The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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August 2, 2013

Starting point

Village-appointed Dissolution Plan Committee meets for first time with consultants

Medina Journal-Register — Medina’s Village Dissolution Plan Committee met for the first time Thursday afternoon to determine exactly how it should proceed.

The six-member committee has been appointed by the Medina Village Board. Don Colquhoun is the chair of the committee as well as one of two members on the committee (along with Charlie Slack) who helped with the study done two years ago which ultimately led to Medina, Ridgeway, and Shelby having a series of meetings to determine how to best share services. 

The committee also includes longtime village resident Thurston Dale, Mayor Andrew Meier, Deputy Mayor Mark Irwin and Medina Business Association President Cindy Robinson.

Thursday’s meeting was informational and directorial in nature, as the committee met with the consulting group hired to help determine whether dissolution is truly a viable option.

The group - the Center for Government Research - had two representatives in attendance. Scott Sittig, the project director and Paul Bishop, the project manager. 

Sittig, who also was part of the previous study, said he was “pretty familiar” with what has been done in Medina in the past.

“We’re looking to lay out the plan going forward,” he said. “Our perspective is that a lot of the work has already been done. We’re not looking to reinvent the wheel.”

Sittig added, though, that there is new data to collect since things have changed in the past two years that could present different options to consider.

He pointed out that the Village Dissolution Plan Committee’s ultimate goal should only be to create a plan and present it to the village board. “There is no expectation after that,” Sittig said.

In creating the plan, Sittig suggested “two parallel tracks” be made. The first should be a plan to simply dissolve the village, and the second should be a three-municipality consolidation. The second option, he said, “might be in the best interest of everybody at the table.”

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