My Final Thoughts on Mill Creek—Until Next Time

Viva la Millcreekia!

The people in Mill Creek are revolting!

Now, before you hit the submit button—again—I’m not necessarily saying you west-of-Geneva-folk should avail yourselves of a bathtub more often, nor am I casting any specific aspersions or allegations upon your questionable character (yet).

No! What I’m saying is, considering the imminent school boundary revisions and Shodeen Management’s threat to drop 390 apartments in the northwest corner of your self-contained homogonous nirvana, much like it was back in the heady days of 1861, secession is in the air.

But when I say secession, despite whatever you cartography challenged Mill Creekers might think, we’re not talking about severing yourselves from the city of Geneva. As I keep trying to tell y’all, you were never a part of Geneva to begin with, if for no other reason than we just can't stand the thought.

C’mon! Isn’t Eagle Book punishment enough? Quite frankly, we’d rather have to regularly put up with east siders than to have to listen to you all shriek and whine about every perceived inequity that comes your way.

But back to our west suburban geography lesson.

Just because Shodeen applied the Geneva appellation to your rural route addresses in an effort to get you to pay far too much money for some utterly unremarkable housing, that doesn’t mean it’s true. You may grudgingly remit taxes to District 304 schools, the Geneva Park District, and our library, but as anyone west of Peck Road should clearly understand, that doesn’t make you Genevans.

For example, Mayor Kevin Burns only chuckles whenever you threaten to vote him out of office. There’s no point in calling Third Ward Alderman Ron Singer about the rogue chipmunk that’s terrifying your perpetually fretting family because he’ll just hang up on you. If you dare to petition Geneva public works about, well, anything, they’ll completely and rightfully ignore you.

Don’t feel too bad about that last one, they do the same thing to real Genevans, too.

So here’s how you not-so-quick-to-catch-on-to-some-concepts Mill Creekers can quickly determine if you live within the city limits. I know it’s a scary thought, but briefly step outside in the real world and take a furtive glance at the front of your house before you feel the irresistible urge to retreat back inside and re-lock your door. If your address has a letter in it, then you might be a redneck.

You see, I’m not just encouraging you to secede from Geneva because my fear is, through some statutory prestidigitation (for you Mill Creekers that means magic), that strained double negative will actually make you a legal part of our fair city.

No! I’m asking you to think bigger—much bigger. I’m asking you to follow the old South’s example by seceding from the entire United States. You really do have an awful lot in common.

What I’m sayin’ is, all this talk about men in gray uniforms marching down Herrington Drive ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie! You could call your new principality “Millcreekia,” appoint a king, raise a standing army, and perhaps even threaten the USA. This, of course, would force us to invade and subsequently thow billions of dollars in foreign aid at you in an effort to assuage our imperialist guilt.

Think about it! There’d be no more Barack Obama to blame for every last ill that besets you. You could keep those, as one resident put it at that Monday meeting, “low income” apartment dwellers from taking as much as one step across your borders.

Beyond that, you wouldn’t have to worry about border patrols because no one in their right mind would want to live out there anyway.

Your national bird would be the mosquito because it works symbolically on so many levels, your flag would consist of a wailing toddler rampant on a field of white, and your national anthem would be Little Jackie’s, The World Should Revolve Around Me.

I get verklempt just thinking about it. Viva la Millcreekia!

On second thought, it would never work. What this secession really means is, rather than having the rest of us subsidize your extravagant socialist lifestyle (see the new kindergarten teacher), you’d have to pay for absolutely everything yourselves and that would go over about as well as school board member Matt Henry’s suggestion to bus some elementary school children the very same mile to a slightly different school.

And this wonderful scenario had all the makings of a modern day Gone With the Wind too—the Carol Burnett version, that is. Ah, well! I suppose there’s some solace in the knowledge that the entire world now knows Mill Creek is not and has never been a part of Geneva.

Now we need to start working on Eagle Brook.

Jeff Ward July 16, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Terry, I even looked it up just to be on the safe side! Though I was thinking fourth, my fingers typed third. But in the end, it doesn't matter because Mill Creek has no aldermen! Jeff
Rachel Zonts July 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Bob, The population of Geneva will drop because your group and Jeff Ward are steering people away from Geneva. And who can blame them! If I were researching communities and all I saw on the Patch was people complaining and making a fuss about schools I would go on to the next community. Your group and rude people will continue to drive our taxes up because our population won't grow. So thank you for helping our taxes stay high, we appreciate it. Unless you are an educator or a parent of a student in the school system do you really know what our kids need for an education? I admit I am constantly learning new information, thanks to our teachers and administrators in our district, about what education my child needs. You think that the additional kindergarten teacher at Mill Creek is useless but to many students and parents it is necessary. My point is we need to think carefully before we make decisions that impact many lives.
G.Ryan July 16, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I must say Mr. Ward you do deliver the "Patch Punch" so by all means carry on!
Bob McQuillan July 16, 2012 at 10:31 PM
James & Rachel You are right the board didn't listen to us four years ago when we told them assessed values would be dropping and property taxes increasing. Don't blame GTF for high taxes, blame the taxing bodies. As to negative comments on the Patch, sometimes the truth is difficult to handle but the truth is the truth. People aren't moving to Geneva because the second question after they ask about the schools is "what are the taxes." It doesn't matter how good the schools are if people can't afford the taxes. Today, many buying houses can afford the selling price but not the taxes. To blame our group for people not moving to Geneva is utterly ridiculous. I supported the kindergarten teacher at both Mill Creek & Williamsburg not because they were needed but because the board had no viable alternative. Kindergarten is still kindergarten, especially when it is only 2 1/2 hours per day. I know what children need for an education because I have three children who are all college graduates within the last 10 years. Educational needs haven't changed in 10 years.
Thomas July 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Bob, I listen to you, but at the risk of sounding like one of those "greying" Genevans you refer to you sound a lot like a guy called Al Trumpe from 20 years ago. If you remember Al was the thorn in the side of the district at every meeting and was a regular contributor to "letters to the editors" in the Geneva Republican and other local papers (this was pre-internet). He sounded the same alarms and pushed the same panic buttons that you do. You said "The issue is that some parents are now demanding things that their children don't need and our children didn't have" Yet they had sports and advanced placement classes back when your kids went to school I am sure. And if Al had demanded, like you have done, that the parents of the kids in these programs should pay even more than they already do I think it is a safe bet that you would have told Al to take a long walk off a short pier. You probably would have claimed that your taxes were high enough and that you shouldn't have to pay more for your kid to run track. Am I right? If people aren't moving to Geneva why am I always seeing updates of recent Geneva home sales on this very site? If the tax Armageddon comes like you predict and seniors are forced to flee they are going to need young families to buy those 4 bedroom 3.5 bath homes.
Bill July 17, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I agree - Jeff's like the middle school kid at the lunch table who sticks french-fries up his nose so the other kids will pay attention to him. It wouldn't be the same around here without him.
G.Ryan July 17, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Thanks, Bill and he does draw a crowd!
Jeanne Letizia July 17, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Groan...I just read the article and comments because I was bored. Anyway, I need to give a shout out to Geneva Public Works - they have never ignored any service requests I have have made to them over the years. They have been quite helpful!
Jeff Ward July 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Jeanne, I'm glad I could relieve your ennui! As for Public Works, you are correct, but since I was already heading down the hyperbolaic road, I thought why not have some fun with them too! Jeff
James July 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM
More verbal diharrea, thanks Jeff washed up ward for wasting 5 minutes of my day. It sounds like some eggs may be hitting your house soon!
R G July 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Where can I find more info about the proposed apartments? I know someone who is certain they will be Section 8 housing, then drug dealers will move in and ruin the Mill Creek utopia she thinks she lives in.
Joe V July 18, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Mill Creek, Eagle Brook (you spelt it "book" - nice job for a writer I guess), the entire east side, then the entire Southern USA. You just keep adding to your insult list. That target on your back just keeps getting larger you idiot. You remind me of the loser in High School that would find creative ways to insult the jocks or popular kids that stole all the girls. Get a life!
Elaine Lane July 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM
C'mon, people, don't you get it? Don't get your panties in a wad. Step outside for a minute..........feel that hot air blowing? It's just Jeff talking again! He gets paid to rile people up.
Noel G. Rooks July 18, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Oh Jeff. This is why I have a split personality, you know. Us Geneva Township residents belong to no one. ;-)
Kerri Reese July 18, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Jeff You have found a way to touch on the growing issue at hand here...one that everyone is aware of but afraid to speak out about. Not exactly sure I would have handled it in the same fashion but then again no matter how you approach this one, there will no doubt be many feathers ruffled. Ever since the creation of Mill Creek people have gotten the idea that if they live there they are better than everyone else in Geneva. What a crock! If you call living in overgrown overly expensive houses on lots that are too small and paying ludicrous property taxes, then I guess you are better than me. Dare I say not as intelligent because who in their right mind would do such a thing when there are nice homes with much lower taxes in other parts of the city. Many of the people who live in Mill Creek (North i might add as there is a distinction between the two if asked) think they walk on water. To channel my inner child, who died and made them boss? NO ONE is better than anyone else. Money does not make you better than me or anyone else so get off your high horses and wake up to reality. If you live in Mill Creek you probably make more money than some others but that does not mean you are better. Get over yourself! I know plenty of people who live in Mill Creek South and you should hear the hurtful things Northerners call Southerners! What ever happened to being a unified community? Guess that got lost in the shuffle...Whose idea was it to include Mill Creek into Geneva anyway??
Jeff Ward July 18, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Kerri, So there a Civil War might break out in Mill Creek after all? Now, that's something I'd really like to see! Though Mill Creekers aren't nearly the only ones, there is a pervading sense around Geneva that we're somehow better than other folks and you've just been a little more blunt about addressing that than I was. What Mill Creekers don't realize is, if you say "Mill Creek" to a real Genevan, they just roll their eyes. One friend even calls them "Mill billies." But remember, the only thing that's Geneva about them is their address! Jeff
Kerri Reese July 18, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Jeff Again you might be on to something...and let the record show that I am not jealous of Mill Creekians in anyway shape or form. I have no desire to live there simply because of the stigmata that has been attached to it by the very people who live there. Yes I have heard of Mill billies, just another juvenile way for people to try and make themselves look better than others, sad thing is those very people end up looking worse! They should be ashamed of themselves.... and yes I too have done the eye rolling, especially when I go to buy garbage stickers. i ask for Geneva and get the Mill creek question. Please, do we really have to go that far as to have our own garbage stickers, shopping centers, schools and churches? Sounds a little utopian to me. Why not just create your own town, zip code and the whole nine yards? That seems to be the route they want to go anyways...
LR July 18, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Kerri and Jeff, I find it very disturbing how you both think you know everyone in Millcreek. Before we moved here 15 years ago, our first choice was Batavia. The house we bid on fell through and because we liked the tri city area we bought in Millcreek. We didn't choose Millcreek because we thought it was somehow better than anywhere else. We bought it because it's in the tri cities and it was a good fit for our family's needs. We also liked that it was near a park for our children to play at. After moving here we met many very nice people who made us feel welcome. Our children always had plenty of other kids to play with and now that they're older, they continue to have close relationships with many of them. We have different garbage stickers simply because we have a different service than the rest of Geneva. You make it sound like we insisted on having different stickers because we think we're special. I also don't feel that we overpaid for our house like you suggested when you said they are overpriced. 15 years ago the houses in Millcreek started at less than 200,000. Our house has risen in value. Even with lowering home values, we are still ahead. Call me a mill billy if you want, but I have no regrets about our choice of neighborhoods.
Kerri Reese July 18, 2012 at 05:19 PM
This coming from someone in the south. I know MANY people who live in SOuth Mill Creek and they are all wonderful and just like your average person. I should have been more clear when talking about it. I was referring to the northerners. And i do know many of those too. Some are nice normal average types who do not act like they walk on water. Others however tend to think they rule the world. This could be said about ANY neighborhood in ANY town in the US. Thanks for letting me know the difference between garbage stickers. Until now I thought Mill Creek was techincally part of Geneva. I did learn something new today from all so thanks for the lesson. The reason I made somethings sound like they were insisted was based on the mentality and superiority complex that many Notherners emit when talking about Mill Creek. I apologize if I ruffled any feathers...as I said we are ALL equal, no one is better than the other. Just wish some people would get off their high horses and realize that before placing judgment on people who do not live in Mill Creek.
John R July 18, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Everyone please keep the "East Siders" out of the debate. :)
Jeff July 18, 2012 at 07:25 PM
lol. You'll stand much taller if you knock that chip off your shoulder.
Elaine Lane July 18, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Kerri, you definitely have an axe to grind today. First, you're taking Mill Creekers to task for being so uppity and stupid for living there and they "should be ashamed of themselves" (then why are you associating with them??). To use your lingo, who died and made you the judge and jury to lump all Mill Creek people the same?? There are snotty people ALL OVER the tri-city area in every neighborhood, but for some reason you've chosen to single out Mill Creek. I can only say it certainly does make you sound jealous. And now your comment on another Patch article concerning the banning of fires in Geneva has you all agitated about people watering their lawns and you want a city-wide ban on that also. AGAIN, who died and made you the boss of that??? Get a cold drink, chill out, and put your feet up. Enough already for one day.
Kerri Reese July 18, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Rhonda Maybe we BOTH should! Kerri
Elaine Lane July 18, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Nope, I'm fine. You own this one.
Scott July 19, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Kerri, Jeff, and the rest of the Geneva Proper brethren Mill Creek haters Seriously ! You’re bringing garbage stickers to the table. If you’re really that bent out of shape about garbage stickers I would suggest you direct your ire at Waste Management. Mill Creek residents have nothing to do with Waste Management’s decision to have two different versions of garbage stickers. Sounds to me like you and the rest of your “Genevan” brethren need to deal with an inferiority complex instead of complaining about some perceived Mill Creek superiority stigma. Are there a few arrogant idiots in Mill Creek who think their money buys them privilege, absolutely! But please, you people who live in Geneva proper and wax poetic about the arrogance of “Mill Creekia” stop acting like you don’t have the very same ilk living in your midst.
Jake Powers July 29, 2012 at 12:22 AM
First world problems
Michelle L January 10, 2013 at 03:37 PM
My husband and I are planning to move our family to Geneva from the city. We're coming from a neighborhood that's crawling with young children and noticed more kids in Mill Creek than than any other part of Geneva. Mill Creek schools also have great ratings. I didn't know there was this sort of division among communities. If we opt for Mill Creek, are we going to be exiled by the rest of the Geneva community? We fell in love with the entire town.
Noel G. Rooks January 10, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Michelle - no, you should be just fine. Generally speaking, I have not come across much if any divisiveness between neighborhoods. Welcome to the area, it's a great place to live.
Rachel Zonts January 10, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Michelle, as a Mill Creeker I can tell you that everything about Geneva is great! My family enjoys the library, park district and of course downtown Geneva and we never feel "exiled". Noel is right, there is never any issues between neighborhoods, we're all Genevaians (sp?)! Mill Creek is a wonderful place to live, our neighborhoods are full of kids and I cannot say enough how much I love Mill Creek Elementary, it is a wonderful school. Geneva is a great place to live and we hope you'll love it too!
Mac May 20, 2013 at 02:29 AM
And Fisher Farms is a great neighborhood, minus one knuckle head.


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