Last Updated: Friday, May 29, 2020
The City of Batavia is continuously monitoring updated information on COVID-19 and working with our partners at the state and local levels in order to best protect citizens from the spread of the virus. The City of Batavia is operational 24/7 and will be assisting the community through this difficult time. Mayor Schielke urges everyone to take the precautions recommended by the CDC as well as the local and state health departments to limit the potential for exposure.
May 26, 2020 Updates:
On Tuesday, May 26, the City Council at the Committee of the Whole meeting decided to create outdoor public dining areas, to apply to IDOT for a permit to close N. River St. and to allow public consumption of packaged alcoholic beverages purchased from downtown businesses at the public dining tables on N. River St.. City employees sprang into action to make sure everything is in place as we enter Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan on May 29. Residents are encouraged to wear masks and adhere to safety guidelines while in the area as we anticipate greater numbers during this allowance. Residents are encouraged to follow the posted rules regarding the use of the outdoor dining tables.
Outdoor Dining Rules
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Governor JB Pritzker announced the creation of a “Get Hired IL” website to connect those who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic with employers who are currently hiring.
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Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Announces Help for Consumers Struggling to Make Payments on their Debts Due to the COVID-19 Crisis and Guidance for its Regulated Financial Sectors
March 27, 2020 Updates
On March 25, 2020 the Mayor of Batavia signed an Executive Order to allow electronic bid opening.
On March 24, 2020 the Mayor of Batavia signed an Executive Order that there is no burning of wetland areas allowed during the term of the Governor's current Stay at Home Executive Order.
On March 20, 2020, Governor JB Pritzker ordered Illinois residents to ‘stay at home.’ The Governor’s Executive Order is available via this link. The order is effective at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, March 21, 2020, through the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, which currently extends through Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
On March 20, 2020 the Mayor of Batavia signed Executive Order 20-01 allowing businesses with packaged liquor or service on-premises licenses to make curbside or home delivery liquor sales. To view details click here
Effective March 23, 2020, Advanced Disposal implementing the following changes to its collection service:
· All trash/refuse and recycling must be placed in the company designated cart or a can with handles ONLY if you do not have a cart. Loose items outside of the container will not be collected.
· All bulky item pickup/collection is suspended until further notice.
· At this time, yard waste service is unaffected by the changes; however, we do anticipate potential changes to this program as well.
· If you utilize the sticker program, we will continue to pick up items that are bagged. We anticipate that this may change as well. If possible, please place these items in a container and place the sticker on the handle of the container.
The City of Batavia’s website has an up-to-date listing of the various locations where stickers are currently available. Advanced Disposal (630-587-8282) is now selling stickers and half bags at their office (M-F, 8-5); they are also taking orders over the phone and mailing items to residents (payment through credit and debit cards only).
In an effort to encourage limited interaction between persons, effective immediately and until further notice, all solicitor and peddling permits in the City have been suspended. Please report any soliciting activity to the Batavia Police Department. Thank you.
After the regular City Council meeting on March 16, 2020, an Emergency Meeting of the City Council was held to declare a “Civil Emergency” due to the COVID-19 outbreak and to provide the mayor emergency powers Pursuant to City Code Title 5, Chapter 1. Declaring a Civil Emergency provides the Mayor with the ability to act when necessary to protect the public health and safety for matters related to the basis of the Civil Emergency. An example would be if the mayor needed to impose a curfew or close a facility suspected of contributing to spread of the disease. These emergency powers are narrow in scope in that they may not be used on matters unrelated to the Civil Emergency. The powers are only extended to the next City Council meeting at which time they are either terminated or extended upon the approval of City Council.
Closure of Access to Certain Municipal Buildings and Offices
It is of paramount importance that the City takes measures to ensure that our staff is available to meet the needs of the community. Out of an abundance of caution, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, the City will be restricting access at some facilities for 30 days.
There will be no public access to the Utility Billing Department. A box to receive payments is located in the Police Department lobby. The office is not available to make change for cash payments, but any overpayment will be credited to your account and applied to your next month’s payment. There is another payment box located in the parking lot west of City Hall. If you need to speak directly with someone in Utility Billing, please call (630)454-2020.
There will be no public access to the Community Development Department. A box will be located in the Police Department lobby to accept documents and payments. The office is not available to to make change for cash payments. The City will continue to receive and process building permit applications and conduct inspections. If you need other assistance, please call (630)454-2700.
Except for the Police Department lobby, all other areas of City Hall are closed to the public. We ask that you call (630)454-2000 if you have a request or you need assistance. Office hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If your need arises outside of those hours, please call the Police Department non-emergency number (630)454-2500.
There will be no public access to the Public Works Building located at 200 North Raddant Road. Home visits for non-emergencies are suspended. If you need assistance, please call (630)454-2300.
Batavia Business Information
In ongoing efforts to keep our community informed, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and Batavia MainStreet have created a comprehensive document of our retail businesses with updated hours of operation, accessibility and special offers. In these uncertain times, our local businesses need our support! Online purchases can be made with many and purchasing gift cards is another way to offer support. Please feel free to reach out to the Batavia Chamber of Commerce with questions.
Help continue to support our local restaurants that will offer delivery, curbside pick up or drive thru options during this time! Visit this link to see all of our restaurant’s updated information. This will be updated often, so please check back. The governor’s declaration also allows the public to enter a restaurant to pick up a Take-Out order.
Governor Pritzker has issued an executive order that all bars and restaurants in the state will close to dine-in customers beginning at the end of business today, March 16, and continuing through March 30. This has been done for your safety in order to limit close gatherings of large numbers of people.
We are very aware of the impact that this will cause both operationally and financially to our local businesses. We will do everything we can to support our businesses during this time.
We urge those who can patronize our businesses through take-out or delivery to continue to do so. We are working on a list of businesses that remain open for takeout and delivery and will pass this information on to you.
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity of Illinois (DCEO) has provided a form as a way for business owners to report anticipated impact of COVID-19 to their businesses here.
There is also a handout regarding disaster assistance resources for businesses from the U.S. Small Business Administration here.
The City has made the difficult decision to cancel all Board and Commission meetings for the month of March. The city will be creating a process for these meetings to be held electronically beginning in April.
The Committee of the Whole and City Council will continue to meet on a reduced schedule: The Committee of the Whole will meet March 24, April 14 and April 28. City Council meetings will be on April 6 and April 20. All of these meetings will allow electronic participation by the elected officials per the Governor’s Executive Order suspending the Open Meetings Act requirements for in-person participation of a quorum of the governing body.
Batavia Restaurant Madness for March 22-26 has been cancelled.