New Aerial Ladder Truck Purchase, Wolfs Lane/Sparks Avenue Modifications Discussed at Work Session

By Stephen E. Lipken


Village of Pelham Mayor Chance Mullen opened the Tuesday, October 25, 2022 Board of Trustees Work Session, with Village Administrator Chris Scelza introducing Pelham Fire Chief Robert Benkwitt III, who discussed the need to purchase a new Aerial Ladder Fire Truck, the present one nearing the end of its 20-year life span; also, a ladder stress crack was detected. 


A Traffic Pedestrian Summary Report by DTS Provident Design Engineering followed.  


Brian Dempsey, Licensed Professional Engineer from DTS Provident Design Engineering discussed the Sparks Avenue and Wolfs Lane intersection.  “The main issue for the residents is the missing crosswalk which would be the bottom half of the intersection.  There were some suggestions about possible bump outs.  


Dempsey noted that on Wolfs Lane a set of stairs leads directly to the street.  “It would be very difficult to put an ADA ramp there because you have the bottom of the stairs.  You have the retaining wall and the sidewalk is very narrow. There is also a parking meter at the bottom of the stairs and there are no pedestrian signals to cross Sparks Avenue.


“Two parking spaces in the intersection will need to be removed with potential of a third spot,” Dempsey suggested.