The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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February 25, 2013

Meier has steam in dissolution push

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The actions taken by Mayor Andrew Meier in the past 17 months have been orientated towards major changes in the how the village is governed, but never at the current pace.

In his time as mayor and trustee, Meier has agitated for a dissolution of the village and other proposals aimed at reducing the taxes paid by village residents. Those slow-moving efforts have received a new momentum in the past two weeks as three milestones have arrived in rapid succession.

The tailwinds began to gust on Feb. 11, when Meier’s proposal to restructure the administration of the village’s day-to-day operations by filling a long-vacant village coordinator position was unanimously approved by the village board. Meier intends to have the full-time official in place before the 2014 village year begins in June.

Later that week, the deadline for ballot access in the March 19 village election passed without any challengers emerging to run against the Village Party’s two candidates. Barring a successful write-in campaign, the re-elections of Trustees Mark Irwin and Mark Kruzynski would ensure Meier can count on four agreeable colleagues on the village board.

Wednesday added the final push, as the New York Department of State informed the village that a long-sought grant to fund a plan outlining the implementation of a village dissolution would be announced the next day. The $50,000 awarded lays the groundwork for a potential village-wide vote on dissolution within the next two years.

Suddenly, ambitions that have simmered behind the scenes are publicly progressing. Meier said it all fits together in a push to better the return on the village’s financial investments in its government.

”There is definitely a trajectory here,” Meier said in an interview last week. “We can better deploy village resources while improving services ... this is all part of the mechanism as we try to chart a better course.”

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