Kirk Road Multi-Use Path Reconstruction Project

Starting the week of Monday, April 1, 2019, construction activities will begin on the multi-use path along the west side of Kirk Road from Pine Street to approximately 750 ft. north of Mesa Lane in Batavia. During the work, there may be temporary single-lane closures of southbound Kirk Road with flaggers directing traffic. Construction work hours will be from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday. This work is anticipated to take approximately two months to complete, weather permitting. The work will include setting up erosion and traffic controls, tree trimming, earth work, asphalt removal, placement of stone and asphalt, and restoration of the parkway. Kirk Road will remain open during construction, but may be reduced to one lane of travel for the southbound lanes using temporary daily lane closures. Motorists need to be prepared to reduce their speed, exercise caution, and be extra alert. Questions and concerns may be directed to Patrick Ver Halen (630) 208-3138. 

Yard Waste Collection 

Yard waste collection has resumed for the season. A disposal sticker is required on every bag and labeled yard waste container from April 1 through November 30.   To learn more about yard waste, click hereIf you have any questions, please contact the Street Division at 630-454-2400.  

Food Scraps

Batavia Now Offers a Food Scrap Collection


Why Should We Participate? 
  • 95% of our Food Waste is landfilled.
  • 21% of what goes into landfills is wasted food and is the single highest component of waste.
  • 64% of that waste is considered preventable.
  • Landfills are the third highest source of man-made methane released in the atmosphere in the U.S.
  • Even as methane is collected from open landfills, much of it is still released into the atmosphere.
  • Methane is 28-36 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas as Carbon Dioxide.
  • Food properly composted is not a source of methane.
  • In 2015 the EPA and USDA announced the first ever domestic goal to reduce food loss and waste by 50% by the year 2030.
How Can We Participate?
  • All you have to do is mix your food scraps in with your yard waste and put in your cart, yard waste can, or your brown Kraft bag.
Acceptable food scrap items:
  • Fruits and vegetables including unpainted holiday pumpkins
  • Breads, grains, pasta and cereal
  • Dairy and eggs including egg shells, but no liquids
  • Coffee grounds, filters and teabags.  
Unacceptable food scrap items:
  • No meat, poultry or seafood
  • No bones or shells
  • No fats, grease or oil
  • No liquids
  • No pet waste
  • No paper plates or any other service ware (even if marked compostable)
  • No packaging, no plastics, Styrofoam, glass, metal, or diapers 

2019 Parkway Tree Program

The City of Batavia provides residents with an opportunity to purchase a parkway tree on a cost-sharing basis.  The resident share ranges from $172.00-$210.00 depending upon the species chosen and covers the tree, planting, and mulch.  The trees are locally grown, quality trees that do well in City parkways.  Each year we offer a variety of species so our community has a wide diversity in its parkways.   
 
To apply for a tree:   Please submit the online request form (available at http://www.cityofbatavia.net/parkwaytree ).  Deadline extended:  We will accept requests until April 5 for spring trees or September 15 for fall trees (or while supplies last).  If you need a paper form or have questions, please call the Street Division at 630-454-2400. 

Household Hazard 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

Controlled Burn for Windmill Lakes 

Windmill Lakes detention area just west of Randall Road on Main Street and directly adjacent to Holy Cross Church is scheduled to have a controlled burn completed this spring.  The date of the burn depends on weather conditions, such as no rain and the correct wind.  Anticipate this burn taking place any time from now until the end of April. If you have any questions, please call the Engineering Division at 630-454-2750. 

Spring Hydrant Flushing 

The City of Batavia will be flushing fire hydrants during the months of March and April. Signs will be posted in neighborhoods during the flushing week as a reminder. 
 
Hydrant Flushing WEST of the Fox River will take place during the weeks of March 25  and April 1, 2019, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  
Hydrant Flushing EAST of the Fox River will take place during the weeks of April 8 and April 15, 2019, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 
Citizens are reminded to check their water prior to washing any clothes since rusty water is possible. We regret any inconvenience to our customers while this work is in progress. Please call the Batavia Water Division at 630-454-2450 if you have any questions or to report any problems.        

Want to make your yard more environmentally friendly and attract butterflies?

Conservation Foundation Program Coming Up

On Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. 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, a native plant guide, and 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 receive a one-year membership to The Conservation Foundation for only $50. Come to Batavia City Hall Council Chamber at 7 p.m. to learn more; we hope to see you!

9th Annual Rain Barrel Sale
Kane County Recycling Events for 2019
Glass of water

Batavia Wins State Water Award

Guess who just received the award for best tasting water in the State of Illinois at the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Conference in Springfield, Illinois this week? Batavia, that's who! Let's give a shout out to the hard working men and women of the Batavia Water Utility. Now it's on to nationals!

Reminder Not to Idle at Schools While You Wait 

The Batavia Environmental Commission and the Batavia Public Schools are encouraging people to turn off their cars while they wait outside of schools. Reminder signs will be placed in pickup zones at all of our public schools to remind parents and others not to idle cars while we wait for our children.

Help Us Clear The Air At School
Rebate Available for Electric Vehicle Home Charging Stations
Fireworks

2019 Batavia Citywide Garage Sale in May

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!

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