Silver Lake set special meeting at Riverview School for rescue agreement

The Silver Lake Village Board will conduct a special meeting Dec. 12 to take comments and consider a proposed agreement with Salem Fire/Rescue for emergency medical services.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Riverview School cafeteria.

A Village Board meeting last Wednesday with the rescue agreement on the agenda was adjourned abruptly because the number of people in the audience interested in the issue exceeded the Village Hall meeting room.

The special meeting will also include consent agenda items, which could be items deferred from the adjourned meeting.

The village is considering discontinuing its long-standing contract with Silver Lake Rescue Inc. in favor of an arrangement with Salem Fire/Rescue for EMS with Silver Lake Fire Department firefighters acting as first responders.

Silver Lake Rescue is a free standing entity while the Silver Lake Fire Department is part of the village government.

The village has been paying Silver Lake Rescue $27,000 a year for its services.

Earlier discussion of the proposed arrangement with Salem was that there would be no charge to the village for its services but that in exchange Silver Lake FD would cover some additional area for Salem Fire/Rescue.


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