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Mayor Dwyer’s Column

January 12, 2015

Greenwood Lake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

Our Most Important Function

There is little debate as to what our most important function, as the governing board in the Village of Greenwood Lake, is – water. I am not referring to the water in the lake, although that is a top priority. I am referring to the water that enters the homes of more than one thousand users who rely on municipally supplied water. The enormous task of sourcing, treating and delivering clean, clear, seemingly tasteless and consistently pressurized water to more than one thousand households. This responsibility is undeniably among the most challenging. The tasks are daunting, the stakes are enormous, problems come and go, but the ultimate goal is to consistently provide safe water and that remains priority number one. Over time, there have been several investments made in our water treatment process. Millions of dollars spent on upgrades, new techniques, countless experiments with chemicals, changing of operators, and of course, changing regulations and mandates by state and local governments. None of which, have ever changed any administrations overall goal of delivering safe, clean and reliable water.

Having served as a Trustee prior to becoming Mayor, I found it naturally imperative to become familiar with our water treatment process. Since becoming Mayor, I have made it a top priority to becoming overwhelmingly familiar with and intimately involved in the water treatment process. Along with water department Liaison Trustee Tom Howley, the Village Board, our Clerks and our partners at Long Pond Waterworks, we have set forth goals and measures to ensure that water treatment is done safely, properly and cost effectively. We have saved thousands of dollars without affecting service or quality through various means. We solicited bids for a water contractor (ended up being the same as previous operator, but at an enormous savings), eliminated costly and illegal chemicals which had previously been used, as well as seeking out grants to pay for upgrade services. Just last week we were notified by NY State grant administrators, which covered the recent water meter upgrades, that they will provide an additional $40,000 to cover the installation of the water meter parts that were recently replaced. This additional funding source is credited to the hard work and savvy of our Village Clerk Patricia Olsen.

We, as a Board and as an overall Administration, are constantly looking for ways to avoid issues in the water treatment process. Although nearly impossible to be 100% successful, as issues will always arise in an aging system, we seek to identify issues before they occur and address them so that your water use is seamless and uninterrupted. The complexities surrounding water treatment on this scale are incredibly challenging. We will, however, take full responsibility for the successes and failures of water treatment now and beyond our administration. We will take all measures necessary to preserve the cost effective water treatment processes which guarantees the sourcing, treatment and delivery of clean, clear, seemingly tasteless and consistently pressurized water to the more than one thousand households who rely on this municipal service for their health and well-being.

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
  • Community Coalition Meeting, Jan. 20th 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center.
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