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Village of Hermon considers dissolution

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is encouraging smaller local governments to consolidate. And the St. Lawrence County village of Hermon may take him up on it. About 400 people live in the village, which is within the town of Hermon (pop. Around 1,100). The tiny village is beginning the process of deciding whether it makes sense to dissolve.

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Sarah Harris
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Hermon village mayor Cathy Race says Hermon's not like the larger village of Canton (pop. About 6,500), "where there's lots of stores and everything. We have Woody's and we have the Skunk's Nest and we have Community Bank and the library and that's about all we have."

She says the village doesn't have debt. And it doesn't offer many services. But it does have a lot of expensive projects on the horizon: "We have to upgrade our sewer system, we have a lot of roads that need work and sidewalks and we have a bridge that needs to be replaced. It just wouldn't be feasible or affordable for the residents."

So the village is applying for a grant from the state to conduct a feasibility study on whether it makes financial sense to dissolve. They'll get help from the Development Authority of the North Country.

If Hermon does dissolve, the village tax will disappear. And the town of Hermon will take over services.

Hermon isn't the first St. Lawrence county town to consider dissolving itself. The village of Edwards dissolved in 2011, for example, and other villages have decided against it.

Race says if they get the grant, the study will take about year. The findings would be presented to residents, who would then vote on the future of their village.

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