6/6/2013 4:05:00 PM Wyoming road vote set for Aug. 27
by DENISE MARTIN
The Wyoming City Council has set a date for a special election, where the city will ask voters to okay the sale of road reconstruction bonds. The council will be working over the next several weeks to get the bonding details out to the community and will also schedule at least one meeting with residents. The ballot question in the special August 27 election, will ask: Shall the city of Wyoming be authorized to issue its general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $2,775,000 to provide funds for street reconstruction and related utility improvements designated as City Project 13-01?
A referendum is being pursued because due to the nature of this financing, a unanimous vote of the city council was needed. Earlier, the vote was 4-1. Council then determined (on a unanimous vote) the best recourse was to use the popular vote. Council first was asked during its regular June 4 session to approve a motion setting the vote for during general election Tuesday, Nov. 5. 2013. This motion by Linda Nanko-Yeager failed to get a second and died. By piggybacking onto the general election Nanko-Yeager thought there may be some cost-savings providing the ballot, polling place, election judges. etc. Council was leaning more towards a speedier referendum, however.
Mayor Eric Peterson comented that interest rates in this bond market might increase, and the sooner the city can lock its offering into a rate the better. By law this referendum needs a 53 day lead time to meet county auditor notification and special election guidelines. Council member Steve Zerwas motioned to set the vote for Tuesday, August 27 and that was approved 5-0. The polling place ordinarily serving the city’s one precinct is the Maranatha Church, but council didn’t specify the polling place in its action. Staff will work with the church to make sure there’s no conflicts for using the space that day, and report back. Cost for the site is minimal. Robb Linwood, administrative assistant, said the church just basically charges the city for clean-up costs.
During open public comment at the start of the council meeting one citizen, Jerry Owen, asked Council member Nanko-Yeager if she was ready to avoid the referendum and go along with the other four council members? Or had she considered resigning? But, Steve Sicheneder and Dan Babbitt stated they congratulate Nanko-Yeager for looking out for the city’s future finances. Sicheneder said there are options to doing needed roadwork but council “closed the door” on alternatives. He added that he hopes council and the community “stop bullying” the councilwoman.