No action was taken at the Westfield Town Board meeting on Wednesday evening to replace Dave Spann as a member of the Westfield Board of Fire Commissioners. Spann resigned from the post on Tuesday, DEC 5 at the conclusion of the Board of Fire Commisioners' meeting; he is a member of the Westfield Town Board of Trustees.
After the meeting and subsequent executive session, Supervisor Martha Bills said that it was not clear whether or when the Town Board would appoint someone to fill the vacant slot on the 5 member BOFC.
Notable in an otherwise routine meeting was the announcement by attorney Joel Seachrist that a settlement had been reached with one of the two commercial enterprises that had requested property tax relief. In the case of the Tops Market, the assessment for 2014 was reduced from $700,000 to approximately $650,000. No retroactive adjustments will be made, so no refunds will be required. Tops had originally requested a reduction in its assessment to $502,000. And in the case of Absolut Care, which had requested a 90 percent reduction in its assessment from $3.2 million to $320, 000, the health care facility has withdrawn its request for an assessment change.
In other action the board made some calendar changes, moved some line items within budget categories, allowed changes to the T-Mobile cell tower, which will have no environmental impact on the town, and made some calendar adjustments.
The board also accepted, with regret, the year-end resignation of the town historian, MaryBelle Beigh. Beigh is relocating to Colorado.