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Recall Amendment Clarification - Mike Fortier

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Recall amendment clarification

To the Editor:

It is critical that the community understand that the select board voted on June 10, 2013 to proceed with the proposal to add a Recall provision to our Town Charter.

The first steps in that process are for them to write the recall language, forward it to the town's lawyers for review, make whatever corrections might be needed, and conduct the necessary public informational hearings as required by law prior to a public vote.

The language that the board asked for and received is only a proposed version. Their willingness to use the proposed language which was printed in the petition last February is helpful and will expedite the process. However, any legal concern regarding that language is not reason to discontinue the charter amendment process. Any issues that the town's attorneys define need to be resolved by the select board. Any disagreements the board and the public may have regarding the proposed amendment can be discussed at the upcoming Public Hearings which will be held before you vote on the Charter Amendment. That's how the process works. It's as simple as that.

Mike Fortier

St. Johnsbury, Vt.

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