Lincolnville group gathers signatures favoring change to police charter
Lincolnville — A group of Lincolnville residents will be at the polls Tuesday, Nov. 6 working to gather voter signatures in an effort to push a future ballot article dealing with the wording of the town's law enforcement charter, Section 505 B.
The group will set-up shop at the polls with a petition. The petition asks "the undersigned, registered voters of the Town of Lincolnville, Maine to have the following Secret Ballot article placed on the next printed ballot under Title 30-A M.R.S.A. § 2528(5) or call a special town meeting for its consideration."
The proposed ballot article asks if voters will amend the charter to allow the town of Lincolnville to have their own police department if deemed necessary, but to change the present charter wording that requires the town to have a police department, said Cathy Hardy, who is part of the group that drafted the petition. Hardy said there are about 10 people in the informal working group.
According to the petition the following article will appear on the next written town ballot if the requisite signatures — 10 percent of registered Lincolnville voters — are collected. Hardy said that based on voter turnout at the 2008 presidential election 10 percent of registered voters is 243 signatures.
"To see if the voters of the Town of Lincolnville shall amend Section 505 B Entitled Law Enforcement of the Town Charter by repealing the current version of Section 505 B by replacing it with a new Section 505 B as follows:
New Section 505 B:
B. Law Enforcement
1. The voters of the Town shall have the power to establish or abolish a local police department."
Hardy said the final wording of the petition was reviewed by the group's attorney, Paul Gibbons of Lincolnville and the town's attorney, Sally Daggett.
"We figured we'd try to do it in one fell swoop," said Hardy. She explained that the table set-up at the polls on Nov. 6 will be staffed by a rotating group of volunteers.
The polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Lincolnville Central School gymnasium.
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