Judge bans Sabbath sewer talk; Bethel lawmaker’s lips are sealed
The expansion itself has a controversial past. The board approved it in December 2010, but 87 residents who live in the sewer district signed an earlier petition demanding a public referendum on the issue. Normally, it would then have been put to a public vote. But there was a debate over whether that earlier petition was filed on time. Kula said the opponents received the deadline date from town attorney Rob McEwan.
The question worked its way through the courts until about the end of May, when Judge Kevin Cahill ruled that the petition was, in fact, presented late.
Now the board has three options: it can withdraw its approval of the expansion; it can put the matter to public referendum; or it can let the approval for the expansion stand.