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Councilman Loughlin Offers Westfield Fourth Ward Update

Westfield Councilman Keith Loughlin

To My Friends and Neighbors, Residents of the Fourth Ward: It has been my honor to serve as your Councilman since 2010. Below is some information about Westfield that I hope you will find useful.

Road Paving

Councilman Doug Stokes and I successfully advocated for paving all or parts of several streets in the Fourth Ward, including First Street, Shackamaxon, Shadowlawn and Summit Court. Union County is paving Central Avenue from South Avenue in Westfield to Barnes & Noble in Clark at no cost to Westfield. We continue to pave more roads while reducing costs. Please email us at 4thWard@westfieldnj.gov to report a pothole or add your street to our paving list.

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Downtown Parking

Parking is now FREE before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. We are adding 15 minute FREE “express spaces” on Quimby Street for takeout orders or quick errands. New on-street parking meters will accept credit cards, coins, tokens, smart cards and pay by app, and offer 15 minutes of FREE parking at the push of a button. Parking is FREE in the South Avenue train lot in non-numbered spots after 10am weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

More changes are coming including expansion of the parking lot across from the post office with more spaces, and redesign of the North Avenue train lot.

Conservation Center

The Westfield Conservation Center, located on Lamberts Mill Road, now offers FREE mulch and firewood. You can also bring recyclables (including metal hangers!) and NO PERMIT IS REQUIRED.

A car decal is required to dispose leaves, grass clippings and branches, and we reduced the fee for a car decal by nearly 30 percent to $50.

Public Safety

Neighborhood Scout ranked Westfield #45 on their Top 100 Safest Cities in America list for 2017. We continue to work to make our town as safe as possible.

We receive many requests from residents about speeding. We have several tools to address speeding, including using a speed box. Speed boxes flash how fast a car is driving, which alert drivers to slow down. In addition, speed boxes gather data including how many cars are driving on the street, at what time, and at what speed. We recently used a speed box on Willow Grove Road, and we are reviewing this data to perform targeted enforcement and identify solutions to improve safety.

Downtown Events

The Downtown Jazz Festival is every Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. during July and August with Wednesday rain dates. Five bands will play each Tuesday, including at the new location at South and Westfield Avenues in Foundation Park.

The Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza is July 26 at 7 p.m.

Stay Connected

Please like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter @KeithLoughlin for updates on Westfield.

Please email me at kloughlin@westfieldnj.gov on any issue. Thank you for your continued support.

Keith Loughlin

Westfield Councilman, Fourth Ward

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