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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

In an earlier column, Mayor John Watras shared some helpful tips on how to secure your property in preparation for a hurricane. The following are additional recommendations on what you can do now to be prepared in the event that a major storm hits Long Island.

As the storm approaches, customers should take the following steps to prepare for the arrival of either a hurricane or tropical storm:

New online company debuts

Two Long Island childhood friends, Scott Reich and Michael Winik, recently left their respective careers as an attorney and investment banker to pursue their dream of starting a business together, online food market OurHarvest.

“When Mike and I decided to start a business, we knew it had to reflect our shared love of food, address the lifestyles of our fellow Long Islanders, and be socially responsible,” said Reich.


Sports

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.

The league started on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Garden City’s Tullamore Park. It runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. A uniform shirt and soccer balls are provided. Cleats and soccer shorts are recommended and players must wear shin guards. Age groups range from pre-k through 12th grade. Garden City residents and non-Garden City residents are welcome. Middle school and high school age volunteers are needed. No soccer experience is necessary. If you have any other questions, please contact Andy Garger at ajgarger@verizon.net or 516-775-8058.

— Submitted by the Challenger Soccer League


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