Westfield Mayor recognizes assistance during recent fire

WESTFIELD – Westfield Mayor Dave Carr publicly thanked those involved with responding and assisting with a Jan. 5 house fire during the Board of Trustees’ monthly meeting.

“Concerning the fire at 19 Cottage Street, I would like to personally thank Crosby Mart, Westfield Family Physicians and Dave Gross of Vine City for offering coffee to our responders and for the use of electricity during the emergency. It’s people like them that help in an emergency and assist during what turned out to be a nasty morning in the village,” stated Mayor Carr.

The mayor also read aloud two letters that he drafted in thanks to an emergent response to the fire.

To Police Patrolman James Muscato, the mayor acknowledged “you saved the lives of the residents by entering the residence without the use of fire protection gear and demonstrated your dedication to village residents of Westfield.”

To fire department member Herb Johnson, Mayor Carr credited him with “assisting Patrolman Muscato in saving the lives of the occupants of the building without the use of fire equipment.”

“Both men did an outstanding job. Firefighters have safety equipment when they respond. These men went through a window, pulled one resident out to safety and guided others out of the building safely. We certainly appreciate these people in our village,” added Carr.

Building & Code Enforcement Officer Jim Pacanowski formally requested the board to declare the structure unsafe due to its present condition adding that a certified letter would be sent to the owner notifying them of the condemned status and subsequent demolition at the board’s allowance.

He reported to the board of trustees that at least one qualified architect has inspected the building and deemed it unsafe and beyond repair, and that in order for a rebuild to take place, a complete engineer’s report would need to be provided spelling out what would be done to the structure.

The board granted permission for Pacanowski to send the correspondence and formally declared the building condemned and unsafe.

In other matters, the board resolved to approve the use of Ottoway Park on July 14 for the Annual Ox Roast, as well as the use of Moore Park for the annual Arts & Crafts Festival to be held July 26 & 27.

The board will meet again on Monday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the North Room of Eason Hall. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.