Letter from Council explains recent zoning developments

  In the twists and turns only a topic like zoning could bring, the Terry Town Council announced its recent developments concerning the matter through a letter sent to Terry residents last week.

The March 14, two-page letter was collaboratively written by the council and reviewed by Town Attorney David Freedman, according to Town Clerk Lynn Schilling. Written on town letterhead, it was mailed out to the 405 registered voters who live within Terry’s town limits. The letter states that the council repealed the current zoning ordinance at their regular March 13 meeting and voted to have the zoning issue “go to a vote of the people”.
The letter goes on to explain the reasons why the council has taken on the zoning matter.
The action taken by the council effectively makes the initiative brought forth by the “For a Better Terry without Zoning” committee null and void, according to Prairie County Election Administrator Toni Kalfell.
The FAB Terry group had gathered enough signatures in a four-day period last month, to have the zoning issue placed on the June 3 primary ballot.
Kalfell, who said she has yet to receive any paperwork from the town council as of Wednesday morning, has been in communication with town representatives regarding the matter.  
There is a March 20 deadline for an initiative to be placed on the June 3 ballot. 
Kalfell said she won’t submit any changes to the ballot until receiving written confirmation from the town council.
“It’s making me a little nervous, because it’s coming right near the deadline,” Kalfell said.
Prairie County Attorney Dan Rice said he expects the proper paperwork from the town council to be received by Wednesday, March 19.
Rice said he could only speculate as to the reason behind the council’s recent actions, suggesting the council may not have liked the wording of the current initiative brought forth by FAB Terry.
But one point Rice made clear, regardless of which initiative appears on the June 3 ballot — FAB Terry’s or the town council’s — “it’s still going to the voters,” he said.

March 19, 2014

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