Story by Jennifer O’Connor
The Warwick Police Department will host, “Coffee with a Cop,” on Sat., Apr. 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Derosa’s Deli in Merchant’s Square, located at 42 Ronald Reagan Blvd. in Warwick. Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton informed residents about the event at the Warwick Town Board meeting on Thurs., Mar. 9.
“We have held several events and they all have been very successful,” said Lt. Thomas Maslanka.
Those who attend “Coffee with a Cop” can enjoy free coffee and have an opportunity to talk with local police officers.
Training for Friendly Visitor Program
Another community oriented program that Supervisor Sweeton spoke about during the meeting is the Friendly Visitor Program. The Town is in the process of implementing the free program which will begin sometime in April. Under the auspices of the Jewish Family Service of Orange County, the town-wide program is designed to support older adults and those who have disabilities who live alone.
Volunteers are asked to donate an hour or two each week for tasks such as providing transportation to appointments, help with grocery shopping, home visits, talking on the phone or clerical assistance. Training for the program will be held on Thurs., Mar. 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Warwick Town Hall. For more information call 986-1124, press option 1, and then option 2.
Agricultural District Review & CPF Receipts
After talking about the Friendly Visitor Program, Supervisor Sweeton then mentioned that this is the time of year when New York State does its review of Agricultural Districts. Sweeton said that the Town is in District 2 and that residents can opt-in or opt-out of an Agricultural District by filling out an application with the County Planning Board.
The application will be reviewed by the Farmland Protection Board. The open enrollment period is taking place now through Fri., Mar. 31. For more information call 615-3840.
Sweeton then stated that for the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) receipts for February were 103,134.34, bring the total to 3,032,019.13.
Make a Donation to the Humane Society
In Councilman Floyd DeAngelo’s report, he reminded residents that the Warwick Valley Humane Society is in need of supplies to care for homeless animals at the shelter. Some of the supplies needed include: Friskies pate, ground cat food, heavy duty garbage bags, bleach, paper towels and paper plates.
Monetary donations are greatly appreciated as they need help with their veterinary and dietary expenses. There are currently 109 cats, 20 rabbits, 19 dogs, eight doves and two roosters at the shelter that are ready to be adopted. Donations may be dropped off at the Warwick Valley Humane Society, located at 48 Public Works Dr. in Warwick.
Acupuncture Clinic for Pets & First Aid Course
The Humane Society offers a bi-monthly acupuncture clinic for dogs and cats with Dr. Pam Shultz, DVM. The cost is $25 for 25 minutes and is by appointment only. They will also be hosting a First Aid and CPR course for animal emergencies with First Aid and CPR, Inc. on Sat., Apr. 29. This is a two-and-a-half hour course open to the public. The cost is $75. The time for the course will be announced at a later date. For more information call 986-2473 or visit www.wvhumane.org.
Total of Police Calls for February
Councilman DeAngelo also gave a report on the amount of calls that were handled by the Warwick Police Department during the month of February. In total there were 2,221 calls, of which – 242 were in the Town outside of Greenwood Lake; 946 were in the Town proper; 314 came from Pine Island; and 719 calls were from the Village of Warwick.
Two Dispatchers & Police Officer Appointed to Warwick PD
Julia A. Romano and Brian R. Pennella were appointed as part time Dispatchers to the Warwick Police Department. The rate of pay is $15.25 an hour.
The Warwick PD will also have a new part time police officer. Laurence Finnerty was appointed to the position at the pay rate of $22.81 an hour.
Mosher Appointed at Full-time Clerk
The Board also adopted a resolution to appoint Lori Mosher as a full-time clerk to the Town Justice Department for $23.61 an hour.
Free Meal at Vision Community Church
In Councilman James Gerstner’s report, he informed residents that the Girl Scout Gold Award project will be serving free meals on Fri., Mar. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Vision Community Church (former Pine Island Elementary School), located at 20 Schoolhouse Rd. in Pine Island.
Arbor Day Festival in April
The Board passed a motion to authorize Wickham Works to host an Arbor Day Festival at the Wickham Woodland Manor House, located at 225 State School Rd. in Warwick. The event will be held on Sat., Apr. 29 and Sun., Apr. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., pending approval by the Chief of Police Thomas McGovern and with proof of insurance.
Fee Waived & Duplicate Payment Refunded
The Board passed a motion to adopt a resolution to waive a Building Department Permit fee for Claudia Lang due to her house that was lost by a fire.
The Board also refunded a duplicate Community Preservation Fund payment to Thomas Pskowski and Kristen Bialoksy in the amount of $2,865 for payments made on Dec. 9 and Feb. 3.
Verizon Wireless Receives Conditional Approval
The Board granted a conditional approval to Verizon Wireless to add antennas to the current cell phone tower, located at 144 Rte. 94, behind the Price Chopper Complex which is on Town property. Verizon Wireless will place a small structure on the land and put their antennas on the tower itself, below the AT&T antennas. The Board made a conditional approval subject to Verizon complying with the comments set forth in the technical review by the Town Engineer.
Fees Collected & Paid in February
Town Clerk Eileen Astorino reported that the following fees were collected in February: Film and Video Production Fee, $250; Copy of Map, $20; Certified Marriages, $90; Photocopies, $19; Returned Check Fee, $20; Peddler, $200; Senior Center Use of Kitchen, $100; Interest in Town Clerk’s Checking Account, $0.60; Dog Impoundments, $405; Town Park Pavilion, $100; Marriage License Fee, $105; Conservation, $16.96; Wickham Woodland Manor Fee, $625; Dog Licensing, $1,386; Use of Room Fees, $180; Registrar, $440; Wickham Woodland Deposit, $1,800; and Town Park Deposits, $50. The total fees collected were $8,832.60.
Astorino then reported the following fees that were paid in February: NYS Dept. of Health for Marriage Licenses, $135; NYS Dept. of Ag and Markets for Spay/Neuter Program, $167; NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation for Conservation Licenses, $903.04; Village of Florida Registrar Fees, $280; and Village of Warwick for Registrar Fees, $1,390. The total amount of paid fees was $2,875.05.
Public Hearing Set for Community Development Block Grant Program
A public hearing has been scheduled for consideration of projects for submission to the 2018 Community Development Block Grant Program. The hearing will be held on Thurs., Mar. 23 at 7:15 p.m. at the Warwick Town Hall.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Mar. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy., Warwick.