Glen Spey - A referendum to change Lumberland from a town of the second class to a town of the first class was defeated yesterday in a special election by a vote of 211-165.
Had the reclassification passed, the term lengths of the supervisor and the town clerk would have been cut from 4 years to 2 years.
The idea was first proposed by 59 Lumberland residents who filed a petition requesting the special election, and it has been a hotly debated issue at Town Board meetings.
Last week, a municipal law expert from Albany was called down to answer questions about the impact of changing the town’s classification.
A town of the second class can adopt many of the elements of a town of the first class, including the appointment of a comptroller to handle town finances, with the passage of local laws. The reclassification, however, also would have required all board members to be re-elected in November.
The results of yesterday’s election will have to be verified by the Sullivan County Board of Elections before they are considered official.