WESTFIELD - There were quite a few issues recently brought up to the board.
During the public comment portion of the Westfield Village Board of Trustee's meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, village resident Randy Travis shared a complaint about the noise caused by garbage trucks picking up private dumpsters behind the Main Street businesses between Portage and Market Streets. Travis said the trucks are making this noise during the noise curfew hours, and this wakes him up in the middle of the night most nights.
"The garbage trucks are excessively loud," he said.
Photo by Jenna Loughlin
The Westfield Village Board of Trustees heard from audience members during the public comment portion of its meeting on Monday, Feb. 20. Pictured behind the bench, from left to right, are: Trustee Rob Cochran; Deputy Mayor Chris Jaynes; Mayor Dave Carr; Trustee Dave Brooker; and Trustee Rick Raynor. Seated at the table, from left to right, are: Treasurer Rebecca Betts-Paternosh; Westfield Police Chief Robert Genthner; and Village Clerk Vince Luce.
Department of Public Works Supervisor Ed LeBarron said they are picked up at such odd hours because it is the only time the service can access the dumpsters without cars in the way.
"We have no control over the private dumpsters," LeBarron said.
Village Clerk Vince Luce said it is an activity exempt from the noise ordinance law.
During the conversation, two other audience members - Mark Puckhaber and Marybelle Beigh - complained about being disturbed by the garbage contractor that services the village, saying it is picking up garbage well before the earliest contracted time of 5 a.m. LeBarron said he needs written complaints to enforce the penalties in the current contract, the contractor will not accept verbal warnings. Anyone with a complaint may get a form from the Village Clerk's Office or online at www.villageofwestfield.org under Downloads.
Also during public comment, Barcelona resident Steve Woleben said he received a bill signed by Village of Westfield Mayor David Carr totaling $924.78 for repairs to the water line. The bill had a date for the repairs of March 16, 2010 and Woleben wanted to know why it took so long for him to receive the bill.
Village Treasurer Rebecca Betts-Paternosh said there was a typo for what year the work was performed, it was actually in March of 2011 and LeBarron explained the bill was withheld on a request from the Town of Westfield in the hopes of rolling the fees into a grant. However, the grant refused the request because the repairs happened before the grant was awarded, LeBarron said, so once the grant refused, the village had to send out the bill to the individuals.
Dave Haskin asked a few questions during public comment. His first was how long Tye Flurie, who was promoted to permanent lineman earlier in the meeting, has worked for the electric department. Luce said it has been about a year and Mayor Carr commented he came to the Westfield department from Mayville.
Haskin's second question about why the village is cutting down trees by the old sewer plant on Hawley Street. LeBarron said a couple of the trees had come down during some recent wind storms which damaged the building and took electric wires down, so the insurance company requested the village take down the rest of the trees before they fell also.
Haskin also said he has received phone calls to his residence regarding animal cruelty and, due to recent issues with the SPCA, Haskin said he was told local law enforcement is in charge of dealing with these issues and not dog wardens, who are not qualified. Westfield Police Chief Robert Genthner said he is correct, that village residents would contact the Westfield Village Police and town residents would contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department or the New York State Police.
Finally, Beigh brought up a complaint she has mentioned in the past about the snow plows ruining her yard during public comment. She said when the plow comes down Wood Street, it piles up snow and parts of her yard into her yard and driveway.
"I can't shovel that kind of stuff," Beigh said. "It makes a mess during snow season."
She asked if the plow could swing it over into the space between the street and the fence of the skateboard park. LeBarron said the village uses one-way plows which cannot change angles to plow in a different direction. LeBarron said his department will go around and fix up yards that have been damaged.
In other business:
John Paul Wolfe was approved to a regular member position on the Planning Board. Puckhaber and Beigh both requested to be considered for the remaining vacant alternate position;
the YWCA Arts and Crafts Festival was approved in Moore Park for July 27 and 28;
Mayor Carr spoke with two references - Belmont and Hamburg - about hosting the Southwestern Volunteer Convention in 2013, but there are other locations he wants to call before making a decision;
having two scheduled meetings per month or having one scheduled meeting and one work session meeting per month and combining the work sessions with the Department of Public Works was discussed, with no vote taken;
Luce brought up considering updating the comprehensive plan during the budget development process. He was asked to get estimates for the project;
reports and overtime for the police, recreation, public works, electric, sewer, water, treasurer and clerk departments were approved;
the purchase of a clam attachment for the village's backhoe for $2,165 was approved;
the board gave approval for LeBarron to go out to bid for the village's refuse disposal contract;
the board approved an easement release for 3 Villa Drive;
Tye Flurie was appointed to permanent lineman for the electric department;
Bill Boneberg was appointed to permanent electric superintendent effective Feb. 10, 2012;
two steal tanks and an incubator from the sewer department were declared as surplus property.