By Lourice Angie
Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton attended the Village of Greenwood Lake Board meeting on Mon., Jul. 22. Supervisor Sweeton commended Mayor Jesse Dwyer and the Village Board for keeping in close contact with the Town and for the flow of information made available to the public by the Village since the algae issue surfaced.
A few weeks ago the Greenwood Lake Commission issued a press release alerting all local residents that a harmful algal bloom (HAB) was found in the southern portion of Greenwood Lake on the New Jersey side.
“The beach has been inspected by the Health Department and on the New York end we are trying to do our part to make sure that the lake stays healthy and clean,” said Sweeton.
The Village of Greenwood Lake has been in constant communication with the New Jersey DEP, the New York DEC, the Town of Warwick, the O.C Executives Office, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, and the G.L. State Commission. Mayor Dwyer says that several measures have been taken to test and survey the New York side of the lake.
“We have surveyed the lake by plane, boat, drone, and the DEC surveyed by boat. The Department of Health has conducted studies at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. We’ve taken extensive measures to determine if there are signs of harmful algae in the New York side of Greenwood Lake, and up until this point we have found no evidence of HAB’s in the State of New York. As it stands right now enjoy the water, the weather and the businesses,” said Mayor Dwyer.
Mayor Dwyer read the following statement released by the Village:
“New York is experiencing ‘normal and localized hazardous algae blooms’ in some of the more shallow and stagnant locations. One location in particular, is the south portion of the Waterstone Bridge in a very stagnant and shallow area has been reported and tested positive for HAB. I want to be clear on this; that does not mean it has or will spread. The New York side of the lake is experiencing a vastly different effect of this bloom than the New Jersey side. I want to discourage swimming in or around any area that appears to be algae.
Although not all algae is harmful algae, neither you nor your pets should ever come into contact with any algae. HABs are naturally occurring bacteria found in ALL lakes and waterways across the world. Right now, there are over 120 cases of HABs across New York State. In some cases, such as Cayuga Lake in NY and Lake Hapatcong in NJ, entire lakes are experiencing widespread algae blooms.
Here is what you need to do. If you see algae of any kind, report it to the link provided below. Do not come into contact with any algae and ensure your pets do the same. If you are the least bit concerned about health issues, have a compromised immune system or are allergic to common lake bacteria, you should avoid swimming. If not, please feel free to continue enjoying the weather, the lake at one of our many beaches, and businesses from the comfort of your boat! To follow the DEC postings about HABs or to report an algae sighting, follow this link and complete the form: 66337b887ccd465ab7645c0a9c1bc5c0.”
Additional information will be posted on the Village Facebook page and website – www.villageofgreenwoodlake.org and in the Mayor’s column, which is published weekly in the Warwick Valley Dispatch.
Public Hearing Held on New York Municipal Energy Program (NYMEP)
During last month’s Board meeting, Mayor Dwyer explained that there were still several unanswered questions and concerns regarding the New York Municipal Energy Program (NYMEP). In an effort to assure residents that they have reviewed all aspects of the program before making any decisions or coming to conclusions regarding shared energy costs, the Board held an informational public hearing before the start of the meeting.
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.
Edward Kerry, a representative of NYMEP, was invited to the public hearing to share what the program offers. Kerry explained that 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.
In order for the Village Board to review a proposal from NYMEP they must make a local law in order to do so. Mayor Dwyer concluded the hearing saying, “I would like you to have all of the information on the NYMEP proposal by the next Board meeting so that we can discuss it, and open it up during another public hearing. We, as a Board, will review it and address all of the questions presented.”
If the Village feels that the proposal is not in the best interest of the Village, they will not move forward.
G.L. Police Detective Sgt. Leanne Gayler reported on behalf of Police Chief John Hansen that for the month of June the G.L. Police Dept. responded to 1,602 complaints. They made 22 arrests, issued 81 traffic tickets, issued one parking tickets, responded to 16 navigational complaints, and issued one navigation ticket.
The next Board meeting will be held on Mon., Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. 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.