Story by Lourice Angie
Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer opened the Village Board meeting on Mon., May 15 by thanking Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Town Councilman Floyd DeAngelo, and the Department of Public Works employees for all their support with the preparations for the Hoboken International Film Festival (HIFF).
“Thank you all very much for the hospitality in using your park for this festival and all of the support you’ve provided,” said Mayor Dwyer.
He also thanked Village of Greenwood Lake Police Chief John Hansen for his help in addressing the traffic situation and his efforts to gather Town of Warwick police officers and Deputy Sheriffs to help offset the costs for policing the event. Chief Hansen gave special recognition to Town of Warwick Police Chief Tom McGovern, and to Lt. John Rader. The festival will be fully staffed.
Film Festival Parking & Events
As Dwyer previously promised local residents in the neighboring areas during the initial planning process of the film festival, there will be minimal impact to them. Both Windermere Ave. and Greenwood Parks will be closed to visitor parking. Cars that are parked on the shuttle travel route from Hazen to Murray to Windermere Ave. will be towed.
“Not only is this a public transportation issue, this is a public safety issue,” said Dwyer.
There are three designated “walk from here” locations. CVS has offered a section of their parking lot, which is approximately a 12 minute walk to festival grounds. The lot across from the Courthouse, located on Church St., has also been designated, which is a seven minute walk. Lastly, if spots are available at the Park and Ride lot, located across the street from the Country Grocery, this is also a seven minute walk.
Shuttle service will be offered at the American Legion, located at 40 Mountain Lakes Ln., every 25 to 30 minutes. The Mayor urges residents and members of the public to be at the shuttle one hour before their movie of choice start time.
The entire list of films showing at the beach during the film festival can be found on HIFF’s website. Village residents will receive a half-off discount on their movie ticket purchases.
There is a component of the film festival called ”Restaurant Row” which will be equipped with a cash bar and popcorn available inside the tent. There will be eight vendors. Lunch dinner, beer and wine will be available to guests.
Water System/Lead & Copper
Mayor Dwyer announces that fortunately both additions that were added to the water treatment process did not have an adverse reaction on the water. Greenwood Lake Water Consultant Phil Andrew discussed that another full round of samples will be collected during the month of June. Dwyer said that they will continue to closely monitor these samples and the results.
It was also announced at the Board meeting that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has fully approved the application to continue the use of herbicide to treat the lake area North of the Rte. 17A bridge and closer to the wetland area, allowing them to move into some of the North arm of the lake. Mayor Dwyer said that educating the public and keeping them aware of changes and information the Village receives is a priority.
“What we’re doing,” said Dwyer, “seems to be slowing down the immediate rapid weed growth in the treated part of the lake, which is critical.”
There is no evidence of weed growth in the main body of the lake right now so the Board will wait until there are signs of growth to use the herbicide Aquathol K, which is more of a contact herbicide and will also take care of the lily pads which have become quite a nuisance within the last few years.
Windermere Ave. Sidewalks
The Board opened a public bid for the Windermere Ave. Sidewalk Project on Thurs., May 4. The lowest qualified bidder was Precise Enterprises Limited. They will be awarded the bid and begin replacing the sidewalks from Jersey Ave. to Oak St. in the Village.
The project will commence immediately after the Greenwood Lake Street Fair on Sat., Jun. 10 and is anticipated to be completed before the Fourth of July fireworks and parade on Sat., Jul. 8.
The Mayor is looking forward to the completion of this project and says it will help make the sidewalks safer for local residents, pedestrians and businesses.
Next Board Meeting
The next board meeting will be held on Mon., Jun. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Courthouse, located at 47 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.