At the July monthly meeting of the Greenwood Lake Bi-State Commission, one of its original members, George Vurno, of Warwick, resigned his position as the co-chairman from New York. Floyd DeAngelo, from the Village of Greenwood Lake and representing Orange County on the Commission, was nominated and by unanimous vote was elected to replace Commissioner Vurno as the NY co-chairman.
The Commission thanked Commissioner Vurno for his many years of work and dedication and looks forward to his continued input to the Commission’s efforts to improve the environmental and economic health of Greenwood Lake.
Floyd DeAngelo, a member of the Warwick Town Board and a resident of the Village of Greenwood Lake, brings many years of community service, along with several years experience as a Commissioner to his position as NY co-chairman. The Commission is very happy to have someone of Floyd’s ability, love and concern for Greenwood Lake to be serving as its NY co-chair.
Stump Reduction Project Begins
The Commission also announces that the stump reduction project will commence on Wed., Aug. 9 or Thurs., Aug. 10 in the area on the west side of Fox Island and near Sportsmans and Moosehead Marina’s.
In an RFP (Request for Proposal) that was issued earlier this year, the project was awarded to a company from Georgia which is able to cut the stumps while under water. The 1,000 to 1,200 stumps that remain were from the trees being cut for the expansion of Greenwood Lake about 180 years ago. This project to reduce the remaining stumps will complete efforts started in 2007, when the Commission was able to reduce some 2,000 stumps after receiving $100,000 from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).
The Commission and the surrounding communities are thankful to NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin and his staff for obtaining the $84,350 needed to complete this ten year project. Reducing the stumps to lakebed levels clears major obstacles that have presented a dangerous safety issue for swimmers, skiers, tubers, and boaters. By cutting the stumps, that area of the Lake will have two to three feet of additional unobstructed water for everyone to enjoy, without the fear of being hurt or damaging boats.
The project is estimated to take up to two weeks to complete, with the contractor likely to be working from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. The Commission asks boaters to use the east side of Fox Island when boating in the New Jersey area of Greenwood Lake during the length of this project. If it is necessary to boat on the west side of Fox Island, proceed with caution and boat at a very slow speed.