In the midst of a legal battle over the future of the village-owned Martin Tire building – a dispute that has divided many, including the mayor and former mayor – former mayor Jon Bagley is working to force a vote on dissolving the village.
“I am trying to find a positive solution for everyone,” Bagley said Monday, referring to the turmoil and the good he believes would come out of dissolving the tiny village of 700 people.
Bagley is collecting signatures that could require a referendum on whether to dissolve the village, which lies half in the Ontario County town of Gorham and half in the Yates County town of Potter. Bagley said he has so far collected 110 signatures, more than the minimum required to force a referendum. The minimum required is 20 percent, or just under 82, of Rushville’s 409 registered voters.