Citizens Want Voice Heard

By: Shane Symolon Email
By: Shane Symolon Email

Waynesboro citizens are asking for their votes to be counted, even though votes for November's referendum on city projects could be declared invalid because of a legal glitch.

Resident Lulu Meese has seen flooding on her streets when the big rains come.

"The problem is the runoff. They just have not provided for adequate drainage for heavy downpours," says Meese.

After a referendum vote November 6, she hoped change would be on the way, but due to a legal glitch, her votes may not count and improvements her street are now in the city council's hands.

Meese says, "The people were finally going to have a say about what they wanted done, and they went to the polls and voted in good faith, and we thought that was it."

She says she isn't sure what the council will do, but that she will will be disappointed if her vote for storm water improvement goes down the drain.

"They got the peoples' input. I hope they have the courage to stand up and enforce what the people asked them to do, and if they don't I think people will loose confidence in our government," says Meese.

Residents say, from their point of view, the city council might go either way on this issue.

In order to pass the referendum bonds without question and uphold the voters' ballots, the Waynesboro City Council needs a super-majority vote, or four out of the five members.

But some council members have still not made up their minds. Councilman Tim Williams was unavailable for comment Thursday, but in comments made to the News Virginian, he says he is still unsure which way he'll vote.

Councilman Frank Lucente says he thinks the fire station project is a bad idea, but he's now leaning toward voting yes.

He says, "I'll probably want to go with the results rather than try to go against it, based only on a technicality."

Lucente says he won't be making a final decision until the council work session next Tuesday.


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