Mayor Michael Levine
This year’s summer weather has lingered longer than usual, giving us milder temperatures well into October. Still, we are in the process of planning for the winter that will be here soon enough.
Over the summer, the trees along Old Field Road have been trimmed back, and any dead or downed branches removed. The guard rail on the bluff at the end of Old Field Road was inspected for safety, with some minor repairs made after being damaged. The Board also approved the re-stripping of road lines on Old Field Road and Mt. Grey Road, with additional work to contain the gravel placed for improved drainage and to minimize the possibility of erosion along the edges.
As of December of 2017, the Village of Old Field will officially be part of the Setauket Fire District. The cost of fire and emergency services will be shifted from the Village tax bill to the Town of Brookhaven’s tax bill, starting with the Town’s December 2017 tax bill. The Town of Brookhaven’s fiscal year is different from the Village, and runs from December 1 to November 30th.
Being part of the Setauket Fire District will enable Village residents to participate in the business, budget and election process of the district. The fire district’s website is www.setauketfd.com. Check its community calendar for dates for all business meetings, budget proposal meetings, and election information.
As autumn progresses, the Village Board will be working on next year’s budget proposal. The Village’s fiscal year is from March 1 to February 28. The careful review and development process will be over the next few months. The Public Hearing for the proposed budget is usually held in January.
Former Mayor Cary Staller has again organized this year’s Halloween parade for the youngsters. All those who wish to give out treats can place an orange ribbon on their mailbox. Village Code Enforcement will be out patrolling to ensure a happy and safe Halloween for everyone.
As we approach the winter season, the Board of Trustees wishes you and your family a very Happy Holiday season.
With best wishes,
Mayor Michael Levine