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Published: September 17, 2019


A PETITION TO DEMAND THE RECENT 25 MILLION DOLLAR COUNTY BOND ISSUE BE PUT TO PUBLIC VOTE IN A LOCAL REFERENDUM HAS FELL SHORT OF REQUIRED SIGNATURES. THE PETITION WAS FILED LATE LAST WEEK WITH THE LAWRENCE COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE THEN SENT TO THE ELECTION COMMISSION TO COMPARE WITH VOTER REGISTRATION RECORDS AND CERTIFY THAT 10 PERCENT OF THE COUNTY'S REGISTERED VOTERS HAD SIGNED THEM. OFFICIALS WITH THE ELECTION COMMISSION ADVISE THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH SIGNATURES AND THEY ARE STILL IN THE PROCESS OF VERIFYING. THE COUNTY COMMISSION COULD STILL CHOOSE TO VOTE TO RESCIND THE PROJECTS LIST AND BOND RESOLUTIONS THAT WERE PASSED AT THE AUGUST 20TH MEETING. AMONG THOSE PROJECTS INCLUDED THE PURCHASING OF NEW SHERIFF PATROL CARS, A NEW AMBULANCE AND POWER COTS FOR EMS, ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE NEW HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER, RENOVATIONS TO VARIOUS COUNTY FACILITIES ALONG WITH A NEWLY PURCHASED FACILITY, IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SOLID WASTE FACILITY AND VARIOUS SCHOOL PROJECTS. IN ADDITION A SECOND PHASE WHICH INCLUDES MONEY FOR THE PROPOSED TEST TRACK AND POSSIBLY A NEW LORETTO HIGH SCHOOL GYM. THE COUNTY COMMISSION MEETS IN REGULAR SESSION ON SEPTEMBER 24TH AT 5.