Council Sets Date for Special Election

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(Photo Ron Richter ©)
(Photo Ron Richter ©)

The number of valid signatures needed on a petition to put Charter Ordinance #2202, the City Administrator Ordinance, on the ballot for a special election, was 642, which is 10 percent of the number of ballots cast in the 2018 Election. There were 803 signatures on the petition that was turned into the City of Sheridan Clerk’s office on September 16. City of Sheridan Clerk Cecilia Good along with the law firm of Kirven and Kirven of Buffalo verified the signatures on the petition and presented the findings to the Sheridan City Council Monday night. Good said that there were exactly 642 valid signatures on the petition, meaning that there will be a special election on the issue.

Following the certification of the petition, the Council adopted Emergency Ordinance #2198, which establishes the procedures for the special election. The special election will take place Tuesday, November 5. Polls will open at 7 am and close at 7 pm. Good said that people will be able to vote where they usually vote during a regular election.

Good explains how the absentee voting process will work with the special election.

The Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, November 7 at 5:30 pm to certify the results of the special election. The cost estimate that was presented to the Council Monday night for the special election was $39,696. Good said the cost estimate is very preliminary and is likely to change, either higher, or lower, in the coming weeks. Since the ballot will have only one item, the plan is to have paper ballots that will be hand counted once the polls close at 7 pm on November 5th.

Other business from the Council meeting included the formation of a committee that will be tasked with the search for an interim city administrator. Current Administrator Mark Collins has declined a contract extension offer from the City. His contract will expire at the end of November. The committee is comprised of Mayor Roger Miller; Council President Clint Beaver; Council Vice President Thayer Shafer; City Human Resources Director Heather Doke, and City Utilities Director Dan Roberts. We’ll have more from the Council meeting in upcoming stories.

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