Windmill shear


Windmill sunset

Batavia Windmills stand test of time

During the recent windstorm, the windmill in front of City Hall lost its crown. The damaged frame and panes were recovered and placed in storage. The City is determining next steps and safety considerations going forward. 

To learn more about the history, heritage and tradition of these windmills in the City of Batavia, we invite you to view this documentary featuring interviews with the residents and officials involved in securing and preserving these windmills. This video documentary has recently been published in collaboration with  BATV. 




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

Conservation@home helps residents learn how to make property inviting to people and nature

On Thurs., April 4, at 7pm, 
the Conservation Foundation’s Conservation@Home program will help you learn how to enhance your home's value to wildlife and plants. The program encourages and recognizes property owners that protect and/or create yards that are environmentally friendly and conserve water.

Some of the topics to be covered in this program are 
rain barrels, rain gardens and native plants. Participants will receive a butterfly attraction and identification pamphlet, and native plant guide as well as other informational handouts.

Homeowners participating in Conservation @ Home can receive a personal visit to their yard for specific advice. Qualified participants can become a C@H member, earn a yard sign and one-year membership to The Conservation Foundation for only $50. Come
to Batavia City Hall Council Chamber at 7pm to learn more; we hope to see you!

County of Kane logo

Kane County Stormwater Management Ordinance

Press Release
DATE: February 28, 2019
For Immediate

The Kane County Stormwater Management Planning Committee has released the revisions to the Kane County Stormwater Ordinance for a 30-day public review and comment. The revisions aim to incorporate Ordinance language from the Technical Manual, address conflicting language within the Ordinance, make the Ordinance more user friendly, add requirements for water quality/best management practices, standardize detention triggers, promote redevelopment and provide watershed benefit options that encourage farmland preservation.

Following the Public Hearing, we anticipate the Stormwater Management Planning Committee will make a recommendation to the County Board at their April 9, 2019, 4:00 PM meeting. If approved by the County Board at their May meeting, the Ordinance would become effective June 1, 2019, and will be the countywide minimum standard. Developments seeking exemption from the revisions should contact their permitting authority prior to the effective date to determine if they are eligible for an exemption.
Over three hundred copies of the Ordinance revisions have been distributed for public review to County Board Members, municipal and village offices, township offices, consulting engineering firms, and interested organizations for review and comment. We encourage you to review these Ordinance revisions and provide your comments.
The Ordinance can be viewed and downloaded on the Kane County Stormwater Ordinance website:
Written public comments can be submitted directly on the website or may be mailed to: Kane County Department of Environment & Water Resources, 719 Batavia Ave. Geneva, IL. 60134, Attn: Jodie Wollnik, Director.

A Public Hearing will be held on March 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM. The County requests all comments be received by March 31, 2019 for consideration. Public comment will be reviewed and incorporated into the Ordinance as deemed appropriate.
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

Brush pickup

Yard Waste Collection Resumes in mid-March

Yard waste collection begins on residents' regular refuse collection day the week of March 18.  A new feature has been added starting this year:  no stickers will be required for yard waste the first two collections of the season (weeks of March 18 and March 25).  The remainder of the season beginning with the week of Monday, April 1, through November 30 shall require a disposal sticker.   To learn more about yard waste, click here
A newer feature of the refuse program is the option of organic composting with yard waste.  You can now mix select food scraps in your yard waste cart, yard waste can, or your brown Kraft bag.

Acceptable food scrap items that may be added to your yard waste cart, yard waste can, or brown Kraft bag include:  Fruits & vegetables including unpainted holiday pumpkins; breads, grains, pasta & cereal; dairy & eggs including eggshells, but no liquids; coffee grounds, filters & tea bags.  

Unacceptable items:  No meat, poultry or seafood; no bones or shells; no fats, grease or oil; no liquids; no pet waste; no packaging; no paper plates or any other service ware (even if marked compostable); no plastics, styrofoam, glass, metal, or diapers.  
If you have any questions, please contact the Street Division at 630-454-2400.  



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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