Meeting Minutes January 2016

/Meeting Minutes January 2016
Meeting Minutes January 2016 2017-02-02T09:19:43+00:00

JANUARY 19, 2016                                                                                           VILLAGE BOARD MEETING

 

                                                                                                                                VILLAGE COURTHOUSE

                                                                                                                                18 CHURCH ST, PO BOX 7

                                                                                                                                GREENWOOD LAKE NY 10925

 

 

PRESENT:            MAYOR:               JESSE DWYER

 

                                TRUSTEES:          KATHELEEN HOLDER                                                                                                                                     KELLI ANN KELM

                                                                CHAD SELLIER

 

                                ATTORNEY:        JOHN BUCKHEIT

 

ABSENT:              TRUSTEE:            THOMAS HOWLEY

 

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG.

 

ROLL CALL BY VILLAGE CLERK PAT OLSEN.

 

ALL PRESENT EXCEPT TRUSTEE HOWLEY.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

MAYOR DWYER STATED I WANT TO THANK THE EAST ARM ROWING CLUB FOR THEIR SUPPORT.  THEY CONTACTED ME TO FIND OUT IF THEY COULD RAISE MONEY FOR A VILLAGE PROGRAM AND I RECOMMENDED THAT THEY RAISE MONEY FOR THE GREENWOOD LAKE TEEN CENTER.  THE TEEN CENTER IS RUN THROUGH THE COALITION WHICH IS A GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS AND PARENTS AND EDUCATORS AND POLICE IN THE COMMUNITY.  THEY RAISED $750.00 AND WE WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR SUPPORT. 

 

MAYOR DWYER STATED THE VILLAGE BOARD AND PREVIOUS BOARDS HAVE TRIED VERY HARD TO APPLY FOR GRANTS TO PUT IN A SIDEWALK ON WATERSTONE ROAD.  WE JUST FOUND OUT WE RECEIVED A GRANT FROM SENATOR BONACIC TO DO JUST THAT FOR $75,000.00.  HE HAD ADVISED US OF THE GRANT OPPORTUNITY WHICH WAS COMPETITIVE AND OUR APPLICATION WAS APPROVED.  WE ARE LOOKING TO PROBABLY START THE PROJECT IN THE SPRING AND COMPLETE IT BY SUMMER.  IT IS A DANGEROUS CURVE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WALK AROUND THAT ARM. 

 

VILLAGE CLERK PATRICIA OLSEN STATED THE VILLAGE HAS APPLIED FOR A SIDEWALK GRANT MANY TIMES, THROUGH BILL MORRIS AND BARBARA MOORE AND BEN WINSTANLEY THROUGH HUD AND WERE NEVER APPPROVED BEFORE.

 

MAYOR DWYER STATED SENATOR BONACIC HAS REALLY BEEN GREAT TO US.  I APPLAUD HIM AND THE BOARD AND IT WILL BE A GREAT INVESTMENT FOR THE COMMUNITY. 

 

CORRESPONDENCE IS POSTED. 

 

LETTER FROM THE FOOD PANTRY – THANKING US FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL GREENWOOD LAKE GIVES BACK FUNDRAISER THAT RAISED OVER $4000 FOR THE LOCAL FOOD PANTRY ALONG WITH A LOT OF FOOD AND A LOT OF TOILETRIES.  IT WAS AT MURPHY’S AND IS ALWAYS A LOT OF FUN.  THANKS TO MURPHYS FOR HOSTING AND SUPPLYING FOOD. TO KELLY FOR THE SUPPORT, TO PAT FOR HELPING OUT WITH TICKETS, TO THE BAND JEFF DOWLING AND THE SPITBALL PARADE. 

 

LETTER FROM ORANGE AND SULLIVAN HOSPICE – REGARDING SPRING VOLUNTEER TRAINING FOR CAREGIVER RELIEF, COMPANIONSHIP ASSISTANCE.  ALL INTERESTED COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE WELCOME. 

 

VISITING ELECTED OFFICIALS

 

TOWN COUNCILMAN FLOYD DEANGELO – NOTHING TO REPORT.

 

DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS

 

BUILDING DEPARTMENT               REPORTED BY DODY NICHOLAS, BUILDING INSPECTOR

 

FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER WE TOOK IN $$5,125.00.  FIFTEEN ORDER TO REMEDIES WERE SENT OUT, 20 BUILDING PERMITS WERE ISSUED, 18 CC/CO’S WERE ISSUED, 70 SEPTIC LETTERS WERE SENT OUT, 15 EXPIRED PERMIT LETTERS WERE ISSUED, 35 RENTAL INSPECTION LETTERS WERE SENT OUT, 7 FIRE INSPECTION LETTERS WERE SENT OUT, 52 RENTAL INSPECTIONS WERE DONE, 6 COMMERCIAL FIRE INSPECTIONS WERE DONE AND 3 MUNICIPAL SEARCHES WERE DONE.  IN ADDITION I APPEARED IN COURT WITH TWO CASES AND ATTENDED A PLANNING BOARD AND A ZONING BOARD MEETING. 

 

MAYOR DWYER – CAN YOU REMIND THE PUBLIC OF SNOW SHOVELING POLICY.

 

DODY NICHOLAS – SIDEWALKS NEED TO BE SHOVELED WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE END OF THE STORM. 

 

MAYOR DWYER – THIS IS INCONVENIENT FOR PROPERTY OWNERS ON WINDERMERE AVENUE BUT YOU ONLY HAVE 24 HOURS TO SHOVEL AN ACCESSIBLE WALKWAY.  IT IS NOT THE VILLAGE’S RESPONSIBILITY, IT IS THE PROPERTY OWNERS. 

 

DPW      REPORTED BY MAYOR DWYER

 

THE DPW HAS BEEN BUSY TRYING TO KEEP UP WTH CATCH BASIN CLEANING.  WE HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO NOT HAVE VERY MUCH SNOW THIS YEAR.    WE ARE CONTRACTED WITH WARWICK FOR SALT AND OVERTIME, SO THEY ABSORB THE COST.  EVERY YEAR WE HAVE TO WORK ON COSTS.  WE ARE EXPECTING A STORM THIS WEEKEND, BUT IT IS THE END OF JANUARY. 

 

MAYOR DWYER STATED THE ENGINE BLEW IN PHIL’S WATER TRUCK SO WE ARE LOOKING FOR QUALIFIED BIDS TO REPLACE IT. 

 

POLICE REPORTED BY CHIEF JOHN HANSEN

 

FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER THE POLICE DEPARTEMENT HANDLED 1319 COMPLAINTS.  WE ISSUED 92 CITATIONS, MADE 21 ARRESTS, ISSUED 6 PARKING TICKETS AND INVESTIGATED 14 MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS. 

 

MAYOR DWYER STATED CHIEF HANSEN IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE GREENWOOD LAKE COALTION AND THERE IS A MEETING THIS THURSDAY AND EVERYONE IS WELCOME.  THERESA FINN, WHO IS HERE IS ALSO VERY INVOLVED AND RUNS THE BASKETBALL PROGRAM IN THE GYM AND GIVES UP HER FREE TIME TWICE A WEEK TO HELP THE KIDS.  THEY ARE AN ORGANIZATION AGAINST THE USE OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL FOR OUR KIDS AND ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO FIND PROACTIVE ACTIVITIES FOR THE YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITY. 

 

TRUSTEE KELM – PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING ME WHEN THE NEXT PILL DROP IS, BUT I UNDERSTAND YOU CAN BRING PILLS AT ANY TIME AND GIVE THEM TO THE DISPATCH. 

 

CHIEF HANSEN – YES THAT IS CORRECT, BUT NO NEEDLES AND NO LIQUIDS. 

 

JUSTICE COURT                               REPORTED BY JUSTICE KEITH GARLEY

 

FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER WE STARTED 115 CASES AND CLOSED 162 CASES.  WE ARE ALSO FORMULATING SOME NEW SECURITY PLANS FOR THE COURTHOUSE AS WELL AS MAKING PURCHASES WITH THE JCAP MONEY FOR FURNISHINGS AND SIGNAGE. 

 

WATER                 REPORTED BY PHIL LANDRU

 

THE VILLAGE WATER DEPARTMENT WOULD NOT LIKE TO REPORT THAT WINTER HAS FINALLY ARRIVED.  THE FIRST BITTER COLD SNAP OF A FEW WEEKS AGO FROZE UP A FEW WATER SERVICES AND METERS RESULTING IN SOME BUSTED WATER LINES AND BROKEN METERS.  SHUT-OFFS, REPAIRS AND METER REPLACEMEMTS HAVE BEEN BEING MADE, BUT CALLS ARE CONTINUING TO COME IN AS THERE ARE MANY UNOCCUPIED HOUSES IN THE VILLAGE THAT WEREN’T PROPERLY WINTERIZED.  THE RESULTING WATER LOSS HAS MADE IT NECESSARY TO BRING A SECOND FILTER UNIT ONLINE A THE TREATMENT PLANT TO COMPENSATE FOR THE LOSS IN WATER, AND WE ARE FILLING OUR STORAGE TANKS WITHOUT A PROBLEM.  I’D ALSO LIKE TO NOTE THAT IF THERE ARE ANY SECTIONS OF RESIDENTIAL SERVICE LINES OR PLUMBING THAT ARE SUBJECT TO EVEN BEGINNING TO FREEZE, THAT THIS WILL MOST DEFINITELY CAUSE A WATER QUALITY ISSUE WITHIN THAT RESIDENCE. 

 

WE HAVE ALSO BEEEN CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE ESC ENVIRONMENTAL AND JIM DWYER IN PROVIDING HIM WITH THE NEESSARY SAMPLE RESULTS AND INFORMATION THAT HE NEEDS TO COMPLETE THE ONGOING DESK TOP STUDY ON THE VILLAGES WATER AND HOW IT HAS BEEN IMPACTING THE INFRASTRUCTURE SINCE THE ORTH-POLY PHOSPHATE HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM OUR TREATMENT PROCESS.  PHOSPHATES HAVE BEEN THE MOST EFFECTIE AND ONLY CORROSION CONTROL INHIBITOR USED IN WATER TREATMENT TO PREVENT THE EFFECTS OF CORROSIVE WATERS IMPACT ON OLDER DISTIBUTION AND PLUMBING INFRASTUCTURES.  TWO MORE SAMPLES WERE REQUESTED BY MR. DWYER ON FRIDAY AND THE PROPER SAMPLNG BOTTLES WERE PICKED UP TODAY AND WILL BE FILLED TOMORROW.  THESE SAMPLE RESULTS WILL COMPLETE THE STUDY AND A COLLECTIVE AND COMPREHENSIVE PLAN WILL THEN BE MADE WITH THE VILLAGE TO BEST ADDRESS THIS ISSUE MOVING FORWARD.   I WOULDLIKE O THNAK THE TOWN DPW FOR ITS ASSISTANCE IN REPLACING THE  FIRE HDRANTTHAT WAS OUT OF SERVICE AT THE CORNER OF CHURCH  STREET AND COURT AVENUE. 

 

AMBULANCE CORP                         REPORTED BY NANCY DEANGELO

 

WE RESPONDED TO 15 CALLS IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER FOR A TOTAL FOR THE YEAR OF 535 CALLS WHICH IS A FAIRLY HEAVY LOAD.  THERE WAS A LOT OF MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS. GENERAL ILLNESSES AND SEVERAL EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED PERSONS. 

 

MAYOR DWYER – IF SOMEONE WANTS TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE AMBULANCE CORP HOW WOULD THEY GO ABOUT THAT?

 

NANCY DEANGEO – THEY WOULD MAKE A CALL TO 477-2200 AND LEAVE THEIR INFORMATION AND THEY WOULD BE INTERVIEWED TO SEE IF THEY WOULD BE A GOOD FIT.  WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS. 

 

COMMISSION REPORTS

 

TRUSTEE HOLDER REPORT

 

THE GREENWOOD LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWSLETTER IS ON THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WEBPAGE.  IT WILL BE MAILED OUT TO ALL RESIDENTS STARTING TOMORROW.  IT DETAILS THE CAPITAL PROJECTS ON WHICH A VOTE WILL BE PUT FORTH FEBRUARY 23RD.  THEY ARE HOSTING A FIRST ANNUAL CAREER FAIR WITH THE THEME OF FOCUS ON A FUTURE.  THAT WILL ALSO BE TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23RD FROM 6-7:30PM.  PLEASE CONTACT MATTHEW FREELER, THE MIDDLE SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELOR AT MFREELER@GWLUSFD.ORG.  THE HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE INDUCTED STUDENTS INTO THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY OVER THE LEAST TWO WEEKS.  AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING THE HAD BOTH THE GIRLS AND BOYS MOIDIFIED SOCCER TEAMS FOR HAVING AN UNDEFEATED SEASON FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TEN YEARS. 

 

RECREATION – THE SOCCER CLUB HOSTED OVER 43 TEAMS FOR THE INDOOR SOCCER TOURNAMENT.  THE SOCCER CLUB AND THE GAELIC SOCIETY ARE CELEBRATING THEIR 4OTH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR.  THE GAELIC SOCIETY WILL BE HOSTING THEIR ANNUAL ST PATRICKS DAY DINNER DANCE ON MARCH 5TH AT THE AMERICAN LEGION.  TICKETS ARE $40 A PIECE AND CAN BE PURCHASED FROM LEXIE OROURKE.  LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY OPEN FOR THE 2016 SEASON.  YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE OR IN PERSON ON WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27TH AT THE GREENWOOD LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETERIA FROM 6 – 8:00PM

 

DEPUTY MAYOR KELM REPORT

 

DECEMBER 12TH THE IRISH WHISPER SPONSORED THE GREENWOOD LAKE SANTACON.  THERE WERE 52 PEOPLE THAT PARTICIPATED AND IT WAS A FUN DAY.  WE RAISED OVER $1000 TO BE DONATED TO THE SENIOR CENTER.  TWO HUNDRED FIFTY CAME FROM AMERICAN LEGION AND TWO HUNDRED FIFTY CAME FROM AUTOMATED ELEVATORS, WHICH IS JACKIE DOYLE AND EDDIE KRULL.  I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO GIVE A BIG THANKS TO ALL THE LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT PARTICIPATED AND ALLOWED 52 OF US TO STORM THEIR BUSINESSES AND GAVE US TREATS AND THEY INCLUDED;  THE HELM, DOCS, EMERALD POINT, THE RAINBOW, MURPHYS, THE ELKS AND THE IRISH WHISPER. 

 

FEBRUARY1 4TH – THE ELKS AND TONY DONATO ARE HOSTING AN ITIALIAN FEAST AT THE ELKS LODGE FROM 2:00PM TO 6:00PM.  FOR TICKETS OR MORE INFORMATION GO TO GWLITIALIANFEAST.COM AND ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE GREENWOOD LAKE FOOD PANTRY. 

 

MARCH 6TH WILL BE THE FOOD PANTRY BOWLING FUNDRAISER.  IT WAS MOVED FROM FEBRUARY DUE TO SCHEDULE CONFLICTS.

 

SENIOR NEWS

 

THEY HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY.  IN NOVEMBER THEY HAD A TRIP TO MT HAVEN AND A TRICKY TRAY WHERE THEY RAISED OVER $1700.00.  THEY HAD LUNCH AT THE ELKS AND DONNA GARLEY WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE FOR CONTRIBUTING TO ITS SUCCESS.  IN DECEMBER THEY WENT TO CRACKER BARREL AND HAD LUNCH AND DID SOME SHOPPING.  THEY HAD TWO LUNCHES CATERED, ONE FROM MURPHYS AND ONE FROM EMERALD POINT.  THEY HAD LUNCH AT THE ELKS AND MADE IT THEIR CHRISTMAS PARTY.  THEY HAD ENTERTAINMENT IN THE FORM OF A JIMMY DURANTE SHOW AND SCHOOL CHOIR, BOYS SCOUTS.  THEY ARE NOW DOING YOGA TWICE A WEEK, BINGO TWICE A WEEK AS WELL.  DONNA AND I HAVE SET UP A FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE SENIOR CENTER.  WE WILL POST A CALENDAR MONTHLY.  JANUARY 20TH THEY HAVE ANOTHER LUNCHEON PLANNED AND THEY ARE STARTING TO PLAN THEIR TRIPS FOR THIS YEAR. 

 

TRUSTEE SELLIER REPORT

 

 IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER THERE WAS ONE APPLICANT FOR THE PLANNING BOARD, FOR A GARAGE THAT WAS APPROVED.  THERE WAS ONE APPLICANT IN FRONT OF THE ZBA IN DECEMBER AS WELL FOR A SETBACK VARIANCE.  THAT APPLICANT WITHDREW HIS APPLICATION WITHOUT PREJUDICE.  THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN COMMITTEE DIDN’T MEET IN DECEMBER BUT WILL MEET JANUARY 25TH.  WE ARE ENTERING THE FINAL EDIT STAGES AND NEXT STEP WILL BE TO PRESENT TO THE BOARD AND THEN THE PUBLIC THE NEW COMPREHENSIVE PLAN WITIH A 20 YEAR PLUS LOOK AHEAD.  THE BARKPARK HAS BEEN OPERATING FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS WITH A LOT OF SUPPORT AND POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMUNITY. 

 

ATTORNEY BUCKHEIT REPORT

 

I PROVIDED THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD WITH A LENGTHY REPORT.  I HAVE BEEN DOING LEGAL RESEARCH ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES.  WE FINALLY CAME UP WITH A LEASE AND RIDER FOR THE GREENWOOD LAKE BARKPARK.  IN REGARDS TO THE GREENWOOD LAKE COALITION, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO IDENTIFY SOME WEST POINT CADETS WITH PRIOR MILITARY SERVICE IN AFGHANISTAN ON DRUG SUPPRESSION AND THEY HAVE AGREED TO COME AND PARTICIPATE IN THE NEXT COALITION EVENT.  THEY WILL PROVIDE A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON DRUG USE AND DRUG SUPRESSION.   IF ANYONE HAS ANY QUESTIONS I AM WILLING TO ANSWER THEM. 

 

CLERKS REPORT             BY VILLAGE CLERK PATRICIA OLSEN

 

TUESDAY MARCH 15TH WILL BE THE VILLAGE ELECTION.  THERE ARE TWO SEATS AVAILABLE, FOR TRUSTEES.  THAT WILL BE FROM 2:00 TO 9:00PM AT THE GREENWOOD LAKE SENIOR CENTER.  ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE.  IN FEBRUARY, THE MEETING IS GOING TO BE CHANGED TO TUESDAY FEBRUARY 16TH DUE TO MONDAY BEING A FEDERAL HOLIDAY.  WE WILL BE POSTING CHANGES TO MARCH AND APRIL’S MEETINGS AS WELL.  I SENT OUT FINAL WATER BILL NOTICES WHICH ARE DUE BY JANUARY 27TH.  AFTER THAT, ANY REMAINING BALANCES WILL BE RELEVIED ONTO THE JUNE TAX BILL,  IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT ROADS, PLOWING, ETC PLEASE GIVE US A CALL AT 477-9215.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

LEAD AND COPPER – MAYOR DWYER STATED AS PHIL MENTIIONED WE ARE CONTINUING OUR DESK TOP STUDY WHICH WAS ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR EXCEEDING THE .02 PARTS PER BILLION LEAD CONTENT IN THE WATER.  A COMPANY IS ANALYZING ALL OF OUR DATA AND SYSTEMS TO IDENTIFY IF THERE IS ANY WAY TO MAKE OUR WATER LESS CORROSIVE WITHOUT USING ORTH POLY PHOSPHATE.  THAT CHEMICAL CREATED A FILM IN THE WATER PIPES AND PREVENTED CORROSIVE WATER FROM ATTACKING PIPES.  OUR WATER DOES NOT HAVE MANY OF THE CHARACTEISTICS OF CORROSIVE WATER, AS OUR PH LEVELS ARE LOW.  SOME OF THE REQUIRED CHEMICALS WHICH WE HAVE TO INTRODUCE SUCH AS CHLORINE MAKE IT MORE CORROSIVE.  WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION WITHOUT REGARD TO COST, BUT WITH THE UTMOST REGARD FOR HEALTH ISSUES.  I ANTICIPATE HAVING THE STUDY DONE BY NEXT WEEK.  WE CANNOT LEGALLY USE THE ONLY CHEMICAL THAT SOLVES THE PROBLEM ACCORDING TO THE DEC BECAUSE OF OUR PROXIMITY TO THE LAKE

 

DOG PARK LEASE AGREEMENT – MAYOR DWYER STATED WE VOTED AT THE LAST  MEETING TO AUTHORIZE ME TO SIGN THE LEASE, AND I DID SO AND WE ARE NOW WAITING FOR THE DOGPARK TO SIGN.

 

VILLAGE CODE CHANGES – WE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING AT JUST ABOUT EVERY MEETING ONE CODE OR ANOTHER THAT IS EITHER OUTDATED, UNNECESSARY OR CODES THAT WE SHOULD HAVE.  ONE OF THE ASPECTS OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IS TO IDENTIFY CODE CHANGES, DEFICIENCIES OR UPDATES THAT ARE NEEDED.  I AM PROPOSING THAT WE TAKE THESE 20 OR SO PROPOSED CODE CHANGES AND PUT THEM TOGETHER WITH A SELECT COMMITTEE AND HAVE THAT COMMITTEE IDENTIFY THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION TO UPGRADE THEM.  IT IS AN INEFFICIENT USE OF THE BOARDS TIME TO DO THIS OURSELF.  IT WOULD TAKE US EVERY WORKSHOP FROM NOW TIL DECEMBER TO GO OVER THEM ALL SO IF WE CAN IDENTIFY MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY SUCH AS BUILDIG INSPECTOR, PLANNING BOARD AND ZONING BOARD CHAIRS, ETC.  TO GO OVER THEM FIRST.  WE WOULD THEN HAVE TO SEND THEM TO THE ZONING BOARD AND PLANNING BOARD AND GO OUT TO PUBLIC HEARING.

 

LAKE DRAWDOWN – AT THE LAST LAKE COMMISSION MEETING THEY FAILED TO HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO APPROVE THE DRAWDOWN FOR 2016-2017.  THEY NEEDED EIGHT MEMBERS TO PASS THE RESOLUTON AND THEY ONLY HAD SEVEN IN FAVOR AND THREE AGAINST.  WE FEEL CONFIDENT THAT THEY WILL EVENTUALLY APPROVE IT. 

 

LAKE MANAGEMENT – THE BOARD HAS AUTHORIZED ME TO PURSUE TWO ITEMS THIS YEAR.  ONE BEING THE SPOT TREATMENT OF HERBICIDE AS NECESSARY AND THE SECOND BEING THE COMPLETION OF THE WEST ARM SEDIMENT REMOVAL REMEDIATION PROJECT, WHICH WAS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE NORTH ARM PROJECT.  THE DRAWDOWN WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THIS PROJECT.  ATTORNEY BUCKHEIT AND I MET WITH THE COUNTY LEGISLATURE AND EXPLAINED TO THEM THAT WE HAVE SHOVEL READY PROJECTS READY TO GO AND OUR METHODS FOR SPENDING GRANTS ARE VERY EFFICIENT.  WE HAVE THE MEANS TO DO SO AND ARE SOLICITING MONEY FOR LAKE PROJECTS.  COUNCILMAN DEANGELO HAS A MEETING WITH THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE TOMORROW.  I WAS INVITED AS WELL.

 

HAZARD MITIGATION FUNDING –EVEN THOUGH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ASSURED US THERE WERE GRANTS AND MONIES AVAILABLE, THEY HAVE JUST SENT US A LETTER ADVISING US THERE IS NO MONEY AVAILABLE FOR HAZARD MITIGATION PROJECTS.  VERY DISCOURAGING. 

 

SAFE ZONES FOR ONLINE TRANSACTIONS – WE OPENED UP A SAFE ZONE AT OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT PARKING LOT FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO BUY SOMETHING ONLINE AND MEET UP WITH THE SELLER OR BUYER.  IT IS OPEN 24 HOURS AND IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR POLICE DEPARTMENT.  THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS ASKED. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

WATERSTONE ROAD SIDEWALK GRANT – MAYOR DWYER STATED WE RECEIVED A $75,000 GRANT FROM SENATOR BONACIC AND I WANT TO THANK HIM FOR HIS LONG STANDING COMMITMENT TO GREENWOOD LAKE.  WE ARE GOING TO BE INSTALLING A SIDEWALK ON THE BEND AREA OF WATERSTONE ROAD HEADING TOWARDS THE BRIDGE. 

 

LEAF AND BRUSH DISPOSAL – WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A SOLUTION TO DISPOSING OF LEAVES AND BRUSH.  RIGHT NOW WE ARE TAKING IT UP TO THE DUMP SITE ABOVE THE VILLAGE DPW.  WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO DUMP THERE SO WE ARE LOOKING AT OTHER SOLUTIONS.  I HAVE A MEETING TOMORROW WITH A COMPANY THAT JUST BOUGHT GAGLIANO BROTHERS IN WEST MILFORD. I HAVE SPOKEN WITH OTHER COMPANIES AS WELL AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE.

 

REGIONAL BOARD FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY – GREENWOOD LAKE IS THE HUB FOR THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE.  THE DA HOOVLER SUPPORTS THE LOCAL BUSINESSES HERE AND HE HAS TAKEN IDEAS FROM US AND TURNED THEM INTO POLICY IN THE DA’S OFFICE.  SOME OF HIS INITIATIVES ARE NARCOTICS EVICTIONS, WHERE IF A TENANT IS SELLING DRUGS OR OPERATING AN ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IN A RENTED SPACE, THE D.A. CAN START EVICTION PROCEEDINGS AGAINST YOU.  ANOTHER INITIATIVE IS THE SMART PROGRAM WHICH IS A SOLUTION TO TRUANCY.  IF A STUDENT UNDER THE AGE OF SIXTEEN MISSES A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF SCHOOL DAYS THE PARENTS CAN ACTUALLY BE HELD LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE.  ANOTHER ONE IS A SOCIAL HOSTING WHERE IF A PARENT HOSTS A PARTY WHERE THERE IS DRUGS OR ALCOHOL AND THE POLICE ARE CALLED THE OWNER OF THE HOUSE CAN BE HELD LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE.  THE PARENT HAS TO BE AWARE AND ON THE PREMISES

 

YOUTH RECREATION IN VILLAGE –  I RECEIVED A LETTER FROM A CONCERNED YOUTH IN THE VILLAGE REGARDING THE LACK OF AN INDOOR FACILTY IN GREENWOOD LAKE THAT COULD BE USED ON A DAILY BASIS FOR YOUTH ACTIVITIES.  HE OFFERED SUGGEESTIONS TO CREATE ONE.  THIS BOARD IS OPEN TO ALL SUGGESTIONS TO INCREASE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY.  WHETHER IT’S OPENING A TEEN CENTER, RUNNING OPEN GYM NIGHT AT THE SCHOOL, HAVING A COALTION OF VOLUNTEERS DEDICATED TO REDUCING DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE AS WELL AS PROVIDING PROACTIVE ACTIVITIES BOY SCOUTS, GIRL SCOUTS, LOCAL CHURCHES, THE ELKS, THE LIBRARY, GREENWOOD LAKE LITERALLY HAS AN ACTIVITY FOR EVERY SECTOR OF OUR YOUTH YOU JUST HAVE TO FIND IT.  ONE OF THE THINGS I WANTED TO DO WAS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE KIDS TO FIND THE ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE TO THEM.  TRUSTEE HOLDER AND I HAVE STARTED WORKING ON A WEBPAGE, BUT IT WAS PUT ON THE BACK BURNER.  I WANTED A MORE COMPREHENSIVE WAY TO GET THE INFORMATION TO THE KIDS.  WE NEED TO REVISIT THIS.

 

MAYOR DWYER – WE HAVE AN OPEN DOOR POLICY AT VILLAGE HALL AND ANY AND ALL IDEAS ARE WELCOME AND WILL BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION. 

 

BUDGET PREP – WE HAVE STARTED TALKING ABOUT NEXT YEARS BUDGET.  LETTERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO ALL DEPARTMENT HEADS ASKING FOR PROPOSED BUDGETS.  NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT HAS GIVEN US MANDATES WITH NO HELP AND OUR TAX LEVY LIMIT IS .02%.  IF WE WANT TO EXCEED THAT, THEN THE VILLAGE WOULD NOT GET BACK THE PROPERTY TAX RELIEF CHECK.  SO WE ARE UNDER SEVERE CONSTRAINTS TO KEEP OUR BUDGET AS LOW AS POSSIBLE.  WE ARE A GOVERNMENT AND COST RISE EVERY YEAR.  I FEEL CONFIDENT THAT THIS BOARD WILL ENSURE THAT WE STAY UNDER THIS CAP BUT THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES AND BUDGETS WILL HAVE TO BE CUT.  I WILL BE WORKING WITH ALL OF THE DEPARTMENT HEADS AS WELL AS CLERK OLSEN. 

 

WINTER ISSUES – I POSTED IN MY COLUMN OUR LONGSTANDING POLICY WITH ICE.  WE UNDERSTAND WE ARE A FOUR SEASON COMMUNITY AND WANT EVERYONE TO ENJOY ALL ASPECTS OF THE COMMUNITY WHETHER IT BE FISHING, SNOWMOBILING, AND HUNTING. ETC.  WE WILL NOT ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO OUT ON THE LAKE.  IF YOU DO GO OUT KEEP IN MIND THAT YOU ARE NOT ONLY PUTTING YOUR LIFE AT RISK, YOU ARE RISKING THE LIVES OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AS WELL.  THERE IS RESEARCH OUT THERE THAT SAYS WHEN ICE IS CONSIDERED SAFE FOR CERTAIN ACTIVITIES.  THIS LAKE IS SPRING FED AND THERE ARE STREAMS RUNNING THROUGH THE LAKE THAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT, CATCH BASINS THAT ENTER ONTO THE LAKE, ETC.  IT IS ALWAYS ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.  WE WILL NOT HAVE POSTED ACCESS POINTS AND WILL NOT ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO GO OUT ON THE LAKE.  WE WILL NOT KICK YOU OFF OF PUBLIC PROPPERTY.  

 

TRUSTEE HOLDER STATED PAT AND I ARE ALREADY RECEIVING EMAILS FROM PEOPLE INTERESTED IN PLAYING IN OUR SUMMER CONCERT SERIES.  IF ANYONE HAS A BAND THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE OR GENRE THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE, PLEASE EMAIL PAT OR MYSELF AND WE WILL LOOK INTO IT.  NOTHING WILL BE BOOKED UNTIL AFTER THE BUDGET IS PASSED.  WE ARE KEEPING A FOLDER OF ALL THOSE INTERESTED. 

 

PARKING – MAYOR DWYER STATED WHEN A SNOWSTORM HITS WE RUN INTO THE PROBLEM OF PEOPLE PARKING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET.  WE WILL TOW YOUR CAR IF IT IS CAUSING A SITUATION WHERE OUR SNOW PLOWS HAVE TO GO AROUND YOU TO DO THEIR JOB AND IT CREATES AN UNSAFE ENVIROMENT FOR THEM AND FOR ONCOMING CARS.  IF YOU ARE PARKED ON WINDERMERE AVENUE OR ANY OF THE MAIN STREETS DURING A SNOWSTORM YOUR CAR WILL BE TOWED.  SIDESTREETS ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT.  IF YOU ARE CAUSING AN UNSAFE ENVIRONMENT IT WILL BE ON A DISCRETIONARY BASIS.  TYPICALLY IF A NEIGHBOR COMPLAINS ABOUT YOUR VEHICLE, WE ALWAYS TRY TO CONTACT THE OWNER BEFORE TOWING BUT IT IS TOO DANGEROUS TO PARK ON THE STREET.  WE HAVE TWO MUNICIPAL LOTS THAT CAN BE USED FOR WINTER PARKING. 

 

PRIVELEGE OF THE FLOOR ON ANY GENERAL TOPIC. 

 

DEPUTY MAYOR KELM – OPEN BASKETBALL PROGRAMS ARE MONDAY FOR GRADES SIX THROUGH EIGHT FROM 8:00 – 9:30PM AND WEDNESDAY FOR GRADES 9 – 12 FRO8:00PM TO 10:00PM AND FRIDAYS FOR MEN FROM 8:00-10:00 ALL AT THE GREENWOOD LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL.  JANUARY 21ST IS A COALTION MEETING AT 7:00PM AT THE SENIOR CENTER.   FEBRUARY 12TH –FEBRUARY 14TH IS BREEZY POINTS WINTER CARNIVAL.  FEBRUARY 20TH GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH IS HAVING A CHILI COOK OFF AT 1:00PM.  FEBRUARY 23RD IS TAX GRIEVANCE NIGHT AT VILLAGE HALL FROM 4:00PM TO 7:00PM.  NEGHBORHOOD WATCH IS TOMORROW NIGHT AT 7:30PM AT THE COURTHOUSE.   

 

RESIDENT CAROL FLOOD – YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT PHIL’S TRUCK NEEDING A NEW ENGINE.  DOESN’T HE OWN THE TRUCK AND ISN’T HE A SEPARATE COMPANY FROM THE VILLAGE?

 

MAYOR DWYER – NO.  THE EQUIPMENT IS OWNED BY THE VILLAGE AS IS THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT AND ALL ITEMS WITHIN IT. 

 

CAROL FLOOD – SO THE VILLAGE SUPPLIES THEM A VEHICLE. SO IT IS THE VILLAGE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO FIX IT.  HOW LONG WILL THAT GO ON FOR?

 

MAYOR DWYER – IT’S INDEFINATE OR UNTIL WE RENEGOTIATE A CONTRACT OR WE HAVE TO GO OUT TO BID.  THIS WAS A POINT OF CONVERSATION WHEN WE WERE DISCUSSING WATER OPERATIONS, BUT WE DECIDED ALL THE EQUIPMENT WAS OURS INCLUDING THE TRUCK.  IT IS A WELL WORTH EXPENSE. 

 

RESIDENT NORMAN WESTPHAL – THE FIRST BOND WE TOOK OUT ON THE FILTRATION PLANT IS ENDING THIS YEAR CORRECT?

 

VILLAGE CLERK PAT OLSEN – YES IT IS ENDING IN 2016, I BELIEVE DECEMBER. 

 

MAYOR DWYER – IDEALLY YES, BUT THERE IS NO GUARANTEE.  WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS PHOSPHORUS PROBLEM IS GOING TO BRING. 

 

NORMAN WESTPHAL – WASN’T PART OF THE BILL JUST TO PAY THAT OFF. 

 

PAT OLSEN – YES THE $50.00 FILTRATION PLANT FEE. 

 

MOTION TO PAY ALL AUDITED BILLS. 

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE KELM.  SECONDED BY TRUSTEE HOLDER.  ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION, ONE ABSENT. 

 

MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE NOVEMBER 16, 2015 VILLAGE BOARD MEETING. 

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE HOLDER.  SECONDED BY TRUSTEE KELM.  ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION, ONE ABSENT. 

 

RESOLUTION #16 OF 2015/2016

 

AUTHORIZES THE MAYOR TO SIGN THE INTERMUNICIPAL AGREEMENT WITH THE COUNTY OF ORANGE FOR STOP DWI CRACKDOWN GRANTS FOR THE PERIOD OF OCTOBER 1ST 2015 THROUGH SEPTEMBE 30TH 2016.

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE SELLIER.  SECONDED BY TRUSTEE KELM.  ALL AYE TO SAID MOTION, ONE ABSENT. 

 

RESOLUTION # 17 OF 2015/2016

 

AUTHORIZES THE APPOINTMENT OF THE FOLLOWING ELECTION INSPECTORS FOR THE MARCH 15, 2016 VILLAGE ELECTION;

 

KAREN CLARK, JEAN OLSEN, MAUREEN ADAMIK.

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE KELM.  SECONDED BY TRUSTEE HOLDER.  ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION, ONE ABSENT. 

 

BUDGET AMENDMENTS AND TRANSFERS

 

INCREASE A.2665.000 EQUIPMENT SALES BY 6,991.00 AND INCREASE A.7140.200 PARK EQUIPMENT BY THE SAME AMOUNT TO PAY FOR PURCHASE OF NEW RIDING MOWER. 

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE HOLDER.  SECONDED BY TRUSTEE KELM.  ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION, ONE ABSENT.

 

TRANSFER FROM A.9010.800 STATE RETIREMENT TO A.5132.412 GARAGE REPAIRS $3000 TO PAY FOR NEW FURNACE.

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE SELLIER.  SECONDED BY TRUSTEE HOLDER.  ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION, ONE ABSENT. 

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE HOLDER.  SECONDED BY TRUSTEE KELM.  ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION, ONE ABSENT.  MEETING ADJOURNED AT 9:05PM.

 

 

RESPECTFULLY YOURS,

 

 

 

 

PATRICIA OLSEN

VILLAGE CLERK/TREASURER

 

 

 

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