Malta signers notified of court date

Peterson said last week there were flaws in the mechanics of the petitions, including inaccuracies in some of the wording at the top of the sheets, and the manner in which they were presented to the Saratoga County Board of Elections. These technical points could give the court sufficient reasons to invalidate the petition.

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. This timing also 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.

Sausville expressed his dismay at the situation.

"The town board has taken its citizens to court, and this is a very serious legal matter that will be intimidating to them," said Sausville. "I respect their request for a public vote. I don't want to see any shenanigans. I'm confident if its put to a vote, people will show up in a positive manner."

Sausville said he would like to see the town board put efforts into spreading the word about a vote, if it occurs, and about the planned expansions to the community center.

"We have a responsibility to educate, and we can't advocate for one side or another, but this is an extremely important town issue," said Sausville. "I'm embarrassed we're taking our citizens to court. It's a sad state of affairs."

The Supreme Court has 20 days from the filing of the challenge to make its ruling, or until Sunday, Nov. 4. ""

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