Story by Ashleigh Sherow
Young Boy scouts led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance at the Thurs., Jan. 19 meeting of the Warwick Town Board.
Eagle Scout candidate, Kevin Domeseck, gave a presentation at the meeting about his proposed Eagle Scout project. The Life Scout from Troop 45 has been involved in scouting since elementary school and is a camping enthusiast.
His plan is to build a lean-to at the Greenwood Lake Beach on a plot of land maintained by Boy Scout Troop 121. The Board was in full support of the project.
“We’re 100 percent behind you,” Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton said, giving the scout the go ahead.
Board Reports & Updates
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo gave a report on the Warwick Humane Society. Suzyn Barron from the Humane Society reported that January is Adopt a Bird Month and there are eight doves, four finches and two roosters available for adoption.
The third annual polar plunge to support the shelter will be held on Sun., Feb. 19 during the Winter Carnival at the Breezy Point Inn. Those interested can pre-register at www.active.com or visit www.wvhumane.org.
Councilman Russell Kowal reported that on Sat., Jan. 14 he and Councilman DeAngelo met with the Friends of Hathorn House. The house, located at 33 Hathorn Rd. in Warwick, is undergoing construction. The owners are proposing to renovate the top as a museum. They are also proposing a bed and breakfast.
“It is a great example of public/private partnership,” Sweeton added. “To see that house saved I think is amazing.”
Friendly Visitor Program
Among those in attendance were members of the Friendly Visitor Program’s Advisory board. The new program, slated to launch next month, will match community volunteers with people who need assistance getting out and about. The Board will set the committee at the first meeting in February.
During the New Business portion of the meeting, the Board authorized the Supervisor to sign an agreement with the Jewish Family Service to create the Friendly Visitors program.
Dorris Rubinsky, of the Jewish Family Service, expressed her appreciation to the board. “We look forward to this partnership,” she said.
Special Events Permits Granted
The Board approved a special event permit for the Grand Fondo National Championship Series Bicycling Event on Sun., Jun. 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A special event permit was also granted to the Warwick Lions Club for their 26th annual Labor Day 5K Road Race on Mon., Sept. 4 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The Board accepted a resolution to authorize Pennings Farm Market to host a winter fun run on Sat., Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Board accepted a proposal from Allied Excavating Group Inc. of Warwick, for emergency repairs as a result of storm conditions.
The Board authorized the Town to sign an inter-municipal agreement with the County of Orange to accept DWI enforcement crack down grant funds from the NYS Stop DWI Foundation.
A resolution was passed to authorize the Warwick Valley Pilot’s Association to obtain a building permit for a hanger consistent with the Warwick Municipal Airport Master Plan as revised.
Town Supervisor Sweeton was authorized to sign an agreement with the Town of Tuxedo for snow and ice control of Iron Forge Rd. for a sum of $5,000.
The Board authorized Sweeton to sign a municipal agreement and a sub-recipient agreement in connection with fiscal year 2017 Community Development Block Grants with the Orange County Office of Community Development.
The Board appointed Anthony J. Rudinski as a full-time temporary Department of Public Works laborer. Rudinski will be filling in for a laborer who is undergoing medical issues.
The Board accepted the resignation of Benjamin F. Gerstner from his employment as a part-time police officer. Gerstner, who had been working part-time as a police officer in Warwick, accepted a full-time position in another municipality.
The next meeting of the Warwick Town Board will be held on Thurs., Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.