Story by Lourice Angie
The Greenwood Lake Board of Trustees met on Mon., Apr. 3 for their annual reorganization meeting. Mayor Jesse Dwyer serves with current Board Trustees Katheleen Holder, Thomas Howley, Kelli Kelm and Chad Sellier
Appointments for the year 2017-18 are:
Mayor Jesse Dwyer: Police Department Liaison, Municipal Water Liaison, Economic Development, Greenwood Lake Coalition, Admin/Finance/Budget, and Greenwood Lake Commission.
Trustee Katheleen Holder: Recreation Programs, Library Liaison, Health and Wellness, Community Organizations, and School Board Liaison.
Trustee Thomas Howley: Police Department Liaison, Municipal Water Liaison, Public Safety Liaison, Fire/Ambulance Liaison, and Public Works Liaison.
Trustee Kelli Kelm: Deputy Mayor, Recreation Programs, Chamber of Commerce, Greenwood Lake Coalition, Senior Citizen Liaison, and Marriage Officer.
Trustee Chad Sellier: Building Department Liaison, Planning Board Liaison, Village Code Committee, Zoning Board Liaison, Revit Liaison, and Economic Development.
Other appointments made include: Patricia Olsen, Village Clerk; Elizabeth Farrell, Deputy Clerk; John L. Buckheit, Village Attorney; Bruce Dunn, ZBA Attorney; Alyse Terhune, Planning Board Attorney; Eileen Astorino, Registrar Vital Statistics and Town of Warwick Clerk; Daniel Walsh, Acting Village Justice; Rev. Robert Sweeney, Chaplain; Richard Hubner, Assessor; Kathleen Rousseau, Court Clerk; Donna Garley, Senior Citizens Director; Michael Richardson, Labor Consultant; the Warwick Valley Dispatch, Official Newspaper, Alfred Fusco, Jr., Building Inspector; John Hansen, Village Chief of Police; Long Pond Water Works, Water Plant Operator; Interstate Waste, Garbage and Refuse; Sterling National, Bank Depository; Robert Zimmer, Planning Board Chairman; and Diane Bramich, Zoning Board Chairperson. The official meeting dates for the Board of Trustees are the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
Water System/Lead & Copper
Mayor Dwyer announced that the Village had received all of the necessary parts needed for the use of soda ash and that those parts are currently being implemented. The plans are to address and reduce the copper corrosion issues within the next few weeks. Dwyer anticipates targeting the issue by introducing the soda ash and having the results by the next round of testing.
After receiving a notice from the DEC to discontinue the use of the algaecide copper sulfate, the Village will be sending out letters to residents living along the lake within the next week or so. The new and updated herbicide notification letter will indicate the use of a new herbicide that will be used in place of the pentahydrate copper sulfate.
The Greenwood Lake fireworks will be held at the Thomas P. Morahan Park on Sat., Jul. 8. Dwyer is very pleased that the event is growing and getting better each year.
“The fireworks are bringing a lot more people into Greenwood Lake, but along with that come the challenges of parking and pedestrian traffic, which could present potential dangers for people who are walking around,” said Dwyer.
The Village is currently planning to address the challenges of traffic and parking issues. Cars will not be charged for parking this year, but the Mayor proposes that, with the help of the G.L Police Chief, they will control traffic safety by allowing parking on only one side of the street for that one night only. Once the blocks where parking will be available are determined; a map will be posted on the Village website and Facebook page. Dwyer says that streets where parking is prohibited will be marked a day or so in advance. The Village anticipates that this arrangement will make it safer for pedestrians and ensure ambulance clearance.
Water Bill Issues
The Board has reviewed a total of three water bills and will adopt a resolution soon. Fortunately, with the upgrades that were made to the water meters they are able to identify if there is a water leak to a residential or commercial property promptly.
“I think we have saved not only taxpayers countless dollars, but we’ve saved countless gallons of our water by identifying these leaks very quickly,” said Dwyer.
In addition, the Board has granted leniency to residents who have proved that they’ve identified, addressed and resolved the water leak issue.
The opportunity to apply for HUD grants has arrived. The Mayor says that two applications will be submitted for a public hearing. One of the applications will request $125,000 to fully replace the entrance way to the Senior Center and a faulty wall. The other application will be to fully renovate and make the Elks bathrooms handicap accessible. The seniors currently use the Elks Lodge on a monthly basis and the bathrooms are not handicap compliant.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Funding
In 2013, the Board developed a plan to upgrade the Lakelands Culvert System, called The Lakelands Culvert Project. The plan was to seek a $500,000 grant to upgrade the system, which is a low spot that does not properly drain and is still causing flooding present day. In addition, an $80,000 grant was applied for to help fund a Storm Shelter Generator for the Elks Club. In 2013 the Elks Club was also deemed the official designated storm shelter for Greenwood Lake by the Village Board.
During the initial application process the Board had applied for a matching grant. The applications were denied and the Board was informed that the funding was unavailable. Dwyer announced that last month the Board received a phone call from HUD Community Development Director, Richard Mayfield, who informed the Village that they have now been classified for both of these projects at 100 percent full funding. Dwyer was pleased with the outcome. He said that both projects are expected to be fully funded and completed by Dec. 31.
Orange County Tourism Funds Request
The Mayor has requested a grant in the amount of $25,000 from County Executive Steve Neuhaus to help fund County tourism in the Village. Greenwood Lake currently serves as an entryway into Orange County and New Jersey for many people. It also plays host to many events throughout the year including: the summer concert series, the Hoboken Film Festival, the Annual Street Fair, the G.L. theatre coming in August and much more. Dwyer says all of these wonderful programs not only bring people to G.L. but to the entire region and he anticipates having the County support these causes.
Senior Center County Support
The Board will be receiving a proposal from the Orange County Office of the Aging to fund and provide meals for Greenwood Lake’s senior citizens. The Office plans to cover all expenses of the program once a week. The program will include meals, diet plans, nutrition goals, and different educational experiences. The O.C. office will fund the Village with approximately $5,000 a year. The Village Board will be authorizing Mayor Jesse Dwyer to sign a contract with the O.C. Office of the Aging to move forward and institute the program.
- Open Gym every Mon. for grades 7-12 from 8-10 p.m. at the G.L. Middle School, located at1247 Lakes Rd., Monroe.
- Teen Center every Wed. from 4-6 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. for Arts and Crafts at the G.L. Elks Lodge, 35 Chestnut St.
- Men’s open gym every Fri. from 8-10 p.m. at the G.L. Middle School.
- , Apr. 17: Public hearing on the Budget, 7 p.m.
- , Apr. 22: Shredding Day, Grace Lutheran Church, 25 Waterstone Rd., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost is $10 a box.
- , Apr. 22: Girl Scouts Veterans Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., G.L Elks Lodge.
- , Apr. 29: Music Festival, 12-9 p.m., G.L. Elks Lodge.
- , May 6: PTSA Color Run, 8 a.m.
- , May 15: G.L. General Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. workshop, 7:30 p.m. meeting, at the Courthouse, 47 Waterstone Rd.