Residents, Last week our area was hit hard by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Depending on which estimates you use we received as much four times the annual rainfall for the entire month of September in a few hours. The heavy rains in a short period of time inundated homes and properties even causing a landslide that blocked Stonytown Road. Federal, State, and local officials are working together to try to help residents recover. I am asking all residents to report any damage they experienced to Nassau County by calling the Office of Emergency Management at 516-573-9600. Reporting the damage will help the County qualify for Federal and State disaster assistance and potentially help you access funding to reimburse some of your recovery expenses. The staff, the Board of Trustees and I are committed to helping our community recover from this disaster. As we evaluate the storm’s impacts we will also look to improve our infrastructure and response capabilities to better serve all of you. Brian Herrington Mayor Village of Flower Hill
PSEG Download the PSEG Long Island mobile app to report outages and receive information on restoration times, crew locations and more. To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSEG Long Island’s Customer Service line at1-800-490-0075. Our Outage Map can also be found at https://outagemap.psegliny.com/ and reports outages in your community, as well as estimated restoration times. MyAlerts, PSEG Long Island’s text message service, can be used to report and receive status updates on an outage. Since this requires an account number for a one-time registration, it’s best to do it beforehand. To register, text REG to PSEGLI (773454) or visit the “My Account” section of the website at www.psegliny.com/account. Once registered, to report an outage, simply text OUT to PSEGLI (773454). VERIZON For information on how to report outages and service problems go to: https://www.verizon.com/support/residential/service-outage Downed wires: For your safety, do not touch or move the downed line as they can often be confused with phone or cable connections. You can contact us, reach out via the My Fios app, chat with us by clicking the blue Chat With Us tab at the bottom corner of this page to report a downed or low hanging line. Additionally, you can report a downed line online via … Read more
Nassau County has recently launched a septic system replacement program available to homeowners and small businesses. The Septic Environmental Program to Improve Cleanliness (SEPTIC) gives eligible recipients funding to replace their conventional or failing septic system with a new innovative and alternative onsite wastewater treatment system (I/A OWTS). The Nassau County grant will cover half of the replacement cost up to $10,000. Many older septic systems, even when functioning correctly, pollute vital bodies of water with nitrogen. Conventional septic systems were never designed to remove nitrogen. In fact, the average residential septic system discharges more than 40 pounds of nitrogen into groundwater each year. Clean-water septic systems are incredibly effective and can remove up to 90% of nitrogen from wastewater and cost five times less than a connection to a sewer system. Fortunately, these consequences are preventable with modern I/A OWTS septic technology. For more information and to request a free consultation, check out the North Shore Land Alliance’s Water Quality Improvement Program webpage. https://northshorelandalliance.org/water-%20quality-improvement-program/?sourceid=1014462&emci=78f336ac-e2b7-eb11-a7ad-501ac57ba3ed&emdi=865b97dd-02b8-eb11-a7ad-501ac57ba3ed&ceid=1366665
Taxpayers will save $900,000 during the term of the contract while retaining service levels At the May 3rd Board of Trustees meeting, Mayor Brian Herrington and the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new five year garbage contract in response to the Villages Request for Proposal (RFP) for sanitation and recycling services. Flower Hill’s 3-year contract with their current garbage carter was set to expire, and under the New York State General Municipal Law whereby any services contract with a municipality in excess of $30,000 must be put out to public bid, the Village was required to accept the lowest responsible bid. The lowest responsible bid received was from Dejana Industries, saving Flower Hill taxpayers $900,000 over the term of the contract compared to the next bidder Meadow Carting. With an increasing amount of garbage being moved off of Long Island and softening in the recycling market expenses continue to rise. “I am proud to announce the awarding of the contract to Dejana Industries that saves the Village money while retaining the same level of service. I want to thank Meadow Carting’s Staff for their dedicated service to our residents, they will be missed. DeJana has committed that residents … Read more
National Grid has contracted with Asplundh to replace the gas main line on your street within the next 30 days. Hours of work will be Monday to Friday 7 an to 5 pm. Work should continue through August. They will repair all areas that are disturbed and replace all customer’s individual gas service lines. Meters will be relocated to outside of homes. For Questions please call (631) 569-5326 20210427130916465
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 will 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.
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. Click here for more information on the legislation marijuana NYCOM_Advocacy_Update_–_March_29_2021
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 … Read more
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.
Make sure you leave your lights on when you leave the house in the morning or put your lights on a timer. Leave a radio or TV on. The hours between dusk and 7 pm are prime burglary hours and a dark house is an announcement that no one is home. Set your alarm if you have one. Please make sure you lock your cars and don’t leave any valuables in them.