Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Council meets at 8 p.m. at the Municipal Building
Tuesday, March 5
The following information is available on the Town of Westfield's website: TOWN OF WESTFIELD TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING Tuesday, March 5, 2013 8 pm PROPOSED AGENDA This agenda is prepared for the information of the public. It is the order of the meeting; however, if changes in order, deletions or additions are made, they will be noted at the time Roll Call Invocation Salute to the flag Presentations Westfield First – H & R Block Appointments Advertised Hearings Pending Business Ordinances as listed under Advertised hearings Approval of Minutes from Town Council Meeting held February 19, 2013 Approval of Minutes from Town Council Conference Session held February 19, 2013 Petitions and Communications Open discussion by citizens…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Haas says he hopes Skibitsky will join local mayors to lobby "federal officers for measures to lessen gun violence."
Thursday, February 21
I urge Mayor Skibitsky to join Mayor Bloomberg’s coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). This is a bipartisan group of mayors supporting moderate measures to limit gun violence in our communities. I also strongly support our council passing the model ordinance distributed by the MAIG. We were all affected by the shocking violence at Newtown Ct. December 14th. The town council and mayor received several e-mails from parents concerned about their children’s safety at their schools. The Mayor and the Superintendent of Schools issued a joint communication about the procedures and preparedness of the schools if such an incident were to occur here. Clearly, as a community where raising families is at the core of who we are, this …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
First Ward Councilman says Westfield has faced challenges and overcome them.
Wednesday, February 20
Dear Editor: It has been both my pleasure and my privilege to represent the people of the First Ward on the Westfield Town Council. Westfield continues to be the envy of other communities. We are a desirable place to live and raise a family, and a premier destination in the region for shopping, dining and entertainment. My family and I have been proud to call Westfield our home for 17 years. We enjoy its excellent school system, its vibrant and award-winning downtown and its charming neighborhoods. As a member of the Town Council, my focus has been, and will continue to be, to protect and preserve our exceptional quality of life. Because I believe that I can continue to be an effective advocate for the residents of Westfield’s First Ward, …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Residents are asked to support the squad.
The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad was presented with a proclamation read by acting mayor JoAnn Neylan, in the absence of Mayor Andy Skibitsky, at the Town Council meeting Tuesday evening. The proclamation was regarding the squad's upcoming annual fund drive in March. The proclamation stated that March has been designated Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad Month, recognizing the contributions of the members: “The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad is a wholly volunteer emergency medical service [operating] 24 hours a day, 7 days a week… [They] provide no-fee emergency medical care and transportation to the residents and visitors of the town of Westfield for the past 62 years… [and] are certified volunteer emergency medical technicians who …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Mayor urged residents to contact legislators to make their voices heard.
At Tuesday evening's meeting of the Westfield Town Council, Mayor Andy Skibitsky began by addressing gun control concerns raised at last week's meeting. "In order to move forward, we need to have a dispassionate discussion about a passionate issue," said Skibitsky, who stated that over the past week many messages were left at his home and office, several of which were "impolite." The mayor read a resolution urging legislators to address gun violence, which was passed by all members of the council with the exception of Councilman David Haas, who abstained. Haas, who stated that he had been given the resolution moments before the meeting began, said he wished the resolution had "teeth." Not only should the resolution be forwarded to the …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The following is the agenda for tonight's meeting
The following information is available on the Town of Westfield's website: TOWN OF WESTFIELD TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING Tuesday, February 5, 2013 8:00pm PROPOSED AGENDA This agenda is prepared for the information of the public. It is the order of the meeting; however, if changes in order, deletions or additions are made, they will be noted at the time Roll Call Invocation Salute to the flag Presentations Appointments Board of Architectural Review Gregory Blasi December 31, 2015 Advertised Hearings Pending Business Ordinances as listed under Advertised hearings Petitions and Communications Open discussion by citizens Bills and Claims in the amount of $42,618.95 Finance Policy Committee Public Safety, …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Town Adminstrator says Title 39 allows guards to "alleviate" traffic backup.
If that headline sounds vaguely familiar it's because Westfield resident Greg Kasko spoke before the Westfield Board of Education on Thursday, Jan. 4 to question who is giving crossing guards the authority to wave vehicles through stop signs once children have safely crossed through an intersection. Kasko, a father of two children who regularly walk to school, said he was speaking out of concern for their safety following an incident in which two children were struck by a car outside Edison Intermediate School. At the time, Kasko was told by Board President Richard Mattessich that while he believed crossing guards did not have the authority to direct traffic, guards are employed by the Town of Westfield and he would need to check with Town…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Westfielder talks property tax bill.
Westfield resident Tony DelDuca thanked the Westfield Town Council Tuesday evening for spending his money "wisely." At the council's public meeting, DelDuca referenced a statewide chart, published by The Star-Ledger that showed homeowners in Westfield are paying higher property taxes than the statewide average and the second highest in Union County, yet DelDuca noted that the portion of his tax bill that stayed in Westfield is among the lowest. "When it came down to the municipal section of what we pay to support our government here in town we were one of the lowest, which is attributable to all of you doing an outstanding job," he said. DelDuca noted that of the average total tax bill of $14,329.07 paid by Westfielders, $2,657.55 goes …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Public meeting will be held at 8 p.m. at Municipal Building
Tuesday, January 15
The following proposed agenda is provided by the Town of Westfield: TOWN OF WESTFIELD TOWN COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING Tuesday, January 15, 2013 8:00pm PROPOSED AGENDA This agenda is prepared for the information of the public. It is the order of the meeting; however, if changes in order, deletions or additions are made, they will be noted at the time Roll Call Invocation Salute to the flag Presentations Appointments Advertised Hearings Pending Business Ordinances as listed under Advertised hearings Approval of Minutes from Town Council Meeting held December 11, 2012 Approval of Minutes from Conference Session held December 4, 2012 Petitions and Communications Open discussion by citizens Bills and Claims in the amount of $806,015.49 Finance …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Municipal salaries and wages are at 2005 levels, mayor says.
Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky, in his eighth State of the Town Address, began the annual reorganization meeting Wednesday night with a moment of silence for the "innocent lives lost" in Newtown, Conn. Skibitsky then addressed the Town of Westfield's ongoing crisis preparedness and said the Town has long had a comprehensive emergency plan in place, which is reviewed and practiced with students and staff on a regular basis. "Last month a joint meeting was held between the Town and the school district to discuss emergency preparedness, specifically in context of the Newtown tragedy," Skibitsky said. While the mayor said the safety protocols are maintained in a confidential manner, he directed residents to Town of Westfield's website to view…