Many changes for Geneva Departments

If you have walked into City Hall recently, you may have noticed a few changes. As of Friday, the Office of Neighborhood Initiatives and its program, the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center, have moved to the first floor of City Hall.“We are looking forward to welcoming residents to our new City Hall location and neighborhood associations strengthening their presence within their neighborhoods.” said Sage Gerling, Director of Neighborhood Initiatives. New neighborhood association meeting locations will be available on the website as they are established.Neighborhood Coordinator Jim Farrell will be retiring at the end of the year, and the part-time position description is available at http://genevanrc.org/part-time-position-announcement/.“I will truly miss all the wonderful people I have met, both in the Neighborhood Associations and my co-workers. It has been another fantastic chapter in my multifaceted career,” said Farrell.Events Factory Coordinator Chelsea Campbell will be leaving on December 18. Interested parties who are looking to hold events that will utilize city resources (barricades, police/fire, sandwich boards, etc.) or public spaces (i.e., parks, streets) will now forward their applications to the Recreation Department on the second floor and available electronically at eventsfactory.org.“It’s been an incredible experience working with the City of Geneva and opening up lines of communication for successful events to take place here. While the Events Factory is shutting its doors, I am confident that the level of event coordinator services will continue to be great as the City of Geneva is a wonderful place for events to thrive.” said Chelsea Campbell. The second floor now houses the offices for recreation and fire, while the third floor houses the engineering office, public works, City Manager’s office and personnel. Those who have specific questions about building permits are encouraged to go to the third floor to have their questions answered. All financial transactions, including payments for recreation activities and building permits, will now take place on the first floor at City Hall. Many staff will be cross-trained to improve customer service and efficiency.“We are not just separate departments; we are City of Geneva staff. We are all one, and that is why we are cross-training,” said City Clerk Doris Myers.The public is asked for their patience as the kinks are worked out during this transition. Over the next few weeks, there will still be some shifting and moving, as departments adjust to their new accommodations.In January, the City of Geneva will be sending public alerts and a weekly newsletter with updated information from City departments to the City email list-serve. To sign up, please go to www.genevanrc.org and click the sign-up button on the right-hand sidebar.

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