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December 9, 2012

Village dissolution raised again in Champlain

CHAMPLAIN — A move is on to require a vote on dissolving the Village of Champlain. 

Village resident Kevin Triller plans to submit petitions to the Village Board at its 6:30 p.m. meeting Monday in support of a public referendum on the issue. 

"The petition will drive the train. The clock starts ticking the minute I hand them the petition," he said.

Triller, whose lawn sports a large bright-yellow sign promoting an end to the village, had requested a study of dissolution in the past but the Village Board didn't take action. That led him to pursue the public-referendum route, he said. 

He has collected about 75 signatures from people eligible to vote in village elections, he said, who support of putting dissolution to a vote. That figure exceeds the 10 percent requirement, he said. 

Triller said the list he received from the Clinton County Board of Elections showed 617 registered voters, but he believes a number of them have moved away or died, which leaves the actual number closer to between 550 and 560.

'FALLING DOWN'

Triller, who has lived in the village since 1986, said his desire for dissolution was prompted by what he sees as a lack of prudent management.

"I see the village disintegrating. It is literally falling down around us," he said.

Examples include closure some time ago of the Village Police Department and Village Court. He also questions why the village chose to spend money on a dump truck rather than use it to reduce debt in its Water and Wastewater Departments.

'IN GOOD SHAPE'

Village Mayor Gregory Martin said the village has refinanced the rate on its debt repayment in the Water Department, which saved about $80,000. Even if the village were dissolved, it would still have to pay off that debt, as it can't be passed on to the town, said.

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