Hopefully, everyone stayed safe during our first significant snow of the season. This was a storm that while predicted to be a challenge quickly became, by all measures, historic, this early in the season, in the way it rapidly intensified coinciding with the evening rush hour. While our crews were out from the first flake some major State Roads quickly became clogged with stranded vehicles making efforts to get them cleared difficult at best. Despite a storm that had dumped over eight inches of snow by 5 p.m., followed by sleet/freezing rain, Town crews remained on the roads keeping them passable throughout the night and all the next day. I want to thank the men and women of the Warwick Department of Public Works, as well as those of our surrounding Villages, for their dedication and service to our residents.
I would like to remind residents of the Town’s snow regulations: From Nov. 1 through Apr. 1 of the succeeding year the parking of vehicles is hereby prohibited on all highways and other public property of the Town at any time during inclement winter weather. Vehicles in violation of this article will be towed at the owner’s expense. Heeding of this regulation is especially critical for safety in some of our more densely populated areas like Wickham Village, Kings Estates/Sugar Hills and many of our hamlets.
Any property owner who fails to remove snow and/or ice from sidewalks adjoining his property within 24 hours after a snowfall and any person who throws, shovels, plows or places snow or ice onto a public street, highway or right-of-way shall be guilty of a violation and subject to a fine not exceeding $250 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or by both said fine and imprisonment. These regulations are meant to keep you and your neighbors safe from accidents that can happen when, after the plow trucks have cleared the road, snow is pushed back into them creating driving hazards.
You may have noticed the beautiful new benches in the Town’s Winstanley Park. These were a generous gift from Eagle Scout candidate, Shea Gormley. These magnificent hand-crafted wooden benches and planters are a great addition to our park, which can be enjoyed by all our residents. Thank you, Shea, and your fellow scouts who helped, for your help in improving our community. Good luck in all you do.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Sat., Nov. 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick NY.
The above column, written by Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, will be published in the Nov. 21 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.