PELHAM, N.Y. Drivers in Pelham who struggle to find parking spaces will soon have about 15 more spots to use.
At Tuesday night's meeting, the Village of Pelham Board of Trustees approved the reconstruction of the parking lot on First Street behind the old post office building on Fifth Avenue. Mayor Ed Hotchkiss said that the board has yet to decide whether it will use a meter or a permit system for the spaces, but thinks drivers will be chomping at the bit to use the spots.
"These are such desirable spaces," Hotchkiss said. "For commuters, I think we're going to have a long line for this."
The board also approved a contract with a Mount Vernon company to repair the parking lot structure near the Capital One bank on Fifth Avenue. Hotchkiss said the repairs have been five years in the making.
The repairs will include painting and fence repair, and the work is priced at $78,710. The board does not expect to reach that number because the figure covers every conceivable repair.
"Whatever we think is absolutely necessary from a safety point, we're doing," Hotchkiss said.
The board also approved a storm water grant to use for an additional pipe that will run onto Third Avenue and ease the burden on the rest of the pipes.
"This should help the whole system," Hotchkiss said.
Lastly, the board authorized the purchase of KVS financial software, which Hotchkiss said is used by 90 municipalities in New York State and 10 in Westchester County. Village administrator Robert Yaumder said payment for the software is budgeted to not exceed $15,000 in the first year and should be less in the following two years.
Hotchkiss said the board had been using a system from the 1980s and that the new software should make operations run more smoothly.
"We're quite hopeful that this will accomplish the job," Hotchkiss said. "We're not pushing the envelope technologically."
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