Tim Weidemann of Rondout Consulting led the recent Keeseville dissolution study committee meeting
Photo by Shaun Kittle.
continued All retirement contracts with current village employees would be terminated, but village specific post-employee benefits like health care would continue to be provided to employees who retire prior to dissolution.
Employees transferred to one of the towns would assume the benefits provided by that town.
And then there is the price of dissolution itself.
Weidemann estimated that dissolution would cost village residents between $20,000 and $25,0000 , which includes both legal and accounting fees, appraisals, and costs related to the termination of former employees.
To cover the cost, the village could seek a grant from the New York State department of state’s local government efficiency grant program.
Keeseville Mayor Dale Holderman also announced that a petition, initiated and signed by registered voters in the village, was turned in to the village’s town clerk Sept. 25.
The petition contained 122 signatures, 119 of which were verified as registered voters. The amount of signatures is more than the 10 percent of registered voter signatures required to force the issue of dissolution to a village-wide vote.
“The board of trustees was very pleased the petition came in because now the weight is off their shoulders, and that’s the way I wanted it to go anyway,” Holderman said.
Holderman has spoken out against dissolution, and even went as far as to include a letter to that effect with the village’s September water bill.
The final public dissolution meeting will be held Oct. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Keeseville Firehouse.