Story By A.J. Arias
The Village of Warwick Board of Trustees tabled a resolution on Mon., Oct. 15 that would reduce the fee per lot for a cluster subdivision from $50,000 per lot to $40,000 per lot. The reason for the proposed reduction is due to the results of a study that was sponsored by the Board which looked into what additional costs are incurred by the Village when allowing bonus density lots.
The study was conducted by Fairweather Consulting, which found that $40,000 would be the appropriate amount to make sure the Village doesn’t suffer any financials losses by allowing a cluster subdivision.
The reason for tabling the resolution is related to the ongoing approval process for the Village View Cluster Subdivision. The Village View neighborhood is the first proposed cluster subdivision since the process was amended in the Village’s zoning laws and will most likely set precedent on how future cluster subdivisions are handled.
The pending State Environmental Quality Review Assessment (SEQRA) for the Village View Cluster Division by the Village’s Planning Board will be resolved with a vote following the completion of a review of the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The vote is expected in the next coming months.
Jay Myrow, the attorney representing the Village View project, was in attendance at the Board meeting and asked how the resolution would affect the affordable housing on the proposed lot. The project currently has three lots that would include six affordable housing units. Myrow asked if the six units would be considered three lots or six lots and stated that the answer would affect whether or not the affordable housing units would be included at all.
Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard said that the Board is awaiting the SEQRA approval by the Planning Board before moving forward with the resolution. Myrow will additionally speak with Village Attorney Steven Gaba about the legality of the resolution and the lots.
All persons under the age of 18, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, will not be permitted on all Village streets, parks, or any other public areas in the Village of Warwick between the hours of 8 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 30 to 6 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 31 and then again between Wed., Oct. 31 starting at 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Thurs., Nov. 1.
The Village will once again hold their “Scare the Mayor” competition in the Village of Warwick. Residents of the Village who feel they have the spookiest house in the Village can register their house by Fri., Oct. 26 for the competition. The competition will be held at 7 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 30 and will be judged by the Village Board.
The Village of Warwick Recreation Department and the Warwick Lions Club will hold their annual Halloween Parade on Wed., Oct. 31. Lineup will be at 4:30 p.m. on Church St. for anyone who wishes to participate. The parade will start at 5 p.m. and will process down Main St. to Railroad Green for a Costume Contest.
Process Amended for Water Bill Reminders
Village Clerk Raina Abramson worked extensively to amend the process for water bill reminders. Abramson gave a testimonial to the Board about the laborious task required to mail out constant reminders for residents who missed payment on their water bill.
The current process requires the Village Clerk and her staff to hand mail and stuff five notices in total. The first being the water bill and then four additional late notices. The process was wasting large amounts of paper and was requiring hours of labor. The process has now been amended to three notices, which include the initial water bill and two additional late notices.
Abramson is next working on putting the water bills online to allow residents to see their bill and pay for it with their own log in on a website. Abramson said she’s just trying to move the process into modern times.
Additional Noteworthy Actions
The Village board approved a payment of $102,829.90 to Fred Devens Construction for the New Water Main Valve Project on Pioneer Farm.
The Village of Warwick adopted the new Sexual Harassment Policy for all employers in New York State.
The last leaf pickup will be on Mon., Dec. 10. Residents must put bagged leaves on the curb to ensure pick up. Residents can still drop off bagged leaves at the Village Bush Pile, which is open every Saturday and Sunday in October and November from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
The next meeting of the Village Board will be held on Mon., Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick NY.