Story by Jennifer O’Connor
For the first time in the 17 years that Michael Sweeton has served as the Town of Warwick Supervisor, the regularly scheduled Thursday evening Town Board meeting was canceled due to a snowstorm. The meeting, originally set for Thurs., Nov. 15, was rescheduled to the morning of Sat., Nov. 17.
The snowstorm hit the region at the height of rush hour causing hazardous traveling conditions. Supervisor Sweeton thanked the Police Department and EMS for helping those stranded during the storm. He praised the Warwick Department of Public Works (DPW) crews for working diligently on clearing the roadways, which were covered with over eight inches of snow.
Sweeton then reminded residents of the Town’s snow regulations that are currently in effect until Mon., Apr. 1, 2018. These regulations state that parking vehicles on highways and other public property of the Town at any time during inclement winter weather is prohibited. Vehicles in violation of the ordinance will be towed at the owner’s expense.
It’s also a violation if a person shovels, plows, or places snow or ice onto a public street, highway, or right-of-way. These violations are subject to a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days.
Sweeton noted that it’s a violation for property owners who fail to remove snow and/or ice from sidewalks adjoining their property within 24 hours after a snowfall.
Sweeton said that regulations are important for the safety of all residents, especially for those who reside in some of the more densely populated areas like Wickham Village, Kings Estates, and the Town’s hamlets.
Connect Mid-Hudson Transit Study Project
After going over snow regulations, Sweeton then encouraged residents to participate in a survey on transportation needs by visiting www.connectmidhuson.com. The Connect Mid-Hudson Transit Study project is conducted by the Mid-Hudson Valley Transportation Management Area, which includes the Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Orange, Dutchess, and Ulster counties. The Connect Mid-Hudson Transit Study is a joint effort to assess the overall mobility needs of the three counties and identify possible coordination opportunities that could enhance regional transit service and efficiencies through shared resources.
The survey will help the Mid-Hudson Valley Transportation Management Area better understand how residents use transit service to travel throughout the region. The online survey takes between five to ten minutes to complete.
Small Business Saturday
In other business, Sweeton declared Sat., Nov. 24, as Small Business Saturday. He urges residents to support small businesses and merchants on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year.
“The Town of Warwick celebrates our local small businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy and community,” said Sweeton.
Humane Society Thanks DPW
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo thanked the DPW on behalf of the Warwick Valley Humane Society for helping to fix their snowblower. The Humane Society was very grateful for the help they received from the DPW.
In further reporting from the Humane Society, DeAngelo said that dogs left outside in inclement weather must have ready access or the ability to enter any indoor structure. If left outside an appropriate shelter must be provided to avoid violating the Agricultural and Markets Law, which is punishable by fee.
‘Adopt a Senior Pet’ Month & Pet Photos with Santa
November is “Adopt a Senior Pet” month and all senior pet adoptions are free to approved applicants. In honor of Veterans, the Humane Society is offering free adoptions for dogs, cats, kittens, rabbits and roosters to approved veteran applicants now through Fri., Nov. 30.
The Society will offer their annual “Pet Photos with Santa” on Sat., Dec. 1 and Sun., Dec. 2 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Humane Society, located at 48 Public Works Dr. in Warwick. The photos will be taken by professional photographer Kimberly Standish.
The cost is $10 per photo or $25 for three photos. All proceeds go toward helping the homeless pets at the shelter. For more information call 986-2473 or visit www.wvhumane.org.
Volunteers Needed to Help Clean up Wawayanda Creek
In Councilman Russell Kowal’s report, he said that the Wawayanda Committee had a meeting recently. This committee was created to look into the feasibility of making the Wawayanda Creek navigable for kayaks and canoes from Wickham Lake down to the Village of Warwick. Residents are welcome to join the committee to help remove brush from the creek on Sat., Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. near the railroad tracks on State School Rd. in the Wickham Woodlands.
Friendly Visitor Program Seeking Volunteers
The Friendly Visitor Program is also seeking volunteers. Volunteers assist older adults and those who have disabilities with various tasks and needs from grocery shopping to taking them to doctor’s appointments.
Chairperson Vince Copello said that those interested in volunteering are welcome to learn more about the program by attending the Appreciation/Recognition Holiday Party for volunteers on Mon., Dec. 10 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. This event will be held in the Warwick Senior Center, behind the Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.
A training session for volunteers will be held on Thurs., Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Albert Wisner Public Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick. For more information call 986-1124, ext. 400.
Several Motions Passed
The Town Board adopted and unanimously approved several resolutions such as the 2019 Preliminary and Special District Budgets; the resignation of part-time DPW Laborer Anthony Mann; and granting Eric Gerpe permission to serve alcoholic beverages at Wickham Woodland Manor on Sat., Dec. 1 for a family party.
The Board appointed Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP to represent the Town in the tax certiorari proceedings commenced against the Town to contest the 2018-19 tax roll. The cases are as follows: Giora Neeman, LLC and US Bank Trust (Paradigm Tax Group).
The Board also adopted a resolution to authorize the Supervisor to sign a service agreement with the Pine Island Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc. for creation of a Service Award Program.
The next Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Dec. 13 at 7:30 a.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick NY.