City of Batavia Windmill Fund Donations are Open Online

The City recently repaired the green 1913 model windmill by the Challenge company, donated by Thomas A Mair, a past Batavia resident and a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Each year the City dedicates time, efforts, and donated funds to upkeep the windmills around town. Residents are now able to make contributions online here.

September Brush Collection

The  east side collection was completed this week; west side collection begins Monday, September 16.  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 remaining 2019 schedule. If you have any questions, please call 630-454-2400.

Kane County Recycling Event Tomorrow

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, September 14, at the Kane County Branch Court parking lot, 540 S. Randall Road, in St. Charles.  Items accepted are electronics, books, paint, and document shredding.  Household Hazardous Waste is 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

Clean Energy Town Hall

Monday, September 23, from 6:30-8:00 PM at the St. Charles Public Library, the Illinois Environmental Council is partnering with State Representative Karina Villa to host a clean energy town hall to provide an opportunity to learn more about the threat climate changes poses in our state, the benefits of clean energy, and why the Clean Energy Jobs Act is the bold step needed in securing Illinois' future. Click here for more information and to RSVP. Note if they expect a big turnout they may change venues.  Check back closer to the event. 

Parkway Tree Program - Ends Soon!

The application period to request a parkway tree will end soon.  Residents can request to purchase a parkway tree on a 50/50 cost-sharing basis. The available species are locally grown, quality trees that do well in City parkways, and we offer a variety of species each year to provide a diversified parkway tree population for our community. Program details

Solar Power Hour Information Session

Monday, September 9, 7:00 PM at the Batavia Public Library. Thinking about going solar? Residents throughout Cook, Kane, DuPage, and Will counties have an opportunity to participate in Solarize Chicagoland, a grassroots program combining volume purchasing with community education to make solar more accessible and affordable.

Regardless of where you live in the counties, you can participate in any of the free informational Solar Power Hours. You’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar group buy program works. After the session, get a free, no-obligation site assessment from the competitively selected installer. You have until September 30, 2019, to decide whether to get solar through the program.

To view the full calendar of info sessions and sign up for updates visit

Batavia Green Business Ole Award

Is your Batavia-based business working hard to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly? The Batavia Chamber of Commerce and Batavia Environmental Commission would like to reward you! This will be the first annual Green Business Ole. Areas of interest include: Improved water quality and water conservation, energy conservation, promoting healthy ecology, waste management, improving air quality, and employee education. You can apply at: The application deadline is Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Area 3 Storm Sewer Separation & Watermain Replacement Construction

Performance Construction has been working on the Area 3 Storm Sewer Separation & Watermain Replacement project since the week of 7/29. The week of 9/16 Performance should start installing watermain on S Jefferson towards Blaine and then west down Blaine. Pipes and stone will continue to be delivered onsite and left in the street or parkway for staging.  Construction will require local road closures throughout the duration of the project, but the contractor will always provide you access to your home. The road closures will be moving closures corresponding with the construction.  Please drive with caution through the construction zone.  More information can be found on the project’s webpage. Work is anticipated to be completed by late fall 2019 for a winter shutdown and then remaining work to be completed in the spring of 2020. If you have any questions regarding this project please contact Andrea Podraza in the Engineering Department at (630) 454-2757.

Map of Affected Streets

2019 Ward 1 Storm Sewer Construction

As of the week of September 13th, street asphalt resurfacing and landscape restoration in the parkways has been completed. The contractor is moving into the close-out phase of the project and will be on-site intermittently to finish up punch-list items throughout the project area. For the week of September 16th we expect Performance Construction to be on-site installing concrete fillets within the storm manhole structures and doing general site clean-up activities.  
For updates on the schedule for this work please check the project webpage. If you have any other concerns please contact the Engineering Department at 630-454-2750.

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 October, 2019. Current Status   9-6-19: Paving of the surface course is scheduled for Wednesday 9-18, weather permitting. Watch for oil application prior to paving. The traffic signal turn-on is scheduled for Friday 9-20. Be alert!  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.  

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.

Kane County Road Work at Fabyan and Kirk

Road work began July 8 at the intersection of Fabyan and Kirk. This construction entails shifting traffic and putting in new temporary lanes to facilitate a future build-out of an improved intersection. 

Kirk Road at Pine Street Intersection Improvement

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.

Batavia High School Retention Pond Restoration Project

A community workday will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019, from 10 a.m.-12 noon.  Join us in the morning to help plant the remaining native plant plugs generously donated by Applied Ecological Services that was coordinated by our fellow Batavian Maggie Soliz. We will wrap up anything the students didn't get to the day before. All ages are encourage to attend. We will have some tools on site, but please feel free to bring garden gloves, trowels, spades, diggers, watering cans, and shovels to help plant and spruce up the site. Donuts will be provided for those that RSVP and help at the event. The pond is located off Wilson Street on the northeast part of campus.  We will also be doing some watering and scattering seeds that BEC member Anna Bakker collected from the Louise White and Grace McWayne Elementary School prairies.  Please let us know you are coming by responding to our Facebook Event

Fabyan Woods South Volunteer Restoration Work Day

Will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2019, from 9 a.m.-12 noon.  The site is located in Batavia at the corner of Route 25 and Fabyan, just SOUTH of the bridge and along the river trail. The site is called Fabyan Woods South.

WHAT WE DO: The goal of our environmental stewardship workdays is to remove invasive species so that native plants may again flourish below the majestic oaks on this site and open up a breathtaking view of our beautiful Fox River.  Anyone is welcome to join our crew, young or old, and no experience is required. There is something for every ability level from picking up trash, pulling invasive garlic mustard, carrying cut branches, lopping small branches, to cutting down trees. Your time is spent helping to save an endangered ecosystem while learning about nature and engaging with other volunteers.
SUGGESTED ATTIRE: Long pants, closed toed shoes (preferably boots), work gloves, safety glasses, long sleeves, bug spray. We have extra work gloves and safety glasses if you forget yours. We also provide tools, snacks, and water.

The event will be cancelled if there is inclement weather; for the most up to date information and for other pop-up events please join our email list.

WANT MORE INFO? To be added to our volunteer list, contact Anna Bakker (Site Steward) at You can also find more information, updates and photos at

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