This website is designed to facilitate community engagement as the Village of Van Etten considers dissolution. Background: A citizen petition requesting a vote on dissolution was certified in August 2017. The study process began in September 2017. The Village of Van Etten has engaged CGR to conduct an overview of the fiscal and service impacts of dissolution.
A public presentation of the Fiscal and Service Impact Report of Dissolution was made on October 24, 2017 at 7 pm at the Spencer–Van Etten Elementary School. The meeting presentation and video can be found on the meetings page. The Impact Report and summary drawn from that report are available on the documents page.
On December 11, 2017, residents of the Village voted 103 in favor of dissolution and 76 opposed.
On April 30, 2018, the Village Board adopted a Dissolution Plan. That plan is available for review at this website, Village Municipal Hall, the Van Etten Town Hall and the Van Etten Library.
There will be a public hearing of the plan on June 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Spencer Van Etten Elementary School on Langford Street in the Village.
Any comments regarding the plan can be submitted in writing using this website by June 9, 2018. Those comments will be forwarded to the Village Board.
After that presentation, the Village Board will consider any amendments to the plan and must finalize the plan within 60 days of the public hearing.
Please check back often for updates, and be sure to sign up online to receive email alerts as new information is added.
CGR will spend time on-site meeting with key stakeholders, interviewing officials and department heads, and gathering data regarding budgets, operations, and governing structures. The resulting analysis will provide the Village of Van Etten with insight into the impacts of dissolution. Throughout the process, residents will be asked to provide feedback via the project website and at a public meetings during the study process. The public will be asked to vote culminating in a referendum on December 11, 2017.
The process is being overseen by a Project Steering Committee composed of Town and Village residents including representatives from each with assistance from CGR, a nonprofit management consulting organization with expertise in government management, public finance and municipal consolidation processes.