Main Street taking shape with addition of new businesses

WESTFIELD – With the New Year approaching, Westfield Mayor Dave Carr gave some positive updates on new business in the village during the recent Board of Trustees meeting.

“I’m sure you have all heard that the Fireman’s Exempt Hall is possibly being sold, and I would like to report we have talked to Chautauqua IDA and Empire State Development Corporation representatives, and that sale is still on schedule. The buyers are in the process of talking to their bank and attorneys, and things are moving forward and looking very positive,” stated the mayor.

Carr also gave a report on the recently opened Parkview Cafe to the trustees and members of the audience.

“Proprietor Beth Powers is currently open for business and doing very well.”

According to the mayor, Brazill’s on Main is on track for a spring opening. The restaurant, which will occupy the space of the former Sapore Restaurant, had its on-premise liquor, beer and wine license waiver approved by the board in October.

“The owners are working on track and hope to be in operation as early as mid-February, although they are scheduled to open by the first of March. The owners are planning to use as much local meat and produce as possible and I think this will be a good addition to the downtown business scene.”

Newly opened hair salon Main Street Salon operated by Laura Luke is reportedly doing above than expected after recently opening their doors.

Regarding to the Westfield Farmer’s Market, Carr happily announced that Arianne Correll has been named as the new director as the market heads into 2013.

The mayor also acknowledged the recent passing of DPW Advisory Board member Charles Quick. While Quick was the only member on the board during his term who didn’t come from an engineering background, the mayor added that’s what made him “a good addition because he would ask questions, offer new ideas and have a fresh perspective. He will be very missed.”

In other matters, the board of trustees authorized Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Andrew Thompson to purchase four replacement return sludge pumps, to be purchased within the next four years.

Carr also reported that the plant was inspected in November by county health department officials and commended Thompson, plant staff, as well as the tax paying public of Westfield for their willingness to address issues at the plant and modernize its operation resulting in the favorable inspection report.

Thompson also approached the board with a request to accept liquid brewery waste from Chad Schofield at the treatment plant for disposal at a rate of $18/1,000 gallons.

Trustee Dave Brooker confirmed with Thompson that no negative impact or inconvenience would be posed to standard operation of the plant by accepting Schofield’s waste material. Thompson confirmed that the processing would not interrupt standard work at the plant.

The board approved the measure and Village Clerk Vince Luce noted that the rate specified would apply to wants to dispose of material providing it’s similar in type.

Recreation Director Venn Blakely also reported to the board what’s happening around town for residents of all ages to take part in.

Fifty one travelers enjoyed a recent bus trip to the James A. Garfield House in Cleveland to enjoy Christmas lights recently. Presently, a Pilates group continues to meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at Eason Hall. Also taking place, are: Adult Co Ed Volleyball at WACS on Wednesday nights; Under 35 and Over 35 Basketball; Youth job service, which is available to residents needing assistance with odd jobs; Youth Basketball and Roller Skating; and Indoor Soccer Practice for middle and high school teams Sunday evenings at WACS.

Blakely also reported that the ice rink will be assembled in Moore Park very soon. He also pointed out that in addition to the Recreation Department website, a Facebook page has been established for informational purposes.

The Board of Trustees will meet again in the New Year on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 7 p.m. in Eason Hall.