Happy New Year! This is the inaugural 2017 edition of the Village of Sleepy Hollow’s quarterly newsletter, the Sleepy Hollow Local Reporter. Read on for updates on Village “Projects in Progress,” promising an exciting year ahead, as well as our “Hollow Happenings” calendar.

In addition, this issue’s “Village Spotlight” highlights the dedication of Sleepy Hollow public works employee Marcial Vele.
  Clean Machines
Local residents will soon spot some sparkling new vehicles on the streets. The Village of Sleepy Hollow will offer improved services in 2017 with the introduction of four new pieces of equipment. First up, and already rolling on the streets, is a brand new AEV ambulance, offering state-of-the art capabilities to the Sleepy Hollow Ambulance Corps.

The Village has also taken delivery of a new sanitation truck and a new senior van. The sanitation truck increases efficiency by reducing staffing requirements per truck, as special garbage receptacles can be automatically loaded. The Village will launch a pilot program for the truck on selected routes in the coming months. The bright white new senior van boasts it own brand of improved technology, offering an automatic handicapped accessible ramp. Finally, the Village expects to take delivery of a new fire truck later in 2017. Funded in part with a $300,000 grant from the Tappan Zee Community Benefits program, the orange and black mid-mount ladder truck offers improved rescue capabilities and will join the Pocantico Hook and Ladder Company.

East Parcel Update
Progress continues in the effort to create a lasting amenity for village residents on the nearly 30-acre “East Parcel” site. As part of the Special Permit process, the Village of Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees solicited input from local residents in recent months through a series of well-attended formal and informal public hearings, as well as through an online survey which garnered more than 300 individual responses. Simultaneously, the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation has been conducting environmental review of the site. A Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is expected to be completed in the 1st Quarter of 2017. Survey responses as well as oral and written comments from public hearings will be used to help guide the Village Board as it reaches a decision on what it asks the LDC to build. Broad public input has been instrumental in refining the site plan, and a final site plan will go to the Village of Sleepy Hollow Planning Board for public review in 2017

Traffic Safety Initiatives
The Village Board recently held several public hearings examining proposals for improving vehicular and pedestrian safety. Initiatives under consideration include speed limit reductions, installation of additional stop signs and traffic calming devices at selected locations, crosswalk improvements, and more. Votes have not been completed, but we’ll report on any decisions as the Board votes in coming sessions.

Installation of Automated Water Meters Continues…
As we reported in a previous issue, the Village of Sleepy Hollow has contracted with National Metering Services to upgrade the existing water meter system. There are 3 easy steps involved! First, residents will receive a written notification that meter installers will be in their section of the Village in coming weeks. Second, residents receiving the notification should use the provided contact information to schedule a convenient appointment, as installers will need access to their home or place of business. Finally, residents should plan on having a member of the household who is over 18 at home to meet the installers. Installers will be in uniform with company Identification, and will arrive in marked National Metering Services vehicles. Residents with questions should contact NMS at 1 (888) 448-0009 or online at www.nmsnj.com and can verify any aspects of the program by contacting Village Hall at 366-5108/5103.


  Sykes Park Comfort Station Completed
Plans for the new Sykes Park Comfort Station were also described in a recent issue and we’re pleased to report that the facility has been completed. The popular park, which includes a playground and basketball court and which also hosts a range of community events including the annual Chilean Festival, had previously been served only by portable bathrooms. The new brick building, containing separate men’s and women’s bathrooms and equipment storage will be open in time for spring activities in the park.
  TNT Baseball & Softball Sign-Up at Washington Irving Middle School Cafeteria
Saturday, February 4, 10:00am

Children in grades K-6 are eligible to enjoy great recreational baseball and softball leagues managed by the non-profit Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Baseball and Softball Association, in partnership with the recreation departments of both Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. More information and registration forms available at http://www.tntbsa.com

  Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 12 at 1:30pm

Put on your green attire and join us for the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade kicks-off at 1:30pm on Main Street in Tarrytown and proceeds north on Route 9 (North Broadway) before turning down Beekman Avenue and presenting at the reviewing stand.

  Village Elections - Remember to Vote!
Tuesday, March 21, 6:00am – 9:00pm

Make sure your vote counts. Polls are open from 6:00am – 9:00pm.

  Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon
Saturday, March 25, 9:30am

Presented by Rivertown Runners, this popular half marathon kicks off spring with flair, with a course set in the scenic streets and park paths of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. Advance registration is available at http://www.rivertownrunners.org/

  In this issue, we turn the “Village Spotlight” on Department of Public Works employee Marcial Vele. If you’ve come to a recent Village Board meeting, or to meet staff in the Buildings Department or in the Village Clerk’s office, have you wondered how it is that Village Hall seems so spotless? During Halloween season, have you ever wondered who puts the distinctive scarecrow and pumpkin display by the Beekman Avenue clock? Curious about who waters all the beautiful planters hanging from lightpoles in the Village? The answer to these questions (and more) is simply: Marcial.
Marcial Vele came to the United States from Ecuador in 1989 and began working for the Village of Sleepy Hollow in 2008. Marcial, who says with some understatement, that “I like to stay busy,” is responsible for a range of duties within the Village. He provides cleaning and maintenance services to Village Hall, all Village firehouses, the Senior Center, and even the historic 1883 Lighthouse at Sleepy Hollow. Marcial can also man a snowplow during winter or a watering truck during summer. But his favorite duties include decorating and gardening at various village locations. And his favorite season? Halloween, of course. During Sleepy Hollow’s star turn Marcial spruces up Route 9 with cornhusk decorations, adds mums, pumpkins and hay bales to high traffic spots and enjoys meeting visitors as he goes about his work. “I like it because I meet people from different states and see lots of new faces,” he says. “They often stop me to ask directions or ask about a place to visit, or even ask me to take their picture”
When asked about his own favorite spot in Sleepy Hollow, Marcial is quick to answer. “I love Kingsland Point Park,” he says. “I go as often as I can. The view of the Hudson River is the best.”
  New Eatery
Sleepy Hollow residents have warmly embraced a new restaurant, with the opening of Red Zebra opposite Village Hall on Beekman Avenue. Learn more at www.redzebrasleepyhollow.com

  Sleepy Hollow Merchant's Council
The Sleepy Hollow Merchant’s Council has created a “coupon page” offering discounts or information about local businesses, available at www.sleepyhollowny.gov/home/news/merchants-coupons

  Facebook Fans
Another online development is the launch of the Village’s new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowny.gov/ We’re pleased to offer an additional platform allowing residents to stay up to date in activities in the Village. We’re working closely “with interns from the united Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown school district to post news of interest.

  New Website Format
The Village of Sleepy Hollow’s newly redesigned website has been proving popular with residents and visitors alike. Special thanks to Village Clerk Paula McCarthy for her hard work in the redesign. Take a look at www.sleepyhollowny.gov