Story by Katie Bisaro
At the start of the regular meeting on Mon., Nov. 19 of the Village of Warwick Board of Trustees, Mayor Michael Newhard announced that he received word from the Governor’s office that the Village will receive just over three million dollars to go towards a planned waste water rehabilitation project.
The funds, totaling $3,062,500, were awarded as part of a grant through the New York State Environmental Facilities Program and will defray a portion of the projected $12 million cost of the project.
The Mayor thanked all those involved in obtaining the grant, including the Village Board and staff, Barton & LoGiudice Engineering and the Village Grant Writer, Linda Smith Hancharick. The project is a necessary and costly project for the village.
“[It is] the Village Board’s priority to find the necessary funding to have the least fiscal impact on our residents…We are dedicated to finding monies wherever they may be,” said Mayor Newhard.
Village to Accept Credit, Debit Cards, eChecks for Tax Payments
The Village of Warwick will have the capability to accept credit and debit cards as well as eChecks for online tax payments through a new processing system that is compatible with the Village’s current tax collection software. There will also be a credit/debit card swipe terminal at Village Hall for in person payments.
This service will be available at no cost to the Village of Warwick, however there will be a “convenience fee” charged to the tax customer to cover the cost of using these methods of payment. Trustee Eileen Patterson pointed out that the new system is a way to provide additional payment options for residents.
During the Privilege of the Floor portion of the Village Board meeting, resident Joe Lawlor questioned the convenience fee. He feels it is an additional burden to the tax payer.
Mayor Newhard explained that, by law, municipalities are not allowed to absorb the cost of these fees as retail businesses often do.
Non-Profits to Sell Beverages & Snacks on Railroad Green During Holiday Season
The Village Trustees granted permission to the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce to have non-profit organizations such as Warwick Historical Society, School District organizations, and Playground Dreams to sell items such as hot chocolate, warm cider and snacks on the Railroad Green.
The organizations will be on the Railroad Green during weekends in December: Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16.
Trustee Eileen Patterson encouraged everyone to shop locally during the holiday season, while Trustee Barry Cheney asked that residents help, when possible to keep catch basins clear or report blockages to the Department of Public Works (DPW). This will help prevent localized flooding during storms.
Mayor Commends DPW
Mayor Newhard commended and thanked DPW Supervisor Michael Moser and his crews for their efforts during the first, early storm of the season. Newhard pointed out that each storm that hits the area is different and decisions need to be made during each one in order to best orchestrate keeping the roads clear. Once the roads are cleared, the crews then tackle the task of clearing parking lots.