During the past few weeks, eight electors of the village of Adams canvassed resident voters with the following petition that is subject to a permissive referendum:
We the undersigned, duly qualified electors of the village of Adams, respectfully petition that the following:
A proposed bond resolution dated Aug. 19, 2013, authorizing, subject to permissive resolution, the construction of a new fire station, in and for the village of Adams, Jefferson County, New York, at a maximum estimated cost of $1,200,000, serial bonds of said village to pay the cost thereof.
That this resolution be submitted to the qualified electors of the village for approval or rejection as provided by law.
For a vote to be held on an act or resolution that is subject to a permissive referendum, a valid petition must be filed with the village clerk within 30 days of the resolutions passage, in this case Aug. 19. The petition must be signed by a number of voters equal to 20 percent of the electors of the village.
There are 956 electors in the village of Adams, thus 191 signatures were needed to send the bond resolution to a public referendum. On Sept. 3, after just two weeks of canvassing, petitions containing more than 300 signatures (31 percent of the village electors) were filed with the Adams village clerk for validation as specified by statute.
The result of this canvassing clearly demonstrates that the village of Adams voters want their voices heard on the $1.2 million bond resolution needed for the proposed expansion of the Adams Fire Department facilities. This initiative should be placed before the village voters during the November general election.
William J. Doe
The writer is chairman of the Adams Planning Board.