Plan would dissolve Village of Medina by 2017

MEDINA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A plan is in the works to dissolve the government in the Village of Medina by 2017.

Village Mayor Andrew Meir said all employees would transfer to the towns of Shelby and Ridgeway and the he insists no one loses their job.

Fire and ambulance services would stay as a special district and the police department would stay as a town-wide force.

That is, if the surrounding towns agree to terms.

The group One Medinahired the Center for Governmental Research to conduct the study and formulate the plan.

They claim it decreases taxes for residents in the Village of Medina but taxes in Shelby and Ridgeway would rise unless those towns agree to consolidate.

Mayor Meir said, “If the towns of Shelby and Ridgeway do consolidate, whether the same time the dissolution is effective of, after that, s unified town would be able to access state aid and find additional efficiencies which would just about eliminate the increase outside the village.”

If the plan works, the community stays intact.

Mayor Meier explained, “The village is people, it’s institutions, it’s a place, it’s a community core. Medina will be here forever.”

There are several more steps before the plan can move forward, including several public hearings.

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