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From the Mayor’s Office

February 2, 2016

 

A Loss of a Community Leader

It is with great sorrow that Greenwood Lake says good bye to one our family members and most influential and profound youth leaders. Walter Andrews, Scout Master for the Greenwood Lake Boy Scouts, Troop 121, lost his long fought battle with mesothelioma this past week. Having been lucky enough to have known Walter (Mr. Andrews to many of us young guys!), I can truly say that I have met no other man who has impacted the kids in our community in a more positive and influential way than he. Mr. Andrews not only made time to raise his own children into outstanding citizens, he devoted his retired life into giving back to Greenwood Lake through the Boy Scouts. Long after his own children left the Scouts, Mr. Andrews continued to serve day in and day out fulfilling one of Greenwood Lake’s most important and difficult challenges – providing GWL youth with positive, proactive and healthy lifestyles. Mr. Andrews’ legacy will live on through the Scouts and through the lives of every young man who has been impacted by his life of service, including myself. I would like to extend my condolences to the Andrews family, and his extended family of Scouts in Greenwood Lake.

One Hundred Years is a Milestone!

I would like to wish Ms. Henrietta Cooke a very happy birthday as she turned 100 years young this weekend. I wish many more years of health and prosperity for you.

 

Village Dates

  • Village Board Workshop, Feb., 16th 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board Meeting, Feb., 16th 7:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Teen Center open every Wednesday from 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge
  • Open Gym for 6th – 8th grades every Monday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Open Gym for high school aged every Friday from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at M.S. gym.
  • Grace Lutheran Chili Cook-off, Feb. 20th from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Email alicreighton4grace@gmail.com with questions

From the Mayor’s Office

January 15, 2016

Tax Rebate Checks

If you are wondering why your household is receiving a tax rebate check, you are not alone. To explain, the rebate check is part of the state’s efforts to shift costs away from tax payers and force municipalities and school districts to make financial savings and efficiencies. Bottom line, the rebate check is the difference in taxes that your home must pay from the previous year in cases where taxes have risen. Only tax payers whose municipality and school districts have 1) remained under the tax cap and 2) provided the state with an acceptable government efficiency plan will receive the check. You must also receive the STAR exemption, have this residence as a primary residence and the value must be below $500,000.

 

Urging Caution if Lake Freeze

I would like to urge caution to anyone who decides to venture out on the lake when it freezes. We all enjoy a great opportunity to utilize an enormous frozen lake for ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and other winter recreation activities, however, we must all be smart when considering what to do, where to do it and most importantly, when to do it. Going out on thin or unsafe ice could possibly be an irrevocable mistake which could potentially take your life, and also the lives of first responders who are tasked with the responsibility of rescuing anyone who goes through the ice. Just because you see people out on the ice, possibly ice fishing, does not mean that the ice is safe. You must take your own measures wherever you will be entering the ice to determine if the part where you will be entering the lake is safe enough for whatever activity you will be enjoying. I will not state what thickness of ice is safe for use for liability reasons, but I urge all readers and ice users to do research and identify what constitutes “safe ice”. The Village Board does not encourage anyone to go on the ice in the winter, however, we will not restrict the choice of someone going out on the ice at THEIR OWN RISK. Enjoy, be safe, and most importantly, be smart when venturing out on the ice.

 

 

Village Dates

  • Christmas tree Pickup Monday, January 4th. They will alternate between Mondays and Thursdays in an identical pattern to leaf pickup (Monday: West side of Village / Thursday: East side of Village). Tree pickup will be the entire month of January
  • Village Board Workshop, Fe. 16th 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board Meeting, Feb. 16th 7:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • GWL Coalition Meeting, Jan. 21st at the Senior Center 7pm.

From the Mayor’s Office

January 11, 2016

Village Receives Grant of $75,000!

One of the very first goals that I set when I took office as Mayor, was improving the safety of our pedestrians in the Village. We, as a Village Board, have taken several measures to secure funds to install a sidewalk on and around the bend on Waterstone road near the bridge, heading to our gazebo. We have been unsuccessful until today. Monday morning we received notice that State Senator John Bonacic has approved a grant request that we submitted in September in the amount of $75,000 to install sidewalks on Waterstone road! This sidewalk will be a big victory for our Village as residents walk around the arm of the lake daily. I want to thank Senator John Bonacic on behalf of our Village for continuing his support to Greenwood Lake’s safety, health and well-being.

 

 

Village Dates

  • Christmas tree Pickup Monday, January 4th. They will alternate between Mondays and Thursdays in an identical pattern to leaf pickup (Monday: West side of Village / Thursday: East side of Village). Tree pickup will be the entire month of January
  • Village Board Workshop, Jan., 19th 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board Meeting, Jan., 19th 7:30 p.m. in the Courthouse

From the Mayor’s Office

January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!

On behalf of the Village Board and all Village employees in Greenwood Lake, I would like to wish all of our residents and readers a very happy, healthy and successful new year.

 

Meals on Wheels in our Community

Some may not be aware, but Orange County provides meals to eligible senior citizens at their homes in Greenwood Lake 5 days a week. This service, paid for by Orange County residents, provides an essential service to our elderly and homebound residents. One of the most interesting and fulfilling things I have done as Mayor has been volunteering with our local delivery teams to deliver “meals on wheels” to some of our homebound Village residents. This important service to our community, however, is in need of long term dedicated volunteers to help run the delivery route. If you are interested in helping with meals on wheels, please contact 845-615-3703 to see how you can get involved. If you are a homebound senior who is interested in learning more about this program, please contact 845-615-3710.

 

Events and Important Dates

  • Christmas Tree Pickup Monday, January 4th. They will alternate between Mondays and Thursdays in an identical pattern to leaf pickup (Monday: West side of Village / Thursday: East side of Village). Last pickup will be Thur., Jan 14th.
  • Village Board Workshop, 19th 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board Meeting, 19th 7:30 p.m. in the Courthouse

From the Mayor’s Office

December 29, 2015

Christmas tree Pickup in Village

I hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable Christmas with family and friends. Christmas tree pickup will not begin until the New Year so I would discourage putting your trees to the curb too early. IWS will begin picking them up on Monday, January 4th. They will alternate between Mondays and Thursdays in an identical pattern to leaf pickup (Monday: West side of Village / Thursday: East side of Village).

Winter Policies

When we do experience snow or icing conditions, I would strongly encourage residents to use COMMON SENSE when parking on their side streets. There will be absolutely NO PARKING on any of our main streets during a winter event (snow, ice, freezing rain). If your vehicle is parked on a main road, it will be towed immediately from the roadway. If your vehicle is parked on a side street and it prohibits snow plowing and safe travel, causes a delay in snow plowing or poses safety concerns, your vehicle will be towed immediately.

 

Village Hall Holiday Hours & Meeting Schedule

  • , Dec. 31 – Village Hall closed at 12 noon for New Year’s Eve.
  • Fri., 1 – Village Hall closed – Happy New Year!
  • Village Board Workshop, 19th 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board Meeting, 19th 7:30 p.m. in the Courthouse

From the Mayor’s Office

December 14, 2015

I Challenge You: Shop Locally This Christmas

All too often, growing up in Greenwood Lake, I have heard people say they needed to “go out of town” for everything they needed. Well, folks, I am here to say those days are long gone! Greenwood Lake is bustling with a reborn ability to fulfil your shopping needs this holiday season. As long as you are not in the market to buy your loved ones a new car, chances are you can find what you are looking for right in our Village. From one end of our Village to the other, we have garden centers, hardware / tool supply stores, bath and kitchens, thrift items and home-sewn gifts, high end gift stores with wall to wall collectibles and decorations, an amazing book store, gym membership, yoga, dance, health and wellness memberships, paddle boards and paddle boarding memberships, music items and music lessons at our Village’s music studio and of course, last but not least, you can always grab a gift card to one our many great restaurants that not only offer great food, some offer views that surpass those of some of the finest locations in Manhattan. So, I challenge all of the readers of this column– you want local convenience, local items and a great experience shopping in your “home town”? Support local businesses to make sure they are able to stay, thrive, and continue to make our community great.

 

 

Events in the Village

  • , Dec 19th Caroling by the Campfire, Chorale Singers at the Greenwood Lake Garden Center from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • , Dec 19th GWL Fire Dept. Brings Santa to Town. Details to Follow.
  • , Dec 24th Village Hall Closed at 12:00 p.m.
  • , Dec. 25th Village Hall closed – Merry Christmas!!!

OCTOBER 19, 2015 VILLAGE BOARD MEETING

December 9, 2015

VILLAGE COURTHOUSE

PO BOX 7, 18 CHURCH ST

GREENWOOD LAKE, NY .

 

PRESENT: MAYOR: JESSE DWYER

 

TRUSTEES: KATHELEEN HOLDER

THOMAS HOWLEY

KELLI KELM

CHAD SELLIER

 

ATTORNEY: JOHN BUCKHEIT

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG.

 

ROLLCALL BY VILLAGE CLERK PATRICIA OLSEN.

 

ALL PRESENT.

 

MAYOR DWYER STATED HE RECEIVED AN EMAIL REGARDING THE GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY PLAN WHICH EVERYONE HERE WATCHED US CREATE OVER SEVERAL YEARS. WE RECEIVED NOTICE THAT OUR PLAN WAS ACCEPTED FOR PROCESSING SO WE HAVE MET OUR REQUIREMENTS FOR THE RESIDENTS TO GET A TAX REBATE OF ANY INCREASE IN TAXES. WE ALSO HAD TO STAY BELOW THE TAX CAP, WHICH WE DID.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

LETTER RECEIVED FROM THE CITY OF PORT JERVIS – REGARDING OUR HIGH SALES TAX AND A PROPOSAL FOR BORDER STATES FOR A MORE COMPETITIVE SALES TAX RATE FOR BORDER TOWNS. GREENWOOD LAKE WOULD FALL WITHIN ONE OF THESE BORDER CATEGORIES AND SALES TAX WOULD BE REDUCED IN ORDER TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS MORE COMPETITIVE. NEW YORK STATE WOULD MANDATE THAT THE COUNTY PORTION OF THE SALES TAX WOULD BE CUT IN HALF. NEW YORK STATE WOULD NEED TO ELIMINATE SALES TAX ON MEDICINE, CLOTHING. NEW YORK STATE WOULD NEED TO LOWER THE GAS EXCISE TAX BY ½ FOR THOSE BUSINESSES WITHIN 4 MILES OF ANOTHER STATE. THE BOARD DISCUSSED THIS AT OUR WORKSHOP AND WE SUPPORT THIS WHOLEHEARTEDLY.

 

VISITING ELECTED OFFICIALS

 

COUNCILMAN FLOYD DEANGELO – WE HAD A VERY SUCCESSFUL OPENING OF WOODLANDS PARK IN WARWICK. WE ARE WORKING ON THE BUDGET.

 

BUILDING DEPARTMENT REPORT BY DODY NICHOLAS

 

FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2015 THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT ISSUED 70 ORDER TO REMEDIES,,, 24 BUILDING PERMITS, 23 CC/CO’S, SENT 96 SEPTIC LETTERS, 12 EXPIRED BUILDNG PERMIT LETTERS, 22 RENTAL INSPECTION LETTERS, 12 FIRE INSPECTION LETTERS, DID 28 RENTAL INSPECTIONS, 4 CMMERCIAL FIRE INSPECTIONS AND 14 MUNICIPAL SEARCHES. I ALSO ATTENDED 1 PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD MEETING. I ALSO PRESENTED THE BOARD WITH A RENEWAL OF A BUILDING PERMIT REQUEST WHICH NEEDS TO HAVE BOARD APPROVAL AS IT IS THE SECOND RENEWAL.

 

DISCUSSION REGARDING PROGRESS ON THE WORK BEING DONE.

 

DPW REPORTED BY DEPUTY COMMISSIONER BEN ASTORINO

 

WE CLEANED OUT SOME CATCH BASINS ON HUMPHREY, STERLING AND TENEYCK. FALL IS COMING AND LEAVES ARE FALLING SO WE ARE ASKING RESIDENTS TO TRY AND KEEP THE BASINS NEAR THEM CLEAR. WE PAVED HUMPHREY ROAD. WE PATCHED POTHOLES AROUND THE VILLAG, ROAD SIGNS AND VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AS NEEDED. WE ALSO WORKED WITH PHIL ON SOME WATER ISSUES.

 

 

 

 

POLICE REPORTED BY CHIEF JOHN HANSEN

 

THE POLICE DEPARTMENT HANDLED 1415 COMPLAINTS IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER. WE ISSUED 225 CITATIONS, MADE 22 ARRESTS, INVESTIGATED 7 MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS, HANDLED 17 NAVIGATION COMPLAINTS AND ISSUED 5 NAVIGATION TICKETS.

 

MAYOR DWYER STATED WE DISCUSSED THE HALLOWEEN CURFEW.

 

JUSTICE COURT REPORTED BY JUSTICE KEITH GARLEY

 

THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER WAS A VERY BUSY MONTH FOR THE COURT WE OPENED 208 NEW FILES WITH 178 DEFNDANTS. WE CLOSED OUT 188 CASES ON 244 CHARGES. WE ADDED A SECOND VTL COURT TO DEAL WITH A BACKLOG. WE GOT OUR JCAP APPLICATION GRANT IN A MONTH EARLY SO WE ARE HOPING TO GET THAT MONEY FROM THE STATE.

 

WATER REPORTED BY PHIL LANDRU

 

WE ARE WAITING FOR THE RESULTS OF THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS ANNUAL INSPECTION. WE HAVE REPAIRED NUMEROUS LEAKS AND SERVICE LINE PROBLEM IN THE VILLAGE WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE TOWN OF WARWICK DPW. WE HAVE ALSO BEEN BUSY WITH WATER METERING ISSUES AS WELL.

 

AS EVERYONE IS WELL AWARE OF BY NOW, THE VILLAGE HAS SENT OUT NOTICES THAT LEAD HAS BEEN DETECTED AT LEVELS WHICH THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DTERMINES TO REQUIRE MORE FREQUENT TESTING. THE VILLAGE WATER TREATMENT FACILITY IS NOT PRODUCING WATER WITH LEAD IN IT. OUT OF THE 45 SAMPLES THAT WERE TAKEN THROUGHOUT THE VILLAGE, ONLY THREE SAMPLES CAME IN OVER THE ALLOWABLE LIMIT FOR EAD. TWO OF THEM ONLY EXCEEDED THE LIMIT BY A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF A MILLIGRAM PER LITER. THE STATE IS FINDING A TREND NOW WITH LEAD AND COPPER ISSUES DUE TO THE DEC’S PROBLEM WITH ANY KIND OF PHOSPHATES BEING USED DUE TO THEIR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT. PHOSPHATES HAVE BEEN THE REMEDY FOR CORROSION ISSUES FOR DECADES NOW. AS AN OPERATOE, I HAVE TO QUESTION THIS AGENCY ENIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES TAKING PRECEDENT OVER THE SAFETY OF OUR DRINKING WATER. ALONG WITH THE WATER QUALITY PROBLEMS THAT PHOSPHATE REMOVAL HAVE PRODUCED AS WELL. THE VILLAGE BOARD HAS TAKEN THE NECESSARY ACTIONS IN ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE WITH AN IMMDEIATE AND THOROUGH SYSTEM FLUSH AND IS WORKING CLOSELY WITH A CHEMICAL EXPERT, THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND OUR WATER DEPARTMENT TO TAKE THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION GOING FORWARD. A DESK TOP STUDY IS BEING DONE BASED ON THOROUGH DATA COLELCTION FROM OUR WATER DEPARTMENT TO ADDRESS THE CORROSION ISSUE. THE SAMPLE SITES ARE ALSO BEING RETESTED AS WELL. WE ALSO FEEL THAT IT IS WORTH MENTIONING THAT THE GREENWOOD LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CONDUCTED THEIR OWN PRIVATES STUDY AND THOSE LAB RESULTS CONCLUDED THAT THE SCHOOLS WATER WAS SAFE FOR DRINKING. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SPEAK WITH ME DIRECTLY.

 

MAYOR DWYER – DO YOU KNOW WHEN WE WILL HAVE THE RESULTS OF THE RESAMPLING?

 

PHIL LANDRU – I STILL HAVE FIVE MORE TO TAKE UP AND THE RESULTS ARE USUALLY BACK WITHIN TWO WEEKS.

 

MAYOR DWYER – WE TESTED SOME SITES WHERE WATER IS NOT USED THAT FREQUENTLY AND IT SITS IN THE PIPES. IF THE WATER TESTS ARE UNDER THE MINIMUM LEVELS WE WON’T HAVE TO KEEP DOING MAILINGS. I JUST WANT TO REITERATE THAT THERE IS NO LEAD IN THE VILLAGE WATER SUPPLY.

 

PHIL LANDRU – THAT’S CORRECT IT IS CORROSION THAT IS TAKING PLACE IN CERTAIN HOMES. FOR DECADES PHOSPHATES HAVE KEPT THE LEVELS UNDER CONTROL BUT THE DEC HAS FORBID THEIR USE SO IT IS CAUSING PROBLEMS. I THINK WE SHOULD APPROACH THE DEC WITH THIS AS A HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUE WHICH SHOULD TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER AN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE.

 

MAYOR DWYER – TRUSTEE HOLDER BROUGHT UP THAT A GROUP OF SCOUTS WOULD LIKE TO HELP WITH PAINTING HYDRANTS AND INSTALLING THE FLAGS ON TOP FOR THE WINTER.

 

AMBULANCE CORP REPORTED BY NANCY BRENNER DEANGELO

 

FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, THE AMBULANCE CORP HANDLED 41 CALLS WHICH IS 411 FOR THE YEAR. WE HAD MVA’S, BURNS, TRAUMA. DIFFICULTY BREATHING, CHEST PAIN, EDP, OVERDOSE, ALLERGIC REACTIONS. HEMMORAGHING, LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS, ONE DOA, FIVE STAND BY’S. I WOULD RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE TO GET A FLU SHOT THIS YEAR WHICH COVERS BOTH A AND B THIS YEAR. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT THE VILLAGE CAN DO FOR THE CITIZENS THAT CANNOT PUT IN A METER IN THEIR HOMES. DOES THE COMPANY THAT INSTALLS THEM OFFER PLUMBING. I AM SEEING A LOT OF HOMES WITH WATER BILLS THAT ARE PRETTY HIGH AND THE HOMES HAVEN’T BEEN USED IN A LONG TIME.

 

VILLAGE CLERK PAT OLSEN – THERE AR 72 CUSTOMERS THAT ARE STILL FLAT BECAUSE THEY HAVE PLUMBING ISSUES THAT WONT ALLOW A METER TO BE PUT IN. THE CUSTOMERS WOULD HAVE TO REPLUMB THEIR HOUSES IN ORDER FOR A METER TO FIT, OR THE PIPES ARE IN AN ENCLOSED WALL.

 

MAYOR DWYER – UNFORTUNATELY, THE BURDEN IS ON THE RESIDENT TO ENSURE THE PLUMBING IS SUFFICIENT FOR A METER TO BE INSTALLED.

 

NANCY DEANGELO – SO THEY HAVE TO SPEND THE MONEY TO INSTALL THE METER?

 

TRUSTEE HOWLEY – THEY HAVE TO MAKE THEIR PIPES ACCESSIBLE. WHEN THIS FIRST HAPPENED I HAD TO CUT A HOLE IN MY WALL IN ORDER TO INSTALL A METER. I FRAMED IT OUT NEATLY.

 

VILLAGE CLERK PAT OLSEN – THE COST OF THE METER ITSELF IS $380.00 WHICH EVERYONE THAT HAD A METER INSTALLED PAID. THOSE THAT COULDN’T INSTALL THE METER DIDN’T PAY FOR IT. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO SPEND THAT MONEY.

 

MAYOR DWYER – IT IS A TRADE OFF.

 

VILLAGE CLERK PAT OLSEN – THE BILL IS 255.00 PLUS THE FILTRATION PLANT CHARGES WHICH COMOES TO 380.00 TOTAL.

 

TRUSTEE REPORTS

 

TRUSTEE HOLDER-

 

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT EVERYONE WATCH THE LIVE STREAM ON THE SCHOOL BOARDS WEBSITE IFYOU HAVENT MADE IT TO THE MEETINGS. THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT SPENDING THE FUNDS THAT WERE SET ASIDE FOR A HIGH SCHOOL AND IT WILL BE GOING OUT TO PUBLIC VOTE OVER WHETHER THEY CAN USE THOSE FUNDS OR MUST GIVE THEM BACK. THEY HAVE COVERED TWO HOUR BLOCKS AT THE MEETINGS OVER WHAT THEY WANT TO DO.

 

VILLAGE CLERK PAT OLSEN – WHEN WILL THE VOTE BE?

 

TRUSTEE HOLDER – THEY ARE LOOKING INTO THAT RIGHT NOW.

 

TRUSTEE CHAD SELLIER – IS THERE ANYTHING IN PRINT AVAILABLE TO LOOK AT?

 

TRUSTEE HOLDER – YES ON THE WEBSITE. THEY ARE LOOKING AT THREE DIFFERENT SCENERIO’S. PRIORITY IMPROVEMENTS, REPAIRS FIRST. NO ONE REALLY GOES TO THE MEETINGS ANYMORE EXCEPT THE TEACHERS. THIS IS A LOT OF MONEY. THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT A POSSIBLE 17% INCREASE IN TAXES. THEY ARE STILL UNDECISIVE ON WHAT THEY WANT TO DO.

 

LIBRARY – THEY ARE STILL HAVING KIDS MOVIE NIGHTS ON TUESDAY AND GAME NIGHTS ON WEDNESDAY. THERE ARE A LOT OF PROGRAMS COMING UP FOR THE FALL THAT YOU CAN CHECK OUT ONLINE OR AT THE LIBRARY.

 

THE GWL COALTION IS LOOKING FOR HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS IF YOU HAVE ANY EXTRA AND THEY ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR THE TEEN CENTER. THE SAME THREE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN VOLUNTEERING FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS. THEY HAVE ANYWHERE FROM 25 TO 40 KIDS EACH WEEK. THEY NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP OUT.

 

TRUSTEE HOWLEY REPORT

 

I JUST WANT TO THANK THE VILLAGE BOARD.   THE LANGAN FAMILY WAS EXTREMELY HAPPY ABOUT THE DEDICATION OF THE BASKETBALL COURTS TO BOB LANGAN LAST WEEKEND. WE HAD A NICE CEREMONY.

 

THE PBA HAS BEEN VERY INVOLVED WITH THE COMMUNITY. THEY RAN A GOLF OUTING AND THEY GET INVOLVED WITH HALLOWEEN AND I URGE EVERYONE TO SUPPORT THEM.

 

 

 

TRUSTEE SELLIER REPORT

 

FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER THERE WAS A PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD MEETING. BOTH HAD SINGLE APPLICANTS THAT WERE ADJOURNED TO OCTOBER. THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN COMMITTEE IS SET TO MEET ON OCTOBER 26TH TO CONTINUE THEIR WORK. THE DOG PARK IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. IT IS BEING RUN BY A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION CALLED BARKPARK, INC. THEY ARE PLANNING A GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION FOR NOVEMBER 7TH AT 1:00PM TO DEDICATE THE COMMEMORATIVE BRICK PATH AND TO SHOW OUR APPRECIATION TO THE VOLUNTEERS WHO DONATE THEIR TIME. MORE DETAILS WILL FOLLOW ON FACEBOOK. THERE IS A DRESS YOUR DOG FOR HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST ON OCTOBER 31ST AT 10:00AM AT THE BARK PARK.

 

ATTORNEY BUCKHEIT REPORT

 

AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING THERE WAS A PROPERTY OWNER COMPLAINING ABOUT A WATER LEAK AND WE PROMISED THEM WE WOULD LOOK INTO IT. THE MAYOR AND I BOTH VISITED THE PROPERTY AND SPOKE TO ADJACENT PROPERTY OWNERS AND WERE ABLE TO WORK OUT A SOLUTION. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO BRING YOUR ISSUES TO THE MAYOR AND VILLAGE BOARD.

 

VILLAGE CLERK REPORT BY PATRICIA OLSEN

 

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO COLLECT WATER BILLS WITHOUT PENALTY. IF YOU HAVEN’T RECEIVED IT OR ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY PAYING IT WE WILL WORK WITH YOU TO COME UP WITH A PAYMENT PLAN.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

LEAD & COPPER – WE HAVE GONE OVER HIS ISSUE, SENT LETTERS TO ALL THE WATER CUSTOMERS, PUT IT ON THE WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK. THE VILLAGE IS NOT SUPPLYING WATER THAT HAS LEAD IN IT. LEAD ISSUES ARE COMING FROM OLDER HOMES THAT HAVE LEAD SOLDER HOLDING THEIR PIPES TOGETHER. LEAD USED TO BE USED IN SOLDER BEFORE THE MID 80S. WE DO USE CHLORINE IN OUR WATER AND THAT DOES CORRODE OVER TIME. WE SWAPPED OUT TWO OF THE ADDRESSES THAT WERE OVER THE ALLOWABLE LEVELS, THE VILLAGE HALL AND THE DPW. THE FINAL RESULTS FOR THE RETEST SHOULD BE WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. WE ANTICIPATE THE TESTS WILL HAVE LOWER LEVELS. WE ARE WAITING FOR A COMPLETED DESKTOP STUDY ON HOW WE CAN MAKE OUR WATER LESS CORROSIVE.

 

COYOTES – MAYOR DWYER STATED I HAVE GOTTEN SEVERAL REPORTS OF COYOTES COMING INTO RESIDENTIAL AREAS IN THE VILLAGE IN LAKELANDS AND DOWN IN FOREST PARK. WE WANTED TO BE PROACTIVE AND MET WITH THE DEC AS WELL AS THE MANAGER OF STERLING FOREST PARK JUST TO GET THEIR FEEDBACK ON THE NUMBER OF COYOTES IN THE AREA. WE FOUND THERE IS A HIGHER NUUMBER IN THE PARK THAN USUAL, AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR EASIER FOOD SUPPLIES AND ENTERING NEIGHBORHOODS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE SITUATION TO SEE IF ANY FURTHER ACTION IS NEEDED.

 

PART TIME POLICE CONTRACT – AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING WE DISCUSSED AN AGREEMENT WITH THE UNION AND VOTED TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT. IT WAS A COMPLEX AGREEMENT THAT WAS TWO YEARS BEHIND. WE WENT TO MEDIATION AND BASICALLY NOTHING WAS APPROVED FOR THOSE TWO YEARS AND THEY WERE CLOSED OUT AND WE STARTED NEGOTIATING A CONTRACT FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS. WE AS A VILLAGE BOARD HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR TAXPAYERS BUT ALSO TO OUR EMPLOYEES. WE OFFERED THEM NO RETRO, BUT STARTING THIS YEAR WE OFFERED THEM A .75 CENT RAISE, .50 CENT FOR THE SECOND YEAR, AND .50 CENT FOR THE THIRD YEAR. THIS WORKS OUT TO SLIGHTLY MORE THAN 1% A YEAR OVER THE FIVE YEARS. WE ALSO AGREED TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OFFICERS WOULD HAVE UNEXPIRED BULLETPROOF VESTS FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY. WE REQUESTED A MINIMUUM AVAILABILITY FROM THE PART TIME OFFICERS EACH MONTH. IT HELPS US ALLEVIATE OVERTIME BY THE FULL TIME OFFICERS. IT HAS WORKED OUT WELL SO FAR AND ALLOWS US TO SCHEDULE OUT A FEW MONTHS IN ADVANCE.  

 

O&R RATES – MAYOR DWYER STATED THE PUBLIC SERVIC COMMISSION HAS AGREED TO A RATE INCREASE FOR BOTH ELECTRIC AND GAS THAT WILL TAKE EFFECT NOVEMBER 1ST FOR ALL CUSTOMERS. ELECTRIC WILL BE INCREASED 1.4% AND GAS WILL BE INCREASED 7.3%. I RECOMMEND EACH USER CONTACT ANOTHER DELIVERY AGENT TO CHECK ON THEIR RATES. WE LOCKED IN EARLY AND OUR RATE IS PHENOMENAL.

 

 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

APPOINTMENT OF ETHAN FORCHETTE TO ZBA – MAYOR DWYER STATED TOM TUTHILL IS RESIGNING FROM THE BOARD AS HE IS MOVING OUTSIDE OF THE VIILLAGE. ETHAN IS ALREADY THE ALTERNATIVE BOARD MEMBER SO WE WILL BE APPOINTING HIM TO BE A FULL MEMBER OF THE BOARD.

 

TWO WATER BILL COMPLAINTS – MAYOR DWYER STATED SINCE WE HAVE INSTALLED THE NEW METER CAPS WE HAVE BEEN GETTING AN OCCASIONAL CALL FROM RESIDENTS NOTING UNUSUAL USAGE WHICH HAS HELPED TO IDENTIFY LEAKS. WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL ISSUES AND WE WOULD LIKE TO REDUCE THE WATER USAGE CHARGES TO HALF FOR THESE CUSTOMERS.

 

BUILDING PERMIT RENEWAL – MAYOR DWYER STATED THE BUILDING INSPECTOR WAS APPROACHED FOR A SECOND RENEWAL OF A BUILDING PERMIT WHICH HAS TO NOW COME BEFORE THE BOARD FOR APPROVAL.

 

DOG PARK LEASE AGREEMENT – DURING THE WORKSHOP WE WENT THROUGH MOST OF THIS LEASE. WE ARE LEASING THE PROPERTY TO THE BARK PARK FOR $1.00 PER MONTH WHICH IS A NON PROFIT. HOPEFULLY BY OUR NEXT MEETING WE WILL HAVE A LEASE AGREEMENT.

 

PORT JERVIS TAX PROPOSAL – MAYOR DWYER STATED WE DISCUSSED THIS ALREADY.

 

HGTV FILMING – THEY WILL BE FILMING THE SHOW HOUSE HUNTERS IN THE VILLAGE OF GREENWOOD LAKE AT THE END OF OCTOBER. I WOULD ENCOURAGE ALL HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESSES ON WINDERMERE AVE AND THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE YOUR PROPERTY LOOKS ITS BEST. I WANT TO THANK SUE ONDERDUNK FROM BETTER HOMES REALTY FOR ENCOURAGING THEM TO COME HERE TO FILM.

 

EVENTS

 

DEPUTY MAYOR KELM STATED:

 

ON OCTOBER 23RD THE ANTLERS ARE HAVING THEIR HALLOWEEN DANCE AT THE ELKS LODGE FOR GRADES K-3 FROM 5:00 TO 7:00 AND GRADES 4TH-5TH GRADES FROM 7:00 – 9:00.

 

OCTOBER 24TH – GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH IS HAVING AN ITALIAN FEAST FROM 4:00 TO 6:00PM.

 

OCTOBER 25TH – TRCK OR TRUNK AT THE GREENWOOD LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL, RUN BY THE PTSA AT 4:00PM.

 

OCTOBER 28TH – THE PBA COALITION HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE ELKS FROM 6:00 TO 9:00PPM FOR GRADES 6TH RHROUGH 8TH.

 

OCTOBER 30TH – FIREMENS HALLOWEEN PARADE AT 7:00PM STARTING AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

 

OCTOBER 30TH – TERROR ON THE TRAIL AT 7:00PM IN THE BACK OF THE BEN WINSTANLEY PARK NEXT TO CVS .

 

OCTOBER 31ST – TRICK OR TREAT ON WINDERMERE AVENUE FROM BUSINESS TO BUSINESS FROM 3:00PM TO 5:00PM.

 

NOVEMBER 6TH AND 7TH – GRACE LUTHERAN CRAFT FAIR, 4-7 AND 10-4.

 

THE TENTATIVE DATE FOR THE FOOD PANTRY FUNDRAISER GREENWOOD LAKE GIVES BACK IS SCHEDULED FOR DEC 4TH FROM 7:00 – 10:-00 PM AT MURPHYS, HOSTED BY THE MAYOR, MYSELF AND BILL CERONE. THERE WILL BE RAFFLES AND MORE INFORMATION TO COME.

 

DECEMBER 6TH – SUNDAY IS THE MENORAH AND TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY AT THE AMBULANCE CORP BUILDING. THERE WILL ALSO BE PICTURES WITH SANTA STARTING AT 2:00 AND THERE WILL BE VENDORS AVAILABLE AT THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD.

 

PRIVILIGE OF THE FLOOR ON ANY GENERAL TOPIC.

 

RESIDENT NRMAN WESTPHAL – YOU MENTIONED THE O & R RATES GOING UP AND YOU SAID THE VILLAGE LOCKED IN AT LOWER RATES. I DID THAT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND I FOUND NO REAL DIFFERENCE IN THE RATES. ARE YOU WITH A PRIVATE COMPANY?

 

MAYOR DWYER – NO IT ISN’T PRIVATE. WE JUST FOLLOWED THEM AS THEIR RATES WENT UP AND DOWN AND WHEN WE THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD RATE, WE LOCKED IN FOR THE YEAR. YOU CAN LOCK IN AT A RATE THAT COULD END UP BEING HIGHER, IT DOES FLUCTUATES. IT HELPS US TO BUDGET.

 

VILLAGE CLERK PAT OLSEN – STATED IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU LOCKED IN WITH A COMPANY WITH A VARIABLE RATE.

 

RESIDENT NORMAN WESTPHAL – IT SEEMS LIKE ORANGE AND ROCKLAND ALWAYS HAS YOU OVER A BARREL. THEY THROW OUT A NUMBER TO SCARE THE HELL OUT OF YOU AND THEN THEY NEGOTIATE IT TO A SLIGHTLY LESS LARGE NUMBER.

 

MAYOR DWYER – TO BE FAIR, THEY HAVE NOT HAD AN INCREASE IN OVER FOUR YEARS AND THEY ARE IN THE DELIVERY BUSINESS.

 

MOTION TO PAY ALL AUDITED BILLS.

 

MOTINED BY TRUSTEE KELM. SECONDED BY TRUSTEE HOLDER. ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 22ND VILLAGE BOARD MEETING.

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE HOLDER. SECONDED BY TRUSTEE KELM. ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

RESOLUTION #9 OF 2015/2016

 

AHTORIZES THE HALLOWEEN CURFEW FOR FRIDAY OCTOBR 30TH AT 10:00PM. ON SATURDAY OCTOER 31ST. IT WILL BE 8:00PM FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 UNLESS ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE HOWLEY. SECONDED BY TRUSTEE SELLIER. ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

RESOLUTION # 10 OF 2015/2016

 

AUTHORIZES THE REDUCTION ON THE FOLLOWING WATER BILLS TO HALF THE WATER USAGE AMOUNT: 310891 FROM $231.85 TO $115.93, AND 306172 FROM $17,800.69 TO $8,900.35.

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE SELLIER. SECONDED BY TRUSTEE HOWLEY. ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

RESOLUTION # 11 OF 2015/2016

 

AUTHORIZES THE BUILDING INSPECTOR TO GRANT THE BUILDING PERMIT EXTENSION, UPON THE PAYMENT OF THE APPROPRIATE FEE BY THE HOLDER OF PERMIT #15-070598 FOR SBL 302-1-10 AT 24 RANDOM ROAD.

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE KELM. SECONDED BY TRUSTEE HOLDER. ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

RESOLUTION #12 OF 2015/2016

 

AUTHORIZES THE ATTACHED RESOLUTION SUPPPORTING THE NYS LEGISLATURE TO CREAT BORDER ENTERPRISE ZONES TO ASSIST MUNICIAPALITIES TO PROMOTE COMPETITIVE AND VITAL ECONOMIC GROWTH.

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE HOLDER. SECONDED BY TRUSTEE HOWLEY. ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

MAYOR DWYER READ THE BORDER ENTERPRISE ZONE PROPOSAL WHICH IS ATTACHED.  

 

MAYOR DWYER STATED I WILL FORWARD THIS TO STATE SENATOR BONACIC AND STATE ASSEMBLYMAN KARL BRABANEC.

 

MOTION TO ADJOURN THE VILLAGE BOARD MEETING WITH THE NEXT MEETING BEING NOVEMBE 16TH PRECEEDED BY A 6:30 WORKSHOP.

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE SELLIER. SECONDED BY TRUSTEE HOWLEY. ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 8:30PM.

 

RESPECTFULLY YOURS,

 

 

 

 

 

PATRICIA OLSEN

VILLAGE CLERK/TREASURER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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