Saline County Clerk Kim Buchanan was proud of the voter turnout in Tuesday’s Consolidated Election. She anticipated 25 percent and the turnout was 26.63 percent. For Buchanan it was a day that began before dawn with an issue not so uncommon for Mountain Township voters: A snake was believed to be in the township hall and polling place — the building that formerly was the Somerset school. Election judge Lisa Wallace said someone had been in the township hall the night before to accommodate plumber Dwight Howton who was doing some work and one spotted a dark 3-foot long snake. “It was underneath the sink, stretched out,” Wallace said.
Tuesday morning when the election judges opened up mice went scattering about as though nervous about a snake in the building, but the snake had either left the building or — more likely — was in hiding. “We watched for the snake all day,” Wallace said.
Election judge Susie Wilson said it was a lucky think for the building’s structural integrity no one did see the snake. “You would have had a new door,” Wilson said. Sticky traps were procured to address the pest problem.