An effort to place a referendum on the ballot regarding the NEXUS settlement won’t be moving forward.
During the June 11 council meeting, Green Interim Law Director William Chris said several legal counsels reviewed the document and found several insufficiencies.
The referendum effort came about following City Council approving a settlement with NEXUS on Feb. 7 by a 4-3 vote. The city received park land, $7.5 million and several other safety measures as a part of the settlement. Citizens for Responsible Green Government formed and circulated a petition to have the settlement decided by the voters on the ballot. The group collected more than 1,500 signatures and gave it to the city, which then turned it over to the Summit County Board of Elections.
The Board of Elections declined to address the validity of the petition and only focused on the validity of the individual signatures. Those signatures were found to be valid. The petitions were then returned to the city to determine the sufficiency and validity of the petition, based on Ohio Revised Code Section 731.31.
After obtaining several legal opinions, the city won’t be returning the petition back to the Board of Elections. Legal advice from counsel said the petition is insufficient and invalid. The city requested the opinion of Chris and an outside law firm, Brennan, Manna & Diamond, to provide a legal opinion on the sufficiency and validity of the petitions.Read the whole article by clicking here.
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