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Officials take no action on referendum

November 14, 2012 News Extra

CENTER TWP — The township supervisors have not yet decided what, if anything, it will do about a successful referendum to reduce their number from five to three.

The referendum, which removes all five supervisors and allows selection of three new supervisors in April, passed Nov. 6 on a vote of 2,201 to 1,701.

While the municipal planning code allows for the referendum, the state constitution says that a supervisor with time left in office can only be removed by the governor for cause.

Supervisor Chairman Ron Flatt said at the supervisors’ meeting Wednesday night that the supervisors did not think it wise to decide whether to challenge the referendum in court while “passions were running high.”

Although the legality of the referendum was questioned publicly by one supervisor before the election, the supervisors opted not to file for an injunction barring the referendum on the ballot.

“The community has a right to make that decision for itself. We don’t think it’s the board’s place to tell the public they cannot decide on an issue,” Flatt said.

Should the referendum remain unchallenged or be upheld in court, township voters in the April 2013 primary will choose three candidates, who would take office in January 2014.