WESTFIELD, NJ — At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the town council approved on first reading a $2.8 million bond ordiance to be used mostly to improve roads, but also for athletic fields, police, fire and public works. Grants and money from existing funds are expected to be used to offset the final costs for these improvements. The ordinance is set to be adopted June 3.

The council also approved on first reading an ordinance that would add two hours each day to the free parking available in lot #3, making those spots free from 10 a.m. on to accommodate NJ Transit customers taking advantage of the off-peak one-seat ride to New York that's now available. Currently, spots in that lot become free at noon.

During the time for public comments, resident Greg Kasko again asked Mayor Andy Skibitsky what it costs taxpayers when the town uses its mobile command center in other towns.

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“I’m looking for that dollar figure, Mr. Mayor,” said Kasko.

Residents also argued for and against an ordinance changing Westfield's liquor license laws to allow restaurants with conditional liquor licenses greater flexibility in their bar service operations. That ordinance passed on first reading. To read more about that story, click here.

And the town council passed a resolution in support of the police department’s current “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

During a council conference meeting earlier in the evening, Councilman James Foerst announced that the council gave the Friends of the Westfield Clock the green light to begin constructing two clocks to be placed Downtown. The council recommended placing the first clock at the south side of the train station. Approval for the second clock to be placed on the North side of the train station could come in the future.

To read our earlier story about several ordinances that passed on first reading that evening as part of the code review and town property committee’s efforts to update the town code, including the ordinance regarding liquor licenses and one regarding marijuana dispensaries, click here.