Flower Hill adopts 2017-18 budget; swears in mayor, trustees

Flower Hill adopts 2017-18 budget; swears in mayor, trustees

The Village of Flower Hill on Monday approved a $3.77 million 2017-18 budget that calls for a 5.6 percent increase in spending.

The budget, which was unanimously adopted at the Board of Trustees organizational meeting, does not increase taxes.

The 5.6 percent increase in spending amounts to $201,258.

Mayor Bob McNamara called the financial plan “a good budget” and said he likes where the village stands financially.

“I think we’re in very solid financial shape, and thank everyone who worked hard on this budget,” he said.

The biggest increase in spending is in the highway department, which increased from $437,236 to $667,400 due to planned road work.

The village will carry out $350,000 in road work over the next year to fix some of the problems caused by trucks doing construction on homes in the village, McNamara said.

Code enforcement, fire prevention control and legal spending increased slightly, while spending for the building department decreased by 4.6 percent.

McNamara and Trustees Brian Herrington, Jay Beber, Kate Hirsch and Frank Genese were sworn in on Monday night after being elected in last month’s village election.

McNamara was sworn in for one year to complete Elaine Phillips’ term. He replaced her after she won a seat in the state Senate.

After Phillips’ resignation, McNamara told the board he would fulfill the remaining year on her term and then make a decision on whether to run again.

McNamara has continued to tout the village’s board, saying, “we’ve been bringing in some heavy hitters on the various committees, and we’re putting together a strong team.”

Herrington, who was appointed deputy mayor by McNamara in January, was sworn in for a two-year term. He has been on the board since 2015.

Beber, who has also served on the board since 2015, was sworn in for a two-year term.

Hirsch, who was appointed to the board by Phillips to fill Karen Reichenbach’s seat, was sworn in for a one-year term.

Reichenbach died in May.

Genese, who has served on the village’s architectural review board and planning board after serving as the Munsey Park village architect consultant for 11 years, was sworn in for a two-year term.

He was appointed to the board to fill McNamara’s seat when he became mayor.

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