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Judge Again Orders Portland to Provide Petitions
11/04/2013 05:59 PM ET  

Portland City Attorney Danielle West-Chuhta says while the city will comply with the court's order, the municipality has appealed Wheeler's decision to the Maine Supreme Court.

A Superior Court judge has again ordered the city of Portland to provide signature gathering petitions to a group opposing the proposed sale of Congress Square Park. Justice Joyce Wheeler's first order was stayed on Friday when the city appealed her decision and she was not available to deal with the issue.

Portland City Attorney Danielle West-Chuhta says while the city will comply with the court's order, the municipality has appealed Wheeler's decision to the Maine Supreme Court.

West-Chuta says the city believes the case is about more than the sale of Congress Square Park. "It's just about a pure legal question about the authority of the council, as elected representatives of the people," she says.

West-Chuta says that the city feels strongly that an ordinance adopted in 1950 does not allow the proposed initiative question to be sent out to referendum. The proposed ordinance seeks to protect 60 municipal parks by making it harder for the city to sell them.

This story was reported and written by Ed Morin.


 

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