Story by Jennifer O’Connor
The Village of Warwick Board of Trustees passed a motion at their meeting on Mon., Dec. 19 to hire a professional striper to paint a double yellow line with a blue line in the center on Railroad Ave.
The blue line will be painted to show support of local law enforcement officers. The striping work will be paid for by the Warwick Police Benevolent Association and will be performed during favorable weather conditions.
Before the motion was passed, Mayor Michael Newhard read his column addressing the “blue line controversy,” which is published on page 3 of the Warwick Valley Dispatch (Dec. 21 issue). During privilege of the floor, there was no comment from the public on this matter.
Leardini Resigns as Parking Enforcement Officer
The Board then discussed other matters ranging from correspondence and motions to reports. In correspondence, Trustee Bill Lindberg read a letter written to the Mayor by John Leardini who resigned from his position as Parking Enforcement Officer on Sat., Dec. 10.
John Leardini wrote: “I would like to personally thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as a Village of Warwick Parking Enforcement Officer. I have enjoyed interaction with you, the Village of Warwick Trustees, especially Eileen Patterson and William Lindberg, and the other Village Hall employees. During this assignment I felt that we have been able to standardize and achieve several important parking and traffic goals.
These include business owners and workers personal vehicles moved away from the main Village Business District, roads and areas. Additionally, we focused attention on cleaning out vehicles/trucks unsafely parked located at intersections and crosswalks for the important priority of ensuring pedestrian safety, etc…We also improved parking meter workability providing daily inspection, evaluation, integrity, and proper working functions of meters. We now have achieved a high level of confidence, reliability and insurance that meters on a daily basis do work correctly.
I have from day one applied professionalism, even during several difficult encounters and/or related situations – most of which occurred in the first two months of this assignment. As most of you know, no one wants to receive a parking ticket…I feel that at this time the Village Parking program is now sustainable and can continue to improve and grow…”
After Trustee Lindberg read John Leardini’s letter, Mayor Newhard said, “We will miss John. He has done a great job, and he will be helping the new Parking Enforcement Officer.”
Taking over Leardini’s position for 15 hours per week at a rate of $12 an hour, effective Wed., Dec. 21, will be Milissa Hyde.
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