Maple trees
Parkway tree program

2018 50/50 Parkway Tree Program Now Available

The City of Batavia offers a cost-sharing program for residents to purchase parkway trees.  Please visit the City’s website for details about the program.

Red Oak: (Spring Only)
Description: Good street tree, red fall color 
Requests due by: March 31, 2018  
Size: Approximately 2.5" diameter / 8'-10' high at planting
Height at maturity (approximate): 60'-75'
Resident share of tree cost: $195.00 

Marmo Freeman Maple: (Spring Only)
Description:  Oval shape; drought tolerant; red and green to burgundy and yellow fall color
Requests due by:  March 31, 2018 
Size:  2.5" diameter / 8'-10' high at planting 
Height at maturity (approximate): 45'-70'
Resident share of tree cost:  $165.00
Restaurant Madness
Chamber golf outing invite

Batavia Chamber hosts annual Golf outing June 22, 2018

Sign up early with your golf foursome, or come for the social side of the event. 

prescribed burns
prescribed burn also


Prescribed Burning is planed this year within the City of Batavia, for the City’s maintained portion of the Braeburn Marsh (West side of Randall Road, towards the Cambridge Development) in the later part of March through April. Signs will be posted along Randall Road to notify residents a few days to a week in advance, as in the past.  In addition Windmill Lakes Basin, on Main Street next to Holy Cross & Tower Car Wash, will be burnt this spring too.

Prescribed burning is a very important management tool for maintaining and enhancing grasslands. Fire was an important natural part in the development and maintenance of grasslands, forests, and wetlands, throughout history. For thousands of years, tall grass prairies were kept free of trees by the occasional wildfires that cleared the landscape every two to 50 years. These fires were many times caused by lightning.

Present day research and experience have shown that prescribed burning can be an effective management tool. Prescribed burns are used most frequently to maintain and restore native grasslands. Prescribed burning can recycle nutrients tied up in old plant growth, control many woody plants and herbaceous weeds, improve poor quality forage, increase plant growth, reduce the risk of large wildfires, and improve certain wildlife habitat. To achieve the above benefits, fire must be used under very specific conditions, using very specific techniques.

Weather has an overriding effect on a prescribed burn. A burn plan will outline the weather conditions, which must be met before the burn is conducted. It is very important to have the latest and most updated weather conditions available before starting the burn. Relative humidity is an important factor to consider when planning a controlled burn. Temperature is also important when laying out a burn plan because of its relation to relative humidity. Wind direction and speed should both be taken into account as well. If either varies greatly, the fire can shift with gusts of wind, and may burn too quickly with an increase in wind speed.

When planning a prescribed burn, it is necessary to utilize a professional contractor who will obtain a permit from the EPA who will in turn obtain permission from the Batavia Fire Department.

Any Questions pertaining to this planned burn, please contact the City of Batavia Engineering Department at (630)454-2750.

Batavia lineman
Batavia electrical workers

How do those electrical lines stay in service in Batavia? Thank a lineman

In all kinds of weather and temperatures, City of Batavia lineman work to keep and restore electrical service in all seasons. 

The work requires considerable expertise and attention to detail Next time you turn on a light or a TV, thank a lineman. They do a great job keeping us all switched on. 

Prom dress giveaway

CHIP In hosting Fifth Annual Prom Dress Giveaway 

The Batavia Public Library is hosting CHIP IN Batavia’s fifth annual Prom Dress Giveaway on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m.  to 4 p.m.  at 10 S. Batavia Avenue in Batavia, Ill.   

More than 200 dresses as well as accessories (purses, shoes, and jewelry) will be available free of charge to any girl from any school district, regardless of need. Private changing areas will also be available,Anchor and a seamstress will be on hand to help with alterations. 
“It is our goal to make sure everyone who needs and wants a dress can get one,” said Joanne Spitz, co-founder of CHIP IN Batavia. “We encourage students to come with friends or family. It is a lot of fun, and the dresses are gorgeous.”
Donate a Dress and Accessories

The Batavia Public Library will also be accepting donated prom dresses and accessories (purses, jewelry, and shoes), Feb. 1-March 16 at the library’s check out desk. Donated dresses and accessories should be clean and in good-to-excellent condition. Tax donation letters will be available.
Monetary donations are also welcome at drop-off, and will be used to help pay for tuxedo rentals and prom tickets.
Last year, CHIP IN Batavia, which was founded by Batavia residents Joanne Spitz and Melinda Kintz, gave away more than 165 dresses to students from Batavia, Mooseheart, St. Charles, Geneva, Elgin, Aurora, Rosary, Jacobs, North Central College, and Yorkville. Dresses were also given to Rotolo Middle School for the eighth-grade dinner dance, and to the Batavia Interfaith Clothes Closet.

For more information, visit or email

Gift Wrapping

Batavia Mainstreet Unwraps its 2018 Calendar of Events

The 2018 Batavia Mainstreet Calendar is here. Plan your year with Mainstreet! We'll see you there!

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