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Glenville's Levy Election to be Feb. 8

At the Mon., Jan. 6 Glenville City Council meeting, City Recorder Debra Starcher-Johnson announced that the Special Election will be held on Sat., Feb. 8 at City Hall.

She also noted that the public notices and ballots would be placed in this newspaper, as required by law. (The notices appear on page 10 and the ballot on page 11 of the print edition of this newspaper.)

One of the notices specifies that Early Voting will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 1 - in person - at City Hall, while the other announces that the last day to obtain Absentee Ballots will be on Mon., Feb. 3.

The facsimile of the ballot, itself, relates that the special election's purpose is to extend the existing Special Levy, which deals with repairs and maintenance of curbs, streets and sidewalks, as well as to provide street lighting.

The levy, if passed, will be extended from July 1, 2014 through July 1, 2018.

"This is just the standard levy that's currently in place, taxes will not be increased, and it is needed to keep up our streets," stated Glenville Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick.

The polls at City Hall will be open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8. "The time to vote is just like any other election," Ms. Starcher-Johnson affirms.

Glenville citizens can vote either "For" or "Against" the levy, as the sample ballots indicates.

City officials, however, stress that the continuation, without a tax increase, is badly needed in order to keep the streets upgraded. In fact, Mayor Fitzpatrick relayed that he'd already talked to Harry's Paving, of Morgantown, who looked over the streets and gave him an estimate of $1.65 per square foot. "We need and will get two more estimates, those being contractors closer to home," the Mayor added. He also requested that the Police Dept. look for trouble spots on the city's streets. (Part 2 will be published next week.)