Story by Katie Krahulik
At the Village of Florida Village Board meeting on Wed., Jun. 14, Trustee Craig Olejniczak announced that the Village has begun the process and is taking steps toward replacing streetlights with LED lights. The Village is working on the audit and the Village Board will follow up with O&R regarding a purchase plan for the lights.
Grant Opportunities for the Village of Florida
The Board met with a representative from NYSERDA on Sat., May 3 regarding the possibilities of getting an efficiency grant. There are four out of ten bullet points that the Village must complete in order to qualify for the $50,000 grant. Included in these bullets are required electric vehicle stations. The Board decided to talk about ways to incorporate electric charging stations during a work session in order to move forward with receiving the grant.
The Board also received correspondence from NY State Senator John Bonacic that he has more money that the Village can ask for, which they are going to do.
“We’re going to request more money and having faith in our government, we will get approval of a worthwhile project. We’ll be in discussion over what we’re going to do,” said Mayor Jim Pawliczek.
Reports from the Board
Trustee Brian Slattery said that the Village will be performing smoke tests in the sewer mains during the month of July. “This is for us to find any leaks or poor connections or if any sub pumps are hooked into our sewer systems. A letter will be going out to the areas being tested before that,” said Slattery.
Mayor Pawliczek explained that the Village will be undertaking a comprehensive master plan and they intend to hire a planner. They will be discussing a date to hold a meeting about the master plan.
The Mayor also said that he had been noticing unmowed lawns in the Village. “We should figure out a formula that works,” Mayor Pawliczek said. “I think what we ought to do is have a bid and award the contractor, and then pay them and charge them on taxes.”
The Board will award the lowest bidding contractor. Until then, they decided to continue with the Department of Public Works services regarding mowing.
Trustee Olejniczak mentioned that the recreational summer program will begin at the end of the month on Mon., Jun. 26. The program will run for six weeks, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., concluding on Fri., Aug. 4. The program will not be held on Tues., Jul. 4. Trustee Olejniczak asked that participants try to have registration forms filled out prior to that first day.
He also announced that the swim program will take place at the Warwick High School on Tues. and Thurs. from 6 to 8 p.m., starting on Mon., Jun. 26. This is a five week program that will finish at the end of July.
Trustee Olejniczak reported that there is a mother bear roaming the area and she has four cubs. “It just gives you more reason to be very careful and to not leave food outside and to make sure garbage cans and garbage remain covered the entire summer as well,” Trustee Olejniczak said.
Warwick Senior Picnic Volunteers
Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton wrote a letter to the Board requesting help serving the Senior Picnic on Tues., Aug. 22. The rain date is Thurs., Aug. 23 at the Warwick Town Park between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.