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Keeseville dissolution gets heated

The home page of the Keeseville dissolution study committee’s website, keeseville.ning.com.

The home page of the Keeseville dissolution study committee’s website, keeseville.ning.com.

— As Keeseville Dissolution Committee members started to look at the draft of a plan that may lead to the village’s end, talks over a couple of issues got very heated.

During the June 28 committee meeting, some members of the committee were upset with estimates made by town supervisors Gerald Morrow of Chesterfield and Sandy Senecal of Ausable.

“I think to sustain these services, seeing a lot of zeros really bothers me that there would not be an increase somewhere along the line,” village Trustee Mary King said.

“It gives people the wrong impression that there is no added costs when the village goes away,” added Mayor Dale Holderman, to which both Morrow and Senecal responded that was not the meaning of the numbers.

“We have people already doing these things and the extra work that it takes people to do those things will not cost us anything,” Morrow said.

“We have enough people to handle these things,” Senecal added. “What is over and above dog licensing, building permits, assessing and judicial? What is above that we are already doing? The clerk already handles records management. We are already doing everything that these services provide.”

King persisted, asking Rondout Consulting’s Tim Weidmann if the areas where the supervisors had zeroed out expenses were usually done in other studies.

“They usually do not have zeros, but not for the reason that you think,” Weidmann responded. “They do not usually have zeroes because we do not usually have the supervisors in the room. This is something you do not want to be wrong about in the wrong way.”

“I feel that these numbers are truthful,” Morrow added.

Committee members Butch Clodgo, Maury Bressette and Linda Guimond agreed with the supervisors.

“Why is it so important that we have to add these costs to the towns,” Clodgo said. “We are only doing this for perception, and that is not the way to do it. I do not see where we need to add numbers in there to make people feel better.”

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