Organizers of a group looking to place a referendum question about un-incorporating the village of Silver Lake government have gone public with their effort.
A press release distributed by former village President Jeff Albrecht via email on Monday announced the group’s intentions and said informational flyers on the effort were distributed before Monday’s Memorial Day parade in Silver Lake.
Bruce Nopenz is serving as the chairman of the group, the statement said.
Here is the full text of the media release:
A group of Silver Lake residents have teamed up to support the dissolution of the village government. Calling their effort Moving Silver Lake Forward, the association began to dispense information and seek supporters. A petition to get the question on the November 4 ballot will be circulated by volunteers throughout the month of June. Association Chairman, Bruce Nopenz said ‘as we seek signatures we’ll gage community support.’ A flyer handed out before the Memorial Day parade points out the advantages of rejoining Salem Township. Nopenz stated ‘we’re a community of neighborhoods on one and a half square miles trying to support all the services of a city. We just can’t afford it any longer. This change would result in lower local property taxes, improved emergency services, a more robust business climate, managed government and, hopefully, an end to the bickering that has permeated the community over the past couple years.’ The group swelled up in part over the lack of adequate funding for the volunteer fire department whose trucks are currently out of service due to safety issues. ‘There is a lot of dis-information out there regarding what would happen if the village dissolves, we’ll be out spreading the truth’ said Nopenz. The petition needs the signatures of 15% of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election, and, when certified by the village clerk will appear on the November election ballot. For more information Silver Lake citizens are urged to visit Moving Silver Lake Forward on Facebook or to go to movingsilverlakeforward.com.
If an effort to unincorporated Silver Lake were successful, the area now encompassing the village would revert to being part of the town of Salem, like it was before the village was incorporated in 1926.