It’s not often you get a call from the Governor’s office giving you word that your municipality has been designated to receive a multimillion-dollar grant and loan for a very costly infrastructure project. Late last week we received a message that the Village of Warwick is being awarded $3,062,500 through the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation for the rehabilitation of our Waste Water Treatment Plant! This is good news and the result of tremendous teamwork by Barton and Loguidice Engineers, the Village staff, and the grant writing skills of Linda Smith Hancharick. Thank you to all parties involved.
This grant represents a quarter of the estimated $12,000,000 project. As I have described prior to this announcement, this is a project that we must face together and it is the Village Boards priority to find the necessary funding to have the least fiscal impact on our residents. This is not the first step but surely the most dramatic to date and a culmination of great effort – truly a good day for the Village of Warwick.
The early snowstorm crippled our region with an unexpected accumulation and a record number of road accidents. I want to thank the Village Department of Public Works for their preparation and work throughout and after the storm. The Village has grown and so have the details of snow removal. Many folks don’t realize that our men do shifts to stay ahead of a storm, and every storm and its pattern are very different so there is no set method. Each storm represents a unique challenge. These are long shifts, long nights and the unexpected is the norm. After the storm our men rest up to tackle the business district to insure clear parking spaces and municipal lots so that commerce can thrive. In a time where we desire immediate gratification, it is important to remember the hard work, human spirit and skill that keeps our roads clear and safe.
Being overwhelmed these days seems to be the standard for many Americans. I’ll throw myself into that group as I try to continually find a center, re-frame, step back, let go – all methods of coping in a world where information is being thrown at us at the speed of light. I do know one thing on the eve of Thanksgiving – that the solace and support I find in my family, friends and my community is what gets me through the toughest day. When life seems to be going to “hell in a hand basket,” I thank God for the verdant ridges as far as the eye can see, the deep expanse of black dirt and sky, the quite woods, the lakes and ponds, the Wawayanda ever flowing, the bustling downtown rich with small town intimacies, the characters I call friends who stand by my side and most importantly make me laugh. This is the land I know and the people I love – it sets my soul at ease, it positions me in the universe and I am grateful.
On behalf of the Village Board, the Village staff and the Department of Public Works, I wish all a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.