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How Town Government Works: Town of Pelham

PELHAM, N.Y. – The town of Pelham holds its board meetings less frequently than the villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor. The former has meetings on the first Monday of every month while the latter two typically have meetings twice a month.

Secretary and bookkeeper Ruthann DeSimone said the town does not post the agendas for the meeting and that few residents show up to the monthly meetings.

"No one really asks for it," DeSimone said. "If someone asks for it, I'll give it to them."

DeSimone said that the meetings typically contain updates about taxes and recreation and the number of calls received by ambulances. Grant information and projects are also topics of discussion.

"We don't have what the villages have," DeSimone said.

The secretary said the meetings are informal. The public can make comments at the beginning of the session if they have any issues they want to discuss.

Not all Pelham residents, even those who have issues to discuss with the government, can easily learn the date and time of the meetings. Lis Baumann lives on Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street and questioned on Facebook last month when the next town hall meeting would occur because she wanted to raise a question about flooding to the board.

When she learned the date and time she still had questions about the location.

"Is this meeting at the old town building, or next door at the new Town Hall?" Baumann said on Facebook.

Do you know how your town government works? Are agendas and meeting times clear to you? Comment below, on Facebook or Twitter @DailyPelham .

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