NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Some of New Rochelle's lakes and ponds are going to get a scrubbing, courtesy of the City Council.
Spearheaded by District 4 Councilman Ivar Hyden and District 5 Councilman Barry Fertel, the New Rochelle City Council voted Tuesday night to adjust this year’s city budget to fund cleaning the waters of contaminating plants.
“I think the lakes are a very important resource to the community,” said Hyden.
Several of the city's lakes and ponds are plagued by plants growing in water too shallow to support them, necessitating a cleanup, councilmen said.
District 1 Councilman Louis Trangucci said he recently visited Glenwood Lake and noticed that its waters could use a good cleaning. “It was green,” said Trangucci.
The city is working with Newton-based pond and lake management company The Pond and Lake Connection to complete the project.
New Rochelle Public Works Commissioner Alex Tergis said the improvements could happen later this summer, but might not happen until the end of the year, pending necessary approvals.
“It will be late summer if it’s even being approved at that time,” said Tergis.