Story by Jennifer O’Connor
In seeking to extend the Town Beach at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park in Greenwood Lake, the Warwick Town Board will purchase the Brown Property on Lakewood Rd., which is located next to the beach. During the Town Board meeting on Thurs., May 25, the Board approved the acquisition of the three acre parcel for $625,000.
The Town will use money from the Community Preservation Fund for the purchase. The Town also plans on demolishing the house on the property which was formerly owned by Marcellus Brown, who passed away last year. Mr. Brown’s son had approached the Town a few months ago asking if they were interested in the acquisition.
At a previous meeting, the Town Board held an executive session to discuss future potential for the property, and later held a public hearing on Thurs., Apr. 27. During the hearing, residents who reside on Lakewood Rd. expressed concerns as to how expanding the beach would impact them as well as made suggestions that will help minimize the impact. Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton assured the neighbors of the property that the Town will work closely with them.
Even after the Town buys the property, the process to expand the beach is a lengthy one and will not happen this year. The process entails obtaining approval from the Orange County Health Department and an application before the Town Planning Board.
In other news, Supervisor Sweeton informed residents that the Orange County Health Department is continuing their annual process of monitoring mosquitoes.
“We had a wet season so the mosquito population may be fairly large. They have set traps in various parks and around the Town as well. They will be checking those traps and we will get information out if there is a detection of any issue. West Nile Virus is obviously a concern on everyone’s minds and we will keep the public aware of that issue,” said Sweeton.
Smart Meters Coming to Orange County in 2018
Sweeton also informed residents that he attended a seminar from Orange and Rockland (O&R) utilities. O&R has embarked on a program to install smart meters in every household. By installing smart meters, they will be able to monitor the meters without someone physically going out and reading the meters.
The meters will be transmitting to receptors that have been placed on telephone poles throughout Orange and Rockland’s service area. The smart meters will continually report on electric use which customers can view online.
“This is an effort they are rolling out in Rockland County this year. They will be installing the receptor units starting later in 2017 in Orange County and installing meters in 2018. The meters will not only monitor electric but they will have smart gas meters as well,” said Sweeton.
Fundraisers for Humane Society
Also during the meeting, other members of the Board gave reports. Councilman Floyd DeAngelo reported that the Second Annual Wine and Whiskers fundraiser for homeless cats at the Warwick Valley Humane Society will be held on Thurs., Jun. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Applewood Winery, located at 82 Four Corners Rd. in Warwick. The cost is $25 per person. To make a reservation, call 986-2473.
A “Kitten Shower” for homeless kittens will be held on Sun., Jun. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Humane Society, located at 48 Public Works Dr. in Warwick. Visit the Humane Society’s wish list on Amazon Prime Smile at http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2X3FGLC89X2ZG/ref=bnav_topnav_lists_1.
Parks are in Good Shape & Great Job by the DPW
In Councilman Russell Kowal’s report he said that the Town parks are in very good shape. There is clay ready to be put on the baseball field in the Pine Island Park as well as additional stone for the walking path.
“At almost any time of the day when I stop by the Pine Island Park I always see someone walking on the path. It’s very well used,” said Kowal.
Councilman Mickey Shuback commended the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the work they did in handling the trees that fell down on Town roads due to high winds.
Warwick Fire Department to Sponsor Parade
Councilman James Gerstner reported that the Warwick Fire Department will host the biennial fire parade on Sat., Jun. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Village of Warwick. For more information and updates, visit www.facebook.com/Warwick Fire Dept.
Appointments Made for Employees of Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park
The Board appointed the following to positions at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park on Windermere Ave. in Greenwood Lake: Will Eger as Head Lifeguard, $12.25/hr.; Alex Pizo as Senior Lifeguard, $11/hr.; Garret Doherety and Kyle Washington as Senior Lifeguards for $10.75/hr.; Nick Earl and Kyle Bower as Lifeguards for $10.50/hr.; Jim Dooley and Susan Wells as Gatekeepers for $9.75 and $9.70 an hour, respectively; and Colin Reed and Ryan Langbein as Grounds Keeper for $9.70/hr.
The Board also passed a resolution to amend the appointment of Shannon Curtin from Lifeguard at a pay rate of $10.50/hr. to Senior Lifeguard for $10.75/hr.
Three Re-Appointed to Conservation Board
Steven Carras, Joseph Dans and Daniel P. Duthie were re-appointed to the Conservation Board.
Community Solar Farm
The Board gave authorization to the Town Supervisor to sign an agreement with TMG/Clean Energy Collective to develop a community solar farm on a portion of Town owned property that is adjacent to the sewer plant on State School Rd., subject to final review by the Town’s Attorney.
Memorial Wall Plaques on Loan for Special Exhibit
The Memorial Wall Plaques that are in the Warwick Town Hall have been loaned to the Warwick Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4662 to be on display for a special “Salute to Veterans” exhibit. The exhibit is being held now through Wed., Jun. 14 (Flag Day) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the A.W. Buckbee Center, located at 2 Colonial Ave. in Warwick. In addition to the plaques, the exhibit will include a collection of military paintings by renowned Warwick artist Robert Fletcher, uniforms, photos, plaques, medals, and other memorabilia.
Town Parks Code Amended
Prior to the Town Board meeting, a public hearing was held and a resolution was approved to amend the Town Parks Code, allowing alcoholic beverages by permit at the Union Corners Park Pavilion, the Wickham Woodland Manor House and the Town Beach at Greenwood Lake.
Alcoholic beverages will not be permitted at the Pine Island Park because the Town considers this a neighborhood park and not an appropriate place to have alcohol. Residents who would like to have alcohol at the other three parks will need to apply for a permit and provide a special event insurance policy to the Town.
Next Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Jun. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.