Almost as soon as it began, talk of consolidating the law enforcement resources of the Village of Scotia and the Town of Glenville ended, with the village board abruptly voting not to pursue that option a turn of events that left some Glenville officials shaking their heads.
After the public comment period was closed during the Scotia board's work session on Tuesday, April 5, Mayor Kris Kastberg said the board would not be making a decision on the proposal to form a committee to draft a detailed proposal on what the consolidation would entail. However, the board did eventually vote later that night to forgo any planning.
I must say I was thoroughly disappointed that when I left that meeting the trustees said they were not going to take up the matter that night and they took the matter up, which I think is not good government," said Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle.
Kastberg said he saw no reason to delay a decision once it became obvious where everyone stood on the issue.
"As the meeting got over and during the informal part of the work session, there seemed to be a consensus," said Kastberg. "If I knew that that was going to happen, I would have told everybody to stay. The board decided that they wanted to deal with the issue then and there."
Previously Kastberg had stated the board would make a decision that night on forming a committee to draft police consolidation plan. After the public comment period was closed, he announced a decision wouldn't be made that night.
"You have this overall feeling in the village that the village is defined by its services. If you start to dissolve those, the feeling is Scotia is gone," said Kastberg. "I think a lot of people that live in the village live here because of the services. That is the reason you see the support you see in the village because they like what is here."