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Schielke to seek ninth term as Batavia mayor

BataviMayor Jeff Schielke

Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke

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Updated: January 6, 2013 10:00AM

BATAVIA — Mayor Jeff Schielke will seek a ninth term as mayor in the April municipal election.

Schielke, 63, said Tuesday he spoke to a number of people in the community to get a sense of what they thought before he made a decision to run again.

“I wanted to have conversations with people whose opinions I have faith in to get an understanding as to what they thought of the whole idea,” Schielke said.

Being the longest serving mayor in Kane County is “only contingent on how good a job I do,” said Schielke, who was first elected in 1981.

Schielke said the city has embarked on the initial stages of a downtown streetscape improvement program that he would like to follow-through on.

North River Street underwent major reconstruction over the summer months from Wilson to State streets to enhance pedestrian traffic and boost the economic vitality of the downtown.

“It has gotten positive reviews, at least in my ears,” he said. “I would like to finish what I start.”

In 2013, the city has planned to make improvements on West Wilson Street to improve the traffic flow.

Schielke acknowledged the streetscape project was not without its glitches.

“There were all kinds of surprises with old water mains, drainage pipes and storm sewers we didn’t know existed. Goodness knows what else we will find in the rest of the old downtown,” he said.

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