A former Alexandria official leading an effort to dissolve the small Licking County village filed a civil complaint March 13 that urges the village to forward an unincorporation petition to the county board of elections so it can be placed on the ballot for an August special election.

The lawsuit filed in Licking County Common Pleas Court asks the court to order Alexandria to act immediately on the petition, which was submitted to the village Feb. 6. The petition seeks a special election to consider the unincorporation of the village, which is about 25 miles northeast of Columbus and home to about 500 people.

Leading the unincorporation effort is former Mayor Stanley Robinson, who said village officials aren't doing their jobs. He suggested the town go back to a “simple township government.”

“For years, the village has been dysfunctional,” Robinson said March 13. “A lot of people can't stand the way the village operates, but nobody knows how to do anything about it.”

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