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Mayor’s Report: July 5, 2011

As adults, we know that it is illegal to possess and/or use fireworks. The main reason they became illegal is because they cause injury. Residents are reminded that the police department will be on alert to interdict illegal fireworks use to prevent community disruption and often needless injury. I strongly urge parents, who are the ultimate and most effective preventers, to ban the use of fireworks.

No Sanitation Collection - Independence Day - July 4

There was no garbage and recycling pickup on Monday, July 4. The western half of the village (west of Rockaway Avenue) will have garbage pickup on Tuesday and Friday and the eastern half of the village (east of Rockaway Avenue) will have garbage pickup on Wednesday and Saturday. There will be rubbish pickup on Thursday for the entire village. Residents scheduled for recycling on July 4 are asked to put their recyclables out on Monday, July 11. All other recycling days remain the same.

Sanitation/Recycling Guidelines - 2011/12 Schedule

The Sanitation/Recycling Collection Schedule and Guidelines for 2011/12 were mailed to residents last week. I encourage you to review the schedule and to please retain it as a reference source for the upcoming year. If anyone has not received a copy, please call the Department of Public Works at 465-4003.

Garden City’s 2010 Drinking Water Quality Report and Conservation Program

Last week, the Water Department mailed the 2010 Drinking Water Quality Report. This report demonstrates that our water is safe and meets all federal and state requirements. All results were excellent indicating that the village’s corrosion control treatment program was effective in preventing the leaching of lead and copper from your home’s plumbing into your drinking water.

The village continues to implement a water conservation program in order to minimize water use. The 2010 summer was a particularly dry and hot season. Lawn irrigation usage was very high. However, residents and customers continued to conserve throughout the rest of the year resulting in a small decrease in annual usage compared to historical values.

Residents are encouraged to implement their own water conservation measures such as retrofitting plumbing fixtures with flow restrictors, modifying automatic lawn sprinklers to include rain sensors, repairing leaks in the home, installing water conservation fixtures/appliances and maintaining a daily awareness of water conservation in their personal habits including following the village lawn sprinkler regulations (sprinkling is permitted 5 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. — odd numbered addresses on odd numbered days of the month, even numbers on even numbered days of the month). Don’t forget that the village trees along curbsides, especially those newly planted this past fall require tender watering from residents. In addition to protecting our precious underground water supply, water conservation will produce a cost savings to the consumer in terms of both water and energy bills (hot water).

Sidewalks and Walkways

A concerned resident has asked that I remind residents to keep their sidewalks clear of any overhanging bushes and tree branches. There are many walkers and runners who are getting hit in the face while on sidewalks and they are unable to pass another person because some of these obstructions cover a third to half of the sidewalk.

Parking Field #5 — Rear of 520 Franklin Avenue - Garden City Medical Center

Work in Parking Field #5 was completed on Tuesday and the parking field was reopened for use on Wednesday. We thank everyone for their patience during this project and ask everyone to please take note of the posted parking restrictions when using the lot. All of the temporary parking restrictions along Fifth and Sixth Streets will be removed. We hope the additional 40 parking spaces make the lot more accessible.

Parking Field #12 - East Side off Franklin Avenue Between 12th And 14th Streets

Work in Parking Field #12 is now underway. This work will be done in four phases with each phase lasting approximately three to four weeks. The first phase is north side of Thirteenth Street, encompassing a portion of the northern half of the lot. Please do not park within the construction zone and take note of any temporary parking restrictions that are posted by the Police Department. Additional parking can be found in Parking Field #11 (west of Franklin Avenue) or in Parking Field #9E (south of Eleventh Street). Please exercise caution when driving or walking near areas of construction. We thank everyone for their patience during this much needed infrastructure improvement.

If you have any questions, please contact the Garden City Public Works Department at (516) 465-4004 (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Curb, Sidewalk and Road Improvements

Infrastructure improvements will be done throughout the village this summer. Streets scheduled for work are Plaza Road, Main Avenue, Fifteenth Street, Boylston Street, Tremont Street, Spruce Street, Prescott Street and Bedell Avenue. During construction, detours should be expected at these locations. Residents in these areas will be given notice ahead of the start of construction. Work will begin in July starting on Spruce Street, Prescott Street and Plaza Road.

Main Avenue Water Main Improvement Project

Work continues on the Water Main Improvement Project along Main Avenue. Throughout this project, lane closures and detours should be expected along Main Avenue. Any loss of water that was not outlined in the notice to residents should be reported to the water department. This work is expected to continue for approximately three more weeks.

Concert at Gazebo

Once again, compliments are due to the Recreation Department for arranging the 2011 season’s outstanding Concert Series at the Village Gazebo, located on the Village Green at the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues.

This week’s program is scheduled for Thursday, July 7, and will feature The Clusters - playing the sounds of the 50s.

The program will begin at 7:15.p.m. and admission is free. Please bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a very pleasant evening. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Cluett Hall at the St. Paul’s School.

Board of Trustees’ Summer Meeting Schedule

During July and August the board of trustees will meet once a month. The dates are Thursday July 21 and Thursday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.

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 For your convenience, listed on the village’s homepage under the under the heading of the Department of Public Works are guidelines for garbage, rubbish and recycling.