Clifton to hold public hearing Wednesday night on proposed recall ordinance …

October 9th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

CLIFTON, Maine — Resident Cindy Grant started a petition drive this fall and successfully got a question on the November ballot that, if approved, would add a town-official recall ordinance to the books.

Town officials are holding a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the town office on the proposed ordinance and four amendments to the land use code that have been in the works for months.

Grant said she and others in town were upset with a town official when she started the petition process, but since then “things have calmed down,” which is why she declined to say which local official was causing the controversy.

“I believe it’s something every town should have,” Grant said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s a preventative measure, if we ever need it in again in the future.”

She presented the completed petition and a three-page recall ordinance draft to Clifton selectmen in September, who, per town rules, put the question on the Nov. 4 ballot along with the land use code amendments.

The proposed recall ordinance, copied from others in Maine, establishes the rules for citizens in town to remove an elected municipal official, not counting school board members who have their own rules.

“An elected official may be recalled for (a) failure to appropriately carry out duties and responsibilities of the office; (b) engaging in conduct which brings the office into disrepute; (c) engaging in conduct which displays an unfitness to hold the office; or (d) for the indictment or conviction of a crime,” the proposed ordinance states.


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