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Fall is arriving in Batavia. Be sure to check our leaf pickup schedule. 

Attend the Home Rule Informational Meeting at City Hall on Oct. 8, 2018 7pm-9pm or watch on BATV

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.

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Batavia Fire Department to Host Open House on October 14th 

Commemorating Fire Prevention Week.
The Batavia Fire Department will host an open house at Fire Station Two on Sunday, October 14th.  Each year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) selects a theme for Fire Prevention Week focusing on a key fire and life safety behavior.  This year’s theme is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere™.”  Visitors to the open house will learn about basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire.
This year’s “Look. Listen. Learn.” campaign highlights three steps people can take to help quickly and safely escape a fire:

  • Look for places fire could start.
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • Learn 2 ways out of every room.
Activities taking place during the event include the following:

  • Opening ceremony beginning at 11:15 AM.
  • Tours of the station and the fire department vehicles and Batavia ESDA vehicles
  • A vehicle extrication demonstration.
  • Informational booths from Tri-Com 9-1-1, Batavia Fire Explorer Post and more.
  • Kid’s firefighter combat challenge
  • Meet Sparky

The open house will take place between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Batavia Fire Station Two is located at 1400 Main St.


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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.  

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Batavia Residents are Encouraged to take part in the NEW Food Scrap Collection offered by Advanced Disposal

Why are we doing this?  Because wasted food is contributing to climate change.  In 2015 the EPA and USDA announced the goal to reduce food loss and waste by 50% by the year 2030.  Batavia is doing its part by offering our new Food Scrap Collection.
·         21% of what goes into landfills is wasted food – it’s the single highest component of landfills.
·         Food breaking down in landfills produces methane.  Landfills are the 3rd highest source of man-made methane released in the atmosphere in the U.S.
·         Methane is over 25 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
·         If we compost these food scraps properly it does not produce methane.
The EPA also recommends that we work to reduce our food waste.  Check out this resource.

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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.  

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Batavia Residential Brush Collection

The east side brush collection was completed this week; 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 now offers 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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Fox River Watershed Stakeholders,

You are invited to the Fox River Study Group Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 25 at Batavia City Hall. The meeting will be held from 9:30 am - Noon. See the details below. Please note that there is room for displays on your group's work in the Fox River watershed. Please email if you are interested in bringing a display.
Remaining 2018 meeting dates
The Fox River Study Group board will meet on Nov. 15 and Dec. 13 at 9:30 am at Fox Metro WRD, 628 Rt. 31, Oswego.
Fox River Database Update 
The Illinois State Water Survey is preparing another update to the FoxDB Environmental Database where we store all data (water quality, sediment quality, habitat, and biological) for the Fox River watershed. The database was last updated a year ago. If you have data on the Fox River and its tributaries, please send a message to and we will connect you with Atticus Zavelle at ISWS who is our database guru. We will need your data before Thanksgiving.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting!
Cindy Skrukrud, Chair
Fox River Study Group


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College and Wilson Street Drainage Improvements

The contractor will be paving the final surface lift of asphalt patching on Friday, weather permitting. They will be performing miscellaneous closeout and punchlist items over the next week or so.
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

City of Batavia Codes and Ordinances

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Parades, Procession and Open Air Meetings applications found online

In accordance with City of Batavia Ordinance 7-1-12 (C), an application (PDF) for a permit to hold a parade, procession, and/or open air meeting on a public way or upon grounds abutting a public way within the City of Batavia is required.

Permit Requirements
Although not all events require permits, a permit must be obtained per City of Batavia Ordinance 7-1-12 (A) as provided if the event is located:

  • On any public street, alley or other public way (“Public Ways”) that will interfere with the free flow of vehicular, bicycle, pedestrian or other traffic on the Public Ways.
  • On any public property within fifty feet (50’) of any Public Way that is likely to interfere with the free flow of vehicular, bicycle, pedestrian, or other traffic on the Public Ways. A presumption shall arise of the more than one hundred (100) people are expected to assemble.

Parade permits are free of charge and the city requires that requests be made not less than seven (7) days prior to the event. If the event requires a road closure, this application must be filed not less than twenty-one (21) days prior to the event. Additional insurance, waiver and indemnification requirements may be applicable (City of Batavia Ordinance 7-1-12 (I).

Although a permit may not be required in all cases, it is highly recommended that it is obtained in order to determine if any city services will be needed to make your event a success. Please review City of Batavia Ordinance 7-1-12 for complete information. If you have any questions, please contact the Batavia Police Department at 630-454-2500.




Batavia Historical Society Fundraiser lights up the Riverwalk

The Batavia Historical Society is building on their successful “Light Up the Caboose” campaign of 2017 by lighting up the historic Gunzenhauser/Smith Gazebo for the 2018 holiday season! 

Starting October 1, the public can help make the Depot Museum a little brighter this holiday season by purchasing a bulb as part of the “Light Up the Gazebo” fundraising campaign, that benefits the Depot Museum Expansion Project. Bulbs are $10 each or three for $25. With each gift, a paper bulb with the donor’s name or the name of your choice will be hung inside the Depot Museum between now and the November 25 Celebration of Lights Festival.

At 6 pm, during the Festival, the Depot’s Gunzenhauser/Smith Gazebo will be ceremonially lit by Betty Wormwood (formerly Betty Smith) and her family. The copper-topped gazebo stood proudly along North Batavia Avenue overlooking the Fox River. Legend says that Mr. Guzenhauser built the structure as a place he could enjoy playing his violin and smoke his cigars – neither of which Mrs. Gunzenhauser liked in the house.  The Smith family purchased the property in 1948 and cared for it for it until the property was sold and gazebo donated to the Depot Museum in 1988.  By 1991, it was fully restored and put in place next to the Gustafson Research Center, overlooking the Depot Pond. 
Donate and help us see how bright we can make it! If you are interested in sponsoring a bulb, stop by the Depot Museum Gift Shop (Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 pm) or visit The lights will be enjoyed for the entire holiday season.
For the full Celebration of Lights Festival schedule, visit
To donate to the Depot Museum Expansion Project, send a check to the Batavia Historical Society Expansion Project, P.O. Box 14, Batavia, IL 60510. The Batavia Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, plans to raise $2 million for the construction of the expansion, including the linkup to the existing Depot Museum.

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BatFest is Batavia’s annual Halloween themed family event attracting over 2,500 ghouls. BatFest includes, downtown Trick-or-Treating, Mothers’ Club Parade, pumpkin bowl, contests BatArt and games for free family fun.

The event will take place Saturday, October 27, 2018 around downtown and at the Batavia Riverwalk and Peg Bond Pavilion from 10am to 2pm.
Also at the festival, shop the last of the Farmers’ Market outdoor season.

BatFest – October 27, 2018
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Mayor's breakfast

Mayor's Breakfast annually highlight's Batavia's progress


Lincoln Inn Banquets, 1345 South Batavia Avenue, Batavia

Date/Time Information:

November 8th, 7:30-9:00 AM

Contact Information:

Catherine Fitch

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