BATAVIA – The Batavia City Council will have at least one new face after the April 4 election.
Mark Uher is running unopposed for 5th Ward alderman and will replace Alderman Kevin Botterman, a council appointee who decided not to seek election.
A resident of Batavia for more than seven years, Uher likes what he sees happening in the city and wants to be part of its continuing growth.
“I love this town,” Uher said. “I can’t imagine living anywhere else.”
Uher is an information technology manager at Aldi corporate headquarters on Kirk Road in Batavia.
Coupled with a business degree from State University of New York at Buffalo, Uher hopes to use his management experience to bring an analytical approach to the city’s finances.
“I want to make sure we are conservative with our money,” Uher said.
The 5th Ward covers the central portion of the city, including much of the downtown business district and riverfront areas.
Uher said he wants the city to continue its efforts toward combating riverbank erosion, and is particularly interested in plans for ensuring the long-term future of Depot Pond.
“It’s not going to be cheap,” Uher said.
The biggest issue currently facing the city is the One Washington Place redevelopment project.
“I support it because it is going to drive our economy,” Uher said.
However, Uher said he wants to challenge Geneva-based developer Shodeen Construction in terms of the structure’s design and building materials, adding that he is “not thrilled” with the huge size of the project.
Uher describes himself as a reasonable person.
“I’ll take each issue on its own merits,” he said.
Uher served on the North Aurora Plan Commission when he lived in that community. He is a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Batavia, and has been involved in the Boy Scout program there.
Uher is running for a four-year term on the council.
Council members running for re-election to four-year terms include 1st Ward Alderman Michael O’Brien, 2nd Ward Alderman Martin Callahan, 6th Ward Alderman Nick Cerone and 7th Ward Alderman Drew McFadden.
Fourth Ward Alderman Paula Mueller, who was appointed to her council seat more than a year ago, is running unopposed for election in her own right.
Third Ward Alderman Elliot Meitzler, who was appointed to the council late last year, also is running unopposed.
In the only contested aldermanic race, Carl Dinwiddie is making his fourth bid to win a seat on the council by challenging newly appointed 1st Ward Alderman Scott Salvati for a two-year term.
Meanwhile, Batavia School Board member Jason Stoops is challenging Mayor Jeff Schielke for the city’s top job.
City Treasurer Gerald Miller is running for re-election unopposed. There will be no candidate listed on the ballot for Batavia city clerk, but Ellen Posledni has filed as an official write-in candidate.