2017 50/50 Parkway Tree Program Now Available
The City of Batavia offers a cost-sharing program for residents to purchase parkway trees. Please visit the City’s website for details about the program.
Annual Rain Barrel Sale Is Back In Batavia!
The City is hosting the 7th Annual Rain Barrel Sale with The Conservation Foundation and is currently taking orders for your Rain Barrels, available now until the end of the business day on Monday, May 1st. The orders placed online are for credit card purchases only and cash/check purchases can be brought to the Conservation @ Home program on April 6th at City Hall at 7 P.M. and placed directly with the Conservation Foundation representative. The Conservation Foundation Rain Barrels are 55 gallons each and made from recycled food grade plastic. The rain barrels come equipped with a spigot, garden hose threaded overflow and screw off lid with a screen to keep out bugs and debris, and a 1 year warranty. There are two options for pricing and delivery: a barrel with standard pick-up or a barrel and with home delivery: the prices for these options are $60 or $65 respectively and are available in the following colors: black, blue, grey and terra cotta.
To place an order go to www.cityofbatavia.net/rainbarrels anytime from now until May 1st. The orders will be delivered Saturday, May 6th from 10am-12pm to Clark Island Skate Park located along the Fox River off Route 25 at approximately 411 S. River Street. If you choose to have home delivery you will be prompted to complete more information on the website. The delivery date will be coordinated with the supplier when enough barrels are purchased in the area. If you cannot make the presentation or have additional questions please contact Jim Kleinwacther with the Conservation Foundation at (630) 553-0687 ext 302.
Spring Schedule Reminders for Yard Waste and Brush Collection
- Yard waste collection began in April on residents’ regular refuse collection day. Please see the Yard Waste information page for details about the program.
- Brush collection starts in May. The 2017 schedule and information about how to prepare your brush can be found on the Brush Collection information page.
Residents are asked to store their yard waste and brush outside of the parkway until the weekend before the scheduled pickup. If you have any questions, please call the Street Division at 630-454-2400.
Three Weeks of Single-Lane Closure on Fabyan Parkway in Batavia Starts April 24
Heads up if you drive on Fabyan Parkway in Batavia!
On Monday, April 24, 2017, the city of Batavia will be closing one lane of eastbound Fabyan Parkway (County Highway No. 6) from Western Avenue to east of Van Nortwick Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The single-lane closure of eastbound Fabyan Parkway is necessary for about three weeks to allow construction crews to safely replace existing utility poles and upgrade the city’s electric transmission capacity.
Fabyan Parkway will remain open during construction. Motorists should be prepared to reduce their speed, exercise caution, and to be extra alert.
The city of Batavia and the Kane County Division of Transportation ask drivers to watch for construction workers, construction vehicles entering or leaving the site, and obey flaggers and other traffic control devices within the work zone. Motorists should expect delays while traveling through the work areas and may want to add additional time to their commutes and consider the use of alternate routes while this work is completed.
KDOT reminders drivers that is illegal to talk on a cell phone or text while driving through a highway construction work zone.
For all Kane County traffic advisories, see KDOT Traffic Alerts.
Western/Fabyan Transmission Line Replacement
The city of Batavia is replacing 34.5 kV wood pole transmission linea from Logan Street to McKee Substation in 2017. The transmission line from Logan Street to McKee Substation was built in 1973 and consisted of a 35kV transmission line over a 12 kV distribution line. The majority of the line is now 43 years old, so the city is using Capital Improvement Fund monies to make the improvement.
The work will generally include removing and replacing the existing poles with new poles, installing new wires, removing and replacing assemblies on poles, transferring other utilities from old poles to new poles, and energizing the new wires. Below are some important details regarding this project.CONTRACTOR:
The contract has been awarded to Hooper Corporation, Inc of Madison, WI.START DATE:
The construction work began during the week of Jan. 3.COMPLETION DATE:
The completion date for this project is May 31, 2017. The completion date schedule may be adjusted as weather and unforeseen conditions warrant. Please see this exhibit
for the proposed schedule.IMPROVEMENTS & PROCESS:
- Spread existing wires on old poles: The first phase of this project will be to spread the existing 12kV wires on existing poles. The 34.5kV will be shut off, but the 12kV will remain energized and will serve customers. Spreading the wires out will give the contractor the required room to install the new poles.
- Installing New Poles: The next step will involve the installation of the new poles. The contractor will install all of the hardware on the poles and then will set the new poles near the existing poles.
- Installing the New Wires: The contractor will install the new wires on the new poles.
- Energize the New 12kV wires: Once the 12kV wires installed, they will be energized.
- Transfer Customers from old wires to new wires: Once the new 12kV is operating, customers will be transferred from the old wires to the new wires. Outages will be minimized for all customers. Some customers may be transferred with no outage.
- Demolition of old poles and wires: Once all customers have been transferred to the new wires, the old wires will be de-energized and removed.
- Energizing the new 34.5 kV wires: After all of the 12kV work is complete, the new 34.5kv system will be energized and put back in service.
- Landscape Restoration: Landscape restoration will be completed in April and May of 2017 after all of the construction is complete.
The street will remain open to traffic during the course of construction.PARKING:
“NO PARKING” signs will be posted in the parkway during some phases of the project, when vehicles cannot be parked on the street.MAIL SERVICE:
Mail service will not be interrupted during construction.For more information on this project, refer to this page of the city of Batavia’s website.
Ward 1 & Area 3 Drainage Improvements
Investigation work will continue in these are areas over the next few weeks. TSC (Testing Services Corporation) will be drilling 10 soil borings in Ward 1 and 14 soil borings in Area 3 to explore soil and groundwater conditions. These borings will help provide design and construction recommendations in connection with the proposed sewer separation for Area 3 and improvements to the storm sewer in Ward 1. Signs will provide warnings and flaggers may be present as well.
For additional information and updates please visit the project websites:
Kane County Electronics Recycling Program
The Kane County Electronics Recycling Program offers three daily drop-off locations throughout the county, as well as one-day collection events in St. Charles. Please visit the Kane County Recycles webpage for information about drop off locations, upcoming collection events, acceptable/unacceptable electronics items, costs, and payment options. Most items are still free, but there will be a charge for TVs and computer monitors, depending on the screen size. Pay online in advance (use link above) or pay at site with cash or card only.
The closest site for Batavia residents is the former Juvenile Justice Center property at 517 Fabyan Parkway, between Route 25 and Kirk Rd. on the north side of the street. Hours are M-F from 8 am to 4 pm.
Batavia Environmental Commission
HAPPY EARTH MONTH! Throughout the month of April, we will be bringing you stories of people around town that are making small changes to be a little greener. Can you CHANGE ONE? No change is too small. Small changes made by lots of people adds up to something HUGE.
Do you want to participate? Can you commit to Change One? Tell us here! Or, go down to the Batavia Public Library and visit our display in the lobby. You can add your change to a leaf, and we'll add it to the Change One Tree. Let's watch our impact grow!
For more information and ideas for change click here
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