WESTFIELD, NJ — During Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting, resident Greg Kasko asked why his repeated complaints to the police department about the use of generators on Kehler Field after 8 p.m. have gone unanswered.
The generators have been used since March 23 to power temporary lights on the field in a 10-week pilot program run by the Westfield Soccer Association. (To read our previous story on these lights, click here.)
According to Kasko, when he and his neighbors complain about the bright light, noise, noxious fumes and use of generators after hours, Westfield police do not respond.
(Westfield Police Chief David Wayman has said that that these complaints should be directed to the Westfield Board of Health, and that the BOH is the enforcing entity in this matter.)
“The police department is not the judge,” said Kasko, “They don’t interpret the law—they just enforce it.”
Town Attorney Russell Finestein responded that the ordinance Kasko claims makes running the generators after 8 p.m. illegal is superceeded by state law.
“That section of the code is superceeded by state law. That’s my opinion,” said Finestein.
Kasko later told TAP into Westfield that he has a mediation hearing on the matter scheduled for April 30 and that he may go to court.
During a conference meeting earlier in the evening, the town council welcomed the town’s new planner, Don Sammet, who has been on the job for just over a week.
“We’re very happy to have Don,” said Councilman James Foerst, who chairs the code review and town property committee. “We’re looking forward to a long, long future with him.”
“It’s great to be here,” said Sammet. “I think it’s going to be a great fit.”
Among the issues that the code review and town property committee is already discussing with Sammet are encouraging the use of solar panels while keeping neighborhoods aesthetically pleasing, preventing developers from clear-cutting trees from lots and determining where cell phone towers can and can’t be placed in Westfield.
Councilwoman Vicki Kimmins was absent from the meetings.
The next town council meeting will take place on April 28.