Story by Ashleigh Sherow
Despite winter storm Niko hitting Warwick on Thurs., Feb. 9, the Town of Warwick Board meeting went on as scheduled. Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton commended the Department of Public Works (DPW) on their work cleaning up, which they had started in the early hours of the morning.
The Board of the Friendly Visitor’s Program was formally appointed at the meeting. The Friendly Visitor’s Program, which was introduced at the last meeting, pairs residents who are unable to get out and about with volunteers to take them to doctors appointments and around town. The committee includes: Vince Copello (chairman); Vince Poloniak; Bernie McGoldrich; Stan Solin; Doris Rubinsky (Advisor); Rosemarie Bastanza (Secretary); Dana Castine (Co-Chair); Floyd DeAngelo (Town Board Liaison); Katie Jonkoski; Jean Corbi; and Jennifer Memon (O.C. Office of Aging).
Town Historian Report
Town Historian Dr. Richard Hull submitted the Town of Warwick’s Municipal Historian’s Report for 2016. Highlights of last year included: 117 local history questions answered through email, phone, radio, letter and personal meetings; 50 weekly one-hour talk shows called “History Alive!” aired on Radio Station WTBQ; four public lectures; talks to the fifth grade classes on local history; workshops for local teachers on how to incorporate primary sources into the classroom; a talk to high school students on application “green technologies” in historic Baird Tavern; and much more.
Councilman DeAngelo reported on the Warwick Valley Humane Society, which took in 14 cats in two days and is in need of provisions for the animals including dry and pâté cat food and monetary donations. In other Humane Society news, the third annual “Go Jump in the Lake” polar plunge will be held during the Breezy Point Inn’s Winter Carnival on Sun., Feb. 19 to benefit homeless animals.
The DPW report was also available at the meeting. Councilman Mickey Shuback commented that the DPW has been busy filling in potholes when they can, working around the winter storms. The January report included: brush clean up on Old Mt. Peter Rd., Minturn Rd. and Cedar Hill Dr. as well as brush pick up in the Village of Greenwood Lake as needed; filling in pot holes with cold patch as needed throughout the Village and Town; snow plowing and sanding roads on Jan. 3, Jan. 7, Jan. 23, Jan. 24, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 in the Town of Warwick and Jan. 23, Jan. 24, Jan. 25, Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and Feb. 2 in the Village of Greenwood Lake; vehicle maintenance, emergency repairs and roads sign repairs as needed; hauling material to the stockpile; installing culvert pipes and creating swale on Division St. in the Village of Greenwood Lake; removing three dead trees on Poplar St. in the Village of Greenwood Lake; replacing the curb box on Windermere Ave.; and fixing the water line on Mt. Lakes Ln., also in the Village of Greenwood Lake.
The total fees collected in the month of January 2017 for the Town was $14,553.80 and the total fees paid was $11,489.38.
Under New Business, the board authorized the supervisor to file an application for an urban and community forestry grant in Round 13 for tree inventory of the Town’s six parks and 12 cul-de-sac’s rights-of-way and a community forest management plan for the area.
The next meeting of the Warwick Town Board will be held on Thurs., Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.