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Leaf collection

City Leaf Collection Underway 

The second leaf collection for west side residents begins on Monday, November 6.  The third and final leaf collection for east side residents is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, November 13.  For additional details about the program, including the remaining 2017 schedule and other available options, please visit the Leaf Collection information page or call 630-454-2400.  Daily maps showing our progress are posted on the City’s website during the leaf collection season.  


Last Brush Collection of the Season Is in November 

The last brush collection of the season starts Monday, November 27, on both sides of town.  Brush/limbs are to be at the curb for collection no later than 7 a.m. on Monday, but no sooner than the weekend before that.  If your brush was out at 7 a.m. on Monday and not collected by the end of the workday on Friday, December 1, please notify the Street Division at 630-454-2400 no later than Monday, December 4.  Information about how to prepare your brush can be found on the Brush Collection information page.  

Recycle Your Halloween Pumpkins

Pumpkin recycling will be available on Saturday, November 4, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Pushing the Envelope Farm, located at 1700 Averill Road in Geneva.  For more details, please view the event flyer.  

    Gun locks


    Batavia firearm owners are invited to stop by the Batavia Police Department, 100 N. Island Avenue, to receive a free gun lock while supplies last.
    Batavia Police encourage all residents to safely store firearms at all times in order to prevent injuries or death due to accidental discharge. Police will neither request nor record personal information from those interested in obtaining a gun lock. The goal of the program is to promote gun safety in order to keep citizens safe.
    Please contact Deputy Chief Shawn Mazza at (630) 454-2500 if you need any additional information.

    Batavia Chamber Mayor's Breakfast November 9, 2017

    As one of the leading mayors in the Chicago Region, Batavia's Mayor Jeff Schielke provides and overview of Batvia with insights from regional influencers in business, politics, transportation and the environment. Join the Mayor for breakfast on November 9 to hear his highly popular annual address to the community. 

    Mayor's Breakfast

    INCubator Entrepreneurship Event

    The 2017 INCubator Networking Event is approaching soon-November 12th is a week from Sunday.
    If you have already signed up or sponsored our event THANK YOU!
    In order to have funds to support the students throughout this program we are hosting our second annual INCubator Networking Event at Penrose Breweryin Geneva. We would invite you to consider supporting our program through either attendance at the event or some level of sponsorship. Specific details about this event are listed below and can also be found at this link or attached to this email.
    INCubator Networking Event
    November 12th, 2017
    6-8 PM
    Penrose Brewery, Geneva
    (Food and two beverages are included)
    To register for the event or to become a sponsor for the event - click here.
    If you have any questions about this event or the overall program, please contact
    Brian Gamlin ( or Dennis Piron (
    Thank you for your support and interest!
    PS: Thank you for your continued interest and support of our innovative entrepreneurship program at Batavia High School. As a part of this program we award funds twice a year to student teams at BHS to support their work on their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and at the end of the year Pitch Night to support teams that will be entering into a second year of the program. This last spring we awarded teams a total of $5,000 at our Pitch Night.

    Please keep in mind our students are having a sales competition so please give credit when you sign up.


    Batavia Fire Fighters raise $9000 in 2017 Fill the Boot Campaign for Muscular Dystrophy Research

    With a big thank you to the community for its support, the Batavia Fire Fighters Fill the Boot campaign delivered $9,376.35 to the Fill-The-Boot Foundation as part of the national campaign for MDA.

    Tradition Continues

    The Fill the Boot campaign for Muscular Dystrophy is a fund raising tradition that began in 1952 and has grown into a national program conducted by firefighters nationwide for 63 years. This tradition is supported by the IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) in collaboration with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

    Since 1954, the IAFF has raised nearly $530M for the MDA, largely through the signature MDA Fill the Boot campaign.

    The program has its origins in a couple who raised two boys with Muscular Dystrophy. Their concern for other parents struggling for support led to the recruitment of 20 firefighters who gathered money in their boots to raise money for the cause.

    All Volunteers

    Once again this year, Batavia Fire Fighters positioned themselves at strategic locations in the community, inviting motorists to share spare change and other contributions by popping them into fire fighting boots. This year’s Fill the Boot Campaign in Batavia was conducted over three consecutive Fridays. Fundraising is done between 2pm and 6pm at the corners of East Wilson and Prairie Street, one of the busiest intersections in the community. Batavia Fire Fighters wear their helmets and fire department safety vests for easy identification.

    Volunteering is open to all Fire Department personnel. Participants range from Battalion Chiefs to the newest Paid on Call members. 

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    MetroNet Will Soon Begin Constructing 100% Fiber Optic Network in Batavia

    MetroNet, a cutting-edge communications service provider, has officially announced it will begin construction of their multimillion-dollar 100% fiber optic network in Batavia, IL in early November. 
    Soon, MetroNet construction teams will be working throughout the city placing fiber underground and on utility poles. As segments of the network are completed, MetroNet will offer Internet speeds of up to one Gigabit per second and interactive fiber TV service with incredible picture quality, plus feature-rich and reliable fiber phone service: all at affordable rates.  MetroNet also plans to offer a full suite of business communications services ranging from a scalable-hosted PBX phone solution for small and medium businesses all the way up to customized network services tailored to the specific needs of larger customers 


    Prior to starting construction work in a neighborhood, MetroNet will mail each resident a letter explaining its construction process and providing contact information to report any issues or concerns.   Informational yard signs will also be placed in each yard with company contact information.  Residents may also go to the company’s website to view construction areas and details about construction process and to submit questions.

    Does MetroNet have the proper permits for the construction they are about to perform?

    Yes. MetroNet has been issued permits by the City of Batavia to construct our fiber optic network in your area, including aerial and underground work in neighborhoods. 
    Does MetroNet have permission to be on my property?
    Yes.  As a communications service provider, we are granted the right to access the designated utility easement, which is typically a strip of land running along the street, the sidewalk, the rear lot line or between two lots. Easements are created for utility companies to construct and maintain overhead and underground lines for electric, cable television, telephone, water and sewer services.
    Can I move the flags in my yard?  
    No. Markers need to remain in place. MetroNet is required by law to locate underground utilities on your property before construction begins. Flags or spray paint in your yard, or along the street, indicate MetroNet’s construction teams will be following within a week to dig, place pipes underground and pull fiber through them. Once that phase is complete, your home will be ready for MetroNet services and we will remove the locate flags.
    Should I notify MetroNet if I have a sprinkler system, dog fence, sump pump line or other underground facilities?
    Yes.  You can mark your sprinkler system, dog fence, sump pump line or other underground facilities with white flags or spray paint. If you choose to mark these items with spray paint, look for a landscaping paint that won’t harm your grass.  You can also notify MetroNet by going to and clicking the “Ask Questions” tab.
    Will MetroNet restore the area in which they performed construction?
    Yes.  Our construction phase is temporary and we will do our best to minimize its impact.  When complete and weather permitting, MetroNet will rake, seed and straw your lawn in the areas where diAnchorgging occurred and/or remove and replace sod where practical. You can help speed your lawn’s healing process by watering the affected area for a few days following sod replacement.   

    About MetroNet

    MetroNet, a cutting-edge communications service provider, delivers the latest in fiber television technology, high-speed Internet, and local and long distance phone service over its 100% fiber optic network. Headquartered in Evansville, Ind. and serving more than 30 communities in Indiana and Illinois, MetroNet provides fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology to homes and businesses within its footprint giving its customers state-of-the art quality, speed and reliability. 


    How Metronet does the bulk of its construction

    The type of groundwork that MetroNet will be doing is primarily “directional boring”. Directional boring is less invasive than digging an open trench which disturbs the earth all along the path of construction.

    Instead, directional boring is accomplished by creating a vertical path to pipe in which the fiber will be installed and then pulling the fiber through the pipe from underground.

    This is done by open relatively small “handholes”, or excavations, in select locations where splices or change of directions occur. MetroNet also has a “restore as they build” approach to construction where they pull fiber the first four days of a week and then go back within 48 hours to do all of the restoration work in the area they just installed.

    This is done to minimize the effect to the owners property on weekends and holidays. As well, MetroNet has provided a claim process that they have committed a response within 24 hours. To file a claim or to have any question about the project answered, please contact:

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