Spring 2016 

In This Issue
Geneva Named Top & Safe City
Changing Of The Guard
Tri-Com Launches Text To 911
Fire Hydrant Flushing Underway
Parking Deck Wins 'Project Of The Year'
Seventh & State Proposal Update
Mark Your Calendars For Fun
Geneva Film Festival A Success
Benches, Bike Racks Available For Dedication
Kane County's Monthly Electronics Recycling Resumes
More Commuter Parking Added
Historic Preservation Ordinance Adopted
Water & Sewer Bill Increases
City Administrator's Office News
Fire Department News
Administrative Services Department News
Community Development Department News
Police Department News: 'Active Shooter' Training
Police Department News: IRS Phone Scam
Public Works Department News: Brush Collection
Public Works Department News: Snowfighting Award
Economic Development Department News
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Thank You for Your Donation!
The City would like to thank the following donors to the Geneva Beautification Committee:
AT Cord - Jay Moffatt
Blue Haven Capital, Don Cummings
Stephen and Patricia Burnham
Colin and Glorianne Campbell
First State Bank
Geneva Women's Club
Clyde and Sharon Jones
Tim and Sandra Klimowski
Neri Landscape & Maintenance
Riley Drug Inc., Tim Riley
Rotary Club of Geneva
Ronald and Marilyn Singer in memory of John Singer
Mike Simon and Nancy Sohn
Patricia Stewart
Stockholm's Vardshus Inc., Mike Olesen

For more information on the Beautification Committee, visit the City's website. 
Mayor's Message
Dear Neighbors,

A cup of coffee, a casual conversation often leads to a better understanding of what is really on each other's mind.

In that spirit, I invite you to join me from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in the Geneva City Hall Council Chambers, 109 James St. This is a great opportunity to chit-chat about all things Geneva as well as the challenges and opportunities facing all of us in the coming months.

I have enjoyed hosting these "Meet Your Mayor" events throughout the years and always benefit from the insight and advice provided to me.

There will be no agenda, per se, just the chance to visit and discuss whatever topic you prefer. Feel free to ask me questions about what is going on in Geneva, what is being contemplated and what we can do together to help shape the future of our City.  

I will provide coffee, water, snacks and (for those who have attended a meeting at City Hall can attest to) an old wooden chair for your comfort.   
I look forward to seeing you April 16.

To paraphrase the words of Tom Bodett, "I'll leave the light on for you."

My best,  

Kevin Burns

Geneva Receives 'Best Of The West' Accolades, Named Second Safest City In Illinois

"West Suburban Living" Magazine once again ranked Geneva as a top community for dining, shopping and festivals as part of the 2016 "Best of the West" reader survey.

The magazine ranked voter choices for the best the western suburbs have to offer in more than 80 categories. Geneva was named the top city people would most like to live (other than their current hometown). No other community has earned that distinction as many times as Geneva during the 20 years of the magazine's competition.

Festival of the Vine and Swedish Days finished first and second respectively for "Best Fair or Festival" while the Geneva Arts Fair was the reader's choice for "Best Craft or Art Fair." Numerous restaurants and stores (along with Geneva Commons) were recognized as some of the best in the western suburbs.

Besides being a great place to live, Geneva also has been named one of the safest communities in Illinois.

BackgroundChecks.org. released its 2016 study this week listing Geneva second on its list of 50 safest cities in the state. The website ranked municipalities based on FBI violent crime stats and propriety company research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 370 for violent crime 2,076 for property crime. This rate is calculated by first taking the number of crimes divided by the population and then multiplied by 100,000.

The website stated living in Geneva is "a safe choice" with a violent crime rate of 9.2 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 1.2 percent. Since 2008, major crime in Geneva is down 41 percent and theft has decreased 36 percent, according to the City's 2015 crime statistics.

"This is a true achievement, which is a result of city government, police, and residents working together to ensure that Geneva is safe," said Jason Quimby, Outreach Director for BackgroundChecks.org.

Changing Of The Guard: Geneva Leadership Team To See Smooth Transition
Three Geneva administrators who have provided key leadership to the City have announced their retirements effective this spring and summer.

City Administrator Mary McKittrick, Police Chief Steve Mexin and Fire Chief Steve Olson (all pictured left) have served Geneva for a combined total of 77 years. We thank them for dedicating their time and talents to making our community great.

Thanks to prudent succession planning, the City will be left in more than capable hands. Assistant City Administrator/Director of Administrative Services Stephanie Dawkins, Police Commander Eric Passarelli and longtime firefighter veteran Michael Antenore have been appointed to fill the vacancies.

You can read more about the contributions of our current administrators and the qualifications of our incoming leadership team at the links below:

City Administrator 
Police Chief 
Fire Chief 

Tri-Com Central Dispatch Launches Text To 911 Service
Very seldom is an announcement made that introduces new technology to a community that is followed with a plea not to use it unless absolutely necessary. But that is exactly what is occurring with the notice that text to 911 service is now available in Geneva.

Tri-Com Central Dispatch, which handles Geneva's emergency calls, said texting to 911 should only be used when making a voice call is not possible due to a speech/hearing impairment or if the caller's physical safety would be in jeopardy by making a traditional 911 call.

If someone finds themselves in a situation where they need emergency assistance from the Geneva Police or Fire departments by texting, remember these important tips:

  • Enter the numbers "911" in the "To" field;
  • The first message should be brief and include the location of the emergency and type of help needed;
  • Push the "Send" button;
  • Be prepared to answer follow-up questions and follow instructions from the 911 operator;
  • Text in simple words and do not use abbreviations;
  • Do not include attachments such as photos, videos or audio clips; and
  • Keep the text messages brief and concise.

A text or data plan is required for this service, and texts to 911 have the same 160 character limit as other messages. The text message should only be sent to 911 in an emergency and should not include other recipients.

This new texting service can be a lifesaver for someone who is hearing/speech impaired or has a medical emergency that renders them unable to speak. Another potential use would be for a victim of a home invasion or abduction where the victim's safety would be put in peril if they tried to call 911.

Officials stress that talking with 911 by phone is the most efficient way to provide instantaneous communication during a life-threatening emergency. The limitations of texting to 911 make using it a last resort. As with all text messages, text to 911 communications can take longer to transmit, can be received out of order, or worse yet, may never reach their destination.

The best rule to remember is: Call 911 if you can, text if you can't.

City Will Be Flushing Fire Hydrants In April
The City of Geneva will be flushing fire hydrants throughout the community for a four-week period starting this week 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.

Signs will be placed in neighborhoods to remind residents that the program is underway in their area. Work is expected to be completed by the end of April. Residents can track the City's progress with an online map that will be updated weekdays on our website. 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 Van Gyseghem, City Superintendent of Water and Wastewater, at 630-232-1551 or via email.

Geneva's Parking Deck Expansion Named 'Project Of The Year' By American Public Works Association
Geneva's third tier parking deck expansion has earned its second "Project of the Year" award from the American Public Works Association (APWA), this time from the Chicago Metro Chapter.  

The City won in the Structures Category for projects less than $5 million. The APWA chapter award was based off safety performance, environmental impact, community relations, accomplishments under adverse conditions and quality control/construction innovations brought to the project. The honor was presented to Geneva during the APWA Chicago Metro Chapter awards luncheon March 18 in Addison. The Chapter is comprised of 1,500 members in five branches throughout the region.

"Being recognized by your peers in the Public Works industry is always a very rewarding experience," Public Works Director Rich Babica said. "Geneva's parking deck expansion improved commuter accessibility to public transportation and minimized the environmental impact in the downtown, which were two key points of judging criteria at the regional level."

After winning the APWA "Project of the Year" award at the Fox Valley branch level and Chicago Metro Chapter, Geneva's parking deck project now moves on to the APWA national competition in Minneapolis this summer.

The City oversaw construction of the $4.5 million parking deck tier that began in August 2014 and was funded entirely by grants through Metra. Before the structure was shut down for six months, the City conducted extensive communications outreach to inform commuters of the project and temporary parking plan.

Anticipating the inconvenience of the deck closure, the City secured two temporary parking locations through an intergovernmental agreement with the Geneva Park District and a lease deal with the First Baptist Church of Geneva. The City then worked with Pace Bus to provide a shuttle service running between those parking lots and the Geneva Metra Station during rush hours.

The deck's first two levels reopened in February 2015. Even with the bulk of construction taking place during the winter, the third tier was completed ahead of schedule last May without any major safety incidents thanks to collaboration from the City, Metra, Union Pacific Railroad and the construction contractor.

The Third Street Commuter Parking Deck's capacity officially increased by 176 spaces, bringing the overall total to 498. Additional improvements also were made to the existing garage levels to enhance lighting, signage and drainage.

Plan Commission Set To Deliberate Seventh & State Redevelopment Proposal In April
After gathering community feedback during the course of three meetings, the Geneva Plan Commission will begin to discuss the proposed development of the former Cetron factory site at Seventh and State streets.

The public hearing portion of the development process closed March 10 (previous meetings were held Dec. 17 and Jan. 28). The next meeting, which is open to the community, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at Williamsburg Elementary School, 1812 Williamsburg Ave. The focus of the April meeting will be dedicated to the Plan Commission deliberation and making a recommendation to the City Council.

The revised development proposal calls for a 202-unit apartment building, a 337-space parking structure, 106 surface parking spaces a 5,940-square-foot retail building and the extension of Seventh Street from West State to Peyton Street. Project plans, reports and other information is posted on the City's website.

After the Plan Commission makes its recommendation on the project - to approve or to deny - the proposal will then move to Committee of the Whole for consideration by the City Council.

The entire project area includes property bounded by Peyton Street to the north, State Street to the south, Richards Street to the west and Seventh Street (extended north to Peyton) to the east. The area includes a land parcel located at the southeast corner of Seventh (extended) and Peyton streets.  

People who have questions on the proposal can call the City's Community Development Department at 630-232-0818.

Mark Your Calendars For Fun This Spring In Geneva

Celebrate Spring With Gardenology
Gardenology will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14 in downtown Geneva. Gardenology advisors and vendors will bring their best ideas and products to jump-start your gardening season. This is a great event for the entire family with expert speakers, children's activities and much more.

The French Market opens April 17
The Geneva French Market brings farm fresh produce, fresh flowers, baked goods, artisan jewelry and crafts to downtown Geneva on Sundays through mid-November. The first market of the season will kick-off rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17 in the parking lot of the Metra Train Station at Fourth and South streets.

Geneva Film Festival Draws Independent Film Fans From Across The Area

The ninth annual Geneva Film Festival featured an eclectic mix of films from a variety of countries and genres, including short and feature-length films. Thirty-seven films that cannot be found in theaters or online were viewed at four downtown Geneva locations March 10-12. In addition to viewing the films, attendees had the opportunity to interact with filmmakers and producers at screenings and during a behind-the-scenes breakfast. The Geneva Film Festival is part of the City of Geneva Cultural Arts Commission and relies on dedicated volunteers to host this first-class event. For more information visit www.genevafilmfestival.org.

Benches, Bike Racks Available For Dedication In Downtown Geneva
The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission funded this bike rack installation in 2014, but there are many other bike racks and benches throughout the downtown awaiting dedication.

Residents looking for a way to honor a family member or friend can dedicate an existing bench or bike rack in downtown Geneva.
Giving Opportunities
The City's monthly utility bill offers another way for residents to support our various volunteer programs. Check the bill's message window to see which group would benefit from your donation.

In the past, residents could purchase a new bench or bike rack as part of the City's Giving Program, which was created to improve public areas with functional amenities while supporting valuable activities of our volunteer groups.

However, a more cost-efficient model is now being offered for people to choose their own plaque, which the City will install on its existing downtown inventory. As of March, only three of the 91 benches and eight of the 15 bike racks have been officially dedicated. A bench and bike rack map can be found on the City's website.

For more information, contact Public Works Streets Superintendent Nate Landers at 630-232-1501 or via email.

Kane County's Monthly Electronics Recycling Events Start In April
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It is true that the two remaining Kane County weekday drop-offs in St. Charles and West Dundee are closing indefinitely as of April 8, but there is no need to panic.

The Kane County Electronics Recycling collection events will be held at 540 S. Randall Road in St. Charles on the second Saturday of each month April through November. Electronics and books will be accepted at all events. Check online for a list of the additional items that will be collected at certain events throughout the year. Please note that these events are for Kane County residents only.

The first Kane County Recycles Event of the year will be held on Saturday, April 9 between 8 a.m. and noon. At this event, you can recycle electronics, including TVs (free); books (free); and liquid latex paint (for a fee). You may also bring up to four large boxes of residential confidential documents for onsite shredding (free). See the link above for a complete list of accepted items. The program will accept up to three TVs per car of any type, size, or age. Large loads of TVs will not be collected.

Avoid Long Lines
: The following event will be on May 14, and they will be recycling electronics and books only. Please wait for this event if you have only electronics or books to recycle. April 9 is expected to have increased traffic and much longer lines. Help out by waiting until May if you can. 

Businesses with electronics to recycle
: This program is for Kane County residents only. Businesses, institutions, schools, and non-profits may not use this event, and should contract for recycling services from a certified electronics recycler.

New Fourth Street Commuter Parking Lot Open
Ninety-one new commuter permit parking spaces are now available for use in downtown Geneva.

After partially opening in December, the entire parking lot at Fourth Street and Crescent Place is now available for commuters after additional light poles were installed in March. Landscaping work is anticipated to be completed this spring.

The parking lot is designated for commuter permit parking during the day but will be open for free public parking during the evenings and weekends.

The project was a high priority in the City's Capital Improvement program. The parking lot and expansion of the Third Street Commuter Parking Deck were needed to accommodate parking that will be lost as part of Union Pacific's future plans to add a third rail line, which will remove about 145 existing surface parking spaces.

Revised Historic Preservation Ordinance Adopted
Recently, the Geneva City Council adopted a revised Historic Preservation Ordinance governing properties designated either as historic landmarks or as part of a historic district.

In summary, the newly-adopted Geneva Historic Preservation Ordinance incorporates several important components, including:

  • Retention of a 30-year threshold for historic designation;
  • Identification of economic interest in a property;
  • Notification requirements for all interested parties;
  • Procedural clarifications for designation of properties over the objection of property owners;
  • Establishment of a nomination application deposit; and
  • The modification of definitions and terms as well as minor text and formatting revisions.

The City Council initiated the ordinance revision process as part of its 2012 Geneva Strategic Plan, developed through a series of community-wide meetings. The 2012 plan directed City staff to review and update our preservation ordinance. The ordinance update was prioritized as a goal of the Community Development Department's Planning Division in the City's 2014-15 Strategic Plan.

From the onset of the revision process, it was evident that essential components of an effective ordinance were missing from Geneva's preservation ordinance, last amended in 1995. Additionally, many long-standing City procedures and policies were not incorporated into the 20-year-old legislation.

Following months of research and City staff review, an initial draft of the revised ordinance was forwarded to the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) in February 2015.  After four months of review, including substantial public input, the HPC forwarded a recommendation for City Council approval of the revised ordinance.

During 12 public meetings between May 2015 and January 2016, the draft preservation ordinance was reviewed by the City Council along with listening to community feedback. The Council approved the ordinance, which includes a nomination fee component, in February.

Scheduled Water Rates Increases To Take Effect In May
Geneva's residential, business and industrial water and sewer customers should take note that scheduled rate increases will take place starting on the May utility bills.

To be in compliance with new state regulations, Geneva had to increase its rates to help pay for an anticipated $12 million in improvements to its Wastewater Treatment Plant.

An average residential water user (700 cubic feet per month) will see an increase of $5 from $58 to $63 on their next combined water and sewer bill. The chart below outlines how the scheduled increases would impact the following customers going forward (FYI, current = 2015):

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is mandating all wastewater plants along the Fox River limit the amount of phosphorous being discharged into the water.

The additional revenue also will provide the City with a dedicated funding source for future water and sewer capital improvements such as water main replacement and sanitary sewer rehabilitation.

After assessing the needed improvements, the City is phasing in the rate increase across the board to all its customers during the next several years. The City Council approved the rate structure in November.  
Full rate information is available on the City's website. Questions can be directed to the City's Public Works Water Division at 630-232-1551. 

City Administrator's Office News: Mary McKittrick Bids Farewell After 17 Years
To The Geneva Community,
Read the news release about Mary McKittrick's retirement.

I would like to say a sincere thank you for allowing me to serve this beautiful City for the past 17 years. I first joined the organization as the Assistant City Administrator/Director of Administrative Services Department for nine years (I was responsible for internal support services including Information Systems, Human Resources and Finances) and then was your City Administrator for the last eight years overseeing all operations of the City. I am honored to have been given the privilege of serving you and contributing to the Geneva community. 

As I make plans to retire this coming June, I am excited about my plans to spend more time with family and friends, more time learning new things and more time just having fun. I have dedicated 31 years to the profession of local government public administration and believe it is the right time for me to focus on the next chapter in my life.

I am fortunate to have worked with Mayor Burns, who provides the leadership and vision that is needed to ensure the City's future is better than its past. His passion to professionalize the organization has positioned the City well and it is reflected in the City's sound financial position, the budget and audit awards that we have earned and the quality of our workforce that provides City services. I am also proud to have worked alongside some of the best staff that I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Our employees are passionate, dedicated and proud to be part of this organization. They truly care about serving the community.

So thank you again for all you have given me. If you happen to be near City Hall before June 10, please stop by to say farewell. I will miss you.

Mary McKittrick

City Administrator

Fire Department News: Risk Watch Registration Taking Place This Spring


Geneva children who will be entering first grade this fall can learn important safety-first lessons as part of the City's annual Risk Watch summer program this July.
Presented by the Geneva Fire and Police departments, Risk Watch is a weeklong educational session that provides children with fun activities designed to promote safe decision-making skills. Some of the topics covered in Risk Watch include bike and pedestrian safety, personal safety, fall prevention, water safety, electrical safety, and fire and burn prevention.
The cost of the class is $30. Registration forms will be sent home with current kindergarten students at all Geneva elementary schools. The forms, which also are available on the City's website, are due by Tuesday, May 31. Registration can be dropped off at Fire Station No. 1 or mailed to the Geneva Fire Department, 200 East Side Drive, Geneva, IL 60134.
Space is limited, and sessions fill up quickly. For more information about Risk Watch, please contact Lt. Rod Johnson

Administrative Services Department News: City Earns Top Honor For Accounting & Finance Reporting
The City of Geneva's 2014-15 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) received the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded Geneva with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the third consecutive year. The award "represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management," according to the association.

The City's report, which was released last fall and was reviewed by the association this year, contains financial statements and records from the past decade, property tax and debt data, and general statistical information about Geneva. The report can be found on the City's website.

Geneva's comprehensive financial report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the association's program, including demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users to read the report.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a non-profit organization serving about 17,500 government finance professionals. The CAFR recognition adds to Geneva's growing list of financial accomplishments.

The association also has honored the City with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award the past six fiscal years. 

Community Development Department News: Historic Preservation Month
Fifty years ago, America's relationship with its past changed fundamentally when President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the National Historic Preservation Act recognizing historic preservation as an important policy of the United States.

Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation identifies 15 million active local preservationists and 50 million more individuals sympathetic to the cause of saving places that matter. The National Register of Historic Places includes more than 1.7 million resources in more than 89,000 listings. Federal historic rehabilitation tax credits have helped create 2.3 million jobs, saved 38,700 historic structures, and attracted $106 billion in private investments.

For generations, Geneva has embraced historic preservation as a significant cultural and economic development component that benefits the local community. Geneva derives a great deal of its widespread appeal from the preservation of its historic character.  

This May, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Geneva Historic Preservation Commission will once again coordinate the biennial Geneva Preservation Awards. Additionally, the Commission will provide a captivating review of those buildings, places, and sites that were considered historic 50 years ago as well as those places of our recent past that - to Millennials - may be considered historic today.

As National Preservation Month approaches, check the City's website for additional information about local activities celebrating National Preservation Month.

Police Department News: Officers Provide 'Active Shooter' Presentation To City Employees

Geneva Police Sgt. Mike Frieders (center), along with Sgt. Eli Rivera and Officer Dan Yates, gave an "active shooter" presentation to City employees in Council Chambers in late February. The training was conducted in light of recent shooting tragedies that have occurred throughout the country the past several years. Thank you to the Police Department for the insightful emergency training and for keeping our City safe. 


Police Department News: Be Careful Of IRS Phone Scams
With tax filing season taking place, the Geneva Police Department wants to remind residents to be careful not to fall victim of an IRS phone scam.

The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. Here are several tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams:
  • Scammers make unsolicited calls. Thieves call taxpayers claiming to be IRS officials. They demand that the victim pay a bogus tax bill. They con the victim into sending cash, usually through a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They may also leave "urgent" callback requests through phone "robo-calls," or via phishing email.
  • Callers try to scare their victims. Many phone scams use threats to intimidate and bully a victim into paying. They may even threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the license of their victim if they don't get the money.
  • Scams use caller ID spoofing. Scammers often alter caller ID to make it look like the IRS or another agency is calling. The callers use IRS titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim's name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official.
  • Cons try new tricks all the time. Some schemes provide an actual IRS address where they tell the victim to mail a receipt for the payment they make. Others use emails that contain a fake IRS document with a phone number or an email address for a reply. These scams often use official IRS letterhead in emails or regular mail that they send to their victims. They try these ploys to make the ruse look official.

The IRS will not:

  • Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
  • Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
  • Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.

If you should be the victim of any scam in that money and/or identity was stolen, then please contact the Geneva Police Department at 630-232-4736.
Public Works Department News: Brush Collection Program Starts This Spring

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

Public Works Department News: City Wins Snowfighting Award For Third Straight Year
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Geneva was one of 90 communities in the United States and Canada to be named a 2015 Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award winner from the Salt Institute.

The City has received national recognition for the third consecutive year for excellence in environmental consciousness and effective management in the storage of winter road salt.

Geneva again earned high marks on the Salt Institute's checklist that graded safety and service, equipment, materials usage, snow plowing performance, tactical operations before and during a storm, storage and safety, and environmental measures.

The City put those procedures into practice in 2015 when 19 inches of snow fell Feb. 1-2, the fifth worst storm on record for the Chicago region. Overall for the season, the Public Works team plowed more than 40 inches of snow during 18 various winter weather events last year. Plow operators used 2,000 tons of salt to keep Geneva's 244 lane miles safe for motorists.

To learn more about the City's snow removal operations, watch our "At Your Service" video on the City's YouTube Channel.

Having enough road salt on hand before storms hit requires advance planning and facilities that provide safe and efficient storage, according to the Salt Institute. The winning communities must also display proper maintenance and good housekeeping practices.

The Salt Institute is a non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the many benefits of salt, particularly to ensure winter roadway safety, quality water and healthy nutrition.

Economic Development Department News: Check Out Geneva's New Businesses
The City of Geneva is pleased to welcome many new businesses with even more on planning to open their doors this spring. Check out our New Business Activity page for a complete list of new restaurants, shops, services and more.

About Geneva


Located 40 miles west of Chicago along the Fox River, Geneva is home to 21,495 residents and serves as the seat of Kane County government. Geneva's character is found in its historic architecture, adaptive re-use of historic buildings, mature landscapes and open space with more than 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, Geneva continues to be one of the premier cities in the Chicago area to live, work, play and raise a family. For the latest news, visit the City's website.