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Pelham Manor Picks Firm To Replace Sidewalks

PELHAM, N.Y. – A sidewalk replacement project, a Pelham house fire and a busy month for the Pelham Police Department topped the discussion at Monday's meeting of the Pelham Manor Board of Trustees.

The board approved the recommendation of Village Manager John Pierpont and hired A. Palmieri Landscaping Co., based out of Mount Vernon, to replace sidewalks throughout Pelham Manor. The firm charges $5.10 per square foot. General Landscaping Inc. would have charged $5.25, and Landi Contracting Inc., $12.

The work will begin next week, Pierpont said. With budget limitations, only certain sidewalks will be replaced. A slab of sidewalk is 4 feet by 4 feet, equaling 16 square feet, and costs $80 to replace, Pierpont told the board.

Pelham Manor Fire Chief Joseph Ruggiero described the Corona Avenue fire in Pelham, which his department responded to on mutual aid, during his monthly report.

“It had the potential to be much worse than it was,” Ruggiero said of the blaze that decimated the den of the 235 Corona Ave. home. If the family of three had not closed the French doors that sealed off the den before they went to bed, Ruggiero said, “It would have been catastrophic.”

Nobody was injured during the blaze early Wednesday.

After Pelham Manor Police Chief Al Mosiello delivered his monthly report, trustee Neal Schwarzfeld urged residents to lock the doors of their cars, even when they are parked in their driveways. The village saw a rash of thefts from cars, which have been unlocked, over the past month.

Annie Sez , a Pelham Parkway store, also saw multiple thefts. A total of 161 overnight parking violations were handed out. “There was some heavy lifting by the PD in the last month,” Mayor Jim O’Connor said.

Presentations by Urstadt Biddle Properties and Extenet Systems had been scheduled but were scrapped before the meeting. Neither company had plans ready yet.

A site plan review is needed for the former Gristedes at 4775 Boston Post Road because Urstadt Biddle Properties is looking for a new, non-supermarket tenant.

The mayor and Pierpont met with the owner of the property, who O’Connor said was “very interested in finding a replacement for Gristedes.” Both sides said it is “not a good thing to have a big empty space” in the shopping area.

Extenet Systems, a telecommunications infrastructure company for wireless service providers based out of Chicago, will be installing a new villagewide wireless communications network company. However, Pierpont said it did not have a plan yet, either.

Each company paid the village $15,000 to review the two projects. The combined $30,000 is the cost for the village to review, including “engineers, planners,” and whatever else is involved, Pierpont said.

“If they exceed it, they have to replenish it and if there’s a balance left, then we’ll return the balance to the applicant,” Pierpont said.

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