The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

Local News

June 28, 2012

Leaderssplit onfuturepath

Medina Journal-Register — Officials from Medina, Shelby and Ridgeway were in sharp disagreement about the steps the other municipalities could take to reduce costs. But they agreed to continue meeting to hash out what needs to happen as all three municipalities look to share more services or potentially consolidate into a larger entity.

There was little consensus between the 13 board members that sat in front of a crowd of about two dozen municipal employees and residents at the Shelby Town Hall.

The group discussed immediate steps that can be taken to reduce the costs of local government. Multiple ideas were thrown out to members of other boards, but they were received with scowls and recriminations.

Town officials said their hands would be forced if the village decides to dissolve as a municipal entity. In that scenario, as in Seneca Falls, duties and services would fall on the town governments to provide or decide to cut.

”I don’t think our board views our task as having a lot of say unless the village dissolves,” Shelby Supervisor Skip Draper said. “The towns and village have shared services in the past, we can start working on that now ... with or without another study or a dissolution.”

Medina Mayor Andrew Meier said it’s too early to say whether the village will take the option of dissolving and that his municipality is burdened by taxation from the towns for services that are also provided by the village — like snow plowing.

”There’s things the towns can do to give relief to the village,” he said.

But town officials said the village hasn’t made enough effort to reign in costs, which would cause problems if there was a consolidation.

”You’re neglecting to figure out your long-term debt,” Shelby Councilman Kenneth Schaal said to Meier.

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