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Mahoney Creek Streambank Neighborhood meeting March 12 at 5:30 pm, City Council Chambers

Mahoney Creek

Ward 1 and Area 3 Storm Sewer Reconstruction Projects Neighborhood Meeting March 12, City Council Chambers. Ward 1: 6:00-630. Area 3: 6:30-7:00 pm

Ward 1 and Area 3
Kane County Recycles Guide

2019 Kane County Recycles Green Guide now available

Click here to view and download the guide.  It contains lots of useful information about special recycling events and options Kane County residents can use to dispose of their recyclables. 

Household hazardous waste materials

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


Are You Recycling Right? 

As you may have heard, residential recycling is more highly contaminated with non-recyclable garbage than ever before. Reports from sorting facilities range from 25% to 35% contamination in their recycling materials. This weighs down sorting facilities, reduces commodity prices, affects the remanufacturing markets, and increases costs for local governments and ultimately residents.
To address the increase in recycling contamination, a state task force was formed to bring recycling industry haulers and sorting facility operators together with governmental and organizational educators to develop simple cohesive recycling education materials to help residents better understand what items should and should not be placed in recycling carts.
These guidelines represent the common items accepted in most recycling programs throughout Illinois, and the goal is to have them be the go-to guidelines for all programs, all haulers, and all educators throughout the state.  An interactive Curbside Recycling Guide has been created by the Illinois EPA to help residents learn what to put in their curbside recycling bin, what to keep out, and ask questions.  Kane County Recycles has also created a quick reference sheet of guidelines to help residents.    


Home EV Rebate

Here's how it works

1. Purchase level 1 hardwired, Level 2 hardwired or Level 2 plug-in EVSE for your home: (keep receipt)

2. Apply for building permit for installation (pay fee)

3. Install EVSE(keep documentation for final inspection)

4. Sechdule/perform final city inspection

5. Check will be issued for rebate of up to $500 pus refund of permit fee. 



Flags and flannel

Flags and Flannel March 1, 2019, Abbey Farms. 6PM  $100 per ticket

Help bring Flag Day Monument to Batavia: Tickets now available for “Flags & Flannel” dinner
CFFRV matching funds raised March 1
BATAVIA, IL (Feb. 20, 2019) – A community barn dinner will support the Flag Day Monument to be built in downtown Batavia. The event, called Flags & Flannel, will be held 6 p.m., Friday, March 1, at Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Rd., Aurora. Among honored guests will be Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Alan Lynch of Gurnee, IL, and local and regional public figures from the Greater Fox Valley area.

 “The idea for the monument grew out of a conversation about how we could honor the area’s deep connection to the history of Flag Day through Dr. Bernard Cigrand, a Batavian who appealed to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson to establish the holiday in 1916,” said Austin Dempsey, President of the Fox Valley Patriotic Organization, a non-profit with a mission to build the monument.

As the idea evolved, the planned Monument grew from a commemorative piece to an educational attraction that can be celebrated throughout the region and inspire a sense of unity today and for generations to come.

“Beyond the pure beauty of the piece, it will be a functional, interactive learning tool,” said Dempsey.

Designed by architect Steve Vasilion of Batavia, the monument is a combination of architectural elements that unfold both to tell the story of the American Flag and to mark the historic milestones that unite Americans under the flag. The flagpole itself will serve as a sundial marking such celebrated events as the first moon landing along with national tragedies, such as 9-11, by date and time as it shines along the 40-foot diameter brick helix. Groundbreaking is planned for March 1, 2020, with completion and unveiling on Flag Day, June 14, 2020.

The educational elements are what attracted board member Cathy McNally to the project.
 “As the proud Army Mom to 1st Lieutenant, Zachary McNally currently serving overseas, I am excited to help bring the Flag Day Monument to the region and to the generations to follow,” she said. “This project will create a vehicle for conversation with our children, teaching them of the unbroken chain of heroes who have defended our way of life.”
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, which already has donated $100 thousand to the Monument fund, has pledged to match all funds raised at Flags & Flannel – from ticket sales to auction items and memorial bricks – dollar-for-dollar up to $25 thousand.

Flags & Flannel. It will feature live music from Billy Croft & the 5 Alarm Band, food provided by Team FIB BBQ, live auctions and a cash bar. It also will be the first opportunity for individuals and groups to purchase legacy bricks with customized engraving. Visit for information and a link to Eventbrite for tickets, priced at $100.

“Flags & Flannel is our first fundraising event,” said Dempsey. “It offers a unique experience to come and dine together as a regional community.”
To sponsor or donate auction items use the contact form at



Batavia Fireworks

Spring is around the corner and it's time to plan for the Annual Batavia Citywide Garage Sale

The 2019 Batavia Citywide Garage Sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Citywide Garage Sale is the biggest fundraising event hosted by the volunteer members of the Batavia Fireworks Committee. The Batavia Fireworks Committee has set a goal to raise $40,000 for the fireworks display at The Batavia Fourth of July Sky Concert. The annual fireworks budget is made possible by contributions provided by sponsors, through various fundraising events organized by the Batavia Fireworks Committee year-round, private donations from residents throughout the year, and registration fees from the 2019 Batavia Citywide Garage Sale.
Look for more information soon!




Coming up in February! 

Sat., February 23

Ben’s Bubble Show

Ben’s Bubble Show is a visually delightful and interactive blend of art and science with a touch of magic. Beautiful, humorous, and mind-boggling sculptures, giant bubbles, people inside bubbles and much more will be happening. A uniquely enjoyable experience. Doors to the Founders Room open at 10:45am.

Sun., February 24

Valentine’s Day Show

Batavia Public Library
It’s a little late for Valentine’s Day, but it’s never too late for love. Join popular singers Jan & Gino as they sing love songs to warm our hearts in this cold weather. Please register for this program online or by calling the Library Reference Desk, 630-879-1393, ext. 200.

Wed., February 20

Homeless Shelters’ Gift to the World

Batavia Public Library
In this lecture of the New Lyceum Series, Ryan Dowd, executive director of Hesed House, presents tips on how the tactics used by homeless shelters can be helpful to us all. Please register for this program online or by calling the Library Reference Desk, 630-879-1393, ext. 200.



True cost of clothing

Save the Date for Green Night Out at the Movies: The True Cost of Clothing, March 9 at 7 pm!

Save the Date for Green Night Out at the Movies!

The Batavia Environmental Commission invites the community to Green Night Out at the Movies featuring “The True Cost” on March 9, 2019 at 7pm in City Hall.

The True Cost is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

For more information about this film and to watch the trailer click here 

Rain Barrel Program
Seed swap

Victory Garden Seed Swap

Saturday, March 2, 2019 10am-12pm
Peg Bond center, 151 N. Island Avenue, Batavia Fee $5

Join the Batavia Depot Museum as we get a start on our 2019 Victory Garden with a seed swap! Bring your excess seeds, clean pots, and garden supplies to swap, and enjoy a nice morning with others who can’t wait to start on their gardens! There will be a free exchange of seeds, and we will also have a seed starting station.   The Environmental Commission will also have a hands-on activity to that will be fun for the whole family.  Proceeds will benefit the Victory Garden Exhibit. Register for this class at the Batavia Park District Website




fOX river arts ramble

Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th
Join us for the 2nd Annual Fox River Arts Ramble: a two-day, self-guided arts tour featuring numerous arts-related locations from Aurora to Elgin in 2019. Deadline to submit to participate is February 1, 2019.

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