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Mayor’s Report: December 11, 2009

Garden City Chamber of Commerce – ‘Hospitality Garden City Style’

The Merchants Group, which is a committee of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, along with local Garden City Merchants have come together and invested in a promotional program and advertising campaign to encourage village residents and visitors to shop and dine in our village this holiday season.

This program is a “pay it forward” for all the dedicated years of philanthropic donations Merchants have, and continue to offer free of charge as great neighbors! Their slogan is “Hospitality Garden City Style.” Look for ads in Newsday, the Garden City News, Garden City Life and all of the other Anton and Litmor publications in Nassau County. Your local merchants are sponsoring a holiday drawing with a variety of great prizes for Garden City shoppers who fill out an entry blank at participating stores. You will see the bright entry form boxes throughout the village, or you can access an entry form at www.Gardencityshopping.com.

I encourage everyone during the upcoming holiday season to shop in Garden City and look for the participating merchants placard to get great service and fair pricing. We all can help keep our commercial districts strong and vibrant.

Quality, Selection and Outstanding Customer Service. Shop Garden City First!

Annual Leaf Collection Ending

The Department of Public Works has done another excellent job with the annual leaf removal/recycling program. The last day that leaves can be raked into the streets by residents and their landscapers for village collection will be Monday, Dec. 7. This is necessary to enable the Department of Public Works to install sanders onto the truck bodies for ice and snow control.

The Village Gets Ready for Winter Weather

During October and November, the Department of Public Works has been busy preparing for the winter. All of the vehicles are serviced and the equipment is checked so that the Village will be ready for any snowstorms during the winter months. The Public Works Department utilizes as many experienced full-time workers as needed who will be on the job, throughout the day and night, in the case of a major snowstorm, operating over 30 vehicles dedicated to removing snow from the village’s 74 miles of roadway.

Beginning with the village’s main roads, a mixture of salt and sand is applied. This continues until the streets are cleared or until the snow is too deep for this application process to be effective.

When 2 or 3 inches of snow have accumulated, or more snow is expected, it is more effective to plow than to salt. The priority is to open the main roads to provide safe access for emergency vehicles. Following the village’s Snow Policy, the plows then continue to all streets in the village (including village parking fields). If the storm continues, the crews will continue plowing until all the streets have been cleared. The trucks begin to widen out all roads by pushing the accumulated snow back to the curbs and clearing the intersections. Crews will work throughout a storm. To report a hazardous condition, please call the Department of Public Works at 465-4031. For medical emergencies, or the police, call 911.

After the storm is over, the village crews will monitor all roads for icy conditions. Usually salt and/or sand are applied in order to keep surfaces safe for driving. Residents and business owners are reminded that all sidewalks must be cleared within 24 hours after the end of a storm. Please refrain from throwing snow into the roadway when clearing driveways and sidewalks.

Special Thanks to Our Garden City Hotel

Our village is blessed with many traditions which warm the hearts and memories of all who live and have lived here. One of these is the Annual Tree Lighting at the Garden City Hotel held this past Monday, Nov. 30. It was a pleasure to bring congratulations to the Guest of Honor, Ms. Kathleen Rice, Nassau County district attorney.

I would also like to thank Garden City Hotel President Cathy Nelkin Miller and Executive Vice President and Managing Director Patrick Smalley for their continued leadership in our community, especially in continuing to host this annual Christmas Tree Lighting tradition that has a special impact on the children – it’s what makes Garden City such a special place.

I encourage residents to stop in and visit the hotel. It is particularly beautiful during the holiday season.

Board of Trustees Meeting

The next regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting that will be held in December will be on Dec. 17.

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 the Administration page is a listing for the Village Boards and Commissions which includes the names of their members along with their meeting dates.