Story by Lourice Angie
At the beginning of the Greenwood Lake Commission meeting on Wed., Feb. 28 in Greenwood Lake NY, Treasurer Dale Van Nimwegen provided the details of the monthly financial report. Van Nimwegen reported that for the year to date, the commission is slightly ahead in administrative expenses compared to last year.
The raise in expenses includes the cost of the renewal for the commission’s liability policy, in the amount of $1,100, and a bill of approximately $200, incurred from purchasing legal ads.
The Lakeland Bank account balance is currently at $22,958.75 and the Sterling Bank account has a balance of $39,859.85, bringing the current total bank amount to $62,818.60. This includes some checks written that have not yet cleared.
Van Nimwegen also announced that she has started to work on the annual report. To this end, she met earlier this month with members of the steering committee to provide information needed to complete the report. She anticipates having a draft of the report by the next commission meeting in March.
Potential Grant Funding
Co-chair of the commission, Paul Zarrillo, announced that he met with New Jersey Congressman Josh Gottheimer and two of his top aides a few weeks ago.
Zarrillo said that with help from the Congressman they are trying to obtain more information on grants that may be available. Gottheimer may also provide someone to guide the commission on the best terminology to use in searching, and the best locations in which to find available grants. “I’m optimistic that we might be able to get some help out of them,” said Zarrillo.
After seeking funding from Trenton they were told there was nothing currently available. Zarrillo said he feels that at this point they need to hire someone who could find available grants. “We have to get it done, and if it doesn’t get done we’ll be in the same position for years.” said Zarrillo. Van Nimwegan added that first they would need to see what is available. Once they‘ve acquired that knowledge, then they could potentially hire someone to seek grants for future projects.
Office Space Needed
Zarrillo announced at the meeting that it looks as if the commission will be losing their current office space in Hewitt, NJ. Zarillo said he has spent many hours searching, and has already viewed nearly seven office spaces in the last week.
“It looks like there isn’t anything worthwhile that’s available between $750 to $1,100 a month. The commission would have decide what they are going to do. HEAP would provide up to $300 to $350 a month but the Commission would be responsible for the remaining balance.” Commissioners shared ideas and different views on the situation and Commissioner Floyd DeAngelo encouraged them all to take action by making phone calls and getting help in locating a new space.
Zarrillo also announced that the commission is moving forward with the geese program. There is money in the bank account to move forward with the program. The cost will be roughly $22,000. The plan is to capture goose eggs and oil the eggs. It is estimated that this should be done for two to three years and then followed up with a maintenance program that would cost anywhere from three to six thousand dollars. A recent survey produced an estimate of roughly 350 geese.
RFP Stump Fields
The commission has received two bids for the stump field project. The first was from Stump Buster and the second was from B&B Construction in Upper Greenwood Lake. Zarrillo says the bids will be reviewed and the project will be examined by next week.
Boat Safety Course
Zarrillo reported that there were 26 attendees at the boat course and the Commission took in $2,080. After deducting costs in the amount of $1,186.76, the total surplus was $893.29. Zarillo says he has thought of seeking sponsors that could potentially help fund the boat safety course.
“Some of the local businesses have showed interest in the idea,” said Zarrillo. “My thought was that if we do this, we could contact all the Marina owners and businesses around the lake.”
Next G.L. Commission Meeting
The next commission meeting will be held on Wed., Mar 28 at 7 p.m. in the West Milford Library, located at 1470 Union Valley Rd. in West Milford, NJ.