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Mayor Dwyer’s Column

April 27, 2015

 From the Mayor’s Office

By Jesse Dwyer

Completed Village Budget for 2015/ 2016

Each year, the Village Board is tasked with adopting an operating budget for both general municipal operations as well as water distribution to the users within our Village. This year, the Board is proud to have adopted yet another budget that maintains the level of service our residents rely on, keeps taxes fair, and increases funding to critical aspects of our general operations such as lake maintenance and youth services.  In addition, the Village Board has reduced the dependency on our fund balance (savings account) and reduced the fixed rate on resident’s water bills by $80. The tax rate increase is $.91 per $1,000 assessed value. The average home in the Village is assessed at between $30,000–$60,000 (This is not actual home value, it is assessed value). So if you own a home that has an average assessment, you will see a reduction in your taxes this year from a Village standpoint when factoring in the reduction from your required water payments.

Community Clean Sweep

I would like to thank each and every member of the public who took the time to come out on our community-wide cleanup day. We hit several of the critical areas of the Village and had a great time doing it. Let’s keep the momentum going all year long!

  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks
  • Youth Open Gym for 6th through 8th graders at the middle school from 6-8pm every Monday. 9th – 12th graders will have open gym every Monday from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Holy Rosary Church Fundraiser: Wine & Design Sunday May 3rd from 2:00 p.m. – 4:0-0 p.m.. Please contact 845-544-2487 for more details.
  • GWL Elks Blood Drive  Saturday May 3rd from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Chestnut St. Please consider giving blood for this great cause. Specially trained staff will be there performing all administrations.

Mayor Dwyer’s Column

April 20, 2015

 From the Mayor’s Office

By Jesse Dwyer

Small Village with a Big Reputation

It’s not every day that you can be thousands of miles from home and meet someone who has been to Greenwood Lake. Oddly enough, this exact occurrence has happened to me twice. This past weekend, while in San Francisco on business, I happened to run into someone who had been to Greenwood Lake, the small Village with less than 4,000 residents. This gentleman, originally form Manhattan, said he had been to “some place on the lake with great German food”. I easily determined that to have been one of our many top notch restaurants, Breezy Point Inn. This is just another example of the pride I have in our community and the deep rooted character that we have established thanks to the many successful pioneers and businesses that have given Greenwood Lake such a great national reputation.

Community Clean Sweep

Please consider lending a hand for our Village-wide clean sweep on April 25th. We will be meeting at the Greenwood Lake Senior Center at 8am to dispatch local volunteers to critical sections of the Village for spring cleaning of our community. If you would like to clean up your own neighborhood, we will provide bags and will also pick up the refuse Monday morning from your street corner. You must report your road if you intend to do that. This all day event will also include a privately sponsored paper shredding fundraiser by Grace Lutheran Church and a pill and food drop sponsored by the GWL Coalition. You may drop off expired or unused medication (non-liquid) at the GWL Police Department from 10am – 2pm. Food donations will also be accepted for our local food pantry.

  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks
  • Youth Open Gym for 6th through 8th graders at the middle school from 6-8pm every Monday. 9th – 12th graders will have open gym every Monday from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Village Clean Sweep, Apr. 25th from 8am – 4pm meeting at Senior Center
  • Coalition Pill and Food Drop, Apr. 25th from 10am – 2pm at GWL Police Dept
  • Paper Shredding Fundraiser; Sat., Apr. 25th from 9am – 12pm at Grace Lutheran Church on Waterstone Rd.
  • Eagle Scout Fundraiser Sliced Steak Dinner Elks, , Apr. 25th from 5pm to 8pm

Village Hiring Two Positions

April 14, 2015

1) P/T Grounds position: Assist the full time grounds position. Must possess valid NYS Drivers License. Must have at least one year’s experience in lawn/ property maintenance (may be your own). Approx 20-30 hours per week (sometimes more in summer). Seasonal position. Pay is 10-12 per hour depending on qualifications. Email your resume to vcmgwl@yahoo.com.

2) Zoning Board Secretary: You must attend one meeting a month for the Zoning Board. Record the meeting with a recorder, taking notes as needed, and then you must type the minutes of the meeting at your own time shortly after the meeting. Pay is $75 per meeting. You must demonstrate a high level of typing skills and a keen attention to detail. Please email your resume/ or letter of interest to vcmgwl@yahoo.com.

Mayor Dwyer’s Column

April 13, 2015

GWL Street Fair

The much anticipated Street Fair is right around the corner. On June 13th, 2015, the GWL Chamber again will host what is becoming one of the best street fairs in Orange County. For the past several years, the GWL Street Fair, coordinated by Murphy’s Co-owner Eric Kelm and GWL Deputy Mayor Kelli Kelm, has grown by leaps and bounds to become the main kickoff celebration for our summer season in this lakeside community.

If you have not done so already, be sure to register a booth to get in on the packed day of shoppers walking down the main streets of Windermere Avenue in downtown Greenwood Lake. The deadline for reserving your spot is June 1st and be advised, spots are filling up fast so don’t miss the opportunity to get yours. Vendor applications may be printed online from either the Chamber’s website or the Village’s website or by clicking here . You can also register by emailing gwlstreetfair@yahoo.com or by calling 845-477-2652.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the street fair and at many of the great events happening this summer in and around beautiful Greenwood Lake!

  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks
  • Youth Open Gym for 6th through 8th graders at the middle school from 6-8pm every Monday. 9th – 12th graders will have open gym every Monday from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Village Clean Sweep, Apr. 25th from 8am – 4pm meeting at Senior Center
  • Coalition Pill and Food Drop, Apr. 25th from 10am – 2pm at GWL Police Dept
  • Paper Shredding Fundraiser; Sat., Apr. 25th from 9am – 12pm at Grace Lutheran Church on Waterstone Rd.
  • Village Board Budget Public Hearing April 20th 7:00 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board General Meeting April 20th 8:00 p.m. in the Courthouse

Mayor Dwyer’s Column

April 6, 2015

 Greenwood Lake Mayor

By Jesse Dwyer

Cleaning up our Community

Beginning this week our refuse contractor, IWS, will be picking up brush and bagged leaves from your curb. Mondays will be pick up for the residential areas in the “flats”, or central section of the village including: Victory Acres, Windermere Park, Greenwood Park, Jersey Ave. Thursday’s pickup will include the southern and south eastern portion of the Village including the Orchards (Lake Drive area), Lakelands, Wah Tah Wa Park, and Edgemere.

Please consider lending a hand for our Village-wide clean sweep on April 25th. We will be meeting at the Greenwood Lake Senior Center at 8am to dispatch local volunteers to critical sections of the Village for spring cleaning of our community. This all day event will also include a privately sponsored paper shredding fundraiser by Grace Luteheran Church and a pill and food drop sponsored by the GWL Coalition. You may drop off expired or unused medication (non-liquid) at the GWL Police Department from 10am – 2pm. Food donations will also be accepted for our local food pantry.

  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks
  • Youth Open Gym for 6th through 8th graders at the middle school from 6-8pm every Monday. 9th – 12th graders will have open gym every Monday from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Middle School Play: Annie Jr., Fri., Apr. 10th at 7pm and Sat., Apr. 11th at 2pm  in the Middle School
  • Village Clean Sweep Sat., Apr. 25th from 8am – 4pm meeting at Senior Center
  • Coalition Pill and Food Drop Sat., Apr. 25th from 10am – 2pm at GWL Police Dept
  • Paper Shredding Fundraiser; Sat., Apr. 25th from 9am – 12pm at Grace Lutheran Church on Waterstone Rd.
  • Village Board Budget Public Hearing April 20th 7:00 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board General Meeting April 20th 8:00 p.m. in the Courthouse

East Arm Learn-to-Row signups this Saturday

March 31, 2015

The East Arm Rowing Club of Greenwood Lake will extend its registration to this Saturday April 4th , 9-11 a.m. Signups will be at the club’s new boathouse located at 69 Sterling Rd.

The fee of $125 per rower covers six training sessions by experienced coaches. Rowers must commit to the six-week program, and must be available on race day, Saturday, June 6, beginning at 8 a.m. Participants must be 18 years or older, be in good health, be able to swim, to lift 35 pounds overhead, and must sign the required waiver. The program is designed for men and women.  The first week will start April 25th.

Detailed information and downloadable registration forms are available at the club’s website, http://eastarm.org/ , or by phone, (845) 477-3076. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For information, visit the website, email info@eastarm.org or call (845) 477-3076.

Mayor Dwyer’s Column

March 30, 2015

 Greenwood Lake Mayor

By Jesse Dwyer

Government Efficiency

I have stated before, in previous columns that the New York state government expects a government efficiency plan from local municipalities in June. I believe the Village of Greenwood Lake has been working on one long before this request came down from bureaucrats in Albany. There have been consolidation and mergers of services, elimination of staff positions, reductions in expenditures to match the reductions in state and federal aid, vigorous employee negotiations to match the levy limit restrictions, curbed expectations for infrastructure repairs as a result of our limited spending abilities, and we have also begun the re-write of our comprehensive plan which does have a financial management component and creates a road map for efficiency. But, the NYS government wants us to utilize the time of our employees and clerks to let them know what we’re doing to make government more efficient. I would like to ask them, in in Albany, what they’re doing to make their budget more efficient, their staff more lean, and their actions more transparent. However, the Board will comply with the request and we will present to the state our continued plan for making our government more efficient. This, like all other budget items, will be made available to the public for review.

Hiring P/T Ground Position

The Village is seeking a part time grounds position to work during the summer/ fall season. The basic requirements are that you possess a valid driver’s license, high school (or equivalent) degree, have at least one year experience maintaining properties and operating light machinery such as lawnmowers, weed wackers, etc. Pay is $10-12 per hour depending on qualifications.

  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks
  • Youth Open Gym for 6th through 8th graders at the middle school from 6-8pm every Monday. 9th – 12th graders will have open gym every Monday from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Village Board Meeting Workshop April 6th 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board General Meeting April 6th 7:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
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