Christmas continues to arrive in the Town of Warwick. On Wed., Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce will light the tree in the Pine Island Park. On Fri., Dec. 7, the Village of Florida will light their beautiful tree, and it’s rumored that Santa will arrive courtesy of the Florida Fire Department. Festivities start at 4 p.m.
Orange County Planning Department and the Orange County Planning Board have begun the process of updating the County Comprehensive Plan. This process is required at least every five (5) years consistent with the County Administrative Code. Staff working with the Planning Board has proposed substantive updates to the Orange County Comprehensive Plan/Core Document – including the text and map for the priority growth areas policy. Also prepared is the first ever chapter on Transportation. Both draft documents are available online at: https://www.orangecountygov.com/376/Orange-County-Plans-Documents, or they can be viewed by visiting the County Planning Department, first floor, 124 Main Street, Goshen. Copies will also be available at leading libraries.
The County Planning Board will host a public hearing on these draft documents on Tues., Dec. 11, 7 p.m., Emergency Services Center, 6 ½ Station Road, Goshen. All are welcome. Comments can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or to 124 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924-2124. Comments received will inform any editing prior to Final Draft Updates being forward to the County Legislature for review, final editing, and approval sometime early in 2019.
The New York State Department of Transportation is undertaking a project to upgrade the existing guide signs on Interstate 84 from the Pennsylvania state line in Orange County to the Connecticut state line in Putnam County. The purpose of the sign upgrades is to improve visibility of the guide signs, both in the daytime and nighttime. As part of the sign upgrade contract, exit numbers will be changed from the current consecutive exit numbers to mile-based exit numbers. That is, the new exit numbers will be based on the distance from the Pennsylvania state line to the interchange, rather than consecutively numbered. For example, the New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) will be designated as Exit 36 instead of Exit 7, as the I-87 interchange is 36 miles east of the Pennsylvania state line. The exit numbers on the blue service signs will be changed to match the new interchange exit numbers. Preparatory work, including surveying, tree trimming and sign foundation installation, has begun. Installation of the new sign panels and removal of the old panels is expected to begin in the spring of 2019 and is expected to be completed by the end of the 2019 construction season.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thurs., Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick NY.
The above column, written by Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, will be published in the Dec. 5 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.