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First Ward residents will settle Sagar recall Aug. 19


Residents in Pataskala's First Ward will decide Tuesday, Aug. 19, if their City Council representative, Pat Sagar, will retain her seat.

The two polling locations in the First Ward will be open normal election hours from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Residents in Precinct 1A will vote at the Licking Heights High School auxiliary gymnasium, 4000 Mink St., and residents in Precinct 1B will vote at the Pataskala Church of the Nazarene, 8100 Hazelton-Etna Road SW.

Normal election procedures will apply.

Sagar is vice president of Pataskala City Council and is in her third full term representing the First Ward; she first was appointed to City Council in 1999.

Her third term expires Dec. 31, 2015, and she has said she will not seek a fourth term.

Carl and Deanna Roshong circulated a petition in May to recall Sagar from serving on City Council. The petition was certified June 20.

According to section 10.02 of the city charter, residents may request removal of any City Council member by submitting a letter of intent to the council clerk and then circulating a petition. The petition must contain valid signatures from 15 percent of the electors who voted in the First Ward.

In this case, 107 signatures were required, according to the Licking County Board of Elections.

Mayor Mike Compton has said the election would cost the city $2,000 to $5,000.

Carl Roshong and several other First Ward residents have spoken against Sagar at City Council meetings. Many said she does not respond to requests for communication from residents and that she does not accurately represent their feelings.

Sagar has rebutted those charges, saying she has only failed to respond to two emails and takes her ward and the rest of the city into account when making decisions.

The last recall election in Pataskala was June 28, 2005, when former City Council member Bernard Brush retained his seat in a 414-219 vote, according to The Columbus Dispatch.