Story by Katie Bisaro
The bridge over the Wawayanda Creek, at the point where Main St. becomes Oakland Ave., between Railroad Ave. and West St., will close beginning in July. The street will be closed to vehicular traffic, with pedestrian access only, for approximately one month while repairs are made to the decking of the bridge and the road surface.
The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has already begun repairs to the sidewalks and curbing in that area. For the sidewalks, one side will be closed at a time for repairs with pedestrian access on the opposite side.
Once the actual bridge repair work begins in July, the road will be closed to traffic at that point with posted detours.
Information regarding this project is available on the Village website at www.villageofwarwick.org. The road will be ready for the Fireman’s Parade, scheduled Sat., Sept. 28.
“The most amazing thing is that there are no parades in the Village of Warwick during this period of time [when the road will be closed], which is pretty shocking,” Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard said.
Community Choice Aggregation Being Considered to Lower Energy Costs
Community Choice Aggregation is a program that allows municipalities to band together through a shared purchasing program to receive bids for energy resources at lower rates. This initiative is supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM), and the Association of Towns and Villages.
Town & Three Villages Looking Into Program
Mayor Newhard reported that he, the mayors of both the Village of Greenwood Lake and the Village of Florida, as well as Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton have all been looking into this program over the past year to learn more.
For the Village, it would mean that all Village residents would have their energy supplied through this program, still distributed through Orange & Rockland Utilities, unless they opt out of the program.
Savings to the Village
According to information received by the Village, the annual savings for the residents of the Village of Warwick could be nearly $387,000 per year for a two-year term. This savings would be divided by approximately 3,000 utility customers in the Village.
The law that allows for this program is such that residents would automatically be included in the program and would have to “opt out” should they not wish to take part. The reason for having the automatic “opt in” is to allow for better estimation of the amount of energy that will be purchased which will in turn drive the cost savings offered.
Trustee Barry Cheney suggested that a public hearing should be held in order to give residents the opportunity learn more about the program, ask questions and provide input. The Village of Greenwood Lake is planning a similar public hearing for its residents regarding this issue.
Mayor Newhard will send the Community Choice Aggregation information to the Village Attorney for review. A resolution is needed to have a study done that will detail the anticipated savings through this program.
Annual Bicycle Parade: Jun. 23
The Village of Warwick will sponsor the annual Bicycle Parade on Sun., Jun. 23 with a rain date of Sun., Jun. 30. The parade will start on Campbell Rd. at 12 noon and will proceed down Welling Ave. to Orchard St. and then around to Hamilton Ave. and end at the Warwick Valley Community Center (WVCC).
On the grounds of the WVCC, a bicycle rodeo will be held, also sponsored by the Village of Warwick, which is free of charge. Safety inspections and bicycle tune-ups will also be available from the Orange County Bicycle Club.
First Annual Family Fun Day at WVCC
The bicycle events are also part of the first annual Family Fun Day that will be taking place at the WVCC that day from 12 to 3 p.m. There will be field races and competitions, an auction, and hamburgers and hotdogs. There is a $3 per person fee that covers all events at Family Fun Day.
Hamilton Ave. will be closed in front of the WVCC on Sun., Jun. 23 from 12 to 4 p.m. on the day of the Family Fun Day or on the rain date if necessary.
Public Hearing Scheduled for Jun. 17 Regarding Parking Restrictions
The Village Board of Trustees will be holding a Public Hearing on Mon., Jun. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, located at 77 Main. St. in the Village of Warwick. The hearing is being held to consider an amendment to the Village Code in order to impose parking restrictions on Elm St., Park Ln., and Wheeler Ave., as well as the addition of pavement markings.
The parking restrictions discussed by the Village Board include prohibiting parking on certain sides of the street or within a certain distance of a cross street. Pavement markings include marking center lines and adding hash markings indicating where parking is not allowed.
Dogs Not Allowed At Farmers’ Market
Trustee Barry Cheney reminded the public that dogs are not allowed at the Farmers’ Market under the Agriculture and Markets laws.
The next meeting of the Village of Warwick Board of Trustees will take place on Mon., Jun. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick.