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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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Early Voting Starts Monday, October 22, 2018.


Early Voting for 2018 is being held at the following locations

Early Voting Locations in Batavia

Batavia Park District 327 W. Wilson
Oct 22-26 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Oct 29-Nov 1 9:00 am-3:00 pm

The Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway
October 27-29 10:00 am-2:00 pm

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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.


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Leaf Collection is Underway

The first leaf collection of the season for east side residents was completed this week; the west side leaf collection begins on Monday, October 29.  The next east side leaf collection starts Monday, November 5.  For additional details about the program, including the 2018 schedule, please visit the Leaf Collection information page or call 630-454-2400.  Starting next week, 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.

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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Batavia Residential Brush Collection

The final brush collection will take place the week of Monday, November 26.  Please be sure to have your brush out no later than 7 a.m. as this is the last opportunity of the season.  Residents are asked to store their brush outside the parkway until the weekend before the scheduled pickup.  To learn more about the program, please click here.   If you have any questions, please call the Street Division at 630-454-2400.


The Batavia Environmental Commission encourages Batavia Residents to mulch leaves this fall.

As we hear the whirring of the leaf vacuum trucks around our neighborhood, there is actually an easier way to handle our fall leaves than raking and blowing them to be picked up.  The latest information is that our lawns will be healthier and our backs will thank us if we mulch instead of rake. 
Here are some benefits to Mulching leaves:

  • Reduces the volume of leaves dramatically and prevents leaf piles from clogging drains and causing floods.
  • Feeds soil as leaves decompose and soak into the ground.
  • Shredded leaves go to work keeping soil and roots warmer, retaining moisture, and preventing many weeds from germinating.
  • Makes lawns better able to soak up rainwater runoff.
  • Reduces pollutants from the trucks required to haul them to composting facilities.
  • Mulching leaves also reduces back and neck injuries that come with the bending, twisting and reaching motions that raking requires.

If you don’t have a mulching lawnmower, attachments are available.  If you use a lawn service consider asking them to mulch your leaves instead.  If leaf mulch is too thick on your lawn rake extra leaves into landscape areas and around trees and shrubs.
If you still have too many leaves, mulch what you can and take the rest to the curb for city pickup.   When putting your leaves out for pickup by city work crews make sure they are on an easily accessed spot on your parkway and do not spill into the street.
For more information on how and why to mulch leaves:

An environmentally helpful way to compost your Halloween Pumpkins

Pumpkin recycling


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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

Batavia Park District Events


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.


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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