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Dissolution vote in Keeseville Oct. 22

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.

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.

— Keeseville will always be Keeseville, but a vote Tuesday, Oct. 22, will determine if it will continue to be a municipal entity or simply a hamlet shared by two towns and two counties.

Voters will go to the polls from noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Village Offices (58 Liberty St.) to determine the fate of the Keeseville Dissolution plan, which was accepted by the village board of trustees in July. A “yes” vote will accept the plan and lead to the dissolution of the incorporated municipality on Dec. 31, 2014. A “no” vote will defeat the plan, voiding the previous vote in February that favored dissolution by a tally of 268-176.

Only residents of the Village of Keeseville, which is located in both Essex and Clinton counties as well as the towns of Ausable and Chesterfield, will be eligible to vote on the proposition.

Since the permissive referendum petition, submitted to the village by Sandra Clodgo with 309 signatures from registered village voters, members of the board have been pushing for a vote against the dissolution plan, led by Mayor Dale Holderman.

“Your board of trustees and I as your mayor are unanimously opposed to dissolving our village,” Holderman said in a letter to village residents. “Our community’s needs are the most important to us … A strong, fiscally responsible, community-minded village government is our answer to move into the future and make Keeseville the desired community to live.”

Holderman also told residents that a lot has changed in his year as mayor.

“Look how far we have come,” he said. “There are six new businesses on Front Street. There are new sidewalks going in. We have street paving going on and many safety items throughout the village are being addressed.”

Holderman also debates whether the towns of Ausable and Chesterfield could provide services for the former village at a reasonable cost, a claim both town supervisors dispute.

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