Well Batavia Kicks off big weekend

WellBatavia is a health and wellness fair designed to showcase the health, wellness, and fitness resources our community has to offer.  It will promote healthy living by directly increasing the health literacy of our community on an individual level with screenings, presentations and access to vendors.  The event will host 5 distinct “villages”, highlighting the following areas:

Prevention – participate in health screenings that look for diseases before you have symptoms. Learn about conditions you can detect by common health screening tests
Healthy Practices – integrate healthy lifestyle choices in your everyday life.
Alternative Medicine – explore a range of non-traditional healing systems.
Healthy World – previously the Green Fair On the Fox, an eco-marketplace featuring local businesses, and organizations focused on a healthy world and sustainable living.Fitness –we will promote many different fitness options with free group fitness classes being offered throughout the entire event!  Check back soon to see the complete listing of fitness classes being offered and to sign up for the FREE classes!


This year will mark the 22nd year of the Annual Batavia Farmers’ Market which takes place every Saturday from 8am to 12pm beginning June 3rd through October 28th on the newly renovated N. River St. between Wilson and State St.

Come enjoy over 20 different vendors offering a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, cheese, herbs, flowers, music and more.  Along with our weekly pop up vendors, check our website weekly for who will be in attendance.

3rd Saturdays – Will feature the Artisan Collective where you can enjoy living and shopping local. Shop for handmade items from your favorite artists and designers.
Join Batavia United Way and our friends at Batavia Kiwanis as they come to the market with different kids activities every week.  Check back soon for the line up!

Chop Around the Clock in 28th year

This year celebratesthe 28th Anniversary of Chop Around the Clock.  Each year, the first weekend in June, Craig Foltos & his stylists cut hair for 24 hours straight and donation all proceeds to RMHC-CNI.   Come enjoy 24 hours of fun!

Batavia Flag Day Ice Cream Social is June 11

The third annual Batavia Flag Day Ice Cream Social will be held on Sunday, June 11 from 2:30-6:00 on the Batavia Riverwalk in downtown Batavia. Special activities this year will include

  • Walking parade from River Street (2:30) to the Riverwalk, led by Scouts, to kick off the festivities; everyone is invited to join in wearing patriotic red, white and blue colors and decorating their bicycles, strollers, etc.
  • Flag Ceremony conducted by local Boy and Girl Scout troops
  • Ice cream sundaes and other yummy treats for sale provided by the Batavia Creamery, Fernando’s Kitchen, Pal Joey’s
Music provided by the Batavia Community Band, Batavia High School band/choral ensembles, and Orange Star.

An historic flag display sharing examples of flags that have flown over Batavia from 1833 to today will be on view in the City Council Chambers
  • Winners of the Paint Batavia Red, White and Blue house and business decorating contest will be announced later in the afternoon and awards presented
  • The Depot Museum will host flag folding demonstrations
  • Renderings for the proposed Batavia Flag Day Memorial honoring Dr. Bernard Cigrand, the father of Flag Day, will be available to view on the Riverwalk

Proceeds from this day will go towards Batavia’s 4th of July Sky Concert and the Flag Day Memorial.For additional information, go to bataviafireworks.org or bataviaflagday.com, or email us at info@bataviaflagday.com


Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry is open during construction

While construction takes place near the wastewater treament plant, roads are being kept open to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet. That means patrons of the organization can pick up food or clothes as always. Donations are always welcome and can be made through contacting Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry. 

The multifaceted infrastructure rehabilitation will be ongoing in Batavia. Through the first of June, utility work on Route 31 will close traffic lanes as Batavia separates stormwater and sewer lines that connect to work being done as we construct a new future for our wastewater. 

River Street Arch
Water sampling pipes

Volunteers needed for Water Sampling Program 

The Water Dept. is looking for homeowners to participate in our Lead/Copper Sampling Program for drinking water.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.E.P.A.) mandates the testing for lead/copper concentrations in drinking water.  Batavia’s water has successfully complied with the lead/copper regulation since the program began in the mid 1990’s. 
Potential homes used for testing should be built prior to 1987, or have a lead water service line entering the basement.  Homes with water softeners are disqualified unless they have a hard water by-pass to the kitchen faucet. A City of Batavia Water Technician will need to complete a 5-10 minute in-home analysis to confirm your home meets specific plumbing criteria. The City will be providing a $40.00 credit on water bills to those who participate in the testing program.
Please call the Water Division at 630-454-2450 if you are interested in participating.  


City of Batavia pool barrier safety requirements

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that annually there are more than 356 pool or spa-related drownings for children younger than 15.

Safety barriers are an integral defense to reduce the possibility of accidental drowning. For residential pools, the City of Batavia currently enforces requirements from the city’s Zoning Code, the 2006 International Residential Code and the 2006 International Property Maintenance Code.
Per the 2006 IRC, a “Swimming Pool” is defined as, “Any structure intended for swimming or recreational bathing that contains water over 24 inches (610 mm) deep. This includes in-ground, above-ground and on-ground swimming pools, hot tubs and spas.”
It doesn’t matter if it’s the several thousand dollar in-ground pool or the one hundred dollar vinyl above-ground portable pool, all swimming pools require a safety barrier at least 48” in height around the entire perimeter of the structure.  There are many types of code-compliant safety barriers, including the wall of an above-ground swimming pool with a top edge at least 48” above grade.  The following includes some of the basic requirements for residential pool safety barriers.

  1. If the proposed barrier is a fence:
    1. The top of the fence must be at least 48” above grade. There may be no more than 2” of space between the bottom of the fence and the ground. Where there are decorative cutouts within vertical members, spacing within the cutouts shall not exceed 1¾ inches in width.
    2. If the fence includes horizontal and vertical members, and:
      1. The distance between horizontal members is at least 45”; the vertical members (spindles, balusters) must have less than 4” open space between each vertical member.
      2. The distance between horizontal members is less than 45”; the horizontal members must be located on the swimming pool side of the fence and spacing between vertical members may not exceed 1¾ inches in width.
(This “distance between horizontal members” specification causes a great deal of confusion.)
  1. Other fence requirements include:
    1. May not include “toe-holds”, creating a potentially “climbable” barrier.
    2. Maximum opening in chain link fencing – 2 ¼”, unless the fence has slats fastened at the top or the bottom which reduce the openings to not more than 1¾ inches.
    3. Maximum openings in wood or plastic lattice – 1 ¾”
  2. Where the house wall serves as part of the safety barrier, the pool must be provided with a powered safety cover –or- any doors with direct access to the pool must be provided with code-compliant audible alarms.
  3. Access gates:
    1. Must meet all of the previously noted fence requirements.
    2. Must be at least 48” in height.
    3. Must open away from the pool.
    4. Must be self closing and self latching.

Batavia Residential Brush Collection Schedule for June

The next eastside brush collection begins the week of Monday, June 12; westside collection begins the week of Monday, June 19.  Please be sure to have your brush out no later than 7 a.m. on Monday of your scheduled week.  Residents are asked to store their brush outside the parkway until the weekend before the scheduled pickup.  The complete 2017 schedule and information about how to prepare your brush can be found on the Brush Collection information page.  If you have any questions, please call the Street Division at 630-454-2400. 

Electronics Recycling

Recycle those old electronics

Instructions on where to recycle electronics
Electronics recycling for Batavians
The Kane County Electronics Recycling Program offers three daily drop-off locations throughout the county, as well as one-day collection events in St. Charles.  Please visit the Kane County Recycles webpage for information about drop off locations, upcoming collection events, acceptable/unacceptable electronics items, costs, and payment options.  Most items are still free, but there will be a charge for TVs and computer monitors, depending on the screen size.  Pay online in advance (use link above) or pay at site with cash or card only. 

The closest site for Batavia residents is the former Juvenile Justice Center property at 517 Fabyan Parkway, between Route 25 and Kirk Rd. on the north side of the street.  Hours are M-F from 8 am to 4 pm.  The site will be closed on Monday, May 29, for the Memorial Day holiday. 

Get outside your concept of stress

Batavia Chamber hosts session to help you handle stress and lead a more productive life 

Batavia Chamber welcomes Dr. Raynette Ilg for a discussion of "Stress; what's happening in your body." 
Learn how to cope with stress as you identify five key reasons why you have it, and what to do about it. This informative, fun session will be held June 13, 2017 at Prairie Landing (Route 38 at Kautz Road). $25 Member. $35
Prospective members and guests. 

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce event calendar is a great way to keep up with business and civic events. If you’re looking for a reputable local business to serve your needs, check out our Business Directory.  You can also follow us on Facebook!
Please click here for the Batavia Chamber of Commerce “Weekly Digest” highlighting the week’s events and any chamber news. If you’re looking for a reputable local business to serve your needs, check out our Business Directory.  You can also follow us on Facebook!
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Getting digital with it on BATV's interactive website

BATV has a new and interactive website! Check it out here. Watch original programs created for our community on demand. The links below will take you to some of the new and exciting shows offered.

City Council Meetings - BATV tapes all of the City Council meetings? Watch for information discussed and approved through Batavia's City Council.

It's News to Me - Highlights of current news surrounding our community.

Viewpoint - In-depth panel discussions to educate residents on hot topics surrounding our community.


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