Center expansion put to vote

This has been on the table for three and a half years, said council member Donna Gizzi. "There were public information sessions and meetings. This was all planned when David Meager was supervisor."

In order to move ahead with the plans, the board had to challenge the citizens' petition.

Town attorney Tom Peterson said last month there were flaws in the mechanics of the petition, including inaccuracies in some of the wording at the top of the sheets, and the manner in which it was presented to the Saratoga County Board of Elections. These technical points could have given the court reason to invalidate the petition.

The Saratoga County Supreme Court upheld the petition, however, and sent the matter back to the town board to deal with.

If the board accepted the petition, the public referendum would be set 60 to 75 days from the date of the petition's filing, around Dec. 11. Town Supervisor Paul Sausville said he felt the public should have input in the decision.

"I respect their request for a public vote," said Sausville. "The stakeholders have a say in this, and I don't think people want to impede the process, they just want information. I'm confident if its put to a vote, people will show up in a positive manner."

Board members were bound by election laws as to what date could be set for the referendum. The timing concerned some board members, who said during the December holidays, most people wouldn't bother to go out and vote unless they were strongly against the project.

For information, contact Audrey Ball, director of parks, recreation and human services at 899-4411.""

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