The "Business as Usual" Trustees

(Recently Resigned, Current and Former)

Trustee, Paul Serwatka 

(Candidate for Lakewood Village President)

Phil Stephan, Richard Ritchie and Amy Fues Odom

(Candidates for three Open Lakewood Trustee positions)


In May of 2016, trustee Paul Serwatka successfully led an effort to maintain 24-hour Police protection in our village (see links below).

 

A proposal came before the board of trustees to do away with two full time Lakewood Police Officer positions and have no police patrol in Lakewood between the hours of 2a.m. and 6a.m. Crystal Lake Police would be contracted to provide 911 coverage only. 

 

It was also "Strongly Recommended", in writing, that the cost savings in salaries for these two police officers would then be applied to the design phase of the new village hall.

(Read the "Strong Recommendation" on Page 53 of the Agenda Packet - CLICK HERE.)

 

These proposals were recommended by Manager Catherine Peterson and were fully supported by President Erin Smith, and trustee Gene Furey as well as being supported in concept by trustee Ken Santowski.  

This proposal was indeed "all set to pass." 

Trustee Paul Serwatka put out a "Call-to-Action" of this important issue, via his e-Newsletter and Social Media,  urging residents to attend this meeting.

(Read Paul's "Call-to-Action" to residents, as posted - CLICK HERE.)

 

Residents responded to this Call-to-Action and filled the room at this village board meeting. Many residents spoke out, expressing their disapproval at this proposal as well as many other recent board actions. 

President, Erin Smith and Trustee, Gene Furey had a prepared statement read IN SUPPORT OF DOING AWAY WITH THE TWO POLICE OFFICERS and having NO POLICE PATROL IN LAKEWOOD FROM 2am to 6am.  

Trustee, Ken Santowski also supported the idea of having no police patrol, but questioned the amount we would pay to Crystal Lake for responding to 911 calls, suggesting we check with other municipalities for cheaper rates. 

Thanks to Paul Serwatka's Call-to-Action, the strong resident response, and the strong disapproval voiced - this proposal was ultimately rejected and Lakewood residents were able to keep 24-hour police protection! 

Read more details of this discussion as posted - CLICK HERE. 

Recently Resigned Trustee, Ken Santowski

(Candidate for Lakewood village president)

8-Year Incumbent Trustee, Gene Furey and

Former Trustee, John Schrauf

(Both running for the open trustee positions at the request of President, Erin Smith 

 

President, Erin Smith, along with trustees, Ken Santowski and Gene Furey supported the proposal to do away with two full time Lakewood Police Officer positions and have no police patrol in Lakewood between the hours of 2a.m. and 6a.m. Crystal Lake Police would be contracted to provide 911 coverage only. 

It was "strongly recommended" that the cost savings in salaries for these two police officers would then be applied to the design phase of the new village hall.

These proposals were recommended by Manager Catherine Peterson and were fully supported by President Erin Smith, and trustee Gene Furey as well as being supported in concept by trustee Ken Santowski.  

Do YOU support having no police protection, at night, in order to help fund the designing of a new multi-million dollar village Hall? 

Which team's views on Police & Public Safety are more in line with YOURS?

Be sure to Get out and VOTE for them on APRIL 4th!

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