Mayor Jeff Schielke Batavia

Mayor's Breakfast Combines View of Batavia's Past and Future as Jeff Schielke reviews history, progress

The Mayor provided a "Then and Now" slide show about the many changes that have occurred in downtown Batavia from the 1960s to today. 

Batavia Mayor Jeffrey Schielke addressed a crowd of more than 400 people gathered at the Lincoln Inn for the annual Mayor's Breakfast presented by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Northwestern Medicine.

Fermilab's new project. Development of Mooseheart Frontage. Changes continue to come to the City of Batavia and its population. 

These included teardowns and rebuilds of former industrial sites, the filling of the former river channel through the west side of downtown and the buildings that have come to replace those in disrepair or beyond their previous use. Mayor Schielke also presented an overview of the many retail and commercial business projects taking place in the city including the addition of a Sierra Trading Post next to Trader Joe's in Batavia, the renovation of the Aldi's store, the addition of Denny's to the Randall corridor adjacent to the Randall 15 theater and many more exciting projects to come in senior housing and the development of the Randall Road frontage on the Mooseheart property.

Leaf collection

Batavia City Leaf Collection Underway 

The third and final leaf collection for east side residents will begin on Monday, November 13.  Leaf collection on the west side is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 20, weather permitting. 
Please check the Leaf Collection information page for any schedule updates that may occur and additional details about the program.  Other available options are also listed on the page.  Daily maps showing our progress are posted on the City’s website during the leaf collection season.  If you have any questions, please call 630-454-2400. 


Last Brush Collection of the Season Is in November 

The last brush collection of the season starts Monday, November 27, on both sides of town.  Brush/limbs are to be at the curb for collection no later than 7 a.m. on Monday, but no sooner than the weekend before that.  If your brush was out at 7 a.m. on Monday and not collected by the end of the workday on Friday, December 1, please notify the Street Division at 630-454-2400 no later than Monday, December 4.  Information about how to prepare your brush can be found on the Brush Collection information page.  
Old electronics

Kane County Recycling Event on Saturday, November 11, for Electronics, Books, Paint & Document Shredding

A recycling event will be held on Saturday, November 11, between 8 a.m. and 12 noon, at 540 S. Randall in St. Charles. Items accepted are electronics, books and paint for recycling, and documents for shredding.

  • ELECTRONICS:  computers, keyboards, laptops, printers, televisions (any size or age), stereos, cell phones, microwaves, Christmas lights, and more. TVs and monitors have a fee to recycle, paid directly to the non-profit recycler ($25 for screens under 21" - measured diagonally across the screen, or $35 for screens 21" and over), payable by the resident with cash or card.  Items are unloaded for you. For a complete list of accepted items, go to
  • BOOKS of any age and condition for reuse or recycling. 
  • PAINT, both latex and oil, will be recycled at this event.  Paint has a recycling fee per container, payable by the resident with cash or check. LATEX paint is $2 per quart can, $3.50 per gallon can, and $10 per 5-gallon bucket.  OIL paint is $6 per gallon can, $9 per 2-gallon can, and $25 per 5-gallon bucket.
  • DOCUMENT SHREDDING:  Place in paper bags or boxes, 4-box limit. Free service is for residents only, no businesses. Guidelines at
  • Hazardous waste or large household appliances such as washers and refrigerators are not accepted. 

This is the last event of 2017. The next event will be January 13, 2018, and will be for electronics and books only.  Questions: Contact Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland at 630-208-3841,

Gun locks


Batavia firearm owners are invited to stop by the Batavia Police Department, 100 N. Island Avenue, to receive a free gun lock while supplies last.
Batavia Police encourage all residents to safely store firearms at all times in order to prevent injuries or death due to accidental discharge. Police will neither request nor record personal information from those interested in obtaining a gun lock. The goal of the program is to promote gun safety in order to keep citizens safe.
Please contact Deputy Chief Shawn Mazza at (630) 454-2500 if you need any additional information.


INCubator Entrepreneurship Event

The 2017 INCubator Networking Event is approaching soon-November 12th is a week from Sunday.
If you have already signed up or sponsored our event THANK YOU!
In order to have funds to support the students throughout this program we are hosting our second annual INCubator Networking Event at Penrose Breweryin Geneva. We would invite you to consider supporting our program through either attendance at the event or some level of sponsorship. Specific details about this event are listed below and can also be found at this link or attached to this email.
INCubator Networking Event
November 12th, 2017
6-8 PM
Penrose Brewery, Geneva
(Food and two beverages are included)
To register for the event or to become a sponsor for the event - click here.
If you have any questions about this event or the overall program, please contact
Brian Gamlin ( or Dennis Piron (
Thank you for your support and interest!
PS: Thank you for your continued interest and support of our innovative entrepreneurship program at Batavia High School. As a part of this program we award funds twice a year to student teams at BHS to support their work on their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and at the end of the year Pitch Night to support teams that will be entering into a second year of the program. This last spring we awarded teams a total of $5,000 at our Pitch Night.

Please keep in mind our students are having a sales competition so please give credit when you sign up.

Metronet sign

MetroNet Is in Process of Constructing 100% Fiber Optic Network in Batavia

MetroNet, a cutting-edge communications service provider, has begun construction of their multimillion-dollar 100% fiber optic network in Batavia, IL in early November. 
MetroNet construction teams are working throughout the city placing fiber underground and on utility poles. As segments of the network are completed, MetroNet will offer Internet speeds of up to one Gigabit per second and interactive fiber TV service with incredible picture quality, plus feature-rich and reliable fiber phone service: all at affordable rates.  MetroNet also plans to offer a full suite of business communications services ranging from a scalable-hosted PBX phone solution for small and medium businesses all the way up to customized network services tailored to the specific needs of larger customers 


Prior to starting construction work in a neighborhood, MetroNet will mail each resident a letter explaining its construction process and providing contact information to report any issues or concerns.   Informational yard signs will also be placed in each yard with company contact information.  Residents may also go to the company’s website to view construction areas and details about construction process and to submit questions.

Does MetroNet have the proper permits for the construction they are about to perform?

Yes. MetroNet has been issued permits by the City of Batavia to construct our fiber optic network in your area, including aerial and underground work in neighborhoods. 
Does MetroNet have permission to be on my property?
Yes.  As a communications service provider, we are granted the right to access the designated utility easement, which is typically a strip of land running along the street, the sidewalk, the rear lot line or between two lots. Easements are created for utility companies to construct and maintain overhead and underground lines for electric, cable television, telephone, water and sewer services.
Can I move the flags in my yard?  
No. Markers need to remain in place. MetroNet is required by law to locate underground utilities on your property before construction begins. Flags or spray paint in your yard, or along the street, indicate MetroNet’s construction teams will be following within a week to dig, place pipes underground and pull fiber through them. Once that phase is complete, your home will be ready for MetroNet services and we will remove the locate flags.
Should I notify MetroNet if I have a sprinkler system, dog fence, sump pump line or other underground facilities?
Yes.  You can mark your sprinkler system, dog fence, sump pump line or other underground facilities with white flags or spray paint. If you choose to mark these items with spray paint, look for a landscaping paint that won’t harm your grass.  You can also notify MetroNet by going to and clicking the “Ask Questions” tab.
Will MetroNet restore the area in which they performed construction?
Yes.  Our construction phase is temporary and we will do our best to minimize its impact.  When complete and weather permitting, MetroNet will rake, seed and straw your lawn in the areas where diAnchorgging occurred and/or remove and replace sod where practical. You can help speed your lawn’s healing process by watering the affected area for a few days following sod replacement.   

About MetroNet

MetroNet, a cutting-edge communications service provider, delivers the latest in fiber television technology, high-speed Internet, and local and long distance phone service over its 100% fiber optic network. Headquartered in Evansville, Ind. and serving more than 30 communities in Indiana and Illinois, MetroNet provides fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology to homes and businesses within its footprint giving its customers state-of-the art quality, speed and reliability. 


How Metronet does the bulk of its construction

The type of groundwork that MetroNet will be doing is primarily “directional boring”. Directional boring is less invasive than digging an open trench which disturbs the earth all along the path of construction.

Instead, directional boring is accomplished by creating a vertical path to pipe in which the fiber will be installed and then pulling the fiber through the pipe from underground.

This is done by open relatively small “handholes”, or excavations, in select locations where splices or change of directions occur. MetroNet also has a “restore as they build” approach to construction where they pull fiber the first four days of a week and then go back within 48 hours to do all of the restoration work in the area they just installed.

This is done to minimize the effect to the owners property on weekends and holidays. As well, MetroNet has provided a claim process that they have committed a response within 24 hours. To file a claim or to have any question about the project answered, please contact:

Shop small pennants

Have Big Fun when you #shopsmall with local Batavia businesses   

Planning your holiday shopping is fun when you have a connection to where you buy presents for friends, associates and family. Batavia's Chamber of Commerce and Batavia Mainstreet are collaborating with Batavia's retail and service community to invite our community to shop our city on Small Business Saturday, November 25. More details to come as the big weekend approaches. 

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Denny's Ribbon Cutting

And Welcome Denny's to Batavia!

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce was thrilled to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Batavia Denny's on Wednesday, November 1 with Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke,  Denny's President and CEO Ken Kilberger, Batavia Chamber President and CEO Holly Deitchman and other esteemed community representatives. Denny's is located at 521 N. Randall Road, Batavia and is open 24/7 and serves delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the year.


Santa Claus is coming to Batavia...

Kids of all ages can have breakfast with Santa

Ho, ho, ho! Here comes Santa Claus! Kids of all ages are invited to have breakfast with the big guy on Saturday, December 2 at the Batavia Park District’s popular Breakfast with Santa. The event will be held from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the Eastside Community Center, 14 N. Van Buren St. The Batavia Lions Club will be cooking up a delicious breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, and sausage. Fruit and drinks will also be provided. Children can visit with Santa before the entertainment begins at 9:15 a.m. Don’t forget the camera!

The cost is $14 for residents, $16 for Batavia non-residents or $18 for non-residents. Register as a family of four to receive a discount. For more information or to register, please call 630-879-5235 or visit

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