Charter government request challenged Placement on ballot lies with state

August 3rd, 2015 By David J. Coehrs – dcoehrs@civitasmedia.com Three Fulton County residents filed an objection with the Board of Elections Wednesday over a petition from NEXUS opponents requesting a county charter government. Gilders confirmed that the six-page objection drafted by Metamora attorney Charles M. Saunders was received about one half-hour before last Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline to file objections to the petition. It was signed by Saunders and county residents RJ Lumbrezer and Roy Norman. Read the rest...

County charter would establish home rule

By GLENN WOJCIAK The Post staff writer | Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015 MEDINA – Voters will be given the opportunity to adopt a charter form of county government in November but the implications of that decision aren’t clear. An initiative petition by the group Sustainable Medina County has succeeded in gathering the signatures needed to place the issue on the ballot. If approved, the new charter would establish home rule provisions that empower county officials authority to regulate certain activities the current county commissioners lack authority to control. Those activities include the regulation of drilling new oil and gas wells and pipeline construction which are prohibited in a citizen’s bill of rights included in the new charter. Charter proponents launched their initiative primarily as a means to derail the NEXUS gas transmission line which Spectra Energy plans to build across Medina County and several other Ohio counties. Read more...

Judge Affirms People’s Right of Initiative, Orders Athens Board of Elections to Place County Charter on Ballot

ATHENS, OH:  An attempt to quash a citizens’ county charter initiative failed in the Common Pleas Court this week. Athens County residents face record amounts of fracking wastewater that is slated to be injected into permitted wells across the county, and are using their initiative powers to protect themselves. Seeking to expand their right to local self-government, and to ban the injection of fracking waste and related activities as a violation of rights, they recently submitted well over the required number of signatures to place their initiative on the November ballot. Read the rest...

Proposed charter/bill of rights is all about democracy

Joan Jurich   Aug 2, 2015 Abe Alassaf’s (The NEWS, July 26) call to alarm about the proposed Athens County Charter hinges on a series of supposings. He imagines neighbors and county commissioners run amok with power. He imagines neighbors and county commissioners imposing their personal tastes on what he is able to do on his land. It is easy to think of reasons to worry if you don’t know what the charter actually says and what it is most likely to do. Before readers are alarmed, they should study the charter proposal and discuss it with their neighbors. Read the rest of LETTER...

Editor’s column wrong about proposed county Bill of Rights

Dick McGinn  Aug 5, 2015 On Sunday, a friend stopped me on the street to ask for clarification regarding the proposed Charter for a Bill of Rights for environmental protection from fracking waste, something many Athens residents, myself included, have spent months, and untold hours of grinding hard work, attempting to create. She had read that it appears our good intentions have been “hijacked by some radical, anarchist” group from Pennsylvania. Read rest of Letter...
Ohio judge dismisses Broadview Heights lawsuit by residents

Ohio judge dismisses Broadview Heights lawsuit by residents

By BOB DOWNING Published: July 2, 2015 From a Thursday press release: BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH:  Yesterday – in time for the July 4th celebration of American Independence and democracy – the Cuyahoga County Court dismissed a class action lawsuit filed by residents of Broadview Heights to protect their inalienable right to local self-government. The suit was filed against the state of Ohio and the oil and gas industry, as fracking is being forced into communities without their consent. Read Full Story...