Endorsements: Cerone and Barraza for Batavia City Council
The city of Batavia, not unlike many places in Any Town U.S.A., has issues with no quick fixes.
There's the removal of the downtown dam, which comes with a hefty price tag.
Multiple vacancies in strip malls on both sides of Randall Road can't be ignored, but what exactly the city can do about this given the state of retail, no one knows with certainty.
The city's finance director says an increase in property taxes is coming in a few years to maintain services residents have come to expect.
Of the four people vying for a seat on the council, two will make the cut.
In Ward 7, Robin Barraza and Sarah Vogelsinger are running to replace Drew McFadden. Barraza is an Elgin Area School District U-46 administrator and small business owner, and Vogelsinger a social media marketing specialist. Barraza says the most important infrastructure project is the downtown One Washington Place development. Vogelsinger says the dam is a priority. Both favor repairing the dam and addressing Randall Road vacancies. Barraza has the skill set and a career in public service that gives her an advantage. She is endorsed.
Incumbent Nicholas Cerone is challenged by Shaunak Dave in Ward 6. Dave, an industrial engineer, wants the dam removed. His responses to questions were detailed and showed thoughtfulness.
Cerone, an eight-year councilman, said that after the pandemic, finances should be reviewed, determine available financial assistance, and then work on the project making the most sense. While Dave would make a fine councilman, Cerone's experience can't be overlooked. He is endorsed.