Story by Lourice Angie
During the Town of Warwick Board meeting on Thurs., Nov. 16, the Board received a written request by Police Chief Thomas McGovern asking them to consider filling a vacant full-time Police Officer position created by the resignation of Thomas Welch.
Former Deputy Sheriff for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and resident of Goshen, Keith D. Slesinski is familiar with the Town of Warwick and will require minimal training. A psych evaluation and reference check was completed. The Board reviewed the application and made a motion to approve Officer Slesinski to the position at an hourly rate of $32.28.
“He is a gentleman with experience and we welcome him to the force,” said Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton.
The Board also appointed Stuart B. Lloyd as a part-time Dispatcher at a rate of $15.25 due to the resignation of Steven T. Frischknecht. Lloyd has past training experience including four years radio and dispatching protocols as a member of the Warwick PD.
After reviewing the qualifications of several civil service candidates and interviewing with Supervisor Sweeton, the Board has appointed Ariana Dalton to the position of Account Clerk Typist at a rate of $24.55 (Grade 5, step 1). Dalton will fill the vacancy of Darlene Dietrich who recently retired. The Board also appointed Michael Korey as a part-time seasonal Department of Public Works laborer at the rate of $10.70 per hour.
Supervisor Sweeton announced that Ben Astorino will be re-appointed as Chairman for the Town of Warwick Planning Board for a one year term. Astorino says he has found the position to be both rewarding and positively challenging. In addition, he can respond to any of the Planning Depts. needs and his occupation allows the flexibility of attending meetings.
“Ben has done a great a job as Chairman and I’m glad he wanted to continue on with that role,” said Sweeton.
The Board also re-appointed John MacDonald as the Planning Board Alternate to a one year term.
Board Accepts Bid Proposals
Town Clerk Eileen Astorino reported that the Board received bid proposals for the asbestos abatement of the Brown Property, located at 17 Lakewood Rd. in Greenwood Lake, from the following companies: Environmental Maintenance Contractors – $9,450.00, Mid Valley Contractors – $4,850-$5,000, and D&S Abatement Inc. – $3,850.00. The Board went with the lowest bidder and chose D&S Abatement Inc.
Astorino also reported the bid proposals for a one year contract of the maintenance of the Kings Estate Park District were from Robert Howell Landscaping – $21,000 and RS Landscaping LLC – $21,500. Again, the Board went with the lowest bidder and chose Robert Howell Landscaping.
Supervisor Sweeton reported that the community preservation fund receipts for the month of October were above average at $111,584.64. The fund balance is currently $2,447,873.22.
The Board agreed to authorize Supervisor Sweeton to sign an intermunicipal agreement with the Village of Greenwood Lake for the purchase of a western star dump truck in the amount not to exceed $190,000. Sweeton says in terms of costs, the truck will be shared 70% by the Village and 30% by the Town.
Home For the Holidays
Supervisor Sweeton reported that this year’s Home For the Holidays, which kicked-off on Sun., Nov. 19, will run until Sun., Dec. 17 on Railroad Ave. in the Village of Warwick. Free horse and buggy rides, weather permitting, will be held on Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Toys for Tots Train will come to the Village on Sun., Dec. 3 from 3 to 4 p.m. by Kuiken Brothers, located at 33 South St. Santa will visit the Railroad Green on Sat., Dec. 9 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. There will be classic caroling by the Warwick Valley Chorale.
Eagle Scout Project at Wickham Lake
Councilman Russell Kowal reported that he attended a dedication of the Eagle Scout project at the Wickham Lake by the boat launch area. The project included an improved parking area and new floating dock that will help simplify the loading and unloading of cars before going out into the lake.
“It’s a nice project because it allows the Eagle Scouts to qualify for their award and benefits the Town by improving public areas,” said Kowal.
Friendly Visitor Program
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo gave a report on the Friendly Visitor Program on behalf of Vince Cappello. For the month of October, there were 21 friendly visits, shopping was at 19, telephone calls 41, transportation and one way trips were 50 and cargo was three. The program is doing very well said DeAngelo. Anyone who needs services can sign-up by calling 986-1124, press option #1 and the Town Clerk will be more than glad to direct the call.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.