Story by Lourice Angie
The Greenwood Lake Village board met for their final general meeting of the year on Mon., Nov. 28. A number of lake issues were brought up in old business.
Water System/Lead & Copper
Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer announced that an abbreviated flush of the lake was performed due to the lack of water. During the last few months, the Village has slowly administered the water treatment chemical poly-orthophosphate into the lake. The Board is satisfied with the results of the lead and copper levels so far. Dwyer described the changes as being drastic. There will be further samples and testing done to the water in the lake in order to show and compare the positive changes. The board will continue to monitor the chemical treatment process in the lake daily throughout the next year and will ultimately determine if a stronger dosage will be required or if continuing the treatment will be needed any further.
Lake Management Drawdown
By now, many residents have noticed that a five foot drawdown of the lake was done back in October and was originally anticipated to remain that way until Feb., 15, 2017. With the precipitation and the weather not being where it was originally anticipated to be, the Lake’s Commission will meet on Wed., Dec. 21 at the G.L. Senior Center, located at 132 Windermere Ave. The meeting will focus on evaluating the drought and deciding if the Commission will close the dam and begin refilling the lake by Jan. 1, which is likely with the permission of the DEP.
Residents should be aware that the lake will not fill up overnight and even if it rains, it may take a few months to fill up. Mayor Dwyer urges anyone who has plans to do repairs or any needed work to their docks, etc. to do so immediately.
West Arm Sediment Removal
The Mayor announced that he had several meetings set up throughout the week with different contractors to discuss and determine the winner of the open bid for sediment removal in the west arm of the lake. Dwyer anticipates the work will begin in mid-December and will only take a few weeks to complete.
The Board then moved on to new business which included water bills, wells and leaf removal. Some residents found that their monthly water bills were higher than usual. The Mayor announced they are currently looking into the water bill issues and that all late fees will be waived.
Bids for Well Project
Beginning in January 2017, Mayor Dwyer will begin collecting bids for a well project in G.L. The plan is to create an additional well for the Village. Dwyer explained that the two wells the Village currently uses will not suffice and that adding another well will ensure that the two current wells will not become over stressed and will continue to function properly.
“It is a very competitive process,” said the Mayor, but he anticipates selecting his bid choice and announcing it by the next board meeting in January. The project is anticipated to be started and completed by June 2017. Although the project is costly, Dwyer explained that there are sufficient funds to cover the costs and that the funds are there for those purposes.
Leaf Pick Up
The Department of Public Works will pick up leaves for the remainder of the week, unless there is snow. Dwyer reminded property owners that if they have trees that still have leaves falling, they are responsible for picking up and bagging the leaves properly. Pick up of leaf bags and yard waste will then resume in April of 2017.
There will be no board meeting in December. The next meeting will be held on Tues., Jan., 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Courthouse, located at 47 Waterstone Rd., preceded by a 6:30 p.m. workshop.