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Sherman residents vote ‘no’ to dissolution

December 28, 2016
By David Prenatt - , Westfield Republican

The official results are in and the Village of Sherman will remain the Village of Sherman.

By a margin of only two votes, Sherman residents voted against dissolving the village. When the results were official, 115 people voted to dissolve the village and 117 voted against dissolution.

Sherman residents cast their votes on Tuesday, Dec. 20. At the close of the polls, however, the vote was 112 for dissolution and 114 against it. However, nine absentee ballot application had been picked up and would not be counted until Dec. 27.

By the official deadline, six of the absentee ballots had been received. Three votes were cast for dissolution and three against it, thereby keeping the slim majority needed to defeat the proposition for dissolution.

"The Village is in place again for at least four more years," said Sherman mayor John Patterson. "The people have spoken again and I think they have said they are tired of this nonsense and all the money that was spent on it. You can't fix what isn't broken."

Patterson said that he and the Board of Trustees will continue to serve the village responsibly. "We will continue to hold the line on taxes as best we can. We will provide the maximum of service possible. We will take care of all jobs in the order of priority, but everything will get done," he said.

Village Clerk Jeanette Ramm said she was surprised the vote was so close. "Either way there were going to be unhappy people," she said.

Ramm said the vote has been stressful for many people, but now she hopes the village can move on. "It's been weighing on peopleI think the feeling of being in limbo are we or are we not going to be here was hard on us," she said. "I think people can but it to rest now and carry on."

Ramm said she was pleased with the turnout of 232 voters, which was close to 50 percent of all village residents who were eligible to cast their ballot. "It's pretty good for a small village," she said.

Village Trustee Donna Higginbotham said she was "disappointed' in the results of the vote. She and her husband, Sherman town councilman James Higginbotham, had been leading proponents of dissolution since the issue was raised nearly two years ago.

Now that the vote is complete, Higginbotham said, everyone should strive to be united. "We'll try to run the village the way it should be run and all work together," she said.

Sherman Trustee Mary Reyda said she was "very happy" with the outcome. "I just couldn't see any good coming out of us being dissolved," she said.

Streets supervisor Doug Crane said he was happy with the vote, but mainly he was pleased with the turnout overall. "I just want to thank everyone for coming out and voting."



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