Story by Shelley R. Clapper
At the beginning of the Greenwood Lake Village Board meeting on Mon., Mar. 20, Mayor Jesse Dwyer spoke about the Citizen of the Year award.
Mayor Dwyer said that in the past this honor has been bestowed upon groups and organizations and that he would like to praise the Greenwood Lake Coalition saying, “The amazing work they have done in our community has been unparalleled.”
The Greenwood Lake Coalition is an organization that promotes abstinence from alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.
“There is one individual in particular from the Coalition. This individual has been integral to promoting health and well-being amongst our youth,” said Dwyer.
The Mayor then introduced local resident, mother of two sons and wife of policeman Mike Finn, Theresa Finn, and honored her with the award of Citizen of the Year.
Friendly Visitors Program
Town Councilman Floyd DeAngelo, as the visiting public official, spoke about the Town of Warwick’s Friendly Visitors Program.
“We urgently need volunteers for the Friendly Visitors Program to help the elderly and disabled,” said DeAngelo.
Volunteers are needed to help with shopping, transport to medical appointments, home visits, and other activities. Those who are interested in volunteering should call 986-1124.
Copper & Lead in the Water System
In matters of old business, Dwyer said that the Village will be using soda ash, which is a non-harmful chemical, to reduce the copper levels in the water.
Lake Management Plan
Mayor Dwyer again commended the recent Greenwood Lake drawdown which began on Oct. 11, and ended early on Jan. 1, instead of the original end date of Feb. 15.
“It looks like the lake has risen to a perfect level. We do not have the catastrophe that we had five years ago,” said Dwyer.
After the last drawdown, the level of water had not risen sufficiently in the beginning of the boating season. It appears that this will not be the case this year.
Hoboken Film Festival
Mayor Dwyer provided an update on the Hoboken Film Festival. Greenwood Lake Village is hosting the festival from Fri., May 19 to Thurs., May 25. Mayor Dwyer said that he had met with the Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce to present them with the theory of a restaurant row at the festival to serve champagne, beer and food. Dwyer said that they would first open it up to local businesses such as Jean Claude’s and Vesuvius Pizza and then town-wide. Any interested businesses should contact Mayor Dwyer.
Mayor Dwyer spoke about the upcoming Music Festival, to be held on Sat., Apr. 29 at the Elks Lodge, located at 35 Chestnut St. The event is a fundraiser to benefit a homeless shelter located in Middletown called HONOR (Helping Others Who Need Our Resources), which also serves Greenwood Lake. He said that the event is free and that all donations and sponsors are tax deductible. There will be six bands and the one nine piece band that will be performing at the festival. Food and craft beer will be available for sale.
Highlands Economic Development & Tourism
In matters of new business, Mayor Dwyer said that he had been in discussion with HEAT (Highlands Economic Development and Tourism) of West Milford, NJ, regarding challenges they both face and about the promotion of each other’s events. Dwyer said that he particularly wanted to discuss with them the anticipated large amount of traffic from West Milford of people traveling to the film festival. Dwyer said that he will be communicating with their police department to help control the traffic the week of the festival.
Community 2000 Project
Community 2000 was founded in Warwick in 1993 by a few individuals to come up with a vision for the long-term growth of the Town. Sustainable Warwick grew out of this.
Trustee Chad Sellier said, “The Town of Warwick has been refreshing a 1993 plan in 2012, and now it is involving surrounding communities…We have decided to be a part of it as a Village…This vision will gather ideas and concerns from citizens. The outcome will improve the quality of life for our residents.”
Local municipalities that wish to take part have to pay $20,000.
“I think it is great idea to come up with a long-term vision,” said Mayor Dwyer
Fire District Building Permit
In other matters of new business, Dwyer reported that the Fire Department is requesting a waiver on the building inspection fee. He said that the Village will request $15,000 instead of $27,000 as the building fee.
The next Village Board meeting will be held on Mon., Apr. 3 at 7.30 p.m. A workshop will be held prior to the meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse, located at 47 Waterstone Rd., Greenwood Lake.