Village President Paul Serwatka offers the following:
A Brief Update and a “You Should Know”
I wanted to provide a brief update on our continued flood mitigation efforts.
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Late Thursday night, I reported that prior to deploying the semi-tankers last Saturday, our wet-well was near the 17 ft. mark. I was told that the 13 ft. mark is the “Danger Level” with regards to sewage back-up into homes. Thursday evening, after all supplementary pumping ceased for the evening , we were at just over 14 ft.
Today (Friday) at 4:30pm, while all supplementary pumps were running, we were below 7 ft.. At approximately 6:00pm, our wastewater supervisor gave the “okay” to begin using water, toilets, showers again SPARINGLY.
At approximately 7:00pm we ceased pumping into Crystal Lake and continued only with the semi-tankers. An hour later we rose to 8 ft. We stopped the tankers tonight at 10:00pm and levels eventually rose to 10 ft.
We will resume pumping into Crystal Lake’s system at 7:30am (saturday) and anticipate that this should be our final day of pumping to achieve normal pre-flood levels.
Please continue to SHARE these newsletters and encourage neighbors to be added to the distribution list by emailing their name and address. I share MUCH pertinent village information that the website does not.
Please continue to also monitor the village website for updates: (The site is currently down as I write this at 1:00 am)
I will update you more tomorrow.
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If you have already met our VERY new, temporary, Chief Administrative Officer, Julie (Heather) Meister, then you know what an absolutely wonderful human being she is.
Julie (Heather) is not only a Lakewood resident, but, she is dedicated, she is compassionate, she is selfless and she is generous. She truly has what I refer to as a servants heart.
We recently brought Julie (Heather) on as a temporary consultant to re-organize our village administration and create a more streamlined, cost-effective, efficient village government. She did an incredible job of it, that I will brag about at another time, but, I really want everyone to the following about her now!
In her 4 weeks as our hired consultant, Julie (Heather) earned a salary, as agreed upon by our board, of $10,900.
Julie (Heather) was present at our most recent village board meeting, including the two hours of public discussion of all the horror stories from those devastated by this crisis.
She then gave a short presentation of her recommended organizational changes, as she was scheduled to.
Julie (Heather), then, announced that she wished to forego her entire month’s salary of $10,900 and instead have her salary be placed into a “flood recovery fund” to help expedite getting these families back together, back in their homes and back into their lives.
Julie (Heather) has since been out and about the east side coordinating and volunteering, sometimes until after 10:00pm, and then working at home past midnight (Thursday night she and I collaborated past 2:00am) to find additional resources and toward developing disaster plans moving forward.
When you meet Julie (Heather), please take a minute to thank her, hug her and let her know how very appreciated she is.
(I’m too tired to proof read this, so please forgive any typos/bad grammar.)