Eagles over Batavia
Bald eagles in flight over Batavia in February 2018
Home Rule Info

Home Rule Information (here)

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.


Pride in their business is pride in our community 

River Street Success Stories

Three River Street Batavia Success Stories 

El Taco Grande, River's Edge Bar & Grill and Gaetano's
are centerpiece restaurants on Batavia's River Street. 

Read the story about the business owners who make these
remarkable restaurants so unique and inviting. 


Aerial of batavia

College and Wilson Street Drainage Improvements

The underground work is completed. For the remainder of this week and going into next week the curbs and sidewalk will be poured and the road will be patched followed by miscellaneous topsoil and seeding.
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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2018 Ward 1 Storm Sewer Construction Update

For the week beginning Monday September 24, Performance Construction and Geneva Construction, will be patching the asphalt along Giese Road. Sidewalk and concrete curb construction has now been completed. Restoration of the parkway areas with topsoil, seeding, and erosion control blanket will begin next week.
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.

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Area 3 Construction ongoing

As of Thursday, September 20th Morton Street has been reopened to the public.  Geneva Construction has paved the road and all driveway access has been returned to residents.  A majority of the improvements have been completed and only a few punchlist items remain.  Anticipate Copenhaver to be seen in the area over the next two weeks to complete those items, such as landscape restoration.  Thank you for your ongoing support and patience during the construction.    This completes Phase 1 of the Area 3 Storm Sewer Separation Project.  Please see the project webpage (http://www.cityofbatavia.net/679/Area-3) for ongoing updates regarding the next phases of construction. 


Leaves me alone

Leaf Collection begins in October

The first leaf collection of the season for east side residents will begin on Monday, October 22; the west side leaf collection begins on Monday, October 29.  For additional details about the program, including the 2018 schedule, please visit the Leaf Collection information page or call 630-454-2400.  Once the collection is underway, we will be posting daily maps on the website showing our progress.  

Food me scraps

Advanced Disposal Residential Collection Guide Sent to Residents

Advanced Disposal mailed a Residential Collection Guide to all residents covered by the City’s residential waste services contract this week.  The guide contains general information about the program, including features added this year to yard waste service and a new food scrap collection program. If you did not receive one, please contact Advanced Disposal at 630-587-8282 to request a copy. 
For current information on refuse and recycling services, please visit the City’s website or 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.  
Brush collection

Batavia Residential Brush Collection

The next east side brush collection begins the week of Monday, October 8; west side begins Monday, October 15.  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 schedule for the remainder of the year and learn more about the program, please click here.   If you have any questions, please call the Street Division at 630-454-2400.

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


Batavia Environmental Commission Events

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/
River says clean me up!

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


Nami 5K run for mental health logo
nami 5k register



Read the story of how NAMI / KDK and the Batavia Police Department help people with mental health conditions 

Batavia Mainstreet Presents Octoberfest 2018



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.


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