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June 10, 2013

Two public hearings set on Keeseville dissolution

KEESEVILLE — Keeseville public officials went on the road recently to find out how Chesterfield and AuSable would handle matters if the village dissolves at the end of 2014.

A public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday will allow the public to weigh in, and a second one is scheduled for 1 p.m. June 19.

Although voters approved dissolution, the Village Board must still pass a plan describing how that would be handled. No date has been set for that vote.

If the plan is adopted by the board, it would be subject to a permissive referendum, so if 25 percent of registered voters, 256 people, sign a petition, a public vote must be held. If a public vote on the dissolution plan were to fail, the village would not dissolve.

Otherwise, the village would cease to exist on Dec. 31, 2014, and the towns of Chesterfield in Essex County and AuSable in Clinton County would assume its property and functions.

UTILITY DISTRICTS

At a Chesterfield Town Council meeting, Keeseville Mayor Dale Holderman and Trustee John Casey asked how the town would handle the continuation of water and sewer utilities serving the former village. They also wondered if any staff would be added and whether present village workers would be given first preference.

Chesterfield Town Supervisor Gerald Morrow said the town has created water and sewer districts before and would create them for Keeseville.

“We will handle the water/sewer the same as it is now — not a hitch,” he said at the meeting.

“Yes, we will be forming a district. We can’t go into the Town of AuSable; they will have to create their own water district, same as for the sewer districts.

“We work well together with the Town of AuSable. I’m sure our water people will work with their people.”

Morrow said they wouldn’t hire a water-plant operator because they already employ one, but village employees would be considered for any openings.

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