Recall petitions aimed at two township officials.

March 30, 2018

Recall petitions aimed at two township officials.


HART — Petitions have been filed in the Oceana County Clerk’s Office by two citizens in an attempt to recall Weare Township Supervisor Dale Stevenson and Leavitt Township Treasurer David Kruppe.

The petition against Stevenson filed by Robert Green states: “In Mr. Stevenson’s elected position as township supervisor, he failed to provide necessary oversight of the township zoning administrator. Mr. Stevenson’s lack of oversight resulted in issuance of a special use permit for propane in the neighborhood commercial district, which ignored Weare Township’s lawful ordinances in regard to adjacent residential uses located near and around the commercial property.”

The petition against Kruppe filed by Allen Purdy states: “Malfeasance of office of the Leavitt Township treasurer and the duties assigned to the office.”

Oceana County Clerk Rebecca Griffin scheduled clarity hearings for both petitions. The hearing for Stevenson’s petition is Monday, April 2, at 2 p.m. in the county commissioners’ board room, and the hearing for Kruppe’s petition is Friday, April 6, at 10 a.m. in the board room.

During the clarity hearing, the county election committee determines whether the petition language is clear enough to be placed on the voting ballot.

Once the language is approved, petitioners have to obtain a certain amount of signatures for the petitions to be placed on the ballot. The number of signatures required is 25 percent of the number of voters in the district who voted in the last governor election, Griffin said.

Recall petitions only appear on May or November ballots, so the soonest either petition could go before voters is in November, the clerk said.

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