A letter to the editor of the Northwest Herald on September 29th from David P. Albers suggested consolidation of Lakewood with Crystal Lake. Mr. Albers lives on the far eastern edge of Crystal Lake near Route 31.
That spurred Lakewood Village President to write the following email, which I finally found in my promotion section:
Before I begin, I want to make abundantly clear, that my purpose in this communication is ONLY to share with residents what has been communicated to, and asked of, me my a number of residents and to pose the question to a more vast number of residents for YOUR input.
I assure you, I AM IN NO WAY SUGGESTING ANYTHING – AND NOTHING IS BEING PLANNED OR EVEN CONTEMPLATED.
I am only looking for direction from residents, so as to better serve you… Nothing more!
The Issue at Hand
About the time we began campaigning for our most recent village election, a number of residents had asked my thoughts on, (some even suggested) Lakewood’s consolidation/merging with the City of Crystal Lake.
Since being elected president of our village, I have had this idea thrown at me probably no less than a couple of dozen times. That said, I have also heard some very frank, very forbidding words as to the notion of even thinking about merging our village with Crystal Lake.
At one neighborhood gathering, a few neighbors brought up this topic. A discussion ensued and quickly escalated. The polarizing effect of this subject matter became quite evident, and quite quickly!
Today, I was notified by several Lakewood residents, of a “Letter To The Editor” published in this morning’s Northwest Herald suggesting that Lakewood merge with Crystal Lake. The letter suggests that their would be a substantial savings to residents due to the economies of scale that one would expect from such a consolidation. You can read this letter by simply clicking on the link below:
I will say now, what I said months ago, and have said many times in between… I don’t know if it would be of benefit to Lakewood residents to merge with Crystal Lake or not. Nor do I have any particular desire to do so. But, if it is something that residents, as a whole, would like to explore, we can.
What I do know, is that even if we did explore the potential benefits of such a consolidation, and if we decided it was something residents wished to pursue – to even consider this, my understanding is that it would require being done by referendum, at the ballot box.
All that said, I am looking for some direction from residents…
I have created a survey, to better gauge resident sentiment on this issue in order to determine if this may be something we should even begin exploring further.
You will find the survey located under the “Community Resource Corner” located on the Upper Right of the Homepage at: www.LakewoodTaxFighter.com . or by clicking the link below:
Your email replies are alway welcome, but, your response to this electronic survey will be electronically tabulated and will definitely help to provide a better picture of resident sentiment.
I also ask you to keep in mind, that I now receive numerous emails and calls which are getting more and more difficult to field and return.
I hope you will take a minute to participate in this survey. I hope you will also encourage other Lakewood friends and neighbors to participate (and to subscribe to this Newsletter!) as well.
As always, your thoughts, questions and concerns are always welcome and always valued.
For a better Lakewood.