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Residents voice concerns to dissolution committee

Sean Reines looks over a display of questions and concerns residents raised during the public kick-off meeting of the Keeseville Dissolution Committee Feb. 22.

Sean Reines looks over a display of questions and concerns residents raised during the public kick-off meeting of the Keeseville Dissolution Committee Feb. 22. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— About 30 residents of the Keeseville area were on hand at the village offices Feb. 22 to express their concerns to members of the dissolution committee.

The committee, along with consultants Peter Fairweather (Fairweather Consulting) and Tim Weidemann (Rondout Consulting), held a public kickoff meeting one month after the process of developing a dissolution plan was put into action.

“It’s important to gather information from residents during this process,” Weidemann said. “There were a lot of people here tonight for a first meeting, and the quality of the questions they asked showed that they are really invested in the process.”

Weidemann said the comments and suggestions from the residents would all be worked into the dissolution study and planning.

“We want to have those concerns and comments so we have a list to look back on as we go through the process,” Weidemann said. “There needs to be the input on what this means to the community.”

“We can come in and think that we are going to go this certain way, and by the end of the process we are going somewhere else,” Fairweather said. “This is really a data-driven process.”

Residents had a chance to ask questions of the consultants and voice their concerns, including the fact that the topic of dissolution had been brought up before.

“This process happened a few years ago and it went nowhere,” Dr. Phil Reines said. “People complained, and they did not want to go with a dissolution.”

Former Village Trustee Sue Picard said she was on the board when the questions of dissolution were first brought up, but there was no study done at that time.

“The data then was more emotional,” Picard said. “This time, you will have a study where it is all laid out and you will have something that is data-driven along with the community aspect.”

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