Manor board approves bid for sewer and storm drain cleaning and inspection, swears in fire captain, firefighter


New fire captain John Rebholz (center in uniform) with Fire Chief Michael Greco and members of the village board.

The Pelham Manor Board of Trustees approved Monday a bid hiring the Fred Cook Septic Co. for the cleaning and inspection of the village’s sewer and storm drain systems.

Fred Cook Septic, which is based in Montrose, has been used by the village many times prior.

“He is very familiar with our system, and they have been cleaning our systems for a long time,” said Village Manager John Pierpont. “This bid will be to clean our storm-drain system and a fifth of our sanitary system. This inspection is all part of our comprehensive study of our storm drain systems.” 

The board unanimously adopted a resolution to make amendments to the $18.3 million village budget to establish an organized system for the different areas of government (government support, public safety, transportation, recreation, community services and employee benefits).

A new fire captain and a firefighter were also swore in during the meeting.

Firefighter John Rebholz was promoted to fire captain. Rebholz has been working in the department for 24 years. He was born in Pelham and graduated from Pelham Memorial High School in 1988. He was in the Pelham Manor Volunteer Fire Company from 1994 until he became a dispatcher for Westchester County Fire Control in 1996. He was then sworn in two years later as a firefighter in Pelham Manor. In January, he will attend the first-line officer school in New York City.

New firefighter Brian Hade (center in suit) with Fire Chief Michael Greco and members of the village board.

“It’s very fitting that we have another promotion to someone from the community,” said Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey.  “He has such a distinguished and extensive line of service.” 

New firefighter Brian Hade is a lifelong Pelham resident who graduated from PMHS in 2014. After he earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from SUNY Cortland, he went to work at an advertising firm. He then came back home to achieve his goal of becoming a firefighter. He will attend the Westchester Fire Academy for 18 weeks in September.

“Someone who I have known for decades who is so committed to Pelham and Pelham Manor,” said Monachino Lapey. “It is so heartwarming that Brian Hade wants to become a firefighter.”

The next board meeting will be on Sept. 12 at 8:15 p.m.