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Meet Our New City Administrator, Art Osten Jr.

The City of Genoa is pleased to introduce Art Osten, Jr. as its new City Administrator.  Mr. Osten earned two Master’s degrees, in Public Policy & Administration and Urban & Regional Planning, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  He also has over thirty years of small-town local government experience, including fourteen years as Village Administrator in Fox River Grove, IL and is looking forward to building on the many accomplishments of the Genoa community and organization.

In addition to keeping current projects on track, Art is currently meeting with elected officials, staff, and community leaders to develop a prioritized list of goals and is familiarizing himself with Genoa’s programs and procedures. He will be in City Hall most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and invites residents and business owners to email, call, or stop by whenever they have a question, suggestion, or just to say hello.

The City of Genoa would also like to thank administrative and economic development consultant Bill Ganek for the enormous and highly complex work load he undertook after the sudden passing of Joe Misurelli. Genoa weathered a storm and came out stronger than before due to the hard work and diligence of Bill and for that we are truly grateful.

Mosquito Spraying


Please be advised that there will be a mosquito spraying on June 5th through City subdivisions and streets within the corporate limits. If it rains, spraying will be rescheduled to take place on June 6th.


Public Works will be flushing hydrants in Riverbend along Winding Trail between Market Street and Angler Lane today 5/16/2019. Sometimes hydrant flushing can make the water temporarily appear rust-colored because the iron and mineral deposits in the water get stirred up. Water is safe to use and consume during hydrant flushing.

Arbor Day Celebration

In celebration of Arbor Day, the City of Genoa will be planting 5 new trees on May 10th at 11:00 AM at Genoa Elementary School. Join us for the planting and proclamation, the City’s 25th Annual Arbor Day celebration!

Coming Soon: Genoa Area Food Hub

The DeKalb County Community Gardens will be opening the Genoa Food Hub in the Downtown in July! 

“The 2,000-square-foot Hub, a single-floor building, was once home to the Genoa post office in the 1960s, Kenney said. The food hub will have a food pantry, commercial kitchen for organizations to use and public meeting space, plus refrigerators and freezers for pantry-shoppers to get perishables such as eggs, milk and frozen meat – commodities that most food pantries can’t offer, Edwards said.”

“In addition to an expanded pantry, the food hub will have tables and counters in its commercial kitchen designed for cooking demonstrations, classes and other projects for visitors to learn about cooking, canning and preserving. Kenney said there will be a section of the hub designed for local merchants to sell their goods, such as homemade jams and locally grown produce.” 

“I’d be remiss if I didn’t say how proud I am to have this facility in Genoa. “We are often overshadowed by larger communities, but there’s so much good work going on in town.” 

-Mayor Mark Vicary

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City of Genoa Receives GFOA Award for the 13th Year

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has again recognized the City of Genoa’s most recent audit report, the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), with the prestigious “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” Award.

GFOA has stated that “the Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management”. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington, D.C. Genoa’s CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

This was the thirteenth straight year that Genoa has received this award. This is not only a very significant recognition, but it is even more so by Genoa being one of the smallest Cities or Villages in Illinois to be so recognized. To accomplish this Award takes considerable effort, and it is very beneficial for future financing efforts in terms of more attractive interest rates and savings by the confidence in financial accuracy and reporting the Award conveys.

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