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Hope passes recall process for selectmen

By Susan Mustapich | Nov 03, 2020

Hope — Voters approved a recall ordinance for local elected officials and a new animal control ordinance Nov. 3.

The recall procedure vote saw 619 voters in favor and 406 against.

The animal control ordinance saw 623 voters in favor and 449 against.

Voters also approved $2,000 from the undesignated fund balance for livestreaming public meetings with a vote of 849 in favor and 257 against.

The recall ordinance was initiated in September when 100 voters signed a petition seeking to place the question on the Nov. 3 ballot.

To place a recall request on a future ballot requires following numerous rules outlined in the ordinance. Citizen petitions must be signed by no less than 10% of Hope residents who voted in the last gubernatorial election. Signature gathering must take place within a 30-day period.

The new dog ordinance brings the town in line with state law. The ordinance includes the use of a form by the local animal control officer to cite violations and fines. The form has a check-off section for a warning or a fine for violations. Fines for violations including unlicensed dog, missing proof of rabies vaccination, nuisance barking, dog at large and animal trespass range from $50 to $500 dollars. The largest fine is for a violation of minimum shelter requirements, which ranges from $500 to $2,500 dollars.

The number of ballots cast totaled 1,126.

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