Batavia Township may hold historical tours

By Kristin Rover
Sun staff

Batavia Township trustees are considering beginning historical tours in the township.

Trustees discussed the idea during their Sept. 9 meeting.

Administrator Rex Parsons said historian Rick Crawford approached him about doing tours in the township. Crawford already leads tours in Union Township.

Parsons said the tours would be similar to Union Township’s tours, where residents take a bus ride to places with historical significance.

Parsons said there are quite a few historical spots in Batavia.

He suggested doing four tours per year, one in each season.

Trustees said they were interested in hosting the tours, and talked about the costs involved.

Parsons said he is looking into the cost of renting a bus for the tours. He said he expects they could rent a bus for $500 or less.

Parsons said they could potentially charge a fee to participate in the tours.

“I don’t think we should put a cost,” Trustee Randy Perry said. “We should just get it going.”

Trustees asked Parsons if they could arrange a run-through tour just to see what kinds of information would be presented on the tour.

Trustee Jim Sauls said he is interested in having the tours.

“Let’s look into it,” Trustee Jim Sauls said.