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***WATER RESTRICTIONS LIFTED VILLAGE-WIDE***

December 8, 2017
At this time, we are lifting the water restrictions. You do not need to boil water you may resume water consumption as you were before the restriction. I would, however, always ask to conserve water whenever you can.
 
I would like to thank first and foremost, Phil Landru, for your hard work and dedication to the Village. In addition, I would like to thank the residents, business owners and school district for adhering to the call for water use reductions. Your participation is vital in solving the challenges we face as a community. I would like to conclude with a warning – this event was an eye opener. We have 80 year old cast iron pipes underground and some may fail in the future. The Village Board has been proactively replacing all water main that is feasible. We have been and will continue looking for grant funding and options to replace water main proactively. We have also been in the process of adding a new municipal well to our water operation. This process takes months and there will be the possibility of having to call for more water use reductions in the future.
 
Thank you again and now on to the next challenge — break out the snow shovels!!
 
Best,
Mayor Dwyer
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Village Water Main Leak Update

December 4, 2017

I would like to start this update by first thanking the residents for their patience and diligence while we work through this situation. In addition, our water department – Phil Landru, for literally working about 20 hours a day for the past 7 days. This has not been easy, but working with great people and having understanding residents certainly makes it manageable.

As most know by now, the Village encountered a major water main leak right after Thanksgiving. The leak was identified to be about 50 feet under ground right below our water storage tanks. We determined that the best course of action was to replace the section of main rather than patch 80-year-old cast iron pipe. The Village Board hired Tam Enterprise under an emergency bid and they have been working on this project for the past week. We have been under water restrictions (conservation of water) for the same time. What has made this project even more challenging is that one of our wells has been acting up and not working properly. We have been simultaneously working on 1) fixing the leak, 2) keeping both wells working properly to supply necessary water and 3) fast-tracking the previously planned new well installation project. Needless to say, this has been a very tricky situation, but we are near the end. We anticipate being back to full water service by this Friday (12/8). We will not know if the Department of Health will require a boil water notice until after preliminary water sample results are returned to us. If we are required to boil water, we will notify the public immediately. Until then, please continue to conserve water.

For further updates, please check the Village’s website, Facebook page or my blog. In addition, you may receive emergency alerts by phone by signing up at https://www.irisdispatch.com/users/enroll/dsp_enroll.cfm?org_id=2495.

 

Join the Chamber of Commerce for their Annual Holiday Mixer

The Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce invites the business community and members of the public to their Annual Holiday Mixer. This year, the mixer will be held at the Emerald Point Restaurant on December 12 at 7pm. The event is free for chamber members and their spouses and is $10 for non-chamber members.

***WATER MAIN UPDATE***

November 30, 2017

At this point, work has begun on the restoration of full service in our water system. 1,000 feet of new 12 inch water main is on site and the contractors will be working over the next few days to dig new trench, fuse the pipes together and install them into the system. Once the water main is connected, the Department of Health will require us to perform water testing on the newly installed water main. During this time, the DOH will require us to issue a Boil Water Alert until test results return showing that the newly installed main does not pose health risks. We anticipate the main to be fully in service early to mid next week. That means that water restrictions will continue until mid next week, followed by a boil water alert until the results come in. You will only be required to boil water 1) after the main has been installed (next week) and 2) when you intend to consume the water for drinking purposes or oral ingestion (brushing teeth).

We have since isolated the leak and our tanks are filling fine. The water restriction is a precaution at this point just in case something occurs during the process and causes a rapid water disruption. To be clear — We ARE still under water restrictions until further notice. Please continue to conserve water until the end of next week. We are working as quickly and diligently as possible to fully solve this problem. The Village Board appreciates everyone’s cooperation and patience during this time.

The Village has been in direct contact with county, state and federal agencies to seek emergency funding to offset the costs of this water main restoration. We will do our very best to ensure that there is minimal financial impact for our residents.

Best,
Mayor Dwyer

***WATER RESTRICTION IN EFFECT***

November 28, 2017

There is a water restriction IN EFFECT for the Village of Greenwood Lake water users. We have determined the general area of a water main break – just under the water towers under 40-60 feet of fill just above our ball fields. This is a very difficult area to work in and the specific location of the leak has not yet been identified. We are trucking in water to keep up with the demand of water from our residents and also to compete with the leak. In summary, the leak could not be in a worse location.

I anticipate the water restriction to continue right into tomorrow.

Please, do your part to conserve water. Every little bit helps. Stay tuned for further updates.

Mayor Dwyer

From the Mayor’s Office

November 27, 2017

Great Weekend Supporting our Community

This past weekend, we are again reminded how wonderful of a community Greenwood Lake is. In the midst of holiday events, traveling, dinners with family and all of the things happening in everyone’s personal lives, so many still made time to give to our community. The weekend kicked off with a food pantry fundraiser run by Bill Cerone which raised nearly $2,000 and truck loads of items for our local food pantry. A “Friend in Need” fundraiser was organized to support a great local family in their time of struggle – seeing hundreds come out to support this cause and raising thousands in the process. The weekend was capped by the East Arm Rowing Club running a fundraiser to support our local GWL Coalition Teen Center. The club, along with a generous matching grant by local resident Eric Kohlmeier, raised nearly $2,000 for our Teen Center. We live in the most generous and caring community and I am proud every day to call it home!

 

Holiday Festivities Kick Off this Saturday

The holiday season is kicking off this Saturday, December 2nd in the Village of Greenwood Lake. Beginning at the GWL Bark Park from 10am – 11am, you can have your photos with Santa along with your pets right at the park. The annual Trooper Eric Nicholson Blood Drive takes place at the Ambulance Corp from 9am – 3pm. The 4th Annual Holiday Festival will be on the grounds of the Church of the Good Shepherd (green church on the corner of Waterstone and Windermere) Saturday from 1pm – 5pm. The festival will have caroling hayrides, photos with Santa (sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce), over 20 craft vendors, food provided by The Helm, drinks provided by the Elks, music fun and games. The event will lead us right into our annual tree lighting and performances that will kick off at 5pm. Please join the village in celebrating the kick off of the 2017 Holiday Season.

Waterstone Road Closed 11/27 – 12/1

November 26, 2017
***IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT***
 
As part of the sidewalk installation project on Waterstone Rd. (by the bridge), the Village will close down Waterstone Rd. between the bridge to Grace Lutheran Church from Mon., Nov. 27 to Fri., Dec. 1.
During this time, we will NOT permit vehicular thru traffic while we install stamped concrete crosswalks. The road will only be open to local traffic for the purpose of accessing residences in that section, Anton’s on the Lake or Grace Lutheran Church.
If we experience bad weather and are unable to complete the work, expect the detour to continue into the weekend, and possibly into the following week.
 
Thank you for your patience while we make this major infrastructure improvement for the safety of our residents.
Jesse Dwyer
Mayor

From the Mayor’s Office

November 16, 2017

Rifle Season Opening this Saturday

Opening day for “Big Game Hunting” with a rifle opens this Saturday, November 18th. I am bringing this to your attention because we are lucky enough to have nearly 20,000 acres of state park land right in our backyard! Of which, about 75% of that land is open to public hunting. Over the next several weeks there will likely be an increase in deer movement at night as the deer try to evade the people wearing orange walking through the woods during the daytime. In addition to being more careful driving at night, I would also ask hikers to be mindful of this when hiking in the park. ALWAYS wear blaze orange while hiking or hunting in the woods and I would strongly suggest an orange vest rather than just an orange hat – or even both!!

Some interesting facts about hunting: Nearly $1.6 billion dollars collected from hunting activity (taxes and fees on licenses and equipment) goes toward wildlife conservation and parkland management and the hunting industry is solely responsible for creating and keeping more than 50,000 people employed in the Federal Fish and Wildlife agency.

Stay safe and good luck!

 

Village Dates

  • GWL Gives Back 4th Annual Food Pantry Fundraiser Friday, November 24th from 6pm – 10pm at the GWL Elks Lodge
  • Friend in Need Fundraiser Sunday, November 26th from 12pm – 4pm at the American Legion.
  • Outdoor Holiday Festival & Crafts Fair Saturday, December 2nd from 1pm – 5pm. Food, entertainment, crafts, vendors all located in the yard of the Church of the Good Shepherd.
  • Trooper Eric Nicholson Annual Blood Drive, December 2nd from 9am – 3pm in the Ambulance Corp. Building
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Saturday December 2nd at sundown.
  • Open Gym Night Every Monday and Friday at the Middle School from 8pm – 10pm. Mon: 7th – 12th Friday for adults.
  • GWL Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday at the Elks. 4-6pm under 13 years old. Over 13 y/o 6-8pm
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