posted on April 28, 2014 23:02
For only the second time in Batavia’s 100 year history as a city have the Ward boundaries needed to be changed.
The change is a result of the 2010 census which showed the population in wards 2, 3 and 4 have changed by more than 10 percent.
City Manager Jason Molino says the process of redrawing the boundaries was not political:
"It was a planning and factural data driven process. We were able to look at the population and individal streets to fairly redraw the boundaries."
A public hearing will be held on the proposed changes and, if passed by council, would go to a public referendum this November. The first election that could be held with new ward boundaries would be November, 2015.
View Present Ward Boundaries HERE
View Proposed Ward Boundaries HERE
The council last night also decided to re-advertise for persons interested in serving on the city’s audit committee.
A lengthy discussion was held over the legality of having two non-city residents serve on the advisory committee.
The legal opinion cited case law where if no qualified applicants are found in the municipality, the city may go outside to find persons to fill the positions.
The audit committee meets about 4 times a year to review the city’s financial statements. Persons who serve must have a background in public finance.