Brookings County Parking Referendum (2009)
The purchase of the two lots is estimated to cost approximately $260,000.
A "yes" vote on the referendum is a vote to approve the county's plan. A "no" vote is a vote to reject the county's plan. On August 11, voters defeated the county's parking lot plan.
In June 2009, Fourth Street residents began circulating a petition in order to move the issue to the ballot. Petition supporters argue that the historic district neighborhood is not a good location for the proposed parking lot. Additionally, they said that the commission did not discuss the issue openly and instead held various closed meetings before making a final decision.
However, the county commission argues differently. The parking lot will help solve the administrative space needs issue the county has wrestled with for years, they said.
According to state law, petitioners were required to submit a minimum of 969 notarized signatures in order to qualify the measure for referendum. On June 17, 2009 petitioners announced that they submitted a grand total of 1,292 at 4:30 p.m. that day. Gloria Kloster said that the group decided to collect more than the required amount in case some signatures were disqualified. Shortly there after, the Brookings County state's attorney's office verified the signatures.
- Brookings County minutes for May 12, 2009 (dead link) - outlines the commissions vote on the parking lot