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Last week to fill out the Batavia Community Survey. Ends April 30, participate today!

Your views are important and we would like to know what you think about “life in Batavia.” Please consider taking 15-20 minutes to participate in the Batavia Community Survey, which provides opportunities to express your opinions regarding services the City Government delivers to you and your household. We also ask your thoughts about life in the community in general.
This survey will help guide us in designing our strategies for service delivery and allocating resources to carry out those strategies. Results of the survey will be shared with the community, and thus it will help track our efforts in response to your perspectives on Batavia.

The City Council specifically plans to use your input in its upcoming strategic planning sessions. To ensure that your opinions are included, please respond to by filling out the Community Survey by Monday April 30, 2018.
This survey is completely anonymous and all individual responses will be kept strictly confidential. If you have any questions about this survey, or if you would like a print version of the survey sent to you, please call (630)454-2050 and leave us a message with your name and address.
Laura Newman

City Administrator
City of Batavia
Cell (224)325-7360


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2018 Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week

Batavia Police Department to Participate in Second Annual Distracted Driving Week

Education, Enforcement Campaign to take place April 23-27
Each day, 10 people are killed in distracted driving crashes - contributing to the 37,000 people killed in crashes on U.S. roadways during 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To help bring attention to the dangers associated with driving distracted, the Batavia Police Department announced today it will participate in Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week (DDAW) and conduct an enforcement campaign of Illinois’ distracted driving laws.
“No distraction- whether texting or talking on the phone - is ever worth the loss of life on the roadway,” said the Batavia Police Department.  “These senseless deaths can easily be prevented if drivers simply choose to focus on the core task of driving when behind the wheel. We aim to do our part to help keep Batavia’s roads safer.”
The second annual Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week is a coordinated effort between the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), AAA, The Illinois State Police, The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois High School and College Driver Education Association (IHSCDEA) and nearly 300 local law enforcement throughout Illinois to educate motorists about the dangers of driving while distracted and enforcing the laws on Illinois’ roadways.  Last year’s DDAW efforts resulted in over 18,000 warnings and citations for distracted driving offenses.
In addition to traffic enforcement the Batavia Police Department will participate in education activities in coordination with the IHSCDEA:  

  • Teach about the dangers of distracted driving in driver’s education classes and/or all school assembly
  • Work with teens to display distracted driving posts around community
  • Promote distracted driving messages through department’s social media channels
Contrary to what some drivers may think, hands-free, handheld and in-vehicle technologies are not distraction-free, even if a driver’s eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel. The latest AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research found that:
  • Drivers who text when behind the wheel more than double their odds of being involved in a crash;
  • Drivers who use in-vehicle technologies, like voice-based and touch screen features, can be distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message.
  • Removing eyes from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk for a crash
Violating Illinois’s distracted driving laws can be costly. Know before you go. In Illinois: 
  • Law prohibits all drivers from texting and driving {FINE}
  • Law prohibits all drivers from using a hand-held phone while driving {FINE]
  • Law prohibits all teen drivers from using a cell phone while driving [FINE]

For more information on Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week visit These partnerships have been formed to help further a traffic safety culture in Illinois and to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries resulting from distracted driving.  Please help the ILACP, AAA, and the Batavia Police Department,  to keep Illinois’ roadways safe and Illinois strong.
CONTACT: Batavia Police Department, (630) 454-2500, Traffic Officer W. Thrun

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Yard waste collection begins in April, Brush Collection in May

Yard waste collection has begun for the season and is done on your regular refuse collection day. 
Brush collection begins in May.  To view the 2018 schedule and learn more about the program, please click here.  

Important Note on Garbage Stickers:

 Batavia residents purchasing garbage stickers are advised that the City's refuse contract with Advanced Disposal will be expiring Saturday, June 30.  The City is currently seeking proposals for a new contract.
Residents purchasing garbage stickers are encouraged to keep this in mind when purchasing stickers. More details about the City's future waste hauling plans will be posted online in the coming months.

For current information on refuse and recycling services, please visit the City’s website

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Fox River Spring Cleanup in Batavia May 19th

Come out and help clean up your river!   Friends of the Fox River (FOFR) is co-sponsoring a clean-up along the Fox River in Batavia with the City of Batavia.  Everyone will meet at the Blackard Skate & Bike Park 411 S. River St. Batavia at 9AM on May 19th. 
FOFR encourages everyone to bring their own garbage bags and gloves (we’ll have extras in case you forget!).  We’ll also provide snacks and water.  Sturdy shoes and sunscreen are recommended.  All participants must sign a waiver and volunteers under 18 will require a parental signature.  For more information, contact Gary Swick, Friends of the Fox River at or visit the Friends of the Fox website ( ).  See you there!
Be a steward to the Fox River and surrounding land that flows through our town.
Thank you Batavia!

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Batavia Mainstreet 2018 Calendar of Events is ready for you!

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

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25th Anniversary Batavia Citywide Garage Sale to benefit Batavia Fireworks fund 

Get ready for our 25th Annual City-Wide Garage Sale!

Friday, May 4th & Saturday, May 5th – 8am-4pm.

The City-Wide Garage Sale is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and it will be our biggest one yet. What once started with 25 sales has now blossomed into a yearly tradition where the residents of Batavia come together to Spring clean and sell their stuff on the first weekend in May. This fundraiser is one of the biggest events that the volunteers of the Batavia Fireworks Committee host each year to help raise the funds to put on Batavia’s 4th of July Sky Concert in Engstrom Park. In honor of this tradition and its 25 years of success, we are hoping for a record garage sale year. Our goal is to have at least 250 garage and/or yard sales registered for this unique Batavia event.

Hosting a garage/yard sale:

  • Register by April 25th, 2018 at 5pm online at and pay the $35 registration fee. All proceeds go to the Batavia Fireworks Fund. Printed registrations will be available in your City Utility Bill, Neighbors Magazine, and can be downloaded from our website.
    • Sales must be held within the City of Batavia and/or within the Batavia Township limits.
    • Registration guarantees that your sale will be listed on our printed maps that are distributed to thousands of potential shoppers as well as on our online map on our website.
    • We are giving away two (2) Google Home devices. One (1) device per each side of the river. Drawing will be held on May 5th, 2018. Must be a registered sale to win.
    • The Batavia Fireworks Committee advertises this event in all the local newspapers, city calendars, multiple social media outlets, and on Craigslist.
  • Pick up your Sale Packet from City Hall (100 N. Island Ave., Batavia, IL 60510) on May 2nd, 2018 from noon-7pm. Packet includes copies of the Garage Sale Map, signs, balloons, and flowers donated by Shady Hill Gardens in Elburn. (
  • Host your sale on May 4th & 5th, 2018.

Garage Sale Shoppers:
Printed maps will be available after May 2nd, 2018 at City Hall and other establishments around town. You can visit our website to see a list of providers. There will also be a digital map of all the sales that you can use on your cell phone on the days of the sales.
Registration deadline is April 25th, 2018 by 5:00pm.

Click here for our Online Registration Form!
Download the Registration form here

The Batavia 4th of July Sky Concert is made possible by our Sponsors, fundraising events held by our Batavia Fireworks Committee, donations from our residents throughout the year, and this City-Wide Garage Sale.

The Wednesday Walkabout crew says "Come Join Us!"

We're up to 25 participants now. Meet at the south end of City Hall on Wednesday at 11:45 to walk either a one-mile loop around the Riverwalk or a three-mile loop up to Fabyan Forest Preserve and back. It's a free community event and everyone is welcome to participate. Walk at your own pace and enjoy the fellowship or other walkers as you see fit! We're all looking forward to better weather and this past Wednesday was a beautiful, sunny day. We thank Walk Batavia, Batavia Mainstreet, Well Batavia and the Batavia Park District for helping us get the word out. Bring your friends! 

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