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Mayor’s Report: August 21, 2009

Village Responds to Lighthouse Project

On Aug. 4, Trustee Episcopia and Village Administrator Schoelle represented the Village of Garden City at the Town of Hempstead’s public hearing with regard to the Lighthouse Project.

In addition, I sent a letter to Supervisor Kate Murray requesting additional time beyond the Aug. 17 deadline in order for the incorporated village to provide its written comments on the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) for the proposed Lighthouse Project.

Reminder – Yield for Pedestrian in Crosswalk

Residents are encouraged to make our business districts both safe and pedestrian friendly.

Early one morning last week while I was seated at one of the alfresco dining tables on Seventh Street I was distressed to observe a number of vehicles fail to stop for pedestrians who were waiting in the crosswalk to cross the street. Please become aware that under the state law motorists are required to stop for pedestrians who are in their side of the crosswalk.

Backflow Tests Mandatory for Lawn Irrigation Systems

If you are among the 3,000 residents who have an in-ground lawn irrigation system, you have been required to install a backflow device. This device prevents household water from backflowing into the public water supply should there be a water main break or a fire hydrant opened within the area. A certified tester must test the backflow device annually. The Nassau County Department of Health has made it a mandatory requirement for all devices to be tested by Dec. 31, 2009. They have informed Garden City’s Water Department to enforce the ruling by any means necessary including interruption of water. Those still needing to have their devices tested should call their lawn sprinkler company to have their test done. Testing can be done at any time during the season, especially at the end of the season when sprinklers are turned off. If you have not had your backflow device tested, please do so in order to comply with the Board of Health’s requirement.

If you have any questions or need a list of certified testers, please contact Steven Bayard of the Public Works Department at 465-4024.

Please Water Our Village Trees

If you have recently had a tree planted in front of your home, please take the time to water it. The proper way to water is to first loosen the soil around the tree if it has become baked hard and then allow a hose to run at the base of the tree at a rate slow enough so that the water will be absorbed into the area around the tree trunk.

Watering hours are from 5 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days and even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days. Thank you for your cooperation.

Board of Trustees Meetings

The next board of trustees meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10. The meeting will be held in the Board Room at Village Hall and will begin 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 A topic of interest that is listed on the village’s website within the Recreation Department is information regarding the Senior Center. Within the Senior Center is a listing of various groups: The Retired Men’s Club, The Senior Women’s Club, Grandmother’s Club, Senior Duplicate Bridge Club, Senior Quilter’s Club and Senior Homemaker’s Bridge Club.