The Slow Down Campaign

The Slow Down campaign has returned to raise driving safety awareness in the City of Batavia and you can join other residents by posting a sign up at your home. For those picking up signs to post, here are guidelines on how far back from the curb the signs should be placed to avoid placing them in the parkways:

- Thirteen feet away from the curb if you have a sidewalk.
- Nineteen (or more) feet away from curb without sidewalk.

You can pick up your signs at the following offices: 
City of Batavia (upstairs in reception)
Batavia Park District (central offices on Wilson Street)
Batavia School District (Rosalie Jones admin center on Wilson)
Batavia Public Library (at the main checkout desk.)

Let's keep our community safe this summer.

When the campaign ends July 12, please take down your signs. We encourage you to keep them for use year to year.

Help Keep Storm Drains Clear

Residents are asked to assist the City by clearing their storm drains of any leaves/buds/flowers/grass that may be covering them. This will help alleviate potential street flooding. Here is a film for further info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eIv71M6azQ. We appreciate your assistance.

Batavia Flag Day Celebration

On Friday, June 14, from 6:00-9:00 PM, at the Peg Bond Center on the Riverwalk in downtown Batavia. There will be food vendors, games, a historic flag display, luminaria tributes, awarding of the annual Dr.Bernard Cigrand Patriotism Award, and a presentation on the 06/14/2020 Flag Day Monument. Entertainment will be provided by Batavia High School Music Ensembles, the Batavia Community Band, and the Misty River Music Makers. 

Stroke Awareness Month

Every 40 second someone in the United States suffers a new or recurrent stroke. Despite the fact that more people than ever are surviving stroke, it still remains the #1 cause of preventable medical disability. Current research shows that the number of people suffering stroke each year is increasing and that an additional 3.4 million Americans will suffer a stroke within the next ten years. Despite this, 80% of strokes can be prevented, the American Heart Association recommends focusing on Life’s Simple 7© - the top actions to take that can prevent heart disease and stroke:

  • Control blood pressure
  • Control blood glucose
  • Control blood cholesterol
  • Stop smoking
  • Nutrition – eating healthy
  • Lose weight
  • Physical activity

Batavia 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 Ward 1 Storm Sewer Construction

As of May 31, the contractor, Performance Construction, has completed the watermain construction and has begun the flushing and testing of the new main. Once all the testing has been approved the water services will be installed to each house. 
 
Storm sewer construction has begun along Larkspur Lane and will continue north to Chillem the week of June 3. Please be aware that the contractor will be trimming some of the tree limbs that overhang into the ROW to allow room for the excavation equipment for the installation of the new large diameter storm sewer and manholes. Trimming helps to prevent inadvertent damage to the tree. Driveway access will be impacted along the east side of Larkspur Lane while the new storm sewer is being installed. You should be receiving a door tag notification at least one day in advance prior to the construction work crossing your driveway.
 
AT&T is currently relocating their utilities along Bluestem Ln north of Chillem Dr and should be completed sometime in the next few weeks. Comcast will also be relocating utilities along the east and west side of Bluestem Ln just north of Chillem Dr sometime in the next 1-2 weeks.

Please be aware that no on-street parking will be allowed in the construction area along Larkspur Ln, Bluestem Ln, and Chillem Dr. Some equipment and materials will be staged on street and in the parkway on Larkspur Ln, Clover Ct, and Giese Rd. Construction equipment staged on the street will be barricaded off every night. Residents and motorists are advised to expect delays in the area due to construction activities.

June Brush Collection

The next east side collection begins on Monday, June 10; west side begins Monday, June 17.   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.

Deerpath & Main Intersection Project in Progress

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. Weather and unforeseen circumstances permitting, we anticipate this project to be completed in early September, 2019. Current Status 5-31-19: The wet weather has limited the storm sewer installation work this week. Storm sewer and earthwork to continue next week. In accordance with the city’s code, maximum construction working hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. 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. For detailed project updates please visit the City's website.  

Kirk Road at Pine Street Intersection Improvement

Starting the week of Monday, May 6, 2019, Kane County began performing construction activities beginning at the intersection of Kirk Road and Pine Street in Batavia, Kane County. During the work, there may be temporary single lane closures of Kirk Road with flaggers directing traffic. Construction work hours will be allowed from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday. This work is anticipated to take approximately three months to complete, weather permitting. Questions and concerns may be directed to Patrick VerHalen (630) 208-3138. For all Kane CountyTraffic Advisories, click here.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event

On Saturday, June 1 from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. you can join the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency at 620 Route 25, East Dundee, IL which is the former Walmart at the SE corner of Route 25 & 72. This event provides a rare opportunity to safely dispose of items such as: acids, medications, HID lightbulbs, cooking oil, drain cleaners, and more. Click here for more information and a list of accepted items.

Pedestrian Crossing Work Continues

Kane County has begun the process of updating pedestrian crossings to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Each crossing will have the sidewalks and curbs replaced with depressed curbs, detectable warnings, and wheelchair accessible slopes. Each crossing will be closed for up to 5 days at a time to allow for concrete removal, replacement, and curing. Signs indicating start dates will be posted at each route approximately one week prior to starting construction at the crossing. Construction work hours will be 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for approximately three months, weather permitting. Batavia crossings affected include Main Street at Holy Cross entry, car wash entry and windmill entry, Fabyan crossings at River Rock Road, Nagel Boulevard, Holmstad entry, Carriage Drive and Van Nortwick.

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

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