By Stephen E. Lipken
Opposition to the Crown Communications Monopole in Pelham Manor continued at the Monday, August 26th Board of Trustees meeting. The letter, written by Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey to Jacqueline Phillips Murray, Esq., attorney for Crown Communications reads in part: “The proposed location is the gateway to our largely residential, historic village. Incorporated in 1892, Pelham Manor occupies just one square mile of acreage.
“A monolith of this magnitude will tower over the village (visible from many sites on the U.S. and State Historic Registers) and will stand in sharp contrast to the small-town character that attracts home buyers…
“Currently, there are many nearby locations outside of Pelham Manor available to accomplish your stated objectives…The negative impact on property values and the deleterious effect on the historic character of our village and natural surroundings would be untenable for our residents.
As a result, my colleagues on the Board and I all object to this monopole proposal and urge Crown and the USDOT to find a more suitable location outside of our largely residential, historic village.”
A planting plan on Bon Mar Road was discussed. Residents will buy the plants and maintain them once they have been planted. The DPW will help with planting which will beautify the median.
During Public Comment, resident Toby Marxauch-Gisciora spoke about the lack of catch basins on Plymouth Street; the monopole; e-commerce project (proposed height of the building and increased truck traffic); Assemblywoman Amy Paulin’s grant for traffic improvement which secures a pedestrian-activated crossing signal at Boston Post Road and Esplanade plus the new crossing guard who will be at Four Corners when school starts.
Earlier, it was noted that 83 Notices of Violation were issued for yard waste being put out on the wrong days.