Story by Lourice Angie
West Milford Deputy Chief Firefighter Keith Weber gave a presentation on the protocols and response to emergencies and incidents on the lake at the Greenwood Lake Commission meeting on Wed., Sept. 27 that was held in West Milford, NJ.
If anyone witnesses or experiences an emergency they have been advised to first call 911. The fire department will relay it back to West Milford and dispatch the help of the Police or Fire Department.
Weber says that the Greenwood Forest Fire Co. 3 currently has two fire boats. One boat is equipped with a 750 gallon pump. The second boat has a 17 ft. center console, which helps to transport manpower back and forth. In case of a large house fire they are equipped to respond.
There is also a portable pump that can be mounted on the center console and transported to and from the emergency. Deputy Chief Weber said if a boat or house fire were to occur on the New Jersey side of the lake, they will immediately call Greenwood Lake first because they have a more sophisticated and equipped boat.
They would also call Upper Greenwood Lake Fire Co. 5 on the mountain to help with a boat and manpower. Depending on the nature of the call, the dive team in Ringwood, NJ would be called to assist. All of West Milford’s fire departments would be called in any great emergency. Weber says he wants to ensure everyone they that are safe.
Also at the meeting G.L. Commission Treasurer Dale VanNimwegen provided the monthly Commission report for Sept. 2017. She reported that the Commission has slightly under $45,000 in the bank – $25,000 of which is in the Lakeland account balance. Almost $19,900 is in the Sterling Bank account and of that balance, $15,000 is on hold.
VanNimwegen said that she emailed Commissioner Eric Pain to inquire about the status of the HDR matter, a signing that officially changes George Vurno to Floyd DeAngelo as the New York Co-Chair in the Sterling Bank account of New York. The bank requires that an actual motion in documentation takes place during a Commission meeting. VanNimwegen moved that the Commission approve DeAngelo retroactively to the July meeting date as the NY Co-Chair of the Commission. The decision was approved by the Commissioners.
A second motion was announced to authorize DeAngelo as a signature on the Sterling and Lakeland Bank account replacing George Vurno. VanNimwegen also announced that after several conversations with Commissioner Paul Zarrillo, the idea of setting up a Paypal account was discussed. After researching several different methods for receiving online payments on the Commission’s website, VanNimwegen found that Paypal was not the best application. She says a very highly rated company by the name of Payline was a better choice. The online payment provider works with nonprofits and is all around more cost effective.
Testing by Michigan State University
Commissioner Paul Zarrillo announced that Michigan State University will begin testing this weekend. The project will require three boats to accommodate the team, which includes a film crew. The project will consist of approximately 25 students and several professors. Once the project and samples are collected from the lake, the University will send the Commission a detailed report with results.
Commissioner Zarrillo was pleased to announce that during its stump reduction project of some 1,200 stumps in the lake near Fox Island, dating from its 1836 expansion, one of the largest and most dangerous floating fields had recently risen to the surface. The project was completed by the project contractor, Stumpbusters, and people from the community.
Zarrillo recently received a letter from the Deputy of the NJ DEP (Department of Environmental Protection), Commissioner David Glass, congratulating the Commission on the successful completion of the stump reduction project.
Commissioner Zarrillo announced that the geese population was an ongoing problem and that he has reached out to Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer via email regarding the issue. Zarrillo has not heard back from Mayor Dwyer yet, but anticipates finding a solution to the problem soon. It was also brought to the attention of Commissioner Zarrillo that someone was feeding the ducks and geese on their property. Zarrillo says he did not want to get involved personally or as a Commissioner so he forwarded the complaint to the Health Department. He anticipates hearing back from the health Department to discuss lake ordinances related to the situation.
The next Commission meeting will be held on Wed., Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Greenwood Lake Senior Center, located at 132 Windermere Ave. in the Village of Greenwood Lake.