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Three options explored in Keeseville dissolution

Peter Fairweather and Tim Weidemann present findings during the Keeseville Dissolution Committee public hearing May 23.

Peter Fairweather and Tim Weidemann present findings during the Keeseville Dissolution Committee public hearing May 23. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— One service that would no longer be provided under either option two or three would be garbage pick up.

“The committee came to a decision that it was something that could be removed,” Weidmann said.

With all three options, Weidmann said that there would be the elimination of village jobs. Also, any village debts, including retirement and other legacy costs, would carry over onto only the village taxpayers.

Fairweather said that through the process, the group tried to look at as many options as possible.

“We are looking at all of the options that we feel are out there,” Fairweather said at the meeting. “There are a lot of different ways to look at a study like this and the question is not just about should the village dissolve or not.”

“These are all educated guesses because this is the future and you cannot predict that,” Weidmann said.

The consultants said that they looked at three questions while doing the draft study: services that are currently provided that would no longer be provided in a dissolution of the village government, how much the remaining services would cost the towns and how should those remaining services be paid for.

The Keeseville Dissolution Committee next meets on Thursday, June 28, at 5 p.m. at the village hall to further revise the dissolution study and move toward the beginning phases of a dissolution plan, which takes one option and builds a plan for the elimination of village services around it.

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