Story by A.J. Arias
The Village of Florida Board of Trustees covered an array of topics during their monthly meeting on Wed., Apr. 11. Some of these topics included summer recreation programs, sewage problems, funding for Village projects and the Comprehensive Master Plan.
Florida Summer Swim Program on Hiatus
In lieu of construction on the Warwick Valley High School swimming pool, the Village’s summer swim program will be on a hiatus. Trustee Craig Olejniczak said that he is currently working on finding alternative pool options including the potential for other public pools in the area.
Grease & Oil Build-up Causing Sewage Problems
Trustee John Barczak, in charge of Village sewage and water, reported that several pumps have been needed to clear-up sewage and blockage. A major cause to this backup, which calls for costly fixes, is from residents who pour oil and grease down their pipes.
Patty Rotella, an attendee of the meeting, suggested residents pour their excess oil and grease into a styrofoam coffee cup, which can then be placed in the freezer, and once frozen the oil and grease can easily be placed in the garbage avoiding the pipes all together.
Village Projects Receive Additional Funding
Trustee Barczak presented to the Board on behalf of Trustee Brian Slattery that the Mapes House has received a $50,000 IBA grant for work to be done on the windows and porch of the historic house.
Additionally, the Senior Center received $19,000 for its update. Trustee Barczak is pleased with the brick work that has already been done on the center. Barczak is currently looking into more potential grants to assist with the Mapes house as well as other areas of the Village.
LED Transition Update
Trustee Olejniczak gave an update to the Board on the transition for all street lights to become LEDs in the Village of Florida. The report included that Realtors Energy had recently completed an audit of all the street lights in Village. The audit will allow for the creation of a GPS map of all the street lights and their location. This GPS map is the next step into the future creation of a design for the lights and their placement. Once the design is complete Orange and Rockland Utilities will be able to come up with a cost for the transition.
Comprehensive Plan Meeting Set & Finishing Touches on Police Station
Mayor Daniel Harter, Jr. set Mon., Apr. 30 as the date for the Board to meet with Fusco Engineering to develop the Village’s Comprehensive Master Plan.
The Board also approved $7,500 to finish up painting the Police Station.
Purification Department Purchases New Tractor
The Village’s Purification Department was approved by the Board to purchase a new 1025 John Deere Sub Utility Tractor for costs that won’t exceed $22,770.67.
The next Board meeting will be held on Wed., May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Hall, located at 33 S. Main St in Florida.