Story by Lourice Angie
Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer announces a new service being introduced to the community during the Village of Greenwood Lake Board meeting held on Mon., Sept. 17. This new service will ensure that people can easily keep track of everything going on in the Town of Warwick and its three Villages, Greenwood Lake, Florida and Warwick.
Burbio.com is a free new website, IOS and Android App that includes school, government, library, and community calendars, all in one place for each Village. On Burbio.com, community members can create personal event feeds and follow specific calendars of interest.
In addition, they can also add individual events to their personal calendar/phone and receive notifications if ever things change. Dwyer encourages people to sign up for free to ensure they never miss another event in the community again. All leaders of non-profit or local organizations are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with getting their events posted to Burbio.
“It’s one centralized location to keep track of all the events going on in and around Warwick. It’s free for the Village and it’s free for users. You have to be a registered and approved organization or institution within the community in order to create an event. We’re going to release the Burbio.com calendar feature within a week on Facebook, in the newspaper and in an email blast. Hopefully, we will get the information out there to the public. It’s unfortunate to hear that people still don’t know what’s going on within the community. This will allow one more opportunity to share the information” said Dwyer.
New Municipal Well
Water Operator Phil Landru reported that with summer coming to a close, the Village’s two existing wells have provided just enough to keep the storage tanks full. Landru says this would not have been possible without treatments and rehabilitation provided by subservice technology. The new municipal well has been successfully drilled and pump tested. The next phase will be the excavation process that is necessary in order to get the pipe and electric over to the plant in order to begin using the much needed water that the new well will provide. Dwyer said the Board is awaiting dry weather so that the necessary tests required by the DEC can be conducted.
Short Term Rental Update
Mayor Dwyer thanked the Warwick Town Board for adopting a mirror law on the short term legislation in the Town of Warwick.
“It’s very important for us to have consistent language and legislation to ensure that everybody is playing by the same rules and that people know what to expect across the border,” said Dwyer.
A total of 12 short term rental applications have been submitted since June, seven of which have been approved and five denied. There has been one prosecution case of someone operating without a permit. In addition to prosecuting this person for operating illegally, the Village was able to get them to pay the funds owed to the Village via escrow.
“The system seems to be working extremely well right now. We have not identified any flaws. We’ll continue to monitor it and continue to update the public on how the short term rental situation is going, but everyone seems to be pleased so far and I’m pleased as well,” said Dwyer.
Firehouse Community Center
The Village Board has worked all summer to rehab the old firehouse on Waterstone Rd. and turn it into a community teen center. Dwyer said that it is just about completed and he expects to open it as a teen center on Wed., Oct 3 for teen center night.
The community center will also be open to local organizations and local non profits (G.L. School District Organizations and nonprofits). Organizations must apply to the Village Board through the Village Clerk’s office and explain the plans for using the community center. The Board will then review paperwork.
The Teen Center will be open on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. for the younger group and from 6 to 8 p.m. for the 13 and up group.
Dwyer explained that the Village receives road paving from State bid contractors. Due to the extremely rainy weather this season these contractors are extremely busy and backed up. The Board hopes to have road paving done by the end of the year, but says if they don’t it will have to be rolled over into next year. Dwyer says he will keep the public informed by then.
CDBG 2018 Projects
Mayor Dwyer said that bid specifications for the Elks Lodge and the Senior Center still need to be reviewed by the CDBG (Community Development Block Program) before work commences. Dwyer anticipates the process will be completed within the next two weeks.
G.L. Police Chief John Hansen explained that the Village recently hired three new Police Officers. Dwyer says it’s a balancing act to keep staffing where it needs to be, but the Mayor feels they’ve hired a great group of young, active people and some who live within the community, who are all committed to staying with the department.
Chief Hansen also reported that the for the month of August the G.L. Police Department handled 1,847 complaints, made 26 arrests, issued 130 traffic tickets, issued seven parking tickets, investigated ten motor vehicle accidents, handled seven navigation complaints and issued four navigational summonses.
G.L. UFSD Contract
Mayor Dwyer announced that after meeting with the School Board to review the Policing contract, he feels everything looks good. The contract states that the Greenwood Lake Union Free School District will be charged $28 per hour for police staffing. Dwyer reported that it will not cost them or the Village any more. The wage will cover ammunition, training and other costs. There are already two officers who are dedicated to staffing the G.L. Elementary School. Dwyer is currently awaiting the signatures of the Board.
Water Bills Sent Out
G.L. Village Clerk Patricia Olsen announced that water bills were sent out on Fri., Sept. 14. Anyone who has not received their water bill is urged to contact the Town Hall and a copy of the bill will be made available to them. Anyone having questions or concerns about water bills or payments can call the Village Clerk at 477-9215.
Trustee Chad Sellier reported that for the month of August, the Building Department took in $4,500, highlighted by 28 building permits issued, 20 septic letters sent out, 17 rental inspections completed and 11 inspection letters sent out.
The next Board meeting will be held on Mon., Oct 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Courthouse, located at 47 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake NY.