SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. Ichabods Landing officials believe they can save money by reconsidering an agreement it has with Sleepy Hollow for maintenance work the village does at common and waterfront areas around townhomes.
For several years now, Ichabods Landing has refused to pay the $5,000-a-year fee , saying the service the villages Department of Public Works provides is not up to par. Now, Ichabods Landing would like to redo the agreement between itself and the village.
What wed like to do is use our landscapers in coordination with the village, said Alex MacFarlane, vice president of the board of directors of Ichabods Landing. We would like very much to work with the village to remove the invasive species and help to make the area something everyone is proud of.
Ichabods Landing is proposing to use the $5,000 per year it would have paid to the village to pay its own landscaper. It would also use previous years money that was not given to the village, giving it $10,000 for landscaping.
Landscape gardening isnt exactly the forte of the DPW, nor probably should it be, MacFarlane said.
Ichabods Landing is already working with a landscaper on its interior areas and has consulted them about how to improve the areas that fall under the agreement with the village. MacFarlane said he wants to replace many of the plants and vegetation that was originally planted, noting that it wasnt native to the area and is labor-intensive to take care of.
Trustee Barbara Carr lauded Ichabods Landing for turning to native plants, noting they require less maintenance.
Ichabod Landings Board of Directors said the previous board administration did not have a good relationship with the village.
The whole process was instead of us doing it and coming up with suggestions, why not work with the village and make this a community effort? Ichabods Landing President Keith Labis said. That way everyone is successful and thats what were presenting here.
Trustee Bruce Campbell called the proposed agreement a win win win win win, noting that it would free up many of the villages DPW workers.
Mayor Ken Wray also praised the proposal, calling it a sane approach. He assigned the matter to the Parks Committee and asked Ichabods Landing to come back with a formal proposal, the sooner the better.
Lets sit down and get to work, he said.
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