Phone call in response to petition drive investigated


  The  Prairie County Sheriff’s office is investigating a report of a “disturbing phone call” made to a Terry resident last week in regards to signing a petition that would require proposed zoning regulations in Terry to go before a public vote. 

The sheriff’s office was contacted Friday, according to interim Sheriff Greg Huber.
“We will take it as far as (the individual) wants to take it,” Huber said of the investigation into the anonymous phone call. Reserve officer Lorin Larsen was on duty at the time to handle the situation, Huber said.
The incident follows a recent petition drive announcement made by C-2 organization “For A Better (FAB) Terry Without Zoning”. The group formed in response to the town council’s zoning efforts, which began in early 2012. 
The town zoning issue has come to the forefront in light of a Nov. 6 public hearing which will address the regulations being proposed for Terry residents.
Although the announcement to gather 67 signatures to put the zoning measure on a ballot for Terry residents was announced last week, FAB Terry Without Zoning treasurer Russ Waples explained the group hasn’t begun its petition drive yet.
“As soon as the council gives it an ordinance number we will begin gathering signatures,” Waples said. 
An ordinance number will be assigned to the zoning measure once adopted by the council.
Waples expressed concern that there may be other incidences of supporters to the petition drive being intimidated.
“We certainly are encouraging others to come forward if they’ve been treated badly,” Waples said.
Incidents of concern that the the sheriff’s office is made aware of will be investigated, Huber said.

Published October 23, 2013

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