Story by Lourice Angie
The Greenwood Lake Village Board met on Mon., Jun. 18. The Board congratulated all of the 2018 graduates and wished them the very best for a bright future.
The Board would like to remind the community that school is officially out for the summer. More children will be out walking, playing, riding skateboards, and bikes throughout the Village. The Board wishes all the children in the community a fun and safe summer. Drivers are urged to proceed cautiously and beware of children, especially along the side streets.
Independence Day Parade & Fireworks
Greenwood Lake is set for their annual Independence Day Parade and Firework Display on Sat., Jul. 7. The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. on Waterstone Rd. and will end at Fitzula’s Gift Shop, located at 140 Windermere Ave. The G.L. Fire Department will continue the celebration at the Firehouse with a open house that will include a delicious BBQ.
The fireworks will begin at dusk, which is usually at 9 p.m. One of the best places to view the fireworks display is from the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. Mayor Jesse Dwyer reminds the public that no parking is permitted anywhere near the beach. If anyone is found parked they will be ticketed. There will be No Parking signs posted with caution tape and cones. The Mayor advises people to park at one of the municipal parking lots or at the CVS on Windermere Ave.
Mayor Dwyer announced that a photo of the Village fireworks from last year’s display made the front cover of the July issue of Orange Magazine this year. The year before, G.L. made the front cover of the Orange County Visitors Guide.
“We’re making front covers every which way. A lot of attention is being brought onto Greenwood Lake from the great things that we’re doing,” said Dwyer.
As part of the regularly scheduled lake maintenance program, the Village, through their contractor, Solitude Management, will be treating sections of the lake to prevent the growth of invasive plant species. The treatments will include an herbicide water treatment called Rodeo. This will help prevent the growth of Water Chestnut, an invasive plant that can negatively impact in the lake and cause harm if stepped on. The treatment will be used north of the Rte. 17A bridge. There are no restrictions in that area with regard to swimming, fishing or irrigation, however Mayor Dwyer warns residents and the public not to ever drink water directly from the lake, whether it is treated or not, because it contains bacteria that can be harmful to the human digestive system.
The other herbicide treatment that will be used is Aquathol-K. This herbicide is used to prevent the grown of Eurasian Milfoil, the most common invasive weed found in the lake. This treatment will occur in the east Arm of the lake from the Rte. 17A bridge out to Chapel Island and in the west arm from Jersey Ave. There is a 24-hour swimming restriction set ONLY in the treated areas said Dwyer.
Trustee Thomas Howley announced that the Village is now actively recruiting part time police officers. Part time police contracts have been settled and Howley says everything is in place for the next three years.
G.L Summer Schedule
Village Trustee Katheleen Holder released the summer concert series and events schedule. Concert cards are available at the G.L. Village Hall, located at 18 Church St, or at many local businesses and on the Village website at www.villageofgreenwoodlake.org. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. (unless posted otherwise).
- , Jun. 30: Free Shrimp Band
- , Jul. 6: Spitball Parade Band
- , Jul. 7: Celebrate America Parade, 11 a.m.
- , Jul. 7: Fireworks, 8 p.m.
- , Jul. 14: Bobby Deitch Band
- , Jul. 21: Some Guys and a Broad Band
- , Jul. 28: Elvis Tribute by Patrick Perone
- , Aug. 3: Movie Night at the Beach, “Camp Beverly Hills”
- , Aug. 4: Greenwood Lake 5k Race
- , Aug. 4: Black Dirt Bandits Band
- , Aug. 7: National Night Out Against Crime, CVS Field
- , Aug. 10-19: G.L. Theater performing “Oliver” at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park
- , Aug. 24: Rock Underground
- , Aug. 25: Irish Night at the Beach, featuring Celtic Cross
- , Sept. 1: Soul City Band
- , Sept. 8: Paddlepalooza, 10 a.m.; Decorated Boat Parade, Caribbean Night at the Beach with “Caribbean Cruisers Band”
- to Aug.: Free Health and Wellness Program at the Beach – Sat, 9 a.m., Zumba; Sun., 8:30 a.m., Yoga; Sun., 9:30 a.m., Circuit Training
Annual G.L. Street Fair A Success
Deputy Mayor Keli Kelm announced that the G.L. Street Fair was a huge success this year. There were more than 80 vendors, the most to date. Kelm personally thanked the community for their support. She thanked all of the vendors and gave special thanks to her husband Eric for helping organize and running the event. Mayor Dwyer also gave special thanks to Trustee Kelm and her husband Eric on behalf of the Village Board.
“This was our last year running the street fair. We are passing it back to someone else at the Chamber to run. It was fun while it lasted,” said Kelm.
Skate Park Grant
Last month at the Village Board meeting Mayor Dwyer announced that every year the Board receives a letter from the NYS Senators office informing all municipalities within the district of grant opportunities of up to $100,000. Fortunately, the Village has been the recipient of grants from State Senator John Bonacic’s office for four consecutive years. This year the Board thought it would be a good idea to allow the non-profit Skatepark Committee the opportunity to apply for the grant and the Village would serve as their sponsor.
Mayor Dwyer was authorized to sign an agreement with the non-profit G.L. Skate Park cooperation and submit a grant to the office of NY Senator Bonacic in the amount of $100,000. Dwyer reported that after preliminary conversations with Senator Bonacic, the grant has been submitted. The Mayor is hopeful that the Skate Park will receive the grant to help fund project costs.
Firehouse & Community Center
As many residents may already be aware, the G.L. firehouse has permanently moved to their new state-of-the-art 11,500 sq. ft. location on Mountain Lakes Ln. The old fire house, located at 51 Waterstone Rd., will serve as the Village Teen Center and Community Center.
“We are going to convert it into a fully functional community center that will not only serve the teens in the community but any properly established organization within the community. We look forward to having this building serving a good deed to the community,“ said Mayor Dwyer.
Village senior and youth Director, Donna Garley, personally read a letter before the Board at the request of a handicapped senior by the name of Janie Powers who lives on Old Dutch Hollow Rd. in Greenwood Lake. The letter, which was written by Powers, was directed to the G.L. Fire Department, thanking them for building an amazing sidewalk with perfect ramps and making the sidewalk curbs handicap accessible.
“Now I don’t have to go out into the road too much. A wonderful addition to Greenwood Lake. I can’t thank you enough,” the letter read.
Mayor Dwyer added that the Village received a grant to continue the sidewalks from the Firehouse to the Village.
Short Term Rental
Trustee Chad Sellier announced that the short term rental law has been effective since Fri., Jun. 1. Since then, six applications have been approved, six are currently pending, one has been denied, and four violations have been issued. Dwyer says the law has been very successful and people are making every effort possible to comply with the effective law. Those who are not will be dealt with.
There will be a public hearing held at the Village courthouse regarding a wording change in the short term rental law next month, before the start of the regular Board meeting.
New Municipal Well
Mayor Dwyer announced that work on the new municipal well is underway. The pads are set and well drillers are expected to begin work within the next couple of weeks. Department of Public Works employees will assist with trench work and the in-house labor will save the Village an estimated $60,000.
“The project should be about $50,000 under budget when it’s all said and done. I anticipate having the well up and running by mid August. Everything is going well,” said Dwyer.
G.L. Village Clerk Patricia Olsen announced that tax bills were sent out to residents on Fri., Jun. 1. Payments received by Fri., Jul. 1 will not incur a penalty charge. If anyone has any questions or concerns about their bill or did not receive one, call the Clerk’s office at 477-9218.
The time of year has come for the Village budget closeout. Mayor Dwyer was pleased to announce that both the Village water and general operating budgets will close under budget for the sixth consecutive year.
“Everything is looking good. We have our accountant coming in and we’ll have a final report on how the numbers came in at the July meeting.” said Dwyer
Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on Mon., Jul.. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Courthouse, located at 47 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake. The meeting will be preceded by public workshops at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.