Dissolution study meeting includes three affected boards

Richard Weidmann hands out copies of the draft dissolution plan.

Richard Weidmann hands out copies of the draft dissolution plan. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Members of all three municipal boards involved in a potential dissolution of the village of Keeseville got together Aug. 22 as part of the monthly dissolution committee meeting.

The committee, which includes Chesterfield Supervisor Gerry Morrow, Ausable Supervisor Sandi Senecal, Keeseville Mayor Dale Holderman and Trustee Mary King, invited the other members of each organization to the meeting to go over the first look at the draft dissolution plan.

“The plan is the legal document that the village would be using if it were to dissolve,” Tim Weidmann of Rondout Consulting said. “These are the steps that would take place if a dissolution were to happen. Over the next two months, we will wrap up our work and the committee will present their final plan to the board along with any alternatives.”

Weidmann said that the plan is created through the study that the consultants and committee recently worked on.

“The study was an attempt to look at the pros and cons of what would happen if the village were to dissolve,” Weidmann said. “This was not an attempt to say lets go one way or another.”

Based on the study, Weidmann presented the boards with the findings that residents of the village of Keeseville that is part of the town of Ausable would see a potential 50-percent decrease in their taxes, while there would be a 51-percent decrease for residents of the village that is part of the town of Chesterfield. Both towns would see a nine percent decrease for residents who live outside of the current village boundaries.

Members of the village board voiced some concerns over several issues they felt needed to be resolved.

Trustee Mary King said that she wanted assurances that any plans made in the process would be followed if the village were to dissolve.

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