Story by Lourice Angie
Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer announced at the G.L. Village Board meeting on Mon., Nov. 13 that tremendous progress has been made in identifying and tackling the pros and cons of short term rentals within the Village.
Mayor Dwyer received over 40 emails and written correspondence in regards to airbnb discussions, and the Board has listened to the different perspectives and ideas of the public at the last two Board meetings. The Mayor wants to ensure the community that any information received by the Board is shared with the public as an open process. Dwyer says the Board is not prepared to present a law as of yet. The Board will continue to research how to effectively manage these airbnb operations.
“We’re going to continue working on it. I don’t do anything rushed. It will be thorough and prepared and protect the best interest of everyone involved,” said Dwyer.
Some ideas discussed at the meeting were that fees could be determined by the amount of rooms in the rental opposed to charging every home $1,000. In addition, the Mayor announced that all short term renters will have to abide by NYS fire code based on their situations. For example, exit lights will need to be placed in the rental homes. The Board is still identifying the mandatory requirements of the NYS fire code standards, which will help determine the best solution. Mayor Dwyer says he will continue to accept emails, written ideas and concerns.
“It must be in writing. Everyone has been doing a good job with that, it’s effective and the Board is getting it,” said Dwyer.
The Board anticipates having the proposed regulation by the next general meeting. At that point a public hearing will be scheduled and the public will receive another opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns before regulations are adopted.
Windermere Ave. Sidewalks
The Windermere Ave. Sidewalk Project is back on track. For the remainder of this year, the work will continue along Windermere Ave. from Jersey Ave. and is expected to stop at Oak St., weather permitting. The Board anticipates work to continue on Windermere Ave. beginning at Oak St., next year. The project should last anywhere from two to four weeks.
New Well Project
Trustee Thomas Howley announced that the Board has been in the process of soliciting bids for the new well project. Bids were not comprehensive.
“We were unsuccessful in getting any bids back. It is an extremely difficult process,” said Dwyer.
The bid package is very complex and consists of nearly 150 pages. The project will require DEC approval because the well is located in the wetland area. Dwyer says they will give additional time for bid packages to be completed and the Board will widen the area for bid solicitation. The Board will do their best to acquire the best price for this project, and Dwyer says the project must happen before the Spring.
Dwyer announced that within the next couple of weeks residents may notice well restrictions. As of now there are currently two operational wells D & E. Well ‘E’ is the higher producing well and will need to be shut down for a week, while restorations are made to get through the winter months.
“Nothing is critical at this time. If it were we’d be calling an emergency meeting to handle the situation. I’m just keeping the Board and public apprised of the current progress being made regarding the water and the wells right now,” said Mayor Dwyer.
LED Streetlight Program
The Mayor announced that the Village qualified for four free street lights. They will switch from sodium vapor to LED street lights. The Village currently has a few installed. The difference in the LED lights is that they are much brighter and crisp. The Village will save exceptionally on energy costs. O&R is offering the Village the opportunity to replace the light fixtures at $148 a piece, a fairly low price considering that they generally go for $300 to $500 each.
The Village Board meet will be held on Mon., Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Courthouse on Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.