Pelham Manor 2020-2021 Budget Passed; COVID-19 Concerns Continue
By Stephen E. Lipken
Pelham Manor Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey convened a third remote Board meeting, relaying the news that Dr. Sherlita Amler, MD Westchester County Commissioner of Health reported that hospitalization numbers are under 1,000 with 877 COVID-19 patients as of April 26th, representing a hospitalization rate of 10.5%. She said that although there were 962 COVID-19 deaths in Westchester County, “the curve is beginning to flatten.”
Lapey added that the County is making available several thousand masks. “The first batch will be given to our seniors and immuno-compromised population,” Lapey noted.
Mayor Lapey then announced that Shore Park will open on Friday, May 1st from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with no dogs permitted. Playground equipment will be cordoned off. Lapey requested that park visitors practice social distancing, staying 6 feet apart and wear masks.
Trustee Joseph Senerchia pointed out that besides First Responders, Department of Public Works employees should also be commended for their efforts in combatting the pandemic.
A Resolution was passed regarding Street Sweeping, with two bidders, East Coast Industrial Services, Pine Bush and 3D Industrial Services, Hawthorne. The contract was awarded to 3D Industrial Services, the lowest bidder at $475 per sweep.
After approval of the April 13, 2020 Regular Meeting minutes, a Public Hearing was scheduled for Monday, May 11th encompassing the Annual Stormwater Management Report. The Report must be sent to Albany before the Monday, June 8th meeting.
The Mayor was authorized to sign the Tax Warrant, delivered to Town of Pelham Receiver of Taxes Catherine Mazzaro, in line with the passing of the 2020-2021 Budget. Appropriations total $16,339,022, less Estimated Revenues other than real estate taxes, $2,541,485plus Appropriated Tax Surplus, $635,000; total $3,176,485. Balance of appropriation to be raised by Real Estate Levy: $13,162,537. Tax Levy Increase is 2.30 %.