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      Language approved for Gladstone recall petition

      During a second clarity hearing on Wednesday, the language was approved for the Gladstone resident's petition to recall three city officials.

      Timothy Declaire is petitioning to recall Mayor Joseph Maki, Mayor Pro Tem Hugo Mattonen and Commissioner David Nemacheck for levying a mill. The petition calls for an election to recall the three commissioners for "levying an additional 1.8236 mills to the Gladstone City millage."

      Declaire is concerned that they raised taxes for the general fund without holding a public meeting. The commissioners stressed they reinstated a mill from years past and a public hearing is not legally required.

      "It's a representative government, and we're elected by the people to do what we think is right," says Nemacheck. "I did what I thought was right for the city, and I still think it's the right thing to do for the city."

      The recall petition needs 432 signatures to be up for election.