Story by A.J. Arias
The Village of Warwick Board of Trustees held their regular meeting on Mon., Jun. 4 and named Peter Liepke and Elliot Belokostolsky as Artists in Residence for 2018. Liepke, a renowned photographer and Belokostolsky, an abstract exhibitionist painter, were given the annual honor that highlights inspiring artists who live in the Village of Warwick.
Additionally, Donna Haley was named the Poet Laureate for 2018. Haley was chosen after the Board received her proposition to do a modern rendition of the “Spoon River Anthology,” a series of poems that tell the story of a village. Haley will collaborate with Belokostolsky and Liepke on the modern rendition, which will result in a performance or exhibition at the end of this year.
Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard said that there were more applicants to become the Artist in Residence and Poet Laureate than ever before. Newhard remarked on the creativity of the citizens in the Village of Warwick and thanked everyone who applied on behalf of the Board of Trustees.
Summer Recreation Sign-Up
Summer Recreation sign up will take place at the Warwick Valley High School, located at 75 Sanfordville Rd. in Warwick, on Mon., Jun. 18 and Tues., Jun. 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Recreation programs will begin on Mon., Jun. 25 and run through Fri., Jul. 27.
Patrick Gallagher used his time during Privilege of the Floor at the meeting to ask the Board a series of questions in reference to the Village’s noise policy. Gallagher, who lives on West St., came to the Board with two letters. The first was one he had received from the Village Building Inspector in response to questions about the noise policy. Gallagher said that the Inspector’s letter “might as well have been a non-response.”
In front of the Board, he read his own letter, which was signed by eight other residents in the area. Gallagher and the other residents asked the Board a series of questions including what the process is for looking into a noise complaint, how noise is monitored, what happens when someone violates the noise policy, as well as several other questions.
Gallagher and the other residents asked to be a part of making a detailed policy for noise in the Village, if one doesn’t already exist. The Board told Gallagher that an answer to all of his questions wouldn’t come the day of the meeting, but assured him that they would look into it and that he would receive answers shortly. Mayor Newhard also made Gallagher aware that the Village is in the process of purchasing noise-monitoring equipment.
Approved Events & Road Closures in Warwick Village of Warwick Summer Concert Series
Fetch Bar and Grill was officially approved as sponsor for the Tues., Jul. 3 Village Summer Concert at Railroad Green from 6 to 9 p.m. Fetch will be supplying two food trucks. The restaurant was approved after some debate due to the Village Board not having a detailed policy surrounding sponsors and what sponsoring an event entails. Fetch was approved due to the short amount of time between the meeting and the event but the Board will work on a detailed policy for the future.
Ole Time Family Fourth Event
A Bicycle Parade and Pageant will be sponsored by the Village of Warwick and will take place on Wed., Jul. 4 at 10:15 a.m. The parade will start at Railroad Green and end at the Warwick Community Center, located at 11Hamilton Ave. in Warwick, where fun will be had by all at the second annual Olde Time Family Fourth event. This event will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Break the Stigma Walk
Railroad Ave. will be closed on Sun., Jul. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Break the Stigma walk. The event, which was created by a coalition of several groups from the community, will consist of a parade from the Warwick Community Center and end at Railroad Green where there will be speakers who will address the prevention of underage drinking, the smoking of marijuana and breaking the stigma surrounding addiction.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on Mon., Jun. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick NY.