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August 19, 2013

Keeseville dissolution plan vote set

KEESEVILLE — Voters in the Village of Keeseville will go to the polls in two months to decide whether they like the plan for dissolving their little municipality.

The Keeseville Village Board has set noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, for the public referendum on the dissolution plan — and the results will indirectly decide the fate of their village.

Residents previously voted to dissolve Keeseville; if voters in October reject the dissolution plan, the village will remain in place.

Village Mayor Dale Holderman is saying he expressed concerns about that plan before its passage.

The village has $14 million to $16 million in assets that have to be divested in a dissolution. The Village Board previously passed the plan created by the Joint Village Dissolution Study Committee without making any changes.

“We accepted the plan the way it was written, but I had reservations about it,” he said. 

“I think you’re going to be seeing more and more people speaking out. 

Holderman said the plan uses village labor rates to calculate post-dissolution costs for some services, but town labor costs are higher.

“Each step up in government you go, it costs more. There’s up to a $300,000 error as far as costs go.”

‘NOT MUCH IMPACT’

Chesterfield Town Supervisor Gerald Morrow said most town employees who would take over village services are already on the payroll, so a difference in pay rates wouldn’t have much impact.

“It doesn’t matter. We’re not hiring anybody to work for the Highway Department. In conference with my water superintendent, we will hire one or two more people for the (town) Water Department, but that will not take $300,000.”

He said the Chesterfield water superintendent would take over the village water system if Keeseville dissolves.

“He (the superintendent) won’t get paid any extra.”

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