College Area Livability Task Force

About the College Area Livability Task Force

The City of Geneva is taking another step in the continuing effort of improving livability, quality of life, and neighborhood revitalization.

For the past eight years, conversations between the city and the colleges have led to a number suggestions to overcome challenges in neighborhoods surrounding Hobart and William Smith.  On April 6, 2016, City Council resolved to create a new task force that will address livability issues in areas surrounding the colleges and to implement actions and facilitate solutions.

“This represents the next step in City Council’s commitment to revitalization of Geneva’s neighborhoods and capitalizing on partnerships with our residents, HWS, and City Departments. We are excited to commence with this solutions-driven effort,” said former City Manager, Matt Horn.

Who Is On The Task Force?

The task force will consist of the First-Ward and At-Large City Counselors, the City Manager, Chief of Police, Director of Neighborhood Initiatives, and a representative from the HWS President’s Office. Stakeholders are seeking residents from Historic South, Founders Square and Historic South to participate in the task force and provide their insight on livability issues.

Please see full list of board and commission members here.

We are looking for additional members to join us:

Residents who live in Historic South, Founders Square and South Lake who are interested in applying or have suggestions for consideration should contact the City Clerk by email at Please send an email of interest to City Clerk stating where you live and why you would like to join the task force. If you would like to join another board, commission, or task force- please see the link on the right!

Agendas with Minutes:





In 2018, the committee decided to that they will be moving to quarterly committee meetings for strategic direction with HWS and City staff meeting in between. Looking to align with the opening and closing of the academic schedule.







November 27, 2017

October 23, 2017

September 25, 2017

Agenda 9-25-2017

September 5th, 2017

July 24th, 2017

May 22nd, 2017

April 24th, 2017

March 27th, 2017

February 27th, 2017

January 16th, 2017

Minutes from 2016 College Livability Task force Meetings:






A survey for residents that live in the college area: click here!

Goals/focus areas:

Inspections of college rentals

Development and use of data/Evaluation

Publicize Task Force efforts

Supporting landlords who are operating well

Student Migration

If you have any input, suggestions, or ideas- please email Councilor Marino at

To report a concern:

If there is something that needs to be handled immediately or an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

For a non-emergencies call 911 and say this is a non-emergency when the dispatcher picks up.

Use See, Click, Fix:

There’s an app for that:

The Colleges utilize an app “HWSNotify” for community members to report any concern with off-campus properties. The app is currently available for Android devices via the Marketplace. It is also available via your desktop by clicking the link below: