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ATM eyed for Kane County Government Center

GENEVA – The Kane County Government Center might become a place to get some cash.

Mike Lee, president and CEO of KCT Credit Union, told a County Board committee on Thursday that his organization is interested in placing an ATM in Building A of the government center campus at 719 Batavia Ave. in Geneva.

Such a relationship wouldn’t be entirely new. Kane County became a credit union partner in 1991, and the banking facility had a branch in Building A until it relocated to downtown Geneva in 2007.

Installing an ATM at the government center would provide county employees and community members convenient access to an ATM, Lee said.

KCT would pay for all costs associated with the ATM in its first year, Lee said, and a cost/usage study would be conducted for subsequent years.

Board member Doug Scheflow, R-Elgin, asked if rental fees could be a possibility.

“Real estate has a cost associated with it,” he said.

In another discussion Thursday, Scheflow also suggested charging organizations fees for using county property, such as the Kane County Courthouse in Geneva, for events.

The county receives a “steady stream” of applications for special events, he said, noting his surprise that the county doesn’t charge a rental fee.

Geneva Chamber of Commerce President Jean Gaines – who was at the meeting to respond to concerns about the availability of parking at the courthouse during Swedish Days – said any additional cost puts a bigger financial burden on the event.

For Swedish Days, she said, the goal is to bring people into Geneva and the county who will spend money. The tourism dollars benefits everyone, she said.

And, she said, visitors might decide to return later in the year based off what they see during festivals.

“It’s the best ad we can run,” Gaines said.

No formal action was taken on either of the subjects.

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