Story by Lourice Angie
The Greenwood Lake Village Board held a special promotion ceremony for G.L. police sergeant Adam Eirand, before the start of their regular scheduled meeting on Mon., Jun. 17. The newly appointed Lieutenant was joined by his family, friends and colleagues. Eirand has honorably served the G.L. police department since 2009.
Mayor Jesse Dwyer remarked that for the more than six years that he’s been in office, including the three years he served as Village Trustee, it has been a distinct privilege and honor to work beside Eirand. He commended Eirand’s work as a citizen of the community and as a law enforcement official in the Village and described the diverse and effective methods of his policing.
“I know that your co-workers in the police department put their lives in your hands every day, and I certainly would, too, as Mayor. You’ve been a great friend and a huge asset to this community and it is without question a very deserving honor to give you the rank of Lieutenant in our police department. You truly earned it, you have amazing qualities and I know that you will take over this department as soon as Chief Hansen retires, because you’re the best one to do it. Lt. Eirand is truly a great addition and he’s going to do many great things,” Dwyer said.
Family members were called up to the front of the Village Courtroom for a photo with the Village Board and G.L. Police Chief Hansen. Sgt. Eirand’s wife Megan, pinned the Lieutenant badge onto her husband. Lt. Eirand was thanked and received congratulations and best wishes from the Village Board.
“I’m very happy to receive this honor and I look forward to doing my best for the Village of Greenwood Lake. I’m excited about the synergy and innovation of working together with different organizations and could not be more proud to continue serving the Village. I would like to thank all of my colleagues…without their hard work and dedication our jobs would be an impossible undertaking to accomplish.” said Lt. Eirand.
G.L. Police Report
G.L. Police Chief John Hansen reported that in the month of May the G.L. Police Department handled a total of 1,695 complaints, made 18 arrests, issued 148 traffic tickets, 4 parking tickets, investigated 10 motor vehicle accidents and handled 1 violation and 19 navigational complaints.
New York Municipal Energy Program
Mayor Dwyer says that there are several unanswered questions and concerns regarding the New York Municipal Energy Program (NYMEP). The Village Board wants to assure all residents that they are reviewing all aspects of the program before making any decisions or coming to conclusions regarding shared energy costs.
NYMEP is a program where municipalities may reduce energy costs through the 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 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.
The Board has scheduled an informational public hearing on Mon., Jul. 15 at 6 p.m., before the start of the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Representatives of NYMEP 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.
Mayor Dwyer announced that the north arm of Greenwood Lake was treated recently 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. Dwyer stated that the results were outstanding in those areas. Additional treatments of the herbicide will be administered within the next few weeks. The Village Board will keep the public informed of scheduled treatments by posting announcements on Facebook and in the newspaper.
Last month, Mayor Dwyer met with Village engineer Al Fusco and a representative of CMC, the project contractor, to walk through what will be considered the first phase of the sidewalk project site on Mountain Lakes Ln. As the summer picks up, Dwyer says the sidewalk project down Windermere Ave. between Oak and Elm St., will continue.
Work will also begin on the grant-funded projects including a sidewalk that will connect the G.L. Firehouse to the Black Bear Liquor Store. A crosswalk will be added to cross over Rte. 17A, connecting to the Greenwood Lake Garden Center. A sidewalk will also be built connecting the Garden Center to the Cablevision sidewalk.
The Board anticipates that the sidewalk projects will be completed by the late summer or early fall.
The Village will be paving all of Rumsey Rd, Lakelands Ext., and a large section of Cane Rd, Division St. and Brook Tr. Dwyer asks that residents please keep in mind that these roads will be paved with real asphalt as the Village no longer uses tar and chip methods.
Striping of Roadways
The Village will be line striping several roadways over the next couple of weeks including, Mountain Lakes Ln., Waterstone Rd, Teneyck Ave//Sterling Rd., and Edgemere Ave. The Town of Warwick will continue striping East Shore Rd., to the Jersey border.
Although much more work will be performed this summer, the Village Board feels that the work will cause minor inconveniences for residents.
“We will do our best to provide specific dates for each of these projects as soon as they become available.” says Mayor Dwyer.
Toward the end of the summer, the Village will perform a process called ‘hydro-raking’ in the northwest arm of the lake (near Defeo’s Marina) and in the lagoon off of Woodland Dr., in order to remove hundreds of cubic yards of sediment and decaying plant allowing proper water flow in those areas. Hydro-raking is a widely used and effective technique for selective removal of nuisance, rooted vegetation.
Friendly Visitor Program Needs Volunteers
Visiting elected official Councilman Floyd DeAngelo announced that the Friendly Visitor Program is currently is dire need of volunteers. Both DeAngelo and G.L. Village board members would like to encourage anyone who can volunteer their time to do so. Please call the Warwick Town Hall at 986-1124 ext 400 to register.
School Is Out – Drive Carefully
School will be out for the summer this week. The Village Board urges all drivers to please drive carefully and be aware and cautious of children.
“Our police will be patrolling side roads constantly throughout the Village and will not tolerate speeding. Please obey all traffic laws within and around our Village,” stated Mayor Dwyer.
The next G.L. Village Board meeting will be held on Mon., Jul. 15 at 7:30 pm at the Village Courthouse, located at 47 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake. An informational public hearing on NYMEP will be held at 6 p.m. prior to the regular meeting.