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Pelham Board Tables Vote on Tax Cap Override

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Village of Pelham Board of Trustees tabled its vote Tuesday evening to authorize a local law that would give the village the option to override the state mandated 2 percent tax levy cap until its next meeting later this month.

“We are still trying to get some more facts and figures on this,” Mayor Ed Hotchkiss said.

Hotchkiss said that the vote to override the tax levy limit would be tabled until the next board meeting, Tuesday, March 20.

After the meeting, Village Administrator Robert Yamuder spoke about the decision to postpone the vote.

“There’s still some information that the board is looking for,” said Yamuder.  “I’m just waiting for some numbers. The board has requested additional information before they make the final determination. They’re not going to vote on something they’re not comfortable with.”

In other news:

During the mayor’s report, Hotchkiss mentioned that New York State would be sending Pelham “approximately $100,000 from a grant that we used to reconfigure the parking lot on First Street between the old post office.”

He said it was “good news” that the village would be receiving the “money within a week or two.” Yamuder then added that the contract was signed today and that the village is just waiting for the state to electronically send them the money. He also mentioned that it was “18 months coming.”

The board granted three contracts, by unanimous vote, to local companies for surveys on renovations and repairs to three parts of the village. The three projects include sidewalk repairs on Seventh Avenue, renovations at Wolfs Lane Park and drainage improvements. According to the resolutions for each task, 12 companies were looked at and given the contract for each, while seven responded.

Yamuder reviewed each of the bids and chose the lowest responsible bid that met the requirements of the contracts. Scott Chamberlain of Yorktown Heights was granted the Seventh Avenue and drainage improvement surveys with a bid of $2,400 and $2,700, respectively. Thomas C. Merritts Surveyors, out of Pleasantville, was awarded the Wolfs Lane Park bid at $4,800.

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