Deerpath & Main Intersection Project Starting Soon

Roadway widening and intersection improvements on Main Street at Deerpath Road are scheduled to commence on Monday, April 15, 2019, weather and utility relocation permitting. This is a joint project between the City of Batavia and Kane County. The work consists generally of widening both Main Street and Deerpath Road and installing a traffic signal. The scope of work will have both directions of Main Street and Deerpath Road accessible to traffic with the use of staged construction.
 
In accordance with the city’s code, construction working hours is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Weather and unforeseen circumstances permitting, we anticipate this project to be completed in early September, 2019. If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to contact Chris Bong with the City of Batavia Engineering Division at 630-454-2752. 

Recycling Event in St. Charles on Saturday, April 13

Kane County Recycles is hosting a recycling event for ELECTRONICS and BOOKS between 8 a.m. and 12 noon on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Kane County Branch Court office at 540 S. Randall in St. Charles. That is just north of 38 and south of 64 across from the County Fairgrounds. Wait time is likely to be less than 5 minutes for this event so there is no need to arrive early.
 
This event is for electronics and books only. It will NOT include document shredding or paint. The next shredding and paint event will be on Saturday, May 11.  Electronics collection will include free recycling of computers, laptops, stereos, DVD players, printers, keyboards, mice, phones, electronic games, holiday light strings and more, all of which can be recycled at no charge. TVs (of any size, and any age) and computer monitors will also be collected, but they have a cost. Books are also free to drop off.  The cost for recycling television sets and computer monitors, measured diagonally is $25 for screens under 21 inches, and $35 for screens 21 inches and over. You can pay onsite with cash or card.  Books of any age or condition, both hardcover and paperback, are free to drop off. You can also bring pre-shredded documents to the book recycling area for recycling; please bring them in a paper bag, stapled or taped shut!
 
Kane County also has 2 Electronics Recycling Drop-off locations that are open Monday through Friday every week, except for holidays.
 
Questions: Kane County Recycling Coordinator, Jennifer Jarland, 630-208-3841, recycle@countyofkane.org

City Offices Are Closed Friday, April 19

Refuse collection is unaffected and will be done on the regular schedule.  

Mahoney Creek Meeting 04-23-19

Brush Collection Begins in May 

Curbside residential brush collection resumes in May for residents that pay the monthly leaf/brush fee on their utility bill. The first east side collection begins the week of Monday, May 13; the west side collection begins Monday, May 20.  Brush and limbs are to be at the curb for collection no later than 7 a.m. on Monday of your scheduled week, and no sooner than the weekend before that.  Please visit the Brush Collection page to learn more about the program and view the entire 2019 schedule.  If you have any questions, please contact the Street Division at 630-454-2400.  

Kane County Recycling Presentation on April 25:   Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Batavia Environmental Commission and the Batavia Public Library invite you
to come meet the speaker: Jennifer Jarland, Kane County Recycling Coordinator


Get the lowdown on what you should be recycling at home and at work. Jennifer will cover what can and cannot go in your curbside recycling cart, changes in the recycling industry, and the work being done on reducing contamination in recycling streams. She will also share top recycling tips that answer the most commonly asked questions. Jennifer will also talk about how residents can participate in the new food scrap collection program.  Learn about where you can recycle other items beyond to bin at drop-off locations throughout Kane County: Styrofoam, electronics, books, hazardous waste, batteries, paint, and more.

Get the 2019 schedule of Recycling Events, and all of the things you can take to them, including the free confidential document shredding dates. This session will include a slide presentation, time for questions and answers, and some fun giveaways, including the Kane County Recycles Green Guide.
 
Date:                 Thursday, April 25, 2019
Time:                 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location:           Batavia Public Library
                           10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL
RSVP:                Space is limited. Please RSVP to bataviapubliclibrary.org
                           or 630-879-4777 x2.  This program is FREE.
Questions:        630-208-3841; www.countyofkane.org/recycling
 
Jennifer Jarland has been the Recycling Program Coordinator for Kane County since 2011. Her work includes managing the electronics recycling sites, conducting recycling collection events, household hazardous waste program management, and public outreach. While managing, improving, and expanding recycling programs for Kane County, she also works with fellow Illinois County and agency colleagues on broader state issues, such as food scrap composting, electronics recycling, and a task force for recycling contamination reduction. She currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition and as secretary on the Board of the Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association. A student of life, Jennifer enjoys making art out of found objects, growing an organic food garden in her back yard in Chicago and also exploring the surrounding urban jungle with friends.

City Launches Online Application for Overnight Parking

The City of Batavia has an overnight parking ordinance which prohibits parking on all City of Batavia streets between the hours of 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.  Realizing that there are situations when citizens may need a temporary exemption, a process has been developed for residents to request a permit. 

A resident may request a temporary exemption for vehicles owned by them or by guests staying at their residence. Permission will be considered only if the resident does not have enough space within their garage and driveway to accommodate all their vehicles or guests’ vehicles. There are no permanent exemptions. For exemptions extending beyond three nights, residents are required to contact the Police Department at 630-454-2500 for authorization. Residents seeking permitting for three nights or less are encouraged to complete the electronic overnight permit application

In order to be considered for a permit, residents must include their name, location of the vehicle, make/model/color of the vehicle, vehicle plate number and state. Residents will need to indicate the date(s) for which the exemption is being requested.  Persons and/or vehicles that have outstanding tickets will not be granted permission for overnight parking privileges until all fines/fees are paid. Commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles, and trailers are prohibited from parking on city streets. Requests for permission to park these larger vehicles must be made by contacting the Police Department Administration. There are additional restrictions in place regarding the number of permits that can be granted to an individual or vehicle within a 14-day time frame. 

When there is a forecast for snow fall of two inches or more, the snow parking ordinance will supersede any parking exemptions. The City of Batavia reserves the right to deny on-street parking for emergency purposes. Residents with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the Batavia Police Department at (630) 454-2500. 

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 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 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. 

Kane County Stormwater Management Ordinance Update

The Kane County Stormwater Management Ordinance update was recently in a 30-day review of the 90% draft that ended on March 31, 2019.  With the new requirements in the ordinance, property owners and developers will have the opportunity to request an exemption from the changes to the Stormwater Ordinance (developments must still meet the 2002 Effective Date Ordinance).  Exemption forms will be available at the County and within the municipalities that have adopted the Kane County Stormwater Management Ordinance.  If your property or development falls within a certified community, the form will need to be filed with that community.  The City of Batavia is a certified community, meaning the City reviews and approves stormwater permits independently from the County.  If you are in unincorporated Kane County, the form should be filed with Kane County Water Resources Department.  A list of certified communities is available on the County’s website.  Exemptions must be approved by the certified community at least 15 business days prior to the revision date, which is anticipated to be June 1, 2019.  The City of Batavia anticipates approving the list at the May 6 City Council meeting and presenting the list of properties at the April 23, 2019 Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting.  All submittals will need to be received by April 16 at the latest to be reviewed prior to the COW meeting.  We want to draw specific attention to small projects with between 5,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet of new surface such as gravel, roof, or pavement.  Under the proposed revisions, these projects will now require a "best management practice" such as a rain garden or infiltration trench.  If your project falls within these parameters, we recommend contacting your community to discuss if the project would be eligible for an exemption.

The draft ordinance can be viewed and downloaded on the Kane County Stormwater Ordinance website: https://www.kanecountystormwaterupdate.org/updated-ordinance.html

Exemption Form

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

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

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.        

Kane County Recycling Events for 2019

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
811 Call before you dig.  April is Safe Digging Month.

April Is Safe Digging Month 

April marks National Safe Digging Month, reminding homeowners and professional excavators in Illinois to call JULIE, Inc. (JULIE) at 8-1-1 before every digging project this spring, regardless of the size or depth. This is a free call and service.

4 Steps to Safety
There are four important steps to every safe excavation project:
1. Call JULIE at 811 before you dig;
2. Wait the required amount of time (two business days);
3. Respect the marks; and
4. Dig with care.
 
When homeowners call 8-1-1, they will speak with a helpful JULIE call center agent who will take the location and description of the project site and notify affected member facility owners and operators. These members will then send a professional locator to mark the approximate location of their underground utility lines with small flags or paint at no cost. (JULIE personnel do not perform locating or marking services).
 
There is no reason to take a chance when it comes to safety. JULIE’s call center agents are available to receive and process requests 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 8-1-1.  For an explanation of the color-code markings and information about the one-call process, visit www.illinois1call.com. 

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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