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GenevaMail - The City's Weekly Bulletin 
March 28, 2014 
 
  

 
 Public Meetings
Week of March 31, 2014   

 

Special Committee of the Whole

7 p.m. Monday, March 31

City Hall Council Chambers

109 James St.

 

Business Improvement & Retention Committee

8 a.m. Tuesday, April 1

City Hall Council Chambers

109 James St.

 

Natural Resources Committee

7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2

Peck Farm Park

4038 Kaneville Road

 

Cultural Arts Commission

7 p.m. Thursday, April 3

City Hall Second Floor Conference Room

109 James St.

  

Special Committee of the Whole

7 p.m. Thursday, April 3

City Hall Council Chambers

109 James St.

  

 

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GENEVA'S 'ART ON FIRE' HYDRANT DESIGN CONTEST RETURNS THIS SPRING

 

After a successful inaugural venture last fall, the "Art on Fire" hydrant design program returns for a second year to spread Geneva's creative spirit even further throughout the community.null

 

The City of Geneva, in collaboration with the Cultural Arts Commission, is seeking artists to "adopt" and paint fire hydrants. Last year, 41 hydrants were painted as part of "Art on Fire," and the program was well received by residents and visitors who took notice of the artwork in the downtown and surrounding areas.

 

With more than 1,800 fire hydrants throughout Geneva, plenty of "blank canvas" remains for artists to submit new entries this spring.

 

The program is free and open to the public, but participants need to submit an application to the City by Friday, May 2. The application can be found on the City's website or picked up at Geneva City Hall, 22 S. First St. 

 

City staff reviews and approves all application designs to make sure they do not compromise the visibility of the hydrants for firefighters in an emergency. Artists will be allowed to paint their hydrants through the end of May.

 

The City's Public Arts Advisory Committee and Cultural Arts Commission will again judge the hydrants and award prizes to the top three design winners.

 

You can take a virtual tour of all the 2013 decorated hydrants on an interactive map.

 

CREWS TO FLUSH FIRE HYDRANTS STARTING APRIL 7

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The City of Geneva will be flushing fire hydrants throughout the community for a six-week period starting Monday, April 7 as part of an ongoing maintenance program.

 

Hydrants will be flushed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. The water is safe to drink, but residents are encouraged to let their faucets run for a few minutes if they notice any discoloration.

 

Residents are urged to limit their water use if possible and refrain from laundering their clothes during this time period to avoid staining from rusty water. In the event rusty water discolors clothing, residents should keep the garments wet and call the Geneva Public Works Department at 630-232-1501 to request a rust-removing solution packet.

 

Work is expected to be completed in mid-May. Check out the "Question of the Week" (below) to see how you can track our progress during the coming weeks. Once crews have finished hydrant flushing in a certain neighborhood, residents can wash their clothes without restrictions.

 

The City flushes its hydrants to improve the overall quality of the water by cleaning the water mains of rust and corrosion and to ensure that all fire hydrants are working properly.

 

For more information, contact Bob VanGyseghem, City Superintendent of Water and Wastewater, at 630-232-1551 or via email.  


 

CITY'S BRUSH COLLECTION STARTS IN APRIL; PICKUP SCHEDULE MODIFIED


The City of Geneva's brush program returns this April, but residents should take note of the transition from bi-weekly pickups to monthly collections starting in May.

 

The City Council approved a new contract March 17 with Kramer Tree Specialists to reduce the number of collections to avoid any large program rate increases for residents through 2018.

 

Residents pay for brush pickup on their monthly utility bill as part of the $4.05 environmental fee, which also funds additional services such as street sweeping, electronics recycling and hazardous household waste collection.

 

The brush program is intended for the disposal of tree limbs and branches that are removed by the property owner for normal maintenance and upkeep, not for lot clearing. Kramer crews will not collect material produced by a private contractor.  

 

The 2014 collection schedule are the weeks of:

 

West of the Fox River East of the Fox River 
April 7 and 21 April 14 and 28 
May 5 May 12 
June 2June 9
July 7 July 14
August 4August 11
September 1September 8
October 6October 13
November 3November 10

 

Since collection days can vary, residents should place brush and limbs on the parkway by 7 a.m. on their scheduled week. Crews will not return to a neighborhood until the next scheduled pickup.

 

Tree branches must be stacked with the cut ends facing in one direction toward the curb or edge of the pavement - not in the street. Branches and stumps cannot exceed 12 inches in diameter, and tree limbs should be less than 12 feet in length. 

 

For more information, visit the City's website or call the Public Works Department at 630-232-1501. 


 

With fire hydrant flushing set to begin April 7 in Geneva, how will I know when crews will be working in my neighborhood?

 

ANSWER: The City of Geneva will post visible signs around neighborhoods indicating when hydrant flushing will occur.  Additionally, the City will maintain a map on the City's website with weekly updates showing the progress of hydrant flushing. 


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CHECK OUT THE LATEST CITY OF GENEVA EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

We have two job openings posted on our website for a utility meter reader and seasonal laborers. Learn more about the qualifications and find our job application posted online.


GENEVA HOSTING TWO FREE LIQUOR LICENSING AND REGULATION SESSIONS
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Geneva business operators are invited to attend a free liquor licensing and regulation session to learn more about the City's liquor code and how non-licensed businesses can partner with existing license holders to serve alcohol at events in their establishment.

 

The City of Geneva will be hosting two sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at City Hall Council Chambers, 109 James St. The sessions are free, but registration is required.

 

City staff will also review the current State of Illinois and Geneva laws related to serving and selling alcohol at special events and local festivals. Following the presentation, a Q&A session will be held.

 

Current City liquor licensees and all other business owners are encouraged to attend one of these informative sessions.

 

Please RSVP with Executive Assistant Jeanne Fornari by phone at 630-938-4544, email or via our online registration form

  

USEFUL TIPS TO MAKING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD UNDESIRABLE TO COYOTES 

  

First and foremost, do not feed coyotes! These wild animals are more prevalent this time of year because young coyotes are venturing out on their own to search for food.

 

We have a variety of tips on our website on what you can do if you spot a coyote in the area.

 

BRING THE FAMILY TO GENEVA'S EARTH DAY CELEBRATION 

 

The event is sponsored by the City's Natural Resources Committee. For more information, visit the Geneva NRC on Facebook.

   

 

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE - EVENTS CALENDAR

  • Geneva Garage Sale April 25-26
  • Gardenology, May 17
  • Swedish Day, June 15
  • Swedish Days, June 17-22
  • RiverPark Concert Series Sunday evenings in July
  • Geneva Classic Car Shows Thursday evenings July and August
  • Shakespeare in the Park, July 19
  • Geneva Arts Fair, July 26-27
  • Geneva Concours d'Elegance, Aug. 24
  • Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival, Aug. 31-Sept. 1
  • Festival of the Vine, Sept. 5-7
  • Christmas Walk & House Tour, Dec. 5-6
  • Steeple Walk, Dec. 7

  

  

For more information about these events, visit the City's website or email Jamie Heflin in the City's Economic Development Department.


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