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Batavia to join Kane County Bike Share program

Program expected to launch later this year

BATAVIA – The Batavia City Council at its meeting July 6 unanimously approved a service agreement with Koloni that will bring a bike sharing program to the city.

The city’s contract is for seven electric bikes – at $1,800 each annually – in an allotted budget of $13,000 to pay for participation in the Kane County Bike Share program.

Details on when the public can use and access the bikes is pending.

City Administrator Laura Newman said the $1,800 goes toward not only the bike but also care and maintenance.

The rack for the bikes is expected to be placed on the south plaza at City Hall.

Other communities participating in the bike sharing program include Elgin, South Elgin, Montgomery and Aurora, according to a memo from Newman to City Services Chairman Alan Wolff.

Shodeen is expected to “place Koloni bike share program bikes in three of their residential properties in the Fox Valley,” according to the memo.

“It’s a nice network [within the bike share program],” Newman said. “I think that it’s just the start of it. We know that there are probably a number of communities because of COVID-19 who have decided to put participation in this on hold.

“And we hope that after this initial launch this year that [it’ll be] a more robust program next year,” Newman added.

According to the service agreement, the city will charge renters $9 for the first hour of use and $10 for each additional hour.

Koloni is expected to be responsible for storing the bikes during the winter.

The City Council also unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing the city and Kane and DuPage counties “to issue waterworks revenue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $3,900,000 in evidence of loans issued pursuant to the Public Water Supply Loan Program.”

The Water Utility is applying for an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency loan.

The city’s two water treatment plants are in need of several upgrades and improvements, which include “the rehabilitation of the pumping equipment at Wells Nos. 9, 10, and 11, the rehabilitation of six high service pumps, and the rehabilitation of the filter at WTP,” according to the ordinance.

“The authorization states that the city has legal authority to enter into a loan agreement with the IEPA should the application be approved,” a memo from Finance Director Peggy Colby to the City Council stated. 

“The ordinance does not guarantee that the city will be approved for the loan, although we do have confirmation that we are on the list of eligible funding,” it continued.

First Ward Alderman Michael O’Brien voiced his support for passing the ordinance before the vote, citing “we need to maintain our utilities.”

“Both of these treatment centers have been reaching their end of life,” O’Brien said. “It’s expensive, but it’s something we have to do to maintain our utility.”

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