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March 16, 2013

Champlain dissolution debated further

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“I think it cleared up a lot of issues,” Martin said. “He (Beltramo) did a great job presenting both sides, what are the options.”

But Triller disagreed.

“This meeting just made things more complex than people can grasp or that people even want to attempt to grasp,” he said.

“To simplify the process, it boils down to we have a handful of village employees, a couple trucks and a few pieces of real estate that can be sold, and that’s it.”

Triller said the water and sewer districts are the only self-supporting village assets, and they are “the only thing that keeps this village alive.”

VOTING ‘BLIND’

The fact that no one knows exactly how dissolution would affect villagers is a huge factor in some of their voting decisions, Babbie said.

“We go in blind, as far as voting on the process. We don’t know what’s going to happen, what the town will do, what they’ll take over,” he said.

Beltramo wasn’t able to give specifics on how it would unfold, as it would be up to the village and the Town of Champlain to work out the details.

Triller said it’s not the process of dissolution that should be focused on at this point but the simple question of whether the village should dissolve.

“Look at the logic, look at the surroundings,” he said.

The current state of the village makes the reasons for dissolution obvious, Triller said.

“Look at the foreclosures in this village. Look at the depreciation. We haven’t had a house built here in three years. Now, both schools are closed.”

LIKE FAMILY

But some villagers believe that if they dissolve, they will lose more than a layer of government.

“Being a village, you have an identity. You’re like a large family. Once you dissolve, you lose that village identity,” Babbie said.

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