This morning as I write this column my mind is flooded with the day ahead. In a little while, I will be performing a marriage ceremony for my friends Tim and Bob. I’m honored to be their officiant – honored and pleased.
The Village Clerk and the new Deputy Clerk, Maryann Benedict, just greeted me. It is the Deputy’s first day and part of the staff changes and new additions at Village Hall.
In a few hours, we have a conference call with the Environmental Facilities Corporation to speak to their financial arm about how we will structure short term and long-term funding for the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The Village has received a three-million-dollar grant, but this only covers one-third of this major infrastructure project. How we bond this project will have a direct determination on tax increases for this year.
Later today, prior to my board meeting, I’ll be enjoying dinner with the leadership academy from the Warwick Community Center. The group will be presenting some of their leadership skill at our meeting.
This evening we have our annual re-org meeting which is the announcement of yearly appointments. It is also a moment for policy enactment or changes. This year we have a long list of sweeping policy changes that touch upon internal department activities, employee procedures, customer relations and streamlining of payments. The list is long and represents some of the most effective policy changes to our local government. I want to thank the Village Clerk, Raina Abramson, Treasurer, Cathy Richards, the entire Village Hall staff, the Village Board, Department Heads, and Mary Ellen Tobin from the State Comptrollers Office who were all part of each step of these changes. These changes will make us stronger, efficient, more transparent and better able to serve.
The above column, written by Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard, has been published in the Apr. 3 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.