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Mayor’s Report: April 9, 2010

Little League Parade

This Saturday, April 10, marks the opening of the 2010 Little League Baseball/Softball season. The annual Little League Parade will step off promptly at 9 a.m. from Village Parking Field 9E onto Tenth Street and proceed south on Franklin Avenue to Seventh Street, west on Seventh Street to Hilton Avenue, north on Hilton Avenue to Stewart Avenue for ceremonies at the Village Green.

With the opening of Little League, parents are especially encouraged to pay particular attention to driving safely in the area of village athletic fields. As youngsters are on their way to and from their scheduled games, many of them will dart between parked cars and will fail to look while crossing the street. Let’s make this season not only a happy one but also a safe one in our village.

I would like to take this time to congratulate the Garden City Athletic Association on their 55th year and thank their officers, directors, managers, coaches and all that are involved in such a great volunteer organization. Not only do they touch the lives of so many youngsters, they have been a valuable asset to our community. Please plan to attend the parade and give them and the players your support.

Disposal of Surplus Automobile Tires

The Incorporated Village’s Sanitation Department had collected surplus automobile and truck tires from residents and service stations that are located within Garden City to transport them to the Town of Hempstead’s Merrick facility for disposal. The village has been advised by the town that it will no longer accept tires. Accordingly, residents are instructed to turn in their used tires to the vendor when they purchase new tires. Both the Incorporated Village and service stations will now have to locate private disposal facilities and pay to have the tires disposed of.

LIRR Track Work - Franklin Avenue Between Sixth and Seventh Streets

Franklin Avenue, between Sixth and Seventh streets, will be closed to traffic on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11 to allow rehabilitation of the Long Island Rail Road Grade Crossing.

The Incorporated Village has been advised by the MTA Long Island Rail Road that the rehabilitation of its Franklin Avenue grade crossing will require Franklin Avenue, between Sixth Street and Seventh Street, to be closed to traffic effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 10.

Traffic will be detoured and residents should anticipate increased traffic levels on Sixth Street, Hilton Avenue and Seventh Street during this closure.

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 fire department is a sub-heading “Home Safety Tips,” which includes information regarding propane barbecue grills and housekeeping for fire prevention, etc.