A new petition calling to halt renovations at the Miller-Driscoll school has almost reached the number of signatures needed to be presented to the town, said Sensible Wilton\u2019s president, Alex Ruskewich.But the town\u2019s attorney, Ken Bernhard, said Sensible Wilton\u2019s arguments do not pan out.Though the petition was released for signatures only Saturday, Mr. Ruskewich said turnout was \u201csuprisingly large\u201d at Comstock Community Center this weekend, where he and his group were stationed.The petition being distributed by Sensible Wilton aims to prevent the town from moving forward with a $50-million renovation of the Miller-Driscoll school. The activist group says the renovation was approved in a vote tainted by inappropriate actions by town officials.\u201cWe easily exceeded 200 signatures. I don\u2019t have a total count yet, but the number that we really need [before delivering the petition] is under 250. It was a pleasant surprise,\u201d Mr. Ruskewich said.\u201cWe had a very positive response and I believe we will easily exceed the target we wanted to get by the end of this week,\u201d he added.The local political activist said his group was especially happy at the turnout considering the event was set up in a fairly out-of-the-way location.\u201cIt wasn\u2019t somewhere like the Village Market or Stop & Shop, where the people already have to be there,\u201d he said.Mr. Bernhard, however, said by email Monday that Sensible Wilton is \u201cusing legal words in the press, which, when connected, don\u2019t describe any legal process that I recognize. I will have to wait until they submit the petition to see what they are proposing. However, my initial reaction to what the petitioners have said in the press and their use of the words \u2018ordinance, repeal, and resolution\u2019 is that it sounds tortured.\u201dHe also said he worries any petition that could revoke the town\u2019s ability to construct a new school would cause \u201clegal chaos.\u201d\u201cThe petitioners are naively underestimating the legal chaos and substantial expense that would ensue if the town were to renege on its commitments to the issued bonds and signed contracts,\u201d he wrote.Sensible Wilton expects to deliver its new petition to the town clerk\u2019s office by next week.