Mount Pleasant Hearing Set for Sleepy Hollow Reservoir Plan

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: Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray, left, and engineer David Smith from VHB Engineering, Surveying and Landscape Architecture, met with the Mount Pleasant Town Board on July 2 to discuss their plan for a second reservoir on the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. A town board public hearing on the village’s request for a special permit is scheduled for Aug. 13
: Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray, left, and engineer David Smith from VHB Engineering, Surveying and Landscape Architecture, met with the Mount Pleasant Town Board on July 2 to discuss their plan for a second reservoir on the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. A town board public hearing on the village’s request for a special permit is scheduled for Aug. 13

The Mount Pleasant Town Board will conduct a public hearing this week (Aug. 13) on a proposal from the Village of Sleepy Hollow for a town special permit to allow it to construct a second reservoir at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve.

The town board has expressed support for the plan, which was outlined at the July 2 town board work session by Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray and engineer David Smith from VHB Engineering, Surveying and Landscape Architecture, whose company is working with the village on the project.

In his June 25 letter to the town board, Smith stated the Village of Sleepy Hollow has been seeking to expend its reservoir system for several years. The current lone reservoir is located on the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. “The current reservoir is presently undersized to serve the village and an additional reservoir to provide additional storage is needed to meet (WestchesterCounty) Health Department standards,” Smith stated.

The proposed new reservoir would be located off Lake Road in the southwest corner of town. Smith noted. Sleepy Hollow is seeking to install a 1.6 million gallon reservoir that would be 240 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep.

For the project to proceed, the village would need a special permit from the Mount Pleasant Town Board.

The village has come to an agreement with the administrators of the Rockefeller preserve for a 99-year free lease for the land that would house the proposed reservoir, according to Wray.

A second reservoir is also needed for new development, including development on the former General Motors property, Wray told the town board in July

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