City leaf collection
Leaf collection

Batavia Leaf Collection

11/16/17 Update:  We’ve just completed the third pickup today on the east side.  On Thursday afternoon crews went back to the northeast side to run streets completed earlier this week and picked up piles put out after we went through. 

Two of our crews got started on the west side Thursday afternoon and will be there all day on Friday and on Saturday morning to get ahead because of the holiday next week.  Please keep in mind, Monday is the scheduled start of collection for the west side, and we will go through all streets again that we get done ahead of the schedule.  We hope to be completed with the west side by Thanksgiving or shortly after that since we are getting a jump start over the next couple days.

If we complete the west side by Thanksgiving weekend, we intend to make one more complete pass through town starting Monday, November 27, at 6 a.m.  This extra collection is weather dependent, as our collection process will be greatly delayed or shut down completely if measurable snow occurs; all our staff and trucks used in the leaf collection process are the same used to deal with winter operations.  We can’t predict what the weather will do this far in advance, and we want to encourage people to rake their leaves that are already down so we can get as much as possible with the leaf collection equipment.  If residents miss the additional collection or winter weather impacts our collection, residents can place leaves in yard waste bags and put them out on their refuse collection day without a sticker during December. 
Please continue to check the website for updates.  Daily maps showing our progress are posted on the City’s website during the leaf collection season.  If you have any questions, please call 630-454-2400. 


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.  


City offices closed for Thanksgiving

The City of Batavia Administrative Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 in accordance with the Thanksgiving Holiday. 


Batavia Access Toy Drive December 10. Here's how it works

The Batavia Access Toy Drive has a wonderful history in our community, dating back more than sixty years. Resident Roy Bailey coordinates the drive, and toy donations can be made by bringing unwrapped toys or gifts for kids 0-16 to the following businesses: Pal Joey's, Funway, Karl and Sons. You can also deliver toys to the Batavia Library and both East Side and West Side Batavia Fire Department buildings. 

Gift cards, cash or checks can be delivered to the Batavia Police Department, 100 N. Island, with checks made out to Batavia Access Toys. 

The City of Batavia will be collecting toys for the Batavia Access Toy Drive at our City Council meeting on Monday night, November 20. People can drop off an unwrapped toy in City Council Chambers anytime that day or if they would like to make a cash, check or gift card donation they can do that anytime at the Batavia Police Department.

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Com Ed crews scheduled to work in Batavia

ComEd intends to perform vegetation management activitieson distribution circuits in Batavia with the next few months. These activities ensure system electrical reliability. A ComEd postcard outlining the program is delivered by regular mail to residents in Batavia.



Small Business Saturday is your invitation to shop local

Local businesses serve our community in many ways. On top of their retail offerings, many give back to Batavia with contributions and community support. 

Support for your local businesses is important, and organizations such as Batavia Mainstreet and the Batavia Chamber of Commerce are excellent resources to discover all the interesting stores and find gifts to surprise and delight your family, friends or co-workers.  


Learn what's going on through the Batavia Chamber Weekly Digest

Whether you're in business here in Batavia or a resident looking for ways to enjoy your community better, the weekly Batavia Chamber of Commerce Digest is a direct resource about ways to #shopbatavia, buy local and get a great return on your investment. 

You can subscribe and get the Digest Weekly. 

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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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