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Cemetery Civil War Monument; Bandstand to get attention

By GREG SCELLIN
Signal Editor

The Geneva City Council heard about a developer's plans to build a Dollar General store just west of the Fillmore County Hospital at its last meeting in May.  The city council also discussed the sale of the former All-American Book Binding building (806 G Street) in closed session and heard presentations from Nick Andrews on his Eagle Scout proposal to upgrade and refurbish the Civil War Memorial in the Geneva Public Cemtery and three members of the Geneva Rotary Club on plans to upgrade the bandstand area in the City Park next to the Geneva Family Aquatic Center.
A request for annexation of 1.5 acres along F Street between 17th Street and 18th Street by Vaquero Geneva Partners, LP  was approved unanimously of first reading by the city council on May 20.  Plans are to begin building in September a 9,100 square foot Dollar General at the location. Geneva City Administrator Kyle Svec said it is his understanding that the city would incur no costs for the new property owners to hook onto city utilities.  He also said the property is zoned NRC and the owners would be requesting two signs at the store. A group of area property owners are on the June 3 Geneva City Council meeting agenda to protest the location of the new store.
• Andrews's proposal was approved by the city council.  Main areas to be addressed will be: general cleaning/restoration of the existing monument structure and base; upgrades to the flag and bird bath; addition of benches.
• Harold Janda, Dave Frook and Frank Heinisch asked for the city council's approval before starting a major fund-raising campaign to upgrade the bandstand in the City Park.  See next week's edition for more on this project.
• The city council discussed proposed City Ordinance No. 1114 at length.  The ordinance targets stagnant water; litter; weeds; grass; worthless vegetation. "I want to try and tackle some of these problem lawns," Geneva Mayor Eric Kamler said.