Outgoing Salem Lakes trustees speak at last meeting

Four of the current members of the Salem Lakes Village Board had their last meeting Wednesday night.

President Bruce Nopenz and Trustees Eric Ericksen and Pat Dunn were defeated in Tuesday’s election. Trustee Doug Randolph did not run for re-election.

All four had something to say about the end of their trenure, with the most complete comments coming from Nopenz and Randolph.

Nopenz thanked the voters who put him in office and wished those who remain luck.

“There’s a lot of work to be done,” Nopenz said. “I wish you the best of luck going forward … I did the best I could. I put a lot of hours into this … I thank you for the opportunity to serve.”

Here is video of all of his comments:

Ericksen’s and Dunn’s comments at the end of the meeting were brief; Randolph had more of a statement.

“We’ve gained some great new neighbors in the recent merger with the town of Salem,” Rudolph said.

Rudolph also addressed the issue of unity of commuity with the new, merged municipality.

“There is no us and them,” Rudolph said. “There is only a collective we.”

Here is video of Ericksen, Dunn and Rudolph’s statements:

Salem Lakes was created by the merger of the town of Salem and village of Silver Lake, effective Feb. 14. Since that date, what was the Silver Lake Village Board has been governing the new village.

In Tuesday’s election, the village presidency and three trustees seats were up. All went to former Salem town officials — Diann Tesar for president and Ted Kmiec, Mike Culat and Dan Campion for trustee. Those officials will take office for the April 19 meeting and serve for the next year with the three remaining Silver Lake trustees, Laura Francart, Bob Raymond and Bill Hopkins. Those last three seats will be up for election again in April 2018.




  1. Missteps says:

    The 4 incoming Village board members got there by shear numbers. More of Salem’s people than Silver Lake people available to vote.

    But that doesn’t mean that Silver Lake is lost, its just becoming a hamlet.

    That said, with a little ‘deja vu’ going in, they need to be cautioned about governing at this highest available level. Mistakes of the past can not happen again!

    This is a second chance to get things right. Don’t blow it!

  2. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha says:

    Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Bye bye Bruce and puppets!

  3. Ha-ha is... says:

    Ha-ha. Grow up!

  4. Pat Dunn says:

    I neglected to thank Sue Gerber at Wednesday night’s meeting. Without her leadership during her term as Village President none of this would have been possible! Thank you, Sue!

  5. Citizen says:

    Exactly Mr Dunn. If it was not for the incompetence of Sue Gerber, Roger Johnson, Mike Faber and their crew. We would not have ever had to challenge their management style. They were found to be incompetent and the rest is history except for them still crying over being caught.

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