Story by Lourice Angie
The Warwick Town Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Mon., Sept. 10. Among other items on the agenda, the Board adopted local law No. 5 of 2018 entitled, “Short-Term Rental Property.”
A public hearing was held on Thurs., Jun. 28 at the Warwick Town Hall to present the idea of having a short term rental law similar to the one adopted by the Village of Greenwood Lake. The purpose of the law is to establish regulations for the enactment, enforcement and administration of a rental permit requirement for all short term rental units within the corporate boundaries of the Town of Warwick.
The law also provides for the periodic registration of all landlords and short term rental property owners for the purpose of regulating short term rental property conditions and for maintaining an inventory of available short term rental housing.
Warwick Town Clerk Eileen Astorino informed the public that a complete copy of the law is available for inspection at the Town Clerk’s office or by visiting www.townofwarwick.org.
Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton anticipates and encourages all short term rental property owners and landlords to register with the Town by the end of the year.
Public Hearing on Local Law No. 7
The Town Board announces that a public hearing will be held to consider a proposed Introductory Local Law No. 7 of 2018 entitled, “A Local Law amending chapter 157 of the code of the Town of Warwick in relation to water charges by changing section 157-11 of chapter 157.” Any person desiring to be supplied with water from the system shall submit a written application to the operator upon blanks prescribed and furnished by the District and shall pay all charges applicable to the service applied for when filing for the application.
Supervisor Sweeton is authorized and designated to receive and collect all charges and other fees payable to the Town pursuant to this chapter. The public hearing will be held on Thurs., Sept. 27 at 7:15 p.m. at the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy.
Public Hearing on Local Law No. 8
The Town Board adopted a resolution to schedule a public hearing on proposed local law No. 8 of 2018 entitled “A Local Law amending Chapter 157 of the code of the Town of Warwick in relation to sanitary sewer usage charges by changing section 127-5 chapter 127.” The hearing has been set for Thurs., Sept 27 at 7:15 p.m. at the Warwick Town Hall.
The Town code is hereby amended by replacing the current Section 127-5 in its entirety with a new Section 127-5 to read the following: Billing of charges, penalty for late payment, tax lien, final reading.
All users will be billed quarterly. Billings for any particular quarter shall be made within 20 days after the end of the billing. Payments are due within 20 days after the end of that period. A payment that is not received within 30 days after the end of the billing cycle will be considered delinquent.
Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton has been authorized and designated to receive and collect all charges and other fees payable to the Town pursuant to this chapter. A late payment penalty of 1.5 % of the user charge will be billed for each 30 days or portion thereof of the delinquency. When any bill is 90 days in default, such bill shall be presented to the County for payment and the bill will become a part of the County tax lien on the property. The final sewer reading charge will be $40.
Public Hearing for Proposed Cell Tower
The Town Board has scheduled a Public Hearing for a proposed cell tower location at the Warwick Valley Office and Technology Corporate Park. The hearing will remain open until Thurs., Sept. 27 at 7:15 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall.
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo reported that for the month of August, the Warwick Police Department had a total of 1,747 calls throughout the entire Town.
Town Beach Sees Rise in Revenue
Councilman James Gerstner announced that the Town beach report of revenue for 2018 was $50,808 this year, up from $33,865 earned last year. Resident family passes were up $6,000 but the Town did see a decline in resident daily passes. Gerstner personally thanked the Board and the public for contributing to making the beach year a successful one.
Clerk Astorino reported that fees collected for the month of August were $13,886.72 and the fees paid out were $9,010.52
Supervisor Sweeton reported that the Town’s MS4 annual report was completed. The report is an annual requirement by the D.E.C for municipalities surrounding water bodies. For the Town of Warwick this would be Greenwood Lake. A series of items need to be monitored in order to ensure that the Town is doing all they can locally to preserve the health of the lake. Sweeton says the report is available on the Town’s website. Anyone with questions or concerns about the report can call Supervisor Sweeton at 986-1124.
The Town Board appointed Lorri O’Reily as a Town of Warwick full time Dial-A-Bus driver, at a rate of pay of $18.43 per hour.
Russell J. Sircable was appointed as a full time Warwick Police Officer at a rate of pay of $31.59 per hour. Supervisor Sweeton announced that Officer Sircable comes with two years experience and training from the NYS Parks Police.
The Town Board appointed Dana Tuck as a part time Building Department Clerk at a rate of pay of $14 per hour.
The next Warwick Town Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick NY.