This edition of the Sleepy Hollow Local Reporter provides updates on Village projects and public works improvements, as well as traffic safety initiatives, sanitation changes and the latest Fremont Pond cleanup developments.

As Sleepy Hollow gears up for another exciting Halloween season, the Reporter also lists a host of events leading up to the big day. Whether it’s the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery lantern tours, spooky storytelling at the Old Dutch Church, a ride on the legendary Haunted Hayride, a music festival downtown, or any number of other Halloween events, there will be something for everyone in Sleepy Hollow country. While this edition lists many of these events, you can check the latest listings at www.sleepyhollowny.gov or visit www.sleepyhollow.com


Edge On Hudson
Site development at Edge-On-Hudson accelerated over the summer months, with progress including the completion of barge fill operations. More than 90% of fill has now been delivered to the site, with approximately half having come by barge, reducing truck traffic on Village streets. Installation of granite curbs began in August, in preparation for fall paving as the road system within Phase 1 takes shape. Grading was also completed for a roundabout at the intersection of River Street and Beekman Avenue. This will also be paved and opened to the public in fall.

Additional work in 2017 will include creation of a Village Green adjacent to Ichabod’s Landing. At the Beekman Avenue Bridge, the pedestrian sidewalk has been shifted to the north side of the bridge, allowing for pending demolition and then reconstruction of the south side. In addition, the development team has made progress on “Phase 2” of Edge-On-Hudson by installing “surcharge” on top of the eventual street layout – which is fill that needs to settle and compact the road bed for as much as six months. On November 4th, the site will play host to the “Light the Night Walk,” with proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Edge-On-Hudson is supporting the walk as a sponsor and by creating a walk team. Updates on ongoing construction at Edge-On-Hudson are available at: http://www.edgeonhudson.com/updates



East Parcel Update
Since our last newsletter, there’s been a great deal of progress on plans to transform the “East Parcel,” currently a vacant, asphalt-covered lot covering nearly 30 acres between Devries Park and Beekman Avenue – into a community resource. During July and August, the Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees held a series of public hearings in advance of a vote on whether to issue a Special Permit for the East Parcel project.

As a next step during fall of 2017, the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation will submit a site plan to the Sleepy Hollow Planning Board, which will review and afford the public additional opportunities to offer comment during public hearings.

The Special Permit issued by the Village Board outlines the maximum permissible development on the site. Working in conjunction with the SHLDC, and based on results of Village of Sleepy Hollow Planning Board hearings, the Board of Trustees still must determine whether elements of the concept plan should be built in “phases,” and whether any elements of the plan need to be scaled back based on budget or other factors.

Even if the East Parcel were to be developed to the full extent permitted in the Special Permit, the Village Board and Sleepy Hollow LDC have evaluated funding mechanisms, including the issuance of bonds by the LDC, designed to have minimal impact on Village taxes.

Preliminary work on the site is already underway, based on existing approved fill permits. Trucks began delivering fill to the East Parcel site in August, and an old, unused railroad track spur on the East Parcel was removed.

The Sleepy Hollow LDC has also been active in other ways that will benefit the community. In June, the LDC purchased the long vacant United Auto Workers building on Beekman Avenue. The purchase is expected to assist in providing access to the East Parcel via Beekman Avenue. In August, the East Parcel served as the site of joint preparedness training exercises between the Sleepy Hollow Police and Fire Departments and Northwell Health Phelps Hospital.


Test Your Sleepy Hollow Water Wisdom

Did you know?

• All of Sleepy Hollow’s water is purchased from New York City and pumped into the Village’s water system from a city-owned aqueduct. The new water tank was built, in part, to accommodate increased demand from the Edge on Hudson development, currently underway.

• There are two reservoirs in Sleepy Hollow: One reservoir, located in the Rockefeller Park Preserve, is on land that was originally part of the Rockefeller estate and then donated to New York State. Another reservoir, located off of Lake Road, is on privately-owned Rockefeller property.

• For more than four decades, Sleepy Hollow has partnered with Tarrytown and Briarcliff on various water system projects to reduce costs and improve efficiency. Most recently, the three villages jointly applied to NY State for a $602,879 grant to consolidate their pump stations.

• The new automated water meters recently installed throughout the Village may save residents and business owners money by alerting them to costly water leaks.


 


Public Works improvements Breath New Life into Aging Infrastructure
Thanks to additional funds the Village Board allocated in this year’s capital budget to address Sleepy Hollow’s aging infrastructure, Department of Public Works (DPW) employees are hard at work throughout the Village on various paving, curbing, catch basin and sewer repair projects.

The Village is also moving ahead with projects to modernize its 100-year-old plus water system. These improvements, which include pipe relining, automated water meters, pump station enhancements, and a new water tank, will help ensure safe and plentiful drinking water for decades to come. If you notice a broken sidewalk, drainage problems or any other issue near your home that may require attention, please contact Village Administrator, Anthony Giaccio, agiaccio@sleepyhollowny.org or (914) 366 - 5105.

 


Improving Traffic Safety is a Top Priority
As a result of two recently passed laws to improve traffic safety, the speed limit throughout Sleepy Hollow will be lowered to 25 MPH, and calming devices, also called speed humps, will be placed on Palmer Avenue, near the Philipse Manor Metro-North train station, and at other strategic sites.

 


Now It’s Even Easier to Feed the Meter
Efficient, reliable and user-friendly muni meters have been installed on Valley Street and lower Beekman Avenue. The Village Board will examine prospects for future muni meters during the capital budget process in early fall.

 


New Bulk Pick-up Schedule and Guidelines
Bulk pick-up will now be collected on the first and third Monday of each month.

A reminder: If disposed mattresses are not encased in plastic, they will not be picked up and the building owner will be issued a violation.

 


It Will Take a Village to Clean Up Fremont Pond
It’s probably no surprise to residents who live near Fremont Pond that the water quality in this 5-acre pond, located at Lakeview Avenue and Pokahoe Drive, has significantly deteriorated over the past few years. According to the results of a recent study by the LRC Group, the prevalence of algae, due to a host of contaminants, and myriad other factors, have dramatically impacted both the pond’s appeal and functionality.

The report notes that neighboring residents can play a major role in helping to restore Fremont Pond by limiting their use of pesticides and fertilizers, which eventually seep into the pond through storm water runoff. The problem with these treatments is they contain phosphorus, a key contributor to water quality issues in lakes, ponds and streams.

“Improved water quality benefits all the people who live, work and play in this prized watershed,” says Environmental Engineer, Ken Casamento of the LCR Group. “At the end of the day, the collaborative actions of residents and the Village will be critical to making comprehensive, long-term water quality improvements.”

The Village Board is currently reviewing a number of other recommendations to improve Fremont Pond’s water quality, which it will discuss with the public in the coming months. For more information about the Fremont Pond water quality improvement plan, visit www.sleepyhollowny.gov

 
  Haunted Halloween Miniature Golf – Warner Library
Saturday, September 23, 10:00am-8:00pm


  Oktoberfest –Kingsland Point Park
Saturday, September 30, 10:00am – 1:00pm


  Street Fair – Beekman Avenue
Saturday, October 14, 10:00am-5:00pm


  Haunted Hayride and Block Party – Beekman Avenue
Friday/Saturday, October 27, 28, 7:00pm-11:00pm


  Sleepy Hollow 10K Run – Morse School
Saturday, October 28, at 9:00am

  Children’s Halloween Parade – Line up at Morse School
Tuesday, October 31, 5:00pm



For additional community events, visit www.visitsleepyhollow.com