Silver Lake board schedules special meeting on fire/EMS contract

sl-rescue-squad-backThe Silver Lake Village Board has scheduled a special board meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24.

The special meeting notice says the meeting is for the purpose of discussing and possibly acting on the fire contract.

silver-lake-fd-doorThe board voted in July to pursue negotiations with Salem over contracting with Town of Salem Fire/Rescue to provide fire protection and emergency medical services to the village. The vote followed a contentious debate. It passed with a no vote by Trustee Roger Johnson and an abstention by Trustee Carolyn Dodge, who is the Silver Lake Rescue Squad treasurer.

Currently, fire protection is provided by the village’s Silver Lake Fire Department. EMS is provided by Silver Lake Rescue Squad Inc., a private non-profit organization the village contracts with annually.

salem-fd-door-2012This is not the first time Silver Lake has approached Salem for fire and EMS services. The board voted in Sept. 2013 to negotiate with Salem. The resulting proposal called for an initial yearly fee of about $100,000. Further consideration of that agreement stalled when a citizen initiative placed a referendum on the issue on the Nov. 2014 ballot. The referendum seeking to ban the village from contracting with Salem for fire and EMS failed No 638 to Yes 474.

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  1. Ad Hoc Advocate says:

    This proposal is a “win win” for everyone…..it resolves the issues and concerns that were pointed out by the Ad Hoc Committee. Remember, Silver Lake firefighters APPROVE of this proposal, just like the Silver Lake police officers did when Kenosha County Sheriff’s Dept. took over law enforcement in our village.
    There are only a small minority of folks who are against this proposal, but their rationale is weak. Both Silver Lake and Salem boards should be commended for moving forward with this proposal. PARAMEDIC LEVEL SERVICE IS COMING TO SILVER LAKE!! About time!!

  2. Win-win for one says:

    This is a win-win for 1 local retiree looking to get paid to sit at the fire house and watch TV. All the sky is falling stuff about Paramedic level service is a joke. This new board doesn’t care about the people who elected them. They care about themselves and the good old boys who talked them into running for the board. How soon they have forgotten…………….

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