Story by Lourice Angie
The Town of Warwick Board meeting on Thurs., Feb. 8 focused on new business, appointments and resolutions.
The Board adopted a Drug and Alcohol Testing Program Policy for the Town of Warwick’s Dial-A- Bus service to reflect changes in the designated Professional Substance Abuse Agencies.
The Board then appointed Teresa Gillian as a part time Dial-A-Bus driver at a rate of $17 per hour. A motion was made to amend the appointment of part time Dial-A-Bus driver Justin Tuck, pending successful completion of his passenger endorsement road test for a CDL License.
The Board adopted a resolution to promote Motor Equipment Operator (MEO) Scott T. Brady to the full-time DPW Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) position at a rate of $34.53 per hour. DPW Laborer Brian R. Prall was promoted to the DPW Motor Equipment Operator (MEO) position at a rate of $29.28 per hour. Ugo Barca was promoted to a full time DPW (MEO) Motor Equipment Operator position at rate of $28.12 per hour.
Councilman Mickey Shuback reported that the DPW has been very busy lately and that several trucks were on duty throughout the night during the snowstorm on Wed., Feb. 7 into Thurs., Feb 8. Shuback says he does not yet know the exact number of overtime hours accrued, but that it will be a substantial amount.
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo reported that for the month of January the Warwick Police Department had a total of 1,829 calls throughout the Town.
‘Go Jump in the Lake Polar Plunge’
The Warwick Valley Humane Society will host its fourth Annual ‘Go Jump in the Lake Polar Plunge’ event to benefit the animals at the shelter on Sun., Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. Registration will begin at 2 p.m. The fundraiser will be held at the Breezy Point Inn, located at 620 Jersey Ave. in Greenwood Lake during their annual ‘Winter Carnival’ weekend. All plungers must be 18 years of age or older and wear closed shoes. To register, visit www.ACTIVE.com or www.wvhumane.org.
Sunset at the Stables
The Warwick Valley Humane Society is partnering with the Winslow Therapeutic Center for the annual ‘Sunset at the Stables’ event on Sat., Jun. 16. The Humane Society is currently seeking sponsors. Anyone interested in sponsoring or attending the event can contact Suzyn Barron at 986-2473. All proceeds from the event will benefit Winslow Therapeutic and the Humane Society.
Town Clerk’s Report
Town Clerk Eileen Astorino reported that fees collected for the month of January were $12,605.37 and the fees paid out were $2,284.09. Astorino also announced the bid requests for a 12 ft. by 8 ft. flatbed with hydraulic hoist that will be attached to the Town chip truck. The first bid proposal was from Amthor Welding Services in the amount of $6,260 and another bid was from D.K Hostetler, Inc. in the amount of $7,486. The Board accepted the bid from Amthor Welding Services.
Shared Services Panel
Supervisor Michael Sweeton announced that last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a new initiative in his mind for communities to share. The effort is being led by County Executives around the State.
“As we all know the Town and the Villages shared services for the last 30 years,” said Sweeton. “We’ve met several times approximately every six weeks with representatives from Towns and Villages to see if there are different ways or ideas that haven’t been thought of in effort of doing things together and potentially putting together a plan which would first be subject to a public hearing in August and then adopted and sent out to the State in September. We’re working on that and will keep you all updated.”
Community Conversation – The Opioid Crisis
Supervisor Sweeton announced that there will be two sessions titled, ‘Community Conversations – The Opioid Crisis’ at the Albert Wisner Public Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick. The first session will be the showing of a film called “Chasing Heroin” on Wed., Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion on Fri., March. 9 at 7 p.m.
“This will all be facilitated by Family Central. It will be good to have this discussion as we know it exists here as it does in many places. We will have some police presence as well,” said Sweeton.
Partial Property Tax Exemption for Cold War Veterans
The Board scheduled a public hearing to consider amending local law No. 1 of 2018 Chapter 144, of the Town code to extend the exemption on property taxes to veterans who served in the cold war. The public hearing will be held at the Warwick Town Hall on Thurs., Feb. 22 at 7:15 p.m.
NYS DASNY Grant
The Board adopted a resolution that confirms the Town’s financial commitment to allocate additional funds to supplement a $100,000 NYS DASNY Grant for the purchase of a 2018 Freightliner Plow Truck with a Henderson 14 foot MG Body.
Supervisor Authorized to Sign Lease Agreement
The Board adopted a resolution for Supervisor Sweeton to sign a lease agreement with CEC Development, LLC to develop a community solar farm on a 20 to 40 acre portion of the Town property identified on the Town Tax Maps as Section 46, Block 1 Lot 39.2, subject to final review by the attorney for the Town and publication of Notice of Permissive referendum by the Town Clerk.
Community preservation receipts for the month of Jan. were $70,620.20, which brings the total fund balance to $2,672,252.42.
“We have seven farms which we are currently looking to close on this year which are partnered with the Federal and/or State Government so maybe we could stretch our money in place of that,” said Sweeton.
A public hearing will be held at 7:15 p.m. to amend Chapter 144 of the Town code on Thurs., Feb. 22, followed by the Town Board meeting at the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick NY.