Regional Plan Associates (www.RPA.org) and SUNY New Paltz have completed a study of the value of open space conservation efforts in the Hudson Valley. Warwick is featured prominently and is praised for its leadership in this effort. Thanks to our citizens who voted in 1998 to authorize the Town Board to borrow $9.5 million dollars to purchase development rights (PDR) on working farms and the subsequent approval of the Community Preservation Transfer Tax over 4,000 acres have been preserved. All of our farms continue to farm, pay taxes on their land and provide incredible views of working landscapes. In addition these farms have grown and diversified, adding millions of dollars to our local economy. Warwick residents and our farmers should be very proud of the work they have done and all that has been accomplished.
Another Applefest is upon us and while 30,000 to 35,000 people descend upon our Town, it is only for one day. This is an important day for all of our not-for-profit service organizations who in turn plough all the money back into our community, helping so many of our residents. So on Sun., Oct. 14 enjoy the day, visit our local vendors and celebrate the bounty of the harvest our great farms produce. Congratulations to all the organizers and EMS personnel who run this huge event and keep it safe. The day after, you would never know it existed – well done!
Apple season brings numerous visitors to our area farms and roadways. While this can present travel delays for many, it is a vital time to ensure the financial health of our farms, as well as our tourist economy. Hopefully, we can appreciate what all these visitors contribute and just enjoy the beauty and bounty of our stunning valley this fall.
A Public Hearing to consider a Proposed Introductory Local Law No. 10 entitled “A Local Law amending Chapter 157 of the Code of the Town of Warwick entitled ‘Water’” will be held on Thurs., Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall.
A Public Hearing to consider a Proposed Introductory Local Law No. 9 entitled “A Local Law amending Chapter 164 ‘Zoning’” will be held on Thurs., Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall.
The Public Hearing to consider Proposed Local Law No. 11 entitled “A Local Law entitled Replacing Chapter 29, Article I ‘Sexual Harassment’ in its entirety with a new Chapter 29, Article I to conform to NYS Labor Law 201-G” will be held on Thurs., Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thurs., Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick NY.
The above The above column, written by Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, has been published in the Oct. 3 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.