By Dave O'Connor
WESTFIELD - A long-promised new business may not be coming to the area because of an abundance of red tape, according to information at the Westfield Village Board of Trustees meeting in Eason Hall on Monday, July 15.
Photo by Dave O’Connor
Two moms and some enterprising youngsters came to the Village of Westfield Board of Trustees meeting Monday, July 15, to present an $800 check to the village recreation department.
Last fall, then Mayor Dave Carr said he expected a pierogie bakery would occupy the former Exempt Firemen's Hall on Bourne Street, but Carr told village trustees Monday that the owners have had to overcome one hurdle after another, the latest Carr said, is an environmental requirement.
"We can't let the thing fail," Carr said during the public comment portion of the trustees' July session.
Commenting after Carr, Code Enforcement Officer Jim Pacanowski said he understood an environmental study probably would further delay opening the business at least until September. Neither Carr nor Pacanowski provided details of the study but Pacanowski said he understood it was a condition for bank financing.
In other business, a proposal by Mayor Mike Vandevelde to conduct two trustee meetings every month was set aside when Vandevelde agreed with trustees that two sessions every month may be too ambitious. Perhaps, the mayor said, an extra session once a quarter might be more practical.
"We'll try to get more community involvement in that (extra) meeting," he said.
Another proposal was also set aside, this one to allow the village fire department to make purchases of $1,000 or less without seeking permission from village trustees. Presently the department can spend up to $500 without board approval.
A member of the public stood up and said he was against approving the larger sum because he saw no fire department members present. Vandevelde said, "If they want to discuss this they can come," and the item was withdrawn.
Trustees unanimously approved what Pacanowski called "securing" two abandoned former residences, one at 77 Union St., the other at 41-42 Clinton St. Securing, according to trustee Rob Cochran, means boarding up doors and windows "to the extent we have to."
Pachanowski said the Union Street property has no owner and consequently, he said, "It will sit there for three years until a tax sale."
Venn Blakely, recreation director, received an $800 check from a group of youngsters who conducted a lemonade and bake sale Friday in front of 7 Bank St.
"We'll put it all to good use," Blakely said.
The public meeting lasted about 45 minutes.