By Mary Drier
AKRON — An Akron Village official’s ethics are being questioned again with the filing of a second recall petition in a month.
A proposed recall petition was filed with the Tuscola County Clerk’s office Thursday against Akron Village President Juanita Hollister.
The proposed recall says Hollister should be recalled for the following reason: “Attempted malfeasance by trying to charge the village a $60 meeting fee for talking to residents.”
This last recall petition, as was the first one, was filed by Robert Sode, who used to be the Akron Village President until he decided not to seek re-election and Hollister was voted in.
The next step in the recall process is for a clarity hearing. That will be 1 p.m. Monday, May 13, before the Tuscola County Election Commission in the probate courtroom.
The commission consists of Tuscola County Clerk Jodi Fetting, Probate Judge Nancy Thane, and Treasurer Pat Gray.
Besides just deciding if the wording on a recall is clear and understandable, commission members now also have to determine if the statements on the recall are “factual” as part of the election law changes made in December 2012.
This last recall petition didn’t include assertions of Hollister’s alleged lack leadership ability and of fiscal responsibility that was outline in the first petition.
It was because of those assertions the commission decided during Thursday’s clarity hearing they could not approve the petition as the statements were “an opinion;” and therefore, did not meet the provision of facts.
Even though the commission agreed the petition’s wording was clear and understandable, they had to make a ruling on the entire petition so it had to be voted down because they each viewed assertions as an opinion.
Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.