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Mannsville pushes forward with dissolution discussion

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MANNSVILLE — Village leaders are pushing forward with a study about dissolving into the town of Ellisburg, unveiling a new website to discuss the decision and to outline the schedule for a decision to be made.

The village, incorporated in 1879, has discussed the proposal for a few years. The Board of Trustees in February 2011 approved applying for grant funds to study the dissolution, which it received. The village is being assisted in its study by the nonprofit Center for Governmental Research, Rochester.

The new website, www.cgr.org/private_mannsville/index.aspx, was made public Friday.

The village’s decision-making will be influenced by a six-member dissolution study committee: Chairwoman Andrea L. Eaton, Jonathan H. Abbott, Valerie A. Deon, James Joyner, George R. Kirby and Henry M. Colby.

Mr. Kirby, who said he has lived in the village on and off for a total of 67 years, said he felt many people were not aware of what could happen if the village were to dissolve. Among the items to be studied are who will maintain certain village services and how zoning and water laws would be changed.

Mr. Colby, a member of the Town Council, described his role as an observer and said he did not have a preference on what the village decided. He said the committee’s work was in a very early stage.

Attempts to reach other members of the committee through listed numbers in the phone book were unsuccessful Friday. Mayor Lori C. Cashel also was unavailable for comment Friday.

The committee’s next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the village fire hall, Main Street. The meeting will include a reviewable draft of the committee’s study work, along with a general financial outline of what might result if the village were to dissolve.

According to a tentative schedule of proceedings, a final report from the committee would be ready by early November and would be submitted to the village board by the end of November. If there are no delays, the board would vote on a dissolution plan by the middle of January, and were the plan approved by the board, it would go to a public vote in March.

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