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Soil sampling to take place on G Street

By GREG SCELLIN
Signal Editor

The Geneva City Council heard about possible plans to upgrade the American Legion Ball field, a Geneva Aquatic Facility update and plans for 4th of July events in Geneva during the city council’s regularly-scheduled meeting last week.
Geneva businessman Marty Seward told the city council on April 3 that he is currently in the process of applying for some large grants to possibly upgrade the Legion Baseball Field in the City Ball field area.  Seward said he realizes the field is owned by the city and was touching base with the city council about his possible plans.
“My goal is to not look for any money from the community,” Seward said. “For this to work, I’m pursuing some very large grants.”
Seward mentioned a possible Major League Baseball grant that could help make the possible $600,000 project a reality in Geneva. Seward said he envisions 280 individual seats, similar to ones at Royals Stadium, being in place behind home plate in Geneva, along with a stadium-type back drop, sunken dugouts and state-of-the-art scoreboards. He would also like to have state baseball tournaments in the future call Geneva home.
“I don’t want anyone coming to my office to donate money,” Seward said.  “I’m coming to you first for permission to do this. I want to make the large grant applications first. Let’s see what we can do first with grants with this.”
Seward said the Geneva American Legion is making the grant applications for the proposed project.
“I have big aspirations,” he said.  “We will see how it goes.”
Councilman Josh Turner told Seward to keep Geneva City Administrator Kyle Svec and the city council in the loop as far as what’s happening with the proposed project.
Wearing a different hat, Seward also told the Geneva Chamber of Commerce is planning to restart a 4th of July Celebration in the city. He said preliminary plans call for activities centered just northeast of the Geneva Aquatic Center and the Geneva City Park. Sunday, July 2, activities will include things for the kids and adults; a street dance is planned for Monday, July 3, and a parade on Tuesday, July 4. Other events planned include a BBQ cook-off, meals, flag-retiring ceremony, bounce houses, mud volleyball, beer garden and golf tournament.
“We’re trying to keep everything as Geneva as we can,” Seward said.  “We’re also trying to have everything in one area rather than having them all over town.”
Other April 3 meeting notes included:
• The city council voted 4-0 (councilmen Todd Boller and Norman Marks—absent) to have Mid-State Engineering & Testing, Inc., perform an engineering study to evaluate the existing pavement condition along G Street between 11th and 13th Street. The total cost for the testing is quoted to be less than $3,100.
“A vote ‘yes’ here means you’re on board with doing the project,” said Turner prior to the vote.
• Tyler Doane, a field observer with JEO Consulting Group, Inc., appeared at the meeting to answer questions about a $4,391 change order that JEO gave approval to Eriksen Construction Co., Inc., to perform without first presenting it to the city council. Doane said the work needed to be done (finishing off the gable ends of the bathhouse) and it was a timing thing because the carpenter was planning on leaving the project.  He said by having them do the work and not having to come back, saved the city money and time towards the project’s completion.
“This number would have grown if they would have left and had to come back,” Turner said.
While at the April 3 meeting, Doane said crews have finished  painting inside the bathhouse and electrical and plumbing work is now going on inside. Next up will be bathhouse partitions and locker assembly. The pool decks are also being poured currently.
“Things are looking good over there,” Doane said. “I think you’ve done a good job with the color patterns over there. It’s all coming together nicely.”
Geneva Mayor Rod Norrie said he hopes that the facility will be able to be opened on time.
“I haven’t sensed this kind of excitement for a city project in all my years here,” Norrie said. “I really think we need to look at capacity limits at first there, I think. I see us being at capacity for the first several weeks for sure.”
• The city council voted 4-0 to go for Option One having NPPD complete a service-area transfer to Perennial Public Power that reflects the physical boundaries of the land that Fortigen currently owns.
• The city council discussed a possible new 16-lot building addition area east of the Fillmore Central bus barn south toward the Fillmore County Hospital behind the FC Elementary School.
• Turner reported that the group discussing possible senior center/community center options is planning to tour some community centers in the area to look at what those community’s did to serve their constituents and what design plans they selected.
• Svec reported the city has received 14 applications for the vacant Geneva Parks and Recreation director position. He said he plans to begin the interview process over the next two weeks. “I’m very happy with the applicants we have gotten,” Svec said.