Pelham Town, Village Officials to Meet Over Dog Licenses

Here's a recap of Monday's Pelham town board meeting.


Pelham Supervisor Peter DiPaola said he and Councilman Dan McLaughlin plan to meet with Pelham village Mayor Edward Hotchkiss Friday to discuss the village’s dog licensing during Monday's town board meeting.

The Pelham village board voted to transfer dog licensing to the town in April after the state announced last year that it was transferring the responsibility to municipalities.

But the town discovered that it does not meet the state’s standards for a numbers a reasons, including the inability to provide police officers to escort Westchester Shore Humane Society workers when they pick up stray dogs, along with a lack of suitable vehicles and facilities to transport and house stray dogs.

“It’s kind of like a dead issue right now,” DiPaola said. “It’s between the village and the town because we found out that the county will not take it if we decide that we don’t want to do it. The state has just washed their hands of it.”

DiPaola also said questions remain about whether the town would want to continue using the Westchester Shore Humane Society or switch to the New Rochelle Humane Society.

DiPaola said communication has remained cordial between the town and village. But he said a resolution still needs to be found.

“When the village does not do a service and it’s handed down to the town, the residents of that village still have to pay for that service,” DiPaola said.

Councilman Bill O’Connor asked if some sort of inter-municipal agreement can be hammered out between the villages of Pelham and Pelham Manor in order to deal with the issue. DiPaola said that O’Connor’s suggestion will be one of the issues discussed during Friday’s meeting.

Other Items from Monday’s town board meeting

  • Police Constable Michael Farley was recognized for his dedication and contribution to the town. Farley was appointed to the position in March 3, 2008 and has been one of the top performers in the department, according to Constable Chief Stewart Hanson. Farley covered 953 hours of details in 2011, Hanson said.
  • Steve Swanson and Everett Potter were sworn-in to the Pelham Public  Library’s Board of Trustees. Library trustees serve five-year terms.


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