Story by Katie Bisaro
A popular holiday tradition will be returning again to the Village of Warwick – horse and carriage rides through Village streets provided by Yankee Boy Farm. Beginning on Sun., Nov. 19, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the carriage rides will start on Railroad Ave., proceed down Main St. to South St., down South St. and back to Railroad Ave.
It was also noted at the Village Board meeting on Mon., Nov. 6 that there will be no rides over Thanksgiving weekend; they will resume on the weekend of Sat., Dec. 2. The rides will be available on Sat., Dec. 2 and Sun., Dec. 3; Sat., Dec. 9 and Sun., Dec. 10; and Sat., Dec. 16 and Sun., Dec. 17.
Free Parking During the Holidays
Another Village holiday tradition includes free parking in the Village from Sun., Nov. 19 through Mon., Jan. 1. This effort is supported by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce and is greatly appreciated by the merchants. The Chamber will be decorating the parking meters as in past years.
The Board of Trustees noted that, while the motorists do not have to feed the meter during the holiday hiatus, they are still bound by the two-hour time limit provision.
Santa’s Sleigh on Railroad Green
Santa’s Sleigh will also return to the Village with a visit from the jolly old elf himself scheduled for Sat., Dec. 9, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. (rain date: Sun., Dec. 10). The Sleigh will be located on the Railroad Green.
During these holiday festivities, groups from the Warwick Valley Central School District have been given permission to sell hot chocolate, warm cider and snacks on the weekends in December prior to Christmas.
Overnight Parking Prohibited in Village
Since Wed., Nov. 1 overnight parking in the Village has been prohibited from 2 a.m. until 6 a.m. until Sun., Apr. 1. This is to ensure that roads can be cleared in the event of snow or ice during the winter months.
Continued Concerns About Elm St.
Village Hall was once more filled with residents at the regular Board of Trustees meeting voicing their concerns about an application before the Village Planning Board. If approved, it would allow John Christison, owner of Yesterday’s on Main St., to move his establishment to 16 Elm St. This location, next to the Warwick Car Wash, would also be part of a residential neighborhood
The residents in attendance, all opposed to the project, have been dissatisfied with the process so far and what they feel is a lack of “give and take” between themselves and the Village – both the Village Board and Planning Board.
A public hearing that lasted over three hours was held on Thurs., Oct. 19 where several issues were brought up to the Planning Board for its consideration on this matter. Among the many concerns are potential noise from the outdoor seating areas, increased traffic on Elm St. and the surrounding streets, as well as the potential presence of hazardous materials on the property.
Christison, who was also in attendance at the Village Board meeting, addressed the Board of Trustees and said that his engineers and attorneys are working with their counterparts in the Village to address the issues brought up at the recent public hearing.
“Whatever was brought up [at the public hearing] is on our table, on your [the Village Board’s] table, and on the Planning Board’s table, and it’s going back and forth daily on what to do,” Christison stated.
Mayor Michael Newhard took notes as the residents spoke and briefly addressed their concern regarding communication between the municipal boards and the residents.
“You can always speak to us, we are your representatives,” Newhard said, “but there are certain things we cannot do beyond the power of this Board in relationship to an application that’s in process…at the same time, your points are well made and I’ll look into them very carefully and we’ll see what we can do.”
Dept. of Public Works Supervisor, Michael Moser, reported that his crews have been busy with fall clean-up work throughout the Village.
Curbside leaf pick-up is ongoing – Moser reiterated that leaves must be in paper bags at the curb or will not be picked up.
Roadwork in the Village includes filling potholes, street sweeping, repairing catch basins, installing speed bumps in Memorial Park, repairing parking meters.
Additionally, work on the Memorial Park Pavilion parking lot project has begun – tree clearing, brush-cutting and drainage. The McFarland Pathway will be started during this project.
The brush pile is open and filling up quickly, Village flower pots and hanging baskets are being taken in for the winter, and two memorial trees were planted.
Moser also thanked the Village Board for including the DPW in the inaugural First Responders Day held last month.
“The men and women of the Village DPW work hard daily for the safety of their community and it is often overlooked by the public, so I thank you for giving them the recognition they deserve,” said Moser.
Next Village Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Village Board of Trustees will be held on Mon., Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick.