WESTFIELD, NJ — A crossing guard will soon be posted at 1st Street and Scotch Plains Avenue on a pilot basis, Councilman Keith Loughlin said at Tuesday night’s council conference meeting.

Loughlin serves as the chair of the public safety, transportation and parking committee.

“If this guard is used like we and residents anticipate, we will consider making this a permanent post,” he said. “We continue to receive and review crossing guard requests throughout all the neighborhoods and we will keep you updated as our traffic safety professionals review all requests.”

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According to Westfield Police Chief David Wayman, a guard could begin working there as soon as Monday.

Later, during the council’s regular meeting that evening, Loughlin announced that the town is hiring.

“We are currently seeking crossing guards for Westfield because several long-standing guards are recently retired so we need to fill the ranks,” Loughlin said. “We encourage anyone who is interested in serving as a crossing guard to contact our traffic borough at 908-789-6068.”