Annexed parcels casting ballots

Columbia's Town Center set to vote tomorrow


Town Center residents casting ballots tomorrow for seats on the Columbia Council and village board will be doing more than choosing the most eligible candidates.

They will be part of the village's history. For the first time, citizens living in two annexed parcels of Town Center - the Evergreens apartments and Lakeside condominiums - have the right to cast ballots. This month, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. signed legislation allowing residents in annexed portions of Town Center to run for office and vote in the election.

The signed legislation added competition to the Columbia Council race. Incumbent Jud Malone initially was uncontested, but after the legislation was signed, Gail Broida, who lives at Lakeside, added her name to the ballot.

In the race for village board, Burt Knauft, Stephen Meskin, Hugh Tousey and Linda Wengel are competing for two seats. A large voter turnout is expected, and the village has added a third polling site at the Evergreens apartments, said Patricia Laidig, village manager for Town Center.

"I'm hoping that the people that wanted to get annexed in time to cast a vote will be voting," she said.

Laidig said the Evergreens polling site was added "because it's a senior community," making it convenient for the residents.

Polls are to be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Vantage Point Park. In addition, polling for residents only will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Vantage House and Evergreens apartments.

Town Center is the final village to vote in the Columbia Council and village board elections. The planned community's other villages held elections last weekend.

Hickory Ridge, the only village that did not reach its minimum number of votes to make its election official, is holding a second balloting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Hawthorn Center. The election is open only to those residents who have not voted. The village election committee will announce the winners after the vote.

New members of the Columbia Council begin their terms Tuesday.

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