Incorporation group quietly confident

They're not counting any chickens before they've hatched, but the Incorporate Golden Valley Board of Directors is optimistic about the outcome of the special election on Tuesday, when voters will decide whether to form a town government in Golden Valley.

"We've made hundreds of phone calls," said Treasurer Gordon Hoover at the IGV Board of Directors Wednesday meeting. "The response has been very good."

Petition committee Chairman Randy Cone said most of the calls - he estimated two-thirds - have resulted in registered voters saying they plan to vote for the incorporation of Golden Valley.

Secretary Daniel Richardson said the callers also are reminding voters that the IGV board and volunteers are available to drive them to the polls if they need transportation.

Dennis Emery said one factor the board and volunteers have come across in the telephone campaign is with voters who don't know where to cast their ballots.

Chairman Henry Peairs Jr. said that shouldn't be a problem because poll workers have lists of eligible voters and the precincts in which they live and can cast their ballots.

"They will tell people which polling place they should go to cast their vote if a voter goes to the wrong one," he said.

Peairs told the board that he has enjoyed being associated with them during the strenuous efforts they and the committee's team of volunteers have put forth over the last several months.

"This has been a beautiful effort for several reasons," Peairs said. "Mainly, it's been the people I've had the privilege of working with. All of you, including Pat (Randolph, former secretary) have done a magnificent job. I really don't feel that I've been able to do that much. I'm happy that we've gotten through the hard times and have formed good friendships that I believe will last for the rest of our lives. I have grown to love each one of you, and I want to thank all of you."