Silt mayor: bring on the recall
SILT – Mayor Dave Moore isn’t worried about the recall petition filed against him and submitted to Silt Town Hall on Friday morning, even though it contained more than the required number of signatures.A total of 111 valid signatures by registered voters are needed to proceed with the recall process to remove Moore from office. Friday was the deadline to turn in the petition, which contained 128 signatures. The petition was taken out about two months ago, spearheaded by Mayor Pro Tem Tod Tibbetts and a recall committee.”I’m not surprised that they turned in the petition,” Moore said when he heard the news. “I’m only surprised that they didn’t file it sooner.”The recall petition is based on accusations that Moore, who was elected as mayor in April 2006, has violated a number of state statutes, town ordinances and code of ethics, which he denies.”I think their reasonings for the recall are baseless and unfounded,” Moore said. “I really don’t know what I’m being recalled for. At the worst, it’s procedural.”But Tibbetts maintains that Moore has broken the rules.”We’re the ones who make the rules and we should follow the rules,” Tibbetts has said. “Our primary responsibility is to follow the rules that are on the books.”Tibbetts alleges that Moore has violated a number of town ordinances and code of ethics, including how he conducts a town board meeting and letting citizens speak longer than the allotted time, inappropriate dealings with town staff, conduct regarding opposition to the Stillwater Ranch Metropolitan District and failure to obtain a fence permit or street closure permit with respect to his Centre Town Homes development in Silt.”He lives by his own set of rules and does what he feels is best without regard for the town,” Tibbetts wrote in a guest column for the Post Independent. Tibbetts said the committee spent the first four weeks after taking out the petition to let people know what the issues (with Moore) were and the last part actively seeking signatures on the petition.”We sat at 9th and Main streets a couple of times a week and made some public appearances and made our presence known,” Tibbetts said. “The first three or four weeks, we were getting the information out so people could decide whether they wanted to sign (the petition) or not. The last four weeks were spent getting the signatures. We also had a lot of supporters who couldn’t sign the petition for one reason or another.”In accordance with state statutes, town clerk Sheila McIntyre now has five business days, or until Sept. 21, to validate the signatures on the petition.There is also a period of 15 days for a registered voter in the town of Silt to file a protest against the recall petition.”A protest would have to be filed in writing and any one person can write a letter of protest and state on what grounds,” McIntyre said.As of Friday, Moore said he had no plans to protest the petition.”I’m not sure if they have the grounds to file a recall petition and I’m not sure I have the grounds to protest it,” he said. “I’m content to let it go all the way to a recall election. I’m convinced I’m going to win.”If McIntyre approves the signatures on the petition, it will be submitted to the town board at their next meeting on Oct. 8. Because that date falls within 180 days of Silt’s next municipal election, a recall election would have to be held in conjunction with the April 1, 2008 election.If a protest is filed, a hearing with a neutral party would have to be set within 30 days from the time the recall petition was filed.”After that, there’s a number of paths it could go down,” Tibbetts said.
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