Opinion: Let the twin towers rise (minus taxes)

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Westfield City Council was to have voted July 14 on the Westfield Towers, a form of public art rising high over the east and west sides of U.S. 31 and Ind. 32. Regardless of how that vote turned out, we agree with a contractor’s assessment that “Westfield doesn’t have a lot of historic structures, but there is a mix of various styles, materials, et cetera, that contribute to a historic material palette. These include brick, limestone, granite and lap siding.” It also notes that our community is “growing quickly both in population as well as from a new business standpoint.” Its design statement called for the combining of historic charm with a welcoming message “that Westfield is transforming with and engaging the future.” We believe it is proper to erect an unforgettable, iconic entry to our city that will impress beyond compare in this region – as long as it is accomplished without raising taxes. So, if the council didn’t approve the towers’ installation with existing funds, we’ll be hoping for another attempt. Public art, in our opinion, regardless of shape and size, makes a statement now and forever. This would allow Westfield to distinguish itself. (For information on the council meeting, visit youarecurrent.com).

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We were proud to be a sponsor again for Westfield Rocks the 4th, and it was, indeed, bigger and better than ever. We can only imagine what 2015 holds. The festival is on quite a roll. You can make it even more magnetic by becoming a volunteer. In order to do so, or to get more information about helping out, visit westfield.in.gov and navigate to the section for Westfield Rocks the 4th volunteers. You’ll need to complete a form, but you’ll only have to do it once. Becoming involved in any community pursuit is rife with rewards that are personal and community-oriented. We urge your consideration.

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