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Services big questions in Keeseville study

Tim Weidemann of Rondout Consulting addresses those in attendance at the Feb. 22 public kick-off meeting of the Keeseville dissolution committee.

Tim Weidemann of Rondout Consulting addresses those in attendance at the Feb. 22 public kick-off meeting of the Keeseville dissolution committee. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The fate of services provided by the village of Keeseville is a major issue when it comes to the potential dissolution of the municipality.

At the Feb. 22 meeting of the dissolution committee, which represented the public kick-off meeting, consultants Peter Fairweather of Fairweather Consulting and Tim Weidemann and Rondout Consulting said that services are a key area to look at during the drafting of a dissolution study.

“A very important question is what would happen with the services if the village were to dissolve,” Weidemann said.

“The main thing that we started to look at was the different services that are offered within the village and the alternatives for each,” Fairweather said. “You have services from garbage pickup to the water system, and there are alternatives for each, such as creating a district.”

The consultants also talked about the difference between the dissolution study, which would be presented in draft form in May, and the dissolution plan, which would be presented in draft form in August.

“The study is not only about dissolution, but also about the alternative to dissolution,” Weidemann said. “There will be additional options to share with the study, and that is the first part of this nine-month journey to come up with a study, and then we work on a plan.”

“All of the options that are available will be part of the study, but the plan will be a specific set of actions that would need to take place in order to dissolve the village,” Fairweather said.

“The plan will look at the best way to accomplish this transition in an orderly and effective way,” Weidemann added. “Most communities who are serious about this take the time to go through a study and then develop a plan, because it helps to find out the ways to do it that help the community, not harm the community.”

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