Charter status proposal fails

Lockport Township will not adopt charter status, as its registered voters turned down the proposal Tuesday.

Results weren’t available until past midnight, and by the time all ballots were counted, the measure fell by a margin of about two-thirds opposed to one-third in favor. Final votes were 696 people against the measure and 398 supporting the concept, according to unofficial results.

Township Supervisor Ray Signorello, who will not seek reelection this year, said he’ll leave it up to his successor to decide whether to pursue the request again in the future.

Tuesday’s proposal emerged from the township board’s decision in December to pursue the standing, fueled in part by the city of Three Rivers attempting to force-annex a parcel of land into the city limits.

Signorello said had the request passed, the 3,500-resident township would have increased from five officials to a seven-member board.

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