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Final dissolution committee meeting held in Keeseville

Tim Weidemann of Rondout Consulting led the final Keeseville dissolution meeting.

Tim Weidemann of Rondout Consulting led the final Keeseville dissolution meeting. Photo by Shaun Kittle.

— Weidemann also noted that, in the wake of dissolution, about 13 village positions would be eliminated, including: village mayor, deputy mayor, three village trustees and deputy clerk.

Eight new positions would in turn be created: sewer operator, sewer clerk, sewer laborer and seasonal laborer in Au Sable Forks and water operator, water clerk, water laborer and highway equipment operator in Chesterfield.

Dissolving a village isn’t free, though.

Weidemann estimated that dissolution would cost village residents between $20,000 and $25,000, 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 Department of State’s local government efficiency grant program.

A petition, initiated by village resident Nancy Booth and signed by registered voters in the village, was turned in to the village’s town clerk Sept. 25, and will force the topic of dissolution to a villagewide vote.

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.

The date for the referendum must occur within 60-90 days after the enactment of the resolution (Jan. 30 at the latest).

Under New York state law, the referendum can take place regardless of whether a dissolution plan or study has been finalized, or even started.

If village residents vote to move forward with dissolution, the village has 30 days to meet to discuss a dissolution plan (Feb. 28 at the latest), and another 180 days after that meeting to approve a proposed plan (sometime in August).

A village board meeting to establish a date, time and place for the dissolution vote will be held Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. at the Keeseville Village Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

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