SILVER LAKE — The 2018 Silver Lake budget public hearing took place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, and was immediately followed by the regular town council meeting.
Issues with parking violations were discussed at length.
New parking lines have been painted at Rambler Park, which is located behind the old Lake Township school building. It was pointed out that, rather than parking between the painted lines like they are supposed to, many residents are ignoring this and parking across the lines in the opposite direction.
“We spent a lot of time and trouble getting it sealed and getting the lines painted, and I think we need to have people parking the correct way,” said Council President Chad Miner.
An amendment to ordinance 10-01-17 was approved at the meeting, which states that no person shall park any vehicle in any public parking area except between the painted lines that are clearly marked for such use. Violators are subject to penalties.
Silver Lake Street and Sewer Superintendent JT Prater advised there are also numerous residents living by the lake who are continuing to park vehicles in the street. Prater advised that with leaf season arriving soon, the vehicles parked in the street make it difficult to drive the town dump truck through that area. Prater advised he feels this matter needs to be addressed.
Prater also pointed out that several vehicles in town do not have proper license plates, stating that one vehicle has plates that expired two years ago.
“It’s not getting taken care of,” said Prater. Council members discussed issuing citations, requesting that Silver Lake Town Marshal Jason McGlennen check into this further.
Silver Lake Fire Chief John Conley stated that Kosciusko County has begun the process to update the current Kosciusko County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. Conley said they would welcome input from the public.
“Get online and take the survey,” Conley advised, “Otherwise it’s only going to be a few people deciding whether or not you have hazards in your area.” The link to the survey can be found on the Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page.
Silver Lake Volunteer Fire Department is encouraging families to practice fire safety for fire prevention week, Oct. 8-14, by planning evacuation routes for their homes.
This year’s theme, “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out,” reminds Hoosiers that seconds can mean the difference between safety and a tragedy.
SLVFD is currently selling tickets for a gun raffle. Ticket holders will have a chance to win either a Remingtion 870 or an Olympic Arms Plinker Plus Flat Top. Tickets may be purchased from Silver Lake firefighters. The cost is 20.00 per ticket. Eagle Creek Firearms, Warsaw, will be supplying the guns and handling paper work for the winners.
Clerk-Treasurer Tonya Conley informed council members that she and council member Phil Shalley met with the DNR about installation of a sediment trap at the canal in Silver Lake. Conley is in the process of obtaining quotes.
Silver Lake Water Department Superintendent Joey McNeal informed council members that the touchscreen at the water plant, which is used to control pressure, went out and needs replaced. McNeal obtained two quotes, with the lower quote submitted by Herrman & Goetz, Inc., South Bend, who originally put the screen in. Council members approved the purchase of a replacement screen for $3,600 from Herrman & Goetz, Inc.
The Silver Lake Lions Club will be hosting a costume contest at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the Silver Lake Conservation Building, located at the corner of West Sycamore and Elm streets. Cash prizes will be given to children and adults, and refreshments will be served.
A veteran memorial dedication ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Memory Park, 114 S. Jefferson St., Silver Lake.
In other news:
- Silver Lake trick-or-treat hours will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Oct. 31. A harvest celebration will be held during trick-or-treat hours at the old fire station in Silver Lake.
- The 2018 budget adoption meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25.
- The next regular meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8.