by Emily Canning-Dean | Reporter
Reminderville -- Village voters have decided that Reminderville should not be divided into three Council wards next year.
According to final but unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections, Issue 53 was approved 748 votes (50.51 percent) to 733 votes (49.49 percent).
Issue 53 asked voters if they wanted to repeal a section in the charter approved by voters in 2009 that would have established three Council wards by the 2013 municipal election. The passage of Issue 53 means that the charter will be amended and all six Council members will remain at-large.
Had the issue failed, Council would have comprised three Ward Council members and three at-large Council members after the 2013 election.
Council President Mario Molina said he is happy that voters chose to approve Issue 53.
"I was in favor of this issue because it means that each resident in the village will be represented by all six members of Council instead of just four," Molina said. "It will also mean that we don't have to increase the number of voting precincts from the two we currently have."
Mayor Sam Alonso said he is satisfied with the outcome and just wanted voters to have the opportunity to decide.
"I didn't really have a strong opinion either way," Alonso said. "I was OK with working with whatever the voters decided."
Issue 53 is not eligible for an automatic recount because the issue was approved by more than half of one percent of all of the votes.
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