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.
continued Sean Maguire, who was representing the New York Department of State at the meeting, said the state requires the entire process to be completed when it is receiving grant funding, like the Keeseville study is.
“We found that a lot of communities would do a study and then stop, and that would leave them with nothing on paper if a petition for dissolution was filed with the village,” Maguire said. “The state does not want to spend money on funding a study on dissolution and then have nothing to show for it.”
Fairweather also said there are times when they complete a dissolution study and plan and then recommend a different course of action.
“Saranac Lake is a great example of this,” Fairweather said. “We went through the process, and at the end, the recommendation that both we as consultants and the dissolution committee had was that the village look to incorporate as a city.”
Throughout the nine-month process, Weidemann said it was also important to have the involvement of both the town of Chesterfield and town of Ausable.
“We want to make sure that they are part of this process, because both towns could be affected by this,” he said.
The dissolution committee will next meet on Wednesday, April 25.