The Silver Lake Village Board approved the purchase of three sets of turnout gear for new Silver Lake Fire Department firefighters.
But that was not until after village President Sue Gerber struck three fire department related items — including the turnout gear purchase — from the agenda as violating a policy passed in 1995.
Trustee Pat Dunn had placed items on the agenda relating to:
- Discuss/Possible Action concerning Allison Draeger as Fire Chief of Silver Lake Fire Dept.
- Discuss/Possible Action concerning the purchase of turnout gear for those member of the Silver Lake Fire Dept. in need of such gear.
- Discuss/Possible Action concerning the purchase of tires for the Silver Lake Fire Department equipment truck.
During president’s agenda, Gerber said she was striking the above items plus another put on the agenda by Dunn because it violated a policy that said only the president, clerk and appropriate committee chairman can place an item on the agenda. Dunn recently had himself removed as chairman of any village committee.
But the turnout gear item saw new life after Gerber discussed her meeting with the fire department and her efforts to secure a donation of turnout gear from another, unnamed area fire department that had a surplus. Former village President Jeff Albrecht made a point of order from the audience, saying that Gerber discussing the turnout gear item effectively put it back onto the agenda. Village attorney Linda Gray confirmed that was the case for the one agenda item. Dunn then made a motion to purchase the turnout gear if two additional quotes could be obtained and not to exceed $5,000 total. The motion passed with Trustee Chris Willkomm voting against and Trustee Carolyn Dodge absent.
After the meeting, Gerber said she still was interested in completing the donation deal with the other department, if that could be done within the next 48 hours.
But Draeger, who has been elected chief of the department by membership but has not been recognized as such by the Village Board, said after the meeting that due to the custom fitting of turnout gear that the offer of a donation was not likely to work out.
When later in the meeting a fifth item put on the agenda by Dunn came up for action, Gerber said she had scratched that one too, though she had not mentioned it in her earlier remarks.