Over the past few months, Ward 3 neighbors have been reaching out to me with their long-standing concerns regarding our roads and sidewalks. The two most recent include:

  1. ADA compliant curb ramps at the Central Avenue & Clover Street intersection, and the absence of them at Clover & Francis Terrace; 
  2. The missing striping, where recently paved Summit Avenue intersects Grove Street. 

These are outcomes of piece-meal fixes and years of a reactive approach. Francis Terrace is visibly in need of paving, and though Clover Street has the ADA compliant curb ramps, they are ineffectual without the connecting sidewalk along Central Avenue. Currently, the curb ramp goes directly to grass. 

These long-standing, fixable issues need a proactive approach and holistic solutions. That's why Mayor Shelley Brindle initiated Westfield’s first comprehensive review of our infrastructure by: 

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  • Assessing and identifying ways to make North Ave from Central Avenue to South Euclid safer and more pedestrian friendly, with a Complete Streets Grant. 
     
  • Evaluating the condition of every street in Westfield with Laser Camera Array technology, which objectively determines the order of urgency for repaving. The outcomes and recommendations will be presented at a Town Council meeting in November. 

Our ward 3 neighbors recognize the difference that repaving 20-miles, versus the past annual average of just 4, has made to our quality of life. We need to bring this big picture approach to many of the long-standing challenges in Westfield. Residents expect more from their elected officials, and I’m ready for the work ahead as your Ward 3 Councilwoman. 

I look forward to earning your vote on Election Day November 5. Or, Early In-Person at the Union County Clerk’s Office on 300 North Avenue East in Westfield which is now open! 


To learn more and get involved: 
Email: jenn@westfieldtogether.com
Visit: gilmanforward3.com
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