Consolidation concepts to be clarified

Scotia mayor says residents would vote on any proposal

Police consolidation talks between the Town of Glenville and the Village of Scotia will become clearer after a joint public meeting between officials in the upcoming week.

The Glenville Town Board and Scotia Village Board of Trustees are converging on Scotia's Village Hall on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m., so Glenville Police Chief Michael Ranalli can present concepts for a possible consolidation or enhanced shared services between police departments. Consolidation talks aren't a new topic for the village and town, but fiscal restraints have led to the situation being seriously evaluated.

Residents are going to ask what are you doing to look at consolidation of services and how are you trying to save money I figured we ought to take a serious look, said Scotia Mayor Kris Kastberg. "I approached the town and we had a couple of informal meetings and the town made a proposal for consolidation. Both boards are going to get a chance to hear what the proposal is."

Currently Kastberg said there is not a solid enough plan to say whether the village would be interested in consolidating. There have been some ideas tossed back and forth between the police chief, but only the Kastberg and police liaison Thomas Neals have really seen ideas.

"The first thing I want to find out is if there is any desire among the village trustees to truly take a look at consolidation. If the idea of consolidation is not right at this point and time I am not going to waste people's times on putting together a total complete plan," said Kastberg. "I think the first thing the residents of the village are going to say is don't take my police away."

Any final say on the matter would be put before village residents to vote on, he said, so if even after a feasible plan is established the proposal could fall through.

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