The Westfield Borough Council meeting on March 10 began with an update from Shawn Downey concerning the sewer replacement project. Downey informed the council of an amendment to the engineering contract that will simplify reimbursement from PennVest when it comes time for that. Council approved a motion to put those amendments in the engineering contract.

The council then approved a notice of award for general contractor for Lobar and Crout Electric for electrical contractor.

Following those discussions, Downey provided the council with an update for the H2O grant which he said looks to be on track for announcing awards in July.

Then as the meeting was opened for public comment Laura Clarson and Kelly Stemcosky from Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries talked about the success of the Elkland Cat Project and proposed implementing a similar program in Westfield. Clarson and Stemcosky mentioned the fundraising efforts that helped the program flourish in Elkland. The Council had no objections to the proposal.

Shawn Ianson and Gary Bisel of Crary Hose Company talked about the current state of the fire department. Ianson said the department responded to 823 calls in the last two years. According to Ianson the current rescue truck is not meant to handle that many calls, so he informed the council that the fire department is looking into purchasing a pickup truck designed for and to handle this amount work. Ianson said the fire department is looking for donations to help with purchasing the new truck which comes with at base price of the truck at $36,000. The council couldn’t make any commitment at the meeting as the budget for the year was already finalized.

Another public comment was given later concerning the police department and a planned protest in Westfield March 14.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 14.