By Stephen E. Lipken
Pelham Manor Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey opened the April 11 Board of Trustees meeting, announcing the passing of Joseph Sylvester Caminiti, 80, winning numerous national championships, including Canadian Henley, rowing for Iona College and New York Athletic Club.
Next, new Police Officer Patrick Fannon, 30, received the Oath of Office from Mayor Lapey. Fannon graduated from SUNY Cortlandt with a B.A. in Kinesiology and a Master’s in Business Administration. He began his career as a SUNY Purchase Police Officer in 2019 and was hired by the PMPD in May 2021.
A Public Hearing was opened, regarding FY2022-23 Budget. Lapey observed that the Village has been Tax Cap-compliant with no debt.
Resident Allison Frost asked Village Manager John T. Pierpont to confirm what the Capital Fund is.
Pierpont replied that it is monies for doing Capital projects, such as sewers, storm drains and repairs to Village Hall, with no reserve. “Village Hall was completed last Fall and we are in the queue for getting elevators, then restrooms. We have money transferred from the Capital Fund for storm drains and will apply for Federal Mitigation Grant Program’s 75% reimbursement.”
Tentative Budget includes proposed transfer of $1,150,000 to complete funding a new fire engine and seed money for Capital reinvestment into the storm drainage system.
Pierpont explained the difference between homestead and non-homestead base proportions. Homestead evaluation is based on assessed home market value; non-homestead encompasses commercial properties based on income.
This year’s Budget appropriates $1,498,000 from previous FY Fund Balance to reduce property tax, fund storm drainage and contribute to street paving program.
Police Chief Thomas Atkins pointed to thefts of vehicle catalytic converters to get their precious metals, a nationwide problem, saying that installing shields would help.
In DPW Report, Pierpont mentioned that waste stream recycling was 77% for March and contract for cleaning of Village’s 368 Catch Basins was awarded to Fred A. Cook Company for $14,600.