The city flag flew at half staff tonight in honor of Tom Peck, a man Mayor Kevin Burns said "loved this community perhaps as no one else."
The City Council held a moment of silence in honor of Peck, who died Saturday at Michaelsen Care Center, Batavia.
The Peck family donated or sold much of the land which later became the far West Side of Geneva. The Peck family legacy includes a wide swath of developments, roads and parks, from Western Avenue to Peck Farm Park.
"A lot can be said about the Pecks in general," Burns said. "They began as humble farmers but became some of city's greatest benefactors."
Thomas Peck lived in Geneva for nearly all of his 89 years. It is widely believed that, before his death, he lived in Geneva more consecutive years than any other living resident.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 8) at the First Baptist Church of Geneva, 2300 South St, Geneva.
In other action:
The city took the next step toward bringing the $13 million Northern Illinois Food Bank headquarters to Geneva.
The food bank's 10.8-acre site at Dearborn Court and Averill Road will also house a nutrition center and food-handlng facility. On Tuesday, the council authorized the execution of a construction escrow trust as well as the license agreement for the food pantry.
"They've got the cash, so they're going to deposit that in the escrow and proceed to build things like the water and sewer mains and stormwater retention basins," City Attorney Charles Radovich said.
Eagle Scout Shaun Berendt, 18, was honored for constructing 12 flower boxes on the Geneva bridge.
"We tried to find an Eagle Scout to take on the project, and Shaun took it on from beginning to end," said Alderman Dorothy Flanagan, who also is a member of the Geneva Beautification Committee, a volunteer group that adopts and maintains flower beds throughout the city.
Although he's from Batavia, that didn't stop Shaun from beautifying Geneva as part of his Eagle Scout project. He and Doug Burrichter, 17, raised money for the project and built the flower boxes themselves, along with the help of other Scouts.
"It was fun," Berendt said. "I love construction, working with my hands."
Berendt said he raised about $350 himself and the Shodeen family donated about $800 more. Flanagan said Wilson Enterprises donated half the materials to the effort.
"It was quite a job," Alderman Chuck Brown said. "They're absolutely gorgeous boxes."
The city declared the property at 620 Logan Avenue as surplus property and sold a portion of the parcel to Geneva School District 304 for $15,000.
"It is property where there is a well house and a well, as well as the water tower," City Administrator Mary McKittrick said. "We subdivided it and sold the easterly portion to the School District, primarily for parking."
Geneva welcomed a new police officer Tuesday night.
Patrolman Robert Bailey was sworn in by Mayor Kevin Burns. Geneva Patch will ask for a short bio tomorrow.