Silver Lake Citizens for Growth may have run out of steam, but at least one village resident is poised to build a new group dedicated to getting things done.
Citizens for Growth sprang up in 2010 with the goal ” to bring that small town feeling back to Silver Lake.” Projects the group’s leaders Jo Lasdasky and Kathy Woods spearheaded included community gardens, fundraising for Fourth of July fireworks, hosting Sunday dances and various beautification projects. A representative of the group used to attend Village Board meetings and until recently even had a regular spot on the agenda to report on the group’s activities.
Representatives of the group have blamed the inflamed political situation in the village for driving away members. (Note: See update below for a new comment — DH)
At Wednesday night’s Village Board meeting, resident Allen Dunski, who had been active in Citizens for Growth, said that group is no more, but he and a few others are committed to promoting positive community action through a new group.
“We’re not giving up,” Dunski said during citizens comments.
The new group will have to use a new name, which has not been settled on yet, Dunski said. He also hinted that the focus of the organization may be a little different. After a board discussion about whether a time clock should be purchased to track firefighters hours, Dunski asked about the cost of the device and said the new group might consider helping fund such a purchase if money was a problem.
“That’s more of what we want to get involved in, not planting flowers…” Dunski said.
The new group also already has a community service activity planned. Volunteers will set out to pick up trash on Sunday, April 13. Anyone who wishes to help out should come to the Silver Lake Fire Department station at noon.
UPDATE 4-4-2013 – Jo Lasdasky sent us a message to say that she felt the problem with Citizens for Growth was more a problem with getting participation. ” We didn’t get the support we thought we would. … We tried many things as you stated, but there was just no interest.”
Also, the new group appears to have found its new name. Dunski announced the new name, Silver Lake Citizens in Action, on the group’s Facebook page (renamed from the old Silver Lake Citizens for Growth page).