WESTFIELD - A cruise-in is coming to Westfield
Mike Ceci spoke about the plans at the village's last board meeting on Monday, May 21. The festival would take place the weekend of Aug. 17 through 19 with various activities occurring all over both the town and village.
"It has a potential to do very well," Ceci said.
Photo by Jenna Loughlin
Mike Ceci told the Westfield Village Board of Trustees about an upcoming cruise-in at Cross Roads this August.
Ceci described the weekend starting with a "Welcome to Westfield" opening night at Noble Winery that Friday, complete with a view of the sunset, followed by the cruise-in, awards and perhaps a parade on Saturday and finishing with a pancake breakfast on Sunday. He also mentioned doing more in Moore Park Saturday evening, bringing up things like live music, a movie, art in the park or even vendors
"We want it to be a festive village event," he said.
Proceeds from the cruise-in would go benefit the Food Bank of Western New York which just opened up a new facility in Jamestown just to serve Chautauqua County. Ceci said the event could be huge, depending on the amount of support it receives, but those already working on it are a little overwhelmed, so he is looking for more support and hoping the village can pick up some of the slack.
"I believe this has the potential to really draw people," Ceci said.
Village Trustee Dave Brooker commented that, in partnering with the food bank, the cruise-in will also help the Westfield Food Pantry since is part of the food bank's network.
Also at the meeting, the board gave its permission to allow the firemen's annual convention to return to Westfield. Mayor Carr brought up his hesitation due to the last time this event was held in the village eight years ago. However, Jim Pacanowski assured the mayor and the board things have changed since then and those in charge are cracking down and making sure the convention is much less rowdy with a clear set of rules which go out to everyone participating to be read and signed.
Pacanowski sees this convention not only as a big fundraiser for the all volunteer Westfield Fire Department, but also a money-maker for the local restaurants, gas stations and stores and said the WFD will communicate to the community the event has been cleaned up and will be different than it was in the past. For every issue the board raised, Pacanowski was able to point out steps taken by those in charge in order to stop that situation from happening in the future.
Another presenter to the board was Jeff Jaynes with updated GIS maps of the village's waterlines and service locations. After not having been updated in a few years, this is going to become an annual, Village Clerk Vince Luce said.
"That was a big project," Jaynes said.
"It was a long time coming," Village Mayor David Carr said.
In other business, the board approved two resolutions. One covers the New York State Department of Transportation in connection with work affecting state highways. The other adopted New York State Archives MU1 Schedule which deals with how village records are kept. The board also approved new rates for equipment rental, or what the village charges when it has to mow a village resident's lawn, due to the amount of mowing being done on abandoned properties.
During public comment, a question came up about the new garbage and recycling service in the village. With the new service, which started June 4, residents will still have to use the special orange bags for garbage. Zero-sort recycling will be picked up every two weeks. A brochure and calendar regarding the recycling can be found on the village's website, www.villageofwestfield.org.
Also during public comment, resident Dave O'Connor spoke to the board regarding the MU1 Schedule resolution, calling Westfield's list of files fake and sharing a story of his difficulty attempted to get copies of files he requested off the list under the Freedom Of Information Law. He said the list is now in the hands of an attorney, but told he board he would rather work with the village. Mayor Carr said the board would take his comments under advisement.
O'Connor also explained a situation where he made series of formal complaints against two members of Westfield Police Department. O'Connor said he had a "cordial" meeting with Police Chief Robert Genthner who came over to his house.
During the meeting, O'Connor said the chief told him he had tried to find people to interview. However, O'Connor said he was never interviewed and in fact has video of the incidents, which is now the hands of an attorney.