Unprecedented recall petition turned in

Recall petitioners Chris Lani, Rick Stork and Don Purinton turn in all the signatures they collected to City Hall on Monday. (Garrett Estrada photo)

Recall petitioners Chris Lani, Rick Stork and Don Purinton turn in all the signatures they collected to City Hall on Monday. (Garrett Estrada photo)

The three men who filed intent to recall petitions on the entire Ely City Council and City of Ely Mayor Melody Van Camp on Sept. 8 turned in all the signatures they were able to collect over the past three months on Monday.

Former city employee Rick Stork handed over the stack of paperwork for all five city councilmen to City Clerk Robert Switzer at City Hall Monday morning, the last day of their 90 day period. The recall for Mayor Van Camp doesn’t have to be turned in until Dec. 15.

Per Nevada’s Revised Statutes regarding a recall, the petitioners must have attained a minimum number of signatures equal to at least 25 percent of the voter turnout in the election that each councilman was elected to office in. According to Stork, they were able to collect that amount and then some. That would amount to a required 198 signatures to recall Councilmen Marty Westland and Dale Derbidge and 215 signatures for Councilmen Bruce Setterstrom, Randy Lee and Sam Hanson.

According to Stork’s count, there should be more than enough to meet those numbers for all five, as well as for Mayor Van Camp.

“Everybody that signed the petition with me when I sat outside the grocery store were upset, not with just how the city has been going but also the way things have been handled with the railroad,” Stork said, referring to the city’s firing of top railroad board members that led to a lawsuit and the still pending forensic audit of the railroad’s finances.

City Councilman Bruce Setterstrom, who’s petition to recall  received the most signatures at 289 according to Stork’s count, said that

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