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Millwood Task Force Meeting Rundown

MILLWOOD, N.Y. - On the first Thursday of every month, the Millwood Task Force meets with elected officials and residents to engage in dialogue on issues they believe are important. Here are some of the main issues dicussed at the Jan. 5 meeting:

Siren at New Millwood Firehouse

Despite being approved for a bond in April, plans for Millwood’s new firehouse are still in the works and will be brought before the planning board on Jan. 17. One aspect of the plans that caught the attention of task force chairperson Dianne Kleinman was the station’s siren.

Town Supervisor Susan Carpenter, the planning board’s former chairperson, said regardless of the placement of the new siren, she is concerned about its intrusiveness.

“Part of the discussion was limiting the hours of operation of the siren so it wasn’t going off in the middle of the night,” said Carpenter. “You’re not calling the fireman in from the fields. When I grew up, you needed it to get the firemen out of bed because they were a mile away. They use beepers now, so you don’t need to do that. It’s largely a warning for traffic, so it’s not as much of an issue.”

Update on Millwood’s New Signage

A month after Millwood was approved for three new signs to be placed around the hamlet, A&P property owner Camillo Santomero, has granted the release for one of the signs to be placed on the corner of his property.

“Once those are signed, and put to bed, we can go ahead with the sign,” said Town Administrator Penny Paderewski. “It was an amazing process, but finally we have those release forms to get those done.”

Assembly member Robert Castelli acted as a middle man by speaking with Santomero to speed up the process in order for the release to be granted by Thursday night’s meeting. Two likely places for the other signs are Shingle House Road and near the Millwood Lumber Yard.

Landscaping Improvements at Millwood Lumber Yard

Kleinman said that she is encouraged by landscaping improvements she has seen at the Millwood Lumber Yard and the neighboring rail station in recent weeks. Kleinman spoke with the beautification advisory board hopes to see benches eventually added to the property. Kleinman also said that she would like to see the driveway paved in the spring.

Town Planner David Brito recently visited the property to check the soil, and reported back that it is not in bad shape. The town will continue to work with Larry Rotta in coming weeks on ideas for refurbishment. Rotta is the son of the property's owner, Leo Rotta, who passed away in December.

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