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Lenox pushes for consolidation

In meeting with the Canastota Village Board, the Lenox Town Board pushed forward with looking into the consolidation of services Jan. 11.

"There are a lot of things that should be looked at," Lenox Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica said. "I would like to find out what the public wants. Let's get this off our chest."

DiVeronica said that there has been a lot of talk about consolidation and that if the boards didn't get moving on the subject, he believed the residents would make there wishes known.

"I think you're going to see it come down the pike and you're going to see a petition," he said.

However, Mayor Todd Rouse warned that caution needed to be taken when deciding whether or not to conduct a study. He said that to conduct a study is costly, putting the cost at around $100,000 for the study and dissolution plan based on other municipalities.

DiVeronica emphasized that the study he wants done is just to look at consolidation of services, not dissolution.

However, a new law that takes effect in March, requires both parts.

"I'm not opposed to any of it," Rouse said. "This is a hot, hot topic. We need to smart with and be cautious because it can be extremely expensive if go full way."

Rouse said that he knew of 12 communities that had started the study process but only knew of two that had finished it. Currently, there are steps communities take and they can cancel out at anytime along the way. However, Rouse advised the boards that the new law will require communities to do the full study.

"There's no turning back if it happens," he said.

While wary of how much consolidation could actually save the communities, Rouse said that consolidation of services as related to highway and purchasing were a good place to start.

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