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Mayor's Report: May 13, 2011

St. Paul’s Referendum

I am elated at the wisdom of our residents in preserving not only their very own history, but an iconic treasure that Garden City and no other village on Long Island has. The residents were intelligent enough to realize that demolishing St. Paul’s would not only cause a tax increase to pay the bond, but also their very own homes would suffer a loss in value that would also result in another tax increase to make up any deficit.

I thank the Committee to Save St. Paul’s, the Historical Society, Susan Lucci, Nelson DeMille and everyone who worked so hard on the campaign to save the building. But most importantly, I thank our village residents.

Arbor Day - 2011

The village had to reschedule its Arbor Celebration and will now celebrate Arbor Day on Wednesday, May 11, at 11 a.m. on the village’s park property between Emmet Place and Clinton Road off Stewart Avenue. I look forward to joining the members of the Civic Beautification Committee and classes from Locust Street School who will assist the Village Arborist, Mr. Michael Didyk, in planting a beautiful Sugar Maple Tree. Within the next few weeks the Parks Division of the Department of Public Works will be planting approximately 110 new trees at locations throughout the village.

Replacement of the Franklin Avenue Crosswalks

Phase 1 of the Franklin Avenue crosswalks job was completed early last Saturday morning. There was no work done this week aside from any minor touch up work that was required. Phase 2, which is the actual installation of the decorative crosswalks, will start on Monday, May 9. More details on this phase will be provided as they become available. Phase 2 is expected to last for approximately 12-15 work days.

During working hours there will be lane closures and some minor detouring should be expected. During non-working hours, Franklin Avenue will be open for full use. Please be mindful of this work and be prepared for minor delays and if possible, plan an alternative route. We appreciate your cooperation during this much-needed improvement and will work to complete the project in a timely manner. If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the Public Works Department at (516) 465-4004 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

We are requesting that drivers move slowly through the area as the pavement will be disturbed by the crosswalk construction.

Faircourt Parking Field Update

Please be aware that Phase 1 has been completed on the construction in the Fair Court Parking Field. Phase 2 has begun and is expected to last three to four weeks. The hours of construction are between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Please do not park your vehicles within the construction area and use caution when driving/walking in the construction area.

We appreciate you cooperation and look forward to your continued cooperation during this project. The village plans to perform the remainder of this work in a timely fashion with minimal inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact the Garden City Public Works Department at 516-465-4004 (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Updates will continue to be provided as the work progresses.

Centennial Soccer Tournament

The Centennial Soccer Tournament is scheduled for May 13-15 and May 20-22 at the St. Paul’s Recreation Complex from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents are reminded that traffic conditions around St. Paul’s Fields (Stewart and Rockaway avenues) will be heavy during this period.

Board of Trustees Meetings

The next board of trustees meeting will be held on Thursday, May 19 at 8 p.m. The meeting is held in the boardroom at Village Hall.

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 www.gardencityny.net. For your convenience, listed on the village’s home page under the under the Heading of the Department of Public Works are guidelines for Garbage, Rubbish and Recycling.