County executive endorses March for Babies on April 29; Bristol family serving as ambassadors

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser and Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave are asking residents in both counties to consider participating in the 2017 March for Babies on April 29 at the Racine County Zoo.

Kenosha County Board Supervisor Jill Gillmore, her husband, Matt, and their 7 children are this year’s Racine/Kenosha Ambassador Family for the Racine/Kenosha March for Babies, the nation’s oldest fundraising walk, which helps more babies survive and thrive.

The Gillmore family knows first-hand about the challenges of premature birth. Their youngest daughter, Marleigh, was born 10 weeks early and weighing 3 pounds. She suffered an immature sphincter valve, pulmonary artery stenosis and spent her first weeks fighting for life in a hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Today, the Gillmore family is dedicated to making sure other parents don’t have the same experience.

“I am delighted to serve in this important role to raise awareness and urgently-needed funds for the March of Dimes mission to prevent birth defects and premature birth,” Jill Gillmore said.

Racine and Kenosha residents can sign up today at marchforbabies.org to start a team with co-workers, family or friends; or make a donation to help more babies get a healthy start in life.

On-site registration on the day of the event will begin at 9 a.m. with the 1.5-mile walk kicking off at 10 am.

“March for Babies is also a memorable and rewarding event for the whole family,” Gillmore said. “We celebrate children and parents who experienced the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or special care nursery. We’ll recognize these families throughout the day with a Superhero Sprint for kids, complete with a purple cape, a symbolic lei for mom and dad and loads of fun in the kids’ zone.

“Participants will also have the opportunity to walk through our Memory Mile and visit our unforgettable March for Babies Memory Garden. Those who have experienced loss will find a meaningful way to remember their baby by planting a flower in our butterfly garden,” said Gillmore.

Kreuser and Delagrave said they appreciate the work of the March of Dimes as the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.

Premature birth is the leading cause of death among babies in the United States. It affects about 380,000 babies – that’s 1 in 10 — born each year, including 6,200 in Wisconsin. Funds raised by March for Babies in Racine and Kenosha support community programs such as Centering Pregnancy and Stork’s Nest. March of Dimes programs that provide comfort and support for moms and babies as well as innovative research to find the unknown causes of premature birth and birth defects.

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit the March of Dimes shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support.

For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org, and find the March of Dimes on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The 2017 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna and HCA.

Kenosha ADRC to host Welcome to Medicare Workshop May 18

Going on Medicare? You will have some decisions to make.

Kenosha Aging and Disability Resource Center sponsors monthly Medicare workshops for people new to Medicare and their families. Learn the basics of Medicare coverage, options for private health and drug coverage, and public benefits that can help with health care costs.

Welcome to Medicare Workshop will be held on Thursday, May 18, at the Salem Community Library located at 24615 89th Street Salem, in the meeting room. Reservations required; please call 262-605-6646 to make a reservation.

Deal of the Day: Hill Country Market $25 gift card half off

HCMl-west-of-the-i-web-ad-(1)Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal!

Today’s offering is from Hill Country Market, 7510 288th Ave, Suite #1, Salem. Hill Country Market features local, organic, and gluten-free grocery products, produce, fine cheese, sausage, wine and beer, gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, deli items, fresh meat, baked goods and more. They believe that fresh, local, and natural ingredients are best. You can even expect to see produce straight from their garden during the growing season. Make sure you visit the tea and coffee bar at Hill Country Market and the deli offering quality meat and cheeses from Boar’s Head. Hungry? Check out Hill Country Market’s unique, made-to-order sandwiches and panini’s as well as salads, soups of the day, fresh baked goods, and more.

Today’s offer is for a $25 Hill Country Market gift card that you can buy for $13.50 ($1 processing fee included). Full description of conditions is available here. It’s easy to purchase a Deal of the Day! Click the button below and you will be taken to PayPal’s site, where you can securely pay with a credit card or through your PayPal account. A PayPal account is not needed. We instantly receive notice of your purchase and we mail out the certificate usually the same day. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!





Deaths April 23, 2017: Dorothy Mae Polewaczyk

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Units responding for mutual aid to Pleasant Priaire

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 5:30 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue is activating a box alarm for assistance with a wild land search for an endangered person.

Bristol Fire and Rescue and Somers Fire and Rescue are being requested to respond with ATVs.

UPDATE — Kenosha County Scanner Facebook page is reporting that subject was found.

Units responding for fire in Bristol

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com


At about 2:44 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a fire in Bristol.

Per dispatch: A large brush fire is being reported at 187th Avenue and 116th Street.

UPDATE about 2:53 p.m. — Fire unit on scene confirms a large field fire.

A word from our sponsors: April 23, 2017 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

AD-bear-realty-glenda-butch-revise2Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors. This is a paid announcement — DH

Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

26808 116th St, Trevor

4106 18th St, Kenosha

24941 87th St #6, Salem

33100 120th St, Twin Lakes

9000 226th Ct 9B, Salem

314 N Cogswell Dr, Silver Lake

23300 111th St, Trevor

Units responding for fire in Twin Lakes

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com


At about 9:27 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a fire on a utility pole in the 600 block of Burlington Avenue in Twin Lakes.

UPDATE about 9:30 p.m. — Twin Lakes Police officer on the scene confirms a wire appears to be on fire.

UPDATE 9:36 p.m. — Fire unit on the scene reports an active fire and requests response from utility company.

UPDATE 9:39 p.m. — Readers reporting power outages in the village.

Salem Lakes Village Board adopts Salem meeting schedule

The Salem Lakes Village Board on Wednesday adopted almost exactly the monthly meeting schedule that the Salem Town Board had been using up to the merger with Silver Lake in February.

Starting in May, the board will have a regular meeting at which action can be taken on the second Monday at 7 p.m. The board also will have a committee of the whole meeting at which discussion will be held but no votes on the third Monday at 7 p.m. Both meetings will be at Salem Town Hall on Antioch Road.

The only difference  between that schedule and the old Salem Town Board schedule is the start time of the  committee of the whole meeting.

Since the merger, the Village Board had been following the meeting schedule of the Silver Lake Village Board, regular meetings at which action could be taken on  first and third Wednesdays starting at 7 p.m. Most of those meetings since the merger had taken place at Silver Lake Village Hall.

Trustee Dan Campion, a former Salem board member, proposed having regular meetings where action could be take on the second and third Mondays, but that motion failed.

Campion then motioned for a regular meeting on the second Monday and a committee of the whole on the third Wednesday. That motion passed with Trustees Bob Raymond and Bill Hopkins, both former Silver Lake Village Board members, voting no.

Earlier in the meeting, village President Diann Tesar asked trustees to consider how they wanted to move forward with committee structure.

Before the merger, Silver Lake still had committees of board members but Salem had largely eliminated them in favor of the committee of the whole system.

A word from ours sponsors: Messy Church set for April 30

living-waters-messy-church-4-2017-webLife can be messy, so why shouldn’t church be messy, too?  If wooden pews, hymns, and sitting still and quiet aren’t your thing, Messy Church might be just what you’re looking for.

Messy Church is sponsored by Living Waters Ministries in conjunction with United Methodist churches in Kenosha County.  It’s cross-generational, very informal, and everyone is welcome to attend.  It is a monthly opportunity for people to gather and enjoy fellowship as they do crafts, play games, and enjoy a communal meal—all in celebration of a simple theme.

Join others at Trevor-Wilmot School, 26325 Wilmot Rd, Trevor, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 for a hands-on faith, fellowship and fun-for-everyone experience. And don’t dress up … this is Messy Church!

If you are interested in more information, please contact Rachel Hewitt at queenrachel58@gmail.com.

Deputies responding to crash in Paddock Lake

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 12:45 p.m., sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 24300 block of Highway 50 in Paddock Lake.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles are involved.

Deal of the Day: Luisa’s $25 gift card half off

Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal! Our offering today is from Luisa’s Restaurant, 317th Avenue and Highway 50 in Wheatland. Luisa’s is the place for a taste of Italian & American cuisine. Known for their pizzas, their classic thin crust is legendary! For the hearty appetite they can prepare pan or stuffed pizza and they dare you to try to eat more than one piece! Luisa’s menu doesn’t stop at pizza. They also feature pasta dishes, sandwiches, burgers and more. Their Friday Fish Fry is a hit with the locals and be sure to check out the daily specials. Today’s offer is an 18 inch Thin Crust Pizza with 3 toppings for $25, which we are selling for $13.50 (includes $1 processing charge). Coupon must be used for eat in only.Full description of conditions is available here. It’s easy to purchase a Deal of the Day! Click the button below and you will be taken to PayPal’s site, where you can securely pay with a credit card or through your PayPal account. A PayPal account is not needed. We instantly receive notice of your purchase and we mail out the certificate usually the same day. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!





Twin Lakes establishes public records request policy

tl-logoThe Twin Lakes Village Board passed a public records request policy at its regular meeting Monday.

Before that, the village did not have a full policy on how to handle fulfilling public records requests, said village administrator Jennifer Frederick. Village counsel recommended one be adopted.

The policy establishes charges for staff time for documents over 25 pages and for documents requested in print form. Electronic delivery of requests under the 25 page mark would be free of charge, Frederick said.

Other highlights of the policy include:

  • All requests for public records must be submitted in writing to the Village Clerk’s attention. Requests may be anonymous.
  • The Village Clerk may involve the Administrator, Accountant/Treasurer, and/or Deputy Clerk to assist as they are designated Public Officers.
  • Single-sided copies: $0.25/page; Double-sided copies: $0.30/page.
  • Copies and scanning efforts under 25 pages will have no staff time charged. Over 25 pages, staff time will be charged to the nearest quarter of an hour at the rate of the lowest-paid employee capable of performing the task.
  • Electronic records will be provided electronically at no charge. Printing of electronic records will be subject to the photocopying costs.
  • Actual cost of postage will be charged to the person requesting the records.
  • Costs projected over $5 may require a deposit, as determined by the Village Clerk.
  • Village Clerk can waive costs at his/her discretion.

The full policy (in the draft form presented to the board Monday) is available here.

Units responding to crash in Bristol

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 8:03 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’d deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 18500 block of Highway C in Bristol.

UPDATE about 8:05 p.m. — Deputies on the scene reports one car off the road and a utility pole down. Deputies blocking traffic on Highway C at Highway D to the east and Highway 45 to the west.

UPDATE 8:24 p.m. — Deputy requests tow for vehicle to be sent after power lines are removed from vehicle.

Craft and Bake Sale to benefit Team Hope Relay for Life fundraising

Team Hope will be holding a Craft and Bake Sale as one of their fundraisers for Relay for Life on Sunday, April 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Western Kenosha County Historical Society Hall, 25905 114th St., Trevor (just off Highway C, behind the Post Office).

Among the items available are wooden signs, handcrafted ceramic jewelry, glass light blocks, decorative mugs, Jamberry-nails, Young Living Essential Oils, Origami Owl Jewelry, Honey & Lace Clothing.

There also will be raffles.

Deaths April 21, 2017: Mary Ann Vos

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Highway 45 Update April 21, 2017: Erosion control completed, utility and grading work continues

Edgerton excavating for the new right turn lane on southbound USH 45 at CTH WG. /WisDOT photo

Edgerton excavating for the new right turn lane on southbound USH 45 at CTH WG. /WisDOT photo

Note: With the help of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, we will be telling our readers what work took place on the Highway 45 project in the week just past and what is expected to take place in the coming week. Check back every Friday for the latest.

What happened this week — From County A2/WG to 86 th Street, crews completed installing erosion control devices. Grading continued for the southbound US 45 shoulder for the permanent shoulder widening. Common excavation began for a right turn lane on southbound US 45 at County WG. Utilities continued relocations. The rain did affect production for the contractors and utilities.

What’s expected for next week — Crews are anticipated to continue excavation of US 45 in the southbound lanes along the corridor. Milling piles will be used to backfill the excavation.  Utilities will continue relocations.

Here’s a link to the project’s page on the state transportation department’s website.

Select site is prepared for fill. /WisDOT photo

Select site is prepared for fill. /WisDOT photo

Wilmot Masonic Lodge Pork Chop Dinner is April 22

/Photo by Ruth Livingstone via freeimages.com

/Photo by Ruth Livingstone via freeimages.com

Wilmot Masonic Lodge Pork Chop Dinner is Saturday, April 22, from 4 to 7 p.m.

$10 for single chop and $12 for double chops. Includes baked potato, green beans, dinner role and dessert.

Wilmot Masonic Lodge is located at the northwest corner of Highway C and Fox River Road (Highway W), in downtown Wilmot.

A word from our sponsors: Bulldog Football and Cheerleading accepting applications for 2017

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Bulldog Football and Cheerleading is now accepting applications for the 2017 campaign. There are multiple ways to sign up and get involved with the greatest game on earth.

The WKCYF Bulldogs, a 501C3 non-profit, all volunteer organization which was established in 2000, are proud to be beginning our 18th year of providing football and cheer to boys and girls of Western Kenosha County. The Bulldogs are proud members of the The Chicagoland Youth Football League (TCYFL) and all coaches are USA Football “Heads Up” certified. The Bulldogs are an all play league with an emphasis on safety. The Bulldogs are the only League serving the area that separates players by age and weight to ensure your children play and learn in the safest possible experience.

An open house event will run from noon to 4 p.m. on April 15 at the “Dog House” located at 307 Lake Street in Silver Lake. Stop by early for some great door prizes and a day of fun and learning.

Upcoming registration dates (all at the Dog House, 307 Lake Street in Silver Lake):

  • Tuesday, April 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 8, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 25, 6-7:30 p.m.

Visit website www.bulldogyouthfootball.com for an online registration portal.

Question can be directed to wkcyfvptackle@gmail.com or call 262.891.7843 for more information.

Like Bulldogs on Facebook or follow us on twitter @wkcyfbulldogs.

Central HS drama to present George Washington Slept Here April 21, 22, 23

Back row: Braden Gere, Steve Eldridge; Naomi Racas, Hester the maid; Lina Mack Hester the cook; Vanessa Tym, Rena Leslie; seated: Cassie Schneider, Madge Fuller and Curtis Vineyard, Clayton Vineyard. /Submitted photo

Back row: Braden Gere, Steve Eldridge; Naomi Racas, Hester the maid; Lina Mack Hester the cook; Vanessa Tym, Rena Leslie; seated: Cassie Schneider, Madge Fuller and Curtis Vineyard, Clayton Vineyard. /Submitted photo

Westosha Central High School will be presenting a production of “George Washington Slept Here,” a comedy directed by Michael Klimzak, April 21, 22 and 23.

When Newton Fuller fulfills his dream of buying a colonial farm house in the country he drags his wife, Annabelle, and their daughter, Madge, out to rural Pennsylvania. They set up housekeeping in a wreck of a “fixer upper” with broken windows, falling plaster and holes in the floor. But area legend indicates George Washington slept there. While Newton and his family find life in the country is no bed of roses, audiences of all ages will enjoy this 1940s comedy with laughs and turn of events that will keep you entertained.

Join the Central High School performing arts department for the spring performance of “George Washington Slept Here”, written by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart. Performances are Friday, April 21 and Saturday April 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. at Central High School. All tickets are $8.

Daniel Persino, Newton Fuller; Kaitlyn Shaffer, Annabelle Fuller; Paris Zamba, Raymond the precocious nephew; Emily Thomas, Mrs. Prescott the neighbor; Douglas Clements, Mr. Kimber the handyman. /Submitted photo

Daniel Persino, Newton Fuller; Kaitlyn Shaffer, Annabelle Fuller; Paris Zamba, Raymond the precocious nephew; Emily Thomas, Mrs. Prescott the neighbor; Douglas Clements, Mr. Kimber the handyman. /Submitted photo

Evening tornado warning sirens are a drill

The tornado warning sirens you may be hearing at 6:50 p.m. in Western Kenosha County are part of the statewide drill.

More information here.

Units responding for crash in Salem Lakes

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:01 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 26100 block of Highway 50 in Salem Lakes.

Per dispatch: Crash involves a car and a school bus with students on board. Preliminary reports are that no students are injured.

UPDATE about 4:09 p.m. — Deputy reports driver of car may have a hand injury. Tow truck requested for car.

UPDATE about 4:45 p.m. — All fire/rescue units clearing the scene and returning to quarters.

A word from our sponsors: Register now for Westosha Falcon Youth Football Spring Flag, Fall Tackle & Summer Camp

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Give your athlete the Westosha Falcon Youth Football 100% ALL-PLAY ADVANTAGE!

Register now for Spring Flag*, Fall Tackle, and Summer Camp at www.westoshafootball.org or in-person Wednesdays April 12th or 25th or May 10th or 24th from 5-7 p.m.in the CHS lobby.

*Please note: Spring Flag Football registration deadline is April 12.

WFYF players receive a position on offense or defense PLUS positive coaching with a focus on fundamentals, safety, sportsmanship, and academics. Please contact (262) 287-7410 for additional details.

Tornado warning sirens are a test

The tornado warning sirens you may be hearing at 1:45 p.m. in Western Kenosha County are part of the statewide test.

More information here.

Units responding to Salem Grade School for medical call

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 12:20 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to Salem Grade School for a medical call.

Per dispatch: Patient is an adult male having chest pains.

A word from our sponsors: Way to Wellness Expo 2017 is April 22

way-to-wellness-2017-webNote: Way to Wellness Expo is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Area wellness providers are presenting the Way to Wellness Expo April 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will include opportunities to meet local wellness and health providers, healthy living presentations every hour, makes and take’s, food, raffles and more.

The Way to Wellness Expo will take place at 12033 Antioch Road, Trevor.

Don’t miss it!

A full schedule is available here.

Statewide mock tornado drill set for today

Just a reminder that statewide tornado drills are scheduled for Thursday, April 20.

A mock tornado watch will be issued at 1 p.m. followed by a statewide mock tornado warning at 1:45 p.m. Many radio and TV stations across the state will issue the test tornado warnings. In addition, mock alerts will be issued on NOAA Weather Radios and many communities will sound their tornado sirens to test their emergency severe weather plans. Later, a mock tornado warning will be issued at 6:45 p.m. to give families and second shift workers a chance to practice their emergency plans.

The drills are part of Wisconsin’s Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Deal of the Day: Breezy Hill Nursery $25 gift card half off

breezy-hill-nursery-summer-2015Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal!

Today’s offering is from Breezy Hill Nursery, 7530 288th Ave. Breezy Hill Nursery offers a full line of landscaping and gardening supplies. Their retail center offers gifts, decor, garden and landscaping products, delivery services and classes. Breezy Hill’s Garden Center Staff are passionate gardeners who are truly excited by the opportunity to share their knowledge, offer up some advice or show off the exciting signature specimen plant material their garden center is known for.

Today’s offer is for a $25 Breezy Hill Nursery gift card that you can buy for $13.50 ($1 processing fee included). Full description of conditions is available here. It’s easy to purchase a Deal of the Day! Click the button below and you will be taken to PayPal’s site, where you can securely pay with a credit card or through your PayPal account. A PayPal account is not needed. We instantly receive notice of your purchase and we mail out the certificate usually the same day. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!





Units responding to Wilmot UHS for medical call

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 8:22 a.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to Wilmot Union High School for a medical call.

Per dispatch: Patient is a student.

Salem Lakes Village Board suspends public safety department operations

The Salem Lakes Village Board on Wednesday suspended the operation of its Public Safety Department until further discussion about the future role of the department can be held.

The motion to suspend was made by Trustee Mike Culat and was seconded by Trustee Dan Campion. The suspension passed with a 6 to 1 vote, with village President Diann Tesar being the lone dissenting vote.

In introducing his motion, Culat said he felt the Public Safety Department overlaps services provided to the village by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

“I do not see the need to have two police departments,” Culat said. “I have not talked to a single person in five years who appreciates our Public Safety Department … I think it’s redundant.”

Village administrator Patrick Casey and President Tesar argued against the suspension. Instead they favored a discussion of the department’s role without the suspension. That would ensure the department was in place for the beginning of water patrol season at Memorial Day. Water patrol on the village’s many lakes has been conducted by Public Safety.

“I welcome whatever you want to do, whatever you want to discuss but I think it’s premature to suspend,” Casey said.

Said Tesar: “I don’t think we should suspend anything until we talk.”

Tesar also argued that enforcement of village ordinances on issues such as junk in people’s yards might suffer if left in the hands of the sheriff’s department because deputies will have more important matters to deal with.

“They (deputies) are not going to come out for someone’s junk in the yard,” Tesar said.

But Trustee Ted Kmiec argued that such ordinance or code enforcement could be effectively done by civilians, not sworn officers with firearms like the public safety officers.

Salem’s Public Safety Department was the subject of some controversy among Town Board members last year when board members learned that the department had been accepted to a grant program to increase traffic enforcement. That program required a certain number of contacts per shift covered by the grant. Consequently, officers were doing more traffic enforcement, especially along Highway 50, than in the past. Officer Michael Ventura died in a crash on July 8 on Highway 50 while driving a Public Safety Department vehicle. The town withdrew from the grant program in August.

In November, with the merger of Silver Lake and Salem in process, the Silver Lake Village Board created a Public Safety Department from the old Salem department, though with some apprehension from trustees about the scope of powers.

Culat and Kmiec said they were confident there was time to resolve the role of Public Safety and water patrol before the need for enforcement on lakes was needed.

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