Opinion
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. One item that is listed on the village's website under the heading of the Administration page, is a form for residents use if you do not wish to be bothered by solicitors. The form is called "Notice of Objection for Non-Commercial Solicitations and Distributions." This form may be printed on-line, filled out and returned to Village Hall. If you do not have a computer, this form is available at Village Hall.

The Incorporated Village of Garden City was advised by the United States Department of Commerce that its Census Bureau workers will be in Garden City to conduct the Address Canvassing Operation in preparation for the 2010 Census. This is an operation where locally hired census takers will canvass every block within the village to ensure that they have accounted for all addresses for the mail out of Census Questionnaires in March 2010. The Address Canvassing Operation, which began in April, will last through the end of June 2009.

All Census takers are identified by their official Federal Government issued Census Identification Card and will use a small hand held computer to collect address information.

Census Takers have been instructed to display their official identification. If at any time someone identifies himself/herself as a Census Bureau Employee but fails to display official identification, please do not provide any information. At any time residents can call the United States Census Bureau's New York Regional Census Center for employment verification at (212) 971-8810.

Storm Water Pollution is anything that gets in the path of a raindrop. Every time it rains storm water is carried directly to our surface waters. That means that storm water pollution can have detrimental effects to creeks, lakes, rivers and the oceans into which it drains. Storm water can carry sediment, trash, automotive fluids such as used oil and antifreeze, grass clippings, leaves, yard waste, excess fertilizers, animal waste, pesticides and anything else that gets in its way.

Something that we can do as citizens to prevent storm water pollution are:

Never dump anything down a storm drain. All storm drains flow directly to creeks and lakes. Take used oil, paint and other household hazardous waste to recycling centers. Check your car for oil and/or other leaks. Pick up after your pets. Dispose of animal waste properly in a trash receptacle or flush it down the toilet.

Apply fertilizers and pesticides exactly where you want them. Avoid over spraying them onto sidewalks, driveways or streets. Reduce the amount of fertilizers you need to apply by testing the soil in your yard first. Adjust sprinklers so that you're not watering the street or sidewalk. Redirect roof gutters to lawns, natural areas or rain gardens. Take your car to a car wash instead of washing it on the driveway. Sweep up yard debris instead of washing it away. Bundle yard waste at the curb for pick-up. Blow leaves and grass clippings back into your yard instead of leaving them in the street to wash down the storm drain. Use a compost bin to turn yard waste into a useful gardening product. Replant bare areas to avoid soil erosion.

Keep invasive plants from growing in your yard. Remove them before they have a chance to grow and spread. Avoid planting exotic plants. Select only plants that are native to this area. Report spills, dumping or suspected water pollution to the village. Clear clogged storm drains as blocked drains cause drainage problems.

Participate in community-wide clean up days and other events. Alert neighbors to the storm water pollution problem.

The next board of trustees meetings will be on Thursday, May 7, and Thursday, May 21, at 8 p.m. The meetings are held in the Board Room at Village Hall.

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