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Mayor's Report: May 14, 2010

Moody’s Investors Service Assigns Aaa to the
Village’s $6.8 Million General Obligation Bonds

Your board of trustees and I are pleased to announce that the Incorporated Village of Garden City has earned an Aaa rating from Moody’s Investors Service, Moody’s highest rating, for the upcoming issue of $6.8 Million General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds. Concurrently, Moody’s has affirmed the Aaa rating on the Incorporated Village’s outstanding parity debt.

Parking at St. Paul’s

It is gratifying to see all of the community activity at the St. Paul’s Complex during the afternoon and evening hours during the week and throughout the day on weekends. When visiting St. Paul’s please drive with caution and be aware that the children may not be paying attention to vehicles entering and exiting the complex.

It is also important to only park in the paved areas that have been designated for parking.  Please do not park on the unpaved areas as it leaves ruts, which are dangerous and unsightly. Do not park in the areas that have been designated as “fire lanes.” These lanes have to be left open to allow access by fire apparatus.  Persons parking in the fire lanes will receive parking tickets.

Curbside Plastic Collection

A number of thoughtful residents have been inconvenienced by placing the used flower containers and flowerpots in with their recycling box. Village personnel advise that although these items may have the recycling symbol, they are not recyclable by the village.

The type of plastic containers that can be recycled in your recycling box are beverage, food, detergent, milk and non-toxic household cleaners. Some examples of a No. 1 plastic container would be soda, mouthwash, salad dressing bottles, peanut butter jars, etc. Examples of a No. 2 plastic container would be milk jugs, water, juice and shampoo bottles, as well as liquid detergent containers. All containers must be rinsed of all food or beverage residue.

Other plastics with the symbols “3” through “7” are to be disposed of as garbage or rubbish. Examples of non-acceptable plastics include, toys, utensils, cups, plates, motor oil, plastic containers, etc.

Any questions should be referred to the Department of Public Works at 465-4030.

Spring Cleanup

All residents are asked to assist in the task of cleaning up our community to make it look like a beautiful Garden City. We can do that by picking up paper, cans, bottles and other debris, which may have been deposited on the streets and other public areas near their homes. A few minutes of cooperative effort by all of us can make our village look 100 percent better.

Residents are also reminded that rubbish should not be placed on the curb before the evening prior to the collection day. It is a detraction from the aesthetics of the village and poor treatment of one’s neighbors to ignore the village law, which specifies that rubbish should not be deposited at curbside before the evening prior to collection.

Please observe the village’s Sanitation Guidelines by adhering to the following instructions:

1. Rubbish should be placed at the curb Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning.

2. Sharp objects, such as broken glass, sharp pieces of metal and knives should not be placed loosely in plastic or paper bags. Proper precaution should be taken, such as placing them in cardboard boxes tied with string or tape.

Other helpful information regarding village recyclable and sanitation collection can be found in the Welcome to Garden City Handbook, which is available at Village Hall.

Board of Trustees Meetings

The next board of trustees meeting will be held on Thursday, May 20, 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 the Department of Public Works are guidelines for garbage, rubbish and recycling.