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Port Henry to vote on dissolution

PORT HENRY - To be or not to be? That is the question in the village of Port Henry.

Port Henry voters will go to the polls Tuesday, March 16, to cast ballots on the proposed dissolution of the village.

They will also elect two members to the village board. Incumbent Ruth McDonough and John Viestenz are running unopposed. Trustee Linda DuRoss is not seeking re-election.

Polls will be open noon to 9 p.m. at the Port Henry fire house.

A joint village/town dissolution steering committee has been conducting a dissolution study since the early fall of 2009 with assistance from the study consultant, the Rochester-based Center for Governmental Research (CGR). The study is funded through a state grant.

After several committee meetings, public meetings and a public hearing, the steering committee submitted the final dissolution plan to the village board Dec. 22. The board reviewed the final dissolution plan and formally adopted the plan by resolution at the Jan. 14 board meeting.

All information regarding the dissolution study, including the final dissolution plan, may be obtained at www.cgr.org/porthenry or at the village office located at 4303 Main St.

The dissolution study committee included village representatives Mayor Ernest Guerin, Trustee James Hughes, Walt Wojewodzic and Joseph Celotti along with town of Moriah representatives Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava, Councilman Richard Carpenter, Charlie Bryant and John Boyea.

Should voters decided to dissolve the village of Port Henry, effective Dec. 31, 2011, its functions and property become the responsibility of the town of Moriah.

In the event of dissolution:

- Moriah would establish a Port Henry fire district;

- title to the Champ RV Park properties consisting of a campground, beach, bathhouses and other facilities will be transferred to the town, which will become responsible for operation of the beach/campground;

- Moriah would establish water and sewer districts for the former village;

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