Borough of Lumber City-Township of Ferguson municipal merger initiative (May 2013)

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An initiative concerning the proposed Borough of Lumber City-Township of Ferguson municipal merger was on the ballot for the municipal primary held May 21, 2013. Both municipalities are located in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

In order for the initiative to pass, the initiative required a simple majority of votes in both the Borough of Lumber City and the Township of Ferguson.[1]

The initiative was approved:
Borough of Lumber City:
YES: 17 (80.95%) Approveda
NO: 4 (19.05%)

Township of Ferguson:
YES: 81 (76.42%) Approveda
NO: 25 (23.58%)

Background

The Borough of Lumber City and the Township of Ferguson executed a joint agreement on February 4, 2013, to place a merger question on the ballot.[2][3][1]

Since the initiative was successful, the Township of Ferguson continues to exist as a township of the second class with its current form of government. However, the Borough of Lumber City ceased to exist on January 6, 2014, and its territory no longer has a borough form of government, but is instead governed by the Township of Ferguson. Any non-elected employees of the Borough of Lumber City were furloughed on January 6, 2014. The merged municipality also acts as one (1) election district, and only has one (1) polling place.[1]

The agreement also provides that signs will be placed marking the late borough as the "Village of Lumber City."[1]

Text of measure

Text of the question:

Shall the Borough of Lumber City be merged into the Township of Ferguson, effective January 6, 2014?

Yes

No[1][4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Joint Agreement for Merging Governments, Township of Ferguson and Borough of Lumber City, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, executed February 4, 2013.
  2. Ordinance 01-2013, Township of Ferguson, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, enacted on February 4, 2013.
  3. Ordinance 2013-1, Borough of Lumber City, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, enacted by Council and approved by Mayor on February 4, 2013.
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.