Written by John J. Watras Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00
Annual Leaf Removal Season
The Department of Public Works and Recreation and Parks began collecting leaves on Thursday, Oct. 31. Collections began in the Western Section and will continue toward the Eastern Section and then to the Central and Estates Sections. During the leaf collection season, the village’s web-site will be updated weekly to allow residents to track the collection process. The notice will be listed on the Home Page under “Notifications and Alerts”.
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 recreation and 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 516-465-4003 or 516-465-4004.
Please Continue To Shop And Dine 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.
Board Of Trustees Meeting Schedule
The next regularly scheduled board of trustees meeting for the month of November is Nov. 21 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 firsthand perspective.