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Meeting Minutes January 2017

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JANUARY 17TH, 2017                                                            VILLAGE BOARD MEETING

 

                                                                                    VILLAGE COURTHOUSE

 

                                                                                    VILLAGE OF GREENWOOD LAKE

                                                                                    PO BOX 7, 18 CHURCH STREET

                                                                                    GREENWOOD LAKE, NY 10925

 

PRESENT:            MAYOR:            JESSE DWYER

 

                        TRUSTEES:            KATHELEEN HOLDER

                                                THOMAS HOWLEY

                                                KELLI KELM

                                                CHAD SELLIER

 

                        ATTORNEY:            JOHN BUCKHEIT

 

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG.

 

ROLL CALL BY VILLAGE CLERK PATRICIA OLSEN.

 

ALL PRESENT.

 

MAYOR DWYER STATED THIS IS THE TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN I LIKE TO GIVE WHAT I CALL THE STATE OF THE VILLAGE.

 

THE YEAR OF 2016 BEGAN WITH A $75,000 GRANT FROM NEW YORK STATE SENATE FOR WATERSTONE ROAD SIDEWALKS AND IMPROVEMENTS. THE VILLAGE GOVERNMENT STREAMLINED PAYMENT METHODS FOR CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS FOR WATER BILLS. WE RETAINED A PROFESSIONAL AND FULLY VOLUNTEER ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST WHO WILL BE STUDYING THE LAKE AND ITS SURROUNDING ECOSYSTEM. WE AQUIRED NEARLY 1 ACRE OF PROPERTY FOR $1.00 FROM ORANGE COUNTY TO SERVE AS A PUBLIC PARK AND A PASSIVE BOAT LAUNCH FOR ALL RESIDENTS. WE THEN RECEIVED A GRANT OF OVER $50,000 TO CONVERT THAT PROPERTY INTO THE PARK. WE HAVE WORKED CLOSELY WITH OUR COMMUNITY COALITION TO FIGHT DRUG ABUSE IN THE COMMUNITY, MOSTLY AMONG OUR YOUTH. THIS YEAR WE PUT ON A STAIRWAY TO HEROIN PRESENTATION WHICH WAS EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL AND ATTENDED BY MANY IN THE COMMUNITY. WE EXPANDED THE HOURS OF OPERATION AND ACTIVITIES AT THE LOCAL TEEN CENTER WHICH NOW INCLUDES AN ART PROGRAM RUN BY A NEW VOLUTEER CHRIS VAN VOOREN. NEXT YEAR WE WILL BE CONSTRUCTING A COMMUNITY GARDEN THAT WILL BE OPERATED BY THE TEENS AND LOCATED AT THE ELKS CLUB. THE ORGANIZERS OF THE GWL ANNUAL 5K GAVE US A DONATION FOR THIS OF $600.00. WE ALSO PUT TOGETHER THE FIRST EVER YOUTH LEAGUE SPORTS PROGRAM FOR THE KIDS IN WHICH THEY INTERACT WITH MYSELF AND OTHER LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.

 

WE HAVE SEEN SOME GREAT NEW BUSINESSES OPEN UP IN THE LAKE INCLUDING AN ART STUDIO, MEXICAN RESTAURANT, COUNTRY GROCER REOPENED, VAPE SHOP, FLORIST, A TECHNOLOGY COMPANY AND OF COURSE COVE CASTLE ON THE LAKE. IN ADDITION WE HAVE SEEN SOME GREAT INVESTMENTS BY EXISTING LOCAL BUSINESSES WHO DECIDED 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 AND HAPPY. WE BROUGHT BACK THEATRE ON THE LAKE WITH A BROADWAY SHOW ON THE BEACH THIS PAST SUMMER. THIS YEAR WE WILL BE HAVING A WEEK LONG THEATRE PRODUCTION. WE FOUND THE HOBOKEN FILM FESTIVAL A NEW HOME HERE IN GREENWOOD LAKE. THIS PAST YEAR WE PLAYED AN INSTRUMENTAL ROLE IN BREAKING GROUND FOR THE WAH TA WAH NATURAL GAS PROJECT. THIS WILL SUPPLY RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE NATURAL GAS TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY IN WAH TA WAH PARK. TOWARD THE END OF THE YEAR WE RECEIVED A GRANT OF $50,000 TO CONSTRUCT A HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE PATHWAY THROUGH OUR PARKLAND TO CONNECT OUR TWO PARKS.

 

ITS BEEN A VERY BUSY AND PRODUCTIVE YEAR FOR GREENWOOD LAKE. THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH ALL OF THIS WHILE MAINTAINING A VERY TIGHT BUDGET. ONE THAT COMES IN UNDERBUDGET YEAR AFTER YEAR. JUST LAST YEAR WE ADDED OVER $100,000 TO OUR FUND BALANCE BY COMING IN UNDER BUDGET. WE USE COST SAVING MEASURES WHENEVER POSSIBLE BUT NEVER AT THE EXPENSE OF THE SERVICES OUR RESIDENTS HAVE COME TO RELY ON. WE HAVE FOUND WAY TO SECURE GRANT FUNDING FOR NECESSARY PROJECTS AND MAKE SURE THAT OUR SAVINGS WILL PROVIDE NECESSARY FUNDING FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS WHEN THERE IS NO GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE. THIS COMING YEAR WE WILL BE USING GRANT FUNDS TO CONSTRUCT NEW SIDEWALKS ON WATERSTONE ROAD AND REPAIR SIDEWALKS ON WINDERMERE. WE WILL BE USING THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED WATER FUND BALANCE TO BUILD A NEW WELL. OUR CONSCIENTOUS MANAGEMENT OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS WILL ALLOW US TO PERFORM THIS VITAL CAPITAL PROJECT WITHOUT TAKING ON NEW DEBT AND WITHOUT INCREASING USER FEES FOR OUR WATER CUSTOMERS.

 

LET’S BE HONEST THOUGH 2016 WAS BY NO MEANS A SMOOTH RIDE. WE DEALT WITH A CRISIS THAT IS BEING SEEN ALL AROUND THE NATION, LEAD AND COPPER IN WATER. DEALING WITH THIS ISSUE IN A STRAIGHT FORWARD MANNER I AM PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE APPROACH WE TOOK LED TO REDUCING THE LEAD LEVELS TO A POINT WHERE WE ARE NO LONGER EXCEEDING LEAD LEVELS. I AM VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THIS BOARD HAS DONE. THE IDEAS AND WORK OF MANY HAVE CREATED A VILLAGE THAT WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF, HOWEVER THERE IS STILL MUCH WORK TO BE DONE IN THE FUTURE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING YOUR MAYOR.

 

I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE ON THE BOARD IN THIS ADMINISTRATION FOR BEING SUPPORTIVE, IT’S A GREAT TEAM. YOU SHOULD ALL BE PROUD OF THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE. ITS NOT EASY WHEN YOUR NEIGHBORS HAVE ISSUES AND YOUR FRIENDS HAVE ISSUES. IT IS OUR JOB TO SERVE THE PUBLIC.

 

VISITING ELECTED OFFICIALS

 

TOWN CLERK EILEEN ASTORINO – I JUST CAME FROM A BASKETBALL GAME IN MINISINK WHERE SEVERAL PLAYERS ARE FROM GREENWOOD LAKE, AND THEY BEAT MINISINK.

 

TOWN COUNCILMAN FLOYD DEANGELO – I WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH YOU ABOUT THOSE CATCH BASINS.

 

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT TONY CHIRMARCO – OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS WE HAVE DONE AN ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OF OUR ORGANIZATION AND HAVE BEGUN TO FORGE A DIRECTION FOR 2017. WE HAVE NEW BY LAWS WHICH UPDATES AND BETTER DEFINES OUR POLICIES WITH CLEAR GUIDELINES. WE FINISHED A FINANCIAL REVIEW OF OUR ACCOUNTS BY AN INDEPENDENT CPA AND ARE HAPPY TO SAY NO PROBLEMS WERE IDENTIFIED. WE FINISHED OUR ELECTIONS FOR BOARD MEMBERS AND WE HAVE TWO NEW POSITIONS OF MEMBERS AT LARGE SO WE HAVE A SEVEN MEMBER BOARD NOW. WE CONTINUE OUR COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND DONATED $5600 TOWARDS EVENTS FOR THE COMMUNITY SUCH AS PBA FUNDRAISER NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, TERROR ON THE TRAIL, TURKEYS FOR THE FOOD PANTRY FOR THANKSGIVING, SCHOLARSHIPS, SANTA’S NEW SUIT AND HELPING SOME MEMBERS IN DISTRESS. OUR FIRST MEETING OF THE YEAR WILL BE FEBRUARY 1ST.

 

MAYOR DWYER STATED YOU ALSO DID A SPONSORHIP FOR THE FILM FESTIVAL.

 

YES. THE OFFICERS ARE MYSELF, MARIA FROM THE BOOKSTORE, JAMIE HANOUSHE IS THE SECRETARY, ERIN FREY CONTINUES AS TRUSTEE AND EVE CONTINUES AS TREASURER. THERE ARE TWO NEW , MEMBERS CHRISTOPHER CAREY AND CHRIS VAN VAN VOOREN ARE THE MEMBERS AT LARGE.

 

AMBULANCE CORP REP NANCY DEANGELO – IT WAS A BUSY YEAR. IN DECEMBER WE HAD 37 CALLS FOR MOSTLY GENERAL ILLNESS. ITS NOT TOO LATE TO GET A FLU SHOT. THERE WERE ALSO FALLS ON ICE AND MVA’S. FOR THE YEAR WE HANDLED 515 CALLS.

 

DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS

 

DPW REPORTED BY BEN ASTORINO –WE DID SOME WORK ON DIVISION STREET, REPLACED A CULVERT PIPE AND CREATED A SWALE. WE CLEANED CATCH BASINS AS NEEDED, PICKED UP THE LAST OF THE LEAF BAGS. WE DID SOME TREE WORK AND CLEANING UP OF BRUSH ON SIDE OF ROADS. WE PATCHED POTHOLES WITH COLD PATCH. WE HAD SNOW STORMS ON DEC 29TH AND 30TH AND JAN 6TH, 7TH, 13TH AND 14TH NOT MAJOR EVENTS. ROAD SIGNS WERE REPLACED AS NEEDED. WE ARE HAULING SAND AND SALT MIX TO THE STOCK PILE. WE HAD A WATER MAIN BREAK ON JERSEY AVENUE AND REPLACED A CURB BOX ON MOUNTAIN LAKES LANE.

 

MAYOR DWYER – THEY LEFT CONES ON THE SIDE OF MOUNTAIN LAKES LANE.

 

POLICE            REPORTED BY SERGEANT NEIL RYAN

 

FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER WE HAD 1289 COMPLAINTS. WE MADE 29 ARRESTS AND ISSUED 171 TRAFFIC TICKETS AND 40 PARKING TICKETS, INVESTIGATED 3 MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS ONE VILLAGE CODE VOLATION AND MADE ONE VILLAGE CODE ARREST.

 

COURT            REPORTED BY JUSTICE KEITH GARLEY

 

FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER WE STARTED 194 CASES AND CLOSED 132 OLD CASES. WE DID GET OUR JCAP GRANT, NOT AS MUCH AS WE WANTED BUT ENOUGH TO REPLACE THE OLD FILING CABINETS AND PUT AN EXTRA SECURITY CAMERA IN AND A FEW OTHER THINGS.

 

MAYOR DWYER CONGRATULATED JUSTICE GARLEY ON BEING NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF THE ORANGE COUNTY MAGISTRATES ASSOCIATION.

 

WATER             REPORTED BY PHIL LANDRU

 

I’D LIKE TO THANK WARWICK FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE ON FIXING TWO WATER MAIN BREAKS, ONE ON JERSEY AVE THAT WAS VERY BIG AND WE WERE LOSING A LOT OF WATER. ITS BEEN REPAIRED. WE HAD LEAK DETECTION DOWN TO FIND THESE LEAKS AND THEY LOCATED THEM QUICKLY. THE OTHER BREAK WAS IN A BOX CULVERT ON MOUNTAIN LAKES LANE WHICH WAS MORE DIFFICULT TO FIX DESPITE BEING A SMALLER BREAK. I HAD TO SHUT DOWN FOUR VALVES TO ISOLATE THE LEAK AND IT CAUSED SOME TURBULENCE TO THE WATER, SO I HAD TO BLEED SOME HYDRANTS WHICH CAUSED SOME DISCOLORED WATER. WE HAVE BEEN BUSY MARKING OUT WATER LINES UP IN WAH TA WAH AHEAD OF THE GAS LINE INSTALLATION. THEY ARE STILL UP THERE BUT MOSTLY WORKING ON SERVICES AND NOT MAINS. THE ADDITION OF ORTHOPHOSPHATES HAS LED TO FAVORABLE RESULTS IN LEAD REMOVAL. THE FIRST RESULTS HAVE COME BACK AND I AM PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THE VILLAGE IS NO LONGER EXCEEDED LEAD LEVELS. WE ARE STILL EXCEEDING COPPER LEVELS, ALTHOUGH COPPER IS NOT LISTED AS A CONTAMINANT AND NO PUBLIC EDUCATION OR NOTIFICATION IS REQUIRED.   WE DO HAVE TO ADDRESS THE COPPER SITUATION, MAYBE WITH SODA ASH. WE NEED TO GET TOGETHER WITH JIM DWYER.

 

MAYOR DWYER – I WANT TO THANK PHIL, AND PAT AND BETH FOR ALL THEIR HELP WITH THE NOTIFICATIONS, AND SAMPLING AND MAILINGS. IT CREATED SO MUCH EXTRA WORK FOR EVERYONE.

 

COMMISSION REPORTS

 

TRUSTEE HOLDER REPORT – LIBRARY – THEY HAVE ADDED STUDY CUBICLES TO THE REFERENCE AREA. THEY WILL BE HAVING A HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE SEMINAR ON FEVRUARY9TH.

 

SCHOOL – REMINDER THAT THERE IS NO PARKING IN THE CIRCLE AT THE MDDLE SCHOOL AND TICKETS WILL BE GIVEN OUT BECAUSE IT IS A FIRE ZONE. THE NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING IS JANUARY 18TH AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE MAYOR AND I MET WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT THIS MORNING IN REGARDS TO USING THE TOWN FIELD. THEY ARE RESEEDING AND REDOING THEIR FIELDS AND ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE FOR THERE TEAMS TO PLAY HOME GAMES.

 

RECREATION – LITTLE LEAGUE SIGN UPS ARE ONLINE OR YOU CAN SIGN UP IN PERSON ON MONDAY JANUARY 30TH AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL FROM 6:00 TO 7:30. ON FEBRUARY 26TH THE GAELIC CULTURAL SOCIETY IS HAVING A GAELIC DAY STARTING AT 1:00PM AT THE AMERICAN LEGION. ON JANUARY 7TH AND 8TH THE GWL SOCCER CLUB HELD THEIR 37TH ANNUAL INDOOR SOCCER TOURNAMENT. WE ARE GOING TO BE DONATING $500 TO THE LIONS CLUB TOWARDS THEIR CONCESSION STAND.

 

TRTUSTEE HOWLEY REPORT- THE MAYOR AND I HAVE BEGUN PRELIMINARY MEETINGS WITH THE CHIEF FOR NEXT YEARS BUDGET AND GOING OVER THE TAIL END OF THIS YEARS BUDGET. WE HAVE TO START THIS PROCESS EARLY. IN DISCUSSING PARKING FINES THE CHIEF FEELS THAT THEY HAVEN’T BEEN CHANGED IN A LONG TIME AND THEY ARE VERY LOW, SO TONIGHT WE ARE GOING TO LOOK TO PASS A RESOLUTON TO RAISE THE RATES AT LEAST A LITTLE BIT.

 

DEPUTY MAYOR KELM REPORT -ON DECEMBER 10TH THE IRISH WHISPER SPONSORED A SANTACON TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE TEEN CENTER. THEY REAISED $700.00. I’D LIKE TO THANK THE HELM, DOCS, EMERALD POINT, THE RAINBOW, MURPHYS, THE ELKS AND THE IRISH WHISPER FOR WELCOMING OVER 80 SANTA’S. I WANT TO THANK RICH DEMBEK WHO HAS RUN THE GIRLS SOFTBALL LEAGUE FOR THE PAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS. HIS DAUGHTERS ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND HE HAS STILL BEEN RUNNING IT, BUT IS NOT GOING TO BE AVAILABLE THIS YEAR. I AM IN THE PROCESS OF SPEAKING TO SEVERAL PEOPLE THAT ARE INTERESTED. IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN SITTING ON THE BOARD, OR COACHING OR VOLUNTEERING PLEASE EMAIL ME AT KELLI@VILLAGE OF GREENWOODLAKE.ORG OR CALL ME AT VILLAGE HALL AND LEAVE A MESSAGE AND I WILL GET BACK TO YOU. THIS SUNDAY JANUARY 22ND THE IRISH WHISPER IS HOLDING A FRIEND IN NEED AT 1:00PM FOR AMBER LEES WHO IS THE DAUGHTER OF THE PEOPLE THAT OWN NEW JERSEY PADDLEBOARD. SHE HAS FALLEN ILL AND THEY ARE RAISING MONEY TO HELP WITH MEDICAL EXPENSES. THERE WILL BE RAFFLES AND DOORPRIZES AND A GOFUND ME PAGE. THERE WILL BE A LAKERS REUNION THIS YEAR ON AUGUST 5TH AT THE ELKS CLUB. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON AND I WILL PASS ALONG MORE INFORMATION AS I GET IT AND WILL POST IT ON THE VILLAGE FACEBOOK PAGE. THE STREET FAIR IS SET FOR JUNE 10TH AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR VENDORS. IF INTERESTED PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO GWLSTREETFAIR@GMAIL. COM. APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE BY THE END OF JANUARY.

 

TRUSTEE SELLIER REPORT – IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER THERE WERE TWO APPLICANTS TO THE PLANNING BOARD. THE FIRST ONE WAS FOR A PIZZERIA AT THE CORNER OF 17A AND WINDERMERE AVE AND THAT WAS APPROVED. THE SECOND APPLICATION WAS FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THEIR NEW BUILDING ON MOUNTAIN LAKES LANE. THAT APPLICATION WAS ALSO APPROVED. THERE ARE SOME ENGINEERNG COMMENTS THAT THEY HAVE TO ADDRESS. THE ZONING BOARD MET IN DECEMBER AND THERE WAS ONE APPLICANT FOR A VARIANCE AND INTERPRETATION OF A SECOND STRUCTURE ON THE PROPERTY TO BE USED AS A RENTAL. IT WAS A PREEXISTING USE AND IT WAS APPROVED. THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN COMMITTEE NEEDS TO SCHEDULE TIME WITH THE VILLAGE BOARD TO GO OVER THE NEW PLAN.

 

ATTORNEY BUCKHEIT REPORT – AT THE REQUEST OF THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MET WITH THE OWNERS OF THE ROOSTER CAFÉ TO ADDRESS SOME OF THEIR CONCERNS. MOST OF THEIR ISSUES DID NOT INVOLVE THE VILLAGE, BUT WHENEVER ANYONE WANTS TO MEET WITH VILLAGE OFFICIALS WE ARE ALWAYS WILLING TO DO SO. I ALSO ATTENDED ASSEMBLYMAN BRABENECS SWEARING IN CEREMONY AND REMINDED HIM THAT THE VILLAGE STILL HAS MANY NEEDS AND WE APPRECIATE HIS CONTINUED HELP.

 

VILLAGE CLERK PAT OLSEN REPORT – I WANTED TO GO OVER QUICKLY THE LAWS ON SNOW REMOVAL. NO VEHICLE IS TO BE PARKED, LEFT UNATTENDED OR ABANDONED IN THE VILLAGE OF GREENWOOD LAKE IN SUCH A MANNER AS TO RESTRICT, HARM OR INTERFERE WITH VEHICLE TRAFFIC OR THE PROPER REMOVAL OF SNOW FROM A TRAVELED PORTION OF ANY STREET WITHIN THE VILLAGE. AS FAR AS SNOW REMOVAL REQUIREMENTS ON SIDEWALKS, EVERY OWNER, LEASEE, TENANT OR OCCUPANT HAVING CHARGE OF ANY BUILDING OR LOT OF GROUND IN THE VILLAGE OF GREENWOOD LAKE ABUTTING UPON ANY STREET OR PUBLIC PLACE, SHALL AND MUST WITHIN TEN HOURS AFTER CESSATION OF SNOW OR ACCUMULLATION OF ICE ON SIDEWALK, DRIVEWAY SHALL REMOVE OR CAUSE TO BE REMOVED OR CLEARED ENTIRELY PROVIDING THAT THE TIME BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7:00PM AND 7:00AM SHALL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE TEN HOUR TIME FRAME. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER WILL CONSTITUE A VIOLATION TO THE OWNER, LEASEE, TENANT OR OTHER PERSON OF UP TO $250 PER DAY OR 15 DAYS IMPRISONMENT. AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF SAID TIME FRAME, THE VILLAGE CAN CLEAN THE SIDEWALK UP AND SUBMIT A REPORT OF THE COST OF SAID CLEAN UP WHICH CAN THEN BE RELEVIED TO YOUR TAXES. SO JUST WATCH WHERE YOU PARK AND MAKE SURE YOU CLEAN OFF THE SIDEWALK .

 

WE ALSO SENT OUT THE DELINQUENT WATER LETTERS. IF YOU HAVEN’T PAID YOUR SEPTEMBER WATER BILL BY NOW IT IS VERY DELINQUENT AND IF NOT PAID BY THE END OF JANUARY, ANY OUTSTANDING BALANCE WILL BE RELEVIED TO YOUR JUNE TAX BILL AS OF FEBRUARY 1ST.

 

MAYOR DWYER – PARKING LAWS WILL BE ENFORCED. NO PARKING ON ANY OF THE MAIN ROADS DURING A SNOWSTORM. SNOW PLOWS AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES NEED TO GET THROUGH. SIDEWALKS MUST BE CLEANED UP TO ALLOW PEDESTRIANS TO SAFELY WALK DOWN THE STREET. WE TRY TO HELP CLEAN UP BUT IT IS THE OWNERS RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP THE SIDEWALK CLEAR.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

WATER SYSTEM/LEAD AND COPPER- THE WATER OPERATOR SPOKE ABOUT THIS EARLIER. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF PUTTING TOGETHER BID SPECIFICATIONS FOR A NEW WELL. WE HAVE TWO WELLS AT THE MOMENT AND WOULD LIKE A LITTLE MORE SECURITY IN CASE ONE OF THE WELLS SHOULD FAIL. WE HAVE DEVELOPED A GOOD FUND BALANCE IN THE WATER ACCOUNT WHICH WE WILL USE INSTEAD OF INCREASING FEES TO THE RESIDENTS. THIS WILL BE A MAJOR CAPITAL PROJECT. WE ARE NOW BELOW THE STATE MAXIMUM LEVEL FOR LEAD LEVELS. WE WERE ABOVE LAST YEAR BUT MADE SOME CHANGES AND ARE NOW BELOW THE MAXIMUM CONTAMINANT LEVELS. COPPER STILL REMAINS AT AN ACTION LEVEL. WE WILL BE ADDRESSING THE COPPER ISSUE.

 

LAKE MANAGEMENT – MAYOR DWYER STATED WE ARE WORKING ON THE PROJECT IN THE NORTH ARM. WE DID SOME SEDIMENT REMOVAL AND A CHANNEL. WE HAVE SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION TO CONTINUE THE HERBICIDE PROGRAM. WE WANT TO DIG OUT THE CHANNEL FOR THOSE RESIDENTS ON THE NORTH ARM, BU IF ANYONE HAS SEEN IT DURING THE DRAWDOWN, IT LOOKS LIKE IT MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS. WE NEED TO START ADDRESSING THAT RIGHT AWAY.

 

WTW PARK NATURAL GAS – MAYOR DWYER STATED WE WERE ABLE TO GET WAH TA WAH PARK HOOKED UP TO NATURAL GAS AND ARE IN PHASE 2 OF THAT PROJECT. THEY OFFERED TO EVERY RESIDENT IN WAH TA WAH THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET INTO NATURAL GAS AND THOSE THAT TOOK THAT OPPORTUNITY WILL BE CONNECTED WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

 

SEWER HARDSHIP APPLICATION – WE SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION. THE DEC SAID WE ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FUNDING FOR SEWERS. WE WANT TO SEE WHAT IS AVAILABLE AND HOW LOW THE LOW INTEREST LOANS AVAILABLE ACTUALLY ARE. WE WILL THEN DISCUSS AS A BOARD WITH THE PUBLICS INPUT HOW TO PROCEED.

 

WATERSTONE ROAD SIDEWALKS – IN SPEAKING WITH OUR ENGINEER, WE HAVE RECEIVED A COMMTTMENT FOR A GRANT OF $75,000. WE CANNOT START THIS PROJECT UNTIL THE FUNDING HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE. WE ARE STILL WAITING, HOPEFULLY THIS WILL BE DONE IN THE SPRING. WE WILL PRESS THE SENATORS OFFICE.

 

WINDERMERE AVENUE SIDEWALKS – THIS PROJECT WIL PROCEED. WE EXPECT THIS WILL BE DONE THIS SPRING FOR A CERTAIN PORTION OF THE VILLAGE. OUR GOAL IS THROUGHOUT THE NEXT FEW YEARS TO COMPLETELY REPAIR ALL THE SIDEWALKS ON WINDERMEERE AVENUE OR AT THE VERY LEAST ALL OF THE ONES IN NEED OF REPAIR. WE ARE USING CHIPS MONEY TO MAKE THESE REPAIRS. WE WILL START THE PROJECT WITH SIDEWALKS CLOSEST TO THE LIGHT AT JERSEY AVENUE AND THEN WORK OUR WAY NORTH.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

HUD TRAIL GRANT – MAYOR DWYER STATED WE RECEIVED A $50,000 GRANT FROM HUD TO CONSTRUCT A HANDIICAP ACCESSIBLE ELEVATED PATHWAY THROUGH THE WETLANDS CONNECTED SEVERAL PARKS.   I WAS INSPIRED BY A PATHWAY IN GEORGIA THAT WENT THROUGH A ZOO OVER A VERY SENSITIVE ECOSYSTEM. THE BEST WAY TO PRESERVE THESE WETLANDS IS TO PREVENT FOOT TRAFFIC, SO A RAISED WALKWAY WILL ADDRESS THIS. IT WILL CONNECT THE DOG PARK TO THE BEN WINSTANLEY PARK NEXT TO CVS. I HOPE THIS PPROJECT WILL START IN THE SUMMER TIME.

 

RETRO BASIN REPLACEMENT – WE HAVE RETROFITTED CATCH BASINS THROUGHOUT THE VILLAGE THAT HAVE FILTER SYSTEMS INSTALLED IN THEM. WHEN THEY WERE INSTALLED THERE WERE NO LONG TERM PLANS FOR REPLACING THE FILTERS. WE’VE BEEN CLEANING THEM OUT AND THEY ARE PAST THEIR LIFESPAN. WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR FUNDING AND WOULD LIKE TO REPLACE THEM ALL. THEY ARE LOCATED AT POINTS WHERE WATER ENTERS THE LAKE.

 

COALTION TEEN CNETER UPDATES – THE TEEN CENTER HAS EXPANDED ITS HOURS AND ACTIVITIES. IT USED TO BE OPEN ONLY FROM 6:00 TO 8:00PM ON WEDNESDAY. IT’S NOW OPEN AT 4:00 FOR ALL AGES AS AN ART PROGRAM. THERE IS A LOCAL ARTIST CHRIS VAN VOOREN, WHO PAINTED THE MURAL ON THE HAIR SALON IN TOWN, WHO IS COMING IN EVERY WEDNESDAY. THEY ARE GOING TO BE CONSTRUCTING A GARDEN THAT WILL BE RUN BY THE TEEN CENTER AT THE ELKS. IT WILL BE FULLY MAINTIANED BY THE TEENS, THE COMMUNITY COALITION HAD A MEETING TONIGHT AND A LOT OF GREAT THINGS ARE COMING OUT OF THE TEEN CENTER. THE TEEN CENTER IS OPERATED BY THE COALITION VOUNTEERS TO GIVE THE KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY HEALTHY CHOICES AND ACTVITIES TO INTEREACT WITH GOOD ADULTS AND DO GOOD THINGS. WE HAVE ABOUT SIXTY KIDS THERE EVERY WEEK.

 

PARKING FINE SCHEDULE – AS TRUSTEE HOWLEY MENTIONED WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS TO THESE FEES. WE WANT TO DETER PEOPLE FROM BREAKING THESE LAWS. THEY ARE THERE TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE USING OUR ROADWAYS, KEEP HYDRANT AND FIRE PARKING LANES CLEAR.

 

BUILDING DEPARTMENT – MAYOR DWYER STATED I WANT TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE THAT THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT IS STILL OPERATING. WE ARE CURRENTLY IN REVIEW OF A SITUATION AND WILL BE PASSING A RESOLUTION TO PUT IN TEMPORARY STAFF TO ENSURE THAT THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT BUSINESS IS CONDUCTED. THIS IS AN EMPLOYEE MATTER AND I CANNOT DISCUSS ANY DETAILS OF THIS IN PUBLIC. WE WILL BE GOING INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS THIS IN MORE DETAIL. WE WILL LET THE PUBLIC KNOW AS THE SITUATION DEVELOPS.

 

EVENTS

 

OPEN GYM EVERY MONDAY FOR GRADES 7-12 FROM 8:00PM TO 10:00PM AT GWL MIDDLE SCHOOL.

 

TEEN CENTER EVERY WENESDAY AT THE GWL ELKS FROM 4:00PM TO 6:00PM FOR THOSE UNDER THE AGE OF 12 AND 6:00PM TO 8:00PM FOR TEENS.

 

MENS BASKETBALL OPEN GYM EVERY FRIDAY FROM 8:00PM TO 10:00PM AT THE GWL MIDDLE SCHOOL.

 

PRIVILEGE OF THE FLOOR ON ANY GENERAL TOPIC.

 

LAURA FROM JERSEY AVENUE – THE VILLAGE WEBSITE IS NOT VERY UP TO DATE AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT MAINTAINED. THE LAST POST I SEE ON IT IS FROM 2015.

 

MAYOR DWYER – IM NOT SURE WHAT EXACTLY YOURE TALKING ABOUT. WE HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE AND A WEBSITE AND WE TRY TO KEEP THEM AS UPDATED AS POSSIBLE. I WILL TRY AND REVIEW IT AND MAKE SURE THINGS ARE CLEAR.

 

VILLAGE CLERK PATICIA OLSEN ASKED IS IT EVENTS?

 

LAURA – WELL THE WATER QUALITY REPORT IS FROM 2015.

 

VILLAGE CLERK PATRICIA OLSEN – THAT IS ALWAYS A YEAR BEHIND. WE HAVEN’T DONE A REVIEW OF THE 2016 WATER QUALITY AS OF YET AS YEAR JUST ENDED.   THE MINUTES ARE A LITTLE BEHIND.

 

MAYOR DWYER STATED I WILL MAKE SURE THE MINUTES ARE UP TO DATE.

 

CAROLE FLOOD – I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE RESOLUTION NAMING FUSCO ENGINEERING, ISN’T HE ALREADY APPOINTED YOUR ENGINEER?

 

MAYOR DWYER- YES HE IS OUR ENGINEER, THIS IS FOR BUILDING INSPECTION APPOINTING THEM TEMPORARY BUILDING INSPECTORS. UNTIL WE PASS THE RESOLUTION NO ONE FROM HIS FIRM IS ALLOWED TO SIGN OR ISSUE A BUILDING PERMIT OR DOCUMENT. THIS IS JUST TEMPORARY.

 

CAROLE FLOOD – HAVE YOU DONE AWAY WITH THE BUILDING INSPECTOR?

 

MAYOR DWYER- NO, THIS IS A TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE VILLAGE BOARD HAS HAD TO MEET, ALTHOUGH I HAVE SPOKEN TO THEM ALL. THIS IS JUST UNTIL THE MATTER IS RESOLVED.

 

MOTION TO PAY ALL AUDITED BILLS.

 

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

 

MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE NOVEMBER VILLAGE BOARD MEETING.

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE HOWLEY. SECONDED BY TRUSTEE SELLIER. ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

RESOLUTION #22 OF 2016

 

AUTHORIZES THE FOLLOWING HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR 2017.

 

NEW YEARS DAY                        MON                        1/02/2017

MARTIN LUTHER KING            MON                        1/16/2017

PRESIDENTS DAY                        MON                        2/20/2017

GOOD FRIDAY                                    FRI                        04/14/2017

MEMORIAL DAY                        MON                        05/29/2017

INDEPENDENCE DAY                        TUE                        07/04/2017

LABOR DAY                                    MON                        09/04/2017

COLUMBUS DAY                        MON                        10/09/2017

VETERANS DAY                        FRI                        11/10/2017

THANKSGIVING                        THU                        11/23/2017

DAY AFTER THANKS                        FRI                        11/24/2017

½ CHRISTMAS EVE                        FRI                        12/22/2017

CHRISTMAS                                    MON                        12/25/2017

½ NEW YEARS EVE                        FRI                        12/29/2017

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE KELM. SECONDED BY TRUSTE HOLDER. ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

RESOLUTION # 23 OF 2016/2017

 

AUTHORIZES THE VILLAGE ELECTION TO TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY MARCH 21ST AT THE GREENWOOD LAKE SENIOR CENTER LOCATED AT 132 WINDERMERE AVE, GREENWOOD LAKE, NY FROM 12:00PM TO 9:00PM.

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE SELLIER. SECONDED BY TRUSTEE HOWLEY. ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

RESOLUTION # 24 OF 2016/2017

 

AUTHORIZES THE FOLLOWING ELECTION INSPECTORS FOR THE MARCH 21, 2017 VILLAGE ELECTION: KAREN CLARK, JEAN OLSEN, TOM MCNAMARA.

 

MOTIONED BY TUSTEE KELM. SECONDED BY TRUSTEE HOLDER. ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

RESOLUTION # 25 OF 2016/2017

 

AUTHORIZES THE FOLLOWING CHANGES TO THE FINE AMOUNTS FOR PARKING VIOLATIONS LISTED:

 

FIRE ZONE                                                100.00

PARK LEFT SIDE OF STREET                        40.00

PARK 10 FEET FROM CORNER            25.00

LESS THAN 15 FT FR HYDRANT            100.00

PARK IN BUS STOP ZONE                        50.00

ALL NIGHT PARKING                                    50.00

PARKING DURING SNOW REM            75.00

NO PARKING ZONE                                    50.00

PARK ON PAVEMENT                                    75.00

PARK WITHOUT PERMIT                        50.00

HANDICAP 1ST OFFENSE                        75.00

HANDICAP 2ND OFFENSE                        150.00

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE HOWLEY. SECONDED BY TRUSTEE SELLIER. ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

RESOLUTION # 26 OF 2016/2017

 

WHEREAS, THE VILLAGE OF GREENWOOD LAKE NEEDS TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE IN THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT WITH CERTIFIED CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND;

 

WHEREAS, FUSCO ENGINEERING AND LAND SURVEYING, PC HAS SUBMITTED A CONTRACT FOR EXECUTION AND,

 

WHEREAS, THE VILLAGE BOARD IS DESIROUS OF MAKING THE TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT AT THIS TIME,

 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE VILLAGE BOARD AUTHORIZES THE MAYOR TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT WITHFUSCO ENGINEERING AND LAND SURVEYING PC AND TO APPOINT THE FOLLOWING CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS:

 

ALFRED A FUSCO, III                        CODE ENFORECEMENT OFFICER

LAWRENCE PHILLIPPS            DEPUTY CODE ENFORECEMENT OFFICER

SCOTT RAZZANO                        DEPUTY CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

ALFRED A FUSCO, JR PE            DEPUTY CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT AGENTS OF FUSCO ENGINEERING AND LAND SURVEYING PC ARE AUTHORIZED TO UTILIZE VILAGE VEHICLES IN THE PERFORANCE OF THEIR DUTIES AS CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WITH THE CONDITION THAT THIS PERMISSION CAN BE RESCINDED AT ANY TIME BY THIS OR FUTURE VILLAGE BOARDS.

 

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

 

RESOLUTION # 27 OF 2016/2017

 

AUTHORIZES THE APPOINTMENT OF ALYSE TERHUNE AND HER NEW FIRM ATTICUS LAW AS THE PLANNING BOARD ATTORNEY.  

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE SELLIER. SECONDED BY TRUSTEE HOWLEY. ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

MOTION TO GO INTO EXECUTVE SESSION TO DISCUSS PERSONNEL MATTERS.            

 

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

 

MOTION TO RECONVENE THE VILLAGE BOARD MEETING.

 

MOTIONED BY TRUSTEE HOWLEY. SECONDED BY TRUSTEE KELM. ALL AYES TO SAID MOTION.

 

NO ONE PRESENT.

 

MOTION TO ADJOURN THE VILLAGE BOARD MEETING.

 

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

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 9:16PM.

 

RESPECTFULLY YOURS

 

 

PATRICIA OLSEN

VILLAGE CLERK