By Michael P. Sweeton
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Week of July 4, 2015
On Sunday, June 28, a motorist destroyed the electric pole and all the main feeds to Town Hall. Currently we are still on emergency generators but fully operational. Special thanks should go out to Alteva (WVT), Orange & Rockland, Optimum and Skyward Electric who worked tirelessly Sunday and Monday to establish emergency connections so that the Police were fully functional the entire time. Town Hall opened on time Monday with limited phones but with all offices offering full service. Work continues to rebuild the electrical infrastructure without further interruptions. Thanks also to the Town DPW and Town Hall employees who all pitched in to ensure resident services were uninterrupted. Special thanks to our neighbors who have had to live with the loud generator these past days.
The Town of Warwick is launching a unique state-supported solar education and group purchasing program, Solarize Hudson Valley. Through Solarize, residents and small business owners will be able to learn whether their homes and buildings are a fit for solar electricity, identify options for purchasing or leasing it, and find out how to move forward with affordable solar power. Solarize campaigns have more than doubled the use of residential solar in hundreds of New England towns, and are taking off in New York with support from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-SUN and Community Solar initiatives.
The Solarize campaign officially begins July 8th with a launch event and in-depth workshop/s to follow on 4 successive dates at the Albert Wisner Public Library. Solarize representatives will attend local events throughout the summer. The Town of Warwick will launch its solarize campaign on July 8 at 4:00 p.m. at 70 Sleepy Valley Road, Warwick.
The time-limited group purchasing discounts up to 15 percent and more are available through November 15, 2015. The program benefits businesses and homeowners who choose to go solar, by reducing the “soft costs” of marketing and bringing communities together with pre-qualified installation firms and high quality educational programming. In 2013, New York had the fourth highest average electricity prices in the United States; most new solar homeowners approach energy independence within a few months and see significant long-term savings on their utility bills.
The Town Beach, located at the end of Windermere Avenue in the Village of Greenwood Lake, is now open 7 days a week for your enjoyment. The beach, open from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., is staffed by certified lifeguards and provides picnic areas, as well as restroom and shower facilities. Daily passes are available at the gate, and both resident as well as non-resident passes are available at Warwick Town Hall. Call the Town Clerk at 986-1124. The Town Board has committed to keeping the cost for residents the same as last season.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Highway.