September 2018 Meeting Minutes

Greenwood Lake Commission

West Milford Library, West Milford NJ.

September 26, 2018

Open: Pledge of Allegiance

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

Absent: Clint Smith, Micki Lees

Treasurers Report: We must finalize the amount for Siltbusters and will then cut a check to send in the mail tomorrow. The balance of the NJ Commission is as high as it is because of the monies that are in there for the herbicides and stump work. The Sterling bank balance is as is recorded. The online banking for Lakeland bank not, however a projected balance is provided. There is no extraordinary expense to report other than Siltbusters, herbicide, and geese control items I have reported which will be reflected in the October report.

Commissioners' reports:

George Vurno

· No report.

Eric Hastings

· Has been traveling up and down the East coast researching and learning how others are dealing with the invasive species. Snake heads, iguanians, seaweed, hogs, including Canadian geese. They use everything in their arsenal to maintain the invasive species.

· Passaic county advised a marina can only have a 12-foot opening and Eric is not happy about it.

· Advised that the county is allowed to clean out basin without a permit.

Floyd DeAngelo

· Advised we need to present Orange County with an invoice for the 20K for this year. Send it right to Barry and send a copy to Floyd.

· Have maps extending from the Jersey side all the way up to the Emerald. We will get an electronic file to this with addresses for when we are ready to do mailings.

· Advised Mayor Dwyer said they will be spraying the lily pads in the Arm next spring-2019.

Michael Flaherty/Cathy Ahlers/Kelly Tuturo

· No report.

Paul Sullivan

· No report.

Eric Pain

· Lake level is 10'3", 68.9 outflow which is 44.4 million gallons per day.

· Met with Chairman Zarrillo and other commissioners and went over the water management plan and made revisions and recommendations. Handed out draft packets for the commission to review and agree upon.

· Ethics requirements: almost all commissioners have submitted, still waiting on a couple.

· 3 days of work has been completed by Siltbusters; received invoice and making payment on it.

· Drawdown: looks like the fresh water wet lands permit has expired for the State of NY and looks as if the Village of Greenwood Lake and the Greenwood Lake Commission had both applied for it.

o Thinks that one permit should cover 2 drawdown.

o Eric H would like to propose a 7 foot drawdown.

Micki Lees

· No report.

Jonathan Brett

· Creek Issues: Called Passaic county and spoke to the engineer Tim Metland, scheduled a boat tour for Friday at 10:30 of the creek and by the bridge. Debris coming out of the cohorts of the bridge. Advised that the creek is filling up with debris and that the homes are going to lose money on their properties and that it will not be passable by boat.

Clint Smith

· No report.

Dale Van Nimwegen

· Getting a lot of push back from residents about the Dock numbering system. Did Hopatcong actually use the dock numbering system in any safety events? Any calls and reference to the dock numbers? Can we get a description of how it was used.

· Annual report is ready with signature on file. Would like to schedule annual report presentations with Floyd, Paul Z, Paul S. Orange county, Passaic county and the three towns.

Paul Zarrillo

· Resident from GWL NY who sent in a letter regarding the geese removal and that they were very happy and support our decisions.

· Received 90K grant from the Highlands Council.

1. Will be taking them out on a boat tour. Meet at 11am at the sit and chat dinner. Then library after tour for small lunch appreciation gathering.

· Received contract from Princeton Hydro that needs to be on Commission’s letterhead. Will then sign and send back.

· Siltbusters was able to complete the NJ & NY parts of their contracts and are ok to be paid.

· Passaic County dive team found additional stump fields and were marked for removal.

· Thanks to Sportsman Marina for use of property to store debris removed from lake during Siltbusters project.

· John Joseph was kind enough to donate his time and machinery to help take away stumps.

· MSU completed their emergency monitoring near Creek and Browns Point. Found low oxygen counts and high e coli in a few locations, will need additional monitoring. Report will be online.

· Oct 13th is the ALF program, Dale to pay Highlands Coalition #30. Membership fee.

· Issue brought to my attention about a company wanted to use closed quarry as a dump for compose and vegetables, big protest planned at WM meeting

Public Input

· Joyce Dannheim lives on Greenwood Lake; Geese peace advocate, would like to have a more human way of handling the Geese. Advised that Geese Peace found nest and replaced the eggs with potatoes and used dogs to chase geese away. Commissioner Eric Hastings advised the Dogs are NOT a cost-effective way to rid the geese.

· Barbara Aarons, Jane Dearing, and Michelle Sheniker would like permission to give a presentation for the October meeting. 20 mins presentation, 10 minutes discussion. Commission requesting suggestions of what to do before and after the eggs.

· John Bossolt very happy with the south end of the lake with the Geese removal.

REMINDER: Next meeting is October 24, 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 – Siltbusters completed the project.

Herbicide Fundraiser - Trying to promote it more and get more donations. Will add to next year as well.

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. Also designing entire program and need additional volunteers

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

Banks

501C3

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

Water Management Plan – Commissioners need to review for comments.

Highlands Council Study of Belcher Creek

NEW BUSINESS

Name

Attendance 2018

Reports Given 2018

Paul Zarrillo

9/9

9

George Vurno

8/9

4

Dale VanNimwegen

7/9

9

Clint Smith

8/9

6

Paul Sullivan

7/9

4

Jonathan Brett

9/9

9

Eric Hastings

8/9

5

Floyd DeAngelo

8/9

6

Eric Pain

8/9

9

NYSDEC: Kelly Turturro/Michael Flaherty/Catherine Ahlers

9/9

4

Micki Lees

7/9

2

MOTIONS and RESOLUTION

Motion: Adjourn public meeting and go into executive session.

Motioned by: Dale VanNimwegen, seconded b: Eric Pain

NAME

YES

NO

ABSTAINED

Paul Zarrillo Co-Chair

X

Floyd DeAngelo Co-Chair

X

Paul Sullivan

X

Clint Smith

Dale VanNimwegen

X

George Vurno

X

Eric Hastings

X

DEP (Eric Pain)

X

DEC (Mike, Kelly, Catherine)

X

Micki Lees

Johnathan Brett

X

Motion: To pay Siltbusters $10,500.00 from NJ work and $6,000.00 for the work in NY. Approval pending a confirmation from Defao’s Marina that all is status quo and no issues.

Motioned by: Dale VanNimwegen

NAME

YES

NO

ABSTAINED

Paul Zarrillo Co-Chair

X

Floyd DeAngelo Co-Chair

X

Paul Sullivan

X

Clint Smith

Dale VanNimwegen

X

George Vurno

X

Eric Hastings

X

DEP (Eric Pain)

X

DEC (Mike, Kelly, Catherine)

X

Micki Lees

Johnathan Brett

X

Seconded: Paul Sullivan

All in favor ~ Approved.

Motion: Subject to Georges review and changes; to accept lease on new office contract.

NAME

YES

NO

ABSTAINED

Paul Zarrillo Co-Chair

X

Floyd DeAngelo Co-Chair

X

Paul Sullivan

X

Clint Smith

Dale VanNimwegen

X

George Vurno

X

Eric Hastings

X

DEP (Eric Pain)

X

DEC (Mike, Kelly, Catherine)

X

Micki Lees

Johnathan Brett

X

Motioned by: Dale VanNimwegen

Seconded: Paul Sullivan

All in favor ~ Approved.