The Mayor’s Update | Garden City News

The Mayor’s Update | Garden City News

Mayor Cosmo Veneziale

Editor’s Note: After the Garden City News print edition went to press, the Village sent a revised version of the Mayor’s Update column. The following sections (in italics) are changes  from our print edition:

Fire Department Safety Analysis 

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The Fire Department is conducting a safety analysis to ensure the outdoor dining setups behind restaurants on Franklin Avenue are not impeding response times or access to the restaurants themselves and, in some cases, nearby apartment buildings. Following concerns from both the Building and Fire Departments, the Village Board discussed the discontinuation of the “Temporary Revocable License Agreements for Use of Village Owned Property” for Calogero’s 929 Franklin Avenue, Novita, 860 Franklin Avenue, Revel, 835 Franklin Avenue and Waterzooi, 850 Franklin Avenue during a recent Board meeting. Since COVID restrictions have been lifted, the Village would like the structures removed and the parking lots to be reverted back to their original state. According to Chief Devyn Moody, the analysis is ongoing and results will be presented at the August 19 Board meeting.

Franklin Ave. Grade Crossing Work

Franklin Avenue grade crossing work will continue this weekend. The MTA will be repaving the crossing beginning Friday, August 13 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Work will continue until 7:00 a.m. Saturday, August 14. The crossing will be closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The MTA is again coordinating and communicating with the Garden City Fire and Police Departments, which will notify the Ambulance crews in advance. The MTA PD will also be on both sides of the crossing to support the closure.

Results of Speed Awareness Week

Results of Speed Awareness Week, which took place July 31 – August 8, are as follows:

Garden City Police issued 232 total traffic tickets:

• 89 unsafe speed violations

• 2 reckless driving violations

• 5 suspended license violations

• 4 suspended registration violations

• 8 unlicensed violations

Police Commissioner Kenneth Jackson said traffic enforcement on Garden City’s 96 miles of roads is always a top priority for the Department.

Water Update

Water Tower: The contractor continued with interior water cavity finish coating touch-ups and high voltage holiday testing, which is a “non-destructive test method applied on protective coatings to detect unacceptable discontinuities such as pinholes and voids.” The contractor is also completing interior dry coatings and exterior finish coatings at the base of the tank next week.

Discolored Water: H2M continues its investigation into discolored “rusty” water. H2M and the Village have also received “blue” water complaints from two buildings. H2M has made suggestions to the Village to mitigate such issues. Water meets all regulatory standards.

Well 7 (Waterworks site): Well No. 7 is in operation. The contractor is working on ordering parts for punch list items. Permanent construction to be incorporated with permanent construction of Well Nos. 8 and 12.

Wells 8 and 12 (Rockaway Avenue site): Crews installed the emergency eyewash and successfully flowed water from Well 12 to the Waterworks AOP enclosure. Pressure testing will take place next week; performance testing for Well 12 is expected within the next two weeks.

Well No 9 (Wilson Street site): The Engineering Report was submitted the week of May 3, 2021. H2M will provide the Village with a proposal for design of an AOP treatment system.

Wells 10 and 11 (Clinton Road site): Once electrical work in the treatment building and for the new switchgear is complete, Well No. 10 can operate to system.

Wells 13 and 14 (Garden City Country Club site): Received approval from the New York State Department of Health to operate wells with treatment to system. Wells 13 and 14 are able to run to system through treatment. Well 13 is currently running to system without treatment. The Village will introduce Well 14 through the treatment system. Once Well 14 is stable, Well 13 will be sent through treatment to system.

Wells 15 and 16 (Hilton Park site): Crews completed brick work and installed the FRP grating on the GAC trench drain and swept and cleaned the interior first floor. Crews will also install interior piping and continue roof and site work.

Help Wanted at Neighborhood Parks

The Garden City Recreation Department is looking for help in staffing the local playgrounds. If you are 16 years of age or older and would like to work in one of the Village playgrounds for the fall (afternoons and Saturdays, about 19 hours per week with flexible shifts) please call 516 465-4075 for more information.

Food Drive at the Garden City Pool

Please consider donating to a food drive at the Garden City Pool August 13-15 in the Pool Lobby. All donations dropped off at the Pool will benefit the Mary Brennan Inn Soup Kitchen. Questions? Call the Pool Office at 465-4074.

Most needed items for the food drive include:

• Peanut butter

• Rice

• Canned goods

• Bottled water

• Reusable plastic bags

• Individual sized snacks

• Baby food

• Dry soup

• Utensils and cups

• Non-perishable food items

Summer in the Streets

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After receiving feedback via letters and public comment, the Board of Trustees took no action on a recent agenda item that considered re-opening Seventh Street on Saturday evenings. At present, the Village and Chamber of Commerce will continue the “Summer in the Streets” program Friday and Saturday evenings until September 11. Seventh Street will be closed for pedestrians only for on street, outdoor dining and shopping.

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