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Mayor’s Report: November 15, 2011

Special Thanks to The American Legion for Veterans Day Services

Special thanks to the William Bradford Turner Post of the American Legion of Garden City for conducting the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony on November 11. We appreciate all that they do to honor and remember those men and women who have served in our armed forces in support of our country.

Annual Leaf Removal Season

The Department of Public Works began collecting leaves on Monday, Oct. 31. Collections began in the Western Section and will continue to the Eastern Section and on to the Estates and Central Sections on a sporadic basis, depending upon the amount of leaves in the street and weather conditions. As accumulation increases, full collection will begin in the Western Section on a street-by-street basis and proceed easterly through the entire village. Weather conditions permitting, this route will be repeated on a two-week basis. As of this writing, they are collecting leaves in the Eastern Section of the village.

We ask that residents observe the following guidelines:

• Place only leaves in the street. Other items such as sticks and old plant material may damage machinery and slow down operation.

• Do not place leaves on medians and malls as this will kill or damage the grass. For reasons of safety, our streets are cleaned of leaves on a more frequent schedule than are the medians.

• Avoid parking cars over leaves as this slows our operation considerably, and is also a fire hazard. Each year a number of cars are seriously damaged or destroyed by fire as a result of their being parked on dry leaves.

• Please do not obscure fire hydrants by piling leaves around them.

• If you have a gardener, instruct him to place your leaves in the street, and not on the malls. Many gardeners find it convenient to bring leaves in from other communities to which they work for disposal by the village. This practice is prohibited and the police department will be issuing summonses.

• For safety reasons, please do not allow children to play in the leaves once they are placed in the street for collection.

Last fall the Street Department along with the Parks Department removed 20,000 cubic yards of leaves. These leaves were then turned into mulch and were made available cost free for use by residents and landscapers. This recycling of leaves saves the village thousands of dollars annually in disposal costs. Our combined efforts will keep our village beautiful and reduce waste. If you have any questions concerning our leaf collection schedule, please call the Department of Public Works at 465-4003 or 465-4004.

Board of Trustees’ Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled board of trustees’ meeting is on Nov. 17. I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of village issues from a firsthand perspective.

Garden City Historical Society - Artists Reception

On Sunday, Nov. 6, the Historical Society held its Sixth Annual Professional Art Show at the Historical Society Museum. Our congratulations to local artists Suzie Alvey, Doug Anderson, Jock Anderson, Lorraine Baralo, Mary Jane Caldwell, Dr. Maureen Carey, Susana Eques Cerruti, Noel Darvie, Nadia Helou, Peter Langan and George Mamos, all of whom were present, except Dr. Carey. Each artist featured two of their professional works, which were displayed throughout the museum.

Village’s New Website Being Designed

The village’s official website is under total redesign and will be revealed during the first week in December. The newly added features will include easy to use access bars as well as the ability to pay both tax and water bills online. If you have a suggestion for our new website, please contact our Village Clerk Brian Ridgway, at  or at 465-4053.