The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

Local News

February 6, 2013

Towns balk at village proposals

Medina Journal-Register — SHELBY — Little progress towards cooperation was made Monday at the monthly shared services meeting between municipal leaders, as the discussions swung back towards disputing which municipality must act first for the big decisions to be properly made.

The main focus of the meeting was the distribution of snow plowing service costs and the delivery methods for that service in Medina, Ridgeway and Shelby. The committee has wrestled with the topic in recent months, with a hardening disagreement between the village and the towns over the need for change.

Last month, Shelby Supervisor Skip Draper reviewed an estimate of the tax rate changes for village and town residents if Shelby and Ridgeway did not levy snow plowing taxes town-wide.

This month, he revealed information about the legality of the towns removing those costs from village residents.

”An exemption can be done by resolution, but it had to be done on an annual basis,” explained Draper.

But while it is possible for the town to exclude village residents from contributing to the costs of town snow plowing operations, both Draper and Ridgeway Supervisor Brian Napoli said they saw no rationale for doing so before more extensive options are considered by the village.

Namely, the supervisors said they’d like to see Medina follow through on a proposed study of village dissolution. That would detail what would happen if the towns had to take over highway services within the village.

”We have to compare that to cost of (the village eliminating snow plowing services) to see what’s most favorable to the taxpayers,” Draper said. “To take one option without considering other options ... is foolish.”

Medina Mayor Andrew Meier contended that the review would be “starting from scratch,” as it was not explored in the previous consolidation committee’s report.

Medina would be willing to look into such a study, but Meier noted that issues like department of public works employees being idle during the winter months would need to be addressed.

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