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Westfield Town Council Prepares for Emergencies, Paves Way for More Improvements at Meeting

Jackie Lieberman

Thursday, August 8, 2013 • 10:19am

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Town Council passed a resolution at its regular meeting Aug. 6  authorizing the mayor to sign an interlocal services agreement. The agreement will allow towns to share services as needed during emergencies such as Superstorm Sandy.

Several nearby towns are already on board with the idea, Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the council at a council conference meeting held earlier that evening.

“The more towns we have, the more opportunities we have,” Gildea said.

A resolution to award contract for the 2013 various road improvements passed, allowing for the town to move into phase two of its planned summer improvements. For more information about these, click here.

A resolution to award contract for the 2013 improvement of Parking Lot #4 downtown also passed.

“We’re going to get this project started as soon as possible,” said Gildea at the conference meeting.

And an ordinance was passed that adds a piece of town property to the Dunham Avenue Bird Sanctuary “as should have been done originally,” according to Gildea.

At the council conference meeting, resident Bob Burlsem voiced concern that the outdoor seating at restaurants downtown often takes up more of the sidewalk than legally allowed, and that the chairs and tables as well as sandwich signs are making it dangerous for pedestrians who are forced to walk in the street to go around them.

The Westfield Town Council also passed resolutions that evening supporting the adoption of “Idle Free Zones” as well as supporting the 2013 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Statewide Labor Day Crackdown. More about these and other resolutions to come.

To read our previous stories about the Aug. 6 town council meetings, click here and here.

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