Story by Jennifer O’Connor
At the Warwick Town Board meeting on Thurs., Feb. 23, the Board passed several motions and discussed an array of topics from successful town-wide events to herbicide use in Greenwood Lake to the newly formed Friendly Visitor Program.
Supervisor Michael Sweeton said that the Town is in the process of implementing the Friendly Visitor Program, under the auspices of the Jewish Family Service of Orange County. A volunteer committee has already been formed to get the program organized and ready to be launched in April.
The program is designed to support older adults and those who have disabilities that live alone and are in need of support. Volunteers are asked to donate an hour or two each week for tasks such as providing transportation to appointments, help with grocery shopping, home visits, talking on the phone or clerical assistance.
Training for the program will be held on Thurs., Mar. 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Warwick Town Hall. For more information call 986-1124, press option 1, then option 2.
Citizen Thankful for Help from DPW
Councilman Mickey Shuback commented on an email that Supervisor Sweeton received from a resident about a blocked drainage near his house. The Department of Public Works (DPW) cleaned out the basin and now everything seems to working.
“He was very pleased. And he is a happy resident,” said Shuback.
Polar Plunge Raises Funds for Warwick Valley Humane Society
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo gave a report on the Warwick Valley Humane Society. He said the Humane Society raised over $3,200 at the 3rd Annual ‘Go Jump in the Lake’ Polar Plunge event that was held on Sun., Feb. 19 in Greenwood Lake.
“There were twenty-eight plungers braving the icy waters in 50 degree weather,” said DeAngelo.
He also reported that there are 140 cats at the shelter, and that the shelter’s wish list remains the same. They are in need of 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.
Donations may be dropped off at the Warwick Valley Humane Society, located at 48 Public Works Dr. in Warwick. For more information call 986-2473 or visit www.wvhumane.org.
Update on Parks & Valentine’s Day Dance
In Councilman Russell Kowal’s report, he said it’s been quiet in the parks. Due to the mild weather the skating rink is a shallow wading pool.
Councilman James Gerstner reported that he learned from Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard that the free Valentine’s Day Dance held for senior citizens on Tues., Feb. 14 at the Park Ave. Elementary School was a huge success. The event was sponsored by the Warwick Sesquicentennial Committee, the Warwick Lions Club, and the Warwick Rotary Club.
“I did attend the senior dance and I want to congratulate the Village. They did a great job and the seniors had a wonderful time,” said Sweeton.
Notice from DEC on Herbicide Use in G.L.
In Supervisor Sweeton’s report, he would like to make the public aware that the Village of Greenwood Lake, plans once again, as part of their lake management program, to use herbicide treatments for excessive aquatic leaves, specifically the Eurasian watermilfoil.
“There will be further notices on this,” said Sweeton. “The DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) has issued a notice that this is the intent.”
The lake treatment, which will be used only in the northeast and northwest arms of the lake, will occur sometime during Sat., Apr. 1 to Thurs., Aug. 31 for a one or two day application. The Village will give notice to residents as to when they will treat the lake. There is a 24-hour re-entry period for swimming after they apply herbicide to the lake. Public comment can be made to the NYS DEC Region 3, 21 South Putt Corners Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561. For more information call the Village of Greenwood Lake at 477-9215.
Permission Granted to Serve Beer, Wine & Cider at Film Festival
The Board adopted a resolution granting permission to the Village of Greenwood Lake to serve, beer, wine and cider at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park during the Hoboken Film Festival from Fri., May 19 to Thurs., May 25.
Rent the Manor House for a Party
The Board adopted a resolution granting permission to Linda Roman to serve alcoholic beverages at the Wickham Woodlands Manor House on Sun., Mar. 19 for a family party.
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.
‘Request for Participation’ in AP-O District
The Board passed a motion to adopt a resolution regarding “Request for Participation” in the Town of Warwick Agricultural Protection Overlay District (AP-O) from Kurt and Karen Emmerich who reside on Sleepy Valley Rd. The Emmerich’s submitted the application for their 30-acre parcel.
The Town Board has determined that this particular parcel is one of the parcels included in the Overlay District Qualifying Area Map. The AP-O District was established to recognize and codify the importance of agriculture to the future of Warwick and the welfare of its citizens.
WVT to Provide Services to Bus Garage
The Board accepted a bid proposal from the Warwick Valley Telephone Company (WVT) for phone and internet service at the Warwick Bus Garage Transit Center, located on Public Works Dr. in Warwick. The installation cost will be $3,492, and the monthly charge for the services will be $54.68.
Street Sweeper Sold to Crawford
The Board also authorized the DPW to sell a 2003 Freightliner Truck equipped with a Johnson Road Sweeper to the Town of Crawford for $15,000.
Councilman Shuback explained that the Town recently purchased a new sweeper truck. The Town of Crawford only uses a sweeper truck about two weeks a year. Warwick’s sweeper is used several months a year in the entire Town including all three Villages – Warwick, Florida and Greenwood Lake. Therefore, the Town needed a truck that was more dependable.
Town Lead Agency for Verizon Wireless Site Plan Application
The Board also passed a motion to adopt a resolution establishing the Town as lead agency on a site plan application by Verizon Wireless. This is an application to add antennas to the current cell phone tower, located at 144 Rte. 94, behind the Price Chopper Complex which is on Town property.
“This is an agreement to allow Verizon Wireless to put a small structure on our land and to put their antennas on the tower itself, below the AT&T antennas,” said Supervisor Sweeton.
Sweeton then made a motion to set the public hearing considering action on the proposed site plan for an addition of 12 new panel antennas on the existing AT&T cell tower. The public hearing will take place at 7:15 p.m. on Thurs., Mar. 9 at the Warwick Town Hall.
Next Board Meeting Set for Mar. 9
The next Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Mar. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy., Warwick.