November 18, 2019

Levant residents circulate petition

LEVANT — A petition is being circulated in Levant to include a recall provision in the town ordinances to recall any selectman.

According to Robert Bemis, one of the circulators of the petition, “This petition is not directed at any single selectman. It is just to put a tool in the hands of the townspeople if they wish to remove a selectman.”

Bemis, who resigned from the Board of Selectmen earlier this summer, said circulators needed only 10 percent of the number of people who voted in the last gubernatorial election. Since only 250 people voted at the last election, the petitioners need only 25 names, but Bemis said they expect more than 100 signers.

He said the current board of selectmen had no choice but to accept the petition by state law and and put the issue out for public vote. If accepted by a majority of the townspeople the law becomes effective within 60 days.

“We can remove a president, even the governor, but Levant doesn’t have the right to remove a selectman if it wants,” said Bemis.

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