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Rhome City Council validates petition; Election for water, sewer improvements set

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, August 18, 2018
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Rhome City Council validated a petition calling for an election on a bond related to water and sewer system improvements at a special meeting Wednesday night.

City secretary Shannon Montgomery said the petition needed 5 percent of the city’s registered voters in order to be validated. At the last election in May, there were 1,001 registered voters, meaning the petition was required to have at least 50.05 signatures in order to be validated.

Montgomery was able to verify 66 of the petition’s 91 signatures.

Council member Sam Eason made a motion to call for the election, and Leeanne Mackowski seconded. The motion carried 4-0.

“I think there’s a lot of misinformation that [citizens] don’t understand,” said Mayor Michelle Pittman di Credico in a phone call Tuesday. “We tried to answer questions during our last meeting. We’ve spent not quite a year working with engineers and professionals on why we need to do this expansion.”

The city will hold an election Nov. 6 to vote on the bond. di Credico said until that time, the city council cannot discuss expanding the plan.

“We’re kind of in a holding pattern,” di Credico said. “It’s a little disappointing that we have to delay something we’re going to have to deal with inevitably.”

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