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North Water Tower Repainting

The North Water Tower repainting project is moving right along!

The Contractor has completed the sandblasting and is now priming the tank. Next will be the final coat of paint, including painting the City’s logo on the tower.

The City was awarded a low-interest loan and a 75% forgiveness grant, amounting to a savings of $265,500, from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to complete this project.

Depending on the weather, the project should be completed in about 3 weeks.


Wetlands Field Trip

The City of Genoa, in partnership with ENCAP, will be hosting a field trip with N.I.U. students to view and learn about wetlands. Residents are welcome to join and interactively learn about the City’s wetlands including various wetland species and impacts of non-native species.
Date: September 28th
Time: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Meet at the pavilion at Citizen’s Park on Madison Street
Please dress for outdoor conditions; water boots will be beneficial.

Vacancy on Police and Fire Commission

The City of Genoa currently has a vacancy on the Police and Fire Commission. This position is appointed by the Mayor and serves a 3-year term. For those interested, please submit a letter of interest to: 

Mayor Mark Vicary 

333 East First Street

Genoa, IL 60135

Requirements to be a Police and Fire Commission Member:

  • Resident of the City of Genoa
  • Attend a board meeting every 3 months
  • Responsible for establishing a recruitment/promotion list
  • Oversee police discipline


Additional educational materials will be provided to appointees. Please contact Chief Robert Smith at (815) 784- 7108 with any questions. 

City Receives $10,000 Grant

The City of Genoa is excited to announce that we received a $10,000 grant from ComEd and Openlands as part of their Green Region Grant Program to make canoe launch and trail improvements to Citizens’ Park!
This grant will provide funding to pave the canoe launch access road as well as creating a paved path between the canoe launch road and the pedestrian path that leads to the bridge that extends over the Kishwaukee River.
The City of Genoa would like to thank ComEd and Openlands for their continued support to enhance the City of Genoa’s open lands and parks! 

Temporary Verizon Tower

Verizon is installing a temporary tower next to the north water tower. This is so Verizon can temporarily remove their antennas from the tower on Prairie Street. This is necessary so the water tower can be repaired and repainted which is scheduled to start late July. Once the water tower repairs and repainting are complete, Verizon will reinstall the antennas and remove the temporary tower.


The temp tower height is 104 feet.  

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.

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