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Posted on: September 27, 2023

September 27 Mayor's Message: Cost Estimates and Legal Considerations

Mary Carter Flanagan

It was wonderful to see so many residents attending the St. Paul’s Information Session on Financing held at the Senior Center on Tuesday night, both in person and by Zoom. Understanding the financing options and what we know about estimated construction costs is critical to a successful Public Opinion Poll on October 21st. Any resident who was unable to attend the meeting can view the video on our Village website. I would like to thank the Chairman of our Finance and Audit Committee, Mike Sullivan, our Treasurer, Irene Woo, and our Village Bond Counsel and Financial Advisors for all the work that went into the presentation. It provides residents with an overview of municipal bonding and how the Village could finance any St. Paul’s Project.

On Tuesday evening, October 3, at 6:30 p.m. you will hear from our consultants from Westerman Construction and Vakota Architecture as they discuss the preliminary cost estimates for possible projects, and our Village Counsel will address legal considerations as we move towards a decision on the St. Paul’s Main Building. The same format as Tuesday’s meeting will be used where residents are encouraged to submit questions by email to stpaulsquestions@gardencityny.net prior to the session. This allows for the most comprehensive and informative session for residents. Questions will also be taken during the meeting, but only in writing with question cards we will provide or through stpaulsquestions@gardenciyny.net.

The St. Paul’s page on our Village website continues to be the best source of information relating to the St. Paul’s Public Opinion Poll and will provide you with cost estimates and financing information you can trust, as well as a wealth of additional information on St. Paul’s. Remember to check the FAQs page regularly where we will be providing answers to the many questions residents have.

ST. PAUL'S INFORMATION SESSION OCTOBER 3

There will be another St. Paul’s Information Session on Tuesday, October 3, 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center and via Zoom. Topics include preliminary cost estimates and legal consideration, featuring Westerman Construction and Dakota Architecture representatives and Village Legal Counsel. If you have questions, email stpaulsquestions@gardencityny.net or submit in person in the boxes located at Village Hall, the Library, or the Senior Center. Visit the St. Paul’s page for more information.

WELCOME VILLAGE CLERK KELLY GALANEK

We officially welcomed Kelly Galanek as our new Village Clerk this week. We thank Karen Altman for her many years of dedicated service to this Village and appreciate her extended consulting services to help Ms. Galanek with the transition. Ms. Galanek can be reached at kgalanek@gardencityny.net or 516-465-4051.

RESIDENTIAL/BUSINESS WATER SERVICE LINE IDENTIFICATION SURVEY

As a reminder, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requiring the Village Water Department to create an inventory of all water service line materials within the Village by October 2024. In order to more accurately review customer-side information, the Village is asking for residents/businesses to fill out a quick survey regarding the material of the water service line that is viewable by your incoming water service. Please complete this survey at your earliest convenience. Your participation will help the Village save resources in not having to review additional historical documentation as part of the lead service line identification program.

FIRE SAFETY PREVENTION DAY

Residents are invited to attend Garden City Fire Prevention Day and Open House on Sunday, October 15 at 12:30 p.m. at Fire Headquarters. This year’s theme is “Cooking safety starts with YOU! Pay attention to fire prevention” is the theme for Fire Prevention Week, which is celebrated October 8 - 14, 2023.

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