9.18.20 - 10.6.20   vol. 16

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Public Hearing Called to Create Chapter 75 A of Village Code

By Stephen E. Lipken


Village of Pelham Mayor Chance Mullen opened a Go-to-Meeting on Tuesday, September 8, immediately swearing in new Police Officer Louis Magnotta, remarking that the Police Department is, “dramatically understaffed.”


In the Mayor’s Report, Mullen said that the Village is selling land to Pelham House LLC, who in turn will construct a municipal services center incorporating Village Hall, Police and Fire facilities, along with additional parking. He also met with DPW Supervisor Joseph Senerchia regarding improvements to the Highbrook Highline in which Eagle Scout Gavin Fear is installing a well to water the plants. Eagle Scout Sanjay Seecharran is constructing a bridge over the well.


Then Gabrielle Sasson, Co-Chair Sustainability Advisory Board and member of the Climate Smart Community Task Force noted that with trash pickups reduced to once a week and more people eating at home due to the pandemic, creative ways must be found to dispose of garbage, including Food Scrap Recycling, consisting of toters, liners and signs.


Starter kits cost $20; compost generated from scraps is returned to the community.


Resolution was passed calling for a Public Hearing on Local Law 3 of 2020 to create Chapter 75 A of the Village of Pelham Code, Emergency Regulations for Outdoor Business Areas for Food Establishments, Personal Care Services, Gym Operations and Retail Establishments.


“Over the summer we have been relying on Executive Orders under State of Emergency,” Mullen averred.  “You have to establish a State of Emergency every 30 days and Executive Orders only last for five days.  Every five days you have to re-issue Executive Orders, publish them and pay $250 each time.


“We drafted this Local Law that allows us to do what we are doing without relying on Executive Orders. Maybe, the governor would allow Executive Orders every 20/30 days rather than five,” Mullen concluded.




Public Hearing Notice - Proposed Local Law No. 3 of 2020 to Create Chapter 75A of the Code of the Village of Pelham




The Board of Trustees of the Village of Pelham will hold a public hearing at the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 in Village Hall, 195 Sparks Avenue, Pelham, New York, on a proposed local law that, if adopted, would amend the code of the Village of Pelham as follows:


Proposed Local Law No. 3 of 2020 to create Chapter 75A of the Code of the Village of Pelham concerning the creation and expansion of outdoor business areas for use by food service establishments, personal care establishments, recreational establishments and retail establishments during the COVID19 Pandemic


A copy of the proposed Local Law is on file in the office of the Village Clerk and may be viewed during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or an electronic copy may be obtained from the Village’s website www.pelhamgov.com.


By order of the Mayor and Village Board of Trustees.


Terri Rouke,

Village Clerk