Story by Shelley R. Clapper
At the beginning of the Greenwood Lake Bi-State Commission meeting on Wed., Apr. 26, Commissioner and Treasurer Dale Van Nimwegen provided the monthly financial report for April 2017. She reported that the Sterling Bank balance was $21,990.34 and the Lakeland Bank balance was $7,793.58.
The New York Commission had expenditures totaling $2,617.92 so far for 2017 and the New Jersey Commission had expenditures totaling $2,602.87 so far for this year. Expenditures included advertising and promotional expenses, insurance, office and general administration expenses, rent and utilities. Revenue from donations totaled $244.03 for this year for both the New York and the New Jersey sides of the commission.
Commission’s Annual Report for 2016
Van Nimwegen also handed out the final copy of the Commission’s Annual Report for 2016 which she had been working on. The report contains information about the Commission’s achievements for 2016, the Commission’s plans for the future, detailed financial information, commissioner and general contact information. The commission plans to distribute the report to town halls.
Lake Level Report
Commissioner Eric Pain, from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, reported that the level of the lake is up three inches. The outflow at the dam is 62 cubic feet per second and 3.4 million gallons per day. He said that he is continuing to work on improvement for the lake level management plan for future drawdowns.
Commissioner Van Nimwegen said that she had noticed a lot of dead fish when she had been out on the lake the previous weekend.
“This is the time that the fish spawn. They are under stress. We can send them off to the lab for testing for a virus,” said Michael Flaherty, the representative from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
Commissioner Eric Hastings said to the Commission that $200,000 had been spent on studies of the lake by Hydroqual. Hydroqual Inc. had produced a dredging study in 2011 which proposed dredging six areas of the New Jersey side of the lake down ten feet in order to remove sediment.
“Nothing has been done with it. It is sitting on the desks of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection,” said Hastings.
“We seem to get money to do reports but no money to do something about it,” said Commissioner George Vurno.
Vurno said that what is doable is sediment prevention. He said that he intended to talk with Mayor Jesse Dwyer, and the Town, to get a report and to use that to rectify the situation they are in now.
“Removing it is a big deal. Preventing it is much easier,” said Vurno.
Commissioner Floyd DeAngelo explained, “There are two filters in each basin. The filters are deteriorating and the hangers/filter holders are disintegrating.”
DeAngelo also said that the filters catch sediment and leaves and when people don’t rake their leaves, the leaves are blow into the lake.
Vurno suggested that this might be a source of education because people don’t realize that the leaves are polluting the lake. He said that the Commission should maybe make a brochure and distribute it to the public.
Meeting Location Discussed
Commissioner Clint Smith brought up the topic of holding the Commission’s monthly business meetings at their new rented office which is located at 1616D, Union Valley Rd., West Milford, NJ. This generated much discussion among the Commissioners. One Commissioner suggested that the office is too small and that they cannot change the place of the meeting if there are too many attendees; they need to tell them in advance.
Commissioner Van Nimwegen said, “I agree with that. It is a long narrow room. We don’t have to pay for space in West Milford. We may as well continue to meet there. The office space is good for smaller meetings.”
Commissioner George Vurno said that there is place for only six chairs there.
The next boating license courses are scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sun., May 21 and Sun., Aug. 13 at the West Milford Airport, located at 126 Airport Rd, West Milford, NJ.
The next meeting is scheduled to take place on Wed., May 24 at 7 p.m. at the Hillcrest Community Center Room 10, located at Room 10 1810 Macopin Rd. in West Milford, NJ.