Council: No plans to halt referendum
One day after an election shifted the City Council majority to one that favors keeping the city intact, council members say they aren't planning to halt a spring referendum on whether to dissolve the city. Bill Colombo defeated Amy Scott in Tuesday's election, earning him a seat on the council under his platform of keeping the city. He will replace Vice Mayor Mark Hashim, who has supported putting the dissolution question before voters. Wednesday, council members said they were awaiting a decision from Circuit Judge Stanley Mills on whether the referendum will go forward. Three residents filed a petition with the court last week challenging the validity of the dissolution ordinance that lays the framework for the referendum. Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley said he won't move forward on the mail-out ballots for the referendum until he hears Mills' decision. Colombo will be sworn in at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 6333 Ridge Road.