Forestville to put election change on ballot again

FORESTVILLE – The Forestville Village Board is going to give changing the time of the election another go.

In November, the referendum vote to change the village election from March to November, coinciding with the county and general elections, was defeated. The topic was unpopular with residents at board meetings because the change would extend the term of the current village board members.

Village Attorney Michael Sullivan, who drafted the resolution to hold a public hearing and put the question on the ballot again in March, said he believes changing when this goes into effect addresses many residents’ concerns.

“I think residents were concerned before about extending certain people’s terms and, at this point, I think that is resolved,” he said.

He explained if the voters approve the measure on March 18, the mayor and two trustees elected at that time would have their terms extended along with the two trustees, Kevin Johnson and Margaret “Mindy” Borrello, still filling out terms. This way the voters would have more control over who would be in office for more than a traditional-length term.

The board approved the resolution to hold the public hearing on the matter with Johnson not in favor and Trustee David Bishoff absent due to illness.

Johnson also spoke out against changing the election last time it was put to a vote, citing residents’ feedback as a reason.

The resolution to put the question on the ballot was also read, citing lower costs, higher voter turnout and more time for elected officials to work on the budget as reasons for the change.

On March 18, the seats filled by trustees Bishoff and Ron Lineman are up for election along with Mayor Linda Aures’ seat. Aures told the OBSERVER she does not intend to run for re-election.

The Democratic Caucus meeting will be held Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. and the Republican Caucus will be held Jan. 28 at 6 p.m.

The public hearing will be held at the board’s next meeting on Jan. 28.

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