Story by Katie Bisaro
Barbara Ranieri, the Deputy Treasurer for the Village of Warwick, will be retiring from her position at the end of March, according to a letter submitted to the Mayor and Board of Trustees. Ranieri also serves as Deputy Clerk for the Village. She has served in the Village Hall for 13 years.
“It has been my pleasure working for the Village of Warwick for the past 13 years, but it is now time for me to begin the next chapter of my life,” Ranieri wrote in her letter to the Board.
The announcement was made by Mayor Michael Newhard during the Village Board meeting held on Mon., Jan. 7. Newhard thanked Ranieri for her service to the Village and wished her well in her retirement.
Later in the meeting, the Trustees approved a motion to advertise for a full time Deputy Treasurer.
Village to Help with Funds for New Playground Safety Surface
The Village Board of Trustees discussed funding for safety surfacing materials necessary for the new playground at Stanley-Deming Park. The bulk of the funding for the $90,255 cost of that part of the project will be provided by a grant secured by now-retired State Senator John Bonacic.
The grant funds came from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) which provides construction, financing, and other services that “serve the public good of the State of New York.”
The grant will cover $75,000 of the safety surfacing material cost and the remainder will be covered by the Village. The Village portion will come out of the budget for this fiscal year, from funds set aside for parkland.
Playground Engineering Requirements
The Trustees also discussed the extent of engineering oversight necessary for the playground project.
Trustee Eileen Patterson commented that she felt the Village Engineer should be fully aware of the project in order to address any issues that may come up down the road.
Trustee Barry Cheney pointed out that the equipment itself and its installation will be the responsibility of the designer and manufacturer, Play By Design, of Ithaca, NY. Cheney also commented that the village would need to decide what the engineer’s role would be during the construction of the playground – such as signing off on the footings and foundations for the playground pieces. The installation of the pieces, however, would be the responsibility of Play By Design.
Municipal ID Focus Group to be Formed
During Privilege of the Floor, Ignacio Acevedo, from Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson, asked for an update on the request for a Municipal ID program in the Village. Municipal ID’s would provide an alternate form of identification for those residents who do not have or cannot obtain a driver’s license or non-driver identification.
Mayor Newhard reported that two trustees will be heading up a focus group that will include representatives from Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson as well as other community organizations and businesses, such as the school district, library, and the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The hope, according to Newhard, is to hold a series of three meetings within the next few weeks to discuss the program and determine whether it is a good “fit” for the Village of Warwick.
Village to Purchase Property on Orchard St.
The Village Trustees adopted a resolution approving the purchase of property located at 50 Orchard St. in the village from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation.
The house on the property, which is located in a flood plain and floodway, had been deemed uninhabitable following damage from several bad storms, particularly Hurricane Irene, and will be removed.
Mayor Newhard reported that once a hazard mitigation plan was in place, the homeowners were able to sell the property to the state, which in turn sold it to the Village for the nominal cost of $10.
No building will be allowed on the property; it will become public land.
Tree Pruning and Tree Plantings
Even as Orange & Rockland Utilities crews are working throughout the village pruning trees to keep them from reaching power lines, the village has also been planting trees.
A question arose as to those new trees that are being planted under power lines – and may need to be cut in the future as they mature. The new trees, it was reported, should only grow to eight feet high, which will be well under the power lines.
Apple Eve a Soggy Success
Despite the less-than-ideal weather that greeted the New Year, the Village’s Apple Eve celebration was considered a success with a good-sized crowd on hand to watch the apple drop at midnight.
In addition to ringing in 2019, the Village also kicked off a year-long celebration of the Warwick Fire Department, which is marking its 150th year as a volunteer community organization. The department’s new truck was on hand for all to see during the Apple Eve festivities.
Trustee Bill Lindberg thanked the Fire Department as well as the Department of Public Works (DPW) for their efforts in making the evening a rousing, if soggy, success.
Trustee Eileen Patterson also commended the DPW and DPW Supervisor Mike Moser in particular. Patterson noted that Moser has been present at all three Apple Eve events, on his own time, and she thanked him for his dedication to the Village of Warwick.
Next Village Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Village of Warwick Board of Trustees will take place on Tues., Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick.
The meeting is taking place on Tuesday of that week as Village Hall will be closed on Mon., Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.