Parkland Designation Still Bone of Contention For Some
Thomas O'Rourke, Estates POA president, thought it "disgraceful" that the board didn't know what it voted on Dec. 16 - when trustees officially designated the 48 acres of what is St. Paul's "parkland" - and has to now rely on an opinion of counsel. Bruce Torino, former village trustee, believes the designation, although largely symbolic, changes very little. "The day before the resolution passed, soccer balls were kicked, lacrosse sticks were on the field, baseball bats were shining, Cluett Hall had dance, basketball was played and recreation abounded," he said. "The day after the resolution passed, the same occurred. There has been no change. The sky has not fallen. The options for the Main Building remain the same as the first day that the village took ownership."
Segerdahl Resolution Passes Second Time Around
As some may have expected, Trustee Jon Segerdahl's Dec. 16 resolution - which, he said, builds upon the four-part resolution the board unanimously passed Oct. 21 and includes a needs assessment, an RFP and stabilization - was reintroduced at the Jan. 13 meeting and passed by a 5 to 4 margin. Mayor Barbara Miller, as in her power, voted "yes" twice. The resolution originally failed Dec. 16 because Trustee John Watras abstained. This time around, however, Trustee Watras voted in favor of it, along with, again, Trustees Peter Negri and Jon Segerdahl and Mayor Miller. Trustees Robert Rothschild, Peter Bee, John Mauk and Gerard Lundquist again voted "no."
Centennial Soccer News
The Garden City Centennial Travel Committee has applications available for those adults interested in coaching soccer at the U10 travel level. Candidates will be interviewed to coach teams that will begin their season in July. These will be newly formed teams of players whose birth dates fall between Aug. 1, 1995 and Dec. 31, 1996.
Recreation Department News
The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children's swimming lessons for village residents at Adelphi University Swimming Pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be 6 years of age by the start of the program in order to participate. The classes begin Feb. 5 and are taught by Red Cross certified instructors. The cost is $40. The following levels will be offered:
From the Desk of Senator Kemp Hannon
From the Mayor's Office