BATAVIA – The Batavia Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual Town Hall event on Friday, and City Administrator Laura Newman presented to the public on the latest information from the city regarding entering Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan and more for Batavia.
Here are the highlights of the presentation. A full recording and Newman's presentation can be viewed here.
Public Service counters at City Hall are officially open for in-person visits
Members of the public can now enter City Hall for in-person use of various public service counters ranging from utility payment, building development and more.
For utility payments, Newman encouraged that process continue to be done online or via the mail service in the interest of safety.
"If there is a situation that needs to be resolved, maybe call instead to see if a trip to City Hall might be avoided," Newman said. "Because we do want to, during this time when there is no vaccine and no effective treatment...try to keep low the traffic and the number of folks who come to City Hall."
Bins for food and facial mask donations and unused prescription drug disposal are available as well.
Wearing a facial mask is required to enter City Hall; although, if an individual cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering, an alternative accommodation can be made.
"We ask that people call our general number, and based upon what they were visiting City Hall for, we will find some other manner for them to accomplish that," Newman continued. "Rather than [an] in-person visit."
Prominent social distancing procedures are implemented at City Hall.
In-person meetings at City Hall are resuming
In-person meetings such as City Council and Committee of the Whole are resuming in Stage Four.
Newman said public meetings are still going to be broadcasted live on BTV's YouTube channel.
If an individual attends, wearing a facial mask is required.
The city has newly-installed a phone at the podium within City Council chambers for public participation in meetings.
If an individual contacts the city the day prior to a meeting and provides relevant contact information plus the subject matter on their comments, "we will call them during the meeting, put them on speaker phone and allow them to provide their comments in that manner," Newman said.
A meeting will be held in July to digest city revenue data and the budget
Earlier this year, the City put on hold $5.5 million in planned expenditures for this year. A meeting will be held in July by the City to review those actions.
Details on dates and time for the meeting are pending.
Expanded revenue data from May is expected to be available next month as part of the revenue projection and decision process.
"Batavia Re-Connected" Program Updates
The program is a joint effort by the city, Chamber of Commerce and Batavia Main Street.
The second round of funding for a small business COVID-19-related grant is open. Further details can be read here. Applications will be accepted by the City until 5 p.m. July 1.
The grant is for select small businesses – Limited to retail, restaurants, salons, fitness, and dance studios in Batavia – and it must employ less than 10 full-time individuals.
The grant awards up to $1,500 for businesses to spend on safety-related items and precautionary measures such as hand sanitizer or personal protection equipment.