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BATAVIA – Although the city has lost 400 residents since 2010, shifts within wards require a change of boundaries to meet the “one-man-one-vote” mandate for elections.

The population – around 20,000 in the smokestack era of factories – has dropped to $15,269 but four wards need new boundaries and the Council held a required public hearing Tuesday before voting on the change.

The population shifts are: Ward Two – a reduction from 2,897 to 2,599; Ward Three – an increase from 2,288 to 2,580 and Ward Four – a drop from 3,027 to 2,750. Ward One boundaries are affected the least with a spill-over from Ward Two to near the average size with changes in residential streets on the wards’ boundaries. Two wards are not affected. This is only the second time that changes have been needed since the village was proclaimed a city in 1914 and an administrative type of government was adopted in 1958. The shifts reflect the growing number of two and three family homes, in older neighborhoods with bigger houses.