Story by Katie Bisaro
The Village of Warwick’s Brush Disposal Program will return beginning in April and will continue until the end of November. The announcement was made during the Village Board meeting on Mon., Mar. 11. The program is open to Village residents who must provide a photo proof of residency.
The brush disposal site is located at the Village of Warwick Department of Public Works (DPW) site in Veteran’s Memorial Park. The program is open to Village of Warwick residents only; no commercial operators. Brush cannot exceed six inches in diameter. Bagged leaves (paper only) will be accepted, but grass clippings will not be allowed.
Days/Hours for Brush Pile
The days and hours for the program in April, May and June will be Sat. and Sun. from 12 to 4 p.m. In July, August and September, the brush pile will be open on the first and third weekends from 12 to 4 p.m. During the months of October and November, the brush pile will be open every weekend from 12 to 4 p.m. except Applefest on Sun., Oct. 6.
Road Safety Audit
The Village received a letter from the Orange County Transportation Council (OCTC) with information regarding pedestrian road safety audits. Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard has responded that the Village is interested in having an audit done in the Village.
Trustee Eileen Patterson commented that it might be a good opportunity to revisit the safe school route program for West St.
Trustee Barry Cheney suggested that the intersection in the area where Maple Ave., Main St., Colonial Ave. (Kings Hwy.), and Forester Ave. all come together could be looked at as well.
“We’ve looked at it. This might be an opportunity to have some other professionals look at it that control the funding,” Cheney stated.
Mayor Newhard added that he also received a notice from the Citizen’s Foundation about a workshop entitled, “Is Your Main Street a New York State Highway?,” which is the case in the Village of Warwick. A representative from the Department of Transportation will be in attendance. Newhard and Cheney plan to attend.
Water Treatment Options for Well #3 Presented
John Bolger, representing KC Engineering, gave a presentation to the Board regarding options for upgrading the filtration system for Well #3.
It has been determined that Well #3 is in a Ground Water Under Direct Influence (GWUDI – pronounced “gweedie”) situation, that is, surface water is influencing the well. As a result, pollen, dirt, pathogens, viruses, and bacteria have gotten into the well, affecting the well and requiring further treatment.
Mayor Newhard explained that because of this situation, Well #3 is not being used. It was shut down a few years ago. Currently the Village is looking to revive the well for emergency purposes, thus requiring a remediation of the GWUDI issue.
For now, Well #2 is the primary water source for the Village population of approximately 6,800 residents with a filtration reservoir plant for the three reservoirs.
Well #3 is an emergency well for a drought or a problem that would take the primary source of water offline. Its use would require a “boil water” alert for use.
When the current microfiltration plant came on line in 2012, Well #3 was shut down as it was determined to be GWUDI. When reopened, Well #3 is slated for emergency water supply use only.
Proposed Alternatives for Well Improvement
Bolger outlined three alternatives for remediating the GWUDI conditions at Well #3: run Well #3 to the existing microfiltration plant; a new well at the microfiltration plant; or a new treatment building at Well #3.
The third approach, a treatment plant at Well #3, is recommended as the best option as it provides redundancy of water treatment: the reservoirs, the well and the microfiltration plant.
Bolger then summarized three options for a new treatment plant at Well #3.
The first option includes equipment with cartridge filters and ultraviolet (UV) disinfection. The filters would remove particles such as pollen and dirt and the UV process would eliminate bacteria. No chemicals are involved with a UV system and it is a low maintenance operation. The capital cost for this system would be $500,000 to $600,000 with an operating cost of $6,000 to $10,000. The operating costs are based on 30 days of operation per year on an emergency basis.
The second option would add water softening equipment to take any hardness out of the water in addition to the cartridge and UV system. The cost for this option is estimated to be up to $800,000 with annual operating costs of $9,000 to $15,000, again based on 30 days per year.
The final option, filters with chlorine disinfection, would require either a 24-inch diameter pipe over 3,000 feet long; a baffle tank of 30,000 gallons; or a 270,000 gallon storage tank. Additionally, chlorine residuals are an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issue with possible health threats if the chlorine levels are elevated. According to Bolger, the Village does not need this much additional water storage as the well is for emergency use only. Bulk chlorine storage is another concern with this system requiring inspections and reporting to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
The cost for this last option is also much higher: up to $1.3 million, with $9,000 to $13,000 in operating costs. This option is not recommended by KC Engineering.
The water softening option is not recommended as softening is not necessary for health reasons and as the use of the well is only for emergencies, the investment is not justified. If necessary, the preferred option could be retrofitted with a water softening system at a later date.
Filter/UV System Recommended
The preferred solution, according to Bolger, is the UV disinfection system.
“Our conclusion was that the UV with the cartridge filters gave the Village the best benefit to cost ratio and doesn’t burden the taxpayers with a high cost project for something that might not be continuously used,” Bolger stated.
Bolger also advised testing of the existing system prior to commencement of any project to ensure there are no other issues.
Additional Infrastructure Matters
The Board of Trustees accepted a bid from Barton & Loguidice for engineering services related to water storage tank improvements at the reservoir storage tank for a lump sum of $108,000.
The Village will also be going out to bid for chemicals for the water and sewer plant to include delivery to the water plant, Wells #2 and #3, and the microfiltration plant. Bids are also being sought for pick-up and delivery of a 30-yard refuse container on an as-needed basis. Bids will be for the fiscal year beginning Jun. 1, 2019.
New Deputy Clerk
MaryAnn Benedict has been appointed to the position of Deputy Clerk at an annual salary of $34,000.
The Warwick Valley Council Knights of Columbus #4952 will hold a “Choose Life” parade on Sat., May 11. Line-up will be at 12:45 p.m. on High St. and will step off at 1 p.m. The parade will proceed down Main St. to Oakland Ave. and conclude at Railroad Green on Railroad Ave. where the event will continue until 3 p.m.
Bertoni Gallery Festival
The Bertoni Gallery will hold a Peace, Love, Music, and Art Festival on the Railroad Green on Sun., Jun. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Masonic Lodge Lobster Bake
The Warwick Masonic Lodge #544 will hold its annual Lobster Bake at the pavilion in Veteran’s Memorial Park, located on Forester Ave. in the Village of Warwick, on Sun., Jun. 9. The pavilion will be in use from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the event.
The next Board meeting will be held on Mon., Apr. 1, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, located at 77 Main St., Warwick.