Everyone is invited, including politicians and mules, to Macks Creek for a parade of a different sort.
Just days before voters will head to the polls to decide the fate of the small, troubled community, supporters of the petition drive to dissolve the city, are hosting a celebration of sorts to remind residents to get out and vote. The event is being sponsored by the committee to dissolve Macks Creek.
The dissolution issue has divided the community with elected officials on one side and residents who feel they are being ignored by the governing board.
According to Leslie Chamberlin and others who worked on the petition drive to get the issue on the ballot, the problems in Macks Creek are not going to change and the dissension between the elected officials and the residents is not going to go away. Chamberlin and others see dissolution as the only reasonable solution.
If voters approve the dissolution, the city would become an unincorporated area.
Earlier this year, the residents seeking dissolution headed up a petition drive as required by state law. The petition was submitted to the Camden County Clerk's office with 122 signature. Of those, 97 were verified as belonging to voters within the city limits of Macks Creek.
The petition is reminiscent of a similar move in November of 2004 when voters turned down disincorporation by a slim margin. In that election 64 voters said yes and 55 said no. Although the number of votes in favor exceeded those in opposition, approval required a 60 percent approval rate.