Resolution Authorizing Village of Pelham FOA Insurance Corp Coverage Passed

Village of Pelham Trustee Hanan Kamal Eldahry and Mayor Chance Mullen.

By Stephen E. Lipken


Village of Pelham Mayor Chance Mullen called the Tuesday, May 9th Regular Board meeting to order, beginning with Trustees’ Reports.


Trustee Kim McGreal said that there were four candidates running for two open seats in the Tuesday, May 16th Board of Education election, Annemarie Garcia; Connie Garrido-Carmody; Sidney Burke and Tade Reen.  The 2023-2024 school budget will also be voted upon. Preliminary budget totals $91.1 million, an 8.17% increase, raising residential tax levy by 2.95%, below the State-mandated Tax Cap.


The appointment of Robert Giustino as DPW General Foreman was approved by Roll Call vote.


Next, a Resolution was approved, authorizing award of insurance coverage through FOA and Son Insurance Corp for Property and Casualty Insurance Coverage (property including crime, general and law enforcement liability, automobile liability, physical damage and excess liability) for period of June 1, 2023 through May 31, 2024.


R.J. Impastato, ARM, FOA Executive Vice President and Director of Client Relations stated that premium for full year of their Travelers Insurance is $4,522 including coverage of four sanitation trucks for $1,405,000.


Then Robert Rubicco, founder, Anna and Jack’s Tree House appeared on screen, seeking a Resolution for Site Plan for Playground outside Sanborn Map Building, 629 Fifth Avenue, Pelham.    


A Race Track will be installed at the Playground, fully permeable. Recycled rubber mats will be placed in three separate areas, 100% permeable. Concern was expressed regarding possibly “screaming children” at play, disturbing nearby residents and Sanborn office workers.


Rubicco replied that there would be 2 groups of 16 children.  Deputy Mayor Michael Carpenter suggested basic green landscaping; Mullen and Trustee Don Otondi, bushes for noise control.


Other Agenda items included a Village donation of $2,000 to American Legion Post 50 for 2023 Memorial Day Parade and Brian Dempsey, DTDS Provident Design Engineering LLP delineating  manhole cover, signal pole and signal box changes necessary to install ADA-Compliant handicap ramps at Wolfs Lane and Sparks Avenue intersection.