Story by Ashleigh Sherow
The Town of Warwick appointed Kathryn “Katie” Hansen as a full-time police officer at the Town of Warwick Board meeting on Thurs., Dec. 8. Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton congratulated Katie, who graduated at the top of her class and was the president of her class at the Police Academy, before she was sworn in by Town Clerk Eileen Astorino. Prior to being appointed as a full-time officer, Hansen was a part-time police officer with the department.
In his report to the Board, Councilman Floyd DeAngelo read a letter from a senior resident commending two police officers for their help. “God Bless all of you, I know your job is hard,” her letter stated. Another letter was from the family of Judge Daniel Coleman, who thanked the police for their role in the late judge’s memorial service.
Warwick Humane Society News
In Humane Society news, the Warwick Valley Humane Society has reported 17 dogs, 114 cats and kittens, as well as eight doves, two finches and two roosters. The number of animals in the shelter has decreased due to adoptions. The Green Team of Warwick will hold a holiday decorations contest to benefit the Warwick Humane Society. Only homes decorated this 2016 Holiday Season will be eligible. Photos of decorated homes will be posted on the Green Team’s Facebook Page where people can vote for their favorite. To enter, visit www.greenteamhq.com.
Councilman Russell Kowal reported another successful tree lighting in Pine Island, which he called very well attended. Councilman Mickey Shuback reported on the first snow storm of the season back in November. Expenses including salt, sand, overtime and various other costs, totaled $13,575.80.
Supervisor Sweeton also reminded residents that the Brady Rd. culvert project has been completed and reminded residents to be mindful when driving through, as drivers now need to stop coming off Cascade Rd. again. The Town has put up additional signage.
Under New Business, the Town approved several change orders to the federally funded bus garage however the Supervisor commented that the changes fell under the original estimated cost. The Board also authorized the Supervisor to sign an agreement to provide administrative services for dial-a-bus in Wallkill. This is the same agreement that the two municipalities had last year, and Supervisor Sweeton said Wallkill was very pleased with the service.
The Board authorized two bond resolutions. One authorized the town to purchase three police vehicles at a total cost of $110,000 and the other authorized the construction of the Town public transit bus garage. The Town also released a bond for the Taylor Rd. culvert project.
Three part-time seasonal laborers were appointed including Daniel Paul, Kevin Dougherty and Thomas Koenig. Mark Malocsay was also reappointed to the ZBA for a five-year term.
Town Board & Blue Line Controversy
The Board meeting was packed with attendees and media outlets covering the recent controversy in the Village of Warwick surrounding a blue line down Railroad Ave. in support of the police. A red and white line was later added to the blue line.
Supervisor Sweeton offered privilege of the floor at the end of the meeting for any resident wishing to speak on that or another issues, however, told those in attendance that it was a Village issue and fell within Village jurisdiction. No one from the public spoke and the Board went into executive session before the meeting was adjourned.
The next meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thurs., Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy., Warwick.