turned in a petition at about 1:50 p.m. Thursday to call a special election regarding .
The petition’s signatures still have to be counted and validated by town officials before the process moves forward. However, the group, led by Joseph Cusce Jr. of Black Diamond Landscapes, said it had collected nearly 1,300 signatures, a great deal more than the 864 required.
(UPDATE (2:40 p.m., Thursday): The validity of the petition most likely won't be decided on until Wednesday, May 30, due to the town's half day this Friday and the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, according to Board of Selectmen Administrator Marie Krepelka.)
Assuming that the petition has at least 864 signatures from registered voters (3 percent of all registered voters), there will be a short waiting period before the Board of Selectmen schedules the election, probably for sometime in June.
Through the election, Arlington residents could vote to repeal the controversial bylaw amendment, . However, in addition to winning the vote, opponents of the ban would need at least 20 percent of the town’s registered voters to vote for the repeal in order for it to go through, Town Counsel Juliana Rice said Thursday.
Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine said Wednesday that the special election would cost the town between $25,000 and $30,000.
Stay tuned to Arlington Patch for updates as they become available.