WESTFIELD - The lights are on at Barcelona Harbor.
Workers from the Town and Village of Westfield removed old lights and put up new ones Monday, April 15 on the pier. The town obtained the 10 LED lights as part of a New York State Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant for overall improvements to the pier.
The Town Board was given the notice at its meeting on Wednesday, April 3 that the lights were almost ready to be installed. Town Supervisor Martha Bills noted the lights were shorter, but the town had decided to make the lighting of the pier more pedestrian than parking lot scale. Additionally, the old style lights could not be replaced.
Photos by Jenna Loughlin
Workers from the Town and Village of Westfield replaced the light fixtures at the Barcelona Harbor pier on Monday, April 15 with new LED lights.
Also during the meeting, the town set four public hearings for before its next meeting on Wednesday, May 1. One of the hearings will deal with changing the town's zoning code regulating outdoor markets to allow outdoor flea markets, with many stipulations.
During public comment, Harold Nass asked what had prompted this decision to change the code. Bills responded the town had a request by Mei Lu and Tom Herr, properties owner on Sherman-Westfield Road, across from Cross Roads Market.
Nass also inquired if the change to the law would allow anyone to just get a permit from Town Clerk Tim Smith, to which Bills responded it would still require a special use permit and thus a hearing. Currently, covered markets are allowed in the town, but open markets are not.
The first public hearing will be regarding allowing a retail/wholesale bait and tackle shop business on Bliss Road will take place on May 1 at 7 p.m. The second public hearing regarding outdoor markets will take place at 7:05 p.m. The third public hearing regarding amending the town's procurement policy to allow for awards other than to the lowest bidder will take place at 7:10 p.m. The fourth and final public hearing regarding amending the town's sign law will take place at 7:15 p.m.
In old business, Bills said surveyors for the Barcelona water pipe project were out the first two weeks of April, and would also be boring the soil for testing. Highway Superintendent David Babcock noted they had around 11,000 feet to go through.
Audience member William Bauer asked if the electric or gas companies were going to use the opportunity of the digging to replace the water pipes to move or upgrade their system. Babcock said no.
The Town of Westfield received a letter from New York State Senator Catharine Young announcing the town would be receiving $128,000 in Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program, or CHIPS, funds, an increase of 28 percent. It is the first increase in CHIPS funding in five years.
"Very good news for us," Bills said. "We never know how much we're going to get each year."
During his report, Code Enforcement Officer Jim Pacanowski said the Mazza distillery is looking to be open by Memorial Day, depending on state permits. Board member Jim Herbert said two commercial fishing boats were put in the water at Barcelona Harbor, even the harbor is not quite yet open.
Smith announced the town's spring clean-up would take place on Saturday, May 11 at the transfer station from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the e-waste turn-in would take place on Saturday, May 18 at the town barn from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In new business, the board passed Budget Resolution No. 2-2013 which made some revisions to the budget. The town added $30,959 in revenue due to the hamlet grant payback to the Department of State for work in Barcelona. Also, the Town Court received a $2,900 grant for some equipment, which was not initially in this year's budget. Finally, $10 needed to be added to the municipal dues.
Babcock received approval of his request for annual bid awards. He said he had twice as many bids as normal, so the pricing was better. Babcock also explained he requested approval for multiple sources of material in some cases so that if one supplier is unavailable, the town has an alternative option.
Board member Ray Schuster asked if the department had received its new truck yet. Babcock said he was going to inspect it the week of Monday, April 8, and once they approved it, the truck would then be painted.
The highway bid approvals were as follows: fuel, NOCO Energy, gasoline for $3.744 per gallon and diesel for $3.269 per gallon; limestone, Buffalo Crushed Stone, Inc., No. 1A for $17.40 per ton or delivered for $26.60, No. 1st for $15 per ton or delivered for $23.20; limestone Erie Sand & Gravel Co., No. 8 limestone for $20.60 per ton and No. 9 limestone for $20.60 per ton; limestone, Schofield Farms, No. 1A delivered for $24.75; 1 A's gravel stone, Country Side Sand and Gravel, $13.10 per ton or delivered for $18.45; first gravel stone, Country Side Sand and Gravel, $12.10 per ton or delivered for $17.45; ice control sand, Country Side Sand and Gravel, $6.10 per ton or delivered for $10.95; ice control sand, Jamestown Macadam Inc., $4 per ton or delivered for $11.50; ice control sand, Hard Rock Gravel Products, $7 per yard; gravel, Hard Rock Gravel Products, bank run for $3.50 per ton, screen for $5.25 per ton; gravel, Jamestown Macadam Inc., bank run for $5.25 per ton, screen for $5.25 per ton; oversized stone, Hard Rock Gravel Products, $7.50 per ton; oversized stone, Jamestown Macadam Inc., $7 per ton or delivered for $15.50; screened road millings, Jamestown Macadam Inc., $12.50 per ton or delivered for $20; No. 2's and 3's mixed stone, Jamestown Macadam Inc., $11.75 per ton or delivered for $20.25; unscreened top soil, Hard Rock Gravel Products, $7 per ton; road oil CRS-2P, Russell Standard Corp., $2.59 per gallon; road oil HFRS-2P, Suit-Kote Corp., $2.54 per gallon; black top, Hanson Aggregates, black top machine use $1 per ton, binder $61.75 per ton, top No. 6 $66.75 per ton, top No. 7 $70.75 per ton, airport with limestone $71 per ton; black top, Jamestown Macadam, Inc., black top machine use $0, binder $62.30 per ton, top No. 6 $67.40 per ton, top No. 7 $70.60 per ton, airport with limestone $71.90 per ton; black top, Gernatt Asphalt, Inc., black top machine use $2,095 per day, binder $64.50 per ton, top No. 6 $70 per ton, top No. 7 $73 per ton, airport with limestone $74.75 per ton; concrete, Hanson Aggregates, 3000 footer mix $107 per yard, 4000 exterior mix $111per yard, 4000 wall mix $116.50 per yard, concrete inter locking blocks $65 each; concrete, Jamestown Macadam Inc., 3000 footer mix $103.65 per yard, 4000 footer mix $106.65 per yard, 4000 wall mix $113.40 per yard, concrete inter locking blocks, $68 each, half block$58 each; guide rail, Guide Rite Installation, $7.50 per lineal foot used, $39.50 per each rail used, $60 per each rail new.
The board recessed into executive session to discuss pending litigation and contract negotiation. After the session, the board authorized up to $6,000, if necessary, to pre-fund demolition waste removal.