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Village of Pelham to conduct geotechnical testing at Julianne’s Playground July 10-12, 15

The Village of Pelham is seeking to install an underground reservoir and a pump station in the area of the tennis courts at Julianne’s Playground. (Source: Google Maps)

The Village of Pelham will be conducting geotechnical testing at Julianne’s Playground on July 10-12 and July 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to an email from Mayor Chance Mullen. While the playground will remain open during testing, the contractors under the Village of Pelham will close off the blacktop area with temporary safety fencing, said the email.

The geotechnical testing is part of the Village’s possible $39 million plan to upgrade rainwater sewers to mitigate the ongoing flooding problem in the North Pelham and Highbrook Avenue areas.

“Geotechnical testing is used to collect or evaluate subsurface data to determine the properties of geologic materials on the site, such as type, chemical composition, compressibility, strength, thickness, or structure. This testing marks the official start of the flood mitigation project’s ‘engineering phase,'” said Mullen.

Mullen said that more testing will occur on the roadways throughout the Village over the coming months as engineers from AI Engineers develop plans for the Village.

The Village of Pelham Board of Trustees voted unanimously on May 28 to begin eminent domain proceedings against the Pelham school district to take land at the district’s Julianne’s Playground that the village says it needs for reservoirs and pumps as part of an overhaul of the stormwater sewer system, according to an email sent in May by Mayor Chance Mullen to residents. Additionally, the geotechnical testing comes three weeks after the Village of Pelham Board of Trustees held a public hearing required under state eminent domain law in which seven of the 10 speakers opposed the Village’s usage of eminent domain on Julianne’s Playground.

According to a separate email from the Pelham Union Free School District, the geotechnical testing was allowed without an access agreement with the District under law related to the Village’s eminent domain proceedings for the flood mitigation project.

To minimize park disruption, the District has requested expedited testing and restoration of the blacktop, according to the email.

The District said in the email to contact the Village of Pelham for any questions and concerns.

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Gillian Ho, Deputy Managing Editor
Gillian Ho is a senior at the Horace Mann School. She has been a Pelham resident since 2016 and has written for the Pelham Examiner since its start in 2018. In school, Gillian writes for her school's newspaper and participates in public forum debate. She hopes to pursue journalism in college. During her free time, she fences in and out of school.

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