posted on April 29, 2014 07:43
It has only happened once before in Batavia’s 100 year history.
The Ward boundaries need to be redrawn.
The 2010 census shows a population shift of more than 10-percent in Wards 2, 3 and 4.
Using population data and street maps, the city has come up with new boundaries.
The proposed changes will go to voters for final approval this November.
The first election that would include the new boundaries would be November 2015.
The Batavia City Council will try again to get city residents to serve on its audit advisory committee.
Two of the five members of the committee are not residents of the city. The city charter says they should be.
A lengthy discussion was held last night over the legality of having two non-city residents serve on the advisory committee.
A 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.
DNA testing has led to the identity of a woman unknown for 30 years.
The badly decomposed body was found in 1983 off the shoulder of Route 63 in the Town of Shelby.
Through DNA testing the body has now been identified as that of Shari Lynne Ball of Palm Beach County, Florida.
State Police said Shari had told her family she was coming to New York to begin a modeling career.
The break in the case came last fall when the body was exhumed and DNA was compared to a sample provided by a family member.
The cause of death remains a mystery but authorities do suspect foul play.
For the second time in as many weeks vandals strike the Elmwood Cemetery on Harvester Avenue.
Superintendent Steve Davis says another 30 headstones were knocked over this past weekend.
Police patrols are checking the cemetery on all shifts.
Suspects could be charged with Criminal Tampering for each headstone vandalized. The charge could become a felony depending on the total damage.