Small Town Torn By Recall

The polls will be open from 8am to 8pm on November 15th, 2011 in the American Legion Hall in Union for a recall election.

Three village board members—David Chipman, Dwain H. “Butch” Hardbarger and Paul Vidlak—are the subjects of the recall. Voters will vote either yes or no behind each name on the question of ‘Shall _____ be removed from the office of Union Village Board Trustee?’

William Bescheinen circulated recall petitions and garnered enough signatures for the recall elections. There were 22 signatures on the Chipman recall affidavit and 21 each on the Hardbarger and Vidlak forms. 16 signatures were needed for a recall.

In asking for the recall against Chipman, Bescheinen wrote 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.”

Vidlak chose not to issue a statement of defense, but Hardbarger did. He said neither he nor the village board were against business but they want business owners to “operate in compliance with Village ordinances.”

A previous Cassgram report on a felony assault case, the public nuisance civil lawsuit and a protection order that have connections to the recall is available in the archives at

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