By Stephen E. Lipken
The Resolution for the 2018-2019 Budget and Tax Levy was passed unanimously at the Monday, April 23rd Village of Pelham Manor Board of Trustees meeting. Appropriations total $15,212,133; Estimated Revenues other than real estate taxes total $2,221,485 with appropriated cash surplus of $435,000; total $2,656,485.Homestead Tax Levy totals $10,063,538, up $242,703 for a 2.47% increase; Non-Homestead Tax Levy, $2,492,110, increased by $36,640 or 1.49%.
During the Fire Department Report, Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey pointed out that not all municipal Fire Departments assist in clearing downed trees. Fire Chief Joseph Ruggiero added that his Department also pumps out basements.
Copies of the Annual Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Report (MS4) to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Albany, were distributed, mandating measures taken to prevent pollution of stormwater drains, such as cleaning out catch basins and reducing nitrogen in drains from overfertilizing lawns and dog waste.
In Public Comment, resident Kim Jaimes spoke about beautifying Bonmar Road as well as preventing motorists from crossing the Bonmar median. “Police are trying to be there, especially observing newspaper deliverers who drive over the median the most,” Village Administrator John T. Pierpont averred.
Mayor Lapey noted that supplying water to nourish trees planted on the median to block cars could be a problem; it will not be covered in the current Budget.
Trustee Matthew McLaughlin suggested a neighborhood fundraiser.
Timpson Street resident Norman Pure, accompanied by Kathy Wright called for constructing sound barriers along the Hutchinson River Parkway bordering Timpson Street, citing physiological and psychological damage to humans from traffic noise plus a $200,000 expense to build it according to NYSDOT.
Cristina Lang, NYS Senator Jeffrey Klein’s Director of Constituent Services, said that a DOT Feasibility Study would cost $36,000; sound barriers cannot be erected without it.
She will continue working with Klein on this issue.
Wright invited Klein to “sit on our front stoops and just listen.”