Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka suggests residents might be interested in a proposal to have Crystal Lake Police answer calls from 2 to 6 AM with money saved to be used to plan a new village hall in this email:
I wanted to take a minute to call your attention to an agenda item that will be voted on at tomorrow’s (Tuesday, May24th) village board meeting.
The meeting will be held at 7pm at Redtail Golf Club.
“Agenda Item for Discussion #7” – is a motion to approve an agreement for police calls between our village and Crystal Lake Police Dept. (Details can be found on page 51 of the board packet at the link below)
The issue at hand is, essentially, this:
Two of Lakewood’s police officers have recently retired.
Rather than replacing these officers with new hires (full or part-time), it is being proposed that the village forgo hiring replacements and instead, have no police officers on staff between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m..
During these hours, any calls for police would go to Crystal Lake Police and CLPD would in turn respond.
While, the public safety concerns of having no police patrol in the middle of the night are obvious. This proposal opens the door to many other discussions as well.
There is no one more fiscally conservative on this village board than I.
That being said, when it comes to Public Safety, particularly Emergency Medical, Police and Fire Service, I believe fiscal issues must take a back seat to any legitimate safety concerns.
On top of these concerns, and perhaps even most troubling, to me, is that it is being proposed and “strongly recommended” that any funds saved by not filling these police patrol positions, be directed toward paying for the designing of the NEW VILLAGE HALL.
I encourage you to attend tomorrow’s meeting (Tuesday, May 24th at 7pm. at Redtail Golf Club). If you are not able to attend, please feel free to share any thoughts, questions or concerns with me and I will be sure to voice them at the meeting.