Daniel h. serota
Hello Neighbors and Friends --
February was an incredible month for weather here in Brookville. March? Well, not so good. Nor’easter Riley wreaked havoc and left us with downed trees and power lines, overturned cars, closed roads — even a fire on Wheatley. Over 450 residents lost electricity, and some were without power for over 30 hours. Tim Dougherty and our road crew worked all weekend to cleanup, clear roads and coordinate with PSEG to get power restored. But that wasn’t to be the end of the story... A few days later and yet another nor’easter. Heavy wet snow and icy conditions, but in many ways we dodged a bullet. However bad the weather, it doesn’t stop us from our appointed rounds when it comes to the Budget. As we work to finalize numbers for FY June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019, I am pleased to report that the state of our Village is sound and that there will be no tax rate hike again this year. (See P2 of the Spring newsletter.)
As I look ahead to our new fiscal year, here’s what we have planned:
The 2018 Road Resurfacing & Repair program has begun with an engineering review. More roads will be resurfaced during the Summer. (For more details, see P4 of the Spring newsletter.).
The remaining new LED light fixtures have arrived and we’re awaiting Welsbach Electric to install them. Forty eight new fixtures will be installed throughout the Village on the existing poles to replace old ones and to improve visibility at night.
As noted on the front page, at our last Organizational meeting, we asked residents to vote on their favorite of three different signs. We had a clear winner! We are just in the process of making a few minor adjustments to be in compliance with NYS regulations and after that, installation of the signs will begin. Naturally, this is an expensive undertaking, so we are spreading costs between two fiscal years. We expect all streets to have new signs by end of 2019.
We continue our work at the Brookville Nature Park. Next up is the installation of an electronic gate and security cameras. (Much of this expense is covered through parkland grants that we have worked to obtain.) The new gate will improve the aesthetics of the entrance and allow the park to be closed at dusk. Slated for our September calendar this year, we will celebrate Safety Month in the Park.This free event will be open to all residents. You will get a chance to meet with new members of your Police and Fire Departments. See P3 of the Spring newsletter for details.
I’m proud to announce that the OBPD has hired another Police Officer in a series of new hires to replace those officers who have retired. It’s sad to say “goodbye” to so many familiar faces, but nice we have qualified officers to replace them. (See P9 of the Spring newsletter.)
If you live on or off Wheatley Road, you will notice that the Jericho Water District has started their water tank replacement project. The existing 10” cast iron water main on the property was replaced with a new 16” iron water main. Once the contract is finalized they will begin work to erect the new tower. (See P7 of the Spring newsletter for details.)
As the weather gets nicer, I want to again focus on property maintenance — especially broken fences and downed trees. There are unsightly fences all around the Village, but some of the worst are on Rte.107. Please mend them in a timely fashion, so that we can cross your name off our “Broken Fences List.” Due to snow and storms, there are also many trees and branches which need to be cleaned up and removed. Remember, everyone’s curb appeal combined, equals an appealing Village for all of us. We appreciate you doing your share. Thank you.
As always, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.