by Judy Reed
The petition language to recall two Cedar Springs City Council members was denied by the Kent County Elections Commission Tuesday morning, December 31, at a clarity hearing.
City resident Mark Laws filed the petition to recall Patricia Troost and Ashley Bremmer.
According to Elections Director Susan deStiguer, a change in the law in 2012 requires that not only is the recall language clear and understandable, it must be factual as well. Prior to 2012, it only had to be clear.
deStiguer said that two out of the three on the commission thought the language was clear, but none of the three felt it contained any facts. “It was not specific enough, and they voted unanimously to deny it,” explained deStiguer.
The petition language gave two reasons for the recall:
1) Violated public trust by not following policy, procedure and protocol for the open meetings act—Act 267 of 1976, effective March 31, 1977.
2) Violated public trust by stating the process procedure to be followed for considering possible new city logo and then disregarded the process without notice.
Laws said that he would resubmit it again next week with clearer language.