From front left, Keeseville Village Trustee Kathleen Klages, trustee John Casey, attorney John Clute, Mayor Dale Holderman, New York State Department of State representative Sean Maguire, Trustee Mary King and Trustee Robin Bezio.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
continued Maguire also said he was concerned that the state was being seen in a bad light in the process.
"There is an opinion piece that says we are going out there to dissolve village by village," he said. "We are here to try to help you through the process."
Dissolution Committee member Linda Guimond addressed the board during the meeting, stating that she felt the village was not talking enough about the work that the group had done.
"There is a plan that has been presented to you," Guimond said. "We worked hard for nine months to put this plan together."
Holderman said that the village will use the plan as a base, as well as public input, to create a finalized plan.
"I think that there is a perceived notion that we are going to change the plan that has been presented to us," Holderman said. "It is our job to present the best possible plan to the residents. We have the plan that has been presented to us, but we have not looked at it yet."
Guimond also recommended that officials from the two towns affected by potential dissolution, Chesterfield and Ausable, be part of the process over the next 180 days.
"They are going to make their own plans," she said. "I would almost hope that the Village Board would want to work with the two towns. I would think that I would only make our community better to work as a whole and not as polar opposites."
Holderman said that whether the two sides work together or not, there is no guarantee that either town will respect the wishes of the village once it is gone.
"The village is a corporation. If the corporation makes an agreement and the corporation dissolves, there is no more entity," Holderman said. "You have a one-sided contract from that point out."
Trustee Kathleen Klages talked about the economics of dissolution, saying she felt a large majority of the houses in the village were going to be negatively impacted by dissolution.