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Record six new Batavia aldermen take their seats

BATAVIA – History was made at Monday’s Batavia City Council meeting as six new aldermen were sworn into office.

“I believe this is a record number of new aldermen in Batavia,” Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said.

Schielke, who began his first term as Batavia mayor in 1981, also was sworn into office for a ninth term after running for re-election in April with no opposition.

Taking their seats on the City Council were 2nd Ward Alderman Martin Callahan, 3rd Ward Alderman Kyle Hohmann, 4th Ward Alderman Jamie Saam, 5th Ward Alderman Steve Vasilion, 6th Ward Alderman Nick Cerone and 7th Ward Alderman Drew McFadden.

A great deal of longevity is leaving the City Council. Fifth Ward Alderman Eldon Frydendall has been on the City Council for 32 years, 4th Ward Alderman James Volk has been on the City Council for almost 19 years and 6th Ward Alderman Robert Liva has been on the City Council for eight years. They lost their bids for re-election.

Second Ward Alderman Victor Dietz, 3rd Ward Alderman Janet Jungels and 7th Ward Alderman Dawn Tenuta did not run for re-election. The outgoing aldermen represent 74 years of service collectively.

Schielke gave words of appreciation to each outgoing alderman, including Frydendall. They started in office together, and Frydendall is the longest serving alderman in the history of Batavia.

“There’s a lot for this community to thank you about tonight,” Schielke said to Frydendall.

To bring the new aldermen up to speed on issues facing the city, the City Council next week will implement a committee-of-the-whole system. In a committee-of-the-whole system, the entire City Council meets as a committee to discuss issues before they are approved at a City Council meeting.

The four standing City Council committees will remain in place as the new committee-of-the-whole system is implemented.

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