At the last Village of Warwick Board of Trustees meeting, on Mon., Feb. 6, Bill Steinhauer, President of the Board of Directors for the Warwick Valley Community Center on Hamilton Ave., expressed his concern about the additional truck traffic from Jones Chemical that will be rerouted past the Community Center for the duration of the Howe St. Bridge project. He pointed out that there is a preschool, Acting Out Playhouse and other children’s events that take place at the center every day.
Deputy Mayor Barry Cheney reported that the Village is working with Jones Chemical to minimize the impact of the increased traffic. A representative from Orange County was in attendance at the meeting. He reported that most of the Jones Chemical freight is moved via rail and there will only be a small number of trucks passing through the area of concern.
Traffic is being routed down Hamilton Ave. and Campbell Rd. in order to reach Oakland Ave. Trucks cannot go down Orchard St. to Oakland Ave. as the turns onto and from Oakland Ave. are too tight for the tanker trucks. The estimated date of completion of the bridge project is October 2017.
In June, work will begin to upgrade the railroad crossing. Once the rail crossing work is complete, the detour will go into effect and work on the bridge itself will begin. Once the bridge is complete, the new connection between Orchard St. and River St. will be blocked off and used for emergency access only. There are no plans for the route to remain as a permanent detour through that neighborhood.
Trustee Eileen Patterson suggested the Community Center make parents aware of situation as well as encouraging them to use the available parking lots near the center rather than parking in the street to drop off children.
Later in the regular meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to approve a resolution allowing Mayor Michael Newhard to enter into an Inter-municipal Agreement with Orange County to complete the roadwork needed for the Howe St. Bridge Project.
Board Welcomes New Building Inspector
Deputy Mayor Barry Cheney and the Board of Trustees welcomed Boris Rudzinski as the new Building Inspector and Code Enforcement Officer.
Rudzinski will report to his new post at the end of February. He comes to Warwick from the City of Middletown, NY where he served as a code official for eight years. His responsibilities in Middletown included overseeing 300 properties, which comprised over 3,000 housing units, per year.
“Warwick is a beautiful village and I am honored to be here,” Rudzinski said of his new appointment.
Little League Opening Day Parade Set
The Warwick Little League was granted permission to hold their annual Opening Day Parade and Picture Day on Sat., Apr. 22 beginning at 10 a.m.
Line-up for the parade will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Church St. which will be closed for the purpose of gathering participants. The parade will proceed down Main St. to Railroad Ave., over to South St. Parkway, Park Lane and finally cross Forester Ave. to enter into Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Warwick Little League also received permission to use the fields at Veteran’s Memorial Park from Mar. 1 to Nov. 15 for the purpose of practices and games. Little League will work with the various travel teams and adult leagues when scheduling field use.
Warwick Fire Dept. Parade: June 10
The Warwick Fire Department will hold its biennial Firefighter’s Parade on Sat., Jun. 10 at 6 p.m.
The parade will proceed through the Village of Warwick and end at Veterans Memorial Park. A reviewing stand will be placed outside Village Hall.
Warwick Fire Dept. Carnival
The annual Warwick Fire Department Carnival will take place June 21-24 in Veterans Memorial Park. Set-up will begin on June 18 and clean-up will be finished by June 26.
Next Village Board Meeting
The next Village Board meeting will take place on Tues., Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall, located at 77 Main St., Warwick. Please note the change in day due to President’s Day.