Written by Garden City Mayor Robert J. Rothschild Friday, 27 August 2010 00:00
Throughout the next two to three weeks, many of our young people will be leaving for college. Some for the first time; others to conclude course requirements, which will lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees. My associates on the village board join me in wishing them a safe journey and a most productive year. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our young people and look to them as our ambassadors to the many cities, towns and villages throughout the country, which will be their temporary homes.
Next week will mark the arrival of Adelphi’s Class of 2014 onto the Garden City Campus. It gives me pleasure to welcome the students and to compliment them on choosing Adelphi. The board of trustees and I wish President Scott, his faculty and staff as well as the Class of 2014 and all students a most productive year.
The village wants you to consider Garden City your home away from home during the next four years. Don’t forget to visit our shopping areas and many fine restaurants on Seventh Street, Franklin Avenue and New Hyde Park Road; bring your friends and family, all are welcome.
I would like to advise that a Final Notice Reminder for the test of the Backflow Prevention Assembly was mailed to backflow device owners on or about July 22, 2010.
As many are aware, a final notice went out to all residences that have yet to have their backflow devices tested for the 2010 calendar year. The purpose for the early notification is to reach out and alert the customers that do not regularly test their devices in order to have enough time before the end of the year to achieve a test. The Nassau County Health Department has mandated all devices must be tested annually and has designated the Water Purveyor, (The Village of Garden City) responsible for enforcement. The village can incur severe fines if we fail to enforce the mandate.
If you have historically had your device tested in the fall months, you did receive a letter. Our records will indicate your past compliance and we look forward to your annual test at your usual time. Next year, the compliant customers will receive a reminder letter a month before the anniversary of their test.
The village has three certified testers on staff, which we will begin to assign to those houses that have not attempted in past years to have their device tested. There will be a surcharge if village personnel test your device. We will, of course, not be able to test everyone immediately and most customers will still have the opportunity to get their device tested by an outside contractor. If an outside contractor performs the test, that contractor has the responsibility of notifying the village of the test results.
During September, the board of trustees will meet in the boardroom at Village Hall. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. There will be a public hearing at that meeting regarding the St. Paul’s School Demolition for Open Space Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Persons wishing to speak on the DEIS will be asked to register and limit remarks to three minutes.
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 Recreation Department is a link to upcoming events within the Recreation Department.