Story by Shelley R. Clapper
Greenwood Lake Commissioner and Treasurer Dale Van Nimwegen provided the financial report of the Commission at their meeting on Thurs., Jan. 25 in West Milford, NJ. Van Nimwegen reported that there is a balance of $22,550.32 in the Lakeland Bank account and a balance of $41,356.00 in the Sterling Bank Account. The total cash in the bank at present is $63,906.32.
Van Nimwegen also provided the budget for 2018. The total expenditures are estimated to be $117,000. The major expenses in the budget are lake and watershed projects at an estimated cost of $95,000. Other Commission expenses include advertising, insurance, office, and general administrative expenses, postage and shipping, subcontractors, the weed harvester expenses, and legal and professional fees.
Procuring State Specific Funding
The commissioners agreed that the status of the Commission as a bi-state organization could prove a liability in procuring funding. For example, a New Jersey senator may be less likely to seek funding for the Commission if he knows that the money will be used in New York and vice versa.
The idea of forming an LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) for each state was discussed during the meeting. The purpose of the LLCs would be to secure state and/or county funds for state specific projects. In addition, it would be IRS compliant fundraising. Van Nimwegen said that the initial cost of forming an LLC in New York would be $300 to $520 and in New Jersey it would cost $175 to $375.
“We don’t have to vote on this tonight but I really do think it could be used as a tool. We can revisit this at the next meeting,” said Van Nimwegen.
Social Media for Funding & Lobbying
Van Nimwegen also presented the idea of establishing a social media platform for Commission communications, funding and lobbying. She suggested that Facebook could be used for this purpose.
“The benefit to us is to get people to subscribe and by lobbying politicians to get funding for the Commission,” said Van Nimwegen.
She suggested that setting up a Go-Fund-Me account could be another tool used for funding and that the Commission become more creative in getting funding to benefit the lake.
Commissioner Eric Pain, the representative from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, reported that the level of the lake was at ten feet and three inches and covered with ice.
At the meeting the new commissioner, Jonathan Brett, was introduced. Brett said that he was the third generation in his family to live by the lake and that he is interested in improving the quality of the lake.
The next Commission meeting will be held on Wed., Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the G.L. Senior Center, located at 132 Windermere Ave. in Greenwood Lake.