Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke
Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke

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BATAVIA – Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke announced the city's July 4 fireworks display has been canceled in a video address released on May 22.

"Because of social distancing and the issues of bringing too many people together...we have made a decision to cancel it," Schielke said.

He floated the possibility of having a few smaller displays later this year, depending on circumstances.

Schielke also announced the cancellation of the opening ceremony for the Flag Day monument and memorial in downtown Batavia. The goal has been to unveil the finished monument on June 14 of this year.

"That's still very alive and well. Funding for it continues," Schielke said. "That's just been delayed because of this activity. Things aren't stopped; they're just delayed."

Schielke confirmed the Farmers Market on River Street will be open on May 30.

"We're going to be able to put everybody in place, but we have to kind of somewhat restrict it to food vendors– only at the moment until we know more about what the Governor's order is going to say about other types of businesses being allowed to come in and sell," Schielke said.

Schielke relayed via the Kane County Highway Dept. that the Fabyan Parkway bridge renovations are nearing completion.

Schielke also previewed an upcoming community survey rolling out in the next couple weeks that will seek residents' input on various topics regarding the city, local government and more. Further details are pending.

Unrelated to the video, he also unveiled an executive order establishing a temporary permit process for restaurants wishing to create or expand outdoor seating areas.

The full video of his remarks can be viewed here.

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