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Water Storage Upgrades Could Cost Sleepy Hollow Millions

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Sleepy Hollow will continue to examine how it should expand the capacity of its water tank at an upcoming public hearing Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at village hall.

Village Planner David Smith has presented five different options of expanding water storage to the board of trustees and the public at the first public hearing on the issue. The options stem from a recently-released engineering study conducted by the village.

Sleepy Hollow's water system serves the entire village, including Phelps Hospital and the New York Life building located in Mount Pleasant. Its water storage tank holds about 800,000 gallons of water. The new tank would hold 1.4 million gallons of water, complying with state regulations.

The first option would be to add a storage tank to a site near Phelps Hospital at a cost of $4.8 million to create a high-low pressure system. Smith notes that this move would mean the tank at Phelps would serve the main part of the village. The existing tank on the Rockefeller State Park Preserve would serve areas of the village that are higher in elevation.

Smith said other options include moving the tank to a location on the Kykuit estate at a cost of $2.8 million or moving the tank about 260 feet west of its existing location in the Rockefeller State Park Preserve at a cost of $2.1 million.

The village could also keep the tank at its current location, Smith said, and enlarge it by excavating underneath the tank at a cost of $5.1 million or extending the tank 85 feet above ground at a cost of $2.3 million.

Smith said some options, such as extending the tank above ground, would alter visual impacts.

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