SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- The following is a letter from Sleepy Hollow Village Mayor Ken Wray.
Dear Sleepy Hollow friends and neighbors, Although GM has grabbed most of the headlines over the years, a more serious issue has been lurking with our water supply. Even without the development of the GM site, the Village was not storing nearly enough water in its reservoir to meet N.Y. state’s requirement of a 24-hour supply.
We don't have anything close to that requirement now. In fact, we are usually at or below the 50% level. Very simply, the GM site and any other development in Village – large or small – could not move forward unless this vexing issue was resolved. We had been working for the past few years to identify a site where the Village could build out a new reservoir.
It has been a pleasure to work with the community-minded Rockefeller family and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, who identified a site on property owned by the National Historic Trust.
Located off Lake Road in the Town of Mt Pleasant, the new reservoir's 1.6 million gallons, when combined with our existing 800,000 gallon reservoir, will give us the 2.4 million capacity we need. This solves our water capacity needs for decades to come.
Permits from Mt. Pleasant have been secured and we should be able to break ground this summer. The GM site developer is required to pay $650,000 for its share of the costs; the Village will use long-term bonds to pay for the rest of the $4.5 million estimated construction cost.
Residents occasionally complain of abnormally high water bills; this can be a sign of an unknown leak. If you suspect this is the case, please immediately reach out to village Hall; 914-366-5103, so that we can send someone out to inspect and help identify the cause.