Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The city of Geneva's Historic Preservation Commission is holding a citywide photo contest in honor of National Preservation Month.
The city of Geneva Historic Preservation Commission is sponsoring a citywide photography contest honoring National Preservation Month (May 2013). Interested individuals are invited to submit a digital photographic entry, consisting of two images, which capture the materials of the city's historic architecture. Contest winners will be awarded great prizes! Residents interested in participating must submit an entry form along with two, original photos (a general view and an associated detail) of a treasured historic building, structure, object or place within the municipal boundaries of the city of Geneva. Entry forms are available online or at Geneva City Hall. Entries will be accepted from 3 p.m. April 26, 2013 until 4 p.m. May 20, 2013. …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
There will be many options to choose from—but the bottom line is you can do the same program as you do now and you'll save money.
Pay attention, because you'll have a lot of options to choose from under the new waste-hauling contract signed Monday by the Geneva City Council. But the bottom line is that you can keep doing what you're doing now and you'll save money, because the sticker price will drop from $3.18 to $2.85 for the first year of the contract, which starts July 1. In fact, the sticker price will continue to be lower than it is now for the first three years of the five-year contract with Advanced Disposal. The sticker price will go to $2.98 in Year 2 (2014-15) and $3.11 in Year 3 (2015-16.) It will go to $3.25 in Year 4 and $3.40 in Year 5. The sticker, of course, can be used for garbage collection or for yard-waste collection—just as we do it now. You'll …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Four people have applied so far: Augi Fesi, Tom Simonian, Robert Swanson and Jerry Cass.
There are big shoes to fill in Geneva's 5th Ward, and four people so far have volunteered to try fill them. When Ralph Dantino passed away on President's Day, he left a void not only in the community but on the City Council after deciding to seek re-election. He died before the election, and the city has been seeking appointees to serve two years. A Freedom of Information Act request filed by blogger Jeff Ward indicates that four candidates have applied for the position. They are: Fesi is an eight-year resident of Geneva who says he can bring a “common man" perspective to the position. He's a volunteer for the Kane County Forest Preserve and has become heavily involved with the clean-up and restoration of The Fabyan Forest East Project. …
Monday, April 29, 2013
The Geneva City Council hears what business owners and landlords have to say—and decides to hold off on any business zoning changes.
It's business usual, at least for now, on the first floor of property in downtown Geneva. Members of the Geneva City Council listened to what business owners and landlords had to say, and decided that the market should determine what uses can and should operate on the first floor of B2- and B3-zoned property. The council held a policy discussion Monday night and heard three possible scenarios that would limit first-floor uses for banks or offices—either by restricting the uses or by restricting them from the first floor of certain areas in the core of the downtown. Among the concerns driving discussion was that downtown banking—particularly the new Geneva Bank & Trust in the Pure Oil location, 514 W. State St., and the Private Bank across …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The city of Geneva is conducting a damage assessment to determine if residents are eligible for federal financial assistance due to the April 18 flooding.
The city of Geneva put out an all-points-bulletin Wednesday to let residents know they have until 4:30 p.m. tomorrow—Thursday, April 25—to report basement flooding and property damage caused by the big flood of 2013. According to an advisory emailed to residents at around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, the city is is participating with other communities, counties, and the state of Illinois to conduct an initial damage assessment to determine if the damage, both communitywide and countywide, warrants a disaster declaration by the governor of Illinois. To have the benefit of Federal Emergency Management Agency relief, the city needs proof that damage has occurred. Businesses and homeowners will be required to demonstrate to FEMA's satisfaction that …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
If you have flood-damaged items, you can put them on the curb without a sticker on collection day. You'll still need a sticker for regular refuse.
City of Geneva residents who have flood-damaged items for refuse will be allowed to put those items out on their regular collection day this week only —without a sticker. Regular trash will still need a refuse sticker. Residents must have the flood damaged items out at the curb no later than 7 a.m. on their regular collection day. Crews will not return if the items were placed out after initial collection, and no additional special collections are scheduled. This additional service is only available THIS WEEK on residents’ regular collection day of Thursday or Friday. Contact the Public Works Dept. at (630) 232-1501 with questions.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Police Officer Oscar Maldonado joins the city of Geneva Police Department.
Geneva's newest police officer served with U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq and later worked for a private security company, where he guarded CEOs and celebrities. Geneva introduced Police Officer Oscar Maldonado at Monday night's City Council Committee of the Whole meeting. In addition to his interesting past professional life, Maldonado is engaged to be married and was joined by his lovely wife for the swearing-in ceremony you see here. They are hoping to get married in 2014. "I said to her as soon as I get picked up by a police department I can finally start planning the wedding full force," he said Monday. Maldonado, 29, is a White Sox and Bears fan. He's off to training at the police academy and is expected to start sometime in June.
Monday, March 25, 2013
At Monday night's City Council Committee of the Whole meeting, two alderman vote against a recommendation for the 2013-14 employee compensation plan.
The Geneva City Council Committee of the Whole took a first look at the 2013-14 budget, compensation plan and goals and liked what it saw—the only bump in the road coming on the city's compensation plan. First Ward Alderman Chuck Brown and 2nd Ward Alderman Richard Marks each voted no to the recommendation for the compensation plan. The budget is scheduled to go to public hearing on April 15. You can see the full budget, classification and goals plans in the Committee of the Whole packet on the city's website. For the 2013-2014 fiscal year, non-union employees are eligible for a market adjustment of up to 2.5 percent based upon their performance appraisal. Employees who meet expectations will be eligible for a 1.5 percent market increase; …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Citizens can get up-to-date information during critical incidents as well as everyday helpful information about city services and programs.
The city of Geneva has established a new information telephone line at (630) 232-INFO (630-232-4636) for citizens to get up-to-date information during critical incidents as well as everyday helpful information about city services and programs. Since 2006, the city has been adding features to improve its interactions with the community, such as the weekly "GenevaMail" email bulletin that provides subscribers with current information about upcoming meetings, events and happenings. The city website also has a service request page link on its home page where requests for services or information may be made directly to the various city departments and those requests may be tracked by the subscriber as well so that citizens can obtain the latest…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
An "eclectic urban bar with warm surroundings" is coming soon to the Geneva Commons.
Bar Louie is coming! Or, at least it has its liquor license and could be open "within 30 to 45 days," according to Bar Louie operator John Bonkowski. Bonkowski and others attended Monday's Geneva City Council meeting, where the council voted unanimously to approve adding one Class B-3 Liquor License for a new Bar Louie location at 1602 Commons Drive. "Are we a chain?" Bonkowski responded to a question from an alderman. "We’re actually a local bar that got really big. Right now, we're at 63 locations nationwide." In the Chicago area, 15 percent of the Bar Louie businesses are franchised, Bonkowski said. He describes the bar as "a gathering spot for the local community" that serves "oversized" food portions, mostly sandwiches, and specialty …