August 15, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 15, 2013


---- — Keeseville dissolution

TO THE EDITOR: As a member of the dissolution study, I feel I must bring to the village residents actual facts about the study.

The study showed that without the village, all village taxpayers would save money on their property taxes.

Water and sewer is not a tax; it is a service, and fees are determined by usage. It is a service that must be paid for, and the plan states that the towns would work out details with shared-service agreements or contracts, which would also include services for the library, senior citizens, youth and historian. The towns are already providing services taken over from the village.

If there is dissolution, the village debts would be paid off by the village residents, but eventually this debt would be paid off, and any village property or assets that were sold could be used to reduce the debt.

There is a grant available to cover the cost of village dissolution. In April, at a special meeting, the consultant on the dissolution study recommended to the Village Board that they apply for this grant right away.

The plan will be brought to a vote, and, according to New York State general municipal law, the wording must substantially follow this form: The voters of the Village of Keeseville, having previously voted to dissolve, shall the elector-initiated dissolution plan take effect? Yes or no.

A yes vote on the plan would allow dissolution; a no vote would not allow dissolution.

It is a good plan, comprising a nine-month study and facts. The voters will decide.




Hall Golf Tournament

TO THE EDITOR: The 10th-annual Jeff Hall and Michelle Hall Memorial Golf Tournament was held on July 20 at the North Country Golf Club, followed by lunch at Bobby’s Lounge.

Once again, Beverly and Bob Hall showed their warmth, compassion, dedication and hard work to attract generous sponsors and a field of talented and giving golfers.

Record raised donations support activities for survivors of traumatic brain injury, to help them rebuild meaning and joy in their lives through engagement in recreational, educational and social activities.

Thank you to Beverly and Bob Hall for their tireless support, to the golfers who made the day a successful event and to the helpers for donating their invaluable time.

Sixty businesses and community members became sponsors. We would like to thank Plattsburgh Distributing, High Peaks Dental, Esposito & Sons, McCadam Distributing, Gioiosa’s Wine & Spirits, NuWay Car Wash, Don Woodward, Knight Automotive, Fessette Reality, Jackie and Marie Yarosh, Brown Funeral Home, Nick Angelos-Moose Lodge, Valley Vending Services, Professional Fire Fighters Association, Dick Johnson, Ronnie’s Michigans, Tahy Real Estate, Plattsburgh Memorials, Country Expressions, Dame’s Liquor, Mark & Sarah Wheet, Lakeside Container, Fourth Ward Club, Tommy Golden, Casey Flynn, Arnie’s Restaurant, Nelson’s Flower Shop, John Seiden, Duke’s Diner, Tony DiBello-New England Waste Services, Eagle’s Nest Veterinary, Jeffords Steel, Gordon Oil, Tom Glasgow, Steve at Verizon, Vaughn Lasell, International Currency Exchange, Willie King at Plattsburgh Golf, Clare & Carl’s, Harry Fialkov, Post 1619, WIRY, Payton & Stoughton, Hong Kong Jade, Jreck Subs, Diamond Comics, Anthony’s Restaurant, Eclipse Fitness, Liquor and Wine Warehouse, Geoffrey Titherington, Freihofer Thriftstore, Phyllis and Bob Soenia and Adams Glass.

Extra special thanks to Jim Cring, Jack Fisher, Kristen Moore, Meredith O’Connor, Jan Reeves, Pam Hughes, Sandy and Tommy Caron, Julie Serra, Jeannine and David Kerr, Chris Jackson and Frank Pravata.


Associate director

Traumatic Brain Injury Center