Council wraps up 2019, preps for 2020


The Westfield City Council met Dec. 19 for its final meeting of the year. The next meeting is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at City Hall, 130 Penn St. Councilor Bob Horkay was absent. For more, or to see an agenda, visit

What happened: The council approved an ordinance outlining 2020 updated policies, procedures and fees.

What it means: Policies, procedures and fee schedules include those for community development, public works, police and fire, human resources, parks, Westfield Welcome and Grand Park. See the complete list at


What happened: The council approved an amendment to the 2020 salary ordinance.

What it means: In October, the council approved the original 2020 salary ordinance for non-elected employees. City staff requested a change in the ordinance, correcting the annual salary midpoint for Class 10 employees to reflect the Archer Study, a tool municipalities use to help set compensation for city employees.

The council approved the amendment, 5-1, with councilor Chuck Lehman voting against.


What happened: The council approved the issuance of bonds for the Union Square project.

What it means: The economic development revenue bonds are not to exceed $6 million to finance the mixed-use residential/commercial project that will bring 180 apartments and approximately 30,000 square feet of commercial space on land bordered by Jersey, Mill and East Main streets. According to the ordinance, the bonds will be paid solely through tax increment financing.

The ordinance also approved the establishment of an allocation area for the Union Square project within the Grand Junction Economic Development Area and created the Union Square Allocation Area Fund.

The council approved the ordinance, 6-0.


What happened: The council approved year-end write-offs for 2019.

What it means: Each year, the council approves write-offs to help the clerk’s office balance its books. For 2019, the write-offs totaled $8,941.11.

The council approved the write-offs, 6-0.


What happened: The council approved the 2020 schedule for city council meetings.

What it means: Meetings for 2020 are set for Jan. 13 and 27, Feb. 10 and 24, March 9 and 23, April 13 and 27, May 11 and 26, June 8 and 22, July 13 and 27, Aug. 10 and 24, Sept. 14 and 28, Oct. 12 and 26, Nov. 9 and 23 and Dec. 14.

The council approved the schedule, 6-0.


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