PM Local Law 1 of 2021 Adds Urgent Care Clinic, Establishes Business 3 District
Pelham Manor Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey opened a Zoom Board of Trustees on Monday, February 22, immediately pointing to the disturbing milestone of 500,000 COVID deaths and requested a Moment of Silence “to remember those whom we have lost and those who have suffered.”
Lapey went on to say that COVID information can be found on website, pelhammanor.org, COVID-19 Info Hub. She thanked Pelham Chamber of Commerce President Cristina Chianese for donating $1,000 to offset the cost of picnic tables, benches and café tables for either Weihman or Veterans Parks.
Mayor Lapey added that concerned parents are contacting Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ regarding return of students to in-person learning.
Trustee Maurice Owen-Michaane delineated a need for red light/speed light cameras on Boston Post Road, noting that it is a NYSDOT/County thoroughfare, requiring Governor Andrew Cuomo’s authorization and suggested contacting NYS Senator Alessandra Biaggi and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.
Trustee/Police Commissioner Breda Bennett announced that the Pelham Manor Police Department is a Certified Law Enforcement Agency, having met the United States Department of Justice and NYS Division of Criminal Justice Use of Force Standards.
Discussion then turned to Local Law 1-2021, amending Chapter 210 of Village of Pelham Manor Code regarding the Business 3 Zoning District. Village Manager John Pierpont noted that the law was designed to help with still vacant parcels of land in Business District generating low traffic, plus shopping center owners contacted him regarding need for Urgent Care Clinics.
Ann Rende expressed concern that it could morph into a drug rehabilitation or methadone clinic.
Pierpont explained that people would use the clinics instead of going to an Emergency Room including laboratory tests, allergic reaction care, throat cultures, minor lacerations and fractures, minor burn care, on-site radiology, dialysis but not surgical procedures or ongoing care. The building would contain offices of medical doctors, dentists, psychiatrists, chiropractors, physical therapists and other licensed medical professionals.
The purpose of the Business 3 District is to establish a mixed-use commercial district not requiring a highly visible location or generate a high volume of truck traffic but that caters to a broad range of customer-based businesses, encompassing wholesaling/warehousing of goods including building supplies in structures of 20,000 square feet or less.
Board voted for a SEQRA Negative Declaration, Short Environmental Assessment Form, indicating no adverse environmental impacts.