Story by Lourice Angie
A continuation of a public hearing on a proposed cell tower location at the Warwick Valley Office and Technology Corporate Park, located at the site of the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility which closed in 2011, was held on Thurs, Sept., 27.
Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton explained that site plans were thoroughly reviewed by both the Town planner and engineer. The Board met with representatives of Homeland Towers LLC, Regional Manager Vince Xavier and attorney David S. Kenny to further discuss the provisions of the proposed cell tower site including zoning, lighting, fencing, emergency services to the towers and a revised environmental statement. Xavier explained that all forms requested were updated and submitted.
Homeland Towers Attorney David S. Kenny addressed a removal bond and explained that because site plans are on Town property, there is actually a lease with the Town that states that if there was a scenario in which the Town needed the tower removed, they could either purchase the tower from Homeland Towers LLC for $1 or ask Homeland to simply remove it.
“Being a leaseholder you have more power as being a property owner than you would for a removal bond,” said Kenny.
The Town Board made a motion for resolution and the proposed cell tower was approved.
“For the public’s information, because the Town is leasing this property to Homeland Towers for this, not only is our public safety increased but we also receive revenue from the tower so that will go towards offset costs of the Town, so I think it’s good on all fronts,” said Supervisor Sweeton.
Public Hearing on Local Law No. 7
The Town Board also held a public hearing to consider proposed Introductory Local Law No. 7 of 2018 entitled, “A Local Law amending chapter 157 of the code of the Town of Warwick in relation to water charges by changing section 157-11 of chapter 157.”
The purpose of the hearing was to modify local law 157-11 to indicate that the Town Supervisor would be the collector of water charges. Any person desiring to be supplied with water from the system shall submit a written application to the operator upon blanks prescribed and furnished by the District and shall pay all charges applicable to the service applied for when filing for the applications.
The Town Board adopted a resolution to designate Supervisor Sweeton to receive and collect all charges and other fees payable to the Town pursuant to this chapter.
Public Hearing on Local Law No. 8
The Town Board held a public hearing on proposed local law No. 8 of 2018 entitled “A Local Law amending Chapter 157 of the code of the Town of Warwick in relation to sanitary sewer usage charges by changing section 127-5 chapter 127.” The Town code was modified by replacing the current Section 127-5 in its entirety with a new Section 127-5 to read the following: Billing of charges, penalty for late payment, tax lien, final reading.
All users will be billed quarterly. Billings for any particular quarter shall be made within 20 days after the end of the billing cycle. Payments are due within 20 days after the end of that period. A payment that is not received within 30 days after the end of the billing cycle will be considered delinquent.
Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton has been authorized and designated to receive and collect all charges and other fees payable to the Town pursuant to this chapter. A late payment penalty of 1.5 % of the user charge will be billed for each 30 days or portion thereof of the delinquency. When any bill is 90 days in default, such bill shall be presented to the County for payment and the bill will become a part of the County tax lien on the property. The final sewer reading charge will be $40.
The Town and its Villages have announced the launch of an events platform for the community with www.Burbio.com. This is a free website, iOS and Android app that puts school, library, government, and community events in one place for the Town and all of the Villages. Burbio is free for residents and non-profits to stream their events. With Burbio.com, residents can select calendars to follow, create a personalized event feed, sync events to their Google or Apple calendar, and be notified if things change.
“This initiative allows residents to access Warwick information and activities in one easy place. It is personalized and easy to use on both a phone and a desktop, and delivers information to residents in a way that reflects the way they live their digital lives,” said Sweeton.
Supervisor Sweeton is joined by Village Mayors Michael Newhard (Warwick), Jesse Dwyer (Greenwood Lake) and Daniel Harter (Florida) in supporting Burbio.com’s accessible platform. The Burbio.com platform reads event data feeds from public calendars and automatically updates when the source site changes, notifying users who have synced their calendars.
Burbio.com is currently populated with all school, government, and library information from the Town and Villages, plus several non-profits. Any group can contact Burbio for help in getting their events listed. Burbio’s civic partnerships include the City of White Plains, NY; Stamford, CT; and Ridgewood, Glen Rock and Livingston, NJ, and many more communities.
Regional Plan Associates
Supervisor Sweeton announces that 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. Sweeton thanks the 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,” said Sweeton.
Land Issue on Ryerson Rd.
Supervisor Sweeton said that someone clear cut five acres on an approved building lot on Ryerson Rd. The Town is unclear as to who did it or when it was done at this moment. Sweeton says that a stop work was ordered immediately after it was discovered. Unfortunately, the order arrived too late because everything had already been completely cleared by then. Alice Ackerson, who lives nearby, notified the Town about the issue.
“It’s bad,” said Sweeton. “I saw pictures of it.”
Sweeton says following the stop work order the DEC was contacted. The Board received word back from the DEC stating that they were on it, but feel there may be endangered species and wetland issues involved. Sweeton says the Town is pursuing the issue and that an appearance ticket was issued to the record owner to appear in Justice Court. The DEC has weighed in on the matter, saying that they will also be on site.
Warwick Town Clerk Eileen Astorino announced three bid proposals to refurbish the engine of Department of Public Works (DPW) truck #2. The first was from Westran LLC in the amount of $9,722.51. The second was from Orange County Truck Service in the amount of $5,982.24, and the third was from Arkel Motors Inc. in the amount of $24,406.30. The Board accepted the bid from Orange County Truck Service in an amount not to exceed $5,982.24.
Community preservation receipts for the month of August were $148,310.60, which brings the current fund balance to $2,537,862.43.
Congratulations to G.L. Fire Dept.
Supervisor Sweeton congratulated the Village of Greenwood Lake on hosting a great and successful event for the Orange County Fire Parade.
“Lt. Rader, you guys did a super job. It was a tight little village with a lot of apparatus and people but everybody seemed to have a great time and it flowed well so we congratulate you.” said Sweeton.
Warwick Police Lt. John Rader gave special thanks to the Town Board and the DPW for all their efforts to help every step of the way.
“Ending it at the beach was something that’s not normal for a County Parade so it made for an amazing backdrop and everyone pulled together and helped make that happen. So thank you,” said Lt. Rader.
Councilman Mickey Shuback also said that the Town was very lucky to have its volunteer Fire Departments.
“You don’t know what’s involved until you get personally involved with it,” said Shuback.
Warwick Humane Society Celebrates 50 Years
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo reported that the Warwick Valley Humane Society (WVHS) will be celebrating the 50th birthday of the shelter. A special celebratory brunch will be held at the Landmark Inn on Sun., Nov 4 from 12 to 3 p.m. by reservation only. The cost is $50 per person in honor of the 50 years at its current location on Public Works Dr. in Warwick. Proceeds from the event will benefit the animal shelter’s much needed rebuild project to expand the facility and provide proper ventilation and housing for the homeless pets.
To make a reservation, make checks payable to Warwick Valley Humane Society and mail to P.O. Box 62, Warwick, NY 10990 on or before Thurs., Nov 1.
Councilman James Gerstner announced that with Applefest 2018 coming upon us, volunteers are needed at the Warwick Valley Community Center. Any students who volunteer to help out on Applefest will receive community service points.
Roughly 30,000 to 35,000 people descend upon the Town of Warwick for one day. Sweeton says that this is an important day for all not-for-profit service organizations who, in turn, direct all the money back into our community, helping so many of our residents. He encourages all to enjoy the day, visit local vendors, and celebrate the bounty of the harvest that 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,” said Sweeton.
Apple Season Brings Numerous Visitors
With apple season bringing numerous visitors to our area farms and roadways, traffic delays are almost inevitable. This 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,” said Sweeton.
Three Public Hearings Scheduled
The following public hearings will be held on Thurs., Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.
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.’”
A public hearing to consider a Proposed Introductory Local Law No. 9 entitled “A Local Law amending Chapter 164 ‘Zoning.’”
A 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.”
The next meeting of the Warwick Town Board will be held on Thurs., Oct 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick NY.