Bikson holds on to Rochester mayor’s gavel

Salvia appointed new mayor pro-tem

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published January 12, 2021

 Stuart Bikson will remain as mayor of Rochester another year.

Stuart Bikson will remain as mayor of Rochester another year.

Photo provided by Stuart Bikson

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ROCHESTER — Stuart Bikson will continue to lead the city of Rochester as its mayor through 2021.

Every year, the Rochester City Council elects members to one-year terms for the part-time mayor and mayor pro tem positions. The mayor is paid $65 per meeting, while the mayor pro-tem and other council members are paid $55 per meeting.

Bikson, a teacher at Waterford Mott High School, was first elected to the council in 1999, and he previously served as mayor from 2019 to 2020, 2011 to 2012, and 2006 to 2008. He has lived in the city for 29 years.

Bikson thanked his peers for electing him mayor of Rochester another year — through November 2021.

“I promise the council and the residents of the city that I will do my best to represent the city the best I can,” Bikson said.

Bikson said his main goal for the city in 2021 is to help residents and businesses get through the COVID-19 crisis.

“It has been a very difficult year, and we want to provide residents and businesses all of the help that the city can provide,” he said.

Bikson noted that the city maintained its police and fire services during the pandemic and also continued to offer all city services. He said the city helped businesses by providing free parking downtown and helping to bring in business by developing outdoor spaces.  

“I know 2020 has been a difficult year, but I am confident that 2021 is going to be a better year,” he said.

The council also named Nancy Salvia as mayor pro-tem. Salvia, a financial advisor, has lived in the city for over 20 years and has served on the council since 2017, including committee work in infrastructure, facilities, trees, the Community House and the Older Persons’ Commission.

Salvia said it is a pleasure serving the city and that she appreciates the support of the council.

“I look forward to this new opportunity to serve in a leadership capacity and … I do hope that 2021 brings better things. I think we’ve got a bit of a bump in the road here ahead of us, but we’ll be leading strong through it,” Salvia said.

During Salvia’s campaign, she said she learned from the residents about their concern for and love of the Community House.  

“We are close to a significant renovation and improvement for our Community House, and I look to see that accomplished,” Salvia said of her goals for 2021.

Rochester City Council meetings are typically held inside Rochester City Hall, 400 Sixth St., at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. Due to COVID-19, the council meetings are being held virtually.

For more information, or to tune in virtually to a live meeting, visit www.ci.rochester.mi.us.

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