July 2018 Meeting Minutes

Greenwood Lake Commission

Senior Center in Greenwood Village, NY.

 July 25, 2018

Open:  Pledge of Allegiance

Commissioners Attendance:   Clint Smith, Paul Zarrillo, Jonathan Brett, Kelly Tuturro, George Verno, Eric Hastings. Dale Van Nimwegen, Paul Sullivan

Absent:  Eric Pain, Floyd DeAngelo, Micki Lees

Treasurers Report:

·         Year to date thru July 24, 2018; still haven’t received funding from Orange county.

·         There was a small increase in workers compensation and we are paid up to date.

·         Due to pay around $700 in rent due from the last few months.

·         $76,690.+ in Lakeland, the bulk of which to be paid out once we receive the herbicide bills. Sterling bank $37,375.+.  There are no outstanding bills to be paid other than the ordinary operating expense and the herbicides to be paid. Cash in bank is a little over $114,000.

·         Regarding the split of expense between NY and NJ, there was $50k deposit in question which has been identified to be NJ funding,  A copy of the check from the NJ Treasury was provided to the commissioners

Presentation:   MSU – Save a Lake

Commissioners' reports:

George Vurno

·         Expressed concern for the North Arm and feels we could lose it to wet lands and not be able to do anything with it.  It is essential that we keep those channels open.

Eric Hastings

·         Put a lost and found on website and Facebook page.

Floyd DeAngelo

·         No report.

Michael Flaherty/Cathy Ahlers/Kelly Tuturo

·         No report.

Paul Sullivan

·         No report.

Eric Pain

·         Lake level is 10.14 on the weir=10’1”. Outflow 26.516.9 cfs=mgd

·         Water Level Management Plan-no update

·         Siltbusters-Paperwork finalized $7000.00 payment processed

·         Comments submitted on the Swim Platform and Ice Eater ordinances. Very important.

·         NJ response to Proposed MPS. I have previously sought a response from legal counsel. On 7/7/18 I requested another review of the proposed Methods and Procedures however to date I have not received a response. I apologize for the delay and will continue to seek input

·         Passed along ethics requirements for all NJ commissioners to Chairman Zarrillo

 

Micki Lees

·         No report.

Jonathan Brett

·         Getting ready to survey the lake for the dock numbering system. Met with the gentleman who printed the maps for Lk H, he advised he will do research on his end for the development of the maps for GWL.

·         Roughly $30 for homeowners to be involved. Each house will have a corresponding number to each sign.

Clint Smith

·         Still working on the clean-up of Belchers Creek. Has someone who will be ready to remove debris when the water level drops.

 Dale Van Nimwegen

·         Handed out copies of the revised/rewritten Methods and Procedures for review and approval from commission by August 15, 2018.

·         Draft of the Annual Report for 2017 was passed out to commission for review; center of document is an explanation of the accomplishments of GWLC.

·         List of project priorities needs review by the commission; also due to her August 15, 2018

 Paul Zarrillo

·         Multiple request to remove floating docks and the WMDW and Antoinette, they were able to remove the docs. Spoke to Ed Stein, and he will go back up to Browns Point and Greenwood Lake Beach Club to remove more floating docks.

·         USCGA had boat inspection and had a great turn out at Sportsman.  Sportsman’s Marina would also like to host the Boat Course in their new facility.

·         Need to send $25 for ALF application.

·         8/20 Passaic County Divers Team is scheduled to review the area where Siltbusters worked to make sure area is clear.  Depending on what is found will dictate the future work for Siltbusters.  Eric/DEP will work out how Siltbusters will be paid.

·         Had a meeting scheduled with Mayor Dwyer, his staff and Health Department to go over the procedures of the septic pump out system and their software, however it was postponed.

·         $30.00 Application to join the Highland Coalition for support of the $500K legislation. Powerful lobbying group.

·         August 2nd, meeting set up with Floyd and the new executive director of the North Jersey Water District Supply Co. 

·         The boat regulation commission, they meet monthly and could possibly meet up to go over the conflicting ordinances of boating and other water activities.

·         Passaic County is adapting an app for tourism.  GLW is going to be a part of it and are looking for feedback.

·         Waiting to hear back from Town about Fox Island Cable issues.

 

Public Input

·         Michelle Shanker Lake Resident:  Expressed concern about the Geese Control Program and was upset because she felt that the commission didn’t let the public know and would like the commission to look to other resources for Geese removal.  Requesting a public meeting with the USDA and commission for the next Geese Removal and asking for more transparency, more democratic, and alternative methods of Geese Removal.

Correction of the Record as described during the Public Input

·         In response, the Commission stated the facts about transparency and public notice to be as follows: The Geese

Control Program was discussed at several monthly Commission Meetings, all of which were open to the public and documented in the meeting minutes. Meeting minutes were also available following each months meeting.

·         Furthermore, the Commission stated the following for the record: Control of the geese population is very

important to maintain fecal count readings at a level which allows for continued in-water recreation on the lake.

REMINDER:    Next meeting is August 22, 2018 at the Senior Center in Greenwood Village @ 7:00pm

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

Procedure Policy -  Dale handed out revised for all to review and report back with comments for next meeting.

Floating Stump Field – Unable to finish project.

Herbicide Fundraiser -  Trying to promote it more and get more donations

Ordinance - Ice Eaters/ Floating Platforms Regulations -  Jonathan and Paul are working on ordinances.  Will have to be approved by the 3 towns around Greenwood Lake.

GWL Legislation – Billed passed state, now in the environmental committee of the assembly.

Dock Numbering Program – Met with the printer to go over maps for GWL.

By Laws - Copy of revised Methods and Procedures provided to Commissioners for review and approval.

Banks

501C3

Office Space – Received eviction notice. Possible space at utopia deli, village firehouse and previous office space.

Water Management Plan

Highlands Council Study of Belcher Creek

NEW BUSINESS

Letters to Assemblypersons

Follow up by commissioners

Belchers Creek - Facebook

Press to stop misinformation

 

 

Name

Attendance 2018

Reports Given 2018

Paul Zarrillo

7/7

7

George Vurno

6/7

4

Dale VanNimwegen

5/7

7

Clint Smith

7/7

6

Paul Sullivan

5/7

4

Jonathan Brett

7/7

7

Eric Hastings

6/7

3

Floyd DeAngelo

6/7

5

Eric Pain

6/7

7

NYSDEC:  Kelly Turturro/Michael Flaherty/Catherine Ahlers

7/7

4

Micki Lees

5/7

2

 

 

 

MOTIONS and RESOLUTION

Motion:  Approve July 2018 Meeting Minutes.

Motioned by: Paul Zarrillo

NAME

YES

NO

ABSTAINED

Paul Zarrillo Co-Chair

X

 

 

Floyd DeAngelo Co-Chair

 

 

 

Paul Sullivan

X

 

 

Clint Smith

X

 

 

Dale VanNimwegen

X

 

 

George Vurno

X

 

 

Eric Hastings

X

 

 

DEP (Eric Pain)

 

 

 

DEC (Mike, Kelly, Catherine)

X

 

 

Micki Lees

 

 

 

Johnathan Brett

X

 

 

 

 

 

Motion:  Close Public Input.

Motioned by:  Paul Sullivan

NAME

YES

NO

ABSTAINED

Paul Zarrillo Co-Chair

X

 

 

Floyd DeAngelo Co-Chair

 

 

 

Paul Sullivan

X

 

 

Clint Smith

X

 

 

Dale VanNimwegen

X

 

 

George Vurno

X

 

 

Eric Hastings

X

 

 

DEP (Eric Pain)

 

 

 

DEC (Mike, Kelly, Catherine)

X

 

 

Micki Lees

 

 

 

Johnathan Brett

X

Seconded: George Vurno

All in favor ~ Approved.

June 27, 2018

Greenwood Lake Commission

Senior Center in Greenwood Village, NY.

 June 27, 2018

Open:  Pledge of Allegiance

Commissioners Attendance:   Floyd DeAngelo, Clint Smith, Paul Zarrillo, Jonathan Brett, Eric Pain, Micki Lees, Kelly Tuturro, George Verno, Eric Hastings.

Absent:  Dale Van Nimwegen, Paul Sullivan

Guest:  Mr. Barry Chenney; County legislator, Mayor Jessy Dwyer, Andre Airas; WV Dispatch.

Treasurers Report:

·         In addition to the financials depicted, and the ordinary monthly expenses that will be paid in the upcoming month, our Workers Compensation renewal will also be paid in the next 2 weeks (an amount of $325+).

Presentation:   William Antoshkiw from the 10-13 Filtilia ~ An Arm in the coast guard.  Advised of Boat Safety course, free vessel check, oil & Gas spills, educational seminars for children and adult classes, towing, can be reached on Channel 16. Always on call.

Commissioners' reports:

George Vurno

·         No report.

Eric Hastings

·         Put a lost and found on website and Facebook page.

Floyd DeAngelo

·         Meet with County Executive Mr. Newhouse advised the commission will get 20k this year and 30k next year.

·         Regarding the log in the lake, advised it’s no longer there and if homeowner sees it again to contact us.

Michael Flaherty/Cathy Ahlers/Kelly Tuturo

·         No report.

Paul Sullivan

·         No report.

Eric Pain

·         Lake level is 9.88 on the measurement, 9 feet 10 inches, passing flow is 3.3 billion gallons a day.

·         No update with the water management plan.

·         No update on the monies for Silt busters.

Micki Lees

·         Discussion on Facebook and press about negative feedback from community.

·         Will revisit the Lake Clean-up for April 2019.

Jonathan Brett

·         Followed up with floating trampolines, nothing states they need reflectors or be taken in at night.  Swim platforms do not have lights and there are no manufactures that make them with lights.

Clint Smith

·         No report.

 Dale Van Nimwegen

·         Copy of revised Methods and Procedures provided to Commissioners for review and approval.

 Paul Zarrillo

·         Herbicide program about 40 acres of shoreline and about 60 acres in the middle of the lake.

·         The bill for the $500k funding has passed legislate state senator unanimously; S-2167.  It is now in the environmental committee of the assembly A-3804.  Advised will keep on Duffy and Patrick Alexander to help contact other democratic freeholders.

 

Public Input

Andre Airas; WV Dispatch:  Advised that he hasn’t published anything that is negative or that doesn’t have a creditable source to back up any information that was publicized.

Mayor Dwyer:  Advised that the communication on behalf of the Greenwood Lake commission needs to be improved.

 

REMINDER:    Next meeting is July 25, 2018 at the West Milford Library in West Milford @ 7:00pm

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

Procedure Policy -  Kelly sent comments to Dale. Will revisit next meeting

Floating Stump Field – Unable to finish project.

Herbicide Fundraiser -  Trying to promote it more and get more donations

Ordinance - Ice Eaters/ Floating Platforms Regulations -  Jonathan and Paul are working on ordinances.  Will have to be approved by the 3 towns around Greenwood Lake.

Grants – Go forward with Amanda

GWL Legislation – Billed passed state, now in the environmental committee of the assembly.

Dock Numbering Program – must work with police and fire department to implement program. One-time joiners fee.

By Laws - Copy of revised Methods and Procedures provided to Commissioners for review and approval.

Banks

501C3

Office Space – will get eviction notice soon, about 3 months to go. Possible space at utopia deli, or village firehouse.

Water Management Plan

Highlands Council Study of Belcher Creek

NEW BUSINESS

Letters to Assemblypersons

Follow up by commissioners

Belchers Creek - Facebook

Press to stop misinformation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOTIONS and RESOLUTION

 

 Motion:  Approve May 2018 Meeting Minutes.

Motioned by: Paul Zarrillo

Seconded: All in favor ~ Approved.

NAME

YES

NO

ABSTAINED

Paul Zarrillo Co-Chair

X

 

 

Floyd DeAngelo Co-Chair

X

 

 

Paul Sullivan

 

 

 

Clint Smith

X

 

 

Dale VanNimwegen

 

 

 

George Vurno

 

 

 

Eric Hastings

X

 

 

DEP (Eric Pain)

X

 

 

DEC (Mike, Kelly, Catherine)

X

 

 

Micki Lees

X

 

 

Johnathan Brett

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

Attendance 2018

Reports Given 2018

Paul Zarrillo

6/6

6

George Vurno

5/6

3

Dale VanNimwegen

4/6

6

Clint Smith

6/6

5

Paul Sullivan

4/6

3

Jonathan Brett

6/6

6

Eric Hastings

5/6

3

Floyd DeAngelo

6/6

5

Eric Pain

6/6

6

NYSDEC:  Kelly Turturro/Michael Flaherty/Catherine Ahlers

6/6

4

Micki Lees

4/6

2

May 23, 2018

Greenwood Lake Commission

West Milford Library, West Milford, NJ.

 May 23, 2018

Open:  Pledge of Allegiance

Commissioners Attendance:   Floyd DeAngelo, Clint Smith, Paul Zarrillo, Jonathan Brett, Eric Pain, Micki Lees, Michael Flaherty, Paul Sullivan, Eric Hastings.

Absent:  George Vurno

Guest:  Mr. Barry Chenney, Andre Airas; WV Dispatch.

Special Note:  GWL has made ¾ of the front page of the Suburban Trends; Commissioner Sullivan would like to Congratulate Paul Zarrillo, Councilman Wagner, Senator Pennacchio, and Council McGuinness for doing an outstanding job

Mr. Carl Richco; has been appointed by the governor to be the director of the Highlands Council.

Treasury Report:

·         April Treasury report has been handed out in meeting packets for June.

·         Accounting for Herbicide donations from Paypal are all on the NJ side.  Can’t see all the information from the donors so we are trying to work through that.

·         Boat Course fee’s and income in separate column.

·         Getting ready to do an account balance to make sure NY and NJ have paid their fair shares in the last two years; and will bring to June meeting.

·         The workers comp will go up because we now have another W2 for Amanda in the grant writing.

·         Herbicides will be netted against the 24k since we will be paying for it.

·         Rent – Dale suggests getting a climate control storage locker for our files.

o   Jonathan Brett advised will donate a storage locker, however it is in Hardyston.  Will discuss at the June meeting.

Commissioners' reports:

George Vurno

·         No report.

Eric Hastings

·         Put a lost and found on website and Facebook page.

Floyd DeAngelo

·         Suggested by Barry Cheney that the GWLC should meet with Mr. Newhouse.  Regarding the log in the lake, the DPW is not responsible for it and that the homeowner should hire a tree company.

Michael Flaherty/Cathy Ahlers/Kelly Tuturo

·         Kelly sent an email to Dale with the revisions of the procurement policies.

 

Paul Sullivan

·         Still waiting on the outcome of the little Red building; if we can rent it for office space; not looking good though.

Eric Pain

·         Lake level is 10 ft 5 inches, putting out 88 million gallons a day.

·         No update with the water management plan.

·         We do not have any water fowl specific signage.  We have do not feed the animals.

·         NJ Commissioners need to complete the ethics requirement.

·         Advised paperwork for Mark Johnson has be finalized, now just waiting on the check.

Micki Lees

·         Lake Clean up June 23, 2018

·         Paddle Palooza is September 8, 2018.

Jonathan Brett

·         Followed up with DEP and now reviewing the 120-page report on Permit by Rule on what we can and cannot do.

·         Went to EC Meeting with Clint, spoke about the presentation from MSU and are interested in seeing the report.

·         Have a proposal and breakdown on Hydro raking.  From the bridge to almost up to the Lili pads.

·         $185/hour +++

·         He does NOT get rid of the dirt

Clint Smith

·         Survey on Belchers creek is on hold until July 3rd because the water levels has to be somewhat normal.

 Dale Van Nimwegen

·         Received email from Kelly with updates to the M&P’s; she’s raised questions that would require a legal contact on the Jersey side to review.

·         Will be submitting the annual cense borough report to the government.

·         Historical split between NJ/NY; would like to meet with each side and discuss the monies.

·         Draft of annual report will be ready for review at the June meeting.

Paul Zarrillo

·         In contact with NJSP and they have been on the lake pushing safety on the lake and building working relations with the boaters and most of the local business around the lake.

o   Mentioned the Dock numbering system and they are very excited about it.

·         Met with the Steering Committee about the stump project, MSU and other topics that can be discussed in executive session.

·         USDA has expanded some of the sites that they are going to use to collect and oil eggs.  Requested if we would write a letter to Mayor Dwyer, advised we did and he responded that effective immediately, they have access to any and all property owned by the village of Greenwood lake for the purpose of goose management.       

·         Boat Course - 34 Attendees $1025.00 We have already had some calls for the August class.

·         Geese program is on-going.

·         Had a great meeting with legislation in Trenton about the GWL commission and the $500k funding. Advised will keep on Duffy.

·         Would like to go over the detail of the business plan for the $500k.

 

Public Input

Jack:  Lives by the mouth of the creek and advised there is a big tree by the buoy.

 

REMINDER: Next meeting is June 27, 2018 at the Senior Center in Greenwood Village @ 7:00pm

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

Procedures –  Need a legal contact on the Jersey side to go over questions raised by Kelly.

Floating Stump Field Project – Executive session.

Herbicide Fundraiser Project – To date we have @ $22,945.00 in checks and @ $900.00 from Paypal.  The Cost is $149/arce If we put in an extra $5k of the commission monies, we would be able to treat more of the lake.

Ice Eaters/ Floating Platforms Regulations -  Jonathan and Paul will meet before next meeting.

Grants -

NJ Legislation -

NEW BUSINESS

Lake Clean Up - June 23rd

September 8th – Paddle palooza

 

 

MOTIONS and RESOLUTION

 

Motion:  Approve May 2018 Meeting Minutes.

Motioned by: Paul Sullivan

Seconded: All in favor ~ Approved.

NAME

YES

NO

ABSTAINED

Paul Zarrillo Co-Chair

X

 

 

Floyd DeAngelo Co-Chair

X

 

 

Paul Sullivan

X

 

 

Clint Smith

X

 

 

Dale VanNimwegen

 

 

 

George Vurno

 

 

 

Eric Hastings

X

 

 

DEP (Eric Pain)

X

 

 

DEC (Mike, Kelly, Catherine)

X

 

 

Micki Lees

X

 

 

Johnathan Brett

X

 

 

 

MOTIONS and RESOLUTION

 

Motion:  Move $5k out of current capitol and move it to Herbicides Control cost.

Motioned by: Paul Sullivan

Seconded: Dale VanNimwegen, Eric Hastings, All in favor ~ Approved.

NAME

YES

NO

ABSTAINED

Paul Zarrillo Co-Chair

X

 

 

Floyd DeAngelo Co-Chair

X

 

 

Paul Sullivan

X

 

 

Clint Smith

X

 

 

Dale Van Nimwegen

X

 

 

George Vurno

 

 

 

Eric Hastings

X

 

 

DEP (Eric Pain)

X

 

 

DEC (Mike, Kelly, Catherine)

X

 

 

Micki Lees

X

 

 

Johnathan Brett

X

 

 

 

 

Name

Attendance 2018

Reports Given 2018

Paul Zarrillo

5/5

5

George Vurno

4/5

3

Dale VanNimwegen

4/5

3

Clint Smith

5/5

5

Paul Sullivan

4/5

3

Jonathan Brett

5/5

5

Eric Hastings

4/5

3

Floyd DeAngelo

5/5

4

Eric Pain

5/5

5

NYSDEC:  Kelly Turturro/Michael Flaherty/Catherine Ahlers

5/5

4

Micki Lees

3/5

1

 

April 25, 2018

Greenwood Lake Commission

Greenwood Village Senior Center, NY.

 April 25, 2018

Open:  Pledge of Allegiance

Commissioners Attendance:   Floyd DeAngelo, Clint Smith, Paul Zarrillo, Jonathan Brett, Eric Pain, George Vurno, Micki Lees, Kelly Turturro, Paul Sullivan,

Absent:  Eric Hastings, Dale Van Nimwegen

Guest:  Frank Gilbert, Andre Airas.

Treasury Report:

·         Advised by Floyd that there will be an e-mail sent with in a day or two with the Treasury Report.

Commissioners' reports:

George Vurno

·         Advised he went passed by the marina and saw marks boat being taking out. Mark was upset but very happy with how everything was being handled.  Need to thank JJ for his efforts along with Moosehead.

Eric Hastings

·         No report.

Floyd DeAngelo

·         Advised that the Silt Busters boat over turned on Sunday afternoon.  There was a weight problem that off set the boat and it flipped over.  Stump Busters insurance company hired Sea Tow to help with divers to salvage as much as they can and put air bags under the boat and flipped it over.  Divers picked up @ 90% of all the materials.  East Shore by Greenwood Lake Beach Associates.

Michael Flaherty/Cathy Ahlers/Kelly Tuturo

·         Working with Dale on the Policy and Procedures, hoping to have something finalized by next meeting.

Paul Sullivan

·         No report.

Eric Pain

·         Lake level is 10 ft 4 inches, putting out 65 million gallons a day.

·         Will processes a purchase order for the $17,500.00 and advised his office will handle it.

·         No update with the water management plan.  Passed out a map of the watershed area; 28.4 miles; areas that drain into the lake.

·         Will bring a state sign about not feeding the water fowl to next meeting to show the commission what it says and to possible post in the marinas in the near future.

Micki Lees

·         Advised cold water shock can happen very easily and our lake community needs to be advised.  Would like to do a presentation in the Fall to educate the community.  To keep our boaters and recreation area safe.

·         Advised was having lunch with Sara to give her the information for the lake clean up and she can post it in Warwick.  Advised she has a contact for the radio for the advertisement to be published.

·         Would like to educate the community on how they should not Feed the Ducks.  Would like to have vinyl signs put up at the marinas and around the water’s edge. 

·         Advised will send the sign and verbiage to Eric Pain before anything is posted.

·         Paddle Poolooza is September 8, 2018.  Lake Clean up May 12, 2018.

Jonathan Brett

·          Spoke to DEP again and will get back to me about the desilting; what can be removed, what can’t be removed, etc.

·          Went to EC Meeting with Clint, spoke about the presentation from MSU and are interested in seeing the report.

·         Showed the report to a part-time employee that works full time for the Wanaque reservoir, he does all the testing for them.  He advised that the E-coli levels are nothing to be overly concerned about.  He seems to think its more from the Geese than anything.

Clint Smith

·         Working on a plan to clean up the trees that are around the lake; not just in Belchers creek.

·         Taking pictures and providing an inventory of what needs to be taken out of the creek etc.

 Dale Van Nimwegen

·         No report.

Paul Zarrillo

·         Working on legislation for potentially getting 500K a year. Sen. Penn advised to reach out to Duffy to try to get the ball rolling. Senator Pennacchico was concerned we were losing momentum

·         Meet with Highlands council and their associates along with Dr. Fred from Princeton Hydro; he will come up with a plan for us to submit to the highlands council.  Approximately @ $80-90K towards the end of June.

o   Have an appointment with MSU next Tuesday to tour the facility and go over more potential studies.

o   Water implantation, aquatic weed study, water lilies, improvement of shore lines, etc. plan to have a study done on Belchers Creek.

§  Suggestions of $150K to herbicides to do the southern end of the lake, $22K for the Geese, Balance for Belchers Creek.

·         Herbicides flyers printed and need to have commissioners pass out.

·         Mark Johnson spoke very highly of John Joseph Inc. and Moosehead about their cooperation and suggestions on how to handle the situation and very grateful of the commissioners who were there all day who helped and gave support.

·         Meeting with State police to go over the patrolling hours etc. Greenwood lake chief Hanson, the town of Warwick pays the Warwick police department to patrol.

·         Still Looking to have an ordinance for flags on the boat, swim platforms, bubblers, and ice eaters, utilizing the ice in the winter, etc.; Lake Hopatcong has regulations on them and waiting to see what they are before he writes up a proposal for Greenwood Lake.

o   Still need to look into Dock Numbering system

·         Need to find office space. Our lease is ending in late June.

 

Public Input

Frank:  Questioned if it’s illegal to feed water fowl in NY state also?  Also, looking for information on aerators, are they illegal as well?  Would like to use one on his lake front property, advised it puts oxygen in the water.

OLD BUSINESS

Procedures – Dale and Kelly working on it., hopefully a draft for review for next meeting

Floating Stump Field Project – End of project for now.

Herbicide Fundraiser Project – Sent out mailers and flyers to obtain donations.

Ice Eaters/ Floating Platforms Regulations -  Still Looking to have a reciprocal agreement

Grants

NJ Legislation

NEW BUSINESS

Steering Committee – Johnathan will be on the committee.

Lake Clean Up ~ May 12

September 8th – Paddle palooza

 

 

REMINDER: Next meeting is May 23, 2018 at the West Milford Library in West Milford @ 7:00pm

 

MOTIONS and RESOLUTION

 

Motion:  Approve April 2018 Meeting Minutes.

Motioned by: George Vurno

Seconded: Paul Zarrillo, all in favor ~ Approved.

NAME

YES

NO

ABSTAINED

Paul Zarrillo Co-Chair

X

 

 

Floyd DeAngelo Co-Chair

X

 

 

Paul Sullivan

X

 

 

Clint Smith

X

 

 

Dale VanNimwegen

 

 

 

George Vurno

X

 

 

Eric Hastings

 

 

 

DEP (Eric Pain)

X

 

 

DEC (Mike, Kelly, Catherine)

X

 

 

Micki Lees

X

 

 

Johnathan Brett

X

 

 

 

Name

Attendance 2018

Reports Given 2018

Paul Zarrillo

4/4

4

George Vurno

4/4

3

Dale VanNimwegen

3/4

2

Clint Smith

4/4

4

Paul Sullivan

2/3

1

Jonathan Brett

4/4

4

Eric Hastings

3/4

2

Floyd DeAngelo

4/4

3

Eric Pain

4/4

4

NYSDEC:  Kelly Turturro/Michael Flaherty/Catherine Ahlers

4/4

3

Micki Lees

2/4

1

March 28, 2018

Greenwood Lake Commission

West Milford Library, West Milford, NJ.

 March 28, 2018

Open:  Pledge of Allegiance

Commissioners Attendance:   Floyd DeAngelo, Eric Hastings, Clint Smith, Dale Van Nimwegen, Paul Zarrillo, Cathy Ahlers, Jonathan Brett, Eric Pain, George Vurno, Micki Lees.

Absent:  Paul Sullivan

Guest:  MSU, Andre Airas, Steve Bryan.

Treasury Report:

·         Biggest change is the $30K funding received from Passaic County; Thank you Sullivan

·         There will be some adjustments going forward to split the cost per State.

·         A little over 90K in the banks collectively.

·         $850, will be paid to administrative hours, printing, intuit monthly fees.

·         Advised commission is not ready to set up a GoFundMe account because of the management that is needed to make sure the account is working for us not against us. – Looking for update on April 20

·         Notion of a PayPal or Paypal “Like” account, Paypro, provided better rates for Non-profit entities. 

o   Motion to have the commission approve the set up a Paypro account

§  Paul advised there is a Paypal account set up on the website already.

Commissioners' reports:

George Vurno

·         The North end of the lake is beautiful, so we need to make sure it stays this way. Only the perimeter is wet lands, and the rest is not navigational. 

o   Cathy to find a map and confirm the wetlands of the North End.

Eric Hastings

·         No report.

Floyd DeAngelo

·         Meet with the chairman of the Orange County legislatures and received a very favorable response to an additional $10K .

Michael Flaherty/Cathy Ahlers/Kelly Tuturo

·         No report.

Paul Sullivan

·         No report.

Eric Pain

·         Lake level is 10 ft 2 inches, putting out 37.6 million gallons a day. Outflow is 58

·         Will processes a purchase order for the $17,500.00 and advised his office will handle it.

·         Still waiting on response.  No update with the water management plan.  Reached out to Geo science for an update and nothing returned.  Will turn it over to his supervisor.

·         Belchers Creek – Division of Land Use Regulation would like to take a visit the lake and the watershed.

·         Sen. Penn. Office called, so he referred him to legislative services because he is not authorized to talk to them.

Micki Lees

·          Paddle Poolooza is September 8, 2018.  Lake Clean up May 12, 2018.

·         Village Lake Clean up date is April 21,2018.

Jonathan Brett

·          Meet with Pete Wosyluk, he desilted Southshore Marina and has done dredging and desilting on Upper Greenwood Lake.  Advised he can do the work but not until the Drawdown.

·         Spoke to DEP, advised we will not be able to use docks, and that it is a safety issue for swimming, advised it is a navigational hazard.

·         Advised received 8 more case numbers regarding the creek.

·         Spoke to Tanya at the DEP, she gave some phone numbers and direction in moving forward.

 Clint Smith

·         Information on strobe lights. Advised the solar ones would be better, brought in an electric one to demonstrate. However, he is not for it because we do not have anyone to maintain them.

 Dale Van Nimwegen

·         Methods and procedures:  needs Eric Pain to resend information to her. Spoke to Kelly and she is preparing the clarification of the suggested change and language for the methods and procedures for NON-Bid projects.

·         Split between NY and NJ, went to bank and got a bunch of back records, the recorded corroborated on the information we had.

Paul Zarrillo

·         Received letter from Freeholder Duffy regarding the $30K from Passaic County and advised is available at any time for on-going support.

·         GWL Funding Legislation: Assemblyman Weber also entered the legislation for the commission to receive $5ooK, Bill A3804, which mimics the LH Bill S2167.

·         Spoke to Freeholder Duffy and he is drumming up support from the democrats to support both bills in the Senate.

·         Floyd, myself and Chief Hanson, 3 officers from State police and surrounding towns of Jefferson, purpose was to review issues that are ongoing and advised of Dock numbering system that they are implementing. Will be having a separate meeting just for Greenwood Lake.

·         Met with Congressman Gottheimer’s two top aides, they offered to help in grant writing and to look into areas of funding for the commission.

o   Will look into having a sponsor for the event.

§  Castle owner Bobbie, and State Farm agent are possible sponsors.

·         Will follow up and send a letter to the township with a copy of the letter received from Orange and Rockland Elc.

·         Looking into swim platforms, bubblers, and ice eaters; Lake Hopatcong has regulations on them and waiting to see what they are before he writes up a proposal.

 

Public Input:

Steven Bryan – Advised that the final approval for site plan.  It is a T1 permit for the Mason Hotel however, it does not fit the jurisdiction of the West Milford Health Department for sewage disposal, so it will go to the State, and the state will evaluate it at that time. 

 

OLD BUSINESS

Grants – Hired Amanda, found 65 Grants in NJ, will investigate more for EPA monies.

Geese Program – April advised they will start mid-April.

RFP Stump Fields – Project to start 4/16/2018 on the NJ side.

Herbicides – Sent out mailers, posters; looking to put add in papers.  Charging $300 an acre, cost is $80 an acre.  NY and Village are doing their own.

Workshops

Fox Island Cables – Sent follow-up letter to the township along with the copies of the letters we received from the State and O&R, that is it the responsibility of the homeowner, the Companies have no liability or responsibility. The township and homeowners are trying to work something out.

Belcher Creek

User Fee

NEW BUSINESS

GWL Funding Legislation – Bill S-2167, in progress

Steering Committee – Johnathan Brett has volunteered.

GLC Procedures Review –Waiting on NY Attorney to look at it.

GLC By Laws Review – After Procedures, will do By Laws.

LK Hopatcong Funding Legislation

Bubblers – LH and LG have ordinances, looking to have an ordinance in place for GWL of no more than 40 feet.

Office – losing office space, looking for a new location

 

 

REMINDER: Next meeting is April 25, 2018 at the Senior Center in Greenwood Village, NY @ 7:00pm

 

MOTIONS and RESOLUTION

 

Motion:  Approve March 2018 Meeting Minutes.

Motioned by: Dale VanNimwegen

Seconded: Floyd DeAngelo

NAME

YES

NO

ABSTAINED

Paul Zarrillo Co-Chair

X

 

 

Floyd DeAngelo Co-Chair

X

 

 

Paul Sullivan

 

 

 

Clint Smith

X

 

 

Dale VanNimwegen

X

 

 

George Vurno

X

 

 

Eric Hastings

X

 

 

DEP (Eric Pain)

X

 

 

DEC (Mike, Kathy, Catherine)

X

 

 

Micki Lees

X

 

 

Johnathan Brett

X

 

 

 

Name

Attendance 2018

Reports Given 2018

Paul Zarrillo

3/3

3

George Vurno

3/3

2

Dale VanNimwegen

3/3

2

Clint Smith

3/3

3

Paul Sullivan

1/3

1

Jonathan Brett

3/3

3

Eric Hastings

3/3

2

Floyd DeAngelo

3/3

2

Eric Pain

3/3

3

NYSDEC:  Kelly Turturro/Michael Flaherty/Catherine Ahlers

3/3

2

Micki Lees

1/3

0

 

February 28, 2018

Greenwood Lake Commission

Senior Center in Greenwood Village, NY.

 February 28, 2018

Open:  Pledge of Allegiance

Commissioners Attendance:   Floyd DeAngelo, Eric Hastings, Clint Smith, Dale Van Nimwegen, Paul Zarrillo, Michael Flaherty, Jonathan Brett, Eric Pain, George Vurno, Paul Sullivan.

Absent:  Micki Lees

Guest:  WM Board of Education; Scott Drews, press, residents.

Treasury Report:

·         A little ahead of expenses as compared to last year. Administrative and Rent expense is higher.

·         Renew of liability policy coming up for renewal

·         Bills for legal adds need to be paid.

·         Lake land and Sterling bank accounts 62,818.60

·         Working on Annual Report and expect to have a draft at the March 2018 meeting.

Commissioners' reports:

George Vurno

·         No Report.

Eric Hastings

·         Filling out proxy, Advised Columbia bank is going public and found out that most banks have a financing arm that dispenses monies to the communities.  Maybe the other banks have this source of financing available too.

o   Columbia Bank, Lakeland, Key’s are just a few.

·         Sediment is breeching on GWL and once it breeches the top, we can remove it with permit by rule.  The water level is very high right now and the sediment it still breeching.

·         The two reports we have, one is in Trenton and one in Albany, we can’t forget about these reports when it comes to the desilting projects.

Floyd DeAngelo

·         No report.

Michael Flaherty/Cathy Ahlers/Kelly Tuturo

·         At a meeting yesterday for harmful algae blooms, working on identifying where they are coming from.  Looks kind of like green paint, if you see it, call the DEC and we will send someone out to take care of it.

Paul Sullivan

·         The letter made it to the County for the $30K and it has been approved.  Should be getting it within 2-3 weeks.

o   Will look into having a letter sent with the check.

·         Little Red School house is still vacant, will know in a few weeks if we can rent it or not for office space.

Eric Pain

·         Lake level is 10 ft 5 inches, putting out 96 million gallons a day.

·         Second phase of the Stump removal/reduction project the $17.5, informed Trenton budget and finance that the lake is not frozen anymore, hoping to have it released to the commission rather than Eric’s office.

·         No update with the water management plan.  Reached out to Geo science for an update and nothing returned.

·         Avoid it and report it, for any algae blooms that are seen in NJ.

·         An Environmental investigation clean up sign near the old A&P, goes back to 2005, a former business in that local was responsible for chlorine getting into the ground water thru the septic.  The former LSRP was ELM group, and was advised there are 3 test wells that have all been testing clean since 2005.

Micki Lees

·         No report.

Jonathan Brett

·         Meet on Monday to see were we can start desilting without getting permits.

·         Will speak with Pete Wosyluk, he desilted Southshore Marina and has done dredging and desilting on Upper Greenwood Lake.

·         Spoke to DEP, advised we will not be able to use docks, and that it is a safety issue for swimming, advised it is a navigational hazard.

Clint Smith

·         Tractor Sales are going to move in where Sears was.  Spoke to them as well as the landlord, about the creek behind them

·         Harvester in town is about ready to be used for the upcoming season.

·         Keep it Simple:  looking to have desilting and clean up done by the local communities; no grants, no surveys, etc.

·         Looking to have certain areas cleaned up and turned into Parks for the Lake communities to use.

·         Paul – to handle County, Eric – to keep notes, Jonathan – to Head the mission, Clint – to handle the town. Meeting with Pennacchio to show him what we plan to do.

Dale Van Nimwegen

·         Budget – Still working on it; Resolve the split between the funds and what to do about it.

Paul Zarrillo

·         MSU is scheduled to give a presentation next month regarding their report on the water monitoring and sediment monitoring report on the lake.

·         Met with Congressman Gottheimer’s two top aides, they offered to help in grant writing and to look into areas of funding for the commission.

·         Boat course had 26 attends.  $2080. Cost was $1040.  $146/pizza/water; Made $893.29

o   Will look into having a sponsor for the event.

§  Castle owner Bobbie, and State Farm agent are possible sponsors.

·         Will follow up and send a letter to the township with a copy of the letter received from Orange and Rockland Elc.

·         Looking into swim platforms, bubblers, and ice eaters; Lake Hopatcong has regulations on them and waiting to see what they are before he writes up a proposal.

 

OLD BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

Grants – Looking for outside help.

GWL Funding Legislation – Bill S-2167

Geese Program – moving forward.

Bio’s / New Commissioners

RFP Stump Fields – 2 Bids; PnB Construction, Stumpbusters

GLC Procedures Review –Waiting on NY Attorney to look at it.

RFP Herbicides – GoFundMe approach

GLC By Laws Review – After Procedures, will do By Laws.

Workshops

LK Hopt. Funding Legislation

Fox Island Cables

Bubblers

Belcher Creek

Office – losing office space, looking for a new location

User Fee

 

 

REMINDER: Next meeting is March 28, 2018 at the West Milford Library; West Milford, NJ @ 7:00pm

 

MOTIONS and RESOLUTION

 

Motion:  Approve January 2018 Meeting Minutes.

Motioned by: Dale VanNimwegen

Seconded: Eric Hastings

NAME

YES

NO

ABSTAINED

Paul Zarrillo Co-Chair

X

 

 

Floyd DeAngelo Co-Chair

X

 

 

Paul Sullivan

X

 

 

Clint Smith

X

 

 

Dale VanNimwegen

X

 

 

George Vurno

X

 

 

Eric Hastings

X

 

 

DEP (Eric Pain)

X

 

 

DEC (Mike, Kathy, Catherine)

X

 

 

Micki Lees

 

 

 

Johnathan Brett

X

 

 

 

Name

Attendance 2018

Reports Given 2018

Paul Zarrillo

2/2

2

George Vurno

2/2

1

Dale VanNimwegen

2/2

2

Clint Smith

2/2

2

Paul Sullivan

1/2

1

Jonathan Brett

2/2

2

Eric Hastings

2/2

2

Floyd DeAngelo

2/2

1

Eric Pain

2/2

2

NYSDEC:  Kelly Turturro/Michael Flaherty/Catherine Ahlers

2/2

2

Micki Lees

0/2

0

 

January Meeting Minutes

West Milford Library, West Milford NJ.

 January 25, 2018

Open:  Pledge of Allegiance

Commissioners Attendance:   Floyd DeAngelo, Eric Hastings, Clint Smith, Dale Van Nimwegen, Paul Zarrillo, Michael Flaherty, Jonathan Brett, Eric Pain, George Vurno

Absent:  Paul Sullivan, Micki Lees

Guest:  Ann Genader, Shelley Clapper, Keith Garley, Daniel Sullivan.

Treasury Report:

  • Handed out spreadsheets of financial statements.  Closed out year at $128,000.00 Aiming for $128,842.43.

  • Subcontractor expenses and utilities are up a bit. The line expenses were on target and budget.

  • $65,408.00 in bank, $42,195.28 in NY fund, and $23,213.61 NJ fund.

  • Biggest expense for the year of 2017 was checks clearing for insurance.

  • Handed out and discussed proposed 2018 Budget

    • Motion to approve the Budget ~ commissioners granted.

  • Revisiting the proposed financial split for NY and NJ. 

    • Waiting on documentation from the Bank regarding the $50k, so hoping to get some answers.

    • Propose that we take the $57,775.24 and split it 50/50, suggest we table further discussion on this until next meeting, until I get more information about it.

  • Handed out a revised M&P and would like to table the discussion until next month to give everyone a chance to review it and respond with suggestions. Motion to move discussion to next month.  Dale advised she will reach out to certain individuals to discuss.

  • No bills pending or coming up for the next month.

Commissioners' reports:

George Vurno

  • Advised cleaning out the filter areas, catch bins, is one of the most important things to take care of.

Eric Hastings

  • There is a study that is in Trenton and that report starts at the bridge at Belchers creek. There is a wall that is collecting all the sediment, we should be able to get the desilting done there.

  • Contractor called about a stream by Emerald point and greenwood lake park; advised will touch base in the spring.

  • Will pursue the Grant research more.

Floyd DeAngelo

  • Interested to see what kind of funding we get from NJ and use it to implement money out of NY State.

  • Advised that if we want to try to get $30 from Passaic county rather than Orange County.

    • Dale questions if approach Orange County for a specific project.  Floyd advised will talk to Barry Cheney about it.

  • Advised the sheet metal that the catch bins filters are constructed of are deteriorating.  Will send e-mail to commissioners again.

Michael Flaherty/Cathy Ahlers/Kelly Tuturo

  • No report; however, will look more into the Geese hunting rules and Tour Boat rules.

Paul Sullivan

  • No report.

Eric Pain

  • 10 feet 3 inches, covered in ice.

  • Outflow is 78.8 cubic feet per second; 50 million gallons a day going out.

  • Second phase of the Stump removal/reduction project the $17.5 has been ear marked for spring.  The

  • No update with the water management plan.

Micki Lees

  • No report.

Jonathan Brett

  • Talked to the kids that run the south shore, they got the permit to desilt thru Passaic county.

    • Advised to call warren dep, explain what is going on and get a case number.

    • Advised Belchers creek is in bad shape and hazardous to people on the lake.

  • Talked to Pete Wosyluk, did desilting in Upper greenwood lake.  Advised he has dumping sites that he uses and then turns the “desilting” into top soil.

Clint Smith

  • Advised we have a good relationship with environmental Commission and advised he will update them periodically.

  • Part of Belchers creek is owned by West Milford, we should get the town and county involved and spread the cost over a period of time.

    • Advised will measure the footage this weekend.

    • Advised will put together a plan to present to help clean up Belchers creek.

Dale Van Nimwegen

  • Trying to do research on how we can get more community involvement.

  • Possible looking into an LLC which can be used to pursue funds and grants that would have operating agreements for each state.  The Bi-State situation might be a deterrent.

    • Set up cost ~ NY cost would be @ $300-520 and the NJ side would cost @ $175-375.  The range is affected by obtaining legal counsel to obtain IRS C3 non-profit organization form, but Dale advised she could fill out the forms herself to avoid that extra charge.

    • $75-$300 per year for funding.

    • Use LLC as a tool for the commission to get funding for certain projects.

    • Use the LLC as the crowd funding approach; i.e gofundme for herbicides and such.

    • Using the LLC could help us get funds.  Perception is reality.

    • Suggesting a platform for our communications, lobbying, and funding via Facebook to develop a network and tool to support projects and interest.

      • Zip code mailings, emails, regular mailings. Etc

      • “Gofundme” accounts to help with Geese control project, herbicides, navigational hazards.

Paul Zarrillo

  • Received 2 bids for the Herbicides RFP:  Aquatic Technologies and Solitude.  The bids will be opened, reviewed and a winner will be chosen by February 2, 2018.

    • East Arm and All of New Jersey; from Fox island down, is where the Herbicides will take place.

  • The State Police advised Sargent Alex Perry is the new contact for Greenwood Lake.

  • Boat Course is February 11, 2018 at the GWL Airport

  • Reached out to the new Congressman Gotthiemer about any federal project we can get money from. Have not heard back yet.

  • January 9th, reviewed website with Zachary and Allison.  Updated the whole website and made it more appealing and user friendly.

  • Lake Hopatcong applied for a $100,000. Grant for a floating classroom.   LK Hopatcong has also received grant moneys from the Highlands Council.

  • Spoke in front of the council and agreed on the user fee.  Talked to Mayor Jesse Dwyer, and he was against the user fees.  Warwick will support it if the marina owners would support it.  Only two responses from the marina’s.

    • Guest at meeting Keith Garley:  Advised there many marina owners, lake front owners, and community members who are against the User Fee and would like to all meet at the next meeting to discuss. 

    • George Vurno:  Motion to table the user fee until after we find out if the funding proposal from the state is going to pass.  Dale to second motion. 1 against.

    • Clint doesn’t believe the user fee is going to bring in any money until years after it’s implemented.

    • Dale believes that it is not in our best interest either. It’s a polarizing issue within the commission and community.

  • Advised by Pennacchio to get the work started about the draft of the bill for the state funding.  Advised to get Duffy on board and get it all finalized and then get together. Advised we have good support from Passaic county; and then go from there.

  • Advised Pennacchio that there are separate accounts for our monies.

  • Advised the Lake Hopatcong money came from a license fund.

  • Still no response from Orange and Rockland Electric about the power cables in the water, emails and phone calls, but will take further measures if need be.

  • A company called Away with Geese have a product that deter the Geese.  Would like to look into this more.

  • RFP for Stump reduction:  Have had multiple request for the paperwork to apply for the Bid.

  • Fox Island Cables:  Received the letter back today and advised that they are not responsible for the cables.  Would like to move forward with this with the Town.

  • By Laws, tabled until next meeting.

  • Bubblers:  Regulations @ 50 feet.  Will look into this more.

NJ Coalition of Lakes; a meeting in the fall that we should attend.

December Meeting Notes

Greenwood Lake Commission

Greenwood Village Senior Center; Greenwood NY.

 December 20, 2017

Open:  Pledge of Allegiance

Commissioners Attendance:   Floyd DeAngelo, Eric Hastings, Clint Smith, Dale Van Nimwegen, Paul Zarrillo, Cathy Alhers, Eric Pain, George Vurno

1 Absent: Ed Krull

Guest:  Press.

Treasury Report:

  • Received deposit from OC.

  • Trying to work out the financial split for NY and NJ. 

    • There are deposits that do not have any notes to advise if it was a NJ or NY deposit

    • Will try to get the archival statements from Provident Bank.

Commissioners' reports:

Eric Hastings

  • Will work on Grant research.

Floyd DeAngelo

  • No Report

Michael Flaherty/Cathy Ahlers/Kelly Tuturo

  • No report.

Paul Sullivan

  • No report.

Eric Pain

  • Lake Height at 9.99

  • Outflow 8.82 cfs=5.6MGD

  • The $17,500 for the second phase of the stump reduction has been earmarked for spring.  While the money has been identified for use to remove the stumps by the previous administration the incoming administration could re-appropriate it if needed.

Bill Link

  • No report.

Clint Smith

  • Advised there is a NY chair but never received a letter for it.

Dale Van Nimwegen

  • See treasury report. 

Paul Zarrillo

  • Still no response from Orange and Rockland Electric about the power cables in the water, emails and phone calls, but will take further measures if need be.

  • Received Contract with USDA for the Geese project. @ $15-20K.

  • Would accept any recommendations for a replacement for Bill Link.

  • Web site visits... 2015/ 1297, 2016/ 2748, 2017/ 1998 through 12/15

  • Sent press releases regarding 500k, LH and GL, also sent info to many residents and businesses around GL

  • MSU will issue their report in March

  • Sent letters to surrounding towns asking for support of user fees and their input

  • Trying to contact NJSP regarding this years lake patrols

  • Dr. Fred Lubnow, no new 319 grant info available

  • May have interest from a neighbor to help with Grants

  • Old Bus.

  • F S F work would have to be completed by Jan. 6th, if we move forward with project/not likely

  • Geese contract is signed, would start in April if we find funding

  • workshops, had joint meeting to prioritize projects

  • Cables, sent additional letters and phone calls, no response yet

  • Herbicides, RFP was completed

  • LH Legislation.. need PR push throughout WM, PC, OC and states legislators

Old Business                                                                                                      New Business

Geese Control – In progress

Electrical Cables – In progress

MSU -  In progress; Waiting for results

NJ Work Shops:  November 28

Stump Project – COMPLETE

NY Work Shops: November 10

OC 20k - Waiting

Herbicides as Fundraiser

New floating stump fields – NJ project had to be canceled/prevailing wages

Boating Course dates: 2/11, 5/6, 4/5; also an increase of $5.00, to be $80.00 per person.

West arm stump field – Waiting for start date & wage requirements 

REMINDER: Next meeting is January 24, 2018 at the West Milford Library in West Milford @ 7:00pm

MOTIONS and RESOLUTION

 Motion: November 2017:  Motion to split the Weed harvester NJ/80% - NY/20%

Motioned by: Dale VanNimwegen;  Seconded: Paul Sullivan: Motion Granted

Motion:  November 2017:  Expenses that if the deposit is $1k or less, it will just be split 50/50

Motioned by: Dale VanNimwegen; Seconded: Paul Sullivan:  Motion Granted

Motion:  November 2017:  Vote to move payment of bills into Treasury Report and not a separate agenda item.

Motioned by: Dale VanNimwegen;  Seconded: Paul Sullivan = Granted