BATAVIA – The Batavia Plan Commission is back to full strength with the appointment of Bill McGrail. City aldermen confirmed Mayor Jeff Schielke’s appointment of McGrail at the Aug. 7 meeting.
McGrail is the instructional technology producer and media center director for the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.
A Batavia resident since 2008, McGrail is a 1997 graduate of West Aurora High School and a 2003 graduate of Aurora University. He serves on the board of Batavia MainStreet and is an organizer of the Batavia Community Dinner on North River Street.
Last spring, McGrail was an unsuccessful candidate for the Batavia School Board.
“Bill has really shown his community interest and is highly regarded at IMSA,” Schielke said. “He is a quality guy.”
McGrail also has the right address; he lives on the northeast side of the city. Schielke’s policy is to have at least one representative from each quadrant of the community on the seven-member Plan Commission.
McGrail’s appointment fills an extended vacancy and the lack of a northeast side representative.
“I’m really excited to get involved,” McGrail said.
McGrail joins the commission at an exciting moment as the panel weighs the Campana building residential apartment proposal.
Immediately before confirming McGrail, aldermen approved a reduction in the length of Plan Commission terms to three years from the previous five years.
Aldermen had expressed frustration with the Plan Commission’s review of the One Washington Place downtown redevelopment project, and they held up Schielke’s reappointment of two members.
Commissioners Gene Schneider and Sue Peterson were outspoken critics of the project. They continue to serve on the commission, and Schielke said he will bring their reappointment to three-year terms back to the council.
Other commission members include Chairman Tom LaLonde, Sara Harms, Joan Joseph and Tom Gosselin.
The Plan Commission members double as the zoning board of appeals.