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Mayor's Report: July 16, 2010

Fourth of July

I am pleased to report that this year was a safe one in our village. The Police Department has reported that it was a relatively quiet one and there were only a few incidents reported.

Lawn Watering Restrictions

Residents are reminded of the Incorporated Village’s lawn watering regulations.  Residents are permitted to water between the hours of 5 and 10 a.m. and 6 and 10 p.m. In addition, residents with odd-numbered addresses may only water on odd-numbered days; residents with even-numbered addresses, or premises without a numbered address, may only water on even-numbered days.

The continued heat and lack of rain has resulted in an extraordinary demand for water service. In order to avoid more serious problems that would hinder our ability to provide water for fire protection and other essential services, we are calling on our residents to voluntarily reduce outdoor water usage such as lawn watering and car washing or similar non-essential water usage until we get rain.

Please Water Our Village Trees

If you have recently had a tree planted by the village 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.

Shop and Dine in Garden City — Support the Local Merchants

Beginning on April 1, under a special permit from the village, food establishments on Seventh Street, New Hyde Park Road and Franklin Avenue, have placed tables and chairs outside their shops and restaurants for your convenience and enjoyment. Please stop by to let the merchants know that you appreciate their efforts and enjoy the many fine tastes of Garden City.

It is also paramount that we support all businesses within Garden City and I encourage all residents and professionals within Garden City to shop locally. Your patronage will be appreciated and is needed.

Many residents consider shopping and dining in our business districts as “experience shopping” because they meet friends and neighbors along the way and have an opportunity to interact with them. This is in stark contrast to frantically dashing through the crowds in the mall or the big box retailers.

I encourage residents to make a conscious effort to choose Garden City as the place to shop and dine.  Customer service, selection and quality are outstanding. While shopping or dining let the merchant know that you appreciate them and all that they offer.

Concert at Gazebo

Once again, compliments are due to the Recreation Department for arranging the 2010 season’s outstanding Concert Series at the Village Gazebo, located on the Village Green at the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues.

Next week’s program is scheduled for Thursday, July 15, and will feature The Chaperones. 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 Department at 465-4075 with questions pertaining to the concert.

Board of Trustees’ Summer Meeting Schedule

During July and August the Board of Trustees will meet once a month. The dates are Thursday, July 15 and Thursday, Aug. 19 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 www.gardencityny.net. For your convenience, listed on the village’s home page under the heading of administration is a link, which lists information with regard to the mayor and village board of trustees.