Peter Fairweather of Fairweather Consulting and Tim Weidmann of Rondout Consulting.
The committee looking into the dissolution of the Village of Keeseville got a preview of how the nine-month study process will work.
At the kick-off meeting for committee members Jan. 31, Rondout Consulting founder Tim Weidmann went through what the next nine months would consist of in terms of deadlines for studies and public hearings.
Weidmann said that at this point, he and Peter Fairweather of Fairweather Consulting were working on the project initiation, which included the Jan. 31 meeting, a website that had specifics about the project and a public kick-off meeting scheduled for Feb. 22.
“We want to get everything out there that we can so when there are public meetings, we can have as many people attending as possible,” Weidmann said.
Weidmann said that there would be monthly meetings throughout the process with the committee, two additional public meetings and a public hearing.
The next public meeting would be in the fourth month of the process, sometime in May.
“Prior to our meeting in month four, there will be a draft version of the dissolution study,” Weidmann said. “That would be followed by the second public meeting so people could see the draft and comment on it.”
The months between would be spent working with department heads and getting a sense of what services cost in the village as well as the affected towns of Chesterfield and Ausable, which will all be part of the study.
“This is a study to provide information into what a dissolution might look like and then to provide alternatives as well,” Weidmann said. “After the public meeting, the committee then needs to take all of the options and then make a decision as to which one of the options are going to be used to make a plan.”
Weidmann said that when it comes to those decisions, there will be some major choices.
“This committee needs to be ready to say this is what will be part of the plan,” he said. “There will be things at this point that the committee really needs to look into.”
After decisions are made, the consultants will then work on a draft plan, which would also include alternatives and would be followed by the third public meeting.
“That will give people the chance to review the draft plan and we can come back from that and make changes if needed,” Weidmann said. “This is different from the study, because this plan is what the committee will be recommending to the village as the course of action.”
The final two months would be focused on finalizing the plan and holding a public hearing on the proposal.
“Once the hearing is complete, we can make final revisions,” Weidmann said. “That becomes the committee’s recommendation to the village board for them to put up for a vote. The village board then gets to make its decision.”
Weidmann said that there have been boards that have voted to move forward with the plan, some that have chosen to place it on file for a later date or not acted on it at all.