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Mayor’s Report: February 8, 2013

Pedestrian Safety

If you choose to walk, jog or bike-ride in the dark, we urge, for your own safety and the safety of vehicle operators, that you wear some type of reflective vest. Bicyclists are also urged to equip their bicycles with front and rear lights.

We have already experienced a number of accidents that perhaps would not have occurred had some type of reflective protective gear been worn.

Your Village E-Cycles

The Department of Environmental Conservation has placed restrictions on the collection and disposal of e-waste (televisions, computers, computer peripherals such as printers, scanners, etc.). Collectors such as the village are required to separately collect these items and designate them for recycling or reuse. The village has contacted a vendor which has been designated by the Town of Hempstead for e-waste recycling and they have agreed to provide a point of disposal (POD) which will be located at the village yard for the collection of e-waste which will be recycled by them.

Last year, the village began collecting e-waste on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. If you would like to schedule a pickup of your e-waste, please call the village yard at 516-465-4031 and someone will assist you in the scheduling of a pick up at your home. You may also bring your e-waste to the village yard for disposal.

Safe Disposal Of Refuse

A reminder to residents that the following guidelines are to be used in the disposition of refuse in order to protect our employees:

Sharp objects, such as broken glass, sharp pieces of metal and knives should not be placed loosely in plastic or paper bags. Proper precaution should be taken, such as placing them in cardboard boxes tied with string or tape.

All hypodermic needles should be bent and the point blunted.

Dust from vacuum cleaners, barbecue pits and sandings from wooden floors should not be placed loosely in a trash barrel. They should be placed in a paper bag or plastic container for disposal.

Dangerous objects, such as acid, gasoline and explosives, should not be placed in garbage or rubbish. If you have any questions concerning the disposal of dangerous items, please call the sanitation department.

Do not overload containers. The maximum weight per container is 40 lbs.  Overloading containers with heavy objects, such as broken concrete, has resulted in back injuries to our personnel.

Budget Work Sessions

I would like to advise you that the board of trustees will be conducting work sessions to review the proposed 2013-14 operating/capital budgets on:

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7:30 - 10 p.m.

Budget Study - Work Session 1

Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:30 – 10 p.m.

Budget Study - Work Session 2

Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:30 - 10 p.m.

Budget Study - Work Session 3

Thursday, March 14, 7:30 – 10 p.m.

Budget Study - Work Session - Final

Board Of Trustees Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees meetings will be on Thursday, Feb. 7 and on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of village issues from a firsthand perspective.

News

Budget adjustments, staff reductions recommended

The Garden City Board of Education will prepare to adopt next year’s school budget in a couple of weeks. Before they do, they’ll have to go over a few changes.

At the board’s public work session held at the high school on Wednesday, April 9, school superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen recommended a few adjustments, part of the annual balancing act that is the school budget.

The Garden City Board of Trustees approved a $55,791,023 operating budget at its April 7 meeting by a 7-0 vote (Trustee Theresa Trouvé was absent).

The spending plan requires a tax rate increase of 3.73 percent or an increase in tax of $224 to the average assessed single family home.


Sports

Lady Panthers

start season 7-0

The number two ranked Adelphi Panthers Women’s Lacrosse team has gotten off to a fast start to their 2014 season and show no signs of slowing down. Head Coach Rob Grella, entering his third season at the helm, has led his team to an impressive 7-0 record to kick off their campaign. Six of the Panther’s first seven games have been won in commanding fashion in which they have outscored the opposition by a staggering margin of 122-14.

Last season, the Panthers continued their tradition of playing hard and fighting off tough challenges. They would finish the 2013 season with an impressive 11-1 record within the Northeast Ten Conference and overall at 18-3, making it to their fourth consecutive trip to the NE-10 Conference Championship where they eventually lost to Le Moyne.

Easter Egg Hunt For Pre-K To Grade 5

The Garden City Recreation Department is once again sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at Community Park’s fields. This year three hunts will be held at 10 a.m. sharp with three age divisions: preschool to kindergarten, grades 1 and 2; and grades 3 to 5.

Special eggs will be stuffed and hidden for all divisions. Each hunt will also feature a grand prize (an Easter basket filled with goodies) which will go to the youngster who finds the egg marked “#1 Lucky Egg.” For further information about the hunt, please call the recreation department at 516-465-4075.


Calendar

Dinner & A Movie: In Transition 2.0

Thursday, April 17

School Budget Meeting

Wednesday, April 23

Judi Mark One-woman Show At Library

Thursday, April 24



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