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August 2, 2013

Richfield Springs voters to decide fate of village

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — Voters in the village of Richfield Springs will determine Oct. 15 whether to dissolve the village, Mayor Ronald Frohne said Thursday.

The election was scheduled by the village board of trustees this week after the official certification of a petition calling for the dissolution of the village.

According to the prime organizer of the move to dissolve the village, Alex Shields, the services that are currently provided to residents by the village would be offered by the town of Richfield.

Frohne, who opposes the dissolution effort, said he is encouraging any village residents who have questions about the consequences of the Oct. 15 vote to contact village officials so answers can be provided.

“I think the facts are on our side,” he said.

Shields, a former county representative and a village resident who ran unsuccessfully for town supervisor two years ago, has said his research has determined that dissolving the village would save taxpayers more than $200,000 a year.

While the town will be impacted by the decision, the town’s voters have no say in the question of whether the village should be dissolved.

Shields collected the signatures of 100 village residents on a petition calling for the dissolution vote. Those signatures have been found to be valid by Village Clerk Dayle A. Barra.

Shields has said town residents living outside of what is now the village would not end up subsidizing the sewer and water services that would continue to be provided to the village residents because sewer and water districts would be created.