Notus mayor David Porterfield

Notus mayor David Porterfield.

NOTUS — A petition to recall Notus Mayor David Porterfield has been verified by the Canyon County Elections Office.

The city of Notus confirmed Monday the petition was submitted to the Canyon County Elections Office and verified April 19.

The reasons cited in the petition to recall mayor Porterfield, include:

  • Willful failure to comply fully with Idaho Department of Environmental Quality’s rules for public drinking water systems laws and Notus city code; therefore knowingly permitting risky public health conditions to exist in knowing and reckless disregard for federal and state law, public health and safety.
  • Failing to establish a Notus city code enforcement service necessary to ensure public order and peace, a required foundation for compliance to city codes.
  • Failing to initiate, promote, pre-plan or codify reasonable emergency relief plans and response procedures for Notus in conjunction or in coordination with the existing County emergency program; and failing to place the residents of Notus in foreseeable and avoidable situations potentially and seriously risking injury, death, property and public safety consequences and unbudgeted emergency funds.
  • Belatedly and knowingly forced and implemented a fiscally flawed, functionally unworkable and lawfully uncompliant Municipal Irrigation System upon individual owners of irrigation company water shares, including unequal and disparate billings, and failing to provide the services promised and paid for.
  • Failing to timely communicate detailed and helpful information to residents explaining important community issues imminently pending, and requesting comment or input.

Porterfield declined to comment on the recall petition this week.

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Recall organizers must gather 44 signatures to get the recall measure on the August election ballot, according to the Canyon County Elections Office.

The petition was started by Jack A. King, who has 75 days starting from April 19 to get 44 new signatures.

If King collects enough signatures, county officials have 15 days to certify the signatures. If all the signatures are approved and the petition declared valid for the ballot, Porterfield can choose to resign or draft a rebuttal petition.

If a special election is held in August, two requirements must be met to successfully recall the mayor. Because Porterfield received 42 votes in the general election, the same total must be cast in favor of recalling him. But even if 42 voters cast ballots to recall, Porterfield can keep his seat if a majority of voters reject the recall, according to county election officials.

Porterfield assumed the mayor’s role in 2013 when then-mayor Chris Collins was injured in a work accident and had to resign. Porterfield was later elected.

His four-year term ends in November.

Alx George is the IPT education reporter. Contact her at 465-8178 or ageorge@idahopress.com. Follow @missalxgeorge.

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