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UPDATE: Legal action filed against Weston over bus referendum

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WESTON (WAOW)-- A final push for public transportation is underway after a lawsuit was filed against the Village of Weston in Marathon County court. Three people are suing the village board and asking a judge to let voters decide if the village should bring back public transit.

Route K closed last year. "It's very, very hard because my wife doesn't drive. She's kind of disabled and I have to take her everywhere she needs to go," said Weston resident William Franklin who signed the petition.

He said his family relied on the service. "You take a big chunk of their livelihood away by taking their transportation away," he said.

Last March, village leaders voted to end their contract with Metro Ride citing a lack of funding for the service, but bus riders rallied together and collected signatures. The village board agreed to put the issue on the spring ballot, but later reversed that decision saying there were legal problems with the process.

 

The controversy over bus service in Weston continues. Three residents are pursuing legal action against the village after board members decided against putting a referendum on the ballot.  

A group of bus supporters had been fighting to keep the line alive, even collecting 1,400 signatures in support of the line.  However in December, the Weston board President said the Village's attorney advised against a referendum.

On Tuesday, three petitioners filed a writ of mandamus in Marathon County court. The legal order asks a judge to decide if Weston must proceed with the referendum. 

 

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