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. She also is the town chairman.

The merger of the two municipalities as Salem Lakes will become official Feb. 14, with the current Silver Lake Village Board acting as the governing municipal board.

The Transition Committee will make recommendations to the Village Board in the transition period between Feb. 14 and when a new village board is seated on April 16, after the first Salem Lakes election on April 4.

The committee will meet until at least April. The committee selected the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. as its regular meeting time.

The committee is designed to offer expertise on Salem issues to the Silver Lake Village Board on matters they may not have a lot of background on, such as Salem’s bills, Casey said. Creation of the committee was included in the co-operative agreement, approved by both municipalities and the state, which governs the merger.

“It’s very short term,” said Patrick Casey, town/village administrator.

Several times Monday’s discussion drifted to decisions that will need to be made for the new village. But more often than not, the committee decided that the right thing to do is to let the new Salem Lakes Village Board make the call.

“This is something we have all strived for,” said town Supervisor Dan Campion. “The only advise I can give is relax. We’re going to work through these issues one by one.”


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