A public hearing on Village Code Revisions was opened and closed without comment. The hearing will reopen in two weeks during the Aug. 7 trustee meeting. The Village Code is the compilation of all the rules and regulations governing Sleepy Hollow. This is the first comprehensive update to the code in decades. A link to the original code revisions is on the Village website here.
The Board approved bill payments in the amount of $1,106,000. Items questioned by trustees included a bill for 150 taser cartridges, ('Why so many?" asked Trustee Barbara Carr), a large number of doggie bags ("We go through a lot of those," said Department of Public Works Foremen Richie Gross), and charges for porta-potties (more on this later).
The finance committee is working on capital budgets, reported Trustee Carr.
The parks and recreation committee has negotiated an agreement with GM to open the riverside portion of the property connecting Ichabod's Landing and Kingsland Point Park. 'Park to Park' will be held on three Sundays (August 5, 19 and Sept. 9). More info here.
"It will give people an idea of what the completed Riverwalk will be like," said Trustee Susan MacFarlane.
MacFarlane also reported that several restaurants are interested in opening 'Pop-up Cafes' in the Kingsland Point Bathhouse on some weekends and that graffiti in Barnhart Park would be cleaned up.
Trustee Bruce Campbell is working on the budget for the Haunted Hayride which amounts to approximately $105,000 for three nights. Ticket sales cover only about $60,000. Campbell said he is seeking volunteers to help generate sponsorships to cover the balance.
Trustee Karin Wompa said money is still left in the facade renovation program and urged any inner-village businesses to contact her if they wish to participate.
Repair of the broken water main supplying water to Kingsland Point Park is delayed because Metro North is requiring the village to get a permit, pay a fee and provide money for flagmen. The water main runs under Metro North property.
Jennie-O Turkey, a Hormel Foods company based in Willmar, Minnesota, will film a television commercial in Sleepy Hollow on Aug. 8 and provide free breakfast on Beekman Avenue to residents on Aug. 11. Their products range from deli meats and whole turkeys to ground turkey and sausages, so one can assume this may not be a vegetarian meal.
The meat company will shoot at various locations throughout the Village. "They are actually going to highlight some of our attractions like the lighthouse and Old Dutch Church, so hopefully the commercial will help promote the Village," said Village Administrator Anthony Giaccio.
New York Knicks player Steve Novak signed autographs and participated in a Sports Camp in Sleepy Hollow, organized by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Con Edison wants to store equipment and material on Devries Ave. in Philipse Manor during its extensive update of gas lines.
A new play structure, a gift to the village by the Rivertown Runners, was installed at Douglas Park.
A Basketball tournament for children will be held at Sykes Park on September 15, sponsored by the Recreation Department and the Police Benevolent Association.
The Board passed resolutions allowing the following:
- The formation of a Recreation Advisory Committee and the appointment of four members. The committee has put out a call for other members to .
- The appointment of two people to the Police Advisory Committee.
- An agreement with GM to open the riverside portion of its property to walkers on August 15, 19 and Sept. 9.
Trustee Campbell inquired about the cost of the porta-potty at . "Why does it cost $630 per month, while the ones at Devries Park and Kingsland Point Park cost only $173 per month?"
DPW foreman Gross said the porta-potty at Douglas Park is a 'King' model with running water and solar panels for electricity. "It was stalled during the Haunted Hayride event and we just left it," he said.
The cost of the porta-potties comes out of the parks budget which "kills us," according to Gross.