In unison, supporters of a moratorium on oil and gas development in city limits counted aloud Monday with Loveland City Clerk Terry Andrews as she tallied the petitions they have been circulating for weeks in Loveland.
"One-hundred eight! One-hundred nine! ..."
By the end, the count had reached 124 documents with names of those whom supporters say support their cause.
Those supporters, under the name Protect Our Loveland, turned in their petitions at 11 a.m. to allow voters the opportunity to choose whether to stop oil and gas development for two years in city limits while staff members do further research into the health and environmental effects the process creates.
Organizers did not know the exact number of names that were turned in as part of the petition effort -- each of the petition documents has spaces for 53 names, creating the potential for more than 6,000 names to have been filed, but organizers said that not each petition was filled to capacity.
Andrews said supporters will have to have 2,253 valid signatures to make the measure qualify for November's ballot. Area voters already will have choices for City Council and Thompson School District Board of Education facing them.
If enough signatures are verified, Loveland City Council members will have two choices: place the measure on the ballot or enact the moratorium without a vote.
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