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Mayor’s Column

June 3, 2014

Hickory Tree Service Deserves Recognition

        On behalf of the Village Board, I would like to thank Damian and his Crew at Hickory Tree Service. They are a local tree service company and they used their company vehicles to hang the hanging baskets in our Village. In addition, neither Damian nor his crew accepted any sort of payment for the job. We commend their dedication to community service and offer thanks and appreciation. I would also like to thank former Trustee Ed English for coordinating the efforts on his own personal time and of course the girl scouts for their assistance in the planting of our flowers this year.

GWL Street Fair

        It is the time of year to begin the incredible festivities in GWL. The GWL Chamber of Commerce street fair will be held this Saturday, June 7th on the closed Windermere Avenue from 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. There are still a few spots available if you would like to enter a booth. Last year’s fair was jam packed with venders and tourists from all over the state. Bring the family and friends to another wonderful fair in Greenwood Lake.

Sterling Forest Resort Presentation

        There will be a presentation by RW Orange County, LLC for the proposed Sterling Forest Resort Project in Tuxedo. The presentation will be held at the GWL Elks Lodge on Tuesday, June 10th at 7:00p.m. The public comment portion will be limited to Greenwood Lake school district residents only. This is organized by the Greenwood Lake Village Board, but we understand that this affects more than just Village Residents and we want your voices, questions, and concerns to be heard.

Lake Management Plan

        Last week, there was a great editorial in the Warwick Advertiser requesting a lake management plan, and also offering suggestions for such a plan.  I commend the author in taking the time to address such a challenging and important issue for our community. I wanted to offer some of the Village Board’s ideas on a lake management plan. First, since being elected Mayor, we have formed the newly revised Comprehensive Plan Committee. In the proposed comprehensive plan, there is an entire chapter on “Lake Management”. We intend to develop a vigorously comprehensive, cost effective and realistic lake management plan for our lake. For now, here are some ideas we have: weed harvest only when absolutely necessary, treat with herbicides sparingly and not permanently,  work with the state and DEC to cap off / filter the sediment running into our lake from the far north end (horse trails), utilize grant funds for hydro rake (100k project occurring in July), fight the possible sewage entry points from the southern end of the lake coming out of Belcher’s Creek (MUA), educate residents on the dangers and impact of products they use at home, including lawn fertilizers and laundry detergents, many of which are packed with prosperous, and finally, seek funding from the Federal and State governments for dredging and sewers. In addition to the above, we must coordinate with the state of New Jersey, Town of West Milford and our Lake Commission to rotate the lake drawdown so that it is both economically safe and effective.



  • Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce Street Fair, June 7th from 11:00a.m – 5:00p.m.
  • Grace Lutheran Yard Sale June 7th from 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks Lodge
  • Swim Lesson Sign ups at Village Hall, 18 Church St., June 12th from 6:300p.m. – 8:30p.m.. Cost is $50 per first child $45 for each additional child. There are two sessions available July 7-July 25 and July 28 -August 15
  • George F. Baker High School Concert at the Beach, June 13th from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
  • Summer Concert Series Kicks Off with Country band Somerville Brothers at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park at 7:30p.m.
  • Village Board Workshop Mon., June 16th from .6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board General Meeting Mon., June 16th from .6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Maggie permalink
    June 19, 2014 12:46 pm

    Hello, I would like to know why a letter is mailed to all residents about our drinking water, stating if we have questions about the letter to contact Philipe Landru at 845-477-9215, When I called I was told I could not speak to him directly. So my question has gone unanswered.

    • Mayor Dwyer permalink*
      June 19, 2014 2:51 pm

      Mr. Landru does not work in Village Hall. He is a contracted water plant operator. Our procedure is for you to call village hall and leave your number. If you leave your number, Mr. Landru will personally call you to answer any question you may have.

      On Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 2:48 PM, The Greenwood Lake Villager wrote:


      • maggie permalink
        June 19, 2014 3:14 pm

        I have another question was the response above really written by Mayor Dwyer? I would like to personally speak to you.

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