Help the Village Keep Our Central Business District Clean and Beautiful: It is gratifying for everyone to walk through our business districts and observe the noticeable improvement in the cleanliness of the streetscape and parking fields. This was achieved through the collective efforts of our residents who shop within the area, our shopkeepers and the village employees. My colleagues on the village board of trustees join me in thanking and complimenting all who are involved with this on-going effort to support the vitality of our business community.
The Village of Garden City continues to invest a great deal of time and money to keep our central business district attractive and clean to make it appealing to our residents and to encourage people to shop in Garden City. While the shop and business proprietors are required to keep the front and rear of their properties clean and swept, the village supplements these efforts with many receptacles and by having personnel remove paper and debris and to operate a sidewalk sweeper throughout the business district several times each week. The streets and parking fields are swept once a week and the sanitation department collects refuse and garbage within the business district seven days each week.
Please Water Our Village Trees: If you have recently had a tree planted in front of your home, please take the time to water it. The proper way to water is to first loosen the soil around the tree if it has become baked hard and then allow a hose to run at the base of the tree at a rate slow enough so that the water will be absorbed into the area around the tree trunk. If you are using a hose at the base of the tree, please do not block any village sidewalks to avoid injury to pedestrians.
Watering hours are from 5 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Odd-numbered addresses on odd-numbered days and even-numbered addresses on even-numbered days.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Safety While Walking and Jogging: We are all interested in physical fitness. Please walk and jog safely. Rule number one: obey the rules of the road, specifically for pedestrians. Jog facing traffic using sidewalks when possible. Obey traffic signals and signs. And remember, while every driver of a vehicle is expected to exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian, no pedestrian should suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impractical for the driver to stop. The rest is common sense, things we have all been told all our lives but perhaps tend to forget. Wear light colors and reflective material at night. Most running shoes are made with reflective material, check yours. They are especially effective because the running shoes are always in motion. Pay attention, look where you’re going and if you’re using your iPod, iPhone or other device, make sure you can still hear what’s going on. Above all, remember the human body is no match for the automobile. In addition, when walking to a destination after dark walk along the illuminated sidewalk. For your own safety, never take a shortcut that could bring you into a darkened area away from the view of other pedestrians or vehicular traffic.
Please share this information with your children.
Board of Trustees' Summer Meeting Schedule: During August the board of trustees meets one time. Their next meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. This meeting is held in the board room at Village Hall. I encourage all residents to attend board of trustees meetings so as to be thoroughly informed of village issues from a first-hand perspective.