By Dave O'Connor
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Village Board had safety in mind when considering to board up two vacant homes at a recent meeting.
Photo by Dave O’Connor
In an effort to keep the public safe, the village of Westfield board of trustees unanimously voted to take steps to secure two decrepit properties by, among other things, boarding up doors and windows. Shown is a former residence at 77 Union St. The other property occupies 41-43 Clinton St.
Trustees unanimously approved what Pacanowski called "securing" two abandoned former residences, one at 77 Union St., the other at 41-43 Clinton St. Securing, according to trustee Rob Cochran, means boarding up doors and windows "to the extent we have to."
Pacanowski said the Union Street property has no owner and consequently, he said, "It will sit there for three years until a tax sale."
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 Vandevelde said, "If they want to discuss this they can come," and the item was withdrawn.
Venn Blakely, recreation director, happily received an $800 check from a group of youngsters who conducted a lemonade and bake sale in front of 7 Bank St.
"We'll put it all to good use," Blakely said.
The public meeting lasted about 45 minutes.