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Dissolution draft study being prepared in Keeseville

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.

— Consultants are preparing for the next step in the dissolution process in Keeseville.

After their April 25 meeting with he Keeseville Dissolution Committee, Tim Weidmann of Rondout Consulting and Peter Fairweather of Fairweather Consulting are working on the draft Dissolution Study, which will first be presented to the committee and then to the public in two separate meetings Wednesday, May 23.

The dissolution study primarily deals with services that are offered by the village as well as the towns of Chesterfield and Ausable.

Weidmann said the services are broken up into three categories, redundant, equivalent and unique. Most of the services offered through the village fit into the equivalent category, while services like garbage removal, sidewalk maintenance, lighting and the water and sewer districts constitute unique services.

“We want to look at which services should continue, how much they should cost after the village is dissolved and who should pay for them,” Weidmann said. “We will put them together in the draft study and get feedback from the committee and then from the public.”

“We try to be very conservative in the study,” Fairweather said. “We do not want to sell people a bill of goods and say that they are going to save so much and then it turns out to be not what they thought.”

Fairweather said that the study will present different scenarios for costs that the towns could incur if the village were to dissolve and the towns needed to take over the services.

“We will talk with the supervisors (Gerald Morrow and Sandy Senecal) and the village and come up with numbers that represent their input as well as a best case and worse case scenario,” Fairweather said.

Weidmann said the study would be presented to the committee within one week of the May 23 meeting, which will take place at the village offices starting at 5 p.m.

The public meeting to introduce the draft study and seek input would take place at 7 p.m. the same day at the Keeseville Volunteer Fire Department.

The draft plan, as well as information from the April 25 meeting, will also be available online at the dissolution committee’s website, www.keeseville.ning.com.

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