Brian Vickers replaces Bill Raper on Village Council

Brian Vickers will fill out the rest of the Batavia Village Council term for William Raper II. The four-year term ends this December, and the seat is one of four up for election in November.
      Mr. Vickers, 40, has lived in Batavia Village and the nearby community all his life. He and his wife, Sara, have two sons, ages 5 and 7. He and his father, James R. Vickers, operate Jamestown Realty, Inc., a family owned, full-service real estate brokerage in Batavia.
      Mr. Vickers has been a member of the Batavia Planning and Zoning Commission since January 2013.
      Councilman Raper is moving out of the village and has resigned from the Village Council.
      Councilman Raper said in a letter of resignation to Mayor John Thebout, “It is with great sorrow I am writing you my letter of resignation as council member in the great Village of Batavia. My mother-in-law is selling the house we have been renting, and we will be moving to Union Township in the next couple weeks. This is very difficult for me as you know I bleed green and have always wanted to see the village grow and prosper. However, I have no doubt that is exactly what will continue under your great leadership. This village is stronger than it has been in a very long time, and the future ahead is very bright.”
      The Village Council made the appointment at a special meeting May 17. Six Batavia residents applied for the appointment. The other five are Jeanie L. Beard, Michelle Copher, Sharon Sullivan-Craver, Gianna Dirr, and Reba Potts.
      Mayor Thebout thanked all six applicants.
      “I appreciate the Village Council’s careful consideration of the applications, and I want to personally thank all six citizens who offered their time and dedication to serve our community,” Mayor Thebout said. “We have been fortunate over the years that Batavia residents have come forward to serve, and we saw a fine group of citizens volunteer again this time.”
      The mayor had a special mention for Councilman Raper, who joined Council May 4, 2015.
      “I have to thank Bill Raper for his service. Bill stepped forward when we needed to fill an earlier vacancy, when Earl Carter died,” Mayor Thebout said.
      Voters will elect four of the six Village Council members on November 7. In addition to the new member, members whose terms expire are Robert Handra, Kathleen Turner, and Jason Gipson. The terms of Councilmen Thomas Ellis and Jason Garrison and Mayor John Thebout expire Dec. 31, 2019.
      Candidates for Batavia Village Council must submit nominating petitions with at least 10 signatures of registered voters who live in the village and not more than 30 signatures. The filing fee is $30, and the deadline for petitions is August 9.