Following the recent approval by the CDC to offer COVID vaccinations to children age six months and above, the Westfield Regional Health Department will be offering its first vaccination for ages six months through four years on Thursday, June 30, from 2:00 - 6:00 PM. An online appointment is required, and can be made at westfieldnj.gov/vaccine-appointments as availability permits.
These appointments will offer the Pfizer vaccine, which, for this age group, requires three doses for full vaccination. The second two doses will be scheduled upon completion of the first. Additional clinics will be offered in the coming weeks and months.
In terms of tonight’s agenda, I’d like to provide a brief overview of some of the key items we’re voting on tonight.Public Works Committee
We have two ordinances on second reading tonight. One is from the Public Safety, Transportation & Parking Committee that amends the loading zone ordinance to permit a temporary loading zone on Elm Street in front of Kilwin’s while the parklets are in place. The other, from the Code Review & Town Property Committee, authorizes the sale of the property at 619 Stirling Place to an abbutting property owner.
Finance Policy Committee
Remarks by Councilman Parmelee:
The Finance Policy Committee will vote on a number of resolutions authorizing various standard actions, although I do want to highlight two that are more notable. We will vote on a resolution authorizing Notice of Sale of Bonds, which, as Jim Gildea mentioned earlier, is an ongoing action the Town takes every few years as part of its successful debt management program to fund its capital projects. We will also vote on a resolution to provide the mayor with authorization to execute a collective bargaining agreement between the Town and the FMBA bargaining unit. I’d like to thank Ryan Dullea of the FMBA and his negotiating committee, as well as Chief Duelks, Jim Gildea, and our labor attorney for a swift and productive negotiation that resulted in a fair settlement agreement for both parties.
Remarks by Councilwoman Mackey:
From the Public Works Committee, we’ll vote to award a contract for 2022 road improvements that were included in the 2022 capital budget authorization, following a competitive public bidding process. This Town-driven paving is in addition to the work being performed by the utility companies at no expense to taxpayers. As we’re all currently seeing as we drive through Town, the utility companies are very busy upgrading their infrastructure, which will include full paving of the roads where they are working. I hope you’ll agree that the long-term benefits of our unprecedented, multi-year paving program will be worth the short-term disruption and inconvenience.
With that, let's get to work.