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Many Boards, Committees, and Commissions are bolstered by experience, knowledge, or training in a specific area of community operations. That said, most Board, Committee, or Commission members get their start by just wanting to be involved. For most Board, Commission, or Committee seats, there are only four qualifications:
Apply online for a membership to a City of Geneva Board or Commission.
Many Committees are strengthened by experience, knowledge, or training in a specific area of community operations. That said, most Committee members get their start by just wanting to be involved. For this Panel, there are only four requirements:
Applications are available online on the City's website or at the City Clerk's Office in City Hall. From there:
The Public Art Committee is composed of five members of the Geneva community (City residency not required) with an affirmative grasp of visual art concepts. These may include (but are not limited to):
Public art is defined as art owned by the City of Geneva and accessible to the citizens of Geneva in public locations. A secondary category of public art is that privately owned but publicly accessible. These artworks can be visible from the street or inside buildings open to the public. Both permanent and temporary installations of all media of art concern the committee.
A public space is a social space that is generally open and accessible to people.Roads (including the pavement and space above the street), public squares, parks and beaches are typically considered public space. Government buildings which are open to the public, such as City Hall, are public space. Privately owned buildings or property visible from sidewalks and public thoroughfares may affect the public landscape and thus become public space.
The term public art properly refers to works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the public space, usually accessible to all. Public art has increasingly begun to expand in scope and application - both into other wider and challenging art forms, and also across a much broader range of what might be called our public space.
City trees are planted within the City right-of-way. The right-of-way is determined by a measurement from the centerline of the roadway. Each particular street has a right-of-way distance. If you wish to confirm if a tree is within the City right-of-way, call the Engineering Department at 315-789-3101, Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The City of Geneva contracts with a Certified Arborist who looks at tree requests within the City right-of-way on a monthly basis. The arborist will report his findings back to the City and, if you wish, the findings can be reported to you.
Please call the City of Geneva Engineering Department Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at 315-789-3101.
Yes, if the tree is in the City right-of-way. Please call the City of Engineering Department Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 315-789-3101 to arrange to have the City's certified arborist look at the tree.
For 2012 to 2013, the City is planting the following trees (size):
Yes, you may request a tree to be planted in the City right-of-way by calling the Engineering Department Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Your request will be placed on a waiting list and you will be notified when a tree becomes available.
Trees within the City right-of-way are removed based on the condition they are in and the risk they pose to people and property. The City's certified arborist determines the condition of a tree and recommends needed work based on his findings. The City does not necessarily remove a tree for reasons such as too close to wires and or home, roots getting in sewer, roots are lifting the sidewalk.
Repair or replacing sidewalks is the homeowner's responsibility regardless of the cause of the problems.
No, the Police Department does not. If you need an identification card, you can check with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. They have an office on Seneca Street in downtown Geneva.
Yes! The Police Department does fingerprints for such things as liquor licenses, adoption, citizenship, employment, and guardianship. Fingerprinting fee is $5.00 and you must bring your own fingerprint card(s).
You need to file a report with the Police Department in the event that the accident resulted in physical injury to any of the persons involved, when the physical damage to one of the vehicles is greater than $1,000 or if one of the parties involved requests one. If the accident does not meet said criteria, a Police Officer will assist motorists in the correct exchange of license, registration and insurance information of the persons involved.
You can obtain a copy of your accident report at the Geneva Police Records office located at 255 Exchange Street in Geneva during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, except on holidays. There is a fee for a copy of an accident report.
Also, you can go online to the CrashDocs website and look for The City of Geneva - to get a copy.
Fines for traffic tickets are determined by a City Court Judge and are based on several factors. Parking fines range from $20 to $75
Dispatchers are trained to get as much information as possible to determine the priority and nature of the complaint in order to send appropriate personnel and to enhance the handling of the complaint.
Generally complainants are not identified, but on some occasions, if a charge is pursued it is necessary for prosecution of the case.
Yes! By law a motorist has the responsibility to locate the owner of the animal and if unable to, notify the police.
The City of Geneva uses the Ontario County Humane Society for their animal control. Call them to see if they could help with your matter.
Yes! The City does have a leash law and it requires all dogs to be on a leash. This law also applies to Lake Shore Park where the Chamber of Commerce is located.
Yes! All dogs must be licensed. Also, there is a City law prohibiting nuisance dogs. There are several things that contribute to being a nuisance. They are, but not limited to, loud howling or habitual barking, habitually chasing and/or barking at persons or moving vehicles, jumping on a person or knocking them over, running together in a pack, or causing damage to another persons property. In addition, there also is a law prohibiting dangerous dogs.
If you are 12 years of age and under you can, except for in the Downtown Business District, or if you are a handicapped person who cannot walk as stated in section 65.88 of the Municipal Code below:
65.88 Riding on Sidewalks
Yes! Bicycles and inline skaters have to follow the same rules of the road as motor vehicles do. Bicycles and inline skaters have to go with the flow of traffic and obey all traffic control devices, such as stop signs and traffic signals. If riding at night, bicyclists must have a light on the front and rear.
All bicyclists under fourteen years of age are required to wear approved bicycle helmets whether they are the operator or passenger on a bicycle. Children under five years of age must wear an approved bicycle helmet and ride in a seat attached to the bicycle when riding as a passenger.
Please note: Children under one year old are prohibited from being transported on a bicycle.
Yes! According to Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 1238.8: "A summons shall be issued to a parent or guardian (who is eighteen years of age or older), if the violation occurs while in the parents presence."
Yes! There is an open alcoholic beverage container law in the City of Geneva. There is also a local law prohibiting persons under 21 of possessing alcoholic beverages in a public place, whether open or not. In addition, there are state laws regulating the sale, purchase and possession of alcoholic beverages.
No! No person shall discharge any firearm, air gun, spring gun or other similar instrument within the city. In addition, no person shall carry any of the aforementioned items while loaded upon any public street or public place.
There is a littering law within the City and there is also a noise ordinance prohibiting persons of making unreasonable noise. Also there is a law against interference with city streets, which is, but not limited to, the throwing or kicking of snowballs, stones or other objects into the street, interfering with the free, safe and convenient use of the street.
Some of the violations that you can be ticketed for are as follows:
Parking fines range from $20 to $50 depending on the violation.
Also parking violations could result with the vehicle being towed.
Ticket and fine may be brought or sent with your name and address to the following address:City Comptroller, City Hall47 Castle StreetGeneva, New York 14456
You may also pay your ticket/fine online.
Yes! According to Municipal Code section 60.60 subsection A1: "When any vehicle is parked or abandoned on any highway in the City during a snow storm, flood, fire or other public emergency which affects that portion of the public highway upon which said vehicle is parked or abandoned, or when any vehicle is found unattended on any highway in the City where said vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic, or when any vehicle is parked or abandoned on any highway or parking lot in the City where not duly registered or not displaying registration and plates is parked or abandoned on any highway or any City property, said vehicle must be removed by the direction of any police officer of the City to any place or garage designated by the Chief of Police."
Please note: Towing of vehicles is most common during the winter parking regulations, which are between December 1st and April 1st.
You have to pay the parking ticket for the violation in addition to the tow fee plus storage charged by the tow agency.
The City is making strides toward becoming a Certified Climate Smart Community. Just a few accomplishments to date include:
The City continues to explore climate smart actions that will help to reduce GHG emissions, save taxpayer dollars, and advance the City's goals for health and safety, economic vitality, energy independence, and quality of life for its residents. Review a complete list of Climate Smart Community action items.
The City thrives on innovation and has created the Civic Innovation Hub as a means of seeking out, evaluating, cultivating, and implementing good ideas. Get involved by submitting your idea through the Civic Innovation Hub!