YORK – A special election will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, to determine whether York Mayor Orval Stahr will be recalled.

The York City Council voted Thursday night to pass a resolution that sets a date as well as establishes how the question will be presented to voters.

The council was required by law to do so, as the county clerk’s office verified that enough valid signatures had been gathered by petition circulators for the special election to go forward. As outlined earlier by the York County Clerk and now by the resolution passed by the council, the total number of verified signatures needed for recall purposes was 1,149. Principal circulator, Diane Wolfe, submitted 1,326 signatures. Of those, 112 were rejected and 1,214 were accepted.

State law required the council’s action – if the council would have failed to set the special election, that task would then fallen on District Court Judge James Stecker as outlined by state statutes.

There was little discussion Thursday night, regarding the resolution and setting the election.

All members of the council were present.

“Diane,” Mayor Stahr said to Council Member Wolfe, “since this is your last meeting, I assume you want to make the motion.”

“Yes, I do,” Wolfe responded, making the motion that the special election regarding his possible recall be set.

All members of the council voted in favor.

On the day of the special election, registered voters living inside the city limits of York will be asked one question: “Shall Orval Stahr be removed from the office of Mayor of the City of York, Nebraska?”

Voters will be able to indicate either yes or no, according to the resolution passed by the city council.

The majority will determine whether or not Stahr will retain his position.

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