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 As of Dec. 31, 2014, there will be no more Village of Keeseville.
Voters approved the dissolution plan for the municipality, 288-200, Oct. 22 in balloting held at what soon will be the former village hall. Turnout was 44 people higher than earlier this year, when 444 turned out at the polls in the first vote to approve the dissolution of the village.
“Democracy is democracy,” Mayor Dale Holderman said after the result was announced. “The village is now set to dissolve on Dec. 31, 2014. Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it.”
Holderman, who along with the village council launched a campaign against the dissolution plan, said he felt the village had fought a good fight.
“I would have probably forced the consultants to use different numbers than they did in their calculations,” Holderman said. “We did our best. When people are (ticked) at government they go to the first line they have control over.”
The village will now go through the steps of turning over control of facilities such as water and sewer treatment plants to the towns of Ausable and Chesterfield, which will take on total governance of the former village interests.
Holderman said the work of the village employees should not be overlooked as the dissolution plan starts playing out.
“We need to really thank them,” he said. “They have put a lot of hard work into making the village work and I hope that the hamlet of Keeseville does well in the future.”
As for post-village, Holderman said people will not see him seeking any town office.
“Politics is too dirty for me,” Holderman said. “There are too many ups and downs. I took the job because I love the community and not for anything else.”
“The people have spoken and I respect their decision,” said Councilwoman Mary King, who was also a staunch opponent of dissolution. “If this is what they want, then that is what democracy is all about and thank God for that.”
“This was a lot higher than the last turnout and the people took their opportunity to make this choice,” Councilwoman Kathy Klages said. “I just hope they are happy with it.”