Story by Lourice Angie
Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton held a moment of silence for longtime Warwick resident and Town employee, Wayne Stevens. prior to the start of the Warwick Town Board meeting on Thurs., Jun. 28. The Board offered their sincere condolences to his wife, Catherine, and his daughters, Cindy and Melissa. Wayne was a dedicated volunteer who devoted 47 years of service to the Warwick Fire Department as a Chief, Fire Commissioner, and company President, among other duties.
“It is people like Wayne who have helped Warwick become a place people want to make their home. It is our hope that Wayne may rest in peace and that his family will gain strength from the legacy that he has left,” said Sweeton.
Public Hearing on Short Term Rental
The Board adopted a resolution for a public hearing on the proposed introductory local law #6 of 2018 entitled, “Short-Term Rental Property.” The hearing will be held on Thurs., Jul. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.
“This came as a request from the Village of Greenwood Lake which adopted a similar law a couple of months ago in order to deal with the issues of short-term rentals, where you rent out a room or a portion of your house for a short period of time. I believe their law was well thought out. It is not intended to hinder the operation, but for the Town to ensure that these facilities are safe, that the proper building codes are met, and that they do not present a detriment to the neighborhoods where they operate in. Since a good portion of the Town is in the Greenwood Lake area, we thought it was a good idea to be consistent and entertain that idea. We will take public comment at the hearing,” said Sweeton.
Shade Tree Commission
Karen Emmerich, the chairperson of the Shade Tree Commission, introduced Sophia Rodbell from the Davey Resource Group to the Board and explained that Rodbell was part of a team of four people who are taking an inventory of the trees throughout Town and in all of the parks. The inventory began on Mon., Jun. 25 and lasted throughout the week.
Approximately 1,100 sites have been visited by the team, who checks the health, maintenance, and growth of all public trees. Once the trees are accessed, the Town is notified of any care that might be needed to mitigate risks to properties or public spaces. This includes checking the crown and base of the trees for defects.
Rodbell said the team uses tree risk assessment and ISA (Integrated Safety Assessment) qualifications. Supervisor Sweeton said the Board appreciates all the work and thanked the Tree Commission and Karen Emmerich for obtaining the grant from the DEC.
Maintenance in Local Parks
Councilman Russell Kowal announced that due to weather conditions experienced since March, some of the maintenance work for our local parks was slightly behind schedule. Kowal said the restrooms at the Winstanley Field are anticipated to be up and running within a few weeks. The sprinkler at the Pine Island Park is online and ready for summer use.
Receipts for May
Community preservation receipts for the month of May were $96,467.13, which brings the total fund balance to $3,900,562. Supervisor Sweeton said we’re above average and off to a pretty good start.
Town Hires Two Part Time Police Officers
The Board appointed two new part-time police officers, John Caselli and Thomas J. Gleason, at a rate of pay of $23.32 per hour as per the PBA contract effective July 7, 2018.
“They will be two great additions; they are both Warwick residents and have a lot of experience. I met both gentlemen and they are enthusiastic about the job,” said Sweeton.
Supervisor Sweeton announced that the Town received a check in the amount of $5,000 from NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) for becoming a clean energy community. The Town met necessary energy efficient criteria through a grant project and was awarded the funds. The clean energy community program helped 417 local governments across state complete over 1,000 clean energy projects that helped reduce costs and support resiliency.
Balloon Test for Cell Tower WVOTCP Water District
Supervisor Sweeton announced that he wanted to make residents aware of a balloon test that will be conducted at the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility on Sat., Jul. 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, with a rollover date of Sun., Jul. 15 in case of inclement weather. The Board has agreed to a lease with Homeland Towers that will serve a portion of the Town on Town property. Sweeton noted the Town will receive revenue from the lease of that property. An additional notice will be placed in the Warwick Valley Dispatch.
Warwick Town Clerk Eileen Astorino, announced that the Town has accepted a bid proposal from Country Saab in the amount not to exceed $2,619 for a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria LX 4dr sedan.
School is Out for the Summer
The Board would like to remind the public that school is officially out for the summer.
“You will see a lot of kids walking around on the roads and streets. Slow down and take it easy and pay attention,” said Sweeton.
Warwick Valley Humane Society Events
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo reported that the Warwick Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is currently housing 22 dogs, 84 cats, 40 kittens, eight rabbits, three guinea pigs, and one rooster.
The Rabies Clinic will be held on Sun., Jul. 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. One year vaccinations at a cost of $15 per pet will be administered by Dr. Pam Schultz, of the Orchard Grove Animal Hospital in Warwick. All dogs must be restrained on leashes and cats must be placed in carriers. All proceeds will help benefit the homeless pets at the shelter. An Acupuncture Clinic will be held on Sun., Aug. 19 by appointment only. Suzyn Barron, President of the WVHS, wants to remind the public that all dogs over the age of four months must be licensed in the Town of Warwick, including all the Villages and hamlets, with the Town Clerk at the Warwick Town Hall. Proof of vaccinations must be presented. The cost is $10 for spayed or neutered dogs and $20 if not. For additional information call 986-2473.
Next Board Meeting
The next Warwick Town Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Jul. 19 at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a public hearing at 7 p.m. on the proposed introductory local law #6 of 2018. Both will be held at the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick NY.