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Recall drive tied to migrant housing vote fails in Alma

January 4, 2022 GMT

ALMA, Mich. (AP) — Three officials who supported housing migrant boys in a mid-Michigan community won’t face a recall election.

Their critics failed to collect enough signatures to meet a Dec. 31 deadline, the Morning Sun reported.

In September, the Alma City Commission made a zoning change that will turn a former nursing home into temporary housing for boys who crossed the U.S. border without parents or guardians and do not have legal status in this country.

Bethany Christian Services plans to use the site to provide housing for up to 40 days or until a sponsor can be found.

Recall petitions were filed against Alma commissioners Roxann Herrington, Audra Stahl and Nick Piccolo.

The housing plan was approved, although the Alma Planning Commission had recommended against a zoning change after hearing much opposition in the community.