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Rushville board rejects petition to dissolve village on technicality

The Rushville Village Board Monday rejected a petition calling for a vote on whether to dissolve the village. At a board meeting attended by about 40 people, Mayor John Sawers said the petition “was not done right. We have disallowed it,” he said.

The petition forwarded by former Mayor Jon Bagley contained 128 signatures, well above the 20 percent (or just under 82 signatures) needed of village voters to force a referendum. But, Village Clerk Joanne Burley said, the petition lacked a lead paragraph required on all its pages. Burley said she consulted with the New York Conference of Mayors and Finger Lakes law firm Cheney & Blair and then, using her authority, rejected the petition.

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