Story by Lourice Angie
The Greenwood Lake Board of Trustees discussed recycling and garbage costs during their Board meeting on Mon., May 20. A few months ago the Board announced that they were accepting bids for a new recycling and garbage contract as the Village contract with interstate Waste Services (IWS) will expire on Sat., Jun. 1.
The recent rise in recycling and garbage costs has created many challenges for municipalities across the country. Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer said that after reviewing the new waste contractor bids, there are several specifications that need to be researched further. The Board will continue to carefully deliberate the situation before moving forward or making any final decisions.
“At this time we are not going to accept or award the bid to either contractor. We will be extending the current contract with our current contractor until further notice or until more research is conducted. There will be not be any changes to our garbage and recycling contract at this time so stay tuned,“ said Mayor Dwyer.
The north arm of Greenwood Lake was recently treated with Aquathol K, a liquid concentrate soluble in water that is effective against a broad range of aquatic plants. Aquathol K has a wide margin of tolerance for fish and other aquatic animals.
Mayor Dwyer stated that after receiving several emails from residents living along the north arm of the lake, it was necessary to get the herbicide treatment done.
Additional treatments of the herbicide will be administered within the next few weeks. Mayor Dwyer and the Board will keep the public informed by posting announcements on Facebook and in the newspaper.
Mayor Dwyer announced that he has met with the Village engineer, Al Fusco, and a representative of CMC, the project contractor, to walk through the first phase of the project site on Mountain Lakes Ln. The sidewalk will connect the G.L. Firehouse to the Black Bear Liquor Store and a crosswalk will be added going across Rte. 17A that will connect to the G.L. Garden Center.
Both phases of the sidewalk project will be funded by state grants in the amount of $75,000. Mayor Dwyer said that phase 1 of the sidewalk project is anticipated to begin in two weeks. Phase 2 will connect the sidewalks from the G.L. Garden Center to the Optimum Cablevision Center building on Windermere Ave. Work on the second site is expected to begin sometime in the fall.
G.L. Summer Concert & Event Schedule
The 2019 G.L. summer concert schedule and list of events is now available on the Village website at www.villageofgreenwoodlake.org, at the G.L. Village Hall and at several local businesses. G.L. Trustee Katheleen Holder was commended by Mayor Dwyer for doing a great job putting together a diverse and fun schedule.
G.L. Village Clerk Patricia Olsen, announced that tax bills will be sent out on Sat., Jun. 1. If anyone has questions concerning their tax bills or would like to report a pothole or request leaf pickup, call the clerk at 477- 9215.
G.L. Police Chief John Hansen reported that for the month of April the G.L. Police Department handled a total of 1,454 complaints, made 21 arrests, issued 81 traffic tickets, investigated three motor vehicle accidents, and issued one parking ticket.
New York Municipal Energy Program
The Village Board welcomed Ed Kerry, a representative of the New York Municipal Energy Program (NMEP) during the workshop held prior to the Board meeting. Kerry provided information to the Board pertaining to the lower energy costs of the NMEP program.
Municipal leaders can reduce energy costs with this newly established shared services program. The Association of Towns of the State of New York (AOT) and the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) have created the New York Municipal Energy Program (NYMEP), a one-of-a-kind, innovative Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and municipal buying initiative that allows New York communities and municipal facilities to save money on energy costs. The program enables municipalities and community residents to join an energy bulk-buying group to increase energy purchasing power and to reduce costs for participating account holders. NYMEP, which negotiates lower energy costs for electricity and natural gas, guarantees they provide the marketplace expertise to secure the most attractive rates. Municipalities that sign up will be able to save on energy costs for facilities such as municipally-owned buildings, wastewater treatment plants, correctional facilities, and for the first time in New York, community residents.
“Ultimately it will be a great program that will help save a lot of money for the residents” said Mayor Dwyer.
The Mayor is looking to possibly enroll in the NYMEP program and explained how the program offers the market a lesser rate than Orange & Rockland Utilities.
“We pull all of our residents and energy consumption together and we purchase power together as one entity. This is called the ‘aggregation of energy and demand,’ allowing the member to get the bulk rate price. Essentially, the Village Board would sign on to the program and residents and business owners would automatically be enrolled. Every resident would receive a letter explaining and summarizing details of the NMEP program and residents would then have the opportunity to opt out of the program. As far as I’m concerned, there are absolutely no downsides to this and it is a win-win situation,” said Dwyer.
A public hearing must be held in order to consider making this a local law. The Board has scheduled an informational public hearing on Mon., Jun. 17 at 6 p.m., before the start of the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Representatives of NMEP and its competitors will be invited to the hearing to share what they can offer. Board members and residents will have an opportunity to listen to the pros and cons of these programs.
The next Village Board meeting will be held on Mon., Jun. 17 at 7:30 pm at the Village Courthouse, located at 47 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake. A public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. prior to the regular meeting.