WESTFIELD - Town of Westfield residents will now be able to see their county and town tax bills online.
If a bill is lost or records are needed for filing income taxes, the information is readily available and can be printed from www.townofwestfield.org. In the future, residents will be able to pay their bills online, although this service is not yet available.
The recent town board meeting began with the swearing in of two trustees, Raymond Schuster and Dave Spann, who were re-elected this fall. Town Justice Jerry LaPorte administered the oath of office.
The board voted to pay its portion of the feasibility study for a Cobblestone Hotel which might be built in Westfield. The Westfield Village Board had approved payment of its share a day earlier. The feasibility study is the first step in the development of any Cobblestone Hotel. Half of the cost of the study is borne by Bri-Mark, the development group of the Cobblestone Hotels, and the rest is to be split equally by the town and village. Any building costs will be private. In the event the project does not go forward, both village and town officials feel that the information collected will be useful.
A number of questions regarding the hotel were addressed by Aaron Resnick, executive director of the Westfield Development Corporation. The Cobblestone Hotel group, which opened its first hotel in 2008, works in conjunction with local franchisees to create mid-size hotels, most often in communities having 2,000 to 11,000 residents. The hotel would require 40 percent investment by local investors. The group currently has 34 hotels operating in 13 states, has 10 properties under construction and 45 in development stages, including locations in Corry and near Erie, Pa. The site for the hotel has not yet been determined.
Superintendent Martha Bills commented on the work of the Westfield Development Corporation, and its efforts to promote the community. She noted that a recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette included Westfield as an attractive destination for a road trip from Pittsburgh.
Superintendent Bills stated that the Barcelona water project is moving forward. Draft specifications have been completed and will be forwarded to USDA Rural Development for their review. Upon completion of that review it is expected that the town can solicit bids for the project, most likely beginning in March.
The town gave final approval for the purchase of a 2015 Chevy pickup to be used by the highway superintendent. The truck will replace the existing Ford truck.
Other business included the passage of annual resolutions to set such items official meeting places, appointment of town boards and committees, and town employee salaries and hours.