Mayor’s Update – Garden City News
Public hearings February 15, 2022
The Board will hold two public hearings on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 beginning at 7:30 p.m. to discuss a local bill to add Chapter 128 to the Village Code regarding landscaper licensing and a proposed local law to supplement Chapter 152 of the Village Code regarding equipment used for lawn maintenance. Hearings will take place in the council chambers of the town hall and via Zoom. Please email Village Clerk Karen Altman at [email protected] by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 to receive the meeting link. To read the proposed local laws, click here.
Edgemere Fire Station
The Board of Directors engaged PAR Environmental Corporation to remove asbestos from the Edgemere Firehouse at a cost of $255,500. The Council also engaged Seaboard Weatherproofing & Restoration for temporary waterproofing and masonry work at the fire hall at a cost of $370,768. At the October 21, 2021 Board meeting, the Trustees declared an emergency to exempt from bidding emergency repairs related to the health and safety of firefighters assigned to the fire station of Edgemere, as current conditions will otherwise threaten the health and safety of these firefighters in the immediate future. Cameron Engineering was engaged to identify this emergency work. Although the emergency action was exempt from competitive bidding, Mayor Cosmo Veneziale asked the village administrator, Ralph Suozzi, to obtain three cost proposals for each major project. This allowed the Village to obtain the lowest responsible cost proposal, which was $600,000 less than the budget of $1,250,000 established for mold remediation, asbestos removal, masonry and roof repair. Other non-emergency repairs will be tendered.
Water tower: No work done. The contractor handed over the sample enclosure equipment on February 7th. A progress meeting was scheduled for February 8.
Corrosion control study: The draft study report is due to be completed this week, pending further studies.
Main Service Line Inventory: The main service line investigation continues with the analysis of village plumbing permits and house ages. Sample results are coordinated with household ages. All data is entered into the GIS.
Well 7 (aqueduct site): As-built plans are under H2M review. Shaft 7 construction documents are included in the Shafts 8 and 12 permanent structure tender for availability this week. The rehabilitation of well no. 7 is included in the application file.
Wells 8 and 12 (Rockaway Avenue site): Well no. 7 will be included in the final documents. Well No. 12 will be submitted to the Department of Health for final approval of the work. Well 8 is being prepared for performance testing.
Well No. 9 (Wilson Street site): Ground drilling results indicate that the building should be located south of the abandoned ground storage tank and west of the existing surge building.
Wells 10 and 11 (Clinton Road site): The teams are waiting for PSEG to install the transformer.
Wells 13 and 14 (Garden City Country Club site): H2M is progressing with the permanent design, in particular the piping works, the building foundations and the rehabilitation of the shafts. The draft plantation plan was also drawn up. H2M organizes a meeting with the Village and Country Club.
Wells 15 and 16 (Hilton Park site): Electrical work and interior work are continuing. Flooring systems are also in the works. Crews are preparing the systems for performance testing by the end of February.
Lead in water Presentation
The Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) made a presentation at its January 26, 2022 meeting on lead in drinking water. Topics included how lead gets into drinking water, the health effects of lead exposure, how to tell if you have lead in your drinking water, and steps residents can take to reduce lead. exposure. The presentation can be viewed in its entirety on the Village’s website, www.gardencityny.net.
1 your name;
2 your telephone number;
3 your e-mail address;
4 address for sample location and address for shipping test kit, if different
5 county for sample location;
6 1st choice of the participating laboratory selected from the list below; and
7 2nd choice of participating laboratory selected from the list below.
You should know that the results of these samples are not made available to the Village. If you wish, you may send a copy of the results to the Village Water Department, but this is not a requirement of your participation in the New York State Department of Health program.
List of laboratories
• Advanced analytical technologies, Orangeburg, Rockland County
• EMSL Analytical, Inc., New York, New York County
• Envirotest Laboratories, Inc., Newburgh, Orange County
• Erie County Public Health Laboratory, Buffalo, Erie County
• NY Environmental and Analytical Labs Inc., Port Washington, Nassau County
• Westchester County Department of Laboratories and Research, Valhalla, Westchester County
Amnesty period for building department legalization fees
The Village Code (Chapter 68-5.D) has been amended so that whenever a licensee, license applicant or other person seeks to legalize work, or is required to legalize work, that has been or is being performed without the permit required under this Chapter, the permit holder or permit applicant or any other person shall pay a legalization fee equal to three times the application fee. The legalization fee is in addition to all other application and inspection fees charged by the Department. No new permits for construction or installation work, nor any certificate of occupancy, certificate of completion or letter in lieu thereof will be issued before the legalization fees for the existing construction and/or installations and all other applicable fees are paid in full.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, applications filed during the period of February 1, 2022 through July 30, 2022, no legalization fee will be charged to any applicant or other person seeking to legalize work, or who is required to legalize work, that was or is being carried out without the authorization required under this chapter.
Reminder: Preventing car theft
In the past week, there have been two reports of stolen vehicles from the driveways of Garden City. This appears to be an ongoing trend throughout Nassau County and the metro area. In many of these cases, the vehicles were picked up in Newark, New Jersey. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, auto theft has increased by 11%. The Garden City Police Department offers the following tips to help reduce vehicle theft:
• Always keep your vehicle locked and the windows closed, even in your driveway or garage, and when you are stopped somewhere, even for a short period of time.
• Take your car key or key fob with you when you leave your vehicle. With the increase in keyless ignitions, vehicles are easily entered when key fobs are left inside. All the thieves have to do to get in is pull the door handle, get in, press the start button and drive away. Thieves know that the side mirrors of some newer vehicle models do not retract when a key fob is left inside the vehicle.
• Do not leave or hide a key, valet key or smart key anywhere in the vehicle.
• Do not leave your vehicle running unattended.
• Park in well-lit areas and keep your driveway well-lit as well. Car thefts often occur in the dark, especially in residential areas.
• Always leave your car alarm on, if equipped, when the vehicle is not in use.
• Consider installing a GPS system or car tracking service; many car tracking systems have shutdown capabilities.
• Do not leave garage door openers or valuables in your vehicle.
The Garden City Police Department is asking residents to dial 911 immediately if they observe suspicious activity or hear car alarm activations. Additionally, the Department encourages all residents and businesses to contact the Detective Division at 516-465-4108 if they have information or CCTV footage that may assist in criminal investigations.
Working sessions on the 2022-23 budget
The Board of Directors will hold 2022-23 budget work sessions in person in the Village Hall Board Room and via Zoom beginning March 10, 2022 between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Here is the full schedule:
• Working session 1 – Thursday March 10, 2022
• Working session 2 – Wednesday March 16, 2022
• Working session 3 – Thursday March 24, 2022
• Working session 4 – Wednesday March 30, 2022
Milling and paving schedule
Nassau County Department of Public Works crews will mill and pave patches on Endo Boulevard from Stewart Avenue to the Perimeter Road in Garden City on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, weather permitting.
President’s Day Sanitation Program
Village offices will be closed on President’s Day on Monday, February 21, 2022. There will be no sanitation collection.
• No garbage collection on Monday February 21, 2022
• Western Half Tuesday and Thursday
• Half East on Wednesday and Friday
• No waste collection on February 23, 2022
• Garbage collection postponed to March 2, 2022
• Normal weekly collection – No change
*Please note that there is an error in the 2021-2022 Sanitation/Recycling Collection Schedule and Guidelines pamphlet mailed to residents and posted on the website. There will be normal garbage collection on Monday, February 14, 2022.