Story by Shelley R. Clapper
The Greenwood Lake Village Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Tues., Feb. 21, preceded by a Board workshop. During the work session, Mayor Jesse Dwyer shared a brief outline of the plans for the upcoming Hoboken Film Festival. The Village of Greenwood Lake will host the festival from Fri., May 19 to Thurs., May 25.
The main film festival venue will be a 160 foot by 50 foot enclosed tent on the beach at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. The tent will have flooring and stadium style seating for 600 to 800 people.
A second venue for the festival will be the Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge. There will also be another tent with round tables and a clear view of the lake with food items, such as popcorn, will be sold. The Village will also rent soda vending machines. Mayor Dwyer explained that selling food items is where the Village will make money and the profits will offset the costs of the festival.
Traffic at the Film Festival
Mayor Dwyer said that they are expecting 6,000 to 10,000 visitors at the festival. During the festival only local traffic will be allowed. Visitors will come down Windermere Ave. in shuttle buses to the admission gate. There will be a red carpet that the producers and directors will walk down.
“The overall plan is in place,” said Dwyer. “It is the first time that I have planned a film festival. It has been quite challenging and a difficult process…I will now start putting it out for public notice.” He also said that he needs volunteers.
Eagle Scout Plans Police Memorial
At the beginning of the workshop, Vincent Carney presented the plans for his Eagle Scout project to the Board. Carney’s plan is to build a law enforcement memorial behind the court building. He said that both his parents work for the New York Police Department.
The memorial would be made from bricks and would be in the shape of a police shield. He will build the memorial with help from fellow scouts. He first needs to get approval from the Eagle Board for his project and based on that approval, he can begin raising money. Carney hopes to have the project completed by the end of the summer. The motion was approved by the Board.
Water Quality Studies
Colonel Graham, who is the chief scientist at West Point, gave a presentation to the Board on the water quality studies of Greenwood Lake. He was joined by his daughter, Heather, who is an intern at the Marine Science Program at the University of Connecticut. Graham said that Peter Anderson, a New York Maritime graduate and Scripps Institute engineer, had also volunteered his time with the collection of the water samples. Colonel Graham said that they are partnering with the Village to conduct water studies on the north part of the lake. Graham said their testing cost approximately $80, a fraction of what Montclair University charged last year. Graham’s plan includes providing simple sampling litmus tests to elementary and middle school students in the Greenwood Lake School District.
The tests show that the Ph, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate and hardness were all within tolerable levels, however she said that the ammonia levels in the north pond and west arm are higher than the rest of the lake. Colonel Graham acknowledged that the ammonia levels are disturbing. He will do soil sampling near the Sterling Forest Area to determine if it is coming from there.
Mayor Dwyer asked how the high ammonia levels can be counteracted. Graham replied that they need to find the source of the ammonia and possibly do dredging to counteract it, adding that this scientific data will help the Village get funding.
Mayor Dwyer thanked Colonel Graham for his efforts to put together a team of knowledgeable volunteers to determine the best course of action to protect the lake.
Copper & Lead in the Water System
The Village received a letter from the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the lead and copper levels in the water. The lead levels meet the DOH requirements but copper levels are above the required limits. Dwyer said that the Village will be using soda ash, a non-harmful chemical, to reduce the copper levels.
Lake Management Plan
Mayor Dwyer commended the Greenwood Lake drawdown, which began last October and ended early on Jan. 1 instead of the original end date of Feb. 15. Dwyer believes that the marinas and businesses around the lake will have a high enough level of water when the boating season begins at the end of May.
“We did all the work we needed to on the North East arm and we are still doing work near DeFeo’s Marina,” said Dwyer.
Windermere Ave. Sidewalks
Mayor Dwyer reported that work on the Village sidewalks would be done in the spring. Bids will be available for pick up on Wed., Mar. 1 and packets are due back on Thurs., Mar. 24.
New Municipal Well
Mayor Dwyer addressed the project of installing the new municipal well, explained that they would need to do a survey first with Orange and Rockland to determine that the well will be placed an acceptable distance from gas and water lines.
There will be a three-phase bidding process: first, there will be a bid for the drillers; second, there will be a bid for the water output testing; and third, there will be a bid for tying the well to surrounding structures such as the trench and the electrical boxes. This third bid is the most expensive process of the project.
Dwyer explained that the Board does not need public approval. They only need approval from the DOH and the D.E.C. Dwyer added that the Village will be allocating reserve funds from the 2018 budget for this project.
In other matters of old business, Building Inspector Dody Nicholas has resigned. Dwyer announced that the position will be filled with a part-time building inspector, who will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
In addition, the Village will advertise for a part-time secretary to fill in the other hours. Dwyer indicated that another day can be added for the inspector as the heavier building season approaches. The Village will be saving $25,000 by not having a full-time building inspector.
In matters of new business, Dwyer said that the annual Greenwood Lake Fireworks will take place on Sat., Jul. 8 with a rain date of Sat., Jul. 15.
The next Village Board meeting will be held on Mon., Mar. 20 at 7.30 p.m., preceded by a workshop at 6.30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Courthouse, located at 47 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.