Fall Leaves
Fall leaves too

Why and how you should mulch your leaves this fall

Fertilizes your lawn. Suppresses weeds. Saves work. 

Mulching leaves is a great way to dispose of them.  You can reduce a pile of leaves to about one-tenth of its volume by mulching.  

A study by Michigan State University indicates that mulching is also beneficial for the lawn. Mulched leaves are decomposed by earthworms and microorganisms and turned into plant-usable organic matter.  Mulched leaves even appear to inhibit the growth of weeds such as dandelions and crabgrass.
Michigan State University studies show that up to six inches of leaves can be mulched at one time, depending on the type of mower you have. 

  • Use an aggressive, high-lift mulching blade.  A standard lawn-mowing blade isn’t adequate for mulching leaves. 
  • Mow in stripes so that you cut the discharged stripe from the previous pass. You can also mow outward or inward in concentric circles so that you cut and recut the particles.
  • Do not mulch to the point where the leaves cover and smother the grass. The grass blades should be vertical and visible through the layer of mulched leaves. 
  • Spread the mulch around from thick spots to areas with sparser mulch distribution.

The lawn is only one area that can benefit from mulched leaf material.  If there is an overwhelming abundance of leaves, use some in flower beds, gardens, or a compost pile. The overall goal should be reducing raking and decreasing or eliminating the need to dispose of leaves off-site.
Additional Resources:
The Spruce – Mulch Your Leaves
Popular Mechanics – How to Mulch Your Leaves
Michigan State University Study
The Day – Forget the Rake
Washington Post – Stop Raking Your Leaves

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A look back

Batavia groups collaborate on AARP Community Challenge Grant

Walkability, bike-friendly amenities to be examined in community survey

BATAVIA, IL - Batavia MainStreet, Batavia Environmental Commission, Batavia Bicycle Commission and the WellBatavia Initiative have been awarded a grant from the AARP Community Challenge to produce a mini-documentary on downtown Batavia’s bike and walkability.  Given the numerous economic, environmental and social benefits of bringing walkers and bikers to our streets, it is a natural collaborative fit for these community groups.   
The project was inspired by traditional walk audits, a common tool for assessing a city’s walking conditions. An audit typically measures things like connectivity of sidewalks, pedestrian infrastructure at intersections, attractive mix-used destinations, and general safety.

The documentary will follow a group of “community auditors” around Downtown Batavia.  But, the auditors won’t be alone. Along their journey, they will meet up with a group of seniors from Riverrain Point Retirement and a group of moms, dads and small children. The auditors will also bike and take the bus as part of the tour. By the end of the day, they will walk the sidewalks (almost literally) in another person’s shoes.
“Our mission is to increase walking and biking downtown Batavia.  This video will be a tool for showcasing some of our most beautiful blocks and some interesting routes off the beaten path. We will also highlight opportunities for improvement - places where the city or property owners could make simple updates to make walking and biking more feasible for every mobility level,” says project team member and Batavia Environmental Commission representative, Abby Beck. 

AARP awarded grants to 88 winners in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for its first-ever AARP Community Challenge, investing nearly $780,000 to create change and improve quality of life for people of all ages in communities across the nation.  AARP received almost 1,200 applications for Community Challenge funds, resulting in a highly competitive selection process.
The walking tour is scheduled to take place mid-October and the documentary, produced by Both/And Pictures of Batavia, will be complete by the AARP deadline of November 1.

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Construction on Route 31

Route 31 Resurfacing continues through second week of October

Here are plans for IDOT’s resurfacing of Rt. 31 (from Main St south to Batavia corporate limits)

Week of 9/11 – Pavement patching with moving & temporary lane closures. Often two-lane traffic.

Weeks of 9/18 & 9/25 – Structure adjustments, with lane closures to remain for 2-3 days after the structure adjustments are  made

Weeks of 10/2 & 10/9 – Final surface course & pavement striping
Please drive through the work zone with caution. Separate hazards if large trucks or other wide vehicles are approaching. Do not ride bicycles on this stretch of road under any circumstance. 

Octoberfest BAtavia

Batavia MainStreet brings Oktoberfest to the Fox Valley region this October 6th & 7th on North River Street!

Join us as we present a traditional Oktoberfest event in our beautiful river community which will feature authentic German food, music, entertainment and of course, beer!
Family friendly activities all day Saturday and official Sam Adams stein hoisting contests on Friday night and Saturday night.

All Batavia Oktoberfest happenings will be hosted on North River Street between Wilson Street and Spring Street.


Batavia Park District invites residents to complete community-wide survey

Batavia, IL- The Batavia Park District is conducting a community-wide survey to better understand resident’s opinions about its parks, facilities, and programs. The District has selected aQity Research & Insights (an independent research firm) to conduct the survey and they are due to be mailed in early October.

Although certain individuals may not live in Batavia, your residence may be a part of the Batavia Park District boundaries.

Whether you frequently use or never use the District parks, facilities, or programs, your opinions are very important and will help the Park District understand how to better serve the community.

The District needs your help to address the critical issues within the community - what you think are the priorities and what should be the new vision. Your attitudes, interests, needs, and opinions will create a new vision and provide the Park Board and staff with a focused direction in the coming years.

The Park District encourages residents to participate in the opportunity so your voice can be heard. The survey will only take 10-15 minutes to conduct and residents will have the option to respond in three ways: by mail, online, or by phone. All answers are confidential and will be grouped with all responses.
If you have questions, need more information, or have technical issues upon receiving the survey, please contact aQity Research at 847-424-4171, ext. 231. 

Bulldogs Unleashed
Bulldogs unleased
Photo of Batavia Bulldogs Unleashed by Lorraine Mahoney

An early litter of Bulldog Puppies 

Bulldogs Unleashed Expecting Christmas Puppies
Batavia, Illinois: The Bulldogs Unleashed popular painted statues are expecting puppies just in time for Christmas adoption.  A 30-day public adoption campaign for 8” tall puppies (statues) kicks off on September 15, 2017 and ends at midnight on October 15, 2017. Partners Batavia Library Foundation, the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, and the Batavia Parks Foundation are excited to provide this opportunity for the community to adopt (purchase) their own souvenir size bulldog puppy.  Puppies are now available for order online at www.bulldogsunleashed.org or until the litter is all adopted.
Event chairman, Steven McKenna remarks, “Everyone loves puppies, so the committee thought this would be a great new addition to the Bulldogs Unleashed family.” McKenna reminds Batavians that this adoption campaign is just 30 days long. “Families who want a puppy in time for Christmas need to order by October 15, 2017.”  The fee to provide a forever home to an 8” tall x 12” long bulldog is $75 (white/unpainted) and $95 (Crimson, gold or black).  A reminder that all proceeds from the puppy adoption fees is shared equally by the three partner non-profits. Batavia Bulldog puppy pick up date/s and location/s will be posted on the Bulldogs Unleashed website and sent to families who adopt them after November 15.
All puppy owners are invited to decorate or paint their pup and enter it in the Windmill City Fest “Parade of Puppies,” where the decorated puppies are on display during the July festival, eligible to win “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice” awards.  Pair your puppy gift with a painting class and you’ve got two items checked off your Christmas list. A puppy painting class by community partner, Water Street Studios and is being scheduled for early 2018 with details coming soon. 

Batavia Residential Brush Collection Schedule for October

The next eastside brush collection begins the week of Monday, October 9; westside brush collection begins the week of Monday, October 16.  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 remaining 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. 

Leaf collection

Leaf Collection Starts in October 

The first leaf collection of the season for eastside residents will begin on Monday, October 16; the westside leaf collection begins on Monday, October 23.  For additional details about the program, including the 2017 schedule, please visit the Leaf Collection information page or call 630-454-2400.  Once the collection is underway, we will be posting daily maps showing our progress.

As leaf collection season approaches, residents are asked to refrain from raking leaves into the street.  With rain in the forecast over the next few days, it will be important to keep leaves out of the storm sewers to prevent flooded streets.  We appreciate your cooperation.  

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Recycle your electrical extras 

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 information page


View the Proposed Campana Redevelopment Committee of the Whole meeting at MyBATV.com

Full On-Demand video of the most recent Plan Commission meeting on MyBATV.com. 

BATV has a new and interactive website that provides full recordings of government meetings free of charge. 

If you want to know what's happening in Batavia, the site offers
 complete on-demand coverage of City Council Meetings and Committee of the Whole meetings.

BATV also covers Batavia Park District meetings, Batavia Public Library meetings, Batavia Public Schools meetings, both Kane County Board and Forest Preserve meetings, League of Women Voters, and Batavia Township meetings. 

Watch original programs created for our community on demand. The links below will take you to some of the new and exciting shows offered.n addition to meeting coverage, BATV generates newsworthy content with the following programs. 

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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