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Mayor's Report: July 26, 2013

New Initiative For Seventh Street - Friday Night Promenade

The festive atmosphere that we enjoy each year at the Belmont Festival on Seventh Street is planned to continue each Friday night from 6 until 10 p.m. during July and August. This program began two weeks ago and I am looking forward to some nice weather and to seeing many residents and visitors on Seventh Street as we continue to close Seventh Street, between Franklin and Hilton Avenues, each Friday evening, so that residents and visitors to Garden City can enjoy the outdoor dining and live entertainment offered by local restaurants as well as shopping in the stores and shops who will remain open during the evening. I hope that you make it a point to bring your family out to see all that is offered each Friday evening in the village.

Swift Reach - Emergency Notification

On Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 17, the village implemented its Swiftreach phone system to village residents in order to test the system and inform residents of the village’s efforts during the heat advisory.

As a precaution, last week, the village opened up the recreation center on Golf Club Lane, Wednesday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Garden City Library was open on Wednesday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday between the hours of 1 and 9 p.m. and Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This information was also posted on the village’s website - www.gardencity.net.

Updates to the community will continue to be made in the weeks ahead based on weather conditions.

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 and overnight hours. 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.

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.

Police Department - Well Check Program

During the summer and the days of extreme heat, serves as a good reminder to check on any neighbor who is alone, disabled or otherwise in need of assistance.

The Garden City Police Department in its continuing effort to provide service for the residents and in keeping with the department’s less than two minute average response time to emergencies, wishes to remind the residents of the Police Department’s Well Check Program. This program is available to any senior citizen, a person with a disability, or to any person suffering a hardship. Police Commissioner Kenneth Jackson has advised me that residents can contact the police department and be placed on its Well Check Log. Each morning, a person who is placed on the police department’s log can call in to check in and let us know if they are okay or in need of assistance. If a person who is on the list does not contact the police department, an attempt will be made to contact that person either by phone and/or in person. Any person who wishes to be placed on the Garden City Police Department’s Well Check Log may contact the desk officer at 516-465-4101.

LIPA Has Sufficient Supply To Meet Energy Demand During Heat Wave

The Long Island Power Association (LIPA) has advised the village that with forecasts calling for hot and humid temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, they ask all of its customers to use electricity efficiently as a way to conserve energy and avoid spiking bills.

LIPA Chief Operating Officer John McMahon states that they have enough capacity available to meet the projected service-area peak demand for the forecasted heat. They would like customers to use energy wisely in a heat wave which will help avoid heat related local outages. LIPA will have extra crews available to address heat-related outages in a quick and safe manner.

To use energy efficiently during periods of high heat and humidity, LIPA customers should:

Put air conditioners on timers, don’t let them run when not at home.

Set air conditioners at 78 degrees.

Use fans to circulate cool air, which helps cut air conditioner use.

Set refrigerators and freezers at most efficient temperatures and run major appliances, such as clothes and dishwashers in the morning or late evening to avoid the peak demand hours of 2. to 8 p.m.

Shop And Dine Outdoors In Garden City

The residents of Garden City are very fortunate to have viable retail businesses on Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road where there is a good variety of quality merchandise and family dining experiences available to be enjoyed.  Please support these businesses and enjoy the products, variety and outstanding customer service. Keep in mind that these merchants save you from traveling outside the village for your needs. Consider the harsh reality if we did not have these businesses here to service our needs.  I look forward to seeing everyone in town.

Sanitation/Recycling Guidelines - Schedule

The sanitation/recycling collection schedule and guidelines for 2013-14 were mailed to residents last week. Due to some inaccuracies, a replacement “Collection Schedule” page will be mailed out to all residents shortly. When you receive the new “Collection Schedule” page, please replace that page with the new page.

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 516-465-4003.

Please also be courteous of your neighbors and do not place any refuse at the curb on the weekends. All refuse should be put out before 7 a.m., on your scheduled pick up day, but not more than 12 hours before collection.

Concert At Gazebo

Once again, compliments are due to the recreation department for arranging the 2013 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 25, and will feature Stan Zizka and the Original Del Satins, featuring music of the 1960s. I hope that I will get a chance to see you at one of the concerts this summer.

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. Please call the recreation office at 516-465-4075 if you have any questions pertaining to the concert.

Board Of Trustees’ Summer Meeting

During August the Board of Trustees meets one time. The next meeting will be held on  Thursday, August 22 at 8 p.m. This meeting is held in the boardroom at village hall. I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so that you can be informed of what is happening within the village.