Story by Kathleen Wilson
On Wed., Nov. 8 at the Village of Florida Board meeting, Mayor James R. Pawliczek, Sr. announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018. While the Mayor’s announcement was a surprise to the Board and attendees, Trustee Craig Olejniczak applauded Mayor Pawliczek on his announcement saying that, “It will give potential candidates time for the serious thought necessary to consider running for the office of Mayor.”
Trustee Olejniczak, together with the Board, praised the Mayor for his many years of service and dedication to the Village of Florida and its residents. Mayor Pawliczek has held the office since Apr. 1, 2002. The offices of Mayor and two Trustees will be vacant at the end of the current year and a general Village election will be held on Mar. 20, 2018 to fill the three vacancies for two-year terms.
Adoption of Two-Hour Parking On East Side of Maple Ave.
Traffic congestion in the Village led to the amendment of Chapter 109 local law amending parking on Maple Ave. Parking will be limited to two hours on the east side of Maple Ave. and no parking any time on the west side of the avenue. The permanent change will prohibit overnight parking on both sides. The new parking rules will go into effect when filed with the State and signs will be posted to reflect the changes.
Dedication of New Municipal Parking
On Wed., Nov. 15 at 11:30 a.m., the Village of Florida will hold a public dedication ceremony at the new municipal parking lot located adjacent to the Police Station. The 30 additional parking spaces are provided through a grant from State Senator John J. Bonacic.
Village to Commemorate Christmas & Hanukkah
The Village Board announced that the annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place in front of Village Hall, located at 33 S. Main St., on Fri., Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. Come one, come all and enjoy the splendor of the season and view the bright and beautiful lights of the Village Christmas tree.
The annual menorah lighting will take place when the Village is notified by the rabbi. The menorah was donated to the Village of Florida by the Rosenberg Family.
Construction Progresses on Mapes House
Trustee Brian Slattery provided an update on the progress of the restoration of the historic landmark citing the roofing was now cleared of the supports used to stand on as workers put the siding back on the house. In addition, the house is now hooked up to O&R Utilities. The next step is to remove the old porch and then begin work on a new one next winter. The Mayor stated that a substantial gift for the Seward-Mapes home is expected from a local resident and the announcement should be coming soon. The continued progress on the Mapes House is an important step for the Village in its goal to preserve this historic home.
Community 2000 Village-Wide Plan
Community 2000 is a Village-wide plan where every Village in the Town of Warwick will hold meetings to discuss what they want their community to be like in the next 20 years. The Mayor asked for volunteers to chair the meeting at Village Hall. Trustees Tom Fuller and Brian Slattery will Co-Chair the meeting on Thurs., Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. If Village Hall is not available, the meeting will be held at the Senior Center, located on Cohen Cir.
Energy Saving Lighting for Village
Trustee Olejniczak provided a status of the expected LED lighting change. He said that the Village is expecting letters of response from O&R regarding prices for each light sooner rather than later. Olejniczak will continue to work on the LED lighting project for the Village.
Trustee John C. Barczak, Jr. Seeking Grant
Trustee John Barczak has engaged in discussions with Brian McEvoy, Deputy Director of Public Finance, NYCOM seeking a possible grant for the Village. Barczak will provide an update at the next regular meeting.
Next Meeting Set for Dec. 13
The next meeting will be held at Village Hall on Wed., Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.