Story by Shelley R. Clapper
The Greenwood Lake Commission announced at their meeting on Wed., Dec. 20 that Mickey Lee is a new member of the Commission. Lee said that she would work on social media to increase public awareness about the commission. A revision of the Commissions website is near completion. In 2017, there were 1,998 visits to website.
New York Commission co-chair Floyd DeAngelo reported that Orange County Legislator Barry Cheney had called him to tell him that he had spoken to some people in Orange County Government regarding the $20,000 funding for the Commission.
Cheney appeared later at the meeting and said, “I am getting assurances that the check will be received by the Commission by the end of the year.”
Treasurer’s & Lake Level Report
Commissioner Dale Van Nimwegen provided the Treasurer’s report. She reported that the Commission had a total of approximately $43,000 in both bank accounts at Lakeland Bank and Sterling Bank. She said that the Commission had enough funds to pay operating expenses for 2018 and do some work on the lake. She said that she would provide a budget for the year at the January 2018 Commission meeting.
Commissioner Eric Pain, the representative from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, reported that the level of the lake was at nine feet and nine inches.
Montclair State University Survey
New Jersey Commission co-chair Paul Zarrillo reported that Montclair State University was finishing its final report and that they would present it at the March 2018 commission meeting. The university conducted water quality studies at lake on Sat., Sept. 30.
Paul Zarrillo reported that the Commission had notified the USDA (The United States Department of Agriculture) about the Commission’s geese control plans. The cost will be $21,000 for the first year.
Zarrillo said that the company that is going to do the culling estimates that there are 300 geese on the lake but there is no guarantee that they will get them all in the first year. He said that they predicted that it will take three years to make an 80 percent reduction and another two years for the rest. The culling plan is to addle the eggs and to gather them up six weeks later.
The next Commission meeting is scheduled to take place on Wed., Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the West Milford library, located at 1470 Union Valley Rd. in West Milford, NJ.