will reveal escaping propane quickly by releasing bubbles.
  • If you determined your grill has a gas leak by smell or the soapy bubble test and there is no flame:
    1. Turn off the propane tank and grill.
    2. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
    3. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not attempt to move the grill.
  • All propane cylinders manufactured after April 2002 must have overfill protection devices (OPD). OPDs shut off the flow of propane before capacity is reached, limiting the potential for release of propane gas if the cylinder heats up. OPDs are easily identified by their triangular-shaped hand wheel.
  • Use only equipment bearing the mark of an independent testing laboratory. Follow the manufacturers' instructions on how to set up the grill and maintain it.
  • Never store propane cylinders in buildings or garages. If you store a gas grill inside during the winter, disconnect the cylinder and leave it outside.


First Aid for Burns


For minor burns, take the following action:

  • Cool the burn. Hold the burned area under cool (not cold) running water for 10 or 15 minutes or until the pain subsides. If this is impractical, immerse the burn in cool water or cool it with cold compresses. Cooling the burn reduces swelling by conducting heat away from the skin. Don't put ice on the burn.
  • Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage. Don't use fluffy cotton, or other material that may get lint in the wound. Wrap the gauze loosely to avoid putting pressure on burned skin. Bandaging keeps air off the burn reduces pain and protects blistered skin.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. These include aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen. Use caution when giving aspirin to children or teenagers. Though aspirin is approved for use in children older than 2, children and teenagers recovering from chickenpox or flu-like symptoms should never take aspirin.

Talk to a doctor if you have concerns.




News from PACE


Pace Offers Park-n-Ride Locations to Commuters


For those who may not live or work near a bus route, driving to one of Pace's Park-n-Rides may make transit service more accessible. Commuters can park their car for little or no cost and get picked up by a Pace bus. Pace Park-n-Ride locations and pricing (where applicable) can be found at offers an interactive Park-n-Ride mapping tool called WebRoute designed to allow commuters to identify Park-n-Ride locations and bus routes near their home or work. There are 12 Pace-owned Park-n-Rides and over 20 other Park-n-Rides that serve Pace bus routes throughout Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will counties. Parking spaces are marked with Pace signage to let riders know where to safely park.


For more information, contact Mary J. Robb at (847) 271-1017 or



News from the Public Works Dept.

Logan Avenue Tower Painting


The Logan Avenue Water Tower, located next to Burgess Field near Geneva High School, has been newly painted.  The Tower now boasts "Home of the Vikings" and the city's emblem. The Kirk Road tower on the east side of Geneva will be repainted this fall.  


City Requires Irrigation System Testing


All active irrigation devices must be tested and monitored for State and local compliance.  Systems must be tested within 30 days of activation and results should be sent to the city's Public Works facility at 1800 South Street. The city has adopted Ordinance No. 1997-05 requiring all industrial, commercial and residential water customers with irrigation systems to have their backflow devices tested upon installation and then tested annually thereafter.  This test must be performed by a State of Illinois certified cross-connection control device inspector.  Complete details on this required testing can be found at:


Various Street Improvements Taking Place This Summer


Kaneville Road resurface  

The city's annual street improvement projects are underway.  


Complete details on construction locations can be found at:  


Motorists are urged to use caution when driving in and around these areas while construction is taking place.





 News from Economic Development 


French Market is Open!

The Geneva French Market is located at South Street and 4th Street in the Commuter Parking Lot and operates every Sunday through November 10  from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Customers can find an array of products from fresh produce to fine French linens and custom made jewelry.  Each year more vendors are drawn to the market because of its popularity on Sunday mornings.  If you have never seen the French Market, please stop by and see what you are missing.   For more details, visit



Geneva Green Market Open at Ace Hardware

The Geneva Green Market has a new location in front of the Ace Hardware store at 617 W. State Street on Thursday mornings from 9 am to 1 pm.  The Geneva Green Market opened on June 27 and continues until October 31.  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.  For more information on the Geneva Green Market, please visit



Geneva Fun - Events Calendar

Mark your calendars for Geneva Arts Fair and other upcoming events and festivals:


Shakespeare Back In the Park - July 20


After a year hiatus from Island Park, as the Park District made several improvements to the island, Shakespeare returns on July 20.  This year's feature performance is "The Comedy of Errors" where two sets of twins, mistaken identities and comical situations are the focus of this summer's Shakespeare in the Park.  Admission to Shakespeare in the Park is free; a $5 donation is suggested.  


Free parking is available at the Kane County Government Center on First Street.  Seating begins at 5 p.m. and is "Ravinia-style"; those attending should bring blankets and chairs as well as picnics. It's just a short walk across the covered bridge across the Fox River to Island Park.  The performance will run continuously without an intermission for 90 minutes.  Please note: NO ALCOHOL is permitted in the park.


The Shakespeare in the Park performance is brought to you by the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission along with the following sponsors: Graham's Chocolates and Ice Cream, Fox Valley eValues, Stockholm's and Circa.  For more information, call (630) 938-4530 or visit        



River Park Concerts Provide Sunday Night Entertainment in July



Looking for a relaxing evening in July?  Why not stop by RiverPark and hear some amazing free concerts!  On Sundays in July starting July 14, you will hear jazz from Geneva High's highly-acclaimed "Swings and Arrows".  Then on July 21, you will hear the Prairie Brass Band perform with 30 pieces.  Finally on July 28, live radio theater will take place with the "Need to be Seen " Troupe.  Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a fun evening.  The concerts will begin at 7 pm.  RiverPark is located along N. River Lane, just north of The Dam Bar and Grill.   Please note:  NO ALCOHOL is permitted in the park. 



Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival

Enjoy Geneva's own Island Park on Labor Day for the 2013 Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival.  It's the Fox Valley Folk Festival, and it's just too big to move!  Come join some of the best folk singers in the country for this Labor Day Tradition in downtown Geneva.  As schedules are confirmed the organizers will post Festival information at  And, watch for special music on Saturday, August 31, as Folk Festival performers bring the music in to the downtown with several special performances, sponsored by Geneva Bank and Trust.



Outdoor Music Grants Bring Entertainment to the Downtown this Summer


The City of Geneva is once again making grants available to businesses who would like to bring entertainment to the downtown.  This will be the third year for the Outdoor Music Grants (OMG).  The OMG program funds 50% of the entertainment cost up to $500.  The entertainment must be free and available to the public.  Last year the city funded 43 grants and committed over $3,000 to help bring entertainment into the downtown.  The six businesses that participated last year are: Graham's 318, Peaceful Parlour, Country Naturals, Cor-Wellness, Michaelangleos 3rd Street Deli and Galena Cellars.  This year the city will also be seeking to work with local businesses to bring music of the Folk Festival to town before the Folk Festival on Labor Day weekend. 



Sundays Are Special in Geneva - Over 100 Shops Open

Downtown Geneva is OPEN on Sundays! Did you know over 100 shops and restaurants are regularly open on Sundays in Geneva's historic downtown shopping district?  Shops and restaurants in downtown Geneva will be hosting special events and activities.  A complete list of Geneva Businesses are found at   



Looking for something to do?  Dine Al Fresco!


How about a delicious dinner at one of Geneva's new restaurants, or an evening of theatre at the Stage 38 (524 W. State Street)? Check out our calendar of upcoming events for a variety of events at Geneva's shops and restaurants.


Enjoy your hometown with a meal out.   Here's a list of Geneva restaurants offering outdoor dining:



Annual Update of Geneva's Employer Database

Geneva businesses received a letter from the city in June asking for verification of information.  The city's Employer Database is used to market Geneva and to help consumers find Geneva businesses.  The database is also used in the downtown map tables and kiosks as well as on the city website.



On-Line Geneva Business Directory

Geneva at your fingertips!  A listing of all Geneva businesses is now on-line to help you identify local goods and services



Cultural Arts Commission Spring Wrap-Up

Thank you to all who helped make the 6th Geneva Film Festival a success! The 6th Annual Geneva Film Festival, held on March 28-30, 2013, was once again a success largely due to Linda Cunningham who graciously loaned her State Street Dance Studio for the entire weekend and the support of volunteers and sponsors.   The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission and the many film festival volunteers were thanked for their support and dedication to the festival throughout the year.


The 6th Annual Geneva Film Festival received over 100 submissions from 20 different countries. A total of 34 films were selected for the festival.  In addition to the film festival itself, a workshop is held for those who may be considering the making of a film or want to know more about certain aspects of the industry.  


The Geneva Film Festival recognized the following sponsors for their support of the 2013 Film Festival.

The Stars Sponsors include: State Street Dance Studio, The Herrington Inn & Spa, and Fox Valley Sudden Values.   The Producer Sponsors include: Wildwood Restaurant, Old Town Pub & Eatery, AAA Motor Club, and Sound Sculptor.  The Director Sponsor include: Papa Saverio's, Graham's Fine Chocolate and Ice Cream, The Sugar Path, 7 Eleven, Geneva Ale House, Essanay Studio and Lighting Company Inc., Riley Drug, Kernel's Gourmet Popcorn & More, Three B, Subway, Front Street Cantina, Geneva Dental, and Galena Cellars. Lastly, there were a number of in-kind sponsors who also supported the festival.



Geneva Foundation for the Arts

With help from the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission, a 501c3 not-for profit corporation named the Geneva Foundation for the Arts was created to support arts in the community through fund-raising and education.  Information on GFA may be found at



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 walk-able 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 and the city 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 Economic Development Department and then routed to each city department for approval.  If you intend on hosting an event, please contact Ellen Divita, Director of Economic Development at (630) 232-7449, or  


The form can be found at: 



City Hall Gardens are in Bloom!


Have you seen the new garden at City Hall?  It has been planted with generous assistance from Midwest Ground Covers and Northwind Perennial Farms, with the assistance of Jay Womack and the Natural Resources Committee of SPAC.  These gardens are considered a "sister garden" to the Lurie Gardens in downtown Chicago.  The gardens are perennials, and by design, has cut maintenance time and costs.  The plants "touch" by June 1st, minimizing weeds.  One inch of a water per month is needed.  Mulch will not be used, plant crowns are at ground level to avoid fungal problems.  The garden will be left up over the winter to provide for wildlife and winter viewing, then mowed in the spring.  Watch for phase 2 plantings later this year.  Enjoy!



Bring Your Business Home to Geneva!

Do you own a business located outside of Geneva?  Considering opening your own business in Geneva?  Contact the Economic Development Department at (630) 232-7449.  Our Geneva Business Resource Guide will help you identify City, County, and State resources to help you in your business planning.  The Geneva Community Profile contains statistics and cost information to help you with your business plan, plus we can help you identify available properties.   These documents and more information is found online.  Thank you for considering Geneva!


Welcome to these new Geneva businesses:

Grayson & Graham, LLC

5 N 3rd #205 & #206

Foote Chavez Law Firm

10 W State #200

OM Sweet OM

321 W James Ste.105

C. Rinella Designs (women's fashion)

227 S 3rd #205

Changing Childrens World

411  Stevens

Reszel Industries, Inc.

319 W State #D

TreSkin RX

202  Campbell #202A

Ruby River Medicine

101  Hamilton #A3

Law Offices- Clingen Callow & McLean, LLC

501 W State 203

Partners In Your Health

524 W State Unit 1

Agrilogic Insurance Service

716 W State #E

Burning Leaf

577 S 3rd #101

Geneva Wine Cellars and Tasting Room, LLC

227 S Third

The Early Light Caf

11 E State

Flourishing Finish Interior & Event Design

830 E State

Hair Designs by Amie

612 W State

Smart Store

320  Crescent #320

The Wax Bar

312 S 3rd

Box Car

500 S 3rd #141

Two Boston's (pet store)

309 W State

Net Works Consulting Resources

942 E State

Dunnet Bay Construction

204  Dearborn #120-121

Only Signs

204  Dearborn #119

Hearts of Hope

1151  Commerce

Gourmet Pizza Corp

1479 E State #1479

Unitec Recycling Corp

942 E State

Network Consulting

204 W State #A


1438  Commons #9080


1879 S Randall

ATI Therapy #3

2535  Soderquist

Menchies Frozen Yogurt

1096  Commons #1

Congratulations on your new location:

Law Offices of Petti, Murphy & Assoc.

115  Campbell 105

Geneva Green Market

617 W State

Crystalline Velvet

228 S. Third

Edward Jones

1250  Executive #101

Savant Capital Management

1797 W State #C

Coming Soon:

Penrose Brewing

509  Stevens #A-#C

Sidwell Corporation

427 N Kirk

Batteries Plus

1492 S Randall #C

Wireless That's It

1060  Commons #6



gazebo About Geneva - The City of Geneva, population 21,495, is located 40 miles west of Chicago along the Fox River. 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.