Potsdam dissolution committee to recommend study consultant to village board Monday
Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 11:50 am

POTSDAM -- The Village of Potsdam Dissolution Study Committee will recommend to the village board Monday the hiring of a consulting firm to investigate the effects of dissolution of the village.

The committee says it is inviting the public to hear a presentation about the group’s recommendation at the village board’s monthly meeting, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 19 in the Civic Center board room.

At the trustees’ meeting, Committee Chairman Timothy Connolly will speak to trustees about how and why they endorsed one particular proposal out of three from firms that applied to conduct the study. Other committee members will also be available to discuss the dissolution study with the public.

At its meeting Wednesday night, the committee voted 8-0, with two abstentions, to recommend that trustees choose the Center for Governmental Research Inc. (CGR) as the consultant to conduct the study. CGR is a nonpartisan and independent not-for-profit organization with offices in Rochester and Albany that specializes in information management and implementation support for government.

Committee members Ruth Garner and Steve Warr abstained from the vote because they will ultimately cast votes on the hiring of a firm as village trustees.

A selection subcommittee of the Dissolution Study Committee met in recent weeks to read and discuss proposals sent by CGR, Dhillon Management Services, and the Potsdam Institute for Applied Research, in response to the village’s request for proposals. After calling references and contacting CGR with questions about the firm’s proposal, the subcommittee unanimously voted, 5-0, to recommend that the full committee back that company.

The committee says CGR has extensive experience in the field of dissolution study, having conducted studies in communities across New York State, and allows for numerous opportunities for public input in the process.

The Village of Potsdam is in Phase Two of its dissolution study. Once a consultant is hired, the committee can embark on Phase Three, which begins with data collection and analysis, as the consulting firm works with the public and committee members to develop a draft study.

The committee says it welcomes inquiries from the public, and encourages residents to attend its meetings. The committee says community input is essential to the process, and members are open to questions about the process and the study and want to know people’s hopes and concerns.

The next Dissolution Study Committee meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28 in the Civic Center community room, and, like all of the group’s meetings, will include a public comment session.

To find out more about the Village of Potsdam Dissolution Study Committee, and to see a calendar of the study process, as well as key documents including the three consultant proposals as submitted, visit www.vi.potsdam.ny.us/Dissolution/index.html.