The Village will be repeating the very successful seedling giveaway that we held last year as our annual Arbor Day celebration. It turned out to be a wonderful contactless event where we gave away almost 500 seedlings. The Village is able to obtain tree seedlings from the DEC’s tree nursery upstate in Saratoga.
We hope to have about 500 seedlings of both deciduous and evergreen varieties. There will be a limit of 3 seedlings per resident, on a first come first served basis. The event will take place in the Village Hall parking lot. As residents drive up, seedlings will be placed in their cars so we can all maintain safe social distancing.
In order for us to maintain our status as a Tree City USA, we must hold an annual commemoration of Arbor Day which actually falls on April 30th this year. The date for the give away will be determined when we know when the trees will be shipped to us, sometime in mid-May. We will publicize the date when we know more.
We have been hearing from concerned residents about the Village’s stance on permitting retail dispensaries to operate in the Village. We are still waiting for the final legislation to be completed before we act on the “opt-out” provision of the law. We have until 12/31/21 to pass an “opt-out” by resolution but believe it is prudent to wait for the final legislation before acting.
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Arbor Day Foundation Names Village of Flower Hill Tree City USA®
Lincoln, Neb. (February 23, 2021) Village of Flower Hill, New York, was named a 2020 Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Village of Flower Hill achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forest1y budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Village of Flower Hill are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy to a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, energy use, and protection from extreme heat and flooding. The Arbor Day Foundation recently launched the Time for Trees initiative to address these issues, with unprecedented goals of planting 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspiring 5 million tree planters by 2022. With Tree City USA recognition, Village of Flower Hill has demonstrated a commitment to effective urban forest management and doing its part to help address these challenges for Village of Flower Hill residents now and in the future.
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.
The Village Finance Committee (Mayor Brian Herrington, Deputy Mayor Randall Rosenbaum, Trustee Frank Genese, Resident member Jeremy Shao, Village Administrator and Village Treasurer) has met and are in the process of putting together a budget for the 2021 -2022 fiscal year. This will be presented to the entire Board of Trustees and the public on March 24 at 7 pm. The meeting will be by Zoom and residents are invited to observe. (See the legal notice in the “About the Village” Section) Prior to the meeting the proposed tentative budget will be posted on the Village website and available to the public.
On March 24, the Trustees will decide if the presented budget stands or if any changes are to be made. If there are changes, the new tentative budget will then be posted. A public hearing will be held on April 5 at 7:30 pm (again check website for meeting details).
The public can submit questions or comments ahead of time or speak at the public hearing.
Please remember to park your cars in your driveways so the snow plows can get through. Once the road is cleared you can move your cars out to shovel or plow your driveway but remember DO NOT SHOVEL OR PLOW SNOW BACK INTO THE ROADWAY. This creates dangerous icy patches and is a violation of Village Code subject to a fine.
One of our residents spotted this beautiful red fox in their yard in the Roslyn part of the Village. There have also been reports of coyotes in the area.
The Red Fox is the most common wild canid in the world, found throughout The Northern Hemisphere but introduced to Australia. With a varied omnivore diet (both animal and vegetation), they keep a balance by preying on abundant rodent populations. In fact, in North America, they may limit the spread of Lyme Disease and other rodent borne disease. They are essential to any ecosystem.
Coyotes may have been habituated but displayed NO AGGRESSION or threats to the public. The adaptability of coyotes in securing new habitat is well documented , and Long Island (and the Borough of Queens , New York) is no exception, as diverse food , both natural and human refuse are being utilized by dispersing coyotes in order to survive . Further evidence of coyote presence through their scat shows a natural diet, as small animal bones, possibly squirrels and mice, as well as Possum fur and seeds. As with other areas within the urban environment , abundant cat food placed outside as well as scavenging refuse on urban streets and the large Canada Goose population make up much of the rest. If you see a coyote, contact The Wild Dog Foundation at email@example.com
Due to the Covid crisis, Long Island Chief Justice Bogel has ordered all courts to be held remotely beginning December 15. If you were scheduled to appear, call the Court Clerk at (516) 627-5000 to reschedule.