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Waddington to present dissolution plan Monday

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WADDINGTON — Waddington's village dissolution plan is complete and will be presented to the public at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Parish Hall.


The plan outlines the necessary steps to complete the dissolution process and describes how various assets would be transferred to the town and disposed of if the village were to dissolve.


The plan also calls for the creation of several special improvement districts, all of which will match the current village boundaries. Lighting, water, sewer, fire protection and village retiree districts will be established to ensure services and obligations of current village property owners will not be funded by taxpayers who live outside the village.


While the majority of costs unique to the village will be funded by special district taxes, village streets, highways, roads, alleys and sidewalks will be included in the town highway and road system and will be maintained as a townwide expense.


The town Highway Department will absorb duties of the village Department of Public Works and will continue to provide street sweeping, brush pickup, tree-trimming and beautification services.


The plan eliminates the village board and clerk, but calls for an agreement with the town to retain DPW employees.


"At the time of dissolution, the three employees who will transfer to the town will become town employees, paid at the village pay scale. During the first year following the date of dissolution, they will receive salary and benefit adjustments afforded to town employees," the plan states.


All village debt, unspent funds and assets will be taken over by the town. However, the plan states that if the village dissolves, unexpended funds will be used to pay down village debt.


The village fire department would be dissolved and reformed as the Waddington Fire Company Inc., a nonprofit organization. A new fire protection district would be drawn up to encompass the town. The village owns all of the department's assets, which would transfer to the town and be leased to the fire company.


All village laws, regulations and ordinances will remain in effect for two years following dissolution. These laws may be enforced by the town board only within the boundary of the dissolved village. The town board will have the power to amend or repeal the laws.


If the village dissolves, the dissolution would be effective at the end of the town's fiscal year, the year after a measure to dissolve is passed in referendum.


The dissolution committee and representatives from Camoin Associates Inc., Saratoga Springs, are expected to attend Monday's meeting.

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