Almer Township Clerk Peggy Reavey initials a “notice of intent” submitted by Norm Stephens, right, Tuesday seeking referendum that would let voters decide the fate of changes to the township’s wind ordinance. (Photo by John Cook)

Almer Township residents turn in signed referendum petitions

Almer Township Clerk Peggy Reavey initials a “notice of intent” submitted by Norm Stephens, right, Tuesday seeking referendum that would let voters decide the fate of changes to the township’s wind ordinance. (Photo by John Cook)
Almer Township Clerk Peggy Reavey initials a “notice of intent” submitted by Norm Stephens, right, Sept. 6 seeking referendum that would let voters decide the fate of changes to the township’s wind ordinance. (Photo by John Cook)

A group led by Almer Township resident Norm Stephens turned in 206 signatures Friday to get a referendum on the ballot next year that would call for a township-wide vote on recent changes to its wind ordinance.

The signatures were turned into Peggy Reavey, clerk, Almer Township.

The next step in the process is for Reavey to verify all of the signatures, a process likely to take a week or two, sources say.

It’s estimated there were 727 people in Almer Township who voted in the 2014 Gubernatorial election, which means 110 signatures, or 15 percent of those voters, needed to be collected.

The group sought to collect double the required signatures.

Once verified, the petitions will be sent to Jodi Fetting, clerk, Tuscola County, for further processing.

The earliest opportunity for a township vote is next May.

Since 2009, there have been 10 similar referendums around the state of Michigan – residents have voted down changes in every instance.

More information can be found in a Sept. 7 story by The Advertiser at http://bit.ly/2dg0i6K

Andrew Dietderich is editor of The Advertiser and can be reached at andrew@tcadvertiser.com

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