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Town board deals with variety of issues at meeting

May 2, 2012
By JENNA LOUGHLIN - EDITOR ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - It was a smorgasbord of topics at the Westfield Town Board meeting.

At the board's most recent meeting on Wednesday, April 4, Code Enforcement and Building Inspector Jim Pacanowski updated the board regarding the burned down house on North Portage Street. The property owner had appeared in court on Monday, March 26, the judged continued the case and she was to reappear on Tuesday, April 23. He also said the homeowner reported to the judge she was working with a contractor, but none have contacted Pacanowski.

"Right now, it's in the hands of the courts," he said.

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The Westfield Town Board listens to issues raised by audience members on Wednesday, April 4 during public comment at its monthly meeting. Seated from left to right are: board member Jim Herbert; Town Clerk Tim Smith; Town Supervisor Martha Bills; Deputy Supervisor Ray Schuster; and board member Dave Brown.

During public comment, William Bauer asked the board if it had a plan for the situation.

Town Supervisor Martha Bills said the town was taking all the action available. Bauer responded they could have gone to court last fall and added he is worried about the next one.

Also during public comment, Claude Abbey asked if there had been a meeting scheduled between the town and the village regarding a police coverage agreement. Board member David Brown said the two municipalities have not met as full boards, but there has been a workshop. Deputy Supervisor Ray Schuster said that nothing is scheduled, but he wants to schedule a meeting. He added the town still has police protection from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department and the New York State Police, just not Westfield Police Department protection.

"That's the way it is in most towns," Brown said.

Audience member Janet Nass asked about the helicopter rumors which Bills answered later in the meeting when she recommended sending an application for a special use permit back to the Town Planning Board. The SUP is for an outdoor family recreation center on Westfield-Sherman Road across from Crossroads to use the land, which is zoned residential/agriculture, as a commercial recreation center for birding, golf and helicopter rides. Bills said she wants the Planning Board to come up with more details before the town board makes its final decision. A public hearing will be held at 7:20 p.m., Wednesday, May 2 regarding the application. The application is available to read at the Town Clerk's office in Eason Hall

The town has scheduled this year's Spring Clean-up and eWaste Turn-in. The clean-up will be on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the transfer station. The eWaste will be on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the town barn.

In other business:

a public hearing will be held at 7:25 p.m., Wednesday, May 2 regarding an application for a special use permit for a 6-inch fence at 7518 East Main Road. The application is available to read at the Town Clerk's office in Eason Hall;

a resolution in support of Senator Catharine Young's efforts to keep NRG energy plant open;

the resignation of Dog Control Officer Mike Landon was accepted and the Chuck Raynor was appointed as his replacement at a rate of $6,500 per year;

the Town Bookkeeper was approved to attend Annual Financial School.



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