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Herrings dissolution question held for new board

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HERRINGS — The topic of conversation at the last meeting for mayor Richard A. Beirman was the same as at his first meeting — dissolution.

Mr. Beirman said he had been approached by seven villagers about seeking dissolution of the small village along Route 3 in the town of Wilna.

He informed the lame duck village Board of Trustees that he had discussed the possibility with the town of Wilna Supervisor Paul H. Smith about a year ago.

“He said the town would help with the plowing and maintenance of the streets,” the outgoing mayor said. “We may see an increase in (town) taxes to pay for street lights.”

If the village disbands, the residents would no longer pay village taxes.

Talk of dissolving the village has gone on throughout the years, but no formal action has been taken. The village was incorporated in 1921 and, according to the 2010 census, has a population of 90.

The mayor said that if the board wanted to move ahead with the dissolution, he would contact the Tug Hill Commission, which would then conduct a study. When John K. Bartow Jr., executive director of the Tug Hill Commission, spoke to the village Board of Trustees in September 2012, he said the study would involve a plan to handle finances, deal with government services, dispose of real property and plan for future infrastructure needs such as sewer and water services.

“It may be beneficial or it may not,” Mr. Beirman said. “After the study, we would have to have a village meeting to vote.”

After discussion, the trustees, none of whom will be seated on the board in the new year, decided to put the discussion on hold for the new board.

“I did not even know I was part of the village when we moved here in December of 2007,” trustee Stephen S. Douglas said.

According to the certified election results released Dec. 2, Christal L. Loeffler defeated Mr. Beirman, 27-14, in November’s mayoral race. The unofficial count for two trustee seats had James D. Camidge with 27 votes and David M. Arnold with 24 winning over Ellen Hartle and Marilyn G. Shaw with 13 each.

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