- Associated Press - Thursday, July 6, 2017

SUTHERLAND, Neb. (AP) - Two village board members in a central Nebraska community could face a recall vote if their opponents gather enough signatures.

Two Sutherland residents submitted court documents to the Lincoln County clerk on Wednesday to initiate the recall of Sutherland Village Board of Trustees Chairman John Lutz and Trustee Ray Ravenscroft, The North Platte Telegraph (https://bit.ly/2ttwMOf ) reported.

The residents said Lutz has abused his position to financially benefit himself and shows disregard for open meetings laws, village ordinances and board resolutions. They said Ravenscroft has created a hostile work environment, resulting in the resignation of employees and trustees.

“We’ve tried talking to them and they don’t want to talk,” Seifer said. “We’ve expressed our concerns and it’s fallen on deaf ears.”

The newspaper says messages left seeking comment from Lutz and Ravenscroft hadn’t been returned by Thursday afternoon.

The affidavit will be forwarded to Lutz and Ravenscroft, who have 20 days after receiving it to submit a defense statement. Gibbons and Seifer will be notified after the 20 days has expired, and the county clerk will issue petition papers for circulation.

Supporters will need nearly 200 signatures to initiate a recall. As required by state law, that number is at least 45 percent of the total vote cast for Ravenscroft, the person who received the most votes for that office in the last general election.

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Information from: The North Platte Telegraph, https://www.nptelegraph.com

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