Keeseville residents file petition to vote on dissolution

Keeseville Village Clerk Lynn Hathaway now has 10 days (by Oct. 4) from the date the petition was received to review it to verify the legitimacy of all the signatures; that is, to verify that all are registered voters, residents of the village, and have not moved or died since the petition was signed.

Once the clerk has determined the petition is valid, the Village Board will have 30 days from that date (by Nov. 2) to pass a resolution of referendum for village-wide vote, on the proposed dissolution.

Only village residents are eligible to vote.

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).

At the dissolution study committee meeting on Sept. 26, it announced that it wants to have its dissolution plan finalized for the next meeting, to be held on Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Keeseville Village Hall, meaning the plan could be approved much sooner than August.

Since residents petitioned to vote on dissolution, the vote can come before a dissolution plan or study is finalized; however, a petition for a second vote can be filed within 45 days of a finalized plan.

If this were to happen, the vote would be on whether the finalized dissolution plan should take effect.

In order for another village-resident vote to occur, 25 percent of the total electorate’s signatures is required on the petition.

There will also be a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. the same day, tentatively to be held at the Keeseville Fire Hall, for residents to voice their opinions and concerns regarding dissolution.

For more information, visit keeseville.ning.com.

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