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November 3, 2012

Keeseville sets dissolution vote

KEESEVILLE — Keeseville residents will vote at the end of January 2013 to determine whether the village should wink out of existence.

Polls for the dissolution referendum will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Village Hall on Liberty Street.

If the vote is to dissolve Keeseville, the village would cease to exist as a municipal unit on Dec. 31, 2014.

PETITION ACCEPTED

A dissolution petition submitted in September by resident Nancy Booth had 122 signatures, 119 of which were ruled valid by Village Clerk Lynn Hathaway. The effort needed 109 signatures to trigger a public vote.

Keeseville has about 955 registered voters out of 1,800 residents.

Mayor Dale Holderman said the Village Board voted unanimously Thursday to accept the petition and hold the referendum. Trustees Mary King, Kathleen Klages and Robin Bezio were at the meeting, while Trustee John Casey was absent.

FINAL PLAN

Holderman and King also serve on the Keeseville Village Dissolution Committee, and Holderman said that group will meet for the last time Monday, Nov. 5, to accept the final plan for dissolution drafted by Rondout Consulting, the village’s consultant.

The Village Dissolution Committee had been meeting for months before the petition submission, working on a plan for how dissolution could be accomplished.

The plan was presented to the public on Oct. 17 at a meeting attended by more than 50 residents. It specifies what would happen after dissolution and how the surrounding towns of Chesterfield in Essex County and AuSable in Clinton County would take over village property and services but is not binding on those towns.

The Village Board will next vote to approve the dissolution plan, but probably not until after the Jan. 22 vote, the mayor said.

“Based on the vote, we’ll work on the plan and modify it if necessary.”

Holderman said they’ll probably take receipt of the plan at a Nov. 13 meeting.

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