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Edgerton to hold recount on city hall

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ANN MARIE AMES
June 6, 2009
— The debate about Edgerton’s City Hall will start up again bright and early Sunday morning.

The board of canvassers will meet at 7 a.m., Sunday, at the Edgerton Library, 101 Albion St., Edgerton, to recount ballots from Tuesday’s referendum.


Edgerton resident Lyle Maves on Friday filed a petition for the recount.


Maves chose not to comment to the Gazette about why he filed the petition.


Voters narrowly approved a referendum allowing the city to spend up to $1.2 million on a new facility to be built in the parking lot next to the existing building at 12 Albion St.


The referendum passed by 17 votes with 752 ballots cast.


The city has discussed its need for a new facility for years. Architects and engineers have said the existing 3,100-square-foot building lacks space and needs significant repair.


The building is more than 100 years old.


An ad hoc committee recommended building a new, 5,000-square-foot building on the corner of Albion and Fulton streets.


The board of canvassers will complete the recount Sunday morning, and the city clerk will immediately report the results to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, according to a news release from the city of Edgerton.


Recounts are open to the public, although only members of the board are allowed to touch the ballots or voting equipment.


Edgerton Mayor Erik Thompson was not surprised that someone called for a recount, considering the close turnout.


He was not aware of the planned recount until he was contacted by the Gazette on Friday night.


“I’m not at all surprised,” Thompson said. “It was a close margin of victory. But, really, I don’t have any comments. The vote was what it was.”



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