The funding from the state is part of a program to encourage municipalities and other organizations to look into the possibility of consolidation of services or merging, which the village of Keeseville would do into the towns of AuSable and Chesterfield.
“They have been pushing this for over 30 years,” Rock said.
Locally, in March of 2010, village of Port Henry voters rejected the idea of dissolving the village government. Lake George officials opted not to move the issue to a vote in the same year.
In 1993, both the villages of Ticonderoga and Westport were dissolved. In Ticonderoga, the village Police Department took on the role of a town department. The village of Elizabethtown was dissolved in 1992, while the village of Bloomingdale was dissolved in 1986.
The villages of Mooers and Champlain are considering similar measures.