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posted: 3/11/2013 4:00 AM

Endorsements: Volk, Frydendall, Liva and McFadden for Batavia City Council

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Voters in Batavia will be selecting aldermen to fill four-year terms in wards 4,5,6 and 7.

In Ward 4, incumbent Jim Volk is endorsed. Volk's passion for the details of revitalizing downtown, attention to planning for maintenance of wastewater treatment facilities, and advocacy for crime-free housing policy are highlights. Challenger Jamie Saam is also running.

In Ward 5, incumbent Eldon Frydendall is endorsed. Frydendall advocates continuing the streetscape plan for downtown, is up to speed on study of the wastewater treatment plant, and supports formation of an economic development commission. Challenger Steve Vasilion, an architect, has experience on the Batavia Historic Preservation Commission.

In Ward 6, incumbent Robert Liva is endorsed. Liva's detailed attention to downtown planning and his ability to move proactively to address the needs of his community are highlights. Liva's vision to address water retention issues is also commendable. He is challenged by Nick Cerone and Ron Rechenmacher.

In Ward 7, write-in candidate Drew McFadden is endorsed. McFadden offers his expertise as a small-business owner to cultivate economic development opportunities in downtown Batavia. McFadden advocates planning ahead for wastewater treatment needs in light of aging infrastructure. Candidates Steve Holland and Pat Purcell also are seeking election as write-ins.

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