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Mayor Dwyer’s Column

January 5, 2015

Greenwood Lake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

Looking back at a Great Year and Ahead toward Continued Progress

As an executive officer of a municipality, you can only hope to have great partners in problem solving. As Mayor, I have been extremely lucky to have tremendous partners from all of the dedicated Trustees on the Village Board, our appointed representatives such as Attorney, Engineer, our employees, the Town of Warwick and our partners on the Bi State Lake Commission. We saw some challenges with water, but worked diligently to alleviate issues by replacing deteriorated and neglected fire hydrants. We invested over $200,000 in grant funds into water infrastructure. We invested heavily on our youth and the lake. Our Teen Center more than doubled in size, outgrowing its first location, requiring larger accommodations, thus, moving into the Elks Lodge. We, in partnership with the GWL Coalition, wrote a grant for over $500,000 to support our youth and fight drug and alcohol abuse among our youth. The Village Board made enormous strides in an effort to save and revive our lake. We invested over $150,000 in grant funds to conduct an invasive aquatic plant inventory, herbicide treatment as well as a month long sediment removal project in the north arm of the lake. We, in partnership with the Town of Warwick, received a $50,000 grant from State Senator Bonacic to improve the drainage at the Thomas P Morahan Waterfront Park as well as to pave the parking lot. In addition, we terminated a previously ineffective aeration project which proved to be costly and something that had detrimental results on the lake. We partnered with the Chamber of Commerce and local organizations to promote the Village and grow tourism. We began a new tradition with a 5k around the lake, renamed a street after fallen soldier Scott Lynch and started a Comprehensive Plan update of an aging and severely outdated long term plan for our Village. This Plan will be completed mid-way through this year.

This administration is committed to achieving long term solutions to preserve our lake, stimulate much needed economic development, create and improve positive opportunities for our youth and provide the best possible services that our residents and tax payers can afford. We are looking forward to another great year with much continued progress.

Christmas Tree Pickup

Our refuse company will be out picking up Christmas trees every Monday and Thursday throughout the Village until the end of January. Please leave the trees unwrapped curbside.

  • 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 Workshop, Jan., 20th from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse
  • Village Board General Meeting, Jan., 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse
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