Recall effort against Binney goes silent

rpulley@lsjournal.comMay 15, 2013 

  • 266 number of signatures required, but no petitions were returned to city when the number collected fell short

The recall effort aimed at Lee’s Summit Councilmember Rob Binney is dead.

It began in March after his vote to support a new Wal-Mart Supercenter near Missouri 150 and Missouri 291.

Opponents of rezoning required for the store organized a recall committee and offered petitions for signatures. They contend Binney was not listening to his constituents and didn’t respond to communication including emails.

City Clerk Denise Chisum said the Saturday, May 11 deadline passed without the city receiving any signed petitions or contact from the recall committee.

Binney said Monday, May 13, “I am thankful for the outpouring of support and glad we can get on with the business of the city.”

The recall committee members were: Amber Hodgson, Miranda Finnerty, Julie Kirkpatrick, Wesley Riggs and Patrick Powers, but the committee asked questions regarding the recall be handled by group South Lee’s Summit Citizens for Responsible Development.

Brandi Riggs, a leader of that organization, said that she did not know the final count of signatures that were collected. She said it was close but fell short. The committee needed at least 266 signatures from registered voters in District 1, according to the city clerk.

Riggs said the group had decided to refocus their effort on a supporting a lawsuit to overturn the council decision. It is fund-raising to help with legal expenses.

A Lee’s Summit couple contends the city failed to follow the proper procedures for the rezoning and filed suit in Jackson County Circuit Court asking a judge to intervene.

Binney said after the recall started he did not hear a large outcry supporting it.

“I heard from a lot of people who said even if we don’t agree with you on Wal-Mart, this isn’t the way to go about expressing discontent with the issue,” Binney said. He said he answers emails where it is apparent the sender expects an answer.

“I try to respond if they ask me a question,” Binney said. “I do my best, if they’ve asked for a specific response or request.”

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