Voters in the City of Ely will have some extra time to consider whether or not they would like to see the city disincorporated. State Senator Pete Goicoechea called Mayor Melody Van Camp on Tuesday to inform her that his bill to put a vote on the city’s general election ballot, asking city residents if they would like to disincorporate the City of Ely, will still go forward to the state legislature, but won’t be on the ballot until 2017. The original bill had planned for the vote to be on this year’s general election ballot on June 2.
The news came following Friday’s committee hearing for the bill, in which several city employees traveled to Carson City to voice their opposition to the ballot question. Among those that spoke to the committee were city councilmen Bruce Setterstrom, Marty Westland and Sam Hanson as well as Mayor Van Camp, City Administrator Bob Switzer and City Fire Chief Ross Rivera. County Commissioners Richard Howe and Laurie Carson also made the trip to the capitol to speak not as county representatives but as citizens to voice support for putting the question on the ballot.
Despite being on different sides of the issue in the committee hearing, both Settertrom and Howe said they were happy that the vote, if the bill passes, will be delayed until 2017.
“It was discussed by multiple parties that in order to give the citizens enough information and present them with the pros and cons of the situation, we would need more time