CITY OF BATAVIA, ILLINOIS

Brush Collection

The October brush collection has been completed.  The final brush collection of the year will begin on Monday, November 30, for both sides of town.  Brush should be at the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday but no sooner than the weekend before that. For more information about the program, including the 2015 schedule, please click here or call 630-454-2400. 

2015 Residential Leaf Collection Program
The City of Batavia's Residential Leaf Collection Program is in progress.  The first leaf collection for the east side of town was completed this week, and the first west side leaf collection will begin next Monday, October 26.  Please have leaves raked to curb by 6 a.m. on the Monday of your scheduled week.  Click here for more details about the program, including daily progress while the program is underway, or call the Street Division of Batavia Public Works at 630-454-2400. 

Businesses Open During Construction

Please remember that no businesses are closed due to the Houston Street Project.  The Popcorn Depot, Open Range, Depot Museum, the Professional Building and all the businesses on Island Avenue are all easily accessible at all times, though you may find yourself waling just a bit further for a parking space. Please cross your fingers for continued good work weather. 

Houston Street Update

The following is a status update and work scheduled for the week of October 26:

•    Abbey has completed the roadway curbs.  They have started pouring concrete sidewalks and will be on site for the next 7 - 10 days to complete the last planter, driveway aprons, and sidewalks. 
•    Asphalt binder course is now completed.
•    Rainmakers Irrigation is on site installing valve boxes in the planter islands and constructing the control cabinet.
•    Thorne Electric is on site to install street light pole foundations and electric hand holes.
•    Breezy Hill is scheduled to start installing brick pavers on Monday, October 26, in the fountain plaza area and sidewalk sections at the intersections.

Pace Reminds Aurora-Area Residents of Oct. 26 Service Changes

It's an all-new service model for Pace users, with a bunch of changes, so Pace is offering a friendly reminder prior to the Oct. 26 launch.
One of the cool things is that these are service changes that transit riders helped design — including bus routes that operate more frequently, later at night and that travels to newly developed retail destinations around the area.

The idea is to maximize service to the destinations with the highest demand for travel. New destinations include the Walmart Supercenter near Kirk and Butterfield roads and the Woodman’s on Orchard Road, and two new routes will be added: Route 540 Farnsworth Road and the Southeast Aurora Call-n-Ride, which provides reservation-based service to the general public anywhere within a defined geographic area.
You should pay attention if you're a regular rider of Pace buses, because five other current routes will have adjustments to both their timing and routing, and two others will have timing adjustments only. Three routes will be eliminated, though key segments and destinations on those routes will continue to be served by new routes or modifications to current routes.
Complete details, including system maps and individual passenger notices describing changes for each route, are available on this page of the pacebus.com website. A second phase of service improvements primarily operating on or near Route 59, are planned for implementation in early 2016.
The service changes will be promoted to riders in a number of ways, including notices posted on buses and at the Aurora Transportation Center, and Pace staff will serve as “transit ambassadors” to guide riders and answer questions at select locations.
Additionally booklets providing the new maps and schedule information for each route in the area will be distributed on buses and through the transit ambassador campaign.
Pace regularly evaluates the performance of individual bus routes to determine the need for minor routing changes or scheduling adjustments, but periodically, opportunities are presented to make a series of service changes to routes in a particular area. The RTA provided funding for a market research study about Pace usage in the Aurora area, and the results identified opportunities to improve service to Aurora’s Hispanic community and found that riders and non-riders would increase their use of Pace if service frequency and span are improved.


Art Stop

The parking lot is scheduled to be paved on Monday and Tuesday next week, weather pending.  The access to the lot will continue to remain closed over the weekend and hopefully will be opened late next week or early the week of 11/2.   Thank you for your continued patience. 

Normandy

Week of 10/26:  The contractor intends to apply a second application of herbicide on any remaining green areas in the next week or two, weather pending.  The native seeds will be spread at least a week after the application.  

Nagel Basin

The basin located in the Batavia Industrial Center located at the end of Nagel Blvd, just west of Raddant, north of Maves and east of Surrey will undergo a Prescribed Controlled Burn anticipated early in the week of 10/26, weather dependent .  This burn has been permitted and approved and the Fire Department has already been notified.  Please note there may be smoke in the vicinity.  The contractor will post signs in the area the day of the burn.  Any questions please contact Andrea Podraza in Engineering at (630) 454-2757.



Batavia Chamber

Please click on the link below for the Batavia Chamber of Commerce “Weekly Digest” highlighting the week’s events and any chamber news.
http://conta.cc/1XkJKq5

Winter Break for Kane County Recycling
Due to logistical difficulties and health risks associated with operating an outdoor event in extreme weather, there will not be collection events during the winter months starting in 2016. Please see the webpage for more details.

Recycling events are FOR KANE COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY
Location: 540 S. Randall Road, St. Charles / 630-208-3841
Hours: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (noon)

2015 Dates
* Nov 14 - electronics, books
* Dec 12 - electronics, books, shredding and latex paint (which has a fee). 

2016 Dates
* Jan - No event, winter break
* Feb - No event, winter break
* Mar - No event, winter break
* Apr 9 - electronics, books
* May 14 - electronics, books
* Jun 11 - Annual EXTRAVAGANZA
* Jul 9 - electronics, books
* Aug 13 - electronics, books
* Sept 10 - electronics, books
* Oct 8 - electronics, books
* Nov 12 - electronics, books, shredding and latex paint (which has a fee).
* Dec - No event, winter break


Batavia MainStreet & Batavia Bike Commission
Batavia Bike Commission & Main Street have started a project to encourage businesses to be bicycle friendly. To see more information click here.

Kane County Projects
Click here to visit the Kane County Department of Transportation website to see all of the projects they are completing in the Batavia area this year.

Local Links
Click here to visit the City's website for useful links in and around our community.

BATV
BATV has a new and interactive website! Check it out at http://mybatv.com. Watch original programs created for our community on demand. The links below will take you to some of the new and exciting shows offered.
· 
City Council Meetings - Did you know that BATV tapes all of the City Council meetings? Watch for information discussed and approved through Batavia's City Council.
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It's News to Me - Highlights of current news surrounding our community.
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Viewpoint - In-depth panel discussions to educate residents on hot topics surrounding our community.
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Out on the Town - Take a ride with Jeff and Joi as they experience local restaurants and entertainment venues. 

City Newsletter
The City has joined other Batavia government organizations in the publishing of a bi-monthly magazine called Neighbors of Batavia. You may find articles and other information at that publications’ website, www.neighborsofbatavia.com

Keep in Touch!
Don't forget to keep in touch with things going on at the City at www.CityofBatavia.net and our Facebook page. 

Batavia MainStreet
Join MainStreet as we work together as a community to plan for, preserve and promote downtown Batavia.  Click here to learn more about Batavia MainStreet, upcoming events and latest news. 

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