Results of Small Town Recall

Recall of village board fails in small Cass Couinty town. Here are the results.

David Chipman: 21 for recall, 58 against

Dwain H. “Butch” Hardbarger: 14 for recall, 65 against

Paul Vidlak: 16 for recall, 63 against

The Cassgram had reproted William Bescheinen had circulated recall petitions and garnered enough signatures for the recall elections.

Bescheinen claimed that Chipman was “harassing the elderly,” had violated town ordinances, was in a meeting with less than a quorum and was “Changing state ordinances to suit himself.”

Chipman’s statement of defense: “Mr. Bescheinen filed this petition to retaliate against me due to the Board unanimously voting to declare nine of his properties nuisances.” Chipman claimed the village has requested Bescheinen to “clean up his junk” for over 15 years.

In the petitions circulated against Hardbarger and Vidlak, Bescheinen said the reason for their recall was “endangerment to business.” Hardbarger said neither he nor the other village board members were against business but they want business owners to “operate in compliance with village ordinances.”

Of the 149 eligible voters, 76 went to the polling place Tuesday. With the early voters, the total turnout was 80%.

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