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Mayor’s Report: July 30, 2010

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 29 and will feature Manhattan Jazz. 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.

Proper Disposal of Dog Waste

Our Local Law requires dog owners to leash their pets and to clean up after them when they have relieved themselves upon any areas used in common by the public. These areas include median strips, curbs, gutters, park areas, streets, etc. By way of clarification, the village’s local law is very specific as to the prohibition “No person who owns … any dog shall … permit or allow such dog to urinate, defecate or commit any other nuisance upon any public street, thoroughfare, sidewalk, gutter … or park … [or] any place where people congregate, or upon any private property without permission of the owner thereof. The term “sidewalk” as used herein shall mean the area between the curb, or traveled portion of the street if there be no curb and the property line of the abutting property owner.”

Regulations require that dog waste be placed with the rubbish for curbside collection on Wednesdays and be containerized or placed in a plastic bag, which is properly secured. It must not be placed in storm drains for obvious health reasons.

Please be considerate of those village employees who are working to keep our community beautiful by cleaning up after your dog and by properly disposing of the waste. In consideration of your neighbors and the health and quality of life within our village, I ask that all cooperate with this law so that it will not be necessary to have the police department issue appearance tickets to violators.

Board of Trustees’ Summer Meeting Schedule

The next Board of Trustees Meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 19. The meeting will be held in the boardroom at Village Hall and will begin at 8 p.m. with a public hearing to hear comments regarding the St. Paul’s School Demolition for Additional Open Space Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

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 information listing the village administrator, along with a Table of Organization.