Batavia City Council voted to continue participating in the Fox Valley Bike Share program at its February 21 meeting.
“We’ve had a two-year contract so far with Koloni and have seen our ridership double from year one to year two,” Alderman Abby Beck said. “So this is just a note to tell them that we want to participate for a third year.”
Koloni is the bike salesman for the program, which is also located in Aurora and Elgin.
According to meeting documents, there were 239 trips recorded during the 2020 season and 608 trips during the 2021 season.
“It’s not a contract until we’ve chosen a supplier and we know how many bikes and such we want to go with,” Beck said. “It just lets them know we’re in another year.”
Bikes can be rented through the Koloni app for an hourly rate or a one-time annual fee, according to the Batavia Park District website. Batavia’s two rental stations are located at the Batavia Depot Museum and South Riverwalk Plaza.
In other news, aldermen discussed possible action on homes that do not comply with property maintenance ordinances in the city.
“I think in general most people in Batavia take great pride in their property and want to see it maintained and beautiful,” Batavia Mayor Jeffery Schielke said. “The staff and I have been talking almost every week now about new properties coming out of the ground so to speak that are problematic.”
Schielke said several aldermen told him about properties with broken garage doors, unsafe porches and unused vehicles in their neighborhoods.
“We have judicial power that we could intervene here, although I don’t necessarily want to use it,” Schielke said. “I’m sharing this as a conversation that will likely take place at least through the summer months.”
The aldermen discussed resources that residents unable to make repairs to the property can consult.
“Obviously the past two years have been troubling and we have done a lot of work in the first year of COVID to support our restaurants,” Alderman Mark Uher said. “Our restaurants have all survived and I wonder if this is a situation similar to people who find themselves in situations where I will choose between food and my garage door opener, I choose food. food.
“I just think it’s something we can try to get the community on board,” he said.
Schielke said the first action on the matter would be to compile a list of properties that are not complying with city ordinances.
“Let’s adopt a ‘let’s talk to you’ philosophy and say: can we help you? Can you do something yourself? We would like this to be corrected,” he said. “We’re not looking to come in and slam, hit anybody, but try to make everything as supportive, usable and safe as possible.”