By Yasmin Jorge
At the June 12th Board of Trustees Meeting (BOT) for Pelham Manor, a substantial amount of criminal activity was reported for the month of May.
For example, car larcenies were high as residents continue to either leave vehicles unlocked, leave keys in cars, or leave cars running.
“Please, lock your car doors. If you lock your cars, thieves move on,” urges Trustee and Police Commissioner Annunziata. An interesting trend was also noted that instead of stolen cars being sent to chop houses for parts, they were being rented out for a $100 a day! Further, two cars parked at the BJ’s shopping plaza had windows smashed within minutes of each other because the owners left valuables on the front seats. This is a brazen, although very infrequent act according to police. Mayor Lapey then cited that “petty crimes remain busy and continue in the business district,” for instance dozens of cell phone cases were stolen from the store Five Below. Finally, Mr. Annunziata noted a disturbing and record number of reported domestic disputes, but police handled the situations well.
For the Village Clerk report, Mr. Pierpont said that May was a very busy month for building permits.
There were proclamations for outgoing Board of Education President Marianne L. Gilland and outgoing Pelham Schools Superintendent Dr. Peter Giarrizzo.
Both were approved by the BOT. “We wish them both the best in the next chapters of their careers and are thankful for all the work they’ve done. Both have been very active in our schools and community,” added Mayor Lapey. “We are sorry to see them go, but happy to acknowledge their service.”
A resolution was approved allowing the transfer of fund balance for sewer rehabilitation projects: $800,000 in the Capital Fund fund balance and $700,000 in the General Fund fund balance will be transferred for sewer improvements. Pelham Manor will also apply for grants for up to a 40% reimbursement on these projects.