Union Grove plans FAQ for upcoming referendum

By Dave Fidlin


In the weeks ahead, Union Grove officials will detail the three separate advisory questions related to recreational vehicles that will be placed on the April ballot through a series of outreach and communication efforts.

Village Administrator Mike Hawes outlined with the Village Board a draft frequently asked questions, or FAQ, document at a meeting Jan. 24.

The document will touch on the village’s efforts to gauge residents’ interest in allowing or disallowing ATVs, UTVs and golf carts on municipal streets.

Plans call for including the full text of the FAQ document on the village’s official website, www.uniongrove.net, as well as the Village Voice newsletter.

The creation of an FAQ document comes on the heels of a decision this past fall to include the three advisory referendum questions on the April 5 spring general election ballot.

At the recent meeting, board members combed through the list of FAQs and raised questions of their own, including the murkiness of when and where golf carts are permissible in incorporated areas.

In the draft document that went before the Village Board, a passage outlines what exactly an advisory referendum is.

“In an advisory referendum, a legislative body places a proposed measure on the ballot to gauge the opinion of the electorate,” the passage within the FAQ states. “The results of an advisory referendum are not binding, and the governing bodies are not required to act in accordance with the majority opinion.”

To read the entire story see the Jan. 28 edition of the Westine Report.