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Forestville committee examines controversial prospect of village dissolution

FORESTVILLE – Emotional comments about the possible dissolution of the village were made by several residents at the Forestville Village Board meeting Tuesday.

A new committee given the task of looking at advantages and disadvantages of dissolving the village started meeting recently and will convene again Thursday at 6 p.m.

One of the committee members, former Village Mayor Homer “Chum” Bowker Jr., spoke against dissolving the village.

Bowker said he met with Town of Hanover Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo who told him that the town’s highway crews would not do many of the services that village residents now enjoy; specifically plowing sidewalks, mowing lawns or picking up leaves or brush.

Village Trustee Mindy Borrello said the issue would ultimately be decided by the voters of the village.

Also at the meeting:

• Village Board members approved a resolution to establish a capital fund for maintenance and repairs to the water system. The motion allows for the village to have the matter before the public for the next 30 days and accept written comments.

• A vote of 3-1 was recorded for a motion to hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 to consider holding village elections in November instead of March. Mayor Linda Aures said the change from a March election would save money as national and state elections would be held at the same time.

Trustee Kevin Johnson was opposed to the motion. Trustee David Bishoff was absent from the session.

• The mayor is seeking names of anyone interested in volunteering for several committees and as registrar of vital statistics for the village. Openings for volunteers exist on the Zoning Board, Planning Board, emergency planning and disaster committee, audit committee, ethics committee and for registrar.

• Johnson gave an update on the water system project. He said phase one is nearly complete, and residents can expect that water lines will be flushed in the next few weeks. A quarterly water bill of $225 will be sent on Aug. 20 and have information about the flushing. The bill is one of two annual bills to pay for water system improvements. Residents can expect bills for metered water at two other times during the year, Johnson said.

The village will contact customers who purchase water from the village and do not live within the corporate limits. Outside village residents will be required to form a water district to continue service.

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