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From the Mayor’s Office

August 14, 2017

The Year of Walkways in GWL

The Village has begun the reconstruction of our sidewalks along Windermere Avenue. The construction will start at Jersey Avenue on the West side of the road and will head North one block at a time. Once that side of the street is complete, the crew will move to the East side of Windermere. The project will replace the sidewalk from Jersey Avenue to Oak St this year, and will continue further down Windermere Ave. next year. Businesses WILL remain open during this time and the crew will make proper provisions to ensure safe and easy access to these businesses. Please be aware that parking may be a bit difficult during this time as a consequence of the improvement. The inconvenience will, however, be temporary and we ask that you please bear with us as we try to improve the infrastructure of our Village.

The Village recently received final approvals to begin construction of a new sidewalk along Waterstone Road from Court St (gazebo), around the bend all the way to the bridge. We are also going out to bid in the next few weeks for the wetlands walkway project that will connect our recreation parks together. Both projects are fully funded by grants and should be completed before the Fall.

 

Village Dates

  • GWL Concert Series Presents Atlas Gray at the Beach Fri., August 18th at 7:30pm
  • GWL Concert Series Hosts the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival’s Gabriele Tranchina Group at the Beach Sat., August 19th at 7:30pm
  • Zumba at the Beach every Saturday beginning June 3rd. 9am at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park
  • Yoga at the Beach Every Sunday beginning June 4th at 8:30am.
  • Greenwood Lake Village Board Meeting, Aug. 21st at 7:30pm. Workshop at 6:30pm in the Courthouse
  • Gaelic Cultural Society Hosts Irish Night at the Beach Sat., August 26th at 7pm.
  • Grace Lutheran Church Sliced Steak Dinner Sat., Aug. 26th from 4-6pm at Grace.

From the Mayor’s Office

July 31, 2017

Notice to Veterans Living in GWL

In a meeting with County Executive Steve Neuhaus last week, I was informed of a great program offered by Orange County for our area Veterans. Four days a week, Orange County sends a van to 9 locations in Orange County, Greenwood Lake being one of them, and takes local Veterans to Castle Point VA Medical Center. If you are a local Veteran and would like to take advantage of this service, please contact 845-291-2470 to schedule a pick up. The pickup location is CVS – they cannot pick you up from your home. Pickup is Mon., Tue., Thur., and Friday. You must call at least one full day in advance to schedule a pickup.

 

GWL Theatre Presents Wizard of OZ

Starting this week, on Wednesday, GWL Theater will be presenting a full production of the Broadway show: The Wizard of Oz. The production will take place Wed., Aug. 2nd through Sunday, August 6th at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park. The show starts each night at 7:30pm. This is a professionally organized show with professional actors, as well as local talent from Greenwood Lake, many of whom are our local youth. The show is $20 for adults and $10 for kids/ seniors/ military / students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.greenwoodlaketheater.org.

 

Greenwood Lake’s 4th Annual 5k Run / Walk and kid’s Fun Run

Signups are continuing online for the 4th annual Greenwood Lake 5k. The race will kick off from the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park at 9am on Saturday, August 5th. This year’s proceeds will go to the GWL Coalition Teen Center. TO register online, please go to http://bit.ly/GWL5K17Please email gwl5kinfo@gmail.com with questions.

 

Village Dates

  • GWL Theater Presents The Wizard of Oz, Aug. 2nd – Sunday Aug., 6th at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park 7:30 pm each night.
  • GWL 5k Run/ Walk and Kids Fun Run, Aug. 5th at 9am – Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park
  • GWL Reunion – , August 5th from 12pm – 8pm at the GWL Elks Lodge
  • GWL Elks All You Can Eat Brunch, August 6th from 10am – 2pm: Cost is $15 for adults $7.50 for children under 12. All you can eat.
  • Zumba at the Beach every Saturday beginning June 3rd. 9am at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park
  • Yoga at the Beach Every Sunday beginning June 4th at 8:30am.

From the Mayor’s Office

April 10, 2017

 

Hoboken Int’l Film Festival Staffing Alert!!

The Festival is currently looking to fill volunteer and paid positions for the 7-day festival. Volunteers who give between 12-24 hours over the entirety of the festival will receive one all access pass to the festival, which includes a seat at the Awards Ceremony on the final night, endless viewing of the films and access to Restaurant Row. If you give more than 24 hours, you will receive 2 all access passes ($295 value each). Volunteer positions include grounds keepers, parking attendants, transportation assistants, restaurant row help as well as greeters. In addition, there are paid positions available. Those positions include Restaurant Row manager, transportation supervisor, grounds supervisor, hospitality supervisor, parking coordinator, ticket sales and technical positions / projectionists.

If you would like to volunteer, please email volunteersforhiff@gmail.com to let them know your availability and desired position. If you would like to apply for a paid position, please reach out to managementathiff@gmail.com. Interviews for the paid positions will be done over the next 2 weeks.

FESTIVAL DATES: MAY 19 – MAY 25, 2017

Village Dates

  • GWL Coalition Teen Center open every Wednesday from 4-8pm at the GWL Elks Lodge. 4-6pm art open to all ages under 18 & 6-8pm teen group (12-16 ages)
  • Open Gym Basketball for grades 7-12 at the Middle School Gym every Monday from 8pm – 10pm starting October 17th.
  • GWL Village Board Budget Public Hearing, April 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Village Hall
  • GWL Village Board HUD Public Hearing, April 17th at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall followed by a special board meeting to adopt budget and HUD submission
  • GWL PBA Easter Egg Hunt, April 9th at 11am at the American Legion.
  • Greenwood Lake Elks Good Friday Fish Dinner Friday, April 14th from 5pm – 8pm at the Elks Lodge. Easter Egg Hunt at Elks beginning at 4:45pm just before dinner!!!
  • Grace Lutheran Paper Shredding Event , April 22nd from 9am – noon.
  • Concert to End Homelessness, April 29th from 12pm – 8pm at the GWL Elks.

From the Mayor’s Office

April 3, 2017

Local Filming Alert

Do you want to be in a movie starring multiple Academy Award and Emmy winners & nominees – next Sunday April 9 (in Greenwood Lake) as background players? This film will be the Opening Night Movie at the Hoboken Int’l Film Festival (“HIFF”), and you will receive 2 free All Access Passes to HIFF if you are in the movie! Email BOTH Ken@JusticeForAllProductions.com and lauren_ide@yahoo.com – if you want to be in the movie and get the free passes.

Great News from Community Development

This past week I met with the Orange County Director for Community Development, Richard Mayfield, who provided tremendous news for our Village. We were approved for the Hazard Mitigation Grant funding that we applied for 3 years ago! This grant will fully fund, with $500,000, a Lakelands culvert project which will remove the ponding and major flooding in that area. The grant also includes fully funding an $80,000 generator project for the Village’s designated storm shelter – the Elks.

Village Dates

  • GWL Coalition Teen Center open every Wednesday from 4-8pm at the GWL Elks Lodge. 4-6pm art open to all ages under 18 & 6-8pm teen group (12-16 ages)
  • Open Gym Basketball for grades 7-12 at the Middle School Gym every Monday from 8pm – 10pm starting October 17th.
  • GWL Village Board Budget Public Hearing, April 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Village Hall
  • GWL Village Board HUD Public Hearing, April 17th at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall followed by a special board meeting to adopt budget and HUD submission
  • Grace Lutheran Roast Beef Dinner, April 1st from 4pm – 6:30pm at Grace Lutheran Church. $13 pp or $11 for Seniors.
  • GWL PBA Easter Egg Hunt, April 9th at 11am at the American Legion.
  • Greenwood Lake Elks Good Friday Fish Dinner Friday, April 14th from 5pm – 8pm at the Elks Lodge.
  • Grace Lutheran Paper Shredding Event , April 22nd from 9am – noon.
  • Concert to End Homelessness, April 29th from 12pm – 8pm at the GWL Elks.

From the Mayor’s Office

March 27, 2017

Job Well Done by Friends of the Boy Scouts

This past weekend I had the honor of attending a Friends of the GWL Boy Scouts event at the Elks. This event was a tremendous success and underscores the community’s appreciation for the hard work and positive contributions the Scouts, and their leaders, make in our area. On behalf of the Village Board and the entire Greenwood Lake community, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all the Scouts have done and will continue to do in the community.

 

2017 Community Clean Scheduled

This year’s Community Clean Sweep will be held Saturday, April 8th from 8am – 4pm. The meeting place will be at the GWL Elks Lodge (side entrance by basketball hoop). If you would like to come help clean community parks you can come to the Elks and we will send you out to needy locations. If you would like to clean your own neighborhood, please contact Village Hall to let us know where you’ll be cleaning and we will send out a crew to pick up any debris or bags left on the street corner for your cleaning. Household items will NOT be picked up. We are only taking away debris that has been found from a neighborhood cleanup. Community service hours will be given out if they are requested.

Village Dates

  • GWL Coalition Teen Center open every Wednesday from 4-8pm at the GWL Elks Lodge. 4-6pm art open to all ages under 18 & 6-8pm teen group (12-16 ages)
  • Open Gym Basketball for grades 7-12 at the Middle School Gym every Monday from 8pm – 10pm starting October 17th.
  • GWL Village Board Workshop, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the courthouse
  • GWL Village Board Meeting for Reorganization , April 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse
  • Grace Lutheran Roast Beef Dinner, April 1st from 4pm – 6:30pm at Grace Lutheran Church. $13 pp or $11 for Seniors.
  • GWL PBA Easter Egg Hunt, April 9th at 11am at the American Legion.
  • Greenwood Lake Elks Good Friday Fish Dinner Friday, April 14th from 5pm – 8pm at the Elks Lodge.
  • Grace Lutheran Paper Shredding Event , April 22nd from 9am – noon.

State of the Village Address

January 24, 2017

Below is the article from the Warwick Valley Dispatch with coverage from our most recent Village Board meeting where I outlined the State of the Village.

 

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Sitting (L-R): Trustee Tom Howley, Mayor Jesse Dwyer, Village Clerk Patricia Olsen. Standing (L-R): Village Attorney John Buckheit, Trustee Chad Sellier, Deputy Mayor Kelli Kelm, Trustee Katheleen Holder

Photo credit: Lourice Angie

Story written by: Lourice Angie

 

At the first Village of Greenwood Lake Board of Trustee meeting for the new year on Tues., Jan. 17, the Board handled old business and discussed resolutions that are anticipated to bring about positive changes in the Village throughout the year. Mayor Jesse Dwyer also gave his “State of the Village” address recapping the year of 2016:

“The year began with a $75,000 grant from the Senate for the Waterstone Rd. Sidewalk project. The Village also streamlined payment methods for water customers by accepting credit card payment for water bills. We retained a professional and fully volunteer environment scientist to study the lake and surrounding ecosystem. The Village acquired nearly one full acre of property for $1 from Orange County which will serve as a public park and passive boat launch. We then received a grant over $50,000 to construct that park.

      The Village has worked closely with our Community Coalition to fight drug abuse in the community, mostly within our youth population. This year we put on a ‘Stairway to Heroin’ presentation, which was extremely successful and attended by many from within the community. We expanded the hours and activities at the Teen Center and included an art program. Next year, we will have a Teen Center run garden at the Elks Lodge. We put together the first ever Youth League Sports program for the kids in which they interacted with me and members of law enforcement while playing sports.

      We’ve seen some great new businesses open around the lake such as: an art studio, Mexican restaurant, Country Grocery’s re-opening, a vape shop, florist, technology company, and of course, the Cove Castle. In addition, we have seen some great investments by existing local businesses to expand their operations, improve their storefronts and grow their businesses. We began sponsoring yoga and zumba at the beach to help our residents get healthy. We brought back ‘Theatre on the Lake’ with a Broadway show at our beach this past summer. This year, we’ll be having a week-long theatre production.

      Continuing on the arts and tourism, we found the Hoboken International Film Festival a new home, right here in Greenwood Lake. This past year we played an instrumental role in breaking ground for the Wah Tah Wa Park Natural Gas project – supplying reliable and affordable natural gas to the residents of the park. Toward the end of the year, we received news of another capital project grant – $50,000 to construct a handicap accessible trail system connecting our parklands.

It’s been a very busy and productive year for Greenwood Lake. We, as a Board and administration, have been able to accomplish all this while maintaining a very tight budget. One which we, year after year, can come in at under budget. Just last year, for example, we added over $100,000 to our fund balance by coming in under budget. We continue to find cost saving measures wherever and whenever possible. But never at the expense of the services that our residents have come to rely on. We have found ways to secure grant funding for necessary projects and ensure that our savings will provide the necessary funding for capital projects where there is no grant funding.

This coming year, the Village will be using grant funds to construct new sidewalks on Waterstone Rd. and repair the sidewalks on Windermere Ave. But we will be using the newly established water fund balance to build a new well. Our conscientious management of taxpayer dollars has enabled us to perform this vital capital project without taking on debt and without increasing user fees for our water customers. But let’s be honest, 2016 was by no means a completely smooth ride.

      We dealt with a crisis that is being seen all around the nation – lead and copper issues. But, dealing with this issue in a very thorough and steadfast manner, I am proud to announce that the approach we took resulted in reducing lead levels to a point where we are no longer exceeding any health department standards. We continue to deal with copper issues, but lead was really the main concern as that posed a health risk to our residents.

      I am very proud of the work we, as a Board and administration have done. The hard work and ideas of many have created a Village that we can all be proud of. There is, however, much work needed to be done and I look forward to doing it as your Mayor.”

Water System

During the meeting the Mayor announced that the Board was in the process of putting together the preliminary bid applications and required technical specifications for the major capital project and anticipates having the formal bids to review by the next Board meeting in Feb. Dwyer assures everything is in the works and humorously said, “The new well is moving along well.”

Lead & Copper

Mayor Dwyer was very pleased to report that he received the results for the lead levels in the water. The outcome revealed that the current lead levels were under the Department of Health minimum and considered resolved. Dwyer said that the treatments used proved to be more effective and expeditious than expected.  The copper results still show to be above the minimum standards. The Board is working closely with the Department of Health to determine if using soda ash; the chemical also known as sodium carbonate will be an acceptable and effective form of treatment.

Wah Ta Wa Park Natural Gas

Residents in the Wah Ta Wa Park community showed a greater interest in switching to natural gas after witnessing the work that commenced a few months ago within their area. Fortunately for those residents, the Board was able to work out another deal with them very quickly which provided these residents with the option to switch to the more affordable natural gas without incurring any penalties or fees. Approximately 15 additional homes in Wah Ta Wa Park decided to make the switch to natural gas. O&R utilities will continue excavating and paving work throughout the remainder of the month.

Waterstone Rd. Sidewalk Project

Mayor Dwyer said that the Waterstone Rd. Sidewalk project is still on track. However, there’s still no guarantee that the project will commence this year without the proper funding. He is working diligently, along with the help of Attorney John Buckheit and Fusco Engineering, to ensure that State Senator John Bonacic grants them the funds needed in order to proceed with the highly anticipated project.

Windermere Ave. Sidewalks

Now that the Board has a better understanding of what the costs and specifics will be, the project for sidewalks on Windermere Ave. will go out to rebid. Dwyer says the project is on track and anticipates that the work will commence in the Spring of 2017. The entire project will only take about a week to complete.

Retro Basin Replacement

In order to replace or fix any existing issues with the retro basins, first the exact amount of damage or repair needs to be determined. There also needs to be funding.  The filters alone cost $8,000, not including the costs of inserts.

As of now Mayor Dwyer acknowledges that something needs to be done about the problem. He is awaiting a final report from the Department of Public Works in order to determine exactly how many need to be replaced. Dwyer says he would like to see the money that was owed and paid back to the Village by the Greenwood Lake Bi-state Commission from the Morahan Grant used to replace the retrofitted catch basin filters.

Should the costs exceed a total of $50,000, there is also the possibility of seeking help for funding from State Senator John Bonacic. Dwyer is continuing to look into the issue and would like the basins to be routinely maintained.

Coalition Teen Center

The Coalition Teen Center has expanded their hours and activities. They offer art from 4 to 6 p.m. for children under 18. The regular Teen Center hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Dwyer announced that with permission from members of the Elks Lodge, the Teen Center will build and care for a small vegetable garden at the lodge.

Parking Fine Schedule

It was recommended by Greenwood Lake Police Chief John Hansen that all parking fines be reviewed and updated. It has been decades since they were last revised. Trustee Thomas Howley met with the Chief to review the proposed fees. The changes are not major, but changes were definitely made says Dwyer.  In order for the fees to be enforced and processed in court, first they need to be adopted by a resolution.

The Board has moved forward accordingly with the following changes to the parking violations:

Fire Zone, $100; park left side of street,   $40; park 10-feet from corner, $25; park less than 15’ from fire hydrant, $50; park in bus stop zone, $50; all night parking, $50; parking during snow removal, $75; parking in a no parking zone, $50; parked on pavement, $75; parking without permit, $50; parking in handicapped spot first offense, $75; and parking in handicapped spot second offense, $150.

Next Board Meeting Set for Feb. 21

The next Board meeting will take place on Tues., Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse, located at 47 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.

Cold Weather Setting In

December 15, 2016

The Village’s water department is urging residents to take necessary measures to avoid frozen water pipes as the cold weather sets in. Over the next couple days, we are expecting weather well below freezing. During this time, please consider keeping cabinets open to expose water pipes that are susceptible to freezing. If these cabinets contain cleaning products and you have small children, consider removing the cleaning products and storing elsewhere during this time. You might also want to consider leaving all internal home faucets on a very slow, but steady, trickle of running water.

I would also like to ask residents and readers to consider checking on loved ones and elderly neighbors during this time to make sure their heat is working properly. Please also inspect the use of space-heaters in the home of the elderly to ensure they do not pose a fire risk. Checking that space-heaters are not near cluttered items in the home and that the sockets they are plugged into are sufficient to power such an appliance.

On other news, the Lake Commission has announced that they will be closing the dam of Greenwood Lake on January 1, 2017. Therefore, the lake will begin refilling as precipitation comes in. If you have not done your lakefront maintenance, you should consider getting to work asap.

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