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Geneva aldermen recommend property sale, contract for maintenance

GENEVA – Geneva aldermen acting as the committee of the whole recommended approval of a landscaping contract for nearly $60,000 for routine maintenance at city-owned properties.

The unanimous vote was for Accurate Edge Landscape Services Inc. in LaFox, for a one-year contract, with options for 2014 and 2015 at a 3 percent increase. Final action will be taken by the City Council.

In all, the city received 19 bids, but only five were complete. The range of the other bids was from nearly $135,000 to just more than $162,000.

Aldermen also approved rezoning a lot in the Fox Run subdivision and a well site from its current rural residential to a low density single family, so it can be sold and developed as a single-family residence. The city’s former well site was sealed in 2009, and together the properties create a parcel that is 15,809 square feet.

The city no longer needs the site, officials said. Because the combined lots do not meet frontage requirements for rural residential zoning, changing it to a low density designation makes it a buildable lot officials said. The Geneva Plan Commission recommended approval of the zoning change earlier this month.

In other action, aldermen also approved spending $650,000 in motor fuel tax revenue for its streets and highways maintenance program.

Normally, the city pays for maintenance through non-motor fuel tax revenue, officials said, but using MFT revenue will reduce preparation and time involved in getting state approval for its bid documents.

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