Story by Lourice Angie
Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer announced at the Village of Greenwood Lake Board meeting on Mon., Jun. 19 that the Village has several part time positions available for employment.
The positions being offered are part-time police officer, part-time police dispatcher, and groundskeeper. The Village prefers hiring local, but will consider applications from any applicant legally eligible for the position.
If anyone has questions on how to apply, they are encouraged to contact Village Hall at 477- 9215. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.
Mayor Dwyer is proud of the successful work that has been done in conjunction with the Greenwood Lake Bi-State Commission and he believes that the lake is healthy and in good condition.
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is expected to conduct a study on the different types of fish species and the amount of fish in each group. Dwyer says there may be an application of Aquathol k (a highly concentrated aquatic herbicide that controls submerged weed types) used to treat the lake if needed in the future, but that weed growth is not problematic at this time.
The Mayor assured residents that if the treatment is necessary, notices will be sent out to residents and announcements will be made in the newspaper and on the Village’s Facebook page.
Mayor Dwyer reported that the issue of the increasing goose population is definitely a problem that needs to be addressed, but a solution has not been determined. The Board suggested having their intern work together with the Greenwood Lake Bi-State Commission’s intern on the challenges associated with geese and the impact being caused to the community.
The Board anticipates conducting a research study to help solve this problem, as well as finding potential solutions and legal remedies that can be taken to curb the effect the geese have on the lake, water, private properties, and baseball fields.
The Village work on the vacant lot located at the corner of Old Dutch Hollow Rd. and Mountain Lakes Ln. was hampered by the recent rains. Mayor Dwyer announced that the decision was made to go with laying down sod, which works better in damp conditions compared to topsoil.
The sod, which was fully covered by a State grant, was installed on Mon., Jun. 19, and is anticipated to be completed after two weeks. For the first time, the Village will offer a free public passive boat launch (a roof top boat launch). Any kayaks or canoes that can be carried or wheeled to the dock may be used.
“It will be a nice gateway to Greenwood Lake. It would be a public park, as well as a boat launch,” said Mayor Dwyer, who expects the grand opening to be in early July.
Mayor Dwyer was pleased to announce that Greenwood Lake has joined Community 2000. A steering committee is being assembled with members of the Greenwood Lake community. This group will represent the Village of Greenwood Lake and work with the Town of Warwick toward developing a comprehensive plan that includes their ideas and vision and will allow each community to work together collaboratively as one.
Mayor Dwyer is seeking strong advocates to represent Greenwood Lake on the steering committee. There are currently about four spots open. The Mayor encourages anyone who is interested in joining to send an email to email@example.com.
Solution for ‘Zombie’ Properties
There are vacant homes and foreclosed homes that are not being maintained by their property managers. Most are abandoned or bank owned. The Mayor plans to undertake a major project to help remediate the situation.
Mayor Dwyer said that after having the lawns mowed and houses repaired, the Village will work with the banks to try and sell the properties. They are looking to do whatever can be done to reduce the number of these so called “zombie” properties. The Village has already begun the process of identifying these properties and planning the proper remedies.
The Mayor announced that the Board did not have the final numbers for the budget closeout as of yet, but he is confident that the administration has not gone over budget this year. Mayor Dwyer says that the Board has consistently proved to stay well under the budget for the last few years and anticipates keeping things that way in the future. Dwyer says he expects to have more details and information about the budget closeout by the next board meeting.
Reduced Copper Levels
Water samples collected from over 50 homes showed good levels. In addition, Dwyer announced that copper levels are continuing to decrease.
Next Village Board Meeting
The next Village Meeting will be held on Mon., Jul. 24 at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a workshop at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Courthouse, located at 47 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.