Story by Lourice Angie
At the beginning of the Village of Greenwood Lake Board of Trustees meeting on Mon., Dec. 18, Mayor Jesse Dwyer declared Bernie Fink and his family as the recipients of the 2017 Citizen of the Year Award.
“Over the years that I’ve been Mayor and even before that when I was a Trustee, I’ve been very fortunate to work alongside great citizens of the community – those who are so selfless that they will literally stand ready to help without asking for anything in return,” said Mayor Dwyer.
Dwyer continued, “In some cases, these citizens come in the form of parents, troop leaders, organization officers and members, ordinary citizens and even business owners. The Village Board agrees that this business owner in particular has gone above and beyond in the many years they’ve had a business in Greenwood Lake.”
The Fink family are the owners of Greenwood True Value. Mayor Dwyer said that they have proven themselves to be a vital fiber of the community. This business has not only become a staple within Greenwood Lake for its great customer service and reliable staff, it has also become relied upon by the Village government and Village organizations such as the Scouts and Elks through countless contributions.
“Every Eagle Scout project that I’ve heard of in the past five years has been built with donated supplies from Greenwood True Value. Without question and without hesitation, Bernie and his family have proven and committed themselves to Greenwood Lake,” said Dwyer.
The Mayor called upon the entire family to come forward and receive the award.
The Fink’s were also commended by the Board for their contributions to the Greenwood Lake Bark Park. They received special recognition on behalf of Trustee Chad Sellier and the Bark Park Association who awarded the family with a Greenwood True Value Supply sign that will hang at the Bark Park.
“I’m speechless, said Fink, “and that’s unusual for me. I just want to thank everybody so much. We really feel a part of the community. We’re glad to help out, and this is what it’s about. If everybody could help each other, it makes the world a lot better place.”
HUD Grant Award
After the presentation, Mayor Dwyer announced that the Village was awarded a grant in the amount of $35,000 for the Senior Center and $40,000 for the Elks Lodge through the CDBG (Community Development Building Grant), one of HUD’s hallmark programs. The Elks Lodge serves as the Village’s emergency storm shelter and also facilitates senior luncheons at least once a month. Improvements made to the Elks Lodge will include upgrading the bathrooms to become handicap accessible.
Library has Free Access to New York Times
Trustee Katheleen Holder announced that the G.L. Library now has free access to the New York Times online with one’s library card. She also said that the G.L. Soccer Club will host its 30th Annual Tournament on Sat., Jan. 6 and on Sun., Jan. 7 at the G.L. Middle School, located at 1247 Lakes Rd. in Monroe.
Thanks Residents for Conserving Water
Trustee Thomas Howley announced that the entire Board sincerely thanks everyone on their efforts to help conserve water during the water main break that occurred at the Lions Field.
“It could have been a real catastrophe if the people didn’t step up and do their best. We’re up and running now,” said Howley.
Successful Community Fundraisers
Trustee Kelli Kelm thanked the efforts of everyone who helped out and donated to two different fundraisers – the ‘Friend in Need’ and to the ‘Santa Con’ fundraiser at the Irish Whisper.
Combined they helped raise nearly $3,000 to support a needy family during the holidays. Kelm gave special thanks to Maureen and Joe Anthony of the Irish Whisper for setting up the event, Murphy’s, Doc’s, The Helm, Emerald Point, The Rainbow, The Elks, and Greenwood Lake Taxi.
Windermere Ave. & Waterstone Rd. Sidewalk Projects
Mayor Dwyer announced that work on the Windermere Ave. sidewalk and curb replacement project has made great progress. Work has stopped for the winter months as a precaution and will continue where it left off by the spring.
The Waterstone sidewalk project is about 98% complete. Dwyer says that once the handrails are installed workers will paint white stripes in front of the concrete crosswalks.
Mayor Dwyer says they are making great progress with the new well. With the water main leak that occurred a few weeks ago, it was of critical importance that the Board receive the attention of the DEC and get the well done immediately. The DEC responded right away and issued the Village a well boring permit that will allow workers to determine the sediment structure and depth of where the water will be drawn underground.
The boring was performed on Mon., Dec. 18 and on Tues., Dec. 19. Once the borings are complete a price estimate can be calculated.
“There are many factors that will come into play,” said Dwyer, “but we’re in good shape right now so we’ll keep everybody posted.”
G.L Attorney John Buckheit has put together a draft law with all of the information obtained from the meetings and through email correspondence. At this time, the draft law was distributed to the Village Board and will be reviewed in consultation with the Village Building Inspector.
The Mayor will then determine if the draft is suitable to present to the public. If everything works as planned, the Board anticipates having a draft law by the next meeting and the public will have an opportunity to comment and discuss the proposed new law and then a public hearing will be scheduled. The draft law will be available online.
The Board would like to wish everyone a great holiday and a very Happy New Year!
Next Meeting Set for Jan. 16
The next Board meeting will be held on Tues., Jan 16 at 7 p.m. at the Village Courthouse, located at 47 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.