Westfield Council President issues statement regarding Westchester

Dear Editor:

At the request of a resident I assisted in convening a meeting with residents on Saturday morning, Jan. 6, 2018. At this meeting, the developer, the township trustee, the Woodwind Golf Course representative, the Council representative for that district and a member of our APC were also in attendance. I coordinated this meeting as an At-Large Councilor to meet with constituents who had concerns about items that had previously been brought up in public meetings.

After Saturday’s meeting, suggestions from concerned residents were put in writing for the developer to address. It was then up to the developer to respond to those concerns prior to Monday night’s Council meeting.

This is the third developer to bring forth a proposal that was met with opposition in the last three years. If a decision was not made soon the Woodwind golf course would close, taking away Westfield’s only public golf course. In order for a development to move ahead, I wanted to do what was best for the residents, which is why this meeting was so important.

As an elected official it is my responsibility to assist with the growth of the community while taking into considerations the concerns of our citizens.

Sincerely yours,

Jim Ake

Westfield City Council President