Story by A.J. Arias
The Village of Warwick Board of Trustees voted 3-1 in favor of exempting the property of 132 South St. Ext. from local zoning laws for the development of a new fire station at their Mon., Jul. 2 meeting.
After a review of letters from Village Engineer David Getz and David Garwood from the Pinksy Law Group, PLLC including a Short Form EAF (Environmental Assessment Form) regarding the fire station replacement, the Board decided in favor of the exemption along with additional conditions.
The first condition the Board proposed was that the Fire District reach out to their neighbors regarding details of the project, suggesting the idea of holding a Town Hall meeting or sending letters informing the neighbors about the development of the new firehouse. Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard added that the communication would be a “healthy way” to move forward.
The other condition was based on the concern of Trustee George McManus regarding the Fire District’s Short Form EAF. McManus took issue with a few formality issues within the legal document that he said could easily be fixed before the next Board of Trustees meeting.
McManus added that before the Board waived the rights of the project through approving the exemption to the Fire District, it should fix the legal document while they are still in the Board’s hands. McManus later mentioned that the Board has had several issues with EAFs in the past and that the Board should take responsibility to fix them.
Trustee Barry Cheney said that McManus’s concerns were valid but that the formality issues had little impact on the project or how it would be carried out.
The exchange led to an additional motion that said the approval of the exemption would be granted given that the issues are fixed. The vote ended in favor of exemption with McManus being the sole no vote to the resolution.
Board Accepting Proposals for LED Conversion Project Manager
Trustee Cheney gave an update on on the Streetlight LED Conversion project and after a brief discussion, the Board agreed to look into other routes to continue the project. The Village was previously working with Mid Hudson Street Light Consortium on the project but it has since come to a stand still since the consortium changed project managers.
Cheney concluded that if the group continued the return of investment, the project could go from the originally proposed three to four years to five to six years.
Cheney added that the Village has already received two other proposals from groups to carry out the project. The Board agreed to put out an RFP for the project. Trustee McManus added that it would be good to see what the other options are.
The next Board meeting will be held on Mon., Jul. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick NY.