WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council voted unanimously to adopt its proposed municipal budget, as well as the special improvement district budget (the budget for the Downtown Westfield Corporation) during Tuesday night’s meeting. To read more about these budgets, click here.
“I’m very proud of the budget,” finance policy chair Sam Della Fera told the council during a conference meeting earlier that evening. “I think we’re going to be passing a very beneficial budget tonight.”
Colby Sheppard, a Westfield mom, told the council about how the Westfield Memorial Library board agreed to put filters on two of the four computers in the children’s section after her child accidently viewed pornography on one of them. To watch video of her speech, click here.
Sheppard said she hoped to get the council’s support as she continued to push to have filters installed on all of the computers in the children’s section.
During the meeting the council also voted to move the no-parking area down one car length on the street to allow for better line of sight at the intersection of Prospect Street and Cowperthwaite and at the intersection of Kimball Avenue and Elm Street. That rule takes effect immediately.
Stacey Smith and Kim Smith of Comcast were at the meeting that night, when Mayor Andy Skibitsky thanked them for helping to beautify Mindowaskin Park during Saturday’s town-wide Earth Day cleanup. Forty Comcast workers and their family members volunteered that day in Westfield as part of the 14th Comcast Cares Day across the county. To read more about that event, click here.
Kim Smith took a moment to tell the council how happy they were to partner with Westfield and the Friends of Mindowaskin Park.
“It was really a pleasure to work with all of you on Saturday,” added Stacey Smith.
As the council liaison to the Downtown Westfield Corporation, Della Fera told the council that last week’s Girls’ Night Out was “another successful event.”
More than 2,000 women pre-registered for the event, representing more than 168 towns in New Jersey and 10 states. Twenty five percent of those who registered were from Westfield. More than 90 businesses took part, Della Fera said.
“We introduced our downtown to residents of other communities and hopefully they’ll be back,” Della Fera said during the conference meeting.
Frank Arena gave a shout-out during the conference meeting to the public works department for their recent work to “spruce up” downtown before Girls’ Night Out and for work on Gumpert Field before the recent Westfield Baseball League’s parade.
“They did a phenomenal job at Gumpert field,” Arena said.
The next town council meetings will take place on May 12.