Story by Katie Krahulik
During the most recent Village of Warwick Board meeting, held on Mon., Jul. 1, the Board passed two resolutions that aim to promote and encourage a climate-friendly community.
The first resolution will establish energy benchmark requirements for certain municipal buildings in the Village. This newly adopted protocol – building energy benchmarking – is a way of processing, measuring, and monitoring building energy performance. The aim of this resolution is to establish an efficient, practical way of assessing energy use in municipal buildings to both reduce pollution and capitalize on opportunities to cut costs.
The second motion was for what is called the Climate Smart Community Pledge Resolution. In an attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change, the Village of Warwick has pledged to the terms of a New York State Climate Smart Community. Such terms lay out sustained and substantial efforts to build a climate-smart community. These include: inventory of emissions; a decrease in energy use; a shift to clean, renewable energy; using climate-smart materials in management; implementing climate-smart land use; supporting a green innovation economy; and others.
Each motion passed unanimously.
Pedestrian Traffic Prompts Road Closure
Per the request of Lieutenant John Rader on behalf of the Warwick Police Department, the Board passed a motion to close Bank St. during Farmers Market hours for the remainder of the season.
“There are too many people walking around. It’s just a few cones that separate pedestrians from the cars. With South St. and Railroad Ave., there’s really no reason to have to access Bank St. during those hours,” Lt Rader said.
He also wanted to revisit a prior discussion regarding the dangers of crosswalks in the Village, and in particular, the crosswalk outside of Fetch Bar and Grill on Main St.
“We had another incident this past weekend where a pedestrian became aggressive toward a car. The person driving that car reported to us that they did not see that person until they stepped right out because they were blocked by a car parked before the crosswalk,” Lt Rader said. “There should be no parking prior to the crosswalk when you’re going north on Main St.”
He requested that a parking space be removed beside the crosswalk so as to make it safer for pedestrians crossing, putting them in sight of drivers. Mayor Michael Newhard acknowledged the request and said they’d look into it.
Vegetation Overgrowth Conditions in the Village
Under discussion on Monday’s agenda was vegetation overgrowth conditions.
“What this is, is a request from our code enforcement officer, who has been extremely frustrated with the amount of time it takes to act on some of the grass overgrowth issues in houses throughout the Village,” said Mayor Newhard.
Warwick’s Department of Public Works (DPW) Supervisor Mike Moser suggested a more tightened Village ordinance that limits the number of days residents may respond to letters penned by the Village to 10 days. If property owners fail to address the issue, their property will be fined for lawn negligence and the Village will handle the maintenance.
“As it stands now, the few that are not abiding with the code as is, it’s a very bad eyesore right in the middle of everybody’s neighborhood. They’re few and far between. But still, 30 days is an extremely long time for someone to not mow their lawn in the middle of the summer,” Moser said.
Trustee Barry Cheney suggested adjusting the current ordinance so that the time frame is more appropriate rather than recreating the procedure from scratch. The Village Board agreed to look into it.
The next Village Board meeting will be held on Mon., Jul. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick.