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Friday, December 31, 2010

From the CWL Newsletter...CPAC

CPAC – Its Beginning

The Candlewick Political Action Committee (CPAC) produced some major accomplishments for CWL in its early years. After achieving major goals, CPAC remained dormant for several years. In 2008 CPAC was reactivated under new leadership. It was dissolved in November 2010 and its remaining funds, which were earned during its early years, of approximately $1700 were donated to the Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry.

This article aims to convey a brief account and recognize those responsible for one of CPAC’s early achievements.

CPAC was founded in 1995 by a group of dedicated property owners who took action primarily to resolve a crucial problem affecting our lake. Consumers Illinois Water Company effluent was being discharged directly into Candlewick Lake. Recreational use of the lake was greatly damaged as a result.

The future of CWL as a community was seriously threatened by the prospect of a deteriorated lake. The problem could be resolved by discharging effluent into Beaver Creek rather than the lake but the Boone County Board voted against it.

These CWL property owners determined the best way to resolve the crisis and receive fair and equal treatment was to pursue representation on the Boone County Board. Getting CWL candidates elected to the County Board was crucial.

A well designed action plan was implemented. CPAC volunteers established a network to keep the people of Candlewick Lake informed and involved. Community support was vital. Committee members were sought for each of the 11 units of CWL to take responsibility for relaying information quickly and effectively to their neighbors.

Candidate forums were well organized to benefit CWL residents with an opportunity to question those running for elected office.

CPAC also needed funding. Concerned residents worked diligently and creatively to organize fund raising events and promote community interest. Fund raisers included fall festivals, bake sales, pancake breakfasts, chili dinners, and auctions. Some local businesses donated merchandise for resale at auctions.

These fund raisers proved successful ventures. CPAC achieved a year end balance of $4,047 its first year.

The unified community effort succeeded. Two CWL residents ran for office and were elected to the Boone County Board. These political victories accomplished the goal of providing representation and fair treatment for CWL. Subsequently, the County Board approved discharging Consumers effluent into Beaver Creek. Candlewick Lake was preserved to become the recreational lake it is today.

Records are not available to adequately recognize all the many people who worked together in this endeavor, but our thanks and appreciation goes out to each and every one of you.

Written by Mary Budreau, edited by Sandy Morse

Docmentation of CPAC’s beginning, courtesy of Mary Lou Brooks

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Holiday Card warm up for By-Laws

The revised CWL Association By-Laws are scheduled to be mailed out sometime in January for your consideration and vote. This self-spoofing Holiday Card by a prestigious law firm may serve as a light warm up:

Manatt Holiday Card

Hat Tip to ProfessorBainbridge.com

Randy Budreau

Help for those in need

I for one did not realize the Food Pantry did more than supply food and clothing. It appears there are more needed services available for those going through hard times. It is a fine organization.
Ken Dillenburg

The Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry is a one-stop shop for those underprivileged in the Boone County area. We seek to serve all residents who fall below the poverty guidelines established by the Department of Human Services. We offer a Job Readiness Program to assist in making our clients employable. We have also worked hard to develop meaningful relationships with outside agencies that work with us to provide services such as mental healthcare, nutritional information, and assistance applying for state aid.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Belvidere in dire straits

The Rockford Register-Star’s story by Betsy Lopez Fritscher reports Belvidere will be forced to use their utility tax revenues to pay salaries instead of using the funds for road work. Their general fund will be short $845,000 in operating funds so more cuts are necessary. The article excerpt below also points out more problems for Belvidere. Just like Boone County, police cuts are coming.

“Five police officers and four firefighters will be lost in the coming fiscal year. Positions lost to retirements in other departments will not be filled.”
“The potential loss of five police officers would have a dramatic impact on the city’s ability to police our community,” said police Chief Jan Noble after the meeting. “It’s been talked about, but I just wasn’t sure if it was going to be five or four or three. There will be a lot of debate between now and May 1.”

These are things to remember when considering whether we would be better off than Belvidere or Boone County if we were to become a municipality. Vote NO when you receive the incorporation survey that will soon be coming. We need to remain a secure gated community.

Ken Dillenburg

Monday, December 27, 2010

Neighborhood watch information

This is the email Bev Gaddis sent out to the neighborhood watch participants…

Today I added my name to the list of problems reported to the PS and
Sheriff--Seems I am missing 3 of my Decorations:
a gingerman-a soldier-and a Mr. Snowman--they left Mrs. Snowman
The sheriff did recover the gingerman and he is lighted
again. HAPPY HOLIDAY!!!!!!

Be sure to put identifying marks on your decorations. Bev

Sheriff’s report
Here are the only thing related to NHW we have had in CWL recently:

> 12-11-10 last month/unknown time 200 blk Brandywine Dr. vacant house—attached garage entered and door leading to house damaged in apparent attempt to break into house

> Happy Holidays!

posted by Ken Dillenburg

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Your Sunday smile...

A minister in Florida lamented that it was difficult to get his message across to his congregation. "It's so beautiful here in the winter," he said, "that heaven doesn't interest them. And it's so hot here in the summer that hell doesn't scare them."

posted by Ken Dillenburg