That the Towns of Clifton and Fine didn't merge after 18 months of talking about it is not the end of the world. I assume by having two towns, there are two highway superintendents, and that's a family income in a destitute area.
Two lawyers will retain their corporation counsel status and municipal work is the best work for local lawyers as its sure money.
Other than that the elected positions are negligible in impact and there are lots of adjacent towns that could be paired...Heck there's 32 of them in the Big County.
And if the people really want it, they can run for local office with consolidation as a platform.
I suspect most people living in that patch of land don't care as it doesn't really affect them.