Bed bug problem brought before council

Authored by Manda Arnold on Feb 5, 2014

The majority of Tuesday evening’s Geneva Town Council meeting was spent hearing concerns from citizens Donna Butler and Calvin Hofstetter on the bed bug problem at Geneva Shores Apartments. Butler came prepared with information, photos, and even samples of bed bugs to request the council read the information she provided and consider making an ordinance on how bed bug infestations should be treated.
“This is not just our problem. This is a community problem,” stated Hofstetter.
The subject also bled into the reports presented by the police department and the fire department as marshal Rob Johnson and fire chief John Patch voiced concerns about responding to calls at apartments infested with bed bugs and questioned who would pay for the cost of exterminating their houses should a police officer’s or firefighter’s home become infested.
After hearing all of the information presented, city attorney Dave Baumgartner stated that he would get in contact with the attorney for the county health department and see what options the city has, and the council agreed to look at the information and take it under advisement.
Another concern presented by Geneva citizen Les Wagonner was on the Rainbow Lake Lift Station. Wagonner stated that lake residents have noticed solids going into the lake and asked whether there was a filtration system available for the lift station before it gets pumped into the lake. He also asked when the last time the station had been cleaned.
“I don’t see why we can’t look at the solids, see what is going through there, and see if it can be filtered,” stated council vice-president Jim Timmons.
Clerk-treasurer Bill Warren said that when the weather cleared and they could easily access the station, he would have utility works look at it and see what’s going on.
Chamber executive Pam Krause spoke to the council and requested that the council approve a one-year abatement for the water bill on the house just recently donated by the Bank of Geneva to the Geneva Proud for their revitalization project. When the weather permits, the house will be fixed up and sold.
“I think this is a win/win,” stated Timmons.
The board approved her request.
She also informed the board of several upcoming events. The town will be hosting a Sweetheart Supper from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14 at the Town Hall. The cost will be $10 per person, and reservations do need to be made. Also that evening, the Limberlost will be hosting an event “Romance at the Limberlost”, which is a wine tasting.
This month’s senior lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18. The Economic Forecast Breakfast featuring Huntington University professor Jim O’Donnell that was supposed to take place last month has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 19 in the Decatur Room at Adams Memorial Hospital. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program will be from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

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