Village of Macedon officially dissolves after 161 years

The Macedon Village Board met one final time Friday evening, March 31st to wrap up business before the village faded into history.

Macedon Mayor Bill Murray hands over the keys to the village hall to Town Supervisor Sandy Pagano.

“Everything should run just fine and nothing will change as of 12:01 a.m.,” said Macedon Mayor Bill Murray with the village’s final hours before dissolution at hand.

The board met to approve minutes and sign abstracts and checks before Murray handed the keys to the village hall over to Town Supervisor Sandy Pagano.

“It has been nothing short of an honor to serve for this lovely village and its wonderful people,” the mayor said. “I really feel we are better dissolved.”

Murray called his term in office bittersweet and a challenge. He thanked village employees for sticking it out all these months even though they didn’t know if they would have jobs.

Pagano said she was ready to take on the new Macedon.

“It is refreshing to participate in meetings that have a positive tenor and open participation by all in the spirit of making sound decisions for the benefit of the whole community,” she said. “We are committed to serving all residents in the town of Macedon and this includes those living within the village boundaries.”

Several residents turned out for the Macedon Village Board’s final meeting before dissolution.

Following the meeting, Murray dismissed critical attacks regarding the village board’s handling of assets, calling the accusations “incorrect.”

Former mayor, Marie Cramer, has been very vocal about how the sale of assets has been managed since her defeat in the last election. It has been a longtime said that the village held considerable value, but since approval of dissolution she said much of the village’s assets were given away to the town and Wayne County Water Authority. The only assets sold off were the fire equipment and fire hall, she added and those were sold below market value. She also criticized the village for upping commodity rates for sewer from $2 to $60 and water from $30 to $60.

The highway auction netted the village some $76,000, but according to Cramer all the heavy equipment had been given away. Among that which which was given to the town includes the village hall and waste water treatment.

“She doesn’t know what what she’s talking about,” Murray said. “We didn’t give anything away.”

If anything, assets were sold above market value, he said, and everything sold was done so at auction.

Murray said the town is planning to build a new waste water treatment plant that would serve the needs of residents in Macedon, Palmyra and Marion, thereby meeting the Governor’s push for consolidation. The new proposed state-of-the-art plant is estimated to cost $15 million with double the lifespan of the current plant. Murray said the old plant would be used as a pump station. To fix the village’s plant would cost far more, Murray added. The village hall was not sold due to considerable work the building needs and high heating bills, the mayor said, calling the structure “next to worthless.” The town does plan to fix up the building, Murray added.

With his work now done, Murray said he will be leaving the political scene for now, but may return in the future.

-Tammy Whitacre, fingerlakes1.com

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