Story by Katie Bisaro
As school starts and the apple pickers come to town, Warwick Valley High School gears up for its annual Homecoming parade. The Village Board of Trustees approved the School
District’s request to hold the event in the heart of the Village.
This year, the marching band, class floats, the Homecoming King and Queen and their court, sports teams, teachers and students will march down Main St. on Sat. Sept. 15.
This year’s theme will be “Decades” with floats representing the 1960s (Freshmen), 70s (Seniors), 80s (Juniors) and 90s (Sophomores).
The parade will step off from Hathorn Rd. and proceed to Oakland Ave. It will continue down Oakland Ave. to Main St. and the reviewing stand in front of TD Bank.
The floats will be judged by municipal and school officials. The winners will announced during the Homecoming game against FDR H.S., which kicks off at 1 p.m. at the Warwick H.S., located at 89 Sanfordville Rd. in Warwick.
The Village will be flushing hydrants beginning on Mon., Sept. 17, between the hours of 7 p.m. and midnight and will continue each day until all hydrants are flushed. The evening hours are to minimize the impact on Village residents.
Trustee George McManus disagreed that the flushing should take place in the evening. He commented that there would be less disruption to residents if hydrants were flushed during the day while people are at work.
Dept. of Pubic Works Supervisor reported that residents may experience some discoloration of their water and a fluctuation of water pressure as a result of the flushing. The discoloration is not harmful and will clear up.
Town-wide Calendar Discussed
The Trustees had a brief discussion on a service that Mayor Michael Newhard learned about at a New York Conference of Mayors that would create a town-wide calendar.
The service, Burbio, would allow municipalities, schools, libraries and community organizations (including the spiritual community) to put all their event information into one comprehensive calendar that would be available to the public.
Newhard met with Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Village of Florida Mayor Daniel Harter for a presentation. Mayor of Greenwood Lake, Jesse Dwyer, was not available.
The calendar service would be free to the municipalities and organizations and would pay for itself through advertisements.
The trustees were supportive of obtaining further information on Burbio.
Applefest Eve Carnival Scheduled
The weekend of Fri., Oct. 12 through Sun., Oct. 14 will be busy with the annual Applefest festivities. The Warwick Valley Community Center was granted permission to hold the Applefest Eve Carnival beginning on Fri., Oct. 12, 4 to 9 p.m. On Sat., Oct. 13, the Carnival will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the fun will continue on Sun., Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents Speak Out About Village View
Village residents who live in the area of Woodside and Locust Drives in the Village, once again spoke to the Village Board of Trustees regarding their concerns over the Village View development that is proposed in that area.
In addition to the safety, traffic, wetland and storm run-off issues brought up at previous meetings, the residents expressed concern about the possible annexation of a small sliver of land from the Town. The proposed annexation is just over half an acre (.6 acre) and will allow for alternate access to Woodside Dr.
Additionally, resident John Gruen of 43 Woodside Dr., spoke to the Board regarding Silber Construction, the Rockland County based developer who will be building at Village View, if approved. He is concerned that the project will get started and then, for a variety of possible reasons, the project will not be finished.
After listening to the residents’ continued concerns, Trustee Barry Cheney explained that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is provided by the applicant to the Planning Board as part of the approval process.
After addressing all questions and concerns put forth in the DEIS, with input from the Planning Board, engineers and legal counsel, a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is issued and is a product of the Planning Board.
“They [the Planning Board] have the final say as to how the issues and concerns are addressed,” stated Cheney.
To that end, Mayor Michael Newhard encouraged the residents to submit their concerns in writing to the Planning Board in order to be included in the DEIS and addressed, point by point.
Funding of Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Village of Warwick will be replacing its aging wastewater treatment plant. Mayor Newhard explained that the process has begun to find funding to help pay for the new plant. The current plant is nearly 50 years old and has been running non-stop.
“It [the new plant] will be costly and will affect us all,” Newhard said.
A resolution was passed authorizing the Mayor to submit a Financing Application to the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation for a New York State Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan.
Several Reserve Funds Set Up
The Board of Trustees passed several resolutions establishing a variety of reserve funds to accumulate funds for specific purposes. Among those reserve funds that were established through the resolutions include: Equipment; Parking Lot; Infrastructure; Unemployment Insurance Payment; Sewer Debt; Waste Facility; Dam Repair; and Water Debt.
Employee Handbook Resolutions
Resolutions were also passed amending two sections of the Employee Handbook of the Village of Warwick.
The “Retiree Health Insurance” section provides for an entitlement to “Office employees, full employees and Elected Officials of the Village with ten (10) or more years.” This benefit was also extended to the spouse of those eligible employees in the event of the employee’s death, but was not expressly stated in the handbook.
A resolution was passed to amend the handbook to include the following sentence: “In the event of the death of any such individual, the rights and entitlements to health insurance conferred upon them hereunder shall accrue to his or her spouse.”
A second resolution was passed amending the Employee Handbook regarding Health Insurance Buy-Outs.
Previously, the handbook provided a buy-out for a Village employee or elected official should that employee or official choose not to be covered by the Village’s health insurance plan. The buy-out amounts were $1,200 for an employee and $500 for an official.
In the resolution, the Trustees approved an amendment raising the amount of the buy-out and equalizing it between employees and elected officials: “If an employee or official chooses not to be covered by the Village’s health insurance plan, the employee or official will be paid the following sum annually: $2,000.”
The next meeting of the Village Board of Trustees will take place on Mon., Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick.