Brush Collection Resumes in May
The east side brush collection is expected to be completed by Friday, May 13. West side brush collection will begin on Monday, May 16. Brush should be at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday of your scheduled week but no sooner than the weekend before that. For the more information about the program, including the 2016 schedule, please click here or call 630-454-2400.
Normandy Subdivision – Transformation in progress
Have you passed by the detention basin at Raddant and Edwards in the Normandy Subdivision? You may ask why the basin is completely brown and everyone else’s grass is green? Last fall the City converted the basin from a “turf” or green grass basin to a native planting basin. What does that mean? A contractor prepped the basin by killing off the turf and planting seeds for native, flowering plants. The seed mix that was used for the basin will not start “popping” until mid-May at the earliest with a majority of the flowers not blooming until sometime mid-June. Restoration takes time. The City will be monitoring the basin over the next 3 growing seasons, which is typically how long it takes for native plants to fully establish.
DuPage County Trail Temporary Closure and Detour
This trail alert provides information DuPage County Trail users about a temporary trail closure and detour. The following work is scheduled:
- Beginning May 9, 2016, the IPP Aurora Branch will be closed at Diehl Road due to maintenance of the City of Aurora’s water tower, which is adjacent to the trail. The closure is anticipated to last six weeks. A detour route utilizing the IPP Batavia Spur and Eola Road will be designated.
Please contact the main DOT office at 630/407-6900, if you have any questions.
Good News on the Siemens Front
Siemens now has their approvals from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and the US EPA to begin site cleanup on the property at the southwest corner of McKee Street and VanNortwick Avenue. Siemens will shortly be hiring a contractor to do the cleanup activities and work is expected to begin in the next month or so. The site will have the contaminated soil material hauled off the site and disposed of in an approved special disposal facility. They will also be treating a groundwater well in the center of the site. This small amount of groundwater will be treated so it can meet residential development requirements; it already meets standards for non-residential development. This groundwater has been confined to the middle of the site and poses no hazard to surrounding properties or the local aquifer.
Siemens will also be doing some additional testing on property north of McKee and in the parking lot to the west to ensure there are no other contaminated materials in those areas. If they are found, those materials will be removed at the same time. The McKee parking lot will also be posted for “No Parking” at that time as this is not intended for parking by the general public.
The site will then be filled with clean fill in stages, leveled off with topsoil and then seeded. Drainage away from the existing industrial properties along Wilson will be maintained during the excavation and fill process. Once the site is stabilized, the perimeter fence will be removed. All of this work is planned to be complete by fall of 2016.
After the property is fully cleaned, the property will be listed for sale for future development. The site is planned and zoned for Mixed Use development, and would no longer be used for industrial purposes. Any questions can be directed to the Community Development Department at 630-454-2700.
Deerpath Road Bridge
Weekly updated information will be available on the project website: http://www.cityofbatavia.net/341/Deerpath-Road-Bridge-Improvements or www.cityofbatavia.net/projects
Construction for replacement of the bridge is underway. The contractor has displayed two changeable message boards on Main Street prior to reaching Deerpath Road that the road is closed and to alert drivers to follow the posted detour route. A few more utilities are being relocated prior to the bridge construction fully starting. The road closure will be for the duration of the project and as of now we are anticipating the road being closed until September 2016. This is weather pending as well as dependent on the utility contractors.
The City appreciates your cooperation during this project. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the Public Works Engineering project manager, Andrea Podraza either via firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 454-2757.
Next Kane County Electronics Recycling Event Is Saturday, May 14
The next Kane County Recycles Event will be held on Saturday, May 14, between 8 a.m. and 12 noon, at 540 S. Randall in St. Charles. At this event, residents can recycle electronics including televisions and books. Please note that the list of accepted items is now limited to those electronics items that are banned from landfills; other electronics items should be put in residents’ regular trash (not recycling). At the Electronics Recycling Events, residents can recycle up to 3 TVs per car of any type, size, or age. Large loads of TVs will not be accepted. The monthly Electronics Recycling Events are for Kane County residents only. Businesses, institutions, schools, and non-profits may not use this event, and should instead contract for recycling services from a certified electronics recycler.
The weekday electronics drop-off sites in St. Charles and West Dundee are now closed. Here are links to articles about the latest developments in electronics recycling and disposal: Illinois’ Electronics Recycling Struggles Affect Kane County & Where to Recycle Your Big Old TVs Today
Residents can visit the Kane County Recycling website for current options. If you have any questions, please contact the Kane County Recycling Coordinator at 630-208-3841.
Save the Date for Upcoming Spring Events
May 19th – Truck Tales at the Batavia Public Library for elementary aged children
May 21st – Fox River Clean Up
Please click on the link below for the Batavia Chamber of Commerce “Weekly Digest” highlighting the week’s events and any chamber news.http://www.bataviachamber.org/