Opinion
Since this past December, when we terminated our pursuit of AvalonBay as a potential developer of the St. Paul's "Main Building" site for residential living, the Board of Trustees has begun to explore the demolition option. This has - and for the next few months will - entail scrutiny of the environmental and legal issues, which must precede any decision on such a step.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, each of the four Property Owners' Associations will also host a meeting of their respective "Resident Electors" at which it has been customary to select and place in nomination candidates for village and school board trustees under the endorsement of the "Community Agreement Party" under New York State Election Law. The meeting is open to all qualified voters who reside in their respective section of the village.

The officers and directors of these associations deserve your assistance and cooperation. As your representatives, they must be able to communicate with you and know your views, problems and recommendations if they are to be fully effective. Please attend and participate in your associations' meeting.

The respective meetings will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the following locations:

Central Senior Recreation Center (Golf Club Lane) 8 p.m.

West Homestead School 8 p.m.

East Garden City Library 7:30 p.m.

Estates Stratford School (Auditorium) 8 p.m.

A reminder to residents who have a natural Christmas tree or wreath to dispose of, please leave them at the curb on your regularly scheduled recycling collection day. They will be collected by the Department of Public Works and offered to other agencies for beach erosion control or rendered at the Village Yard for use around trees and shrubs as mulch.

Please assist the village by removing tree stands and plastic bags from the discarded trees and cooperate with your neighbors by disposing of them only on the scheduled recycling collection days.

If you have an artificial Christmas tree, please call the Sanitation Department for a "Special Pickup" at 465-4031 or 465-4032.

Garden City's Tree Management Program is used as a model by many universities. Under our program, village street and park trees are inspected annually. Those trees which are in questionable condition are monitored during both the growing and dormant seasons and, if necessary, treatment is performed. Only when in the judgment of our trained arborist, Michael Didyk, that a tree is dead, dying or hazardous, is it marked for removal.

Residents who wish to have a street tree planted by the village are encouraged to write to the director of Public Works, Robert J. Mangan, P.E., with their request prior to Jan. 26. We will make every effort to accommodate your request.

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees' meetings will be Thursday, Feb. 5 and on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. I encourage residents to periodically utilize the village's website for information regarding the village's operations, as well as items of seasonal and special interest. The address is www.gardencityny.net. Also please be aware that I have a village email address and would be delighted to hear from village residents about their concerns it is as follows: MayorPBee@gardencityny.net.

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