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Mayor's Report: December 24, 2010

Year-End Reminders

Village offices will be closed, Friday, Dec. 24 and reopen on Monday, Dec. 27.

Village Hall Holiday Schedule. Village Hall will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, in observance of the Christmas holiday and will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 27. Village offices will also be closed on Friday, Dec. 31 in observance of the New Year’s holiday and will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 3. For your convenience, correspondence may be placed in the letter slot at the easterly entrance to Village Hall.

Second Half of Village Taxes which were due and payable on Dec. 1, 2010 are subject to penalty if payment is not made within a 30-day grace period. This year payments received after Jan. 3, 2011, will be subject to penalty. Please return the “second half” bill stub with your payment made payable to the Incorporated Village of Garden City. Please note that Village Hall will be closed on Dec. 31 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. For your convenience tax payments may be placed in the letter slot at the easterly entrance to Village Hall.

Veterans Real Property Tax Exemption: The deadline for applications for Veterans tax exemptions is Dec. 30, 2010. Applications cannot be accepted after the close of business on that date.

Holiday Sanitation Schedule - Christmas and New Year’s Week

Residents are reminded that there will be normal garbage and recycling pickup on Christmas and New Year’s Week. The holiday collection schedule will be as follows:


Western half of Village (West of Rockaway Avenue) - Monday and Thursday

Eastern half of Village (East of Rockaway Avenue) - Tuesday and Saturday


Western half of Village (West of Rockaway Avenue) – Wednesday

Eastern half of Village (East of Rockaway Avenue) – Wednesday

Be Prepared for the Snow

Before it snows, make sure you have shovels, ice chippers, snow blowers, salt, sand and calcium chloride ready to use. If you hire someone to do snow removal, make your arrangements in advance.

Unless it is necessary, please do not go out during or immediately after a snowstorm. The Department of Public Works crews have many hours of hard work to clear away the snow. Less traffic on the roads means the crews will be able to do their job more quickly and completely. Under the best conditions, it will take approximately 8 to 10 hours after the snow has stopped falling to complete the snow removal operations.

Tips and Suggestions:

• If snow is expected, move your cars into the driveway. Parking on the streets during a snowstorm is prohibited.

• If you are shoveling out the entrance to your driveway, never throw snow directly into the street; shovel onto the curb strip or other area of your property.

• If possible, finish clearing your driveway entrance after the final widening pass by the snowplow. Do not throw snow back into the middle of a cleared street.

• If you have to go out during hazardous driving conditions, remember to drive slowly, brake slowly, allow plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front and watch for sudden obstructions.

• Plan alternate ways to travel to main routes and to your place of employment and give yourself extra time to get there.

Board of Trustees Meeting

There is only one regularly scheduled board of trustees meeting in January, which will be held on Jan. 13, 2011.

Shop and Dine in Garden City

There are many things that make Garden City such an appealing place to live and work. One of these is our viable and welcoming business district with their fine restaurants, unique shops and regional stores. Many residents consider shopping and dining in our business districts as “experience shopping” because they meet friends and neighbors along the way and have an opportunity to interact with them. This is in stark contrast to frantically dashing through the crowds in the mall or the big box retailers.

I encourage residents to make a conscious effort to choose Garden City as the place to shop and dine. Customer service, selection and quality are outstanding. While shopping or dining let the merchant know that you appreciate them and all that they offer.

Village’s Website

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