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B'ville: A long road to consolidation

The ball has started to roll regarding a possible study for the consolidation of services for the village of Baldwinsville and the towns of Lysander and Van Buren.

Last week, Lysander officials passed a resolution that proposed that the three municipalities "pursue a grant to obtain funding to undertake a study to review the delivery of municipal services . . . and explore areas for beneficial consolidation of services."

Board members unanimously approved the resolution, which is the first step in a lengthy process.

"There's a long way to go," Lysander Supervisor Barry Bullis said.

The resolution was drafted during a meeting held two weeks ago between Bullis, Mayor Dan O'Hara and Van Buren Supervisor Mary Crego.

One of the main purposes of the resolution is to secure funds and conduct a study to determine whether consolidation is something the residents of greater Baldwinsville really want. Officials recognize tax payers want to save money, but don't have accurate information about how residents would feel about the consolidation of all three municipalities and the possible loss of services. In order to obtain accurate and unbiased results, officials would like an outside firm to conduct the study and to obtain responses from the entire community.

Officials agree that if consolidation is what residents want, it will not happen overnight and will most likely happen on a step by step basis.

"There's not going to be a city of Baldwinsville in 2008 or anything," Crego said.

"One step at a time," Counselor Ronald Dudzinski added.

The Van Buren town board and the village board will consider the resolution at their next meetings.

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