COVID-19 Concerns Prominent on Village Agenda for 2nd April Meeting
By Stephen E. Lipken
Village of Pelham Mayor Chance Mullen opened another remote Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, April 28th with the COVID-19 pandemic virtually dominating the Agenda.
Mullen noted that Passport Parking is coming next month, allowing payment for on street parking by Mobile App.
“In terms of re-opening our economy, first step in this process is controlling our hospitalization rate,” Mullen stated. “If we overrun our hospitals, then folks who should be treatable may not be able to get treatment. Our hospitalization rate is 11% and we are even treating some patients from NYC.
“Tonight, we are not passing the Budget. There are some unavoidable expenses—the garbage contract alone is 4%. Retirement Payments are 1 ½%. There is a tremendous lack of stability in non-property tax revenues that fund 25% of our Budget. We usually bring in $5300/week in parking meter fees; now it is $750.
Discussion turned to the New York Power Authority Fall Tree Planting Program. Sustainability Advisory Board made some changes from the trees we were going to order. Drawing from a special account from Thomas B. Fenlon Memorial Street Tree Fund, the Village will receive two trees for every one purchased from NYPA, up to $1,000.
Resolution was passed, excluding Emergency Responders, including but not limited to, all members of Police, Fire, Public Works personnel and other Emergency Service personnel from any applicable Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) emergency paid leave provisions of Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
A second Resolution authorizes the Assistant Village Administrator/Treasurer to modify the 2019-20 General Fund Budget by creating accounts under the “A.8760 Emergency Disaster Work” series, to be funded at the conclusion of the Fiscal Year in line with the President’s March 20th disaster declaration for NYS allowing for reimbursement of certain expenses.
Final Resolution approved amending 90-56 Schedule XVII: On Street Parking Meter Zones in Village of Pelham Code, going to $1/hour, effective June 1, 2020.