Kenmore Prepares for Battle on Dissolution

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2010 at 11:34 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2010 at 11:34 PM EDT

Village loyalists in Kenmore are getting ready to wage war.

"If that cold day in ... a southern place ... happens," then Melissa Foster says she wants to be ready.

"We plan to do an educational campaign called 'Kenmore is fine. Do not sign,'" she said before an informational meeting with a few dozen residents on Monday night.

The Kenmore Village Improvement Society hosted the meeting to inform residents of the pros and cons of dissolving village government.

"A village and a community is like a household," said Foster, the group's founder.

"There are sound decisions to be made, rules to be made," she said. "Here we think we do them really, really well and we want to keep that."

But others are not so sure.

Taxpayers are watching their wallets being stretched to the limits by multiple layers of government and some believe dissolving the village will save them money.

Others are not so sure.

"I don't know," said village resident Maureen Dougherty. "I think I'm just going to look into things more."

Kenmore residents have some time to explore the issue.

Advocate Kevin Gaughan has volunteers on the ground collecting petition signatures in Farnham, Sloan and Williamsville and hopes to have dissolution measures on the ballots in those villages soon.

He's not saying when or if he'll target Kenmore.

But residents here are not waiting. They want to be ready.

"I just cannot see them dissolving the village," said Pat Benders, who has lived in Kenmore for more than 70 years. "I don't see any reason for it."