Story by Lourice Angie
The Warwick Town Board adopted several resolutions, confirmed several appointments and discussed general business at the regular meeting held on Thurs., Dec 14.
The Board adopted a resolution to re-appoint Robert M. Kennedy as a member to the Town of Warwick Planning Board for an additional five year term to expire on Dec. 31, 2022.
“Kennedy has done a great job so far,” said Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton.
The Board adopted a resolution to re-appoint Diane J. Bramich as a member of the Warwick Town Zoning Board of Appeals for an additional five year term to expire on Dec. 31, 2022. Sweeton announced that Diane has done a super job and it is greatly appreciated.
The Board appointed part-time seasonal Department of Public Works (DPW) laborers Butch Groen, Jr. and Christopher Rizzo at a rate of $10.70 per hour, effective immediately.
The Board appointed Steve Golow to the Architectural Review Board for a three year term expiring on Dec. 31, 2020.
Joseph DiLillo was appointed to a full-time DPW laborer position at a rate of $19.84 per hour. Councilman Mickey Shuback, liaison to the DPW, was involved in the selection process and concurred the appointment of DiLillo, who has previously worked part-time for the Town.
Councilman James Gerstner made a motion to adopt a resolution for the Board to accept a bid proposal from Nebrasky Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to install two garage unit heaters for the Town DPW in an amount not to exceed $6,100.
Supervisor Sweeton made a motion to adopt and resolve these six bond resolutions on Thurs., Dec 14:
- Authorizing the reconstruction of portions of East Shore Rd. in Greenwood Lake, stating that the estimated maximum cost thereof is $1,100,000, appropriating said amount therefor and authorizing the issuance of $1,100,000 serial bonds to finance the said appropriation.
- Authorizing the reconstruction of the Town Highway Barn, stating the maximum cost thereof is $124,000, appropriating said amount thereof and authorizing the issuance of $124,000 serial bonds to finance the said appropriation.
- Authorizes the construction of a salt barn, stating that the estimated maximum cost thereof is $265,000, appropriating said amount and authorizing the issuance of $265,000 serial bonds to finance the said appropriation.
- Authorizes the construction of improvements to the Town Hall building stating that the estimated maximum cost thereof is $143,000, appropriating the said amount and authorizing the issuance of $143,000 serial bonds to finance the said appropriation.
- Authorizes the purchase of a tandem dump truck with plow and truck lift stating that the estimated maximum cost thereof is $350,000, appropriating and authorizing the issuance of $350,000 serial bonds to finance said appropriation.
- A Bond Resolution adopted on Dec., 27, 2012 whereas the Warwick Town Board duly authorized the reconstruction of various culverts and bridges damaged by hurricane Irene at the estimated maximum cost of $2,500,000 which amount was appropriated therefor pursuant to the bond resolution and adopted by the board on Jan., 27, 2012. The Town has not yet received all of the anticipated funds from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). The Board desires that all the proposed maturity of the bonds exceed five years and it is necessary and in the public’s interest to amend the said bond resolution to authorize the issuance of several serial bonds whose maturity will exceed five years to finance such cost.
Supervisor Sweeton made a motion to adopt a resolution and announced that the Town expects to be reimbursed by FEMA and the State in the amount not to exceed $2,500,000 and authorizing any amounts so received to be expended towards the cost of said class of objects or purposes or redemption of any bonds or notes issued therefor or budgeted as on offset to the taxes to be levied for a payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds or notes.
The bond resolution adopted on Dec., 27, 2012 was amended on Dec., 14, 2017 authorizing the reconstruction of various culverts and bridges damaged by hurricane Irene stating the estimated maximum cost thereof $2,500,000. Whereas all conditions precedent to the financing of the capital project hereinafter described, including compliance with the provisions of the State Environmental Quality Review Act, have been performed, and it is now desired to authorize the financing of the capital project.
All resolved above by the Warwick Town Board in Orange County. The Town Clerk is authorized and directed to publish the foregoing bond resolutions in summary in the Warwick Valley Dispatch, which is the official newspaper of Warwick. This resolution shall take effect immediately.
Friendly Visitor Program
Vince Cappello, of the Friendly Visitor Program, announced that the total amount of volunteers is approximately 44 and the total number of services provided by volunteers is 189. This is a 41% increase over the last month. Cappello said the program is moving along and part one of the two-part volunteer training will take place on Mon., Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Albert Wisner Public Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick. For more information call 986-1124, ext. 400.
Sweeton commended Cappello and the Advisory Board for a very nice and organized appreciation luncheon for the volunteers, who attended at no charge. Many representatives attended including representatives from the Orange County Office of the Aging and the Jewish Family Service of O.C.
Sweeton announced that Councilman Mickey Shuback was not present at the meeting because he was representing the Town Board at the Vegetable Growers Association Annual Dinner.
“We appreciate that he would do that for us,” said Sweeton.
Also absent was Councilman Russell Kowal who recently underwent open heart surgery and is recovering at home. The Board sends warm wishes for his speedy recovery.
Warwick Town Clerk Eileen Astorino reported that fees collected for the month of November were $5,622 and fees paid out were $7,381.98.
Sweeton reported that the Town had received the SolSmart Designation program from the U.S Dept. of Energy through NYSERDA (NYS Energy Research and Development Authority) and CUNY that researches and measures how welcoming communities are to owning and encouraging solar development. The Town decided to look into three different levels – silver, bronze and gold – and through zoning codes, building codes and other processes and efforts to go solar they acquired a measurement of 400 where only 250 was needed to be designated gold. The Town is now the only other community in New York besides New York City that received this designation. Sweeton says he is extremely proud of that and thanks the public for getting the word out.
Community Preservation Fund receipts for the month of November were $72,418.59. This was another good month that Sweeton said brought the total balance in the fund to $2,520,291.81. The Town is currently in the process of closing six farms and anticipates all of them to be closed by the first half of the New Year.
Community Development Block Grants
Sweeton reported that the Board received a letter from the County explaining that the submission for a Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) in the amount of $25,000 to go towards improvements to Winslow Therapeutic was approved for 2018. The Board is very appreciative of receiving the award and once the funding is released by the Federal Government, the project will proceed.
Sweeton commended the work of Warwick Police Lt. Rader and Ben Astorino, chair of Safety Committee and to all the departments for doing a great job of providing safe environments. He thanked the Warwick Valley Dispatch for publishing his Supervisors column and for having good attendance at the Town meetings.
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo reported that the Warwick Valley Humane Society currently has a population of 18 dogs, 117 cats, 10 rabbits, a guinea pig, a rooster, and more currently up for adoption. They are in need of monetary donations to help with their critical care fund. Their Christmas wish list includes: paper towels, small and dinner size paper plates, garbage bags, dish detergent, Hill Science dry cat and dog food, and cat and dog treats. The next Fundraiser will be the “Go Jump in the Lake” Polar Plunge to be held on Sun., Feb. 18 at the Breezy Point Inn, located at 620 Jersey Ave. in Greenwood Lake.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.