Wednesday evening’s Silver Lake Town Council meeting began with the council members voting, and signing in unanimous approval of a USDA grant for a new police vehicle.
The main discussion of new business centered around ordinance 11-01-14, which addressed park regulations to be put in place at Rambler Park. Regulations include no skateboards, bicycles or glass containers. Loud music and alcohol are prohibited unless a permit to do so is secured beforehand. Smoking is no longer permitted in the following areas: the bleachers, the basketball court and the playground. Town attorney Scott Reust mentioned there will be incentives in place to ensure those who receive a ticket for a park rules infraction pay their fine in a timely manner. The ordinance must have three readings before it can be passed, with Wednesday night’s being the first. That first reading was approved unanimously.
The 2015 inter-local agreement was also approved unanimously. The agreement will allow Silver Lake police officers to have access to the Kosciusko County system for computer use in their cars.
Councilman Gale Owens proposed a $250 donation to the Silver Lake Lions for a Thanksgiving donation. The amount was approved by the other council members unanimously.
Next month’s year end town council meeting was rescheduled from Dec. 10 to Dec. 17.
The council voted unanimously on a wage increase of 2.5 percent for all departments, but chose to exempt the council itself from the increase. “We make enough,” said Councilman Phil Shalley.
Department heads gave brief reports. John Conley of the fire department reported six emergency runs since the last meeting. Craig Hollopeter of the town marshal’s office reported an accident that caused an estimate $3,100 in damages to one of the department’s cars.
The meeting closed with mention Santa Claus will be visiting the old fire station, 104 N. Jefferson St., on the tentative date of Dec. 12.