Story by Lourice Angie
Budget matters, changes in recycling and the associated costs were the main topics of discussion at the regular Village of Greenwood Lake Board meeting on Mon., Mar. 18. Visiting elected official Town of Warwick Councilman Floyd DeAngelo was also in attendance.
Moment of Silence for Mayor Comerford
Before the start of the meeting, G.L. Mayor Jesse Dwyer held a moment of silence for longtime resident and former Village Mayor, Larry Comerford, who sadly passed away nearly two weeks ago. The Mayor offered sincere condolences to his family on behalf of the Board.
The Village Board is currently working on the 2019-2020 Budget. The Board faces challenges and costs restraints such as Police Benevolent Association (PBA) negotiations, the 2% tax cap, and rising recycling costs. The Board will continue working to maintain all the services residents rely on while keeping costs at a manageable rate.
A public budget hearing to present the final budget will be held on Mon., Apr. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Courthouse.
Recycling Changes & Costs
Mayor Dwyer announced that recent changes in recycling across the nation have become a major budgetary constraint for the Village. The Board was recently informed by the Village refuse contractor that recycling costs are changing from no cost and the Village getting paid for recycling to costing the Village approximately $75,000 per year. Dwyer explained that the reason for this has to do with China, where the recycling is ultimately sold.
Another issue raised was contaminated recycling – recycling that has not been thoroughly cleaned of whatever food product it once contained. Mayor Dwyer urged residents to clean their recycling prior to disposing of it.
Recyclable Materials Clarified
In addition to the Board working to find cost-effective measures to continue recycling waste, they offered some clarification on recycling.
The following items are recyclable: metal cans such as aluminum cans or steel cans; aluminum foil; and paper products such as newspapers, magazines, envelopes, cardboard, office paper, and paper or cardboard dairy and juice cartons. All of the above need to be rinsed out before putting them into a recycling bin.
Plastic containers, bottles, jugs, and jars are all recyclable, but should have any leftover food removed before discarding. Glass bottles and containers are recyclable, but glass windows and mirrors are not. Ceramics or Pyrex dishes and light bulbs are not recyclable. The metal/plastic lids on glass containers must also be removed (prior to rinsing out), then discarded in the garbage. They are not recyclable.
Village to Seek Competitive Pricing Options
During the Village board workshop, other methods of garbage and recycling options were discussed. The board plans to go out to bid and determine if IWS (Interstate Waste Services) or another company can come up with a better competitive price.
“We want to encourage the continuation of recycling, and we understand that it’s very important. We are certainly willing to ensure that it happens, but not in a cost prohibited manner,” said Dwyer.
Geese Control 2019
The overpopulation of geese in Greenwood Lake has long been the topic of debate for the Greenwood Lake Commission. The geese have created problems for business owners, homeowners and recreational areas.
Last year, the Commission held a controversial cull of more than 200 geese in Greenwood Lake. Although this method seemed to be a great way to address the issue, the Commission is carefully considering its plans this year.
Both the Village and the Commission have been approached by a group of individuals seeking to find a more humane method of dealing with the problem. The Village Board has partnered with the Commission to support and help monitor a humane strategy of tackling the program.
Mayor Dwyer announced that the Greenwood Lake Commission is looking to implement a voluntary process for lakefront homeowners to number their docks. The dock numbering will facilitate a number of health and safety benefits, especially during emergencies when first responders are dispatched to a lakefront home.
Additionally, winter ice on the lake can sometimes move docks to other locations. If docks are clearly numbered, the process of returning the docks can be simplified.
The Village Board fully supports the Commission’s efforts to encourage lakefront homeowners to number their docks.
G.L. police detective Leanne Malara Gayler reported that for the month of Feb., the Village had a total of 1,307 complaints, made 18 arrests, issued 64 traffic tickets, issued 16 parking tickets, and investigated nine motor vehicle accidents.
Annual G.L PBA Easter Egg Hunt
The Greenwood Lake PBA will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sat., Apr. 13 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Arthur Finnegan American Legion Post #1443, located at 40 Mountain Lakes Ln. in Greenwood Lake. The day will include decorating Easter bonnets or hats for a chance to win a prize. Children age nine and under may participate. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. For more information call the Greenwood Lake Police Department at 477-9211.
Village Clerk Patricia Olsen reminded residents to call Village Hall at 477-9215 to report potholes and spring repairs.
Next Board Meeting
The Board will hold a public hearing on the 2019-2020 Budget on Mon., Apr. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Village Courthouse, located at 47 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake. A workshop will be held at 7 p.m., followed by the regular Board meeting at 7:30 p.m.