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Mayor’s Report: April 17, 2012

Chiefs Of The Garden City Fire Department

The board of trustees join me in extending our sincere gratitude to Chief Charles S. Cavarra for the dedicated and professional level of service that he rendered to our village during the past year as chief of the Garden City Fire Department. I am pleased to report that Chief Cavarra, along with First Assistant William Castoro, Second Assistant Chief Joseph Nadolny, and Third Assistant Chief Brian Gallo, have been reelected for a second term. We wish them well and thank them for their continued involvement.

Special thanks is also extended to the wives and families of all of the dedicated volunteer firefighters for sharing their husbands with the village and for all of the sacrifices that they make to assure that we are protected.

Garden City Teacher’s Association — Fun Run/Walk For Charity

The Garden City Teacher’s Association is conducting a 5K Run/Walk and a one and one-half mile Fun Run/Walk for Charity (Garden City For a Cure), on Saturday, April 21, at 9 a.m.

The race route may interfere with ingress and egress from your driveway. Please review the route below so that you may make appropriate arrangements to avoid any inconvenience. I recall this happening in the past and we would like to avoid any recurrence. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

The route for both races will begin at the intersection of Merillon Avenue and Oxford Boulevard adjacent to the high school. The 5K Run is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m and the one-mile Fun Run/Walk will begin at 9:10 a.m. In both events, all participants will begin by heading southbound on Oxford Boulevard from Merillon Avenue, traveling south on Oxford Boulevard and making a U-turn around the center median just before reaching Stewart Avenue.  Participants will travel north on Oxford Boulevard to Newmarket Road. The one-mile Fun Run/Walk will continue straight on Oxford Boulevard ending in the west parking lot of the high school, across from Merillon Avenue. The 5K Run will make a left turn onto Newmarket Road, heading westbound in the eastbound traffic lanes, until making a left turn in a southbound direction on Weyford Terrace. It will make a right turn heading westbound on Stratford Avenue. It will then make a right turn heading northbound on Wickham Road. Then they will turn right traveling eastbound in the westbound traffic lanes, onto Newmarket Road. At Oxford Boulevard they will make a left turn heading northbound towards Merillon Avenue and will finish in the west parking lot of the high school. It is anticipated that the 5K Run and the one-mile Fun Run/Walk will be completed by 10:15 a.m.

Remember To Annually Test Your Backflow Devices

As spring is upon us and lawn watering will begin again, most residents with sprinkler systems realize they must annually test their backflow device as per Nassau County Health regulations. The backflow device protects the water distribution system by eliminating a potential “reverse” flow of hazardous chemicals back into the water pipes. They are installed on irrigation lines because much of the chemicals used on lawns are considered hazardous to health.

While the Cross Connection Control Program is a county and state regulation, the enforcement is the responsibility of the individual water supplier. The goal of the program is to have 100 percent of all devices tested. To assist in that goal, the village is using an online software program from BSI Online, Inc., which will aid the village in complying with the regulation. The cost of the program is a $9.95 fee paid by the certified backflow tester to BSI online when they input a test result on the secure online site.

When you do receive a notice reminding you of your annual backflow test and you have questions or concerns, or would like a list of certified testers, call Steven Bayard of the public works department at (516) 465-4024.

Recycling Containers

It has recently come to my attention that residents who move out of the village are taking their recycling containers with them upon their move. Please be advised that these containers are the property of the Village of Garden City and should be left for the next village resident’s use.

Board Of Trustees’ Meeting

The next meetings of the board of trustees will be on Thursday, April 19; and Thursday, May 3 at 8 p.m. I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of village issues from a first-hand perspective.