Story by Katie Bisaro
Boy Scout Troop 45 of Warwick would like to adopt Forester Ave. in the Village of Warwick to clean up litter throughout the year. Their request was made, on a motion by Trustee George McManus, at the Village Board meeting on Mon., Sept. 19.
Adopt a Road is a Town Program
During their discussion of Troop 45’s request, Trustee Barry Cheney pointed out that “Adopt a Road” is actually a Town of Warwick program that involves application forms, releases and safety rules. Cheney remarked that the Village should create similar documentation for those interested in adopting Village roads.
Trustee Bill Lindberg agreed and commented that Goodwill Hook and Ladder firehouse has adopted a portion of Rte. 94 S. in the Town of Warwick. As part of their participation, there was training involved as well as access to safety vests, helmets, picking equipment, etc.
The Town forms require parent/guardian signatures for minors who participate in the program and a chaperone ratio of one adult to every four minors.
Boy Scout Leader Brad Ackerman, of Troop 45, in attendance at the meeting, briefly looked over the Town documents and noted that many of the stipulations in the Town forms are already covered in standard scouting operating procedures, including certificates of insurance.
Village to Create Similar Program, Documentation
The Board agreed that the Village needed to create similar forms for their use. Village Attorney Michael Meth pointed out that the Village’s insurance program, New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR) should also be consulted for approval.
Although Troop 45’s request was denied until such time as the proper documentation could be put into place, Cheney thanked the scout troop for its initiative.
“I thank the scouts for prompting us to look into [Adopt A Road] and hopefully we’ll be able to expand it beyond [their] willing participation to other organizations,” said Cheney.
Mayor Michael Newhard asked Department of Public Works Supervisor Michael Moser to look into the Adopt A Road program and investigate equipment needs.
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