WESTFIELD - Village of Westfield Mayor Dave Carr publicly thanked those involved with responding to and assisting with a recent house fire at 19 Cottage Street in the village during the Board of Trustees' monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
"Concerning the fire at 19 Cottage Street, I would like to personally thank Crosby Mart, Westfield Family Physicians and Dave Gross of Vine City for offering coffee to our responders and for the use of electricity during the emergency," Carr said. "It's people like them that help in an emergency and assist during what turned out to be a nasty morning in the village."
The mayor also read aloud two letters he drafted in thanks to an emergent response to the fire.
To Police Patrolman James Muscato, the mayor acknowledged, "you saved lives of the residents by entering the residence without the use of fire protection gear and demonstrated your dedication to village residents of Westfield."
To fire department member Herb Johnson, Carr credited him with, "assisting Patrolman Muscato in saving the lives of the occupants of the building without the use of fire equipment.
"Both men did an outstanding job," Carr said. "Firefighters have safety equipment when they respond. These men went through a window, pulled one resident out to safety and guided others out of the building safely. We certainly appreciate these people in our village."
Building and Code Enforcement officer Jim Pacanowski formally requested the board declare the structure unsafe due to its present condition adding a certified letter would be sent to the owner notifying them of the condemned status and subsequent demolition at the board's allowance.
He reported to the Board of Trustees that at least one qualified architect has inspected the building and deemed it unsafe and beyond repair, and in order for a rebuild to take place, a complete engineer's report would need to be provided spelling out what would be done to the structure. The board granted permission for Pacanowski to send the correspondence and formally declared the building condemned and unsafe.
In other matters, the board resolved to approve the use of Ottaway Park on July 14 for the annual Ox Roast, as well as the use of Moore Park for the annual Arts and Crafts Festival to be held July 26 and 27.
The board will meet again on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the North Room of Eason Hall. There will be two public hearings, one on changing zoning laws pertaining to the service industrial district - adding studios or art galleries and removing agricultural structures, gas and oil wells and mobile home and trailer sales - as well as changing the districts boundaries around West and East Pearl Streets and another to override the tax levy limit, a housekeeping measure the village passed last year as well to cover Westfield in the event of any miscalculations. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.