Story by Katie Bisaro
With the installation of the gazebo and pavilion at Stanley-Deming Park in the Village of Warwick, the ongoing renovation project is nearing completion.
At the Village of Warwick Board of Trustees meeting on Tues., Jan. 17, Trustee Bill Lindberg reported that the two structures, which were shipped in pieces and constructed on site, were put together without any problems.
The final phase of the project, the installation of pavers to surround the structures, will be completed by the Village Department of Public Works (DPW) crews in the spring.
Lindberg thanked everyone involved in the project including DPW Supervisor Michael Moser, landscape architect Karen Arent, and Village engineers David Getz and Karen Emmerich.
Wine Garden & Piano Bar An Ongoing Concern
Village resident, Jesse Gallo, of 17 McEwen St., asked the Board of Trustees for a status update regarding an ongoing issue with the Warwick Wine Garden & Piano Bar, located at 22 McEwen St. He expressed his frustration with the length of time it has taken for their concerns and complaints to be addressed.
Originally, the new establishment was to operate only out of the first floor of the renovated building with no amplified music. However, according to neighborhood residents, music is now played on the second floor of the building, often amplified, and with the windows open, disturbing those who live nearby.
Gallo reported that a hearing took place several months ago but no conclusions have been reported. Additionally, a request is before the Planning Board to allow the bar to expand its operations to the second floor of the building. As yet, the Planning Board has not ruled on that request.
Lawrence Polsky, of 15 McEwen St., also spoke to the Board on this matter. He wanted to be on the record with the issues and concerns he has encountered. Emails have also been written to the Board outlining these concerns.
Noise & Safety Concerns
Polsky spoke about the repeated violation of the Village code noise ordinance. Amplified music from the second floor of the bar, with its doors open, prevents residents from sleeping, particularly during the summer months when windows are open.
“In terms of the summer, it’s ruined my quality of life,” said Polsky.
Safety concerns include motorists who drive the wrong way on McEwen St., which is a one-way street, a more frequent occurrence after the wine and piano bar opened. There are several children living on this street.
“It’s an accident waiting to happen,” stated Polsky.
There has also been an increase in traffic in general as well as parking problems such as double parking and parking in front of residential driveways. Moreover, according to Polsky, there is not enough parking for the establishment nor any real parking plan.
Polsky and his neighbors are frustrated at the burden that has fallen to them to try and rectify this situation, seemingly without resolution.
Trustee George McManus, who serves as the Board liaison to the Warwick Police Department, encouraged residents to continue to call the police as they are bound by the laws on the books and must enforce the code.
Trustee Eileen Patterson reported that the Village Board cannot be involved in how the process plays out; they only provide the mechanism, through laws enacted in the Village Code, for the procedures to be followed.
Discussion on Electrical Costs of Farmers’ Market & Applefest
The Board of Trustees discussed the collection of costs incurred by electrical use during the Farmers’ Market and Applefest.
The vendors at the Farmers’ Market are charged a fee to cover their electrical usage and an amount is remitted to the Village to cover that cost. The Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce also charges a fee to vendors who participate in Applefest and use electricity, but no fees are paid back to the Village for costs incurred by that usage.
The Trustees decided that research was needed to determine how much should be paid to the Village by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce for electrical usage. This would be going forward, nothing would be collected retroactively.
DPW Supervisor Michael Moser reported that Orange & Rockland Utilities can be requested to come and do a meter reading at the applicable meters on the Friday before Applefest and again on the Monday after to determine usage amounts.
The Board will look into this matter further.
Memorial Day Parade & Farmers’ Market Dates Set
The Board of Trustees granted permission to the Warwick American Legion Post #214 to hold the annual Memorial Day Parade on Mon., May 29, beginning at 11 a.m.
Permission was also granted to the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce to hold the Warwick Valley Farmers’ Market in the South St. parking lot starting on Sun., May 14. The Farmers’ Market will be held on Sundays through Nov. 19 with the exception of Applefest on Sun., Oct. 1.
Public Hearing Scheduled for Feb. 6
A public hearing will be held on Mon., Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. regarding roadwork to be done for the Howe St. Bridge Reconstruction Project. The hearing will consider improvements to and the extension of Orchard St. which will create a connection to River St. Additionally, River St. will be realigned as part of the reconstruction project.
Drought Watch Continues Statewide; Warwick Reservoirs are Full
Trustee Barry Cheney reported that although the drought watch was still in effect for New York State, the Village reservoirs are full and overflowing. Cheney encouraged residents to continue water conservation practices.
Coalition on Police Relations
Mayor Michael Newhard mentioned that meetings have begun as part of the Coalition on Police Relations. They would like to bring the library in for a potential lecture series on subjects that touch the community.
“The most important thing is that we’re seeing how we can really come to the table and grow and I’m excited about that,” said Newhard.
Next Village Board Meeting
The next Village Board meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 6 in the Village Hall, located at 77 Main St., Warwick.