18 cell nodes to be installed in Flower Hill

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The Village of Flower Hill Board of Trustees discussed fees for the incoming cell nodes and a banning marijuana at Monday's meeting. (Photo by Jessica Parks)

The Village of Flower Hill is expecting to have 18 cell nodes installed on utility poles throughout the village.

Ronnie Shatzkamer, the village administrator, said at Monday’s meeting of the Board of Trustees that ExteNet is very anxious to get moving on the project to improve cellphone service.

She asked the board whether the company should be required to pay the $500 application fee for site plan review once for all of the cell nodes or for each of the 18 cell nodes.

“Each one is going to be totally separate work,” Deputy Mayor Brian Herrington said. “There are different impacts from each one of them.”

Mayor Bob McNamara said he agreed with Herrington.

With a fee being charged for each cell node, Extenet will have to pay a total of $9,000 to the village.

Shatzkamer said that once the village board passes the local law on the cell nodes, it will schedule a hearing.

Village officials could not be reached for further information.

McNamara discussed banning marijuana in the village with commercial space being available for potential marijuana businesses.

“I want to know do we as a village have to ban pot in addition to North Hempstead banning, or do they have jurisdiction over us,” he said.

Shatzkamer said it would be easy enough to add marijuana as a nonpermitted use of commercial space in the village zoning code.

McNamara said he is not necessarily against medical marijuana but “recreational marijuana is another conversation.”

Herrington said that he does not think there is anything the village can do about medical marijuana because the law is already written, but he said the village may still be able to do something about recreational marijuana.

McNamara asked that Shatzkamer gather more information for discussion at the March 11 meeting.

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