Harrisville Residents To Vote On Dissolving Village

Harrisville Residents To Vote On Dissolving Village

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Voters in Harrisville will have the chance to vote on whether or not they want to dissolve the village.

The village board decided to go ahead with a vote after a heated public debate Monday night.

A group of Harrisville residents got to speak out as they fought for the people to decide whether or not to dissolve the village into the town of Diana.

"You are not going to lose any service," resident Jessica Jenack said. "If anything, you're going to have all of your services and then some. It's going to be that much more efficient."

A study from the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC) claims residents would save nearly 60 percent in taxes. 

Village mayor Gary Williams says that's not necessarily so.

"You might want to know we're not going to have any leverage once we vote to dissolve," he said. "You lost your chips, you got nothing in game anymore."

"You can't sit here and just say you're going to lose chips," village Trustee Richard Malbeuf replied.

"You lose control," Williams said.

A fear of the unknown was a theme in the room for both sides of the argument, but the group in favor wanted their vote..

"Are you ready to move forward and accept the plan, because that's what we're looking for," Jenack said.

"I want to go home and chew on this and think about it," Williams said.

But the rest of the board was ready to let the public officially make their vote.

"The voters have a right in this big decision," Trustee Julie Malbeuf said.

The actual date for the vote has not been decided.

That will be decided at the next village board meeting on March 5. 

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