Story by Lourice Angie
The Warwick Town Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thurs., Jan. 17.
Friendly Visitor Program
Vince Copella, Chairman of the Friendly Visitor Program (FVP), provided the Town Board with the year-end report for the program. The numbers were very impressive as 1,782 volunteer services were provided, with a total of 1,273 hours involved. The program is now in its third year and is steadily growing, with a total of 110 neighbors having been serviced by 61 volunteers.
The program is still in need of more volunteers. Anyone wishing to volunteer or in need of services can call 986-1124, ext. 400.
The Town Board appointed Jean Corbi as the new Coordinator of the FVP at a salary of $15 per hour, effective Sat., Jan, 19. Corbi was congratulated by the Town Board and FVP Chairman Copella.
“We’ve known Jean a long time and we welcome her. She’s got a great professional background and she will be a great asset for this and I think it will go to a whole new level,” said Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton.
Supervisor Sweeton reported that the Town Building Department’s year-end report included a total of 874 permits issued, 901 certificates of compliance, 113 complaints, 2,165 inspections, and 428 abstracts.
“It was a fairly busy year for them and we’d like to thank them for doing that with one full time and part time inspector. You did a super job,” said Supervisor Sweeton.
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo reported that the Warwick Police Department and the Greenwood Lake Fire District answered a total of 1,521 combined calls for the month of December.
Warwick Valley Humane Society Report
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo reported the year-end totals for the Warwick Valley Humane Society (WVHS). In 2018, the shelter took in 123 dogs. Of those 123, 29 dogs were adopted, 86 were returned to owners, one was euthanized for aggressive unsafe adoption, and one dog died of old age. There were 195 cats admitted to the shelter. Of that 195, 75 were adults, 120 were kittens and a total of 130 were adopted.
The annual WVHS “Go Jump in the Lake” Polar Plunge Fundraiser will be held on Sun., Feb. 17 at 3 p.m., at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park during the Greenwood Lake Winter Carnival celebration.
The registration cost is $25 per plunger. Same day registration will begin at 2 p.m. All plungers must be 18 years of age or older and are required to wear closed footwear. A prize will be awarded to the plunger with the highest number of sponsor donations. All proceeds will benefit the animal shelter.
For additional information on the annual polar plunge or to register online, visit www.wvhumane.org.
Town Board Accepts Bid Proposal
The Town Board accepted a bid proposal from Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge of Warwick LLC for a 2019 Dodge Durango SXT AWD (WDEL75) for the Building Department in the amount not to exceed $26,010.
Annual Town Fees
Town Clerk Eileen Astorino reported that the annual total fees remitted to the Town of Warwick were $146,445.25 and the total amount of fees paid out to local agencies were a total revenue of $69.479.03, bringing the total amount of fees collected for the Town in 2018 to $215,924.28.
Community Preservation Fund Receipts
Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton reported that Community Preservation Fund (CPF) receipts for the month of December ended strong with a total of $82,414.80, bringing the total funds to $2,718,331.82.
Annual Agricultural Exemptions
Any landowner who files yearly for an agricultural exemption should be aware that New York State now requires that a long form be on file with the Assessor. For more information, Supervisor Sweeton urges landowners to contact Town Assessor Deborah Eurich as soon as possible so as not to miss the filing deadline.
Receiver of Taxes
Brenda Faulls, the Receiver of Taxes, will now be accepting online payments for the 2019 Orange County Town and County Real Property Tax Bills. There is a convenience fee that will be applied to this service and paid by the taxpayer to the payment processor. These fees are not included in the tax dollars paid to the collector.
The fees are as follows: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Credit Cards: 2.45% of the total tax, due at time of payment; Visa Debit Card: $3.95; ACE (E-Check) Electronic Check: $1.75. Those interested in paying online can visit www.townofwarwick.org/departments/taxes and go to the Receiver of Taxes section of the Town. For questions or concerns, call the Tax Office at 986-1125, ext. 249.
Residents can still pay in person at the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick. Tax collection hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon. to Fri. in January and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon., Wed., and Fri. during February and March.
Next Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thurs., Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.