Written by News Bulletin News Sources
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00
Geneva battles EAB
Visitors to Geneva are always greeted with beautiful treescapes, but the City continues to make its community less desirable for one unwanted guest—the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
Since 2008, officials have inspected and removed 2,500 of the 2,700 infested parkway ash trees. More than 11,000 trees make up Geneva's parkway canopies, which the ash tree accounted for about 20 percent.
The City took a proactive approach to limit the possible EAB damage by ceasing to plant parkway ash trees in 2002.
After the Dutch Elm Disease devastated Geneva's Elm tree population in the late 1970s, the City implemented a parkway tree planting program to diversify tree species, which experts believe is the best way to avoid problems like the Dutch Elm Disease or the ash borer.
The downtown parkways got a boost this fall after the City's Natural Resources Committee donated $10,000 to plant about 30 trees. The group was able to help reforest the downtown thanks to two popular community fundraisers, Rain Barrels on Parade and Wine, Cheese and Trees.
"Our hope is that others will see the new trees and embrace the opportunity to help us repopulate our parkways and landscapes with additional trees," Committee Chairman Jay Womack said.
Geneva has replanted about 1,000 parkway trees as part of the ongoing Parkway Tree Replacement Program. Through a contract with West Suburban Tree Consortium, the City is able to purchase trees at discounted prices. Residents pay $150, and the City pays the remainder of the cost to purchase and plant a new tree, which is more than $150.
Geneva is accepting orders for spring plantings through Jan. 10. To review a list of available trees or to participate in the program, visit www.geneva.il.us or call 630-232-1502.
Distinctive hydrants—Whether heading downtown or other areas of Geneva, you may have noticed some of our fire hydrants have a distinctly different look. Local artists have put their creative mark on the community through the "Art on Fire" program.
"Art on Fire" was initiated by the City with assistance from its Cultural Arts Commission to have individuals "adopt" and paint fire hydrants to display creative artwork throughout Geneva. The program, which was inspired by Mayor Kevin Burns, drew a positive community response in its inaugural effort with 52 entries being submitted to the City.
"Art on Fire" did not mandate a specific theme, but the program encouraged artists to incorporate the character of the hydrant's surrounding environment into their design. City staff reviewed and approved all the application designs to make sure they did not compromise the visibility of the fire hydrants.
"I'm thrilled with the response received by our citizen artists and look forward to enjoying their unique and creative imagination adorning the City's fire hydrants," Mayor Burns said. "The program was designed to ignite the artist in all of us, and I could not be more proud of its success."
Geneva Ace Hardware was a presenting sponsor of the "Art on Fire" program and donated half pint paint colors to participating artists.
The Public Arts Advisory Committee will judge the completed hydrants and announce first, second and third-place finishers this fall. The City plans on posting photos of all the "Art on Fire" hydrant designs along with a map on the City's website.
--News Bulletin news sources
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 13:50