Memorial Day has passed and we are into the summer mode. Residents will be in their yards mowing, raking and planting. This is also the time of year to be aware of the possibilities of black bears being in our areas. Remember to keep a tight lid on your garbage cans and do not place them out for pick up until the night before. If you see a bear in your yard, do not approach it and call the police to report the sighting. Keep in mind that if you see a bear cub, the mother is not far away and she is watching it very carefully.
Recently, the Village received correspondence from Orange and Rockland Utilities. The Utility Company has over 1,000 miles of pipelines and serves over 100,000 customers in New York. Orange and Rockland’s objective is to make people aware of the importance of safety when people are outside working on projects. They are contacting municipalities, landscapers, contractors, highway departments, and weekend gardeners to be aware of the necessity of risk when doing any kind of excavation. They are urging people to “Call Before You Dig” so that the locations of all the underground utilities can be marked out. Doing this will prevent injury and damage. All it takes is a call to 811, two to ten days prior to your digging project. Should you have a gas smell or leak, please call the Gas Emergency Hot Line at (800) 533-5325.
The above column, written by Village of Florida Mayor Jim Pawliczek, has been published in the June 7 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.