Recall election to take place in Lake of the Pines
A recall election that will determine whether the seven Lake of the Pines board of directors keep their seats will go forward. The signatures on the petition that had been circulating for the last few months by resident Dave Campbell has been verified, confirmed board President Ralph Kendrick.
“They can have their opinions, but it is particularly saddening to me to have to serve my community in a situation like this because the system is not broken,” Kendrick said.
The recall petition effort was spearheaded by Campbell because he said he believed the Board has failed to listen to residents on a wide range of issues ” the most recent being a proposed increase of quiet hours on the lake that chop the hours wave-producing activities can be done on the lake. This issue is what has also prompted the other two petitions.
“There is one to recall the board, which I don’t agree with. I think that my personal philosophy is that unless they have done something egregious or illegal, then we can wait until the next regularly scheduled election,” said Rick Kooi, who has begun circulating a second petition that only asks for the board to consider taking the rule change to a community vote. .
Kooi said he and his supporters have gathered more than 300 signatures, but that they hope they don’t have to turn it in.
“We are going to ask them at the second reading of the new rule (in April) not to enact it ” there are a huge number of people at the lake that don’t want it,” Kooi said.
The third petition, also authored by Campbell, proposes to return laws to the way they were three years ago – with quiet hours on weekends between noon and 2 p.m. and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. .
But regardless, the recall election will go forward. The petition, which needed signatures from 5 percent of the residents ” or about 100 people ” has been certified last week. There will now be a town hall meeting and residents will be issued a ballot where they can vote on whether to keep any, all, or none of the directors.
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