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Home Rule Info

Home Rule Information

A petition has been filed with the City Clerk to put the following question on the November 6, 2018 ballot:
“Shall the City of Batavia cease to be a home rule unit?” 
The City may not use public resources either to advocate for or against this proposition, but we want to make every effort to provide voters with factual information so that they may make an informed decision.


For that purpose, the City has created a page on its website where residents can find helpful information for education about what home rule allows and also the limits of home rule authority. The City intends to add to these educational materials on an ongoing basis and to hold meetings to respond to any questions that you may have about home rule.

Jamie Saam

Jamie Saam named Donna Dallesasse Award Winner

Will be recognized at October 3 Event and Marmion's Abbey Farms

Each year at the Harvest Celebration the Batavia Chamber of Commerce honors a member with the Donna Dallesasse Award.

Donna was the first full-time Executive Director of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and served the business community for over 16 years. The award is presented to a Chamber member in recognition of their outstanding commitment and dedication to the Chamber’s mission, vision, and values.

Nominations are submitted by Chamber members and the recipient is selected by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. This year, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor Jamie Saam as the 2018 Donna Dallesasse Award winner.
From her lead role as mother to her supporting role as business owner, to alderman, to MainStreet Executive Director, Jamie Saam has always worn her love for Batavia on her sleeve.

Please join us at this year’s Harvest Celebration on October 3 at Marmion’s Abbey Farms, to celebrate Jamie for her consistent dedication to the Batavia business community.

Batavia High School environmental projects

Students and adult volunteers will be combining efforts to improve the environmental quality of local woodlands and the natural areas restoration on the high school campus. Here are the upcoming dates. 

Batavia Fabyan Woods project

Fabyan Woods Batavia Restoration

Upcoming Workdays:
Sunday, September 16, 9am-12noon
Sunday, October 21, 9am-12noon

  • The goal of the environmental stewardship workdays is to remove invasive species so that native plants may again flourish below the majestic oaks on this site and open up a breathtaking view of our beautiful Fox River. Restoring this site can help control area flooding by helping to filter and retain water, will eliminate habitat that hosts harmful tick and mosquito populations, and will increase animal and plant biodiversity for a more healthy landscape. 
  • Anyone is welcome to join our crew, young or old, and no experience is required. There is something for every ability level from picking up trash, pulling invasive garlic mustard, carrying cut branches, lopping small branches, to cutting down trees.
  • SUGGESTED ATTIRE. Long pants, closed toed shoes (preferably boots), work gloves, safety glasses, long sleeves, bug spray. We have extra work gloves and safety glasses if you forget yours. We also provide tools, snacks, and water.
  • Parking can be accessed from the windmill parking lot (off Route 25 just north of Fabyan Pkwy), then by foot head south (along the east bank) on the Fox River Trail along the river until just after you pass under the Fabyan Bridge. Anna will meet people at the windmill parking lot at 9am and will walk together to site. 
  • Contact: Anna Bakker (Site Steward) at Nussbau2@gmail.com. You can also find updates and photos at https://www.facebook.com/FaybanWoodsSouth/
BHS natural area project

Batavia High School Restoration Project Work Day 

Sunday, Sept 23, 1-3pm

  • The goal of this project is to restore a storm water retention pond at Batavia High School. Teachers, Dan Renz and Donna Detrick, along with their Environmental Science students will be working over the next few years to restore the landscape on the north side of campus.
  • Students will establish a buffer zone to slow infiltration to the site, remove invasive species, and learn to plant and care for native species. The restored pond will help filter and improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, require less chemical control, and serve as an environmental education site for students.
  • We will be working on watering and wrapping up projects from the student plantings and trail work to make the area look nice.
  • Please wear old clothes a pair of work gloves and feel free to bring your gardening tools like water cans, shovels, pruners, diggers, and buckets. We will be meeting on the Northeast side of BHS off Wilson Street near the service drive. We look forward to seeing you and thank you for you help and patience during the transition of planting.
  • You can also donate money for native plants here: https://bit.ly/2KUTMgV
  • Contact: Anna Bakker- Nussbau2@gmail.com

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College and Wilson Street Drainage Improvements

 The storm sewer trunkline on Forest Ave. has been installed and Copenhaver Co. is now working on the curb-drains that tie into the trunkline. Over the next few days work will shift to Cleveland Ave. at which point the construction traffic signage will be switched over to Cleveland. The driving surface on parts of Forest Ave. will temporarily remain gravel until the end of the project upon which permanent roadway patching will be competed. Copenhaver plans on working this Saturday 9-1 in order to complete the project as soon as possible.
No on-street parking will be allowed in the construction area and there may be times when the roads will be closed to thru traffic. Construction equipment staged on the street will be barricaded off every night. In addition, some material will be staged in the parkways.  More information on this project can be found on the project webpage at https://www.cityofbatavia.net/682/College-and-Wilson-Street-Drainage-Impro.

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Area 3 Construction ongoing

Friday, September 7th Copenhaver will be continuing pouring curbs and sidewalk along Morton.  The contractor will be working Saturday, September 8th to catch up from rain delays.  The pavement on Morton Street will be restored during the week of September 10th and anticipated to be completely reopened to traffic by 9/14, weather pending.  Parkway restoration will follow curb installation and pavement. 
In the meantime, Morton Street continues to be shut down to thru traffic from Route 31 west to Jefferson Street. Local traffic will only be able to access Morton Street from Jefferson. The closure will be for the duration of the project. Please follow the detour routes and proceed with caution in the construction zone.  Thank you for your patience during this project.  

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2018 Ward 1 Storm Sewer Construction Update

Beginning on Monday September 10, Performance Construction, will finish installing the branch storm sewer lateral and sanitary sewer services along Giese Road. The sewer installations will cross Giese Road and will require temporary road closures between Larkspur and Garden Court so please avoid this area if at all possible.
Also, beginning next week the subcontractor, Geneva Construction, will begin preparing for concrete curb and gutter installation and sidewalk replacement. This concrete work will take place over the next 1-2 weeks. Once this work is completed the contractor will begin asphalt paving operations on Giese.
No on-street parking will be allowed in the construction area and at times Giese Road will be closed to thru traffic only starting at Larkspur. Construction equipment staged on the street will be barricaded off every night. In addition, some material will be staged in the parkway of the north side of Giese Road.  More information on this project can be found on the project webpage at http://www.cityofbatavia.net/655/Ward-I.



Brush collection

Batavia Residential Brush Collection

The next east side brush collection begins the week of Monday, September 10; west side begins the week of Monday, September 17.  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.  To view the 2018 schedule and learn more about the program, please click here.   If you have any questions, please call the Street Division at 630-454-2400.


Important Note on Garbage Stickers & Refuse Collection

 Advanced Disposal will be mailing information to all residents about rates, changes to the program, and survey about the condition of the toters. 

Advanced Disposal will accept use of the lavender stickers that expired on June 30, 2018 beyond the expiration date. The new stickers are red and available from local vendors, as well as the Utility Billing Office at City Hall, 100 N. Island Ave., Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.   
For current information on refuse and recycling services, please visit the City’s website.  

Household Hazardous Waste Front Door Collection Service 
The City of Batavia is pleased to begin offering a new Household Hazardous Waste collection service to its residents. The City’s third-party provider, U.S. Ecology, will provide front door collection of many items that should not be placed in the regular weekly refuse collection.  For contact information and to learn about the items that will be accepted, please visit the City’s website

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