Hinsdale Village Board also steps back from merger referendum
Updated: January 28, 2013 3:07PM
HINSDALE — The Hinsdale Village Board chose Tuesday not to discuss putting an advisory referendum on the April ballot asking voters if they support consolidating the Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills police departments.
The board was scheduled to consider a resolution to proceed with the advisory referendum, but Village President Thomas Cauley, Jr. asked the item be removed from the agenda, because the Clarendon Hills Village Board voted Monday against a referendum.
The idea of asking voters’ opinions on the police consolidation question came up at a meeting earlier in January with state Rep. Patti Bellock, R-47th, and Clarendon Hills officials and residents, Cauley said.
“I thought if Clarendon Hills was going to have a referendum, we would too,” Cauley said, although he is not sure that the complexity of a merger is suitable for a single question, albeit non-binding, on the ballot.
Clarendon Hills officials said it would be premature to ask for voter input as more information is needed on the proposed merger.
Following their lead, the Hinsdale Village Board neither voted, nor discussed the police merger and possibility of a referendum Tuesday.