The Committee to Save St. Paul’s and the Garden City Historical Society presented their plan to the Garden City Board of Trustees on June 29, 2010. It was also distributed to some of the property owner’s associations. The idea is for the village to turn over the building to the Conservancy. The Conservancy could then raise private money and grants to rehabilitate parts of St. Paul’s. In addition, for the initial renovation the Conservancy would issue 15-year bonds paid for by lease payments made by the village. In other words, the taxpayers of the village would pay for the rehabilitation through increased taxes.
Residents are reminded that it is their responsibility to maintain the shrubs and trees on their property to assure that branches do not overhang and obstruct the Incorporated Village by doing your part to keep Garden City a pedestrian friendly community.
It is wonderful to see so many Garden City residents as well as visitors to our village enjoying alfresco dining on New Hyde Park Road, Franklin Avenue and Seventh Street. This year there are 31 businesses, which have permits. There is no doubt that alfresco dining is an overwhelming success. I encourage residents to come early and combine shopping with dining outside at their favorite place. The outdoor dining will continue through the month of November.
The village trustees should send alternatives for St. Paul’s to a public referendum, as should every project that requires additional Garden City debt. Over the years, the village trustees Okayed over $20 million in bonded debt (including $6.8 million this year, largely for road and parking infrastructure) and roughly $105 million in future employee healthcare commitments (worse than debt because this goes up with medical cost inflation). The village trustees decided unilaterally that it was in resident’s best interest to incur these debts, but now they only may decide to give us a say on St. Paul’s?
All residents and friends are invited to attend the annual inspection and open house on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m. The program will be conducted at fire headquarters and in the employee parking field, located on the west side of Village Hall on Stewart Avenue. There will be fire safety demonstrations, an appearance by Sparky the Fire Dog, a poster contest, refreshments and more. The 14th annual observance of Fire Prevention Week in Garden City will take place Oct. 3 through Oct. 9.
Your fire department does an outstanding job to protect our lives and homes. Please stop by to show your support for them. I’m sure that your entire family will enjoy the program.
(Editor’s Note: The letter below was addressed to Mayor Robert J. Rothschild.)
The loss of St. Paul’s would be a devastating blow to our community’s rich history. The fact of the matter is, the majority of the residents of the village did not vote in favor of demolition. Of the three options on the ballot of the 2008 public opinion vote, the results were as follows: option one, demolition = 2,272 votes; option two, saving the exterior = 1,857 votes; and option three, converting the building into condos = 873 votes. When added together, options two and three obtained the majority with 2,730 votes; the village voted to save St. Paul’s.
Writing on behalf of the Garden City Community, I wish to thank Fire Chief William Graham and the members of the Garden City Fire Department for conducting the beautiful ninth year anniversary ceremony of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was a very moving experience and assisted many of us to get through that difficult day.
In an earlier column, I shared some suggestions 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 of Sept. 13, 2010, the village will begin issuing Railroad Parking Permits for the 2010/2011 year. The annual fee is $150, (this equates to approximately $.60 per day).
Permits may be obtained at the Village Business Office, 351 Stewart Ave. Residents who already possess a 2009/10 permit will receive a renewal application by mail, which may be returned to the village either by mail or in person. Please review the information provided and correct any erroneous data and/or complete any missing information. A copy of your vehicle registration must accompany your application and check. The 2009/10 parking permits will be honored until Oct. 31.
Bring the family and enjoy a great day at our oceanfront park at Point Lookout for Hempstead Town’s sixth annual Collector’s Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 2. The show will take place between noon and 4 p.m., with classic car “check-in” occurring from 10 a.m. through noon.
Each year, car enthusiasts and spectators alike take a walk down memory lane and remember days gone by as they pass autos ranging from a ’57 Chevy to a classic Thunderbird.
Today, our new puppy enjoyed her first visit to the dog run at Christopher Morley Park on Searingtown Road in Roslyn Estates. However, it is time consuming to travel there from our place here in town. I’m afraid Molly is not going to visit the park very often though it is so good for her. I mentioned this to another dog owner who told me that the county has been petitioned to open several parks and that I should check some websites. So I did.
I learned from www.lidog.org that Parks Commissioner Jose Lopez agreed in 2008 to have one built at Eisenhower Park (how convenient that would be). Later that year, plans were put on hold due to budget cuts. In October 2009, Mr. Lopez announced that the park would open in the spring of 2010. However since then, a new commissioner has been appointed and there has been no news about the proposed park. It is feared that the project may be stalled or cancelled.
With the arrival of Labor Day and school reopening, comes the third harbinger of autumn — the closing of the Garden City Swimming Pool. The pool season ended on Sept. 6. Much to the credit of the pool staff, village residents experienced another safe and enjoyable pool season. I offer my compliments to Kevin Ocker, Ed Fronckwicz, Grace Chianese and the entire Recreation staff.
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