Goshen Village Board briefs


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— Goshen village trustees on April 14 conducted a public hearing to consider amending village code to permit possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on public lands, subject to issuance of a permit by the village board.

Mark Morton, brand manager with Warwick Valley Winery, explained that Goshen is the only one of ten local markets that doesn’t allow wine tasting at their Farmers’ Markets. Morton is a 20-year vendor at the Goshen Farmers’ Market. The wine that he sells is made right in Warwick.

Explaining that people often turn away when they’re not allowed a sip of wine, Morton said that wine tasting would increase his sales and bring more customers to the market. He offers a one-half ounce of wine for tasting.

Market manager Diana Lupinski supported his request and asked that the law be amended to accommodate the winery.

“Mark is a responsible individual, and Warwick Valley Winery is the only winery at the market. He’s losing sales and the market is losing business because wine testing isn’t allowed,” she explained, adding that the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the Farmers’ Market, isn’t planning to allow other wineries at the market.

Mayor Kyle Roddey made it clear that amending the code isn’t opening the floodwaters for other organizations to possess or serve alcoholic beverages at will. Each event is evaluated by the trustees and handled on a case-by-case basis.

The Goshen Farmers’ Market opens on Friday, May 23, and operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Water is plentiful
“The reservoir is full!” commented Village Water Commissioner Chris Gurda. Because it’s full, the village lifted water emergency restrictions as of April 19.

“The water level in the reservoir is overflowing,” said Village Engineer Art Tully, explaining that according to DEC guidelines the drought warning for the village must be lifted.

The CRV wells—the village supplemental water supply—will be turned off on April 19.

Take in your cans
It’s come to the board’s attention that trash and recycling receptacles are being left at curbside all week, from pick up to pick up, without being returned to the home.

Mayor Roddey is asking residents to “have pride in our community and please return trash containers to your home.”

By Geri Corey

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