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Mayor’s Report: December 20, 2011

Update - LIPA Emergency Work Washington Avenue And Transverse Road

As previously advised, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will be working in the vicinity of Washington Avenue and Transverse Road to repair a major underground electrical cable that was determined to be in need of emergency replacement. We have been further informed that this work will not be completed until sometime in January. We have just received word from LIPA that a major portion of the work will be completed during the week of Dec. 19.

This work has necessitated the closure of Washington Avenue between Eleventh Street and Supreme Court Drive. Night security personnel from LIPA are at the site from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Residents who have driveways on Washington Avenue can park on the side streets. In an effort to detour traffic away from residential areas, additional detour signs directing motorists to County Seat Drive have been added along Old Country Road. A large electronic billboard sign for eastbound Old Country Road traffic to turn onto County Seat Drive and an electronic sign and a red detour sign for eastbound Eleventh Street traffic to use County Seat Drive has been added. The Garden City Police Department has advised me that traffic between Washington Avenue and County Seat Drive is lighter than usual, which is an indicator that the signs appear to be working. The Garden City Police Department has also added additional traffic patrols to nearby residential areas.

As the village receives more information from LIPA and Bancker, it will be placed on our website — www.garden cityny.net, on the homepage, by clicking on “Village Alert Messages.” I will also include updates in this column as well. If you require any further information, please call the Department of Public Works at 465-4004.

Happy Chanukah

The village board of trustees and I extend to residents of the village a Happy Chanukah.

Year-End Reminders

 

Village offices will be closed, Monday, Dec. 26 and reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Village Hall Holiday Schedule. Village Hall will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, in observance of the Christmas holiday and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Village offices will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year’s holiday and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3. For your convenience, correspondence may be placed in the letter slot at the east entrance to Village Hall.

The Second Half of Village Taxes which were due and payable on Dec. 1, 2011 are subject to penalty if payment is not made within a thirty day grace period. This year payments received after Jan. 3, 2012, 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 Jan. 2 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, 2011. Applications cannot be accepted after the close of business on that date.

Police Department Advises Residents to Lock Their Car Doors

In recent weeks reports have been filed with the Police Department by residents who have experienced illegal entry into their unlocked vehicles, which were parked in their driveway during the evening. In most cases materials were removed from the console and glove box. The Police Department recommends that residents take caution and lock automobile doors, set the alarm and also keep their exterior front door light or other lights on that would illuminate their driveways and discourage criminal activity.

I realize that this is a busy time of year, but please take the time to remove all holiday packages from your car; do not leave your cell phone charging in the car and remove any GPS devices or anything else of value.

If you see or hear anything suspicious please call the Garden City Police Department. Our Police Department is here to help and protect our residents, but they cannot be omnipresent in the village; they rely on your help. Better to call us before, to prevent a problem, than later to investigate a crime scene.

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)

Garbage:  Monday and Thursday

Rubbish: Wednesday

Eastern half of Village  (East of Rockaway Avenue)

Garbage: Tuesday and Friday

Rubbish: Wednesday

**Please be advised that the sanitation pick up for Monday, Dec. 26 will begin at 6:30 a.m. due to the Covanta Plant closing early.

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 and also in the event that you do not know the people you hire, do not allow access to the interior of your homes.

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 eight to ten 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 curbstrip 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.

• If you have a fire hydrant in the vicinity of your home, please keep the fire hydrant clear of snow in case the Fire Department needs access to the hydrant for an emergency.

Shop and Dine in Garden City and Enjoy the Experience

 

This is a wonderful time of year to walk through the village, enjoy the holiday decorations and do your shopping on Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road. There are many things, which make Garden City such an appealing place to live and work. One of these is our viable and welcoming business districts 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. It would be extremely helpful to our business community if you could make one purchase daily in the village stores. Customer service, selection and quality are outstanding. While shopping or dining let the merchant know that you appreciate them and all that they offer.

Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

 

There is only one regularly scheduled board of trustees meeting in January, which will be held on Jan. 12, 2012.