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Wrecking Ball And A Bond

The gradual dissolution of St. Paul’s School continues as the Garden City Board of Trustees unanimously approved bond resolutions for the demolition of Ellis Hall and the renovation of Garden City Fire Department Headquarters at a cost of $750,000 and $900,000, respectively, at its March 20 meeting.

Ellis Hall was completed in 1969 to provide additional classrooms, science labs and a library for St. Paul’s School. In December 2013, trustees agreed to solicit competitive bids for its remediation and deconstruction in order to execute an inter-municipal agreement with Nassau County to receive $300,000 under the county’s 2006 Environmental Bond Act.

The funds will be earmarked for environmental clean-up, including asbestos removal inside the building.

The project, put out to bid several years ago, was originally estimated at $450,000. Garden City village auditor James Olivo said the “significant margin” is advisable when dealing with unknown conditions inside the building. “If you have a limit set too low you would have to re-adopt the original bond resolution,” he said. “Given the environmental issues with that building I think it’s wise to be on the safe side, knowing we’re only going to spend what we’ve been authorized by the board to spend.”

A similar situation exists with the renovation project for Garden City Fire Department Headquarters on Stewart Avenue though the limit is not nearly as high because officials have a much better handle on internal conditions. The building, which also houses Garden City Village Hall, was erected in 1953 and has not undergone any major renovations since its original construction.

Physical improvements of the building are on the agenda, including refurbishment of meeting rooms, storage areas and second floor bathrooms; reconfiguration of first floor offices to make way for training rooms and classrooms; and the installation of new heating and cooling equipment and LED lighting. Renovations to the kitchen will include new sanitary walls, ceiling panels and shelving and the reconfiguration of existing appliances.

Bathroom upgrades will require asbestos abatement.

The village could roll both projects, along with others coming down the pike for the Golf Club Lane senior center renovation project and some possible roadwork, into one bond resolution, Mr. Olivo said.

News

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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