LYONS — The village of Lyons has been granted a reprieve.
Wayne County Court Judge John Nesbitt gave the Lyons dissolution committee until Oct. 20 to complete a plan for dissolution of the village and present it to the Village Board for approval. The decision came down after dissolution proponents Lyons One filed an article 78 against the village for failing to meet statutory requirements. State law gave the committee until June 27 to prepare a plan and gain board approval. When that failed to occur, Lyons One members filed the Article 78 the next day.
Village residents opted in favor of dissolution last November by a mere 45 votes, and a committee was set up to begin the process. The village also received a $49,500 grant from the state to create the plan. Mayor Corrine Kleisle said the committee, made up of Jim Brady, former county highway superintendent and former village trustee; Thea Hall, executive secretary to the principal at the elementary school; Joan Smith, with the Department of Social Services; Jim Pacello III, a local businessman; John Cinelli, a former mayor; Sergei Bartishevich, an active community member; Richard Bogan, Lyons police chief; Brian Manktelow, town supervisor, who will share committee duties with Councilman Dan Legacy and herself, has been making steady progress, but there is much to consider in dissolving the village.
Nesbitt gave the committee members until Aug. 20 to show that they are indeed making progress on the plan. He noted in his decision that “completion of the plan has been impeded by the time involved in garnering the necessary financial information and securing answers to questions posed to state regulatory officials.”
Kleisle said the committee will meet again on Sept. 16 for an executive session. They are expected to then meet on Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the Lyons Fire Hall to approve the plan, which will then be presented to the Village Board.
Once the plan is complete and adopted by the Village Board, a public hearing will be held where residents can comment and amendments can be made to the plan. Once amendments, if any, are added, another public hearing is held. Within 45 days of the final public hearing on the plan, residents may file a petition containing 25 percent of registered village voters signatures for another referendum. The second vote, which would be on the plan itself, is approved, the village dissolves, but if it fails, everything remains the same and there is a four-year waiting period before residents can seek to dissolve the village again.
The committee’s progress is detailed in meeting minutes and on videotape at www.lyonsdissolution.org.
The last village in the county to dissolve was Savannah over 40 years ago.