The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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November 1, 2013

Dissolution Committee continues talks

Medina Journal-Register — The Medina Village Dissolution Committee’s most recent meeting, held Wednesday, led to much discussion about many options to explore.

According to the committee chairman, Don Colquhoun, all of the discussion should be considered preliminary, as no final decisions were made.

The committee examined a draft report from the Center for Governmental Research that described a baseline summary of services in the village and the towns that comprise it, Ridgeway and Shelby. Colquhoun said the report is an updated version of the one that CGR generated two years ago, when the three municipalities had a study done on sharing services.

“This report took that one and updated it to make it as accurate as possible,” he said.

CGR still needs to verify some information with Medina, Ridgeway and Shelby before finalizing this latest version, Colquhoun added.

In the meantime, the committee “discussed some options in terms of what dissolution might look like, but we’re still just looking at options,” Colquhoun said. 

While it would not be incorrect to say that all village services are under consideration, Colquhoun noted that the general consensus of the committee “is that the people in the village are satisfied with the services they currently receive. All options include keeping those in some form.”

The committee will meet again at a date to be determined once the updated CGR report is finalized. Moving forward, its task is to come up with a plan for village dissolution that it will present to the village board.

Based on that plan, the village board will ultimately decide whether it can accomplish what it needs to in order to keep Medina viable for the future through dissolution or other means.

If the plan is endorsed, there will be a public vote.

If the plan is not endorsed, the village will continue to search for cost-cutting measures and likely look to explore more shared services with neighbors.

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