Story by Jennifer O’Connor
Before the start of the Warwick Town Board meeting on Thurs., Mar. 23, a public hearing was held inviting comments and suggestions from the public regarding projects considered for funding and submission to the 2018 Orange County Community Development Program.
“The program is held every year and the Town does not typically qualify for the program because of its income demographics. Generally the awards go to subrecipients,” said Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton.
The program is generally income based criteria for projects that are in low to moderate areas of the community except for those that provide services for the disabled or handicap. Historically the funds have been awarded to Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center, which provides services for children with disabilities, and/or to the Warwick Valley Community Center that has programming for low to moderate income families.
Both Winslow and the Community Center have submitted written letter requests to the Town Board. This year Winslow is seeking $30,000 to trench and install electricity to three existing paddocks and to four new ones. The Community Center is seeking $73,000 for floor repairs in continuation of renovating the Center as well as an additional $25,000 for electrical upgrades. Their total request is for $98,000.
During the hearing, Sweeton said he received an inquiry from the Beautiful People organization for a safe-surface accessible ball field for children with disabilities in the Wickham Woodlands (former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility). The organization will also be submitting a letter seeking funding.
Sweeton said that the Town’s total submission is limited to $125,000. Traditionally, the Town has supported multiple projects at certain levels. After the Town submits projects to the County, the County uses a ranking system and will determine which projects will receive the funds.
There were no comments from the public at the hearing. The Town Board closed the hearing and will accept written submissions for 10 additional days from the hearing. After the hearing was closed, the Town held its regular Board meeting.
In Councilman Mickey Shuback’s report about how much had been spent on maintaining roads during snowstorms from the beginning of January to Mar. 16, he said that the Town spent $36,030.34 for sand, $119,419 for salt, and $116,721 for overtime. The total cost came to $272,170.34.
Florida Little League to Celebrate 40th Year
Councilman Shuback shared with residents that the Florida Little League will be celebrating their 40th year on Sat., Apr. 22. The land was donated by Louis Sherwin in 1976. The family had farmed the land when they came over from Poland.
“We started that project in 1976 and opened it in 1977. It was all done with volunteers. I am proud to a part of that system that started it. It’s the only Little League in the Town of Warwick that is not subsidized by any Village or Town. The League operates with funds by parents and some funds from the Lions Club,” said Shuback.
Rabies Clinic, CPR Course for Pets & Fundraiser Golf Outing
In Councilman Floyd DeAngelo’s report, he reminded residents that the Warwick Valley Humane Society is in need of supplies to care for homeless animals at the shelter. Some of the supplies needed include: Friskies pate, ground cat food, heavy duty garbage bags, bleach, paper towels, and paper plates. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated as they need help with their veterinary and dietary expenses.
A Rabies Clinic will be held on Sun., Apr. 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Humane Society, which is located at 48 Public Works Dr. in Warwick. The cost is $15. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. The vaccination is good for one year. For more information, call 986-2473 or visit www.wvhumane.org.
The Humane Society will also be hosting a First Aid and CPR course for animal emergencies with First Aid and CPR, Inc. on Sat., Apr. 29 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Those who are 13 years old and older can take the course. Preregistration is required. The cost is $70. For more information visit www.firstaid.org.
The Warwick Foot and Tea Spa will hold their 2nd Annual “Fore the Animals” Golf Outing on Mon., May 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Mansion Ridge Golf Club, located at 1292 Orange Tpke. in Monroe. This event is a fundraiser for the Humane Society. For more information contact Jo-Ann Daly at 986-7174.
Volunteers Needed for Friendly Visitor Program
In Supervisor Sweeton’s report, he spoke about the Friendly Visitor Program. The first training session for volunteers was held on Thurs., Mar. 23 and the second part of the training session will take place on Thurs., Mar. 30 at 10 a.m. in the Warwick Town Hall.
Supervisor Sweeton said that twenty-two volunteers attended the session. The community oriented program will officially be launched on Thurs., May 11 during the day meeting for the Town Board at 1 p.m. The free town-wide program, under the auspices of the Jewish Family Service of Orange County, is designed to support older adults and those who have disabilities that live alone.
More volunteers are needed. Some of the tasks include providing transportation to appointments, help with grocery shopping, home visits, talking on the phone or clerical assistance. For more information call 986-1124, press option 1, and then option 2 and leave a message.
Watchtower Headquarters Open House
Sweeton then reported that the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization has moved their headquarters from Brooklyn, NY to Warwick, over toward Tuxedo in the Sterling Forest area.
“It is a beautiful facility and they have done a great job,” said Sweeton.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses will have an open house for Warwick residents to tour the grounds. There will be two sessions – one on Sat., Apr. 22 and the other on Sat., Apr. 29, both from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The headquarters is located at 1 Kings Dr. in Tuxedo Park. For more information call 524-3000 or visit www.jw.org.
Appalachian Trail Website
Sweeton informed residents about the new website – www.hikewarwick.com. He said Warwick resident John DeSanto has been appointed as the Appalachian Trail Ambassador for this area and is stepping up the profile of the Appalachian Trail in Warwick. The website shows beginner, intermediate and expert sections and hikes on the trail. It also offers information as where to find parking and amenities.
“The website is very well done and I encourage residents to check it out,” said Sweeton.
Proclamation to Celebrate Arbor Day
Supervisor Sweeton proclaimed Fri., Apr. 28 as Arbor Day in Warwick. The proclamation stated that in 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day called Arbor Day be set aside for planting trees. Arbor Day is now observed throughout the Nation and the world. Trees are beneficial is so many ways. They can reduce the erosion of topsoil from the wind and water as well as cut heating and cooling cost. Trees produce life-giving oxygen, provide habitat for wildlife and clean the air. Trees also increase property values and beautify communities in the Town.
Hazardous Waste Collection for Schools, Municipalities, & Farms
A Hazardous Waste Collection event for businesses, schools, municipalities, and farms will be held on Fri., Apr. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Thomas Bull Memorial Park, located at 90 Grove St. in Montgomery.
Acceptable items include: pesticides/herbicides, automotive products such as gas and oil, varnishes/shellacs/stains, corrosives/cleaners, joint compound (not water based), solvents/thinners, aerosol cans, photographic chemicals, mercury, dental amalgam, fluorescent light tubes (in feet), adhesives, pool chemicals, and oil based paint (no latex paint). To preregister call 291-3246.
Household Hazardous Waste & Operation Safe Scripts Pharmaceutical Collection
A Household Hazardous Waste and Operation Safe Scripts Pharmaceutical Collection event will be held for residents on Sat., Apr. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Thomas Bull Memorial Park. This event is free for Orange County residents with proof of residency and no registration is required. For more information visit http://www.orangecountygov.com/efs.
Next ‘Coffee with a Cop’ Set for Apr. 29
Due to inclement weather on Sat., Mar. 18, the Warwick Police Department rescheduled, “Coffee with a Cop,” to Sat., Apr. 29. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. at Derosa’s Deli in Merchant’s Square, located at 42 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Warwick. Those who attend “Coffee with a Cop” can enjoy free coffee and have an opportunity to talk with police officers.
HERoes in Deed & Farm to Fork Fondo
The Board passed a motion to adopt a resolution authorizing the use of Town roads for the 4th Annual Memorial HERo Run, sponsored by HERoes in Deed, and for the Farm to Fork Fondo event, sponsored by Wrenegade Sports.
HERoes in Deed will hold a 5K, 10K and kids run on Sat., Jun. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Warwick Middle School, located at 225 West St. The event is held in memory of Army Lt. Colonel Jaimie E. Leonard, who was killed in Afghanistan on June 8, 2013. The non-profit organization offers scholarships to Warwick High School students. Cost to register for this event is $25 until May 15 and $30 after May 15. For more information, visit www.heroesindeed.org.
The second event that the Board approved the use of Town roads is for the Farm to Fork Fondo cycling charity event. This event, which supports farmland preservation, will be held on Sun., Jun. 11 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pennings Farm, located at 161 Rte. 94 in Warwick. For more information, visit www.farmforkfondo.com.
Fence & Water Pump System
The Board accepted the bid proposal in the amount of $5,720 from Ketcham Fencing, Inc. for the materials, labor, equipment and the installation of a high chain link fence at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. The fencing is for one section of the Waterfront Park that is depilated and needs to be repaired.
The Board also accepted a bid proposal in the amount of $5,708 from Miller Contracting to replace the water pump system at Union Corners Park.
Permission Granted to Serve Alcoholic Beverages for Parties at Manor House
The Board adopted a resolution granting permission to Robert Dietrich to serve alcoholic beverages at the Wickham Woodlands Manor House for a family party on Sun., May. 21 and also to Laurie Unick for a family party on Sat., Jun. 3. The Manor House, located at 225 State School Rd. in Warwick, is available to residents to rent for parties. It holds about 99 people. For more information contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 986-1124.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Apr. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy., Warwick.