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October 23, 2013

Keeseville votes to continue with dissolution

Heavy voter turnout results in end of municipality

KEESEVILLE — Voters in the Village of Keeseville confirmed their desire Tuesday to see their municipality go out of existence.

The village had been scheduled to dissolve at the end of next year, and the process toward that will continue since the vote was 288 to 200 in favor of the dissolution plan.

Voters decided in January to dissolve the village, but when a vote was petitioned on the plan for that dissolution, it gave the village its second chance to stay in existence.

Mayor Dale Holderman said he and Village Board members were disappointed by the results.

“The majority has spoken,” Holderman said following the vote. “It’s democracy at its finest — too bad they won’t be able to do it again. When people are upset at the government, they go to the first one they have control over, and this is the first one they have control over directly.

“It is nice to finally have it over with. I wish the towns good luck and want to thank our employees for having to put up with us for a long time.”

The Village Board of Trustees had passed the plan created by the Joint Village Dissolution Study Committee without making any changes. Resident Sandra Clodgo then petitioned for a public vote on the plan.

It specified how Keeseville’s dissolution would be carried out, and its property and services turned over to the towns of Chesterfield in Essex County and AuSable in Clinton County.

Ironically, the dissolution plan prepared by a private consultant and the joint town-village committee is not binding on the towns.

It is only an advisory document.

The Village of Keeseville is scheduled to end its existence on Dec. 31, 2014.

There was heavy voting Tuesday at the Village Hall, with 488 citizens out of more than 900 registered voters turning out for the vote. 

Polls closed at 9 p.m.

The dissolution study showed that taxes would go down for everyone in the village, but for Keeseville residents with properties assessed at less than $60,000, the combined amount they pay could increase because their water and sewer fees would be higher.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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