Don't Miss the July 4th Sky Concert

At Engstrom Park, July 4, from 6:00-10:00 PM

This year the Batavia Fireworks Committee brings back another memorable 4th of July Sky Concert in Engstrom Park and the south lawn of Batavia High School. Thousands of participants come every year to enjoy an evening of great music, delicious food, and breathtaking fireworks. This event utilizes NO TAX DOLLARS and needs the support of the entire Batavia community to happen. If you'd like to support the planning for this event, please visit to make a monetary donation, become a show sponsor, or sign up to help sell ice cream at the Batavia Fireworks Committee tent.

At this year's Sky Concert, you can also learn more about Batavia's Flag Day Monument which is a salute to Dr. Bernard Cigrand, a Batavia dentist who is credited for being the Father of Flag Day. This monument is scheduled to be built next spring on Batavia's Riverwalk and dedicated on June 14, 2020. There will also be an opportunity to purchase a signature brick that will help build the base of the Flag Day Monument. Take part in this spectacular celebration on July 4, 6:00-10:00 PM.

Holiday Refuse Collection Schedule

Due to the Fourth of July holiday next week, refuse collections normally done on Thursdays or Fridays will be pushed back by one day.  Wednesday’s refuse collection will not be affected. 

July Brush Collection

The next east side collection begins Monday, July 8; west side begins Monday, July 15.   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 call 630-454-2400.

Mosquito Abatement Program

The City of Batavia and its private contractor provide a comprehensive Mosquito Abatement Program designed primarily to prevent mosquito larvae from hatching into adult mosquitoes.  Our contractor monitors/treats known bodies of water, as needed, and also monitors traps at various locations in town.  The City of Batavia’s staff has already completed treatment of all catch basins along the roadways.  Residents are asked to avoid discharging grass clippings into streets and curb lines, as this grass can wash into the sewers and create a perfect breeding environment for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus. Residents are also encouraged to walk around their properties weekly and empty water in old flower pots, wading pools, birdbaths, and other containers to eliminate stagnant water sites. 
Even with the efforts being taken, nuisance mosquitoes will continue to hatch.  Residents are advised to take precautionary steps to protect themselves such as using spray and wearing long sleeves/pants at dawn/dusk when mosquitoes are most active.  A city-wide adulticide truck treatment is scheduled to be done prior to the Fourth of July holiday.  To learn more about the program, please visit the City of Batavia program page.   Residents can register to receive a notification by text or email in advance of adulticide aerial spraying by going to the Clarke portal.  If you have any questions, please contact the Public Properties & Services Division at 630-454-2400.  

Sewer Backup Information

Always call YOUR insurance company first to report any damage to your property or possessions. Then the City of Batavia's insurance company will make a determination if the City is responsible for damages caused by a sewer backup.

Contact Numbers for the City of Batavia:

Water/Sewer Superintendent – Jeremy Barkei 630-454-2452
Water/Sewer Dept. Admin Asst – Lisa Lally 630-454-2450, Fax - 630-454-2401
Public Works Director – Gary Holm 630-454-2309
Finance Dept., Insurance Claim Questions – Jana Crisci 630-454-2032

More information

Be safe when working in areas contaminated by sanitary sewer backups or floodwater. See: "Cleaning up after flood and sewer overflows" from the Illinois Department of Public Health website for proper precautions.

Lawn Watering Restrictions

City of Batavia Ordinance #13-05 limits the use of water for lawn sprinkling to:

  • Even-numbered addresses on even-numbered calendar days
  • Odd-number addresses on odd-numbered calendar days.
  • Watering must take place between the hours of 6-9 am and 6-9 pm only.

Hand-held hose watering is permitted any time for flowers, gardens, lawns, trees & shrubs. Watering of new sod or seeded lawns requires a permit. Permits can be obtained at the Community Development Department, 100 N. Island Ave.
(No permits for sod/seed will be issued during the months of July and August)

Reminder to Residents Using Lawn Irrigation Systems

Cross Connection Control devices (backflow preventers) are mandatory for underground lawn sprinkling systems according to the State Plumbing Code.  Each spring when you turn your sprinkler system on you must have the backflow device tested.  This testing is required on an annual basis, even if you do not use your lawn irrigation system.  The City’s backflow program administrator, Aqua Backflow, Elgin, IL. will send out reminder notices.
The Batavia Cross Connection Control Program is designed to safeguard public health.  We ask for your complete cooperation with our program, its enforcement, and any requests for information that come from Aqua Backflow or Batavia Water Division staff.
Questions can be directed to Aqua Backflow at 847-742-2296 or you may contact the Batavia Water Division at 630-454-2450.

Kane County "Recycling Extravaganza" Coming up on Saturday, July 13

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 13, at the Kane County Branch Court parking lot, 540 S. Randall Road, in St. Charles.  Many items will be accepted at this event, in addition to the usual electronics.  Document shredding will not be offered at this event, but will be available at the August 10 and September 14 recycling events.  Household Hazardous Waste is also not accepted.  Please note that there is a cost for some items such as televisions, computer monitors, and paints.  For more information about acceptable items and costs, visit  

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. Please remember that grass clippings from your mower are not allowed on to the street. Either direct them back into your yard or use a mulching mower. Here is a film for further info: We appreciate your assistance.

Kane County Fabyan Parkway Bridge Repairs

The Kane County Division of Transportation began repairs June 10 on the Fabyan Parkway Bridge. They estimate to complete this project by December 2019. More information here.

Do Some Research Before Sealing Your Asphalt Driveway

Is it time seal your asphalt driveway? Do some research and make sure the company doing the work is not using coal-tar based sealants. If you are sealing your driveway yourself, most big box stores no longer sell it, but check the labels before buying.
Before you buy sealcoat or hire anyone to do if for you, ask which type of sealcoat they are using and make sure it is asphalt-based sealcoat
Click on this link for more information about this problem.

2019 Ward 1 Storm Sewer Construction

As of June 21, the contractor, Performance Construction, has completed the testing of the new watermain and has completed the water service connections on Larkspur and Chillem Dr. Water services along the east side of Bluestem will be completed after the storm sewer installation within the next 3-4 weeks.
The week of June 24 utility companies are to be on-site for relocations at Chillem Dr. and Bluestem Ln. Nicor, Comcast, and AT&T all have utilities that will need to be relocated at this intersection. The storm sewer construction will continue once all utilities have been moved out of the way.
Driveway access will be impacted along the east side of Bluestem Ln. 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.

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.
For updates on the schedule for this work please contact the Engineering Department at 630-454-2750 or feel free to contact the on-site Project Engineer, Ed Shoop, at 815-355-5260 for the latest construction updates.

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 06-28-19: Earthwork and utility installation work is continuing on the north side of Main Street. 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.

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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