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Mayor’s Report: January 15, 2010

Special Thanks to Village Employees

As we begin a new year, I would like to pause for a few minutes and reflect upon those things that we may take for granted and how fortunate we are to live in this wonderful community.

In doing so, I quickly acknowledge the many employees of the police, fire and Public Works Departments who have worked around the clock over the holiday season to assure the safety and comfort of our families. I also want to acknowledge the members of the Volunteer Fire Department and Special Police who remain ready to leave their homes to come to our aid.

Thank you to each of these fine people for the sacrifices they make in leaving their families throughout the year to attend to the welfare of our residents and make Garden City a wonderful place to live.

Collection of Christmas Trees and Wreaths for Recycling

A reminder to residents who have a natural Christmas tree or wreath to dispose of, please leave them at the curb on your regularly scheduled recycling collection day. They will be collected by the Department of Public Works and offered to other agencies for beach erosion control or rendered at the Village Yard for use around trees and shrubs as mulch.

Please assist the Village by removing tree stands and plastic bags from the discarded trees and cooperate with your neighbors by disposing of them only on the scheduled recycling collection days.

If you have an artificial Christmas tree you wish to dispose of, please call the Sanitation Department for a “Special Pickup” at 465-4031 or 465-4032.

Skating at Hubbell’s Pond Suspended for This Winter

Residents are reminded that outdoor ice-skating at Hubbell’s Pond has been suspended this winter.

Through the kindness of the Garden City Golf Club, generations of Village residents have enjoyed ice-skating at Hubbell’s Pond. Unfortunately, this year, as a means to reduce the Incorporated Village’s 2009/2010 budget, along with a number of other items, the board of trustees made the difficult decision to not appropriate funding to the Recreation Department to staff and supervise ice-skating at Hubbell’s Pond this winter. Please cooperate by not calling the Garden City Golf Club or entering onto its property.

Board of Trustees Meeting

The next regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting will be on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m.

Village’s Web Site

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 www.gardencityny.net. For your convenience, listed on the village’s home page under the Heading of Administration is a link that lists information with regard to the mayor and village board of trustees.