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Bridgeport sewers to go to vote

Residents in the area included in the proposed Bridgeport Sewer District will have the opportunity to voice their desires March 14. Supervisor John M. Becker said last week that though he is confident the majority of residents want sewers, the town will put the proposition to the people affected and put the matter to rest.

The Sullivan Town Council members in attendance at the Jan. 21 meeting voted unanimously to put the matter to a vote.

Councilman David Miner was absent.

"I think this is the best way to go about it," Becker said. "We don't want there to be any questions that we do it all the right way. I think this is going to pass 80-20, anyway, so many people out there want it."

According to Becker, the move eliminates any question by residents that the town council is forcing something on them against their wills by letting the majority speak. He added that the decision clears up the confusion generated by a petition-signing effort at the recent sewer meeting and eliminates the necessity of calling everyone who signed the petitions to see if they did, in fact, want their names included.

"I have to thank Mr. [Robert] Niederhoffer for all his hard work," Becker said. "We represent all of the people in the town of Sullivan, and his efforts show there is a small contingent that does want to have a say in the matter."

There will be one vote allowed per affected household; the vote will be held in March.

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