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President Bruce Nopenz comments at first Salem Lakes Village Board meeting (VIDEO)

The first Salem Lakes Village Board meeting was held Wednesday evening. Salem Lakes is the new village created through the merger of the town of Salem and the village of Silver Lake.  That merger took effect Feb. 14. At the beginning of the meeting, village President Bruce Nopenz delivered the following comments: On its surface, the meeting […]

William Hopkins appointed to Salem Lakes Village Board

William Hopkins was appointed Wednesday by the Salem Lakes Village Board to fill a vacant trustee seat. The appointment was approved 5-1 by a written ballot among the board members. Hopkins will fill the remainder of the term of Daniel Withers, who resigned in December due to an out of state job assignment. That term expires […]

Spring Election 2017: Salem Lakes trustee primary questionnaire answers

Voters in the new village of Salem Lakes will be able to vote in a primary election for village trustee on Feb. 21. The primary election will narrow the field of eight to six, who will appear on the ballot for the April 4 general election. This is the first election in Salem Lakes, which […]

Salem Town Board holds last board meeting

The Salem Town Board held its last meeting Monday night drawing to a close a 175 year history that is older than the state itself. As of midnight Tuesday, Salem and Silver Lake will be officially merged into the new village of Salem Lakes. “It took a shared vision … to bring us to this […]

Polling places won’t change for Salem Lakes Feb. 21 primary election information

Voters in the new village of Salem Lakes will be voting in a brand new municipality for the first time for the Feb. 21 primary, but where they vote will be the same.   All polling places for both the former Town of Salem and the former Village of Silver Lake will remain the same […]

Appointment of Silver Lake trustee delayed until Feb. 15

The Silver Lake Village Board on Wednesday again tabled the appointment of a replacement for its open trustee seat. The board was prepared to meet in closed session at the regular board meeting to discuss the credentials of the six people who have applied for the position. However, state statutes do not allow discussions regarding […]

Addresses in Silver Lake an issue for Salem Lakes to decide

There was a brief glimpse this week into what might be one of the most cared about issues involved in the merger of the town of Salem and the village of Silver Lake into the village of Salem Lakes — what do do with addresses in the territory that is the current village of Silver Lake. […]

Salem Lakes transition committee holds first meeting

A committee designed to share expertise with the town of Salem’s operations while the town merges with the village of Silver Lake held its first meeting Monday. The Salem Lakes Transition Committee is made up of the five Salem Town Board members and the Silver Lake village president. The committee unanimously elected Diann Tesar committee chairman. […]

Freight train makes emergency stop

A freight train traveling trough Silver Lake blocked every intersection in Silver Lake, stopping short of Maple Rd. For about 3 1/2 hours Saturday night, the train sat while fire and train personnel checked everything out. They think one of the rail car hoppers opened up, and grabbed the heater for the switch and pulled […]

Silver Lake tables appointment to vacant trustee seat

The Silver Lake Village Board on Wednesday tabled the appointment of someone to their vacant trustee seat. The opening was created by the resignation of Trustee Dan Withers, who cited new out of state job responsibilities as the reason for his resignation. Withers’ term expires in April 2018 The board had intended to take letters from […]

Silver Lake appoints Police and Fire Commission members

The Silver Lake Village Board took yet another step brought about by its upcoming merger with the town of Salem with the creation of a Police and Fire Commission. Such a commission is required by state staute for Wisconsin villages with a population of over 5,500. The population of the new combined village of Salem […]

Readers photos: Deer trapped on Silver Lake ice (Updated)

(Note: This post has been edited to clarify that the deer was on top of the ice. — DH) Cory Ketterhagen shared these photos taken by Kenzi Ketterhagen of a deer trapped on ice on Silver Lake. The photos are from about 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The deer was stuck on the south end of the lake. […]

Silver Lake seeking letters from people who want to be appointed to vacant trustee seat

The Silver Lake Village Board has decided to seek letters from residents who would like to be appointed to fill out the remainder of a village trustee’s term. Dan Withers recently resigned his seat due to new out of state work responsibilities. His term expires in April 2018 and the person appointed will serve until […]

Silver Lake may pay off debt and set aside reserves for projects to be done after merger

The Silver Lake Village Board is contemplating designating reserves for some Silver Lake centered projects after its merger with Salem. Salem/Silver Lake administrator Patrick Casey has informed the board that a review of the village’s existing eight bank accounts showed there was about $2.2 million that could be used for this purpose. The Village Board […]

Spring Election 2017: Salem Lakes to have contests for trustee and president

The new village of Salem Lakes will see all its municipal seats with contests in the spring election, the first for the new village that will be the result of a merger of the village of Silver Lake and the town of Salem. Technically the seats to be filled are the ones that would have […]

Silver Lake Village Board OKs memo regarding clerks and election work

The Silver Lake Village Board has approved an agreement with Salem that should bring some additional election expertise into the village government in time for the historic first voting for offices in the new village of Salem Lakes. The Village Board last Wednesday unanimously approved a memo of understanding between the village and Salem and […]

Silver Lake Village board accepts Trustee Dan Withers resignation

The Silver Lake Village Board Wednesday unanimously accepted the resignation of Trustee Dan Withers. In a letter of resignation read by village President Bruce Nopenz, Withers said he has accepted an out of state job that he feels will not allow him to fulfill his duties as a trustee, though he is remaining a resident of […]

Silver Lake to discuss resignation of trustee

The agenda for Silver Lake’s Village Board meeting on Wednesday includes an item to discuss the resignation of a trustee. A lengthy agenda includes the following: “Discussion and possible action on the resignation of Trustee Dan Withers.” An email message sent last week to Withers about his status on the Village Board was not answered. […]

Silver Lake considering changes to burning ordinance

Anything to do with something as hot as fire doesn’t seem like a natural topic today, but last week when things were warmer, burning of yard waste and leaves was on the minds of Silver Lake trustees. Village President Bruce Nopenz kicked off a discussion at the Dec. 7 regular board meeting about burning. He said the […]

Silver Lake considers ordinances to change name and absorb Salem

The Silver Lake Village Board on Wednesday considered two more items on the road to its planned merger with the town of Salem. The Village Board had first readings of an ordinance that will change the name of the village to Salem Lakes and an ordinance attaching all of the current town of Salem to the village. Both […]

Units responding for alarm in Silver Lake

At about 7:30 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units are responding to a report of a supervisory alarm at a business in the 28800 block of Silver Lake Road (Highway F) in Silver Lake. UPDATE 7:32 p.m. — Deputy on scene reports to dispatch there appears to be no fire. […]

2016 Silver Lake American Legion Santa visit coverage (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Santa visited boys and girls at the Schultz-Hahn American Legion  Post 293 and Auxiliary Children’s Christmas Party at the American Legion Hall in Silver Lake on Saturday. Santa arrived on a fire engine from Town of Salem Fire/Rescue Station 4 in Silver Lake. Inside, the little ones were able to tell Santa their Christmas wishes […]

Here’s how to run for Salem Lakes village offices in April

Those looking to run for office in April in the new combined village of Salem Lakes will have some special procedures to follow. The cooperative plan calling for a merger of Salem and Silver Lake into the new village of Salem Lakes recently was approved by the state Department of Administration. When the merger takes […]

Silver Lake American Legion Annual Children’s Christmas Party is Dec. 3

The Annual Children’s Christmas Party at the American Legion Hall, on Cogswell Drive, (Highway B), Silver Lake will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, from noon to 2 p.m. . The event will include a bake sale, face painting, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus.

Salem-Silver Lake merger plan approved by state

Salem and Silver Lake’s cooperative plan designed to result in a merged village government has been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Administration. The state issued the approval Monday. Salem received notification of the decision Monday afternoon, said Patrick Casey, administrator for Salem and Silver Lake. A letter (given to by Casey) from Dawn Vick, […]

Units responding for fire in Silver Lake

At about 12:46 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of a fire in the 1100 block of Prairie Drive in Silver Lake. Per dispatch: Caller reporting a tree on fire.

Silver Lake creates public safety department, takes other pre-merger steps

The Silver Lake Village Board on Wednesday acted on several steps designed to smooth the anticipated merger with Salem in becoming the new village of Salem Lakes. The board unanimously created a fire and rescue department, adopted a new ward plan, set compensation for elected officials and created a police and fire commission. But the […]

2016 trick or treat hours set

Local municipalities have set official trick or treating hours for the 2016 Halloween celebration. First up this year is Wheatland, which set its official hours as 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30. Most municipalities that set hours chose from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 as the official trick or treat hours. This includes Bristol, Salem, […]

Cub Scouts tell Silver Lake Village Board of plans for bat houses and Free Little Library

Silver Lake is going to get a Free Little Library and some bat houses courtesy of local Cub Scouts. Sam Semke and Layne Gauger of Cub Scout Pack 328 told the Village Board of their Pack’s plans to construct and place the houses and library at Wednesday’s Village Board meeting. The Scouts said Scouts will […]

Silver Lake changes garbage collection company; institutes fee

Starting next month, Silver Lake residents will have a new company collecting their garbage and recycling. The Silver Lake Village Board approved a contract with John’s Disposal of Whitewater at Wednesday’s regular board meeting. John’s first collection date will be Nov. 7. The change will necessitate a swap out of garbage totes. John’s is expected to […]

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